Thursday, February 01, 2007

First Chapters Update

Moving this up to the top so no one forgets!!

Okey dokey. My first chapter has been posted in the contest. I have 23 votes at the moment, but I want more, please.

During the first round, the chapters are posted for 14 days and then pulled to make room for the 50 gazillion people entering this contest. So, if you choose to vote...

21 comments:

Sassy Sundry said...

I voted! I voted! I voted for you!

Well, I gave your chapter a 10 and wrote nice things about it.

Robyn said...

I saw that. thank you very much. I'm wondering though, if we all pop in and give the poor girl a 10, will it look a little funny? 10 is for perfect, and she's not perfect, not quite. I am trying not to be obsessed about watching the whole thing.

Old Knudsen said...

yer stuff is worthy of a 10, don't put yer own stuff doon leave that to others, I gave you a 1 due to lack of midget sex.

Old Knudsen said...

you know I'm kidding right?

you're a 10 robyn.

lynn said...

I'm going to, i did try but it wasn't straightforward at all and i didn't have time to work it out. Give us an idiot's guide and i'll do it gladly, you worthy author you. Are you reading my novel, Robyn? Well you should be! I was reading yours but you pulled it. Loved it.

Ah, Old K's a real sweetie isn't he? Love that cute little turn of phrase he has, too. Ahhh...

dive said...

Thanks for the link, Robyn. It saved me searching through all those windows again.
Ten stars. No messing.

Robyn said...

Dive, I can't thank you enough. Well, I probably could--I'll just say "thank you!" and let it go at that.

Old Knusdon, you're a dear. Thank you as well, and I'm sorry I couldn't include anything spicy there for you. It's one of 21 chapters, and there isn't a single spicy treat in the whole stinking thing.

Lynn, at gather.com there should be a spot in the upper right hand corner to sign up (free). My plan was to read your novel after I finished obsessing over my own, so I'll get right to it. Thanks for the compliment about mine. Sorry to pull the story before you were finished. I can send it to you if you really want it.

dive said...

Good morning, Robyn.

Thank you for your thank you. It was my pleasure.
Hey, my Maryanne link still works but it only gives the first two chapters (which is when I set it up).
So when the competition's over and you're grinning like a fool at your prize, re-establishing the full link would be nice.

In the meantime, for anyone who hasn't printed off all 21 chapters like Rich has, the second chapter is still available on my sidebar.

lynn said...

Nope, can't see where to sign up. I am notoriously impatient, but even so i just can't see how to vote. Dive did your link take you to the voting page? Can you give it to me?

I'm just reviewing a book at the moment Robyn but as soon as i've finished that, i'll ask for your novel please yes.

Robyn said...

Lynn, sorry this is so irritating. Here is a link to sign up. After you register, go to my story, and at the bottom, there is a place to click 1 through 10 and a place to leave a comment.

http://www.gather.com/register.jsp?beamBack=joinGroup.jsp%3fgrpId%3d3659174697244428&grpId=3659174697244428

Sassy Sundry said...

Robyn, I'd say that I'd do a cheer for you, but I think Old K did something even better.

lynn said...

Thanks Robyn...sigh....for some reason it doesn't want my vote. I tried five times, getting through easily to your excellent link but thereafter my username/email was taken so filled in again and again and finally got repeatedly Page Not Found. Sorry, i can't vote Robyn but i have tried at length and for the record, i would give it a NINE !!!!!

Robyn said...

Sorry, Lynn, that this has been such a pain. It's nice of you to try, and it's great that you would thoughtfully give it a 9 and not just automatically give it a 10.

dive said...

Hey! No automatic about it.
You know what I think from our emails, so it's a very carefully considered ten!

Robyn said...

Dive, I just read a very well-thoughtout comment by some guy, and he actually said my characters are underdeveloped. What's up with that? I think it's a flaw with just posting the first chapter--can't squeeze everything into the opening scene.

He did have a point about having Brittany at the table when Jean says bad things about the kid's father, though.

dive said...

I'm with you on the first chapter thing, Robyn.
Maryann can't show her full character until she reacts to circumstance, and the circumstances she has to react to have yet to happen (or at least have yet to be revealed) in chapter one.

If you developed her fully in chapter one, there'd be nothing left to write about.

And as for Jean; friends and neighbours are like that. They're not perfect. It's real life.

JanieBelle said...

Robyn, don't stress over that guy.

His point about Brit at the table might be valid in NeverNeverLand, but real people say dumb things in front of kids sometimes.

Your characters are very well developed, and very real world.

He's a dork.

JanieBelle said...

See, Dive agrees with me. He just types faster.

:)

Robyn said...

JanieBelle and Dive, and can be such a freak about stuff like this, so stick around and say nice things to counteract the criticism that is sure to pop up over the next few days.

Molly said...

I'm really excited for you and your participation in this project, Robyn! I've been checking in to see the new comments and I just left one of my own. Did you take the novel down off your blog though? I was only halfway through it! I suppose I'll have to wait and buy it off a bookstore shelf :-)

Robyn said...

Molly, thank you!!! Somebody voted yesterday and brought my rank down a bit, the jerk. I took the story offline because I understood from the contest rules that the full story couldn't appear anywhere else. If I tank in this contest, I'll put it back up.