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  1. Went ahead and erased chapter one. It's sad, but I'm not willing to take the risk. I just hope and pray it's not too late...
  2. Wow. I'm so sorry that happened to you! Just being out of state gives them some sort of immunity? How in the world does that work? I'm really tempted to take my first chapter down, if that's the case. I'm thinking I might look into purchasing a VPN, too, for some extra protection.
  3. I might be asking an obvious question, but any work or excerpt of a work posted to this site will be treated as intellectual property under copyright law, yes? I'm wondering if I should go ahead and go through the process of registering my book even though it's still unfinished, if I can register it in that state, as a precaution. I trust the Lord, but my track record with people, especially people on the internet, isn't nearly on the same level.
  4. I'm so happy to finally get the first chapter of HTBD up, and, so far, critiques are going well enough. However, I have one problem: Since this is a forum, and the story proper is about 143 pages long right now, it will take a long time to get the entire file uploaded, especially with the 3K word limit (that I forgot about with my first post, whoops). I have the story on Google Drive, and I would still like someone experienced in battle scenes to help me fill in the three last scenes I'm missing, so would anyone like to have the Google Doc shared with them? Or would that be an unsafe idea, even with me controlling the privacy settings? Please let me know, and thank you!
  5. Okay. The first chapter of my story is up, and I've left my two critiques on other works.
  6. Okay. The first chapter of my story is up, and I've left two critiques on other works.
  7. Okay, I've done that before, and it sounds good and more than fair to me. Am I established enough on the site to get started immediately?
  8. This got double-posted because my internet hiccupped.
  9. Before I address the overall question here, I don't necessarily consider autism an illness either, myself being on the higher-functioning end of the spectrum. It definitely has its challenges, but to an extent, I agree it is just a different way of perceiving the world and thinking about or responding to it. As for the story itself, at least two books, the history behind the first couple of stories I'm writing, take place over time periods of centuries, and some of those characters and their challenges continue through the majority of the timeline. Other characters don't survive to modern day, but the challenges of their genetics or the problems in their families are carried on through the circumstances of the lives of their descendants. It is a massive undertaking, and I admit it's intimidating now that you've pointed it out, but that's part of what's so exciting and fulfilling about my stories, too. It's so fascinating and fun seeing all of these challenges work out and come together.
  10. Having some fun character intros sounds like a good way to pique a bit more reader interest, but I'd be careful with those, too; you don't people stealing or ripping off the stars of your story. Granted, no characters are truly original anymore, but still, better safe than sorry.
  11. Actually, Lynn, it turns out I can't view the rules; a message keeps saying I'm not yet allowed in that part of the forum. I guess I should've spoken up yesterday, but I thought I fully understood what the requirements are. Would you please run them down for me?
  12. I understand the first two, but I'm a bit confused as to "Global Life Value arc". Do you mean how all life, mental challenges or no, has value, or are you talking about the value the narrative has with being able to be valid on a global scale? Or both, maybe?
  13. Yes, it is, but I'm confident I can handle them all with enough help. It also helps that not all of the characters appear or go through their struggles at the same times; my novel series is spread out over a time period of a little less than two millenia.
  14. Yes, that's what I'm trying to do, especially since I have first-hand experience with many of these illnesses. They tend to fascinate me, too; the human mind and heart are so incredibly complex!
  15. I'm including major depression, dissociative identity disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder as the main illnesses. I also have a couple of characters with Asperger's disorder and high-functioning autism, and another who might be bipolar. I might include others, too, but we'll see.
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