Raine

Raine

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Now Firefox has gone all white and horrendous AS WELL. Is nowhere safe from the bad-web-design contagion?
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Fantasy
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Fiction for children
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, China Mieville, Cormac McCarthy
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) The Lord of the Rings (JRRT) A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini) The Road (Cormac McCarthy) The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Disciplined
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    Haven't a clue! To find out whether I am less than pants at this writing malarkey.
    Your worst habit?
    Having a life/family/job that gets between me and my imaginary world?
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    On my bed/hermit cave
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    I'm a mum most of time & a scientist in the bits in between. I think bats are far superior to birds, and gin and chocolate are possibly the two most important discoveries ever.

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    Raine
    Raine Now Firefox has gone all white and horrendous AS WELL. Is nowhere safe from the bad-web-design contagion?
    8 days ago
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    Raine
    Raine Tea, anyone?
    10 days ago
    • Woolleybeans
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      Woolleybeans Yes, tea
      10 days ago
    • Jillybean
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      Jillybean Yes please
      10 days ago
    • Newbie
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      Newbie Luvly jubbly
      10 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Earl Grey, black, two sugars, please.
      10 days ago
    • Knicky Laurelle
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      Knicky Laurelle Camomile. Milk until its creamy looking. 4 sugars.
      10 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff Yorkshire. String. Milk no sugar.
      9 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff ‘Strong’
      9 days ago
    • Penworthy
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      Penworthy Yes,please. Medium strength, milk, one sugar - and I wouldn't say no to a Viennese Whirl.
      9 days ago
    • Raine
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      Raine Camomile WITH MILK!! Woman that is ODD!!
      9 days ago
    • Raine
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      Raine Also, yes, biscuits. Or left over easter egg.
      9 days ago
    • Newbie
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      Newbie You have 'left over' Easter egg??????
      9 days ago
    • Jillybean
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      Jillybean Left over easter egg? Isn't that an oxymoron? ;)
      9 days ago
    • Raine
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      Raine You guys *don't* have left over easter eggs?!?... I am in awe of your chocolate fortitude.
      9 days ago
    • Jillybean
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      Jillybean To be fair I didn't have any easter eggs but Mr JB did and there definitely weren't any leftovers.
      9 days ago
    • Knicky Laurelle
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      Knicky Laurelle I like green tea with milk and sugar too! *hides face behind monkey paws*
      8 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff More tea, please.
      8 days ago
    • Scheherazade
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      Scheherazade Got anything stronger?
      8 days ago
    • Newbie
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      Newbie I confess to having an Easter egg and chocolates, well, I did have them, but naturally they wouldn't keep so...
      8 days ago
    • Raine
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      Raine I also had/have easter eggs. Somehow egg-shaped chocolate is tastier than rectangular chocolate. Any theories?
      8 days ago
    • Raine
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      Raine Oh my word, Knicks!! You are officially not allowed to make any tea related decisions ever. ;-)
      8 days ago
    • Raine
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      Raine Sche, gin?
      8 days ago
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    "Raine" commented on Harry's Blog "Anyone spot any changes?".
    Bella, yes... But they are expecting this platform to degrade and die, which is not indefinite access... Unless we're being very literal about the word indefinite, I guess. We will, although not imminently, lose our groups. I want to know what their ...
    12 days ago
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    "Raine" commented on Harry's Blog "Anyone spot any changes?".
    OK, again with the maths. The only resource that I need for the forseeable future (yes, including all the shiny free stuff) is York. So. £150 for a 10% discount off the roughly £400 for York? I would be paying £110 extra to attend York. I ...
    12 days ago
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    Raine
    "Raine" commented on Harry's Blog "Anyone spot any changes?".
    I get the impression, Harry, that you are not really listening to us.
    12 days ago
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    Raine
    "Raine" commented on Harry's Blog "Anyone spot any changes?".
    I've only seen this via iPhone. But on that platform this looks like nothing other than a website that has failed to load properly. It's not a good look. Hopefully that's an interim error. And as others have said, I'll hold off on shouting about ...
    13 days ago
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    "Raine" commented on Harry's Blog "Of Jericho, clouds, and community".
    Harry, Thank-you for approaching us directly, your attempts to explain are welcome. However, I don't think you are listening to several concerns very well. You have reiterated several times that £30/month or an upfront £150/6months are both ...
    25 days ago
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    "Raine" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    I'm sorry Debi and Skylark. I didn't mean any offence or harm. I intended to try to empathise with her position, but I failed at that, so am really sorry. It never occurred to me that my comment could damage the impact of Sky's glorious book, I ...
    26 days ago
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    "Raine" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    As others have said, any fee however discounted, is still a barrier. Also as others have said, there is a distinct lack of acknowledgment for all the business that the Cloud has brought to WW. Being seen as freeloaders is fairly insulting, tbh. ...
    27 days ago
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    "Raine" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    Just had both Harry's email and a further reply from WW. They say pretty much the same thing, but here's the WW email, for what its worth: "The Word Cloud is a very old platform and SocialGo, who are the platform provider, have decided not to work ...
    27 days ago
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    "Raine" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    I've emailed back, asking about being open to new cloudies, reassurance that old posts will not be removed, and external policing. I'll keep you posted...
    27 days ago
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    "Raine" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    Yeah, I feel like it's more of a way for them to avoid admitting to killing off the Cloud, but setting things up so that's a gradual inevitability. Buuut, at least the immediate panic about saving our content is not so urgent (still worth doing ...
    27 days ago
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    "Raine" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    Hey folks, I said yesterday that I'd emailed WW with my concerns. This is their response: "Thank you for your email. I totally understand your concern and I urge you not to worry! Nothing is going to change about the Word Cloud. The platform will ...
    27 days ago
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    Raine
    Raine So Writers' Workshop - You're only allowing people access to this community if they can afford monthly fees? Really? Is that what you stand for now?
    28 days ago
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    • Thea
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      Thea That's how I understood it, Squidge. That those who choose to pay the entrance fee will be directed to the new website. It states that this will happen in February, but there's something else about this starting in April. I'm confused! And what about those of us who are already subscribed to Agent Hunter?
      28 days ago
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      Raine Someone has spotted that the monthly fee will be £30. Which if so, shuts out quite a few of us, I'd imagine. Well, that's just grand.
      28 days ago
    • Giselle
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      Giselle Raine, it's in the FAQ section: As a member, you get this for free as part of your £30 per month membership (as well as access to a whole heap of other stuff).
      28 days ago
    • Raine
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      Raine Ta, missed that. It looks like without paying that £30/month, you don't get access to the community. Although you can still go on courses/York/get editorials, just for a higher cost. I don't see how the community can survive that high a paywall when other communities are free.
      28 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge I missed it too... The new, paying community is the Town thingy...
      28 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Disappointed. I know WW is a business, but this shuts out a lot of people who are already here as well as those who would have benefited in the future.
      28 days ago
    • RichardB
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      RichardB Are we getting our knickers in a twist here? The Jericho Writers page doesn't mention the Cloud, but it does say 'These changes won’t affect any of the services we currently have.'
      28 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge If you read between the lines, the 'Townhouse' is the place to meet and chat. WW aren't going to keep this site going if they've got a brand new image...
      28 days ago
    • Thea
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      Thea That's how I understood it, Squidge. That those who choose to pay the entrance fee will be directed to the new website. It states that this will happen in February, but there's something else about this starting in April. I'm confused! And what about those of us who are already subscribed to Agent Hunter?
      28 days ago
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    Raine commented on John Taylor's picture.
    That's a lovely photo and I hope you had a great time. Sounds like such a great story to have written, and one that's important to have out there in the world.
    1 month ago

