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ifyouplease
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resurrecting the old site is worthwhile only because of the personal pages of members, because we could add favorite authors and favorite articles. If this can be done here then all we need is a few editors to nib and no publishing days at least for now. would i rejoin the resurrected site? of course if it wasn't just a forum. 

i have absolutely no problem with our personal page as they are now, however. 

There are members that can be approached to become the new nibbers. UKA picks was a good thing. Prose that's one of the biggest problems. I think it's also one the reasons of the situation we are all facing. 

I also think that ukanthology is extra baggage. Should be forgotten for now. If someone publishes his/her collection of poems or short stories or novel he/she can advertise it. 

 

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Posted : February 17, 2019 4:28 pm
chrissytotoro
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There are members that can be approached to become the new nibbers. UKA picks was a good thing. Prose that's one of the biggest problems. I think it's also one the reasons of the situation we are all facing.

Why is prose a problem? I really enjoy reading and writing stories and bits of books. It was one of the reasons I joined the site way back in '04.

Things are bound to change because the people who use the site change and, as you say, the internet has changed. All smart phones and tablets but there should still be place in a writing community for sad old Luddites like me who don't even own a mobile phone. 

I should be very sorry if this site was diminished. But there again the past, as they say, is another country and they do things differently there.

I suppose if all I want to do is publish my stuff on the internet, I could fall back on my web site but I really liked reading other people's stuff and sharing my opinions and , yes, having other people read my stuff and sharing their opinions. Contrary to most opinion, I am only human.

Keep going with the site and keep commenting and making it breathe again.


Do no harm.

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Posted : February 18, 2019 10:26 am
ifyouplease
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prose is a problem because only a couple of people post something and it's rarely a piece that receives comments. 

I write mainly poetry but if English was my native tongue I would have been writing mainly prose. 

yes that's what I say, keep commenting to myself and start commenting to all of you. 

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Posted : February 18, 2019 10:45 am
ukadmin
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Why do you (any and all) remain at/continue to use  UKA when there are sites like Wattpad, Scriggler, ABC and dozens of others?

The site MOST like UKA is ABCtales which, I assume, is still active (I've not visited in a long time).

 

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Posted : February 18, 2019 11:57 am
ifyouplease
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Is this a question addressed to me or to any member that may be reading this topic? 

I like ukauthors no other explanation needed .

 

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Posted : February 18, 2019 1:19 pm
Gothicman
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I think UKAuthors, in its present form, is a wonderful writing site, has by far the best presentation, and presentation potential, than any other similar sites on the Net. I think Richard's done a superb job in resolving glitches and improving the visual design. You couldn't wish for a better site with regard to presentation and facilities.

The faster pace and stress of modern life has caused social interaction to change, along with use of new technology, particularly over these last few years, and the composition of fine writing, both prose and poetry, which needs time to produce and revise has inevitably suffered.

But I do hope Richard, (and Andrea?), will persevere, as there is a backlash, a revolt, against the various negative developments occurring in an increasingly complicated world, which is reducing our humanity, and which causes psychosomatic stress disorders and empties the soul as daily life becomes more and more robotic, uniform, and shallow. The health-giving and signposted forest running paths here where I live, which had become less and less used these past few years as computer and smart phones took over and dictated people's social habits, have now got a new lease of life, and one sees more groups of people, of all ages, meeting again and enjoying each other's company. There's a 'getting back to basics' feel about it all, which is really refreshing to see. An increased awareness of how important actually meeting people and spending leisure time together is for maintaining good mental health. I think the same will happen with these intellectual interaction sites too, like this one, as well, as both local interaction and larger scale connectivity with like-minded people, here a love of writing in creative English,  is needed too. I've got a feeling that once this revival gains momentum, it will extend and increase rapidly. Mankind will discover its humanity again!

Anyway, I for one, who tries to contribute intermittently, hope that those who contribute regularly, and there are still a few, continue to do so, and that others, both old members and new, start to boost the production of interesting reading again, and, most important of all, that Richard and Andrea still enjoy running the site, after all these years, and continue to think it all worthwhile. 

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Posted : February 18, 2019 4:01 pm
chrissytotoro
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Why do I still use this site? Er hmm. Because the people here get me. Or at least they used to. It was the first (And only) writer's site I've ever belonged to. I think it could be to do with loyalty, The idea of community, of sharing, finding out what other people are doing and a sort of daft hope that they -- the other people -- will be interested in what I'm doing.

Oh, vanity, vanity. All is vanity. Something like that. I know writing of any kind is traditionally a solitary pursuit but I lack the disposition for the attic existence.

Long live UKA, I say. G*d bless it and all who sail in it.

I'll contribute what and when I can.


Do no harm.

