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Title: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on June 22, 2006, 10:56:12 AM
Sorry for lack of article yesterday. either two today or one big long one.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Shrain on June 22, 2006, 11:32:52 AM
heh. Would that "big long one" be mine per chance? :P
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on June 27, 2006, 07:05:50 AM
Here's some love for you, Complete Psionic is in, though it's going to need some editing.  I'm quite tired right now and I think I got creative with when I did or didn't capitalize words and stuff.  Anyway I'm going to add some links to other articles now and if SE doesn't add the amazon link I'll do that from work.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on June 28, 2006, 12:06:27 PM
I'm seeing Pirates of the Caribbean 2:Dead Man's Chest in 2 hours.  It doesn't open until 7 July but I'm going to ask if I can post a review a week or so early.  Just a heads up.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on June 28, 2006, 01:13:29 PM
Considering our Editors are MIA I'd say go for it, no one's here to stop you even if they wanted.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on June 28, 2006, 05:57:56 PM
I was speaking of getting permission from the marketing company that invited me to the screening.  Just FYI.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on June 28, 2006, 06:13:13 PM
eh, I doubt they will but it never hurts to ask.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Shrain on June 28, 2006, 10:35:24 PM
Hey, has anyone already got dibs on reviewing Lady in the Water? I thought I might give it a go if that's okay.

Edit: Oh, and what about Click? Anyone? If not, I'm up for reviewing that one too.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on June 29, 2006, 08:53:43 AM
There are no dibs. There are only submissions.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: 42 on June 29, 2006, 09:14:45 AM
I believe in the past we have said we're will to accept multiple reviews of the same book, movie, game, or whatever, as long as the reviews have some credibility (i.e. your not a spammer ).
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Shrain on June 29, 2006, 11:00:23 AM
Sweet. Ah. You either submit or submit not. There are no dibs. I shall give it a go then for sure.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on June 29, 2006, 11:04:26 AM
*Nessa laughs very hard at Shrain's wit.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on June 29, 2006, 01:11:41 PM
A review of Superman Returns is up and ready to be blurbed.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on June 29, 2006, 01:23:25 PM
I will blurb it!
Notice to whoever: I will be moving house tomorrow. I won't be posting anything. So if someone else with admin powers could edit/post the book review from Nessa, that would make me feel fuzzy
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on June 29, 2006, 01:42:51 PM
If Fell isn't around tomorrow I'll do it.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Shrain on June 29, 2006, 03:53:10 PM
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So if someone else with admin powers could edit/post the book review from Nessa, that would make me feel fuzzy

huh. I didn't think turtles liked feeling fuzzy. Slippery, yes. But fuzzy? Who knew.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on June 29, 2006, 04:11:47 PM
Oh wait...Am I supposed to edit this?  I assume Nessa can write so I'll I'd have to look for is mispellings and formating right?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on June 29, 2006, 04:15:14 PM
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huh. I didn't think turtles liked feeling fuzzy. Slippery, yes. But fuzzy? Who knew.

THEY did.

ANd yeah, just format it.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on June 29, 2006, 05:33:05 PM
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 I assume Nessa can write

This being my first review for TWG, I hope I'm not exposed as a terrible fraud in this regard.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on June 29, 2006, 05:50:12 PM
too late.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on June 29, 2006, 06:19:20 PM
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I will blurb it!
Notice to whoever: I will be moving house tomorrow. I won't be posting anything. So if someone else with admin powers could edit/post the book review from Nessa, that would make me feel fuzzy

Even though I submitted it a week ago...
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on June 29, 2006, 06:56:57 PM
Ok.  There's a review of Dead Man's Chest in.  Please don't blurb it or make it publicly accessible until Thursday 6 July.

Gracias.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on July 03, 2006, 11:44:29 AM
This was my fault, I forgot to post her article, if no one is around to do it today I'll have it up around noon MT.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: MsFish on July 03, 2006, 02:40:33 PM
Okay, so, flake that I am, I can't even remember which week is Geek Girl week anymore.  I believe I have an article due this week, yes?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on July 03, 2006, 02:50:33 PM
yes, it is geek girl week. P33 week too, but I probably won't do one but tomorrow is Independence Day. I'll probably be too busy shooting down aliens to run anything.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on July 06, 2006, 12:13:25 PM
I just submitted another book review.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on July 13, 2006, 11:13:33 AM
...meanwhile my review has been sitting, somewhere, for a week while the front page has only one article on it.

Will it always take this long to post my submitted book reviews?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on July 13, 2006, 11:30:16 AM
No, no no.  It won't always take this long.  This is a fluke.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on July 13, 2006, 11:37:39 AM
The last review was a week and a half. So it's two flukes in a row?  ;)
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on July 13, 2006, 11:41:32 AM
Sure.  ;D
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on July 13, 2006, 01:33:01 PM
It's because Fell has been MIA for almost 3 weeks due to work and other commitments and SE's been busy too.  I would post it but usually I wait until those above me ask since it's not my job to post articles.

I'll chat with SE about it now.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on July 13, 2006, 01:48:17 PM
yeah. I way busy. See forthcoming grumpy thread.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on July 18, 2006, 04:56:06 PM
HEY!  There's a review of "Lady in the Water" ready to be blurbed.  Post it as soon as you want.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on July 19, 2006, 06:29:55 PM
Skar, can you repost the link to the image?  I accidently deleted it.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on July 19, 2006, 07:35:38 PM
No problem.  I just put it into the blurb for you... ;D
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on July 21, 2006, 06:00:51 PM
I just submitted another book review.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on July 21, 2006, 06:30:09 PM
Thanks.

One thing though.  Can you please stop putting the title in caps, let less work for the editors the faster the article can get published and we don't do the cap thing.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on July 21, 2006, 06:32:06 PM
Yes, sir! *Nessa salutes
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on July 21, 2006, 06:43:46 PM
Thanks a bunch.  We italicize titles, well Fell does because he's not as lazy, but the article title is always normal.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: MsFish on July 21, 2006, 10:34:18 PM
I failed to get Geek Girl done, again.  But on the upside, I wrote to reviews that I just submitted.  The one for Kitty should probably go up before the other one, as that's a more recent release and a book that was given to me to review.  

I'm hoping to get a geek girl up in the next couple of days to go up whenever there's room.  I'm still shooting for getting back to my regular friday bi-weekly thing, but life's been nuts of late.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on July 24, 2006, 09:32:24 AM
I'm hoping this is the week I get my head back on straight. Articles all week. Wheeeeeeeeeeee! (i just need some help from contributors for that)
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on July 24, 2006, 11:22:05 AM
I don't normally do this, but here's the (tentative) schedule for the next two weeks, just so people know what I'm expecting.

M July 24: The Knight
Tu July 25: Collection of short things that have been sitting in the waiting file for months
W July 26: Kitty Goes to Washington
Th July 27: Dare we hope for a new TW(i)G article?
F July 28: Nerdery 39

M July 31: Arabat
Tu Aug 1: Page 33 # 16
W Aug 2:
Th Aug 3:
F Aug 4: Geek Girl #16

Note that the schedule is incredibly fluid. Things change every time I get new information. For example, I usually get notified about movie reviews a day or two before they run. As soon as I learn about them, I try to insert them to run as soon as appropriate (depending on movie release date, agreements with the marketers if appropriate, and diversity of material). This schedule includes three book reviews. So I spread them out

The main thing I'm playing with right now is Fish telling me she has a GG column coming in soon (see prev. post) whereas I have no information about the date a new Nerdery will show up. Since we have run any of these columns for a long time, I just may swap projected weeks and do P33 and GG this week. This would put the material I'm confident in having earlier so others have more time. (esp since I know I can have a P33 in tomorrow, but I'm not sure about the TW(i)G one). 42, are you comfortable with this swap?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: 42 on July 24, 2006, 11:32:28 AM
Well, I've started writing new nerdery articles.

