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Old 02-23-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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Another hello from England!

Hi everyone.

I'm another mum with young children who writes when the kids are at school/preschool.

I'm near the end of the second draft of my Young Adult historical, set in the north of England in the reign of Henry VIII. I'm hoping to run it past a couple of my beta readers by Easter, before going off and writing the whole thing again!

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Old 02-23-2013, 09:48 PM   #2
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:49 PM   #3
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:58 PM   #5
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Hi everyone.

I'm another mum with young children who writes when the kids are at school/preschool.
Haha! I think we need a sub-forum! Welcome.

I have to admit, lately I am writing just as much when they are home, pestering me for something to eat. It's like reading a novel. Can't seem to put it down.

Good luck with your book.

What exactly is a beta reader? I've seen that phrase several times on this forum but never been able to figure it out.
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Me neither. But if they convince you not to publish, does that make them a beta blocker?

And welcome to the forum, SpinningWheel!
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:02 PM   #7
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Welcome from another English parent newbie. Have you worked out what happened to all that free time before kids? I haven't.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:03 PM   #8
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Hi Ellen.
Yes, when mine's going well I go mysteriously deaf to the cries of 'Mummeeee! Mummeeeeeeee!' The end of my first draft was written with 3 children in the house. I do a fair bit when I've just got my three year old at home but he's quite easy-going, luckily.

Beta reader just means someone who reads an early version to give feedback. I think it comes from beta testers in the software industry.
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Ha, beta blocker - I like that.

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I had just left your thread, and saw a thread in the "Hands-on" forum (arts and crafts) about spinners. Judging only from your "name", I thought you might be interested in that thread.
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Thank you! Yes, I am interested - I have a spinning wheel and some drop spindles, I will have a look over there later. I wasn't expecting to find spinners on here - I just chose the name because I like the double meaning of spinning a yarn.

Glad you liked England I've never been to Wyoming but I do have a dear friend who teaches in the University of Wyoming.
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Thank you! Yes, I am interested - I have a spinning wheel and some drop spindles, I will have a look over there later. I wasn't expecting to find spinners on here - I just chose the name because I like the double meaning of spinning a yarn.

Glad you liked England I've never been to Wyoming but I do have a dear friend who teaches in the University of Wyoming.
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