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A social space to chat with other community members, toast new launches and get together. 

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Hi Everyone,

Although I usually consider myself reasonably tech savvy with this sort of thing, I'm finding Townhouse very hard to navigate, more so since the changes this weekend. Could anyone tell me the best way to get the maximum out of townhouse. Is it to join the groups and visit them individually to catch up on the latest? Or are there some posts not in the groups? Or is there some other way I'm missing. Up until this weekend I was scrolling through the front page, picking up the new messages and commenting, then checking the same posts later for responses. Now I can't do that. I also can't rely on notifications because I get too many.

Any help appreciated :)

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Well, I thought I posted on here, yesterday, when I popped in to put my feet up & have a soy latte, but it seems to have disappeared - story of my life where technology is concerned 😏

I was just apologising for being a stranger & marking the moment in time when my MS has finally left the nest & gone out to (hopefully) find its place in the big, wide world 😲

Five query/sample submissions & one full MS request sorted. It would have been SO much easier if they had all asked for the same sample material, but when was life ever simple?

Now, I have no excuse for putting off all those jobs that have been piling up 😏 So being a writer & a past master of procrastination, i drifted in here, instead! That big leather armchair looks so very comfy by the fire... ☕🔥

I will not start checking my email every five minutes. I WILL NOT! 

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My turn for a celebratory glass of wine. I am thinking that “I’ll pass but do send your submission to one of my colleagues” (along with a link to said colleagues) is a whole lot better than just the usual “no thanks” or the even more usual stony silence! Onwards and upwards. Cheers😀


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Stopping by for a glass of wine. 

Feeling quite pleased and excited because I'm on Chapter 24 of 30 of the rewrite of my WIP. I know that even when I've 'finished' there's still loads of work to do, but getting this far has been so slow-going (COVID curse) that it finally feels I'm breaking the back of it.

Cheers!

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Hi all, 

A new version of UNA was released two nights ago. This is the platform on which the community is built. Some members have noticed it's no longer so easy to share files. Reposting my answer here, which hopefully helps. You can still add files to forum posts: 

But NOT posts on your own feeds or within groups from the 'post' function at the top.

However, you can share files through the 'Files' section of groups: 

You can also add files through the + sign menu under your profile (yours will look slightly different to this as I'm an admin but it should broadly act the same): 



And then:

Sorry for the confusion, this update happened unexpectedly and I'm still looking at the impact. This is another reason why I'm so excited to redevelop our community! 

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What is everyone reading at the moment? Do you find you can't read from the same genre you're writing in or it'll bleed into your WIP? I'm actually *hoping* for that to happen for once. The book I'm currently drafting has some stylised sections and one of them is Noir. Think mild pastiche... so I'm reading a lot of Noir. I've just re-read The Big Sleep and now on Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes (which is fantastic, if you've not read it, the pace is 100 straight out of the gate). What about you? 

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We now have a group for erotic literature writers! It's called "Erotic Literature Writers." Shocker there. The intention is to have a place we can peer review pieces containing sexual or erotic content and have discussions around and about such content. Join us!

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Just stopping by for a glass of sherry. I'll be in the armchair by the fizzling, popping, definitely not roaring (too clichéd) fire.

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Went to bed with a smile on my face and slept for four hours, before getting up again to see this. 

I've had no inspiration what-so-ever for two weeks, but today I have new energy to start again!

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Came home from work after night shift yesterday morning around 7.30am, made myself a cuppa then opened my bedroom curtains. The dawn greeted me with this beautiful sunrise 

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Camille tea and thinking of Sci-Fi lore, is there anything better after a stint of un-inspiration and melancholy.


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Random musing time again: letters. I just gave my teenage son some addresses so he could send something to relatives through the actual post. I got the expected grunt. It got me thinking. We are quite a spread out family (as far as you can be based in England) and I used to see my grandparents only once or maybe twice a year. I spent a lot of my childhood writing letters. People don’t do that anymore. Holiday postcard = selfie on instagram, thank you letter = text if you’re lucky, love letter = heart emoji. As for a penpal... what’s the point of that when you can contact anyone in the world instantly? Am I a sentimental fool or are the youngsters today missing out on something? (I could say answers on a postcard but...)