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Location: Florida, USA
Gender: Female
Born: Pieces
Interests: Ohana~ Music. Space. Marine life. Theology. Physics. Cinema. Anime. Conspiracy. Photos. Poetry. Grammar. Nature.
Member: Standard
Joined: February 2012
This is Haley Ann.
Simply put, she is an aspiring author who wants to travel the world.

A Little History on the Author:

Due to a condition called Meccles Diverticulum, and Crohn's disease, she was forced to drop out of high school during her freshman year. Although that is not technically "legal", since she was only fourteen at the time...her frequent visits to the hospital and multiple invasive surgeries kept her out for longer than was possible to make up. Every time she tried to return, she would find herself over-stressed for her condition, and back in the hospital. She had always been an Honor Roll student in AP classes, so, as you can imagine, the fact that she will never get to walk with her graduating class is quite disappointing. However, not all hope is lost! Fortunately, getting a GED is rather easy in this day and age, and she refuses to let her ailments get in the way of her dreams. The only problem that not being in a general school setting is that it has made improving her writing extremely difficult. Everything she has learned in the past four years, she has taught herself. In fact, the only disadvantage she's come across is finding people to read and honestly critique her work; the good, the bad, and the ugly. She is certain that she will never sharpen her skills without an ample share of constrictive criticism, and this is why she is here. She will absolutely not allow her lack of schooling to influence her writing in a negative fashion. If anything, she would like it to enhance her unique ability. In the great words of Mark Twain: "I have never let schooling interfere with my education."

So, please, join her. She implores you all to come along this winding journey of shaping up the shaggy drop-out into what may be a best selling author one day!
"Not all who wander are lost." -J.R.R. Tolkien
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HelioNova: Some exciting things are going on this weekend! I feel myself opening up to new possibilities and adventures. I've been feeling rather impulsive, but not carelessly so. For example, while perusing an old antique shop yesterday, I went on a whim and blew $50 on a charming, old TYPEWRITER! As a writer, I have always wanted one. I didn't even think twice. It has some restoring to do, but besides a lazy 'e' type bar and a nearly dry ribbon, it's in great condition! Early birthday present to myself!
In other news, I'm thinking about entering the Google Science Fair. This is my last year I will be eligible to enter because of my age. The grand prize this year is a trip to the Galapagos Islands with a NatGeo Explorer! Plus, my interest in science and the cosmos has increased dramatically over the last year. Now all I need is to think of a question...
February 18, 2012 at 3:56PM
    catch22: The competition sounds exciting, and so does the trip! You should read Kurt Vonnegit's novel "galapagos"--its pretty witty satire about evolution and Mankind. As for the contest, there's lots of interesting physics and chemistry experiments on the internet. I do a lot of outreach with kinds and science, and I always look online for ideas:) Good luck!
    February 18, 2012 at 4:07PM
    nor84: There must be something in the air. I just bought a new typewriter and an old Smith Corona, and I still want a Smith Corona... Unfortunately, out of business after over 100 years. My husband is beginning to worry about this sudden typewriter addiction.
    February 18, 2012 at 5:18PM

HelioNova: I feel so silly! I did not realize that FanStory has such an easily accessible mobile site. It isn't nearly as good as the normal site, but I will definitely be able to come on way more than I had originally thought! Sorry for jumping the gun, you guys. By the way, I just want to thank all of you wonderful people for helping me figure this site out, and making me feel welcome and right at home. This community of writer's has got to be one of the kindest, but also the most honest. You all are not afraid to put me in my place, and I really appreciate that. This could possibly be exactly what I've been looking for. My only regret is that I didn't find it sooner :)
February 16, 2012 at 2:19PM
    Lady & Louis: Don't feel silly, that mobile site is very new! :)
    February 16, 2012 at 7:21PM
    shelley kaye:
    true - maybe only 2 weeks? less than a month for sure!

