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Charles M.


Syosset, NY
Hometown: Syosset, NY

Member since:

June 25, 2013


What are your expectations of the group?

I have little in the way of expectation for this group or anything else. Expectations invite disappointments. My hope of the group is that I can submit my latest work to the group (or some portion of it) for review, so it can be evaluated, critiqued, and edited to the greatest extent it can be. In exchange for this boon, I will gladly offer my own editorial services (which are pretty strong, on the whole), grammar/punctuation, sentence structure, content (story valence, continuity, irony enrichment, etc.), and even some word-process formatting. What's more I can critique nearly anything, granting it's not too dry, like tutorials of Unix. Poetry, fiction, screen writing, plays, and non-fiction too. I just edited a play a friend of mine wrote that was a sequel to Romeo & Juliet and am going in for a second sortie of the work.

What type of writing do you enjoy?

I like a vast swathe of fiction, but tend to most frequently gravitate to work that features twisted plots, dark content, callous humor, and abrasive subject matter. I hate gratuitous ANYthing, but if it is earned I even like a happy ending now and again. I grew up on comic books, evolved into a victim of the graphic novel. and have found some of my favorite work produced in this medium -- particularly by British authors (though I have some favorite American ones, too). I'm fond of the personal level a 1st person narrative delivers but picky about the narrator. They have to be interesting, and it's difficult to standardize what that formula is, probably because the interesting narrators are always the innovators of new standards. I try to adhere to the four rules taught to me by the movie Search and Destroy. 1: The past is pointless. 2: Strength needs no excuse. 3. We apologize for the things that we want. and 4. Just because it happened to you, doesn't make it interesting.


Hi. Amateur writer. Ayatolah of macabre work, frequently to a fault. Just finished a novella (150 pgs. give/take) about the parents of the Newtown shooting victims and what they do after the senatorial filibuster disgrace on gun reform.

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