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#1 nappan
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Whoa... thanks! I guess my ass is good for something other than keeping my spine in one piece after all! My ass... is inspiration! ;) Yeah I'm kidding about everything except the "thanks". That said... nub of his finger... jesus honkyjoe! That's downright traumatic. :( Um... how's the digit now?

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#2 nappan
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I'm lucky, I bleat, as I rise to my feet.... only then am I stung by the wasp.

No, I'm not submitting that, but it popped out, and I'm not putting it back!

Here's my submission:

The life of a child isn't filled with care and worry, and it was in that state I stood upon the first of a single flight of stairs. My small hand gripped the rope that served as a railing, and putting a confident foot forward, I proceeded to avoid the trouble of walking, and instead fell. Did I fall as a normal person, bouncing along the way? No. It seems, although I have no memory of it, that in my final throes of mental anguish as my balance left me, I must have launched myself skyward! Consequently, my trip to the concrete basement floor was unimpeded by the stairs.

I flew, and that was a fine thing, but landing presented a difficulty. Fortunately, my bottom served its most noble purpose, and saved my spine from collapsing like an accordion. However, that bit of tail, the coccyx, the sacrum... we know now, as educated adults that they are one with the buttocks. So then, they became one with concrete, and once numbness, shock, and the sense of Universal betrayal you see on the face of any child just before they cry from a hurt, I experienced pain I remember to this day.

My recollection of events immediately after The Fall [yes, pun] is a bit hazy, but the memory of pain remains. I will abandon any attempt at literary grace and admit that I felt as though my tuckus had been hit by a train, and my gonads were none too happy either. I can only imagine the horror my mother felt at watching me sail through the air, but the speed with which a proper railing was installed is likely a fair indication that it was terrible to witness.

Astoundingly, I was uninjured, save for my pride and trust in stairs. However, to this day I thank and appreciate the cleaved flesh I sit on even now, for saving my life, if not my dignity.



Ok, total side note, and runner up in terms of pain (this is not a submission, just fun)... as an adult, I had to get a root canal procedure performed on a tooth that had grown without a crown. In other words, the took was a shell around perfectly formed gum tissue that filled the tooth. It was painless and not infected, but obviously had to be fixed. What many people unfamiliar with the dental professions may not realize, is that most of the pain from a root canal occurs as a result of abscess formed when the infection reaches the nerve. Needless to say, what follows is simply more pain, but then relief.

I was in no pain and young, if not a child. The periodontist, who was a kind and urbane man to his credit, was presented with a unique chance! Normally to numb the nerve within the pulp of a tooth, the relevant cranial nerve is blocked with Novocain, and then a hole drilled in the crown of the tooth. Through this hole, another shot of Novocain is administered to the root of the tooth itself. This always hurts I imagine, but without any Novocain (as it was in my case) I found this doc plunging the business end of the syringe into the already exposed center of the tooth.

It is the only time in my life, I nearly struck someone out of pure reaction. I did bite down on the syringe, and I think I mumbled something unflattering around a mouthful of nerve-pain about the doc's ancestor's hygienic practices (or lack thereof) and speculations as to whether his ancestors may have been the missing link. I'm not kidding for the sake of writing this, I'm just telling it as it was. Falling on my rear might have hurt more, but I was less aware... a child.

It's all downhill from there, since the Novocain on the nerve numbs it very quickly, but I will still never forget it. By the way... After filling, refilling, and nearly crowning... the tooth was pulled less than a year later. At that time, I had never has so much as a cavity. Oy.

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#3 nappan
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Wow, thanks to eveyone who took the time to reply, and critique. I can't tell you how much good advice I've gotten, in general and specifically relating to this bit of writing. I especially appreciate the combination of technical and substantive critique, as I need both! I'm more determined than ever to continue with this, and become a more active union member. Again, thank you.
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#4 nappan
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Wow, thanks! I was kind of expecting more of the "it sucks" approach lol. I couldn't agree more on the polish, and being essentially a snapshot instead of a chapter, there's a lot of work to do. That said, I appreciate the feedback, and I hope to be able to post some more progress, and in a more complete form in the future. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to the Critic Contest, which I think is bound to be a blast.
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#5 nappan
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Hi there... for a long time I've offered critique, but not opened myself to it, at least, not here. The following is a... scene so to speak, that I wrote at night from an ongoing story/world I seem to keep going back to in my head. For the first time it's coming together in a meanginful way as a story, not just characters and concepts... but this is still very raw.