I'm hoping to get caught up on a lot of things since I have today free to do things because of the holiday.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on July 24, 2006, 05:16:56 PM
So the question is, will Geek Girl or Nerdery get to me first? That will determine what I run this week. Though maybe I'll just shove P33 in tomorrow anyway, since I'm not of necessity linked to Geek Girl.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: 42 on July 27, 2006, 12:03:23 AM
Nerdery 39 is in.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on July 27, 2006, 03:35:35 PM
42, how would you feel if we moved Nerdery to Thursdays? I think it would be a better day since movie reviews often can't run till Friday (not the case this week, since I don't know of any reviews ready -- but just in general).
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: 42 on July 27, 2006, 06:09:27 PM
Nerdery will happen when it happens.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on July 31, 2006, 12:00:52 PM
There sits in the Movie section a review of "Miami Vice."  Ready to be blurbed at your convenience it is.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on July 31, 2006, 04:22:38 PM
I'll post it later today if no one else does Skar,  unless there's another article that's supposed to go up today--I noticed Arabat went up Friday so that should leave today open.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on July 31, 2006, 05:01:53 PM
Roger Dodger.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: MsFish on July 31, 2006, 11:53:55 PM
I will have a geek girl in to run this friday, as per E's schedule, if that's still okay.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 01, 2006, 09:08:15 AM
It's *always* ok to submit Geek Girls. I may flake out and not do things on the right day, but seriously, dont' hesitate to submit a GG column.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: MsFish on August 02, 2006, 02:08:38 AM
Okay.  Sounds good.  I'll get it done tomorrow.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Chimera on August 02, 2006, 06:59:47 AM
Okay, I submitted a book review for a young adult novel. To be posted whenever you need it. And it didn't have any html in it, because I don't remember html codes and it's very late for me to try to re-learn something like that. So I hope it's okay.  :)

Let me know if you need me to send it in another format, like as a word document in an email. Thanks!
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on August 02, 2006, 07:53:04 AM
Na, HTML isn't necessary for submissions (though it is helpful) as long as you've got basic paragraph formatting already in.  I usually add all the HTML that's needed when it's missing anyway and that only takes a few minutes.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on August 03, 2006, 01:46:00 PM
There you are. It isn't much but it's a movie review for Clerks 2. Take it or leave it.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on August 03, 2006, 08:11:26 PM
That little sidenote in one of the paragraphs, yeah that was just that. Some random thought that came to mind that I felt like adding on and droning on about for a sentence. Whoops!
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 04, 2006, 01:44:43 PM
sorry about yesterday, either one really long one or two articles today

depending on whether we see a Geek Girl or not
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 07, 2006, 10:58:23 AM
This week is taken care of. assuming a Nerdery appears in the next few days.

In other news, there are six days I'll be out of town and another editor will need to handle it. Who is not going to WorldCon?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on August 07, 2006, 02:20:34 PM
Me.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 07, 2006, 02:34:07 PM
you are appointed content poster for friday the 18th through Friday the 25th, inclusive.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: MsFish on August 08, 2006, 12:36:19 AM
I suck and should be shot.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 08, 2006, 09:32:21 AM
well, it's not like I've remembered to actually post articles friday or today. In my defense, I've felt nauseous most of this time
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on August 08, 2006, 09:35:24 AM
He's probably been put off by my article. It's full of crap and other disease filled excrement. ;P
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 08, 2006, 09:48:48 AM
Your article is ont he schedule. Stop your whining.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on August 08, 2006, 09:53:17 AM
I'm not whining. In fact I'd be completely surprised if it even got past your eyes and onto the front page. That review was a heaping pile of elephant dung.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Fellfrosch on August 08, 2006, 12:29:11 PM
I wouldn't say heaping, because it was actually quite short.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on August 08, 2006, 12:33:24 PM
Ok ok. It's a heaping pile of rabbit turds. =P
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Chimera on August 08, 2006, 02:39:41 PM
I posted this on a different thread, but I don't know if it will get quicker attention here.

The front page is incorrect in saying that MsFish wrote the Kiki Strike book review. I actually wrote it. So if someone doesn't mind changing that minor detail I would appreciate it.  ;D
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on August 09, 2006, 01:32:01 AM
Can we please put a notification of the passing of David Gemmell on the front page?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on August 09, 2006, 02:24:09 AM
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you are appointed content poster for Friday the 18th through Friday the 25th, inclusive.


Roger, Roger.

Now since there's some TWG monies going into Worldcon I expect articles from people, Fish I'm looking at you for at least one and I can get Fell to write one, even if it's a wrap up article.

If anyone is planning on, or might want to write one, let me know before you go if you're going to want it posted while you're gone.  I know most people will be busy and may not be able to keep a scheduled time to write so I just want to know if I should plan on waiting for a certain time to see if there's an article for me to post from Worldcon.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 09, 2006, 09:19:19 AM
I guess we should establish a policy on obituaries on the front page.

personally, I'm against them. I think there are very few that will be recognized as significant enough by a majority of our readership. And I think most of those will be RPG/tabletop designers. which would be .... like four. Two of which are highly debateable. Maybe one or two movie makers.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on August 09, 2006, 11:18:44 AM
About all I can say about our readership is that I suspect most of them play games of one sort or another and that most of them read books of one sort or another.

If you have a source of information that tells you more, allowing you to draw conclusions like

"I think there are very few that will be recognized as significant enough by a majority of our readership. And I think most of those will be RPG/tabletop designers. which would be .... like four. Two of which are highly debateable. Maybe one or two movie makers."

I would like access to it as well, please.

In this case, David Gemmell was huge in the world of fantasy novels.  His work seems to fit our readership as well as anything and even if our readership never heard of him, I think alot of them would enjoy his work if they looked him up because we posted his obit.  And, in the end, isn't that the point of the site?  To guide our readership to things they would enjoy reading/doing/playing?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 09, 2006, 11:47:15 AM
thanks for the contention. and the straw man. but we really didn't need either.

I never claimed any special knowledge.

However, I was making inferences based on the observed tastes of our readership, both in the forum and in terms of the content we get.

I'm not denegrating Gemmel's work. But frankly, I'm a fairly intelligent and educated man -- I've never read him and I dont' think he's influenced much of the culture represented by the people we have here. Not like George Lucas or even Kevin Siembieda has (like him or not, he's pretty omnipresent).

So, no, I don't think a front page blurb is appropriate. A forum thread, certainly, but not the front page.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on August 09, 2006, 12:36:04 PM
Why does an obit we post on our front page need to be only about people you/I/anybody think our readers will think is significant or who have already had a "significant influence" on them?  As I said before
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In this case, David Gemmell was huge in the world of fantasy novels.  His work seems to fit our readership as well as anything and even if our readership never heard of him, I think alot of them would enjoy his work if they looked him up because we posted his obit.  And, in the end, isn't that the point of the site?  To guide our readership to things they would enjoy reading/doing/playing?


It certainly doesn't need to be "the article for the day" It doesn't even need to front an article, although it could link to the one EUOL linked to.  All it would need to do is take the opportunity of a significant event concerning the man, (his death is pretty significant) to alert our readership to a potential source of time-wasting enjoyment, ie his novels.

Were I a mere reader I would definitely be appreciative of a site like this alerting me to a body of work I might enjoy.

Further, I think that people who like this site might also like Gemmell's work.  And in thinking so I am "making inferences based on the observed tastes of our readership, both in the forum and in terms of the content we get."  and I am also "a fairly intelligent and educated man" and I have read his work.

I'm not trying to be contentious (and I don't understand what you saw as a straw man in my previous post) I just think it fulfills the mission of the site to post such news on the front page for the reasons I stated above.

I grant that you may have good  reasons for not wanting to do it but I think your presently stated reasons for not wanting to do it are invalid or inapplicable for the reasons I stated above.  

*Skar does his best to insure that no flames of any sort are contained in his post...
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 09, 2006, 12:47:43 PM
inferring that I claim a special body of knowledge unavailable seemed pretty much like an attempt to undermine any authority or authenticity I could claim in my post. to me, using a straw man like that indicates at least disrespect, if not contention.

anyway, I still maintain the reasons I have as valid. I dont' think the front page is the forum for news items like that except in a very exceptional case. As so few of our people are currently influenced by Gemmel, I don't find this to be an exceptional case. I believe that the sort of people who would read an obit on our front page and actually take note of it would be the same sort of people who would find the same info in the forum, where a more complete discussion can be done.

Thus, I feel the forum is a more appropriate place for such a notice. It will be, imo, at least as effective in notifying people of a possible new interest, and won't alter the normal pattern of our front page.

It comes down to opinion, and it is my opinion that obits shouldn't be posted on the front page.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on August 09, 2006, 01:07:06 PM
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inferring that I claim a special body of knowledge unavailable seemed pretty much like an attempt to undermine any authority or authenticity I could claim in my post. to me, using a straw man like that indicates at least disrespect, if not contention.


My apologies, I meant no disrespect.  To me it sounded like you had some idea what our readership's interests were beyond what we both had access too (the forums).  The fact that we get thousands of unique visitors to the front page and have, maybe, twenty people in the world who visit the forums implies to me that there may be a significant difference in the interests of the two groups.

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anyway, I still maintain the reasons I have as valid. I dont' think the front page is the forum for news items like that except in a very exceptional case. As so few of our people are currently influenced by Gemmel, I don't find this to be an exceptional case. I believe that the sort of people who would read an obit on our front page and actually take note of it would be the same sort of people who would find the same info in the forum, where a more complete discussion can be done.


I do find Gemmell to be an exceptional case.

The fact that so few of our peope are currently influenced by Gemmell is a reason, in my book, to say something about him.  They might like him.

I think that there are plenty of people who check the front page occasionally who never enter the forums.  There are lots of sites I visit like that and I know people personally who visit our site like that.  And maybe if the news item linked to the forum, someone would jump in and make a comment who might not otherwise have done so.

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Thus, I feel the forum is a more appropriate place for such a notice. It will be, imo, at least as effective in notifying people of a possible new interest, and won't alter the normal pattern of our front page.


For the reasons above I don't think the forum is as effective a place of notifying people of a possible new interest.