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  • nba
    by nba 5 months ago
    Thank you. I look forward to reading your story. The one you won that recent competition was fabulous, so I am expecting another winner from you.
  • Bric
    by Bric 7 months ago
    Who hoo! Tell all the other agents who haven't yet replied. NOW! Sending shitty stick by special delivery ( apparently the Royal Mail view it as a biological weapon). ( That's the whole point).
  • Woolleybeans
    by Woolleybeans 8 months ago
    Perhaps they'll team up, Raine.
  • Yo
    by Yo 8 months ago
    Whatever you do, DON'T look under the bed.

    You just know you will. And you know a clown will be there.
  • Yo
    by Yo 8 months ago
    Funny thing is, when people say things like that, it's only natural to feel a little wary when you do go to the wardrobe later this evening....

    There's probably a word for that anticipation somewhere.
  • Yo
    by Yo 8 months ago
    Scratches chin.

    Two members of the secret society jump to defend the blandness of the reality.

    Will I get a phone call in the next 5 minutes? A knock on the door? A hooded figure at midnight roaming my street?

    There's a whole novel here!
  • Woolleybeans
    by Woolleybeans 9 months ago
    Messaged back, Raine of the Wilds
  • Woolleybeans
    by Woolleybeans 11 months ago
    And again
  • Woolleybeans
    by Woolleybeans 11 months ago
    Replied. :)
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 1 year ago
    To avoid self-bumpage - thankyou. And coincidentally, malevolent and half-crazed and spooky were my nicknames at school