I’m going to come off as a complete shit right now, but I want to talk about writers groups.
I’ve been invited to a few groups since I moved here, and when I check out the list of speakers and what kind of people are in the group (not writers, people) and find that if I have ZERO in common with them socially, I won’t make the effort. Nearly every reading group within driving distance of me is filled with older folks (or religious types) with no interest in sci fi, fantasy, or horror–don’t get me started on the lack of comics love. The groups I have found centered around those genres are made up of younger types and I’m not sure I want to hang out with young people.
My biggest sin of course is that I’m not writer’s group material.
Contrary to popular belief, I listen and appreciate criticism and feedback; unless you’re someone I do not respect. A lack of respect on my part goes a long way in how I take your constructive criticism; if you’re a complete ass then I’ll dismiss it, even if you delivery it to me in the nicest way possible. I know, I’m a child. I read ferociously, but what I read must be something I seek out, not something given to me. Writing groups are all about reciprocation, you read my work and I read yours. Yeah, no. It feels too much like high school at that point, or maybe that’s just my self-centeredness talking.
I’m certain I’m not alone.
Updated the site BTW, added Portfolio page with sample pages and things.
There are no doujinshi scans here, sorry.