And how would it alter the normal pattern of our front page?  We're so short on content and time that it doesn't really follow a pattern at all.  Maybe we could make up some of the content shortfall if we started posting the occasional news item like this?  I seriously doubt we'd lose any readership if we did.  Maybe we'd gain some.

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It comes down to opinion, and it is my opinion that obits shouldn't be posted on the front page.


It does come down to opinion and it is my opinion that it should be posted on the front page.

Tiebreaker?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: 42 on August 09, 2006, 02:16:32 PM
IMO, Gemmel doesn't deserve a front page obituary notice.

The forum thread is sufficient.

If someone would like to write a review of one of his books, that would be front page worthy.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on August 09, 2006, 03:19:43 PM
I agree with SE and 42, I was going to post something last night but instead wanted to wait and see with the head editors' views on this was.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Shrain on August 09, 2006, 04:08:01 PM
I think Skar brought up some good points yet I have to throw my lot in with the others because if we start posting obits on the front page then that might lead to other news items. After that, it would just get tough to have enough room for the articles to stand out and we'd be more of a news site than a discussion site, imo.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on August 09, 2006, 06:19:48 PM
You know if Scar wanted to write an article about him that would be a good idea for an aricle.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 10, 2006, 10:54:10 AM
will there be nerdery today? or tomorrow?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on August 10, 2006, 11:31:37 AM
I don't know about a nerdery but there will be an article on Gemmell today.  Personal essay type ala geek girl only by me.

Edit:  Ok, it's up and ready to be blurbed, in the Books section.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Chimera on August 10, 2006, 12:43:10 PM
I just submitted another book review--a Middle Grade fantasy that's very similar to Harry Potter. I'm on a role!  ;)

It's the same style as the old book reviews and needs html. Use it whenever you like.

Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 10, 2006, 12:45:15 PM
ok, gemmel today, TW(i)G tomorrow unless 42 tells me something else very soon.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: 42 on August 10, 2006, 12:46:19 PM
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will there be nerdery today? or tomorrow?


I'm writing it now.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 10, 2006, 02:26:18 PM
ok, nerdery today, gemmel tomorrow, TW(i)G... next week sometime
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on August 10, 2006, 03:59:23 PM
Since it's not going today, could someone please look it over with a critical eye please?  I haven't written anything but reviews and chapters in my memoir for quite some time.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 11, 2006, 10:01:34 AM
Yeah, I did it again. forgot to post yesterday. Both Nerdery *and* Gemmel went up today to make up for it.

Assuming I get a geek girl (come on Ms Fish, I *know* you can do it!) We have next week almost full already.

In other news, I'm toying with the idea of a "coming soon" blurb stickied on the page. I'm not sure I like the idea, but it keeps coming to mind. What do you all think?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Fellfrosch on August 11, 2006, 12:31:36 PM
I think that the personal essay on Gemmel was a really good compromise on the obit issue--we get more content, and we get it in context. This can be our policy for now regarding news items: we probably won't post them unless someone writes an accompanying article.

Also: good essay, Skar.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 11, 2006, 12:35:20 PM
Yes, I was really pleased with how the article turned out and the resolution of our little dispute.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on August 13, 2006, 12:39:22 AM
As was I.  Thanks guys.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on August 13, 2006, 05:21:12 PM
I have another book review on the way. It's written, but I just need to do an edit and I'll submit it Monday morning.

Edit: Ok, I've submitted it for posting whenever you have room.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Chimera on August 18, 2006, 01:08:16 PM
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In other news, I'm toying with the idea of a "coming soon" blurb stickied on the page. I'm not sure I like the idea, but it keeps coming to mind. What do you all think?

Feedback: You're talking about having this on the home page, right? I'm not sure what purpose this would have. To entice readers to come back to the home page? We forum dwellers don't really need it, but if you think it would increase traffic, then I say go for it. A trial run certainly wouldn't hurt, if it's not too hard to do.

Also: I have more time to do book reviews now. I enjoy doing it and I read enough that I could easily do one a week or every other week. I don't know what you're needs are--you may not want to get too many reviews in one area (i.e. books). I could also do webcomic or graphic novel reviews. There is the fact that most if not all of my reviews will be of children's/YA lit, most often fantasy, because that's what I read--and maybe that differentiates my reviews enough, I don't know. Anyway, post on here to let me know what you'd like.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 28, 2006, 10:14:35 AM
I'm *extremely* disappointed that nobody submitted articles while I was gone. Just so you know.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Linternet on August 28, 2006, 10:41:33 AM
Newbie question:  Do you primarily look for reviews of various things or anything interesting?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 28, 2006, 11:21:12 AM
our primary content has historically been reviews. This was because of our origins. In our current position, however, we are ecstatic to get original content in the form of new games, settings, editorials, team builds, ideas, creatures, whatever.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Chimera on August 29, 2006, 02:04:30 AM
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I'm *extremely* disappointed that nobody submitted articles while I was gone. Just so you know.

I was waiting for a response. I didn't know you were out of town, though.

I'll try to write a book review by the end of this week.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Chimera on September 05, 2006, 02:36:20 PM
And I just submitted a book review. A few days late, but better late than never! This one doesn't follow the format. It would've taken me longer and I figured it was better to get it done. It's a review, nonetheless, and of a dang good book, too.

P.S. I put in the tags for italics, since those didn't carry over from copy/paste from the Word document. I used the format we use on the forums--I'm not sure if that is the correct html for a submission. Anyway, heads up.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on September 07, 2006, 01:57:04 PM
We'll try to get that up today.

I want to thank everyone, mostly Nessa and Chimera, for submitting so much over the past month and a half - two months.  There's been so much going on for all the editors and staff that some of us, like me, just completely pushed TWG's front page out of their mind.  Everything, anyone writes is very appreciated.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on September 07, 2006, 02:05:18 PM
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We'll try to get that up today.

No we won't. Tomorrow.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on September 07, 2006, 02:06:53 PM
hey, not my fault Fell changed his mind on which one he wanted to run.

It's always his fault you know.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on September 07, 2006, 02:11:27 PM
well, it's his fault, true. But not because he changed his mind. But because I actually did my job before he had a mind about it.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on September 07, 2006, 02:14:58 PM
I refuse to believe that any of us were actually doing our job.  That's just crazy talk.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on September 07, 2006, 02:17:34 PM
I only do it every once in a while to throw you off your guard.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on September 07, 2006, 04:48:46 PM
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I want to thank everyone, mostly Nessa and Chimera, for submitting so much over the past month and a half - two months.  There's been so much going on for all the editors and staff that some of us, like me, just completely pushed TWG's front page out of their mind.  Everything, anyone writes is very appreciated.


*Nessa blushes You're welcome.

I've submitted another review. This time for His Majesty's Dragon. Thanks to Sigyn for recommending it. I liked it. I'll probably have reviews for the 2nd and 3rd in the series in the next month or so. They're waiting on my nightstand, rather impatiently, to be read.

Edit: Biiiiggg ooops. In the article I just posted I said "late nineteenth century" which should actually be "early nineteeth century". If you could change that please when you post it, that would be great.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Chimera on September 08, 2006, 03:43:35 AM
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I want to thank everyone, mostly Nessa and Chimera, for submitting so much over the past month and a half - two months.  There's been so much going on for all the editors and staff that some of us, like me, just completely pushed TWG's front page out of their mind.  Everything, anyone writes is very appreciated.

Awww, thanks Sprig! That just made my week! Really, it means a lot to me. *Chimera gives Spriggan a big hug*

Now you'll get more book reviews for sure!

And I'll see if I'm brave/innovative enough to branch off into other areas--like webcomic reviews--so there can be even more content.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: 42 on September 10, 2006, 11:46:10 PM
I submitted a review of the Illusionist for consideration.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on September 11, 2006, 03:17:44 PM
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I'll probably have reviews for the 2nd and 3rd in the series in the next month or so. They're waiting on my nightstand, rather impatiently, to be read.


I finished the 2nd book ahead of schedule (at the expense of the Asimov I've been reading....), Throne of Jade, and I just submitted a review.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on September 13, 2006, 12:37:14 PM
Ok, there's an article by the Brothers Gibbs entitled "2006: A Summer in Review" in the movies section waiting to be blurbed.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on September 13, 2006, 12:58:59 PM
excellent. Nessa's reviews and the Gibbs's article have been assimilated into the schedule.