    February 17, 2012 at 9:43AM

HelioNova: Today is my first day really getting to explore and utilize FanStory. It is a little tricky to navigate, at first, but I think I've figured out the basics. I know now that I can send PM's, for instance, and also how to become a fan. The certificates and what not are a little confusing, but I'll get the hang of it sooner or later. The only complaint I have so far is that this site seems a little too money oriented. I went ahead and upgraded my membership for a month, just to try it out, because I really just want people to read my work and help me improve. Improvement is the sole reason I am here. Yet, it seems like the less money I have the harder that will be for me to do. I thought that upgrading would be my only fee. Perhaps it is my fault for not reading further into it, but I did not realize that I would also have to pitch for these "certificates" in order to up my chances of getting reviews. Coming from a broke, aspiring college student, this is not good news. Do any of you lovely people have some advice on how I can get adequate help without breaking my wallet?
February 15, 2012 at 6:59PM
    redrider6612: Review, review, review--you would be amazed how much you learn from reviewing the works of others. Become a fan of the more prolific writers who promote. When you post a piece, put on a treasure chest and 4 or 5 MCPs. Put a note in your profile that you are looking for honest, detailed, helpful feedback to help you improve. When you get said honest feedback, respond warmly with genuine gratitude, and nominate the reviewer if you have any nominations to give. Hang out in the forums (esp. the reviewing forum) found under "Profile" at the right hand end of the list across the top).
    February 15, 2012 at 7:10PM
    adewpearl: I've never spent a penny of actual currency on promoting my work - all my promotion/certificate-buying money comes from reviewing, just like Red says.
    February 15, 2012 at 7:16PM
    HelioNova: Thank you very much. This was so helpful, you have no idea. Okay, maybe you do, aha! One question, what are MCP's and why would I need four of five of them? My only problem with the treasure chests is that you need member dollars to buy them, and the only way to buy member dollars is to pay for them or review, correct? And my only issue with reviewing is that I do not have home internet. The only time I can log-in is on break at my workplace, or whenever I can get up to the library. I suppose I'm only hoping that the allotted time I do have for reviewing is enough! I agree, though, a great way to improve is to learn from example. Again, thank you. You've been so kind. Namaste!
    February 15, 2012 at 7:19PM
    nor84: MCPs are "member cent pumps". If you review by pulling down "read" at the top of the screen and choose "up next," there's a chance of winning a free member cent pump. Fanstory cents and dollars are paid for reviewing -- review the stuff on the home page that's been highly promoted and you can get $1.00 member dollar per piece, sometimes more. If you have an iPad or similar device, it may be possible to use that to review if you have 3G. You can buy member cent pumps with member dollars.

    Read the FAQ section under Info at the top of this page and you'll learn more.
    February 15, 2012 at 8:37PM
    HelioNova: Danke!
    February 15, 2012 at 10:00PM
    another jim: Welcome to the site, HelioNova! You've gotten some really sound advice here from some seasoned members, and their recommendations are all spot-on.

    I'd like to suggest two more strategies for surviving the rigors of FanStory. They take time and patience, but the payoff is well worth it.

    1. Enter the writing competitions. Some (the prompts and member-sponsored ones) cost $$$ to join in the fun; but others are site-sponsored and cost nothing to enter. They all pay the winners, either in real cash or member dollars. It's another way to accumulate some money on here that you can use to promote your work. They're also a lot of fun, if you don't take them TOO seriously. ;-D

    2. Become a fan of your favorite writers. This is great for exposure, and your fans will often reciprocate by becoming a fan of yours. When you "fan" someone, you'll be notified (by Private Message, or PM) whenever he/she posts something new. Conversely, your fans will be notified As I said, it's a great way to get your work noticed by others.
    February 16, 2012 at 6:35AM
    dbmccarter: Welcome. Not only are the competitions fun they help you to explore things you might not have otherwise. Hope you like it here.
    February 16, 2012 at 11:42AM


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