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March 21st, 2002
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After staying up too late last night trying to read some past issues of New Genre (at least there are only two of them), I got up this morning at 6 feeling like staying in bed, not getting up and writing. I got up and got ready, and then decided to at least read over some of my old writing, which is always a chore. I picked up a story I had started sometime around the beginning of the year and never finished. I read it for 15 minutes, making a few minor editorial changes (change em dashes to colons, inserting a missing word, stuff like that). I like the story, but not how I was originally intending it. I'm not sure what I'll do with it, but I think this will be my focus for my writing time in the morning (I figure I'll aim for 15 miuntes, and do more if it happens). I'm going to try to get it into some decent shape and see about submitting it online somewhere. I definitely don't think I'll be ready for print magazines any time soon, so building up rejection letters from online publishers should be a decent goal for now. I was thinking about making a web page called "100 Rejection Letters". I could just put all my rejection letters there, with the stated goal of collecting 100 of them. We'll see what heppens.

Looney game night was fun, although I only ended up playing one game. cthulhia and I went to Kinko's beforehand and made up 4 RAMbots screens on colored card stock, one color for each of the 4 Icehouse colors in the game. We had Rocket Red, Lunar Blue, Terra Green, and Sunburst Yellow. For $0.92 and a little bit of swearing at a copy machine, we made some pretty decent screens, using the picture from Playing with Pyramids. We'll have to figure out some way to make them able to stand up a little better, but they are a vast improvement over what we'd had before, which was pretty much whatever we could find to stick in front of our pieces (we ended up using folded up Harry Potter Trading Card Game promo posters that the store had around last game night, which was less than optimal). And one of the biggest benefits of the screens was that it was easier to remember which color I was.

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From:magid
Date:March 21st, 2002 06:03 am (UTC)

rambot screens

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if you end up making any more of these, a halpful thing would be to put a qick list of what the different colors do, up in a corner somewhere as a quick reference. thanks for teaching the game.
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From:queue
Date:March 21st, 2002 06:15 am (UTC)

Re: rambot screens

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Yeah, they're not the best reference cards, but, since I only thought again about doing it when I was at work yesterday, I didn't really have time to come up with anything better for last night. I think we could probably come up with something good.

So, besides a color reference, what other features would you as a new player find helpful on the screen?
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From:magid
Date:March 21st, 2002 06:32 am (UTC)

Re: rambot screens

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the color-coded screen was really helpful for me.

in order of helpfulness to me:

the cheatsheet list would help.

reminder that changing orientation counts as one of the moves dictated by the program. (ie might need a bigger piece than you thought, so don't miscalculate that bit.)

reminder that other people's pieces can be knocked over to meet your goal, plus listing the situations when one player has to give another player one (or 2) pieces, & how those pieces are determined.

if for a bunch of newbies playing together, a rminder of the original order of color precedence and that the bottom one moves to the top.
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From:mud_puppy
Date:March 21st, 2002 06:29 am (UTC)

Rejection Letters!

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OOh, maybe I could add my collection of rejection letters. Course, mine are all from auditions I'd taken when I was still playing & pursuing a career in music, but I kept all of them. I also kept all of my college rejection letters. Wierd!

I never understood why I kept them. Maybe it's because I'm part pack-rat.
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From:queue
Date:March 21st, 2002 06:49 am (UTC)

Re: Rejection Letters!

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If you send me your rejection letters in some electronic format, I'd be happy to post them. That will probably give me some impetus to actually make the site, too.
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From:cthulhia
Date:March 21st, 2002 07:15 am (UTC)

Re: Rejection Letters!

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Make sure you have a lot of motivational quotes about why you need to keep trying. And include, if not the letter, points when the recipient was not rejected in some aspect. Carefully done, it could be an affirming site that is the toast of the Salon.com's.
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From:queue
Date:March 21st, 2002 07:24 am (UTC)

Re: Rejection Letters!

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It's not going to be a motivational site for me. It's going to be proof that I've actually done writing and sent things out to people. More of a monument to perseverance than an inspiration.
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From:slinkr
Date:March 21st, 2002 07:58 am (UTC)

Re: Rejection Letters!

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I think it's a cool idea, but you may want to keep it a secret. I can just picture some poor website editor sitting there with your story in one window and Google in another saying "I really liked this story, but Kevin has 99 rejection letters and only needs one more..."
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From:bitty
Date:March 21st, 2002 08:09 am (UTC)

Secret Identities

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He could change the names to protect the guilty, and use one of the many fun domains we know of.

"rejection@32bitculture.com"
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