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Tue, Jul. 5th, 2005, 12:07 pm
ander: So, listen...or read.

I recently joined this website/list serv called "The Desk Drawer." It was advertised in my favorite e-mail list, Wordsmith's A.Word.A.Day, as a writing community to help writers perfect their craft. After having the URL of The Desk Drawer in my inbox for a few months, I finally decided to sign up last week, much to the chagrin of my girlfriend, who was afraid my writing would be stolen. An e-mail from the list administrator allayed my fears of usurpation, but I soon discovered a much more troubling problem with The Desk Drawer: none of the members can write worth a damn. As such, I doubt whether their opinions of my writing would be of much interest. My hope is that this community will succeed where The Desk Drawer failed. To join "The Genius Party" (which, by the way, is also a much better name than "The Desk Drawer"), you must have proved to me (or a trusted member of the community), that you can not only use the English language properly but can also use it