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Posted : February 18, 2019 5:31 pm
ifyouplease
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the site could be for poetry only or mainly focused on poetry and poets. one could submit articles or prose poetry prose poems poetic stories 

poets do submit prose more regularly than prose writers submit poems. the name 'rhymeandbedamned' is a nice name. sort of...

in any case I think that there has to be a community which is in British English that's also based in the UK for us writers and poets, British or not! 

 

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Posted : February 19, 2019 3:44 pm
chrissytotoro
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I've just checked my stuff out and I think I'm about 50/50. But then, I consider myself a writer not a poet or a prose/story writer. I'm in to all kinds of writing. Short stories, novels, poetry, plays -- I've had seven plays produced and performed and folk actually paid to go and see them -- I've even written a couple of film scripts and some songs.

The reason I joined this site in the first place was because it took any kind of writing. You would pretty soon see me waving bye bye if it was just for one thing.

I don't read stuff  -- and I mean proper paper books -- of just one kind. In my library there all kinds of books; poetry collections, short story collections, novels , plays, film scripts, none fiction stuff. I wouldn't like to limit myself to only reading one sort of thing in the real world and I won't limit myself on line.

As far as I'm concerned, Ukauthors is a writers community and should welcome all writers and encompass everything and anything the membership wants to submit. It should do what it says on the can.


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Posted : February 19, 2019 4:22 pm
ifyouplease
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yes but what if those who were writing prose mainly don't come back and what if one or two new writers appear that are not prolific at all? should we the poets that sometimes write prose too suffer the consequences of a site STILL focused on prose or both without new submissions or writing activity workshops challenges etc with one of its main 'ingredients' missing? can the site still do what it says on the tin?

because right now if the tin said poetry site it would be still quite active. 

 

 

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Posted : February 19, 2019 8:06 pm
ifyouplease
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IMO, another thing we should take into consideration is the fact that Poetry can attract everyone even the most constipated prose writer who haughtily found it less interesting to write poems.

 maybe in the loving arms of Poetry that will always accept any pen inclined to any genre, one day there will be hope for its resurrection because prose looks  quite dead right now.

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Posted : February 19, 2019 8:26 pm
chrissytotoro
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I’m sorry but, I have to take issue with the idea that poetry is less interesting to write or read or even hear being read than prose.

I think it is the idea that dictates the medium of expression, not whether the means of expression of that idea is interesting to the writer or even the reader. Certain ideas demand certain means of expression. For instance The Hosts of the Air by William Butler Yeats – one of my favourite poems of all time -- demands poetic form just as Dracula by Bram Stoker would probably not work as an epic poem.
Poetry, prose, playwriting, song writing are just tools in a writer’s tool kit and you use the appropriate tool for the job.

My late husband was an artist and a good one, in my opinion. He would use any medium that his subject demanded. And it wasn’t because he thought working in water colour was more or less interesting than working in oils or making a collage. If what he was wanting to produce, demanded the light touch of water colour then that was what he used. But he could, with equal interest and enthusiasm produce a big bold or dark or more immediate oil painting. It entirely depended on the subject, the idea.

That’s how it is with me with writing. If the idea I’m trying to express comes to me in poetic form then that’s the way I try to execute it. But equally if it comes as a short story or a novel or play, then that’s the way I go with it. And if people don’t want to read it or comment on it, then what the hell difference does that make? Since I came back to the site I’m well used to my work not being commented on, that’s other folks choices. What I do find a little bit unusual is the idea that somehow the general lack of comments – informed or otherwise – is the fault of the writers of ‘prose’. That I do find a little bit daft. Folk don’t comment because they can’t be arsed to do so.

Finally, the idea of this site becoming only for poets, well good luck with that. Like I said, that would be an open door for me to leave. The one thing no one has a right to do with me or any other writer is to try and dictate what you write or how you write it.


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Posted : February 20, 2019 12:54 pm
ifyouplease
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it was just an idea of mine and trying to tease prose writers so that they reappear even to defend their art and/or offend /attack my thesis, where are they?what are they doing? i don't get it.

not only for poets but be more focused on poetry,  it is after all poetry that helps this site even now. poets or writers who enjoy writing poems more often.

 

so? prose ok where is it? new exciting original short stories, WHERE ARE THEY?

 

 

 

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Posted : February 20, 2019 1:08 pm
ifyouplease
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tis inexplicable this massive disappearance of people.

were they all good christians who where raptured?

lol

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Posted : March 3, 2019 11:54 am
ukadmin
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If I sent out a regular newsletter it would bring a few folk back. But we need an active admin and community to keep things moving and that is what's lacking and why we have turned into a ghost site!

Not seen or heard off Andrea in a while and I'm not at all active here any more. we need some new blood.

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Posted : March 3, 2019 12:45 pm
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