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#1 bigblackcat97

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 02:33 PM

We offer an open chat every Tuesday night (9:00 EST) during which we usually have a few agreed upon topics, followed by a general Q&A session, or any topic that might come up within the group. Moderators present tend to be myself, RC Lewis and MarcyKate. If you have any questions or want to suggest a topic, please reply to this thread. Be sure to check the guidelines posted below if you're a first time chatter, or a regular who breaks the rules a lot  :wink:

 

Possible Topics for 11/19 Chat:

 

Looking for topics!

 

Some Chat Guidelines:

1) Either myself (BBC), RC Lewis or MarcyKate will usually be serving as Chat Moderator. What that means: We will be typing with a green background behind our comments. Occasionally the moderator may use ALL CAPS to distinguish themselves on the screen, not b/c they are angry or b/c they are yelling at you. The CM's job is to keep the conversation on course, and we do our best. 

2) If you have a funny sidebar / witty comment you want to throw in that doesn't necessarily further the conversation, try hard not to. This is so very difficult for me, too. I totally understand the bite my cheek, want to share with the world how gosh darn funny I am. But during moderated chat isn't the best time - we do have a general open air time 15 minutes before official chat time, and also anybody can hang out and talk as long as they want, on whatever topic they want once official chat time is done.

3) Once the Green Mod background goes on, stop greeting each other as we come in the door. I know we all truly are glad to see each other, but if 4 people all greet one person that just walked in we end up with four lines of "Hey there BBC" and four lines of BBC saying, "Hey back at you RC" and then "Hey to you, litgal" and that's 8 lines of text that has just pushed the topic off the board and we all have to scroll up and get carpal tunnel. Feel free to greet each other, inquire after general health, and compliment me on how trim I'm looking, either before of after Green Mod Time.

4) Feel free to post, feel free to lurk. You don't have to be recognized by the Mod to ask a question, but do make sure that the topic up for discussion is moved on before jumping in with something new.
 


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#2 Litgal

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 02:43 PM

I will be there and respecting the CAPS :)
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Posted 15 February 2011 - 03:00 PM

9 EST tomorrow night? This sounds great! Mos def will try to make it.

Oh ... and thanks for the heads up.

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 03:43 PM

I'll bring my wealth of experience and expertise. :humph: :laugh:

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 04:28 PM

Yay! Hopefully rehearsal will end soon enough...

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 04:51 PM

Good stuff, BBC. Thanks for taking the time and initiative to bring these back. They've been great in the past.

I love connecting with and helping other AQCers outside this forum as well. You can find me all over the place!

If you are looking for more about writing, you may find my blog helpful, as well as my Twitter feed:

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If you are a parent, you might be interested in my ideas on growing happy, healthy kids who'll thrive in this ever changing world (includes crafts, activities, games, articles, and fun!):
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Posted 15 February 2011 - 04:52 PM

I'm gonna try and make it. Usually this is my bed time, but gosh-darnit, y'all are such a groovey bunch of people!

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 05:38 PM

Might be able to make this. If not this one, then after I move in a couple weeks.

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 07:40 PM

9 EST tomorrow night? This sounds great! Mos def will try to make it.

Oh ... and thanks for the heads up.



No problem MMW - we welcome everyone in the chats, vets and newbies alike! Don't be afraid to ask a question if you've got 'em!

anticipa - would love to see you there

Darke, SLD, bones, lit - sounds awesome.

And as always - everyone is free to bring up a topic / ask a question once the "scheduled topics" are quite finished.

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 09:29 AM

Yay! I will definitely be there! Thanks, BBC!

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 09:56 AM

No problem MK - looking forward to it!

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 08:17 AM

Thanks to everyone for showing up in such great numbers for the chat last night - we had newbies, middlebies, and oldbies - so that was the best possible mix ever.

TK was there!!! So that's enough to bring everyone out, right? Posted Image

Seriously, it was a great, informational time followed by awesome not so informational time - equally important for fellow writers, I believe.

There was a lot of interest in doing a chat again next Wed, so, since this thread has been pinned (I didn't pin my own thread, swear) we'll just keep it alive.

Topic ideas? Offers to Mod?

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#13 Eli Ashpence

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 08:26 AM

I wish I could have been there. With all the Dayquil running through me, I could have pitched random ideas for hours. I'm told I'm at my funniest when I'm half-conscious.

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 08:29 AM

I had a great time last night, just wish I didn't have to go to bed, but I was soo tired. I'm up for it next week too!

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 08:33 AM

Thanks for donning the caps last night, Miss Kitty. I had a great time.

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#16 bigblackcat97

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 08:41 AM

I had a cat named Miss Kitty.... *sniff* once upon a time....

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 09:05 AM

Did she live with BC?

Pet names...that's a whole topic unto its own.

Blackie could be the worst one my dear sis and I came up with. At the time, we were two pale little girls with white-blonde hair living in the California ghettoes (ghettos--how the hell do you pluralize that?). I'm quite certain our neighbors of mixed ethnicity were thrilled with us.

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#18 bigblackcat97

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 09:24 AM

Nah BC is a man unto himself :) He's my roomie at the moment. Miss Kitty was waaaay back, like my first kitty I remember. She was my parent's cat, then I became my parent's cat.

My first proper kitty that was mine own was named Silky. Actually, I'm noticing something here..... Miss Kitty's predecessor (who I don't remember) was named Tabby. My genealogical cat line looks like this:

Tabby
Miss Kitty
Silky
Fluffy
Big Cat

Now tell me, who would guess that we are a creative family? Posted Image

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#19 Cat Woods

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 11:39 AM

Lol. We had a Fluffy, Tiger and a Spot.

Look at it this way, we were saving our creative juices for when it really mattered! Like, for instance, our AQ names...

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 12:58 PM

again, sorry I missed it!

Cat names to cats I've had:

Lambert
Miles
Max
Sausage
Yoko
Maynard
Chop

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