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Howdy solks, I mean folks! I had one of those brainstorm lightning strikes and came up with what could be a cool new idea. I'm calling it Thirsty Thursday.
Thirsty Thursday will convene on a somewhat regularly irregular schedule at the official Naughty Netherworld Press blog.
Sorry, but Thirsty Thursday isn't about drinking. Here's how it works. Every Thursday, give or take, I will shamelessly self-promote some of my work, and I invite you to do the same, providing a link and a brief description in the comments. The following week, I will share any previously shared links in the main post.
Let's spread independent art and writing far and wide! Erotica and NSFW art is welcome, but please indicate that the work is NSFW so that people who would prefer to avoid such can do so. Both fiction and nonfiction links are welcome. Fanart and fan fiction are welcome as well.
Full disclosure, this idea is not uniquely mine. The AO3 Comment of the Day Tumblr (https://ao3commentoftheday.tumblr.com/) used to have a similar feature for sharing links to fan fiction works. Their ask box is currently closed and their feature was specific to fan fiction. I wanted to give mine a broader scope. I also miss the old Moonshine Grid at http://yeahwrite.me and thought that it would be good to have something like that where people could share their current work, published or not, without strict criteria.
I am also stealing a page from the WEP folks (http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com) to hopefully forestall potential problems with overly zealous critics. Please indicate next to your link whether you would like a full critique of your work (FCA), minor points (i.e. typos) only (MPA), or no critique, comments only (NCCO).
Again, for the overly zealous critics, please keep your critiques CONSTRUCTIVE. The folks at WEP have a great page about writing a helpful critique as opposed to tearing a work down. Artists and authors tend to be a sensitive lot, and many of us use our creations in order to deal with past trauma or current stressors. Be kind.
As a wise soul named Kalpana once said to me, "comments and critique can be upsetting sometimes especially if they don't always come from the most balanced perspective and are carelessly worded." Sometimes people aren't in a good place to deal with other people's imbalanced perspectives and careless wording. Having a go at someone for not being in a good place to process criticism, whether constructive or otherwise, is unacceptable.
Here is the WEP critique page for your consideration.
That being said, I'd like for Thirsty Thursday to be more of a laid-back creative speakeasy than a critique circle. Come on and show us what you've got! You show us yours, and we'll show you ours! Cheers!
Here is my first share. If you like ornery poetry and hate pandemics and the spray-tanned parasite, hurry up and grab yourself a copy of Poetic Pandemic! It's free until May 24, 2020.
Your Ornery Old Aunt Cie for Naughty Netherworld Press
Note: I stole the line "howdy solks, I mean folks" from the late, great Shorty Medlocke (20 July 1912 – 6 August 1982).
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