42, if we can actually get you to do a Nerdery, it will be Nerdery #42, which, honestly, should be cool. Will you do that for next week for me?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on September 18, 2006, 12:33:28 PM
Just submitted a review for Asimov's Prelude to Foundation. Later this week I'll have one for The Stolen Child. With these out of the way, now I can begin reading Black Powder War. Horray!
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on September 18, 2006, 12:38:09 PM
Oh man, I'm reading that book right now. It's actually quite interesting. I'm rather sad I left it at work however.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on September 19, 2006, 01:02:11 AM
Which of the three books I mentioned were you refering to?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on September 21, 2006, 11:39:56 AM
will there be a Nerdery today? It's number 42.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: 42 on September 21, 2006, 03:40:30 PM
Nerdery is in.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on September 22, 2006, 01:15:23 PM
There's a review of "The Black Dahlia" in the movies section waiting to be blurbed.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on September 23, 2006, 12:29:15 PM
Just submitted a review for The Stolen Child.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Kuntrey_Pilgrum on September 23, 2006, 03:45:21 PM
    Whoever it was that wrote the review on Uglies should march down to a bookstore and pick up PEEPS and Midnighter, both by Scott Westerfeld. Anytime I start to submit a review on one of them, I read it over and delete everything in a bout of scaredycatism, so I need one of you people to write them for me. PLEASE!?? :-[
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Chimera on September 25, 2006, 12:38:28 PM
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   Whoever it was that wrote the review on Uglies...I need one of you people to write them for me. PLEASE!?? :-[

Wow. I've never had a request. It makes me feel...almost special.  ;)

I'll be happy to, but it's going to have to wait. I'm in California and can't get library books--plus it leads to unwanted battles when I spend too much time reading while home visiting my parents.

As for YOU writing the review, I think that's a great idea! Keep trying! If you beat me to it, I won't mind (there are plenty of books out there to review). I was scared at first to write a review, too--I just had to break down and do it. Now, I think it's fun.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on September 26, 2006, 11:42:46 AM
There's a review of All the King's Men in the movie section waiting to be blurbed.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Chimera on October 03, 2006, 01:00:17 PM
I'll try to do a book review by the end of this week. Probably will be The Amulet of Samarkand, perhaps The Big Book of Bright Ideas. I can't make any promises at this point, though.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on October 03, 2006, 03:56:02 PM
I submitted a review for The Stolen Child on September 23 and it's still not up.

SE, you're an uber-punk.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on October 03, 2006, 06:05:40 PM
There's a review of "The Guardian" in Movies, ready to be blurbed.

edit: Oh, and there's another one on the way of "The Departed."  Coming soon and all that.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on October 04, 2006, 02:52:12 PM
Ok.  The review of "The Departed"  is in the movie section waiting to be blurbed.  The reviewers gave it 4 stars and requested it be given 6 clocks.  From the review it sounds like it warrants that, but as always, I defer to Fell.  Fell?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Fellfrosch on October 09, 2006, 07:42:58 PM
I shall read it.

edit: I beleive that I will allow it.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on October 09, 2006, 07:47:25 PM
With a commanding voice Fell brings forth his fatherly advice and scripts a bot to bid the review a score of 6-clocks and a post to the main page.

End scene.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on October 10, 2006, 01:16:54 PM
Could someone who has contact with MsFish make her sit down and write a geek girl column for us?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Chimera on October 10, 2006, 02:02:15 PM
You can't force the greatness that is Geek Girl!

She's working on it.

As for my afore-mentioned Book Review, it didn't happen and won't happen this week, because I'm moving from Utah to California. Next week I will work really hard to get something done, I promise.  ;D
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on October 10, 2006, 04:27:48 PM
I'll have the book review for Black Powder War submitted by Wednesday.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: MsFish on October 13, 2006, 01:42:33 PM
SE, sorry I disappeared off the face of the earth.  I'm submitting an interview with Carrie Vaughn today, and I will strive to have a Geek Girl done for you over the weekend.  I've been having so much anxiety over the column that I haven't been able to write it in months, because I'm worried it won't be any good.  I'm trying to give myself permission to be bad, so I can pick the column up again.  (Support much appreciated.)
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on October 13, 2006, 01:46:38 PM
NP Fish, just know we appreciate any articles and trust us we don't judge quality much here.  If we did do you think anything I'd ever write would get published?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on October 13, 2006, 01:59:37 PM
YOu have my permission to be bad. because your bad is better than most people's good, frankly.

anyway, i think if you post what you think is "bad" you'll be surprised about how well its received.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: MsFish on October 13, 2006, 04:05:10 PM
Alright, interview submitted.  It's an email interview with the author of Kitty and the Midnight Hour, so I'm really excited about it.  Someone needs to check my html on the link at the bottom, and my introduction sucks, so any suggestions or changes to it are welcome.  

Thanks for the support, guys.  Geek Girl incoming.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on October 18, 2006, 11:48:54 AM
The front page is looking empty and quite forlorn. Why don't you post a book review, or something? I know I submitted one over a week ago.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: MsFish on October 18, 2006, 01:08:54 PM
And, uh, did anyone look at that interview?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on October 18, 2006, 01:57:39 PM
not yet, because, you know, I'm a lazy sack of crap.

But i'm reasonably confident it's going to run soon. I just need to get my head together.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on October 19, 2006, 11:50:08 AM
The front page is now officially empty. And there's even two articles waiting to be posted.

A certain sack of crap needs a swift kick to get going, I think. Who would care to do the honors?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on October 19, 2006, 12:21:07 PM
no one really wants to kick a sack of crap. Which is why, if you're lazy, it's advantageous to be one
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on October 19, 2006, 12:26:11 PM
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The front page is now officially empty. And there's even two articles waiting to be posted.

A certain sack of crap needs a swift kick to get going, I think. Who would care to do the honors?


Done.

Edit:  I find it ironic that the forum frontpage can be allowed to run completely bloody dry without a murmur by the same people who fling hissy fits if I suggest that a review of a newly released movie ought to run close to its release.

So...no posts is somehow better than a double post?  Strange.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on October 19, 2006, 12:51:47 PM
it's better when the editor who usually posts is trying to get used to working a second job that keeps him out till midnight or later 4 times a week and has a hard time getting his head together for anythign more than he has to do at either job.

It'll improve when I get into my groove

and the issue with double posting was never an issue with "too much" being on the front page but a factor of having stuff to post.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on October 19, 2006, 01:12:19 PM
Sorry for being snippy.  I too have stress at work.  Please forgive me.

Perhaps in the future, if you are indisposed concerning the site in this way, you could ask one of the other admins to cover for you?

Edit:  Incidentally, I should have a review of "The Prestige" ready to run on Monday.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on October 19, 2006, 03:53:40 PM
It's understandable that you've got the 2 jobs so little time for TWG at the moment.  I think it's a good idea to have Skar or I posting articles for the next while that way if one of us forgets the other can get it.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Chimera on October 22, 2006, 02:57:04 PM
Is Skar or the Gibbs Brothers going to do a movie review of Stranger than Fiction (http://www.timewastersguide.com/boards/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=movies;action=display;num=1161144818)? If not, I'd be happy to, because I'm definitely seeing it. Though, the review wouldn't be until after the normal release date--I won't be going to any early showings.

But I don't want to step on anyone's toes if someone is already doing a review.

And I am working on a book review. But it sounds like you are backed up as it is, so I'll wait a little.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on October 22, 2006, 10:48:57 PM
No one has called Stranger than Fiction yet, so it's yours if you want it.  

I anxiously await your review thereof.

;D
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Chimera on October 23, 2006, 03:00:33 AM
Chimera like. Chimera want. Chimera do.  :)

Chimera stop using third person sentence fragments now.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on October 23, 2006, 01:18:25 PM
So, as promised, the review of "The Prestige" is up and waiting to be blurbed.

E, if you aren't going to be able to get to it today, let me know.

Edit: Nevermind.  It's done.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on October 31, 2006, 08:11:03 PM
Submitted comic review. Post it I say!
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on November 01, 2006, 04:49:55 PM
Just submitted a book review.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on November 02, 2006, 09:32:04 PM
There's articles waiting in the queue aren't there? Who do I have to kick to get something new on the front page?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on November 03, 2006, 08:13:02 PM
kick
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on November 04, 2006, 01:25:24 AM
SE told me earlier today that he wouldn't be posting until he felt like it. Now that he's left work for the day, it looks like he won't feel like it at least until Monday. If we're very very lucky.

If we're even luckier, Skar or Spriggan or Fell might take pity on us and post our poor, neglected articles.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on November 04, 2006, 02:10:44 AM
I'll start posting articles next week everyone.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on November 06, 2006, 09:08:23 AM
I will be posting articles this week, actually. I spoke with Fell about this.

TWG is going to a three times a week schedule - MWF. I've dropped all columns because we've only had one column from each of 2 of our supposed 3 in the last 4 months. Columns are dead. Long live... something else.

We have reason to hope that I'm back in the groove -- for instance, I actually woke up with the alarm this morning. And I got to work half an hour early.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Mad Dr Jeffe on November 06, 2006, 10:58:58 AM
never mind
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on November 08, 2006, 12:51:50 PM
Another book review in the queue: The Time Traveler's Wife.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on November 20, 2006, 05:05:02 AM
Dibs for reviewing the movie Happy Feet (I don't suspect anyone else here has seen it anyway) because I want to steer others from it.

Also, I know I have two book reviews waiting to be posted. I want to make sure that with this move that they didn't get deleted or overlooked (I can re-submit if necessary). I sumitted one on November 1 and it still hasn't been posted, so I was just wondering...
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on November 20, 2006, 06:49:26 AM
Heh, no worries nessa, we only touched the forum this time the only changes made to the front site was to change the forum link and to make the log-in work with the new forum.

