My laptop is tantalizingly close to arriving. It hit FedEx’s D/FW hub Friday night and on Saturday was put on a truck for delivery. There it will sit until Monday, since the delivery will only take place on a business day.
Translation: I’m in anticipation overdrive, and I’ll be very busy once it finally does arrive on Monday.
There is a second factor adding to my heightened anticipation: I’m going back to active status in The Ubergroup on Scribophile. This won’t happen for a couple of weeks, so I’ll at least have time to get used to the new computer first.
An explanation of the second factor is in order. As you can see from the button to the right, Scribophile is a site designed to help writers hone their craft and finish/polish their works in progress, among other things. I’ve been a member for around two years.
For a good part of that time, I’ve also been a member of a part of Scribophile called The Ubergroup. To reduce it to its most basic description, it’s a group comprised of many critique-swapping teams, each having around five members. The group owner and moderators do their best to make sure that the team members’ works have something in common. I’ve mainly been on teams that concentrated on “speculative” fiction. My specialty is science fiction, but speculative covers other sub-genres as well, such as fantasy, supernatural, and post-apocalyptic works.
In any case, I’ve been a dormant member since the 2015/2016 transition while I concentrated on a music project. I believe I’m mostly done with that, so I applied to be reinstated on what is called “crit-only” status (where you critique other team members’ works, but they don’t have to critique yours). I was accepted and placed into a group that looks quite interesting.
In short, I’m going to be rather busy for more reasons than just getting a new laptop. I’ll be working on the newest revision of Tapper until the next six-week-long critique cycle begins, and will be both writing and critiquing after that point.
BTW, if you have any intention of becoming a writer, I cannot recommend Scribophile highly enough. It is an invaluable resource, and it is free for anyone who wants to test-drive it for however long they want. There is a yearly fee required to be given access to more site features, but it is reasonable and well worth the investment.
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