Roundabout Views - Blog Posts

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11/30/2018 - 2:36pm

Constructive criticism. We all need it. Otherwise, it would be much more difficult for us to be able to identify the weaknesses within our work, and we would fail to grow. But how do we as writers learn to deal with the harsh reality that not everyone will enjoy our work?

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11/11/2018 - 1:44am

Well, it’s that time of the year again. November, the month of “no’s” is upon us.

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10/22/2018 - 10:11am

For some of us, the concept of creating a novel or even a short story for that matter is very simple.

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09/21/2018 - 10:28pm

So, if you’re anything like me, that makes you a huge nerd. Sorry that I had to be the one to tell you.

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09/11/2018 - 11:47am

Greeting’s readers of Mile Marker Review, I’m Hannah Lyles, a writer for MMR.

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08/23/2018 - 5:25pm

Hello, all. My name is Connor Baxter, and since someone made the incredibly poor choice of letting me have website privileges, everyone is going to have to deal with me for quite a while.

I am a creative writing major sporting an unhealthy obsession with fire. At multiple times throughout my life I have bowed to fireworks, making everyone on my block profoundly uncomfortable. My favorite subjects to write about are murder and mayhem respectively, with a focus on fantasy.

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04/04/2018 - 8:58pm

The school year is ending and in a month I will be graduating from Cowley County Community College. Wow! It's very weird to read that. I'd like to say that I'm ready, but honestly, I'm not sure. There are so many things that are going to change over the next couple of years. I will be attending a different school with different people with possibly much more difficult courses. I'm going to miss Cowley and I know I'm going to miss seeing the many friends that I have made here along the way even more.

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05/10/2017 - 12:21pm

Questions! Questions! Questions! Are you trying to come up with a plausible story to write about? Sci-Fi? Romantic? Adventure? The selection of topics can be overwhelming. What appeals to you? What do you feel comfortable with? Is there an experience you’ve had that can guide you? How much effort is needed to put into it? Do you have the requisite time?

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10/28/2016 - 10:59am

Last weekend, four students, two teachers, and I went to the Nimrod Journal's writing conference in Tulsa Oklahoma. It was the first time that I had ever been to a writing conference let alone any conference, so I wasn't really sure what to expect when I got there. At the conference, they had many different classes that you could take but the one that I took was Publishing 101.

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09/22/2016 - 12:00pm

Let me be honest; I might be a fantastic student now, but I wasn’t a very good student back in high school. Or middle school. Let’s face it, even elementary school wasn’t that great in terms of my academic success (or social success).
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I didn’t get good grades and I didn’t join clubs (or I did but then never went to any of the meetings). As a kid, I would do practically anything to not go to school and I didn’t have a lot of friends.

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09/02/2016 - 4:19pm

I define talent as something that someone loves and is good at. Capabilities people can feel resonating in their fingertips and toes; vibrating beneath the bones. It doesn’t have to necessarily be normal or even popular. Two of the greatest things to be passionate about are things that no one thinks about,and stuff that everything thinks about. Although thinking about ideas that are uncommon could be a lonely life, it could also be one full of original thought.

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08/16/2016 - 7:43pm

Who doesn’t love a little spiritual twist to a story? A little Norse paganism here, a little Christian lore there, maybe throw in a hint of some Celtic druid history. I for one love seeing hints of religion and mythology in the books I read and the stories I write. But here’s the thing; you have to do it right. If you don’t want to do it right or don’t have the dedication to do it right, don’t do it at all.

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04/19/2016 - 3:09pm

Sometimes a question mark or an exclamation point is just not enough. There are far too many times where I’ve found myself writing and come across a sentence that needs an extra punch of emotion that I just can't get from words alone.
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For example:

“She’s pregnant!” or “She’s pregnant?”

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04/16/2016 - 2:01pm

As I was sitting at a dining room table in an unfamiliar house in an unfamiliar city with an unfamiliar family that was my boyfriend’s, I realized something. Cultures connect the world. This is inspirational because there are other worlds out there that we don’t even realize are hidden within our own until we become part of them.

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04/10/2016 - 5:37pm

Food, for the longest of times, has brought people together, whether two people are just meeting for coffee, or friends are going out to lunch or dinner. Family dinners spent at the table instead of in front of the TV or computer, birthday parties full of food and sweets, BBQs at a family friend’s house that has a pool, 4th of July on your uncle’s farm, accidently setting fire to the field across from his house (and this is why we keep a bucket of water handy, folks), so many different ways that food brings people together.

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04/10/2016 - 3:14pm

Fanfiction has been around for decades. Originally coined in 1939, fanfiction has become something of a taboo term, usually associated with silly teenage girls fulfilling their own fantasies through popular characters in fiction. The original Star Trek series popularized this aspect of fandom in the 1960s, with women dominating the literary category as they sent in their pieces to fanzines, who it turn published them for the general public.
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04/05/2016 - 4:37pm

The cupcake recipe I’m about to give you is one of the best recipes that I’ve ever ran across and made. I can’t make cake from scratch to save my life, but I can make these Butterbeer cupcakes. Yes, you heard me right. Butterbeer. Like from Harry Potter. It exists, and you can find the drink at Hogwarts in Universal Studios, Orlando, or at the Harry Potter theme park in England. This is one of my favorite recipes because it’s not just throwing things together and mixing it, then throwing it in a pan.

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03/16/2016 - 9:36pm

I despised reading the required books I was assigned in high school. I could never pinpoint why I hated reading Of Mice and Men, I Am the Cheese, The Outsiders, and various other books that got so much praise from my classmates and teachers. There were many instances where I refused to even read the book, preferring to just skim it to get the necessary information I needed in order to pass my assignments.

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03/02/2016 - 4:54pm

Grunge was something fierce in the 90’s, but the hype had to die at some point, which really sucks. It was invented -or created, or dug up, who really knows-in the mid 80’s because everyone in this country had problems then, but surprisingly in early 90’s, it sparked huge attention to bands like Nirvana or Sublime. It’s so weird because no one under the president had anything to complain about; mortgage was okay, the deficit was at a minimum and gas didn’t cost an arm/leg deposit.

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02/16/2016 - 3:45pm

Language.

La langue.

Lingvo.

Gengo.
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That is the word language in the four languages that I can either speak proficiently, or am learning. English, French, Esperanto, and Japanese. I like to learn languages because I feel like it opens doors for me not only other countries, but also other worlds. You can visit a country without knowing their language, but you can’t truly know the country without knowing it.

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02/04/2016 - 8:09pm

An anonymous quote I found read, “Today – I will. Tomorrow – I will. There is no muse. There is only me, and what I do or do not do.” I think this applies to writing in many ways. We always tell ourselves when and what we’re going to write, if you’re anything like myself. Also if you’re anything like myself, you know this doesn’t work. Any time I set aside a time for myself to write, I feel forced. I feel pressured, I feel like I can’t do it.
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