As you've noticed we've had some real rough spots in getting things posted, everyone in charge of that have been extremely busy.  I don't really expect much to get done this week either with the holiday.  Bear with us just a little longer, I'm probably going to go through the main site after Turkey day week and code in some features to make updating easier on everyone and I know how annoying it is to write a review and then have it sit for a week or two before getting posted.  Fell is worried that the main site is dying off and we've been discussing ways to prevent that (awards are part of our plan) but we do realize that we can encourage article submissions all we want but if we don't do our part there's no point to it.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on November 20, 2006, 03:45:19 PM
yay for not specifically blaming me even though it's my fault!

I should get an award if I go for 3 weeks without missing an article :D

anyway, last week... I've got no excuse. Articles today and wednesday, but probably not Friday as I will be kicking the holiday season into gear with my family and it's a day off anyway due to Thursday's holiday.

However, folks, it'd be *really* nice to get some articles on something other than books and movies. Seriously. Can any of the rest of you get off your butts and write something?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on November 20, 2006, 04:41:00 PM
There's a review of "Casino Royale" sitting in the movie queue, waiting to be blurbed. 

There are some minor formatting problems with it, that I would normally fix but can't for some reason.  I get the error "You do not administrative rights to do this." when I hit the "edit" link.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on November 20, 2006, 04:59:02 PM
I should probably do that one today, then. I'll fix it.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on November 20, 2006, 05:04:34 PM
Thanks, man.  The only one I noticed before I found out I couldn't edit it was that I forgot to put line breaks after the Starring, directed by, etc... lines.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on November 20, 2006, 06:15:13 PM
However, folks, it'd be *really* nice to get some articles on something other than books and movies. Seriously. Can any of the rest of you get off your butts and write something?
And it would be really nice for those of us who write book/movie reviews that they actually got posted. So, you know, we'd be motivated to keep writing them.

Review for Happy Feet submitted.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on November 20, 2006, 08:36:41 PM
There's a review of "Casino Royale" sitting in the movie queue, waiting to be blurbed. 

There are some minor formatting problems with it, that I would normally fix but can't for some reason.  I get the error "You do not administrative rights to do this." when I hit the "edit" link.

Probably an issue from the forum change, I'll have a look at it after class today Skar, there shouldn't be a problem with this but stuff always pops up.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Skar on November 20, 2006, 08:39:12 PM
No worries.   ;D
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on November 20, 2006, 09:43:22 PM
CR is up.  Tell me if I didn't do enough.

On a similar but unrelated note, this means that all links for all previous articles to the forum no longer work right. When you come across such a link, let me know what article it's in and I'll fix it. I'm not going to go through and change them unless I know someone's trying to use it.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on November 20, 2006, 09:55:45 PM
Those links will auto forward to the new forum but not to the correct thread.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on November 20, 2006, 10:48:56 PM
Hmmm, so I've finally bought issuse's 2, 3, and 4 of Batman and the Mad Monk. SE, you suppose I should continue reviewing these one issue at a time, or just wait until the series is finished and write a concluding review?

Also, the Union Jack mini-series has one more issue to go, then I'll pick it up and write a review of it. I've enjoyed this one a lot so that one will be coming down the interwebtubes soon after it's released.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on November 21, 2006, 02:45:44 PM
how about you write them one at a time and I'll combine them into one review if that becomes necessary. In general, the issues of one story arc like this have about the same strengths and weaknesses, making individual reviews unnecessary.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on November 28, 2006, 04:42:12 PM
Submitted a book review for Sunshine by Robin McKinley.
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Post by: Spriggan on December 01, 2006, 10:45:10 PM
Complete Mage is in, also don't forget about EUOL's Bone review in the book section waiting for approval.
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Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on December 02, 2006, 12:51:39 AM
Bone? As in the comic with that cool character and other stuff that I can't remember since whenever it was that I read it last?

Cool.
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Post by: Chimera on December 02, 2006, 09:16:47 PM
Sorry about there being no Stranger than Fiction review. I haven't been able to see it yet.

I may not be able to do reviews for awhile. At least, I'm not going to make any promises. When I have one--if I have one--I'll submit it. Otherwise, don't expect anything from me. Sorry.
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Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on December 04, 2006, 02:17:22 PM
I haven't been forgetting bone, I've been posting in the order submitted, adjusting for subject variation.

For example, complete mage will be moved up since it's been a while since we've had anything besides books and movies.
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Post by: Spriggan on December 04, 2006, 05:33:08 PM
Ah-ha!  But Complete Mage is a book my friend!
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Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on December 04, 2006, 07:30:33 PM
yes, but it's an RPG book.
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Post by: Nessa on December 06, 2006, 06:04:13 PM
Submitted a book review for Andre Norton's Gate to Witch World.
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Post by: Nessa on December 12, 2006, 03:20:27 PM
Just submitted two more book reviews:

Good Omens by Pratchett and Gaiman

Follow the River by James Alexander Thom
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Post by: 42 on December 13, 2006, 03:04:27 PM
I submitted a review of a WotC published DnD adventure module.
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Post by: Spriggan on December 13, 2006, 07:41:06 PM
he also forgot to add a title to it.
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Post by: 42 on December 14, 2006, 02:06:13 AM
I used to be able to edit these things after I submitted them, but not anymore for some reason.
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Post by: Spriggan on December 14, 2006, 06:41:45 AM
Most people can't.

Doesn't matter anyway 42, someone deleted your review because there was no title so just resubmit it if you can.
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Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on December 14, 2006, 02:26:34 PM
that was probably me. I have a habit of zapping everything that doesn't look legit without looking at the content -- I must have missed the user name.
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Post by: Skar on December 14, 2006, 09:50:48 PM
Ok.  There's a review of Blood Diamond in the Movies section waiting to be made visible to all and blurbed.  I still can't edit it, so, E, if you could have a quick look to see if I made any formatting errors and fix them I'd be grateful.
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Post by: MsFish on December 19, 2006, 12:52:14 AM
I just submitted a review of Cavern of Babel, which was written by our very own Parker.  I think he plugged it around here somewhere, but I've done a formal review for posting, whenever you have space.
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Post by: Spriggan on December 19, 2006, 02:10:15 AM
Humm...I'm a little hesitant on posting a review of something a forum member wrote by a friend of said forum member.  You are in his writing group are you not?  That would be like anyone of us writing a review of Mistborn or Elantris, but it's Fell's call.
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Post by: MsFish on December 19, 2006, 02:39:00 AM
Whatever.  Parker asked me to write the review.  I wrote the review.  I think it's mostly a publicity thing.  If you don't want to post it, fine, but I'm so tired and stressed right now that I don't want to know about it.  Just delete it and don't tell me.
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Post by: 42 on January 02, 2007, 06:22:30 AM
Yay, I've submitted my first articles for 2007.

I've submitted a report of Brookfest. I had to wait till January 1st to submit them, but I think they are good to go now. I split the report into two parts since it was sort of lengthy. Post when ready.
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Post by: Spriggan on January 16, 2007, 08:38:02 PM
Cityscape is in, I sat on the review for a month because I was taugt that if you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all.  I can't help but feel Fell's trying to tell me something by giving me the really bad RPG books to review (I also had to suffer through Power of Faerun last year) but my next entry is Faiths of Eberron and that can't be anyware near as bad as this was.
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Post by: Nessa on February 01, 2007, 11:32:12 PM
It is time to SUBMIT NOW! Anything you have, please. We have scraped the bottom of the barrel. If you don't submit, you will be plagued with a neverending cycle of book reviews by yours truly.

You have been warned.

Edit: Idea...perhaps someone could do a little review of some of the best and worst current book COVERS. Someone artsy, like CtrlZed. I would LOVE that.

Edit: Ooooh, CtrlZed has agreed! Yay! I eagerly await his article...
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Post by: Nessa on February 14, 2007, 08:31:47 PM
Poke SE, Fell? You guys said you'd have columns for me. So far no deliver. What's up? The front page is running on fumes.
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Post by: Spriggan on February 14, 2007, 08:34:12 PM
I know 42 is working on some things too, not sure if he got anything done as of yet.
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Post by: 42 on February 15, 2007, 12:23:51 AM
I submitted a review of the Aquaman pilot episode.
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Post by: Nessa on February 15, 2007, 04:48:47 PM
I submitted a review of the Aquaman pilot episode.

Thank you very much! It's up.
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Post by: Spriggan on February 19, 2007, 03:09:00 AM
Star Wars: Starship Battles review is in.
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Post by: Tjaeden on February 28, 2007, 07:59:16 PM
So who/how/where do we officially submit a review?

I <3 D&D books, and other RP literature - my library looks like the shelf at a hobby store  :)

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Post by: Spriggan on February 28, 2007, 08:29:52 PM
There's a submit an article link on the front page of the site.  You're welcome to review anything we don't have up, if you want to review something we've already got a review for then it needs to be a significantly different point of view.  Also read the submission guidelines http://www.timewastersguide.com/view.php?id=530 and if you have any questions feel free to ask Nessa, SE or I and we'll help you out.
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Post by: MsFish on February 28, 2007, 10:51:00 PM
I can't remember what the status of needing reviews and things is.  I know we've been very heavy on book reviews lately, but I've been writing what amount to book reviews for my adolescent lit class, and several of the books are speculative, so I could easily tweak them and submit them if you're looking for book reviews.  Do we want them?
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Post by: Spriggan on February 28, 2007, 11:08:22 PM
of course.
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Post by: Nessa on March 01, 2007, 02:52:24 AM
I've been trying to limit book reviews to once a week (last week there were two because one was a fantasy, but the other a comic) so that it doesn't seem like so many and so they're spaced out. So submit as many as you want and they'll be posted, the order depending on what else is in the queue.
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Post by: Nessa on March 12, 2007, 05:15:24 PM
Ok, seriously people, there's nothing to post. Nada. Zip. Zilch. I posted one article last week (mine) and at this rate will only post one article this week (mine, again). I never intended to monopolize the front page, but you must admit, it's not my fault.
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Post by: 42 on March 12, 2007, 05:38:47 PM
I've got a review of a board game that is almost complete. I'll submit it tonight.

I have two rpg reviews I'm trying to get written as well. Hopefully one article for next week and another for the week after that.
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Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on March 12, 2007, 05:54:44 PM
I will struggle to write 1 of my three planned articles tonight.
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Post by: Spriggan on March 12, 2007, 06:34:23 PM
I submitted an article on Saturday, it should show up in your admin pannel under recent posted stuff.
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Post by: stacer on March 13, 2007, 11:12:55 PM
I have a perfect book for MsFish to review for Geek Girl if she's up for it. Otherwise, is there a girl who might be interested in reviewing an advance copy of Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress: A Girl's Guide to D&D?

But like I said, I think this would be a perfect book for MsFish. I mean, how could she resist a book that starts out with a list like:

Quote
Top 10 Myths about D&D

1. You need to speak with a British accent when playing
2. You have to play in a dark, dank basement in the home of someone's mother
...
6. It will take the rest of your natural life to learn the rules
7. If you start playing D&D, your friends will abandon you and your subscription to match.com will mysteriously be deactivated
...
9. You will start dressing like a musical theater major and insist on wearing leotards, capes, or turtlenecks

...and so forth. Lots of fun. Who shall I mail it to?

(Note: this book is aimed at girls like I was at one point--who have friends who might play, but don't play themselves, or who might have played a few times, or don't consider themselves the "gamer type." So if you don't game, you'll still find it a fun read.)
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Post by: Nessa on March 14, 2007, 12:14:05 AM
If Fish doesn't want it, I'll read it.
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Post by: MsFish on March 14, 2007, 08:20:22 AM
Oooh!  I want, I want!  I might do a regular review, rather than a geek girl, depending on what I have to say about it and whether I feel like there's enough geek-girl style material, but I soooo would love to review it.

Oh, and Nessa, I haven't forgotten about the reviews I said I'd submit.  It's on my to-do list.
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Post by: stacer on March 14, 2007, 08:48:03 AM
Cool, do what you want with it. I'll send it tomorrow. (I still think you'll love it for its Geek Girl-ness, but of course that's up to you to decide.)
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Post by: Spriggan on March 14, 2007, 05:13:46 PM
Stacer, since this is an advanced copy and something we'd be reviewing/talking about what's the time frame you have in mind or needed for this?  I'd hate to have you send us this and then not get to it for 4-5 months or put it out next month but then the book no come out for 6 months, that type of thing.
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Post by: stacer on March 14, 2007, 07:15:15 PM
It's being published in September, so a review anytime between now and then is fine. No rush, but also no worries if it comes out sooner, either. You'd just want to be sure to note when it'll be available in bookstores whenever the review runs. (That info is on the back of the ARC.)
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Post by: MsFish on March 15, 2007, 08:12:12 AM
Having five months to get the review done will be nice.  My reading schedule is booked for the rest of the semester, and I am burned out from the 26 books I read in the last four months.
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Post by: Nessa on March 18, 2007, 04:42:33 PM
Dibs for a review on the movie Amazing Grace.

By the way, we haven't heard much from the Brothers Gibbs lately...
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Post by: Nessa on March 28, 2007, 04:40:48 PM
42 is my new best friend. Unlike others *ahem* who have neglected submitting articles/reviews when they said they would.
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Post by: 42 on March 28, 2007, 04:53:01 PM
You're welcome, Nessa.

I hope to have another RPG review done for next week, but my writing schedule is rather packed. So it will be either next week or the week after that.
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Post by: Sigyn on March 29, 2007, 03:36:45 AM
I've written a review of The Game by Diana Wynne Jones.  Is that something TWG would be interested in?  I'd love to post it but I have no idea how to do the html for it.
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Post by: Spriggan on March 29, 2007, 03:48:01 AM
Post it and SE , Nessa or I will add the necessary HTML.  You don't have to have HTML in any article submitted, we can add it, but it just makes things easier (one less person that has to go threw it) just so you know.
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Post by: Nessa on March 29, 2007, 06:24:01 AM
For example, 42 didn't add HTML to his submission for today, but I was so happy that he had posted anything at all (there was nothing else in the queue), that I didn't mind adding it.
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Post by: Sigyn on March 29, 2007, 05:11:30 PM
Thanks.  I submitted it.
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Post by: Nessa on April 06, 2007, 03:12:12 PM
Hello? Anybody there? We need articles! Perferably a movie review or game review or something. Anything.
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Post by: Spriggan on April 06, 2007, 06:25:23 PM
I pretty much don't have time to do anything this month (finals and all), I might do something if I can but I wouldn't count on it.
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Post by: 42 on April 09, 2007, 03:29:18 PM
Merry Easter, Nessa!

I submitted a couple of articles. I decided to start writing Nerderys again. I submitted Nerdery 44 to the wrong department so I re-submitted it. Please, delete the one not in RPGs.
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Post by: Spriggan on April 09, 2007, 05:06:15 PM
Made a quick change to your "Meet THe Robinsons" review -- the donald duck short was orginally created in 3d in the 50s and was remastered to this new technology.

Also, for anyone reading this, if there was the option between no HTML in your articles when you subit or HTML generated by MS Word I'd would prefer no HTML.  MS Word generates really funky HTML and it takes me quite a while to clean things up.
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Post by: MsFish on April 10, 2007, 02:13:23 AM
Getting those reviews reformatted is on my to do list. Unfortunately it is also being trumped by my paper revision due Thursday.  I'll get them in soon. 
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Post by: Spriggan on April 10, 2007, 02:43:22 AM
NP, school comes first.

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Post by: Nessa on April 10, 2007, 04:12:06 AM
Sorry guys for not posting anything on the front page today. Just BARELY got online after a major computer crash. I'll post on Tuesday and then on regularly scheduled days.
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Post by: Spriggan on April 10, 2007, 04:37:20 AM
I covered today so there's no need to post tomorrow.
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Post by: Nessa on April 10, 2007, 03:57:01 PM
Oh! Cool. Didn't see. Thanks.

Edit: Just saw the nice long list of articles waiting int he queue! Thanks so much, everyone!
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Post by: Mad Dr Jeffe on April 10, 2007, 09:49:57 PM
I submitted on Saturday. :)
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Post by: Nessa on April 11, 2007, 04:57:24 AM
Yes, I've been without Internet and have been busy lately.
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Post by: MsFish on April 23, 2007, 05:30:10 AM
Just submitted seven of those book reviews from my class write-ups.  They aren't Shakespeare, but they're there when you need content.  Sorry it took me forever to get them done. 
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Post by: Nessa on April 23, 2007, 08:07:56 AM
Nessa does happy dance
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Post by: Nessa on May 05, 2007, 12:21:53 AM
And SE delivers! Woot! Thanks, muy muy mucho!
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Post by: EUOL on May 07, 2007, 11:13:36 PM
Cross posting a book review from my website today.  Blurb it on the front page if you desire.  (I don't know if Ms. Fish did one of this book yet or not.  The book section page isn't working.)


Edit--check the title.  I think I spelled it wrong, but can't edit it now.
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Post by: Nessa on May 09, 2007, 07:42:23 PM
Actually, Fish did submit one for this book just two weeks ago and it's scheduled to be posted today. That's why it wasn't showing up in the list, she had done it, but it wasn't posted yet. Since hers was first, I'll post hers and then I'll link to your website in the forum thread, if that's ok.
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Post by: MsFish on May 11, 2007, 05:49:32 AM
Mwahahahaha.  I win.
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Post by: Spriggan on May 11, 2007, 09:18:25 PM
Micah should be submitting a D&D review soon, hopefully this weekend.
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Post by: Spriggan on May 16, 2007, 09:03:18 AM
Duengonscape is set as admin only in the RPG section.

I subitted it for Micah because he couldn't get it to save himself.   If anyone else has this problem please let me know.
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Post by: Nessa on May 16, 2007, 03:28:30 PM
Um, it doesn't have a rating. Micah, how do you want me to rate it?
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Post by: Spriggan on May 16, 2007, 07:05:23 PM
oh crap forgot.  He had 5 stars on it (I'll add it).
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Post by: Nessa on May 16, 2007, 07:27:50 PM
Thanks.
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Post by: Spriggan on May 17, 2007, 10:01:53 PM
Users are now linked to an article they created/submitted via their forum id instead of name for any article submitted after this post, if there are any problems with submitting let me know I haven't fully tested every scenario yet.