The following contains descriptions of violent events, but nothing unusual or awful. It is short, but any feedback would be greatly appreciated, including feedback as to how I should post this kind of thing more... correctly.

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dngg925_1czvhqtf2

Thanks very much,

Nappan

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I love it. I'm in. :)
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Switching between Ricky Gervais' old podcasts, and some Mighty Diamonds.

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Hello everyone. I was just invited and joined, and wanted to greet all of you, and thank you for the invitation. I'd say more, but so many good games are on their way. Dead Space... ahhh.

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#9 nappan
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Well, I stopped posting since I've cancelled my subscription. Now that I get the service gratis, why bother to post? I'll talk with my dollars from here on in.
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#10 nappan
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PREFACE: JustPlainLucas has privately convinced me that I owe Skylock an apology for calling his nickname and personal integrity regarding it into question. In place of what I said previously, I am offering that apology. I realize that later in this post I criticize a portion of your (Skylock's)reply regarding issues which don't relate to the issue of your name, and I'd ask that you take that response into account despite my hasty and insultingly public denouncment of your name. This is not an equivocation, and regarding your name I am sorry, plain and simple, especially because of the public forum in which I made an issue of it.

For the record Lucas, I'm sorry if you were treated badly by members of the union in regard to your posts. I admit to not giving them as much attention as KevinV's, but you are a mod, he's an admin, and you were (as you mentioned) someone who shared a somewhat jaundiced view of the new review system. That is of course, no excuse for people spamming or insulting you. For myself, the reason I joined as a charter member of that union was in the hope that organized and meaningful discourse and contact could be made without that kind of silliness, and I'm a little dissapointed that even in an organized setting it didn't work out.

As you probably could guess from what posts I've made, I'm not a fan of admins flexing their moderating muscle for the sake of shutting people up who are not being offensive, rude, or disruptive. I have personally experienced a little too much of that kind of petty **** for it to be cute anymore. I do realize however, that those acts don't come out of some paranoid fear that some random user is going to say something monumental, or out of a dark conspiracy of silence. Rather, it is just a petty, if officially permissible, misuse of power that would be better exerted elsewhere. A lot of people who were not being insulting or disruptive got that treatment surrounding the new review system, and that kind of interaction is bound to lead to distrust and hard feelings in some minds.

For myself, I am no more a fan of the new system than I was before all of this, but I'm no Don Quixote and I know a windmill when I see one. My record shows that with the exception of a few heated comments ( a mere handful over 5 years) in response to the feedback sections of some news articles, I've been a quiet consumer of the product that is Gamespot. The change in the review system may motivate me to no longer pay a yearly subscription, but as others have noted, Gamespot has uniquely appealing features which will bring me back as a nonpaying consumer. The nasty and childish element aside, what makes most people (such asyourself I'd guess) who are opposed to this new system so frusterated, is that we LIKE this site. I know it's been a chance for people who already have a bone to pick with gamespot or some mod/adminfor whatever reason an excuseto vent more spleen, but some of us are just dismayed by the whole process.

I'm sorry that the union was shut down; I don't think it was a wise move, and I'm generally against needless censorship. That said, spamming and harressment represents a kind of disruption that just isn't acceptable, and if it was a part of the union membership so early on, I suppose things were not going to be ending well in any case. In the end, it's about gaming and internet matters so the whole thing still doesn't rise to the level of a real-life concern or frusteration. It's a pity that some people (and here I'm thinking of thin-skinned mods/admins on one hand and spamming, shrill, harrassing users on the other) can't seem to fully appreciate that online matters like this aren't worth getting bent out of shape. It's one thing to make your point with rhetoric designed to draw attention that in a side like this tends to be thinly spread... it's anothet thing to spit in someone's eye by harrassing themwhen they actually take the time to take note of your complaints and respond. That's why it's a shame that whatever dialogue might have grown out of a union such as the "we want the old review system union" is a wash.

P.S.

...right after throwing insults directed at the competence of the moderation team and administration. Next time you want to scold someone, make sure you get your facts straight, otherwise, I am through trying to reason and talk with you all here for the time being. Skylock00

There is a world of difference between criticisism of the admins and mods, and INSULTS. In fact, I'd argue that recognizing that difference and acting accordingly is the essence of what proper use of moderation is all about. when you mistake critique or complaint for insult or assault, and then lash out... it leads to hard feelings and a sense of oppression that is unwarrented.