Why this is good: Now I can write a script to auto update your total article count when something is approved instead of having to run a script that requires me to shift through the database and change everyone's names back to their forum log-in name.  so Nessa hasn't been getting credit for her book reviews because Nessa isn't her forum login name.

I'm also going to make the author name a link, if there's a forum account associated with it, and allow for people to click on that link to view all articles by that author.

This doesn't resolve any issues with multiple people being able to be listed as authors and getting credit.
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Post by: Nessa on June 11, 2007, 04:06:57 PM
So I don't have anything to post. I just started a bunch of books, but won't be finishing any I can write a review on until next week.

Does anyone have ANYTHING? The queue is empty. Book review? Movie review? Anything?
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Post by: Spriggan on June 11, 2007, 05:29:46 PM
I've got RPG stuff I'm reading but not going to be done for today.  I might have something for Wensday but my original target was Friday.
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Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on June 11, 2007, 05:34:17 PM
I barely have Internet access. Until the office gets a new ISP, consider me MIA.
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Post by: WriterDan on June 11, 2007, 06:47:47 PM
I just gave up on my most recent book (Deadhouse Gates).  So, I won't have any reviews for a little bit yet.
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Post by: JenaRey on June 11, 2007, 08:51:45 PM
I've got a couple of game reviews I'm putting together.  Should get those turned in in the next day or two.
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Post by: Nessa on June 11, 2007, 09:57:59 PM
Great! Thanks everyone. I'll keep my eyes glued to the in-box.
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Post by: Spriggan on June 18, 2007, 10:17:23 PM
I've populated enough RPG books out to people to cover us for one RPG review a week for at least 2 months and we got another shipment from Wizards that should cover a month (if we can whip a few of our reviewers into shape so they'll review what they have), if we can count on one Book review a week that will leave us with just one other day to fill.
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Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on June 21, 2007, 09:34:11 PM
Ok, so due to lack of being able to sleep right now (when I want to), I sat down and started writing. Then I decided to stop that and grab some comic books I've been meaning to review and have started work on those. I just finished my review of JLA v1 "New World Order." It's been submitted. Now onto Batman and the Monster Men.

EDIT: Batman and the Monster Men submitted!
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Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on June 21, 2007, 10:34:11 PM
Ok, I have a request/question to ask. Would it be possible to have, when my comic reviews are posted, to have them blurbed as:

"The Arbiter reviews: <comic name>! His judgment has been passed!"

Or something like that. You know?
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Post by: Nessa on June 22, 2007, 04:06:24 PM
Uh, I'll take it up with The Powers That Be.
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Post by: Spriggan on June 22, 2007, 06:34:16 PM
You are the power that be on this stuff.  You're the editor, you're incharge of blurbs and article so no need to clear it with the rest of us.
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Post by: Nessa on June 22, 2007, 08:18:15 PM
Dang it. Well, now I have no excuses. You were my out, Spriggan!

Gemm, I'm sorry, I'm not going to put that. Unless you give me some compelling reasons.
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Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on June 22, 2007, 09:05:18 PM
Well, there's no one else around here who reviews comics, and I figured that'd be a nice way to make them pop out a little more for the scavenging reader.

Also, I'd be more than happy to take any requests for reviewing certain comics, as long as I'm given time to hunt it down and rustle up the money to purchase it.
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Post by: 42 on June 25, 2007, 12:37:44 AM
I submitted a review of Goodman Game's Dungeon Crawl Classic #13: Crypt of the Devil Lich adventure module. To go with the review I submitted an article recounting a tournament that was played in conjuction witht the module. Not sure how you want to handle posting the two articles.
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Post by: Nessa on June 25, 2007, 05:07:16 AM
I'm thinking they could be posted in the same week, like on a Monday-Wednesday thing. Although it probably won't be until next week, at the earliest, because I believe this week has its quota.
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Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on June 25, 2007, 01:12:15 PM
Jeffe and I completed a pod cast interview with Stacy and one of her writers. It will be uploaded in a bit. It would be nice if that could run today, or if not today, than on Wednesday, so we can get it up before Wizards does, because they're going to.
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Post by: Shrain on July 14, 2007, 03:43:54 AM
I've got something y'all might be interested in. As an assignment for my Book Publicity class @ Emerson, I'm interviewing an author about her experiences in promoting her book. Stacy hooked me up with Tiffany Trent.

I know Jeffe and SE recently posted a podcast interview with Stacy and Tiffany. But this one will be focusing on the publicity more than the book. So I think the content will be significantly different. Shouldn't be too long. Maybe 15 minutes or so, depending on how chatty it turns out to be. I thought maybe I could submit it as another podcast interview. Yes?
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Post by: Spriggan on July 14, 2007, 05:44:23 AM
You'll want to talk to SE about that, this is his arena.

If you want to transcribe it we can always post the text interview here no problem.
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Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on July 16, 2007, 12:53:29 PM
it sounds substantively different to me. I have no problem running something like that.
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Post by: Shrain on July 16, 2007, 05:47:12 PM
Cool. So... how do I get the recording off my ipod/iTunes and give it to you??
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Post by: Spriggan on July 16, 2007, 06:00:25 PM
There should be a way to get what you recorded off the ipod via itunes, when you do let me know the file size and I'll PM you with a temp FTP account that you can use to upload it and then SE/Jeffe (I think they're really the same person) can download it.
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Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on July 16, 2007, 06:47:43 PM
You know, it's been thought before. You know how the twins in Lord of the Flies are often called "Samneric" instead of Sam and Eric? We have been called Jeffneric before.
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Post by: Mad Dr Jeffe on July 17, 2007, 05:34:54 PM
Well Shrain, we should start with what you have to record with.

Is it an Ipod w/ a set of speakers or a Digital audio recorder, or something else?

The big thing is to record it in an MP3 format with some sort of program... I like Audacity its free, powerful and fairly easy to use, but you could try something else.

We have FTP access through "E" so thats not a prob.

Ideally you should shoot for a 30 minute interview.

Id build in a little lead time to get set up, chitchat and relax. If you get phlegmy bring a little water. Also try and write down a few questions on note cards before. Dont script! It'll sound like your reading.

But Im getting ahead of myself...

what equipment are you working with?
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Post by: Shrain on July 18, 2007, 12:33:51 AM
Hey, Jeffe,
I think I answered all your questions in our IM convo today. I even managed to convert it to MP3 and save it on my desktop.

So now I just need info about the FTP account. So I'll send Jeffe and SE a PM. The file size is 37.2 MB. Thanks!
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on July 18, 2007, 01:03:07 AM
I'll send you a temp ftp account later today shrain, no one should have access to SE's FTP account but him and some other amins not even Jeffe--it's a root level account and I don't want too many people with access to that.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Shrain on July 18, 2007, 02:03:19 AM
Hey, Sprigg,
Somethin' ain't right here... I tried to log in to TWG with that username and pin, but it didn't work. Just got a mssg saying that the username doesn't exist.  ???
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on July 18, 2007, 04:33:33 PM
it's an FTP account, you need an ftp client to access it or use IE's FTP client by going to ftp://timewastersguide.com/, using the logon I gave you then opening the FTP site explorer in IE 7.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Shrain on July 19, 2007, 06:13:18 PM
Mission accomplished! At least, I am pretty sure I got the file onto the temporary FTP site now. Sprigg, can you or SE take a look?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on July 19, 2007, 07:10:03 PM
Neither one of us can see it, Shrain. Are you sure it copied? Maybe you need to just file send it to me over MSN and I can upload it.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on August 13, 2007, 08:58:53 PM
I'm going to have the other table top game article finished this week but I may not do anything for a week or so, I've got plenty of books to read but I don't think I have the time to actually get another one read for a while.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on August 14, 2007, 02:48:10 PM
I swear I have a ton coming, actually
I have buckets of stuff I need to write up.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on August 14, 2007, 04:30:52 PM
Which would be really great since there's nothing in the queue for me to post...
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: MsFish on September 01, 2007, 09:15:14 PM
I just submitted a review for Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress, which Stacer sent me to review.  It's there when you need it. 

Also, I submitted reviews of a Lilith Saintcrow book and the new Kitty book--both of which I thought I'd reviewed, but realized I hadn't.  Those two aren't terribly long (500 wordsish), but they're there.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on September 03, 2007, 03:49:24 AM
There was a blank one for a Video Game, MsFish. Did you have trouble with that submission? Should I delete it? Do you want to resubmit it?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: MsFish on September 06, 2007, 03:35:52 PM
Huh.  That's strange.  Which ones did you get so I know which ones to resubmit?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on September 06, 2007, 03:39:29 PM
Confessions (of course already posted) and Working for the Devil. Just those two.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: MsFish on September 06, 2007, 08:56:24 PM
K.  I'll repost Kitty.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on September 24, 2007, 04:21:44 PM
Ok, I need stuff! Send me articles! Send me reviews! Even links for a blog article...anything!

And SE promised buckets, but has yet to deliver.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on September 24, 2007, 07:33:47 PM
I've got plenty to review but just not a lot of time to actually read any of it.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Holy Saint, Grand High Poobah, Master of Monkeys, Ehlers on September 25, 2007, 03:27:09 PM
And SE promised buckets, but has yet to deliver.

This is the story of Eric's life. Eric told you, he will deliver when his arm isn't in constant pain. Typing this is enough of an annoyance.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on October 08, 2007, 04:21:28 PM
Somebody, anybody, send me stuff to post!!!
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Mad Dr Jeffe on October 08, 2007, 11:21:26 PM
request granted... review of Moonlight on the ways! ;D
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on October 18, 2007, 04:54:49 AM
And, thus, Nessa wisheth for more submissions. As the queue remaineth desolate in its emptiness; the hollowness of its existence the cause of great weeping and gnashing of teeth.

And, lo, there were more submissions.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on October 22, 2007, 05:23:23 PM
That's more like it, 42, thanks for posting. I was beginning to worry that my prognostications were wrong.  ;)
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Jade Knight on October 24, 2007, 07:31:08 AM
More on the way, truly, per what has been discussed.  Revisions are forthcoming.  Then expect an inundation.  I shall say no more here.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on October 26, 2007, 06:05:38 PM
I'm heading to work right now, however, I just finished writing my review of Neil Young's "Chrome Dreams II". Now, I don't know if you want it, but I'm going to look it over at work and fix anything that needs fixing when I get home.

I'll be looking for a reply when I get home.  ;)
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on October 26, 2007, 06:18:54 PM
Silly Gemm, of course I want more submissions. How else are all these men going to have a reprieve from all the girly book reviews I've been posting?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Gemm: Rock & Roll Star; Born to Rock on October 27, 2007, 04:31:32 PM
Well, I submitted it. It's over 650 words, so it's a long one (for a music review I'd say).
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on December 09, 2007, 04:54:05 PM
No one is allowed to complain that there's nothing new on the front page this week because whenever I talk to anyone about writing up something all I get are exuses. So. I'm not harassing people anymore. But then, no one is allowed to harass me!
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: MsFish on December 14, 2007, 02:04:37 AM
My fiance Drew wrote a review for Sweeney Todd and just submitted it.  He gave it a really high rating, but I saw the film with him last week and I can vouch for him.  It was dang good.  I'd have written the review myself, but I didn't have time, and he's the film student anyway.  :)

So yay.  You have content.  The movie doesn't come out until the 21st, I believe, (we went to a screening), so I don't know when you'll want to post it. 
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on December 14, 2007, 06:33:27 AM
Cool! I'll post it next Wednesday. Thanks for the heads-up.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Mad Dr Jeffe on April 04, 2008, 08:35:51 PM
2 new reviews submitted to yall. And yeah, I'm not dead, Ive just been Pining for the Fijords.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on April 04, 2008, 08:39:12 PM
Good to see you're still around! Ya, I'm putting them on the schedule. Thanks!
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Mad Dr Jeffe on April 06, 2008, 07:27:42 PM
yep Im back for a bit, though Id forgotten how dead weekends were here. Oh I added another article, column on Podcasts. Its basically a podcasts you should be listening too column, and I hope to add 3-4 every week or so.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Jade Knight on April 28, 2008, 11:47:06 AM
I may just have a few game reviews I'd be happy to write once the semester is over (some 2 weeks).  Just an FYI.  Bug me if I don't come up with anything within the month.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Faster Master St. Pastor on April 28, 2008, 10:52:03 PM
Hey, I was wondering how exactly one such as myself would go about writing an article for the first time.  For some reason I want to do it, so how would I be able to?  Would I need a specific topic or whatnot, or can I basically just do whatever I want?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on April 29, 2008, 01:49:51 AM
Do whatever you want as long at it fits with what the site normally covers, then goto "Submit and Article" on the front page and paste.

It's not recomended that you write the article in the submit page because the CAPTCHA could cause you to loose what you entered if you type that in wrong.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Faster Master St. Pastor on April 29, 2008, 02:00:20 AM
So basically book reviews, comic books, RPG, video games, movies and the like mostly?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Sigyn on April 29, 2008, 05:42:30 PM
Can I do reviews of manga?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on April 29, 2008, 07:37:39 PM
We will take pretty much any reviews: manga, movies, books, RPGs, etc. If you're doing a book you might check to see if we've already reviewed it. It does not have to be a recently published book. We don't usually review books by authors in our forums.

If I, Nessa, am not partial to your review I won't post it. If you want to know why i won't post it, then you can PM me about it. Otherwise, be patient because I only post 2-3 a week.

We also take non-reviews (columns), in which you can discuss anything you want.

Fastor, if you submit, I will usually edit it before it's posted and if I have questions or need you to change things, then I will contact you. Make sure to include the email you want to communicate with.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: charity on May 02, 2008, 02:12:12 AM
How fun. Can I play too?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on May 02, 2008, 03:28:30 PM
How fun. Can I play too?

Yes. Anyone can submit.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Faster Master St. Pastor on May 04, 2008, 09:25:47 PM
So, what are the stipulations on writing columns?  I'm guessing it'd be best if I didn't go off on some tangent about neo-nazi lizards bent on the destruction of organized religion, no?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on May 05, 2008, 09:53:53 AM
Look at what's been accepted before. Use that as your guide. Read them and you'll get an idea what will be accepted.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Sigyn on May 05, 2008, 07:01:32 PM
I submitted two manga reviews, but they're pretty short.  Let me know if they need to be longer, or if they're okay.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Faster Master St. Pastor on May 05, 2008, 10:04:58 PM
Alright, sounds good. I'll probably write something and submit it within the next week or two.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Shrain on August 11, 2008, 04:51:51 AM
Hey, Nessa, I submitted a review that I've been meaning to finish for a while. Yay! Only thing is, I goofed with the title a little bit. I meant to entitle it like so: "Adults Need Not Exist: Michael Grant's Gone." But I accidentally wrote "apply" instead of "exist." :P Can you fix that for me whenever you post it? Thanks!!
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on September 09, 2008, 08:04:26 PM
****Right now the submissions page from the front page is not working. If you have an article to submit, please email it to me or one of the admins and they will make sure it gets to me. I will begin posting articles as soon as Spriggan has it fixed.****
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Spriggan on September 15, 2008, 08:36:12 AM
Fixed.  Sorry it took so long.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on September 25, 2008, 07:03:36 PM
Yes, it's working just fine, now, people, so feel free to submit articles for the front page.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Jade Knight on February 13, 2009, 06:14:39 PM
We need to do something to get these new folks writing the occasional article I figure people ought to be capable of writing an article at least once every 15 levels or so...
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Reaves on February 13, 2009, 10:02:23 PM
Uh-oh...I guess you're looking at me  ;D I haven't written a single thing, and I'm a bit past 15 now...
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Miyabi on February 13, 2009, 10:39:31 PM
I haven 't written one in ages.  Then again, it has been ages since I went and saw a movie. xD  I guess I could have written one on some of the books I read.  >>

-Thinks-

I may have to do that when I get off work tonight. 

Star Wars:
Darth Bane:
Path of Destruction

Was a very good book.  I like how the subtitle has a subtitle.

ha ha.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Necroben on February 14, 2009, 12:37:13 AM
Is there anything in particular that y'all are looking for?  Movies, books, games, new or older stuff?
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Peter Ahlstrom on February 14, 2009, 01:42:26 AM
My guess would be yes.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Silk on February 14, 2009, 01:47:28 AM
We need to do something to get these new folks writing the occasional article I figure people ought to be capable of writing an article at least once every 15 levels or so...

Well then. As of right now, I'm officially on reading break, so I'll see what I can come up with in the next little while.

:D
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on February 14, 2009, 02:28:59 AM
If you are writing an article/review, be sure to read what we've posted in the past so you can get an idea of the format and style of what we will post.

If I don't like it I won't post it. That means bad writing or profanity. That kind of stuff makes me grumpy.

If I like it, but it needs work, I'll email you and give comments so you can resubmit it.

You can always PM me if you submit something to make sure I see it. I don't always look at the queue lately since there's been so little activity. And, well, I'm a little burned out myself on writing book reviews lately, so haven't done anything for a while.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Jade Knight on February 17, 2009, 05:32:30 AM
Generally, though, we like anything.  That said, we prefer newer stuff.  I also don't think we've posted a music review yet (have we?)
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Silk on February 18, 2009, 10:27:14 PM
Any rules on submitting more than one review at a time? I'll take a look at what's up there first, but I have a couple things I could maybe do.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: Nessa on February 19, 2009, 12:27:51 AM
Any rules on submitting more than one review at a time? I'll take a look at what's up there first, but I have a couple things I could maybe do.

You can submit as many as you'd like. I just won't post them all at once. Usually if there's more than one thing to post I do a Monday/Wednesday/Friday rotation.
Title: Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
Post by: The Jade Knight on February 19, 2009, 09:35:46 AM
Maybe we should switch to Monday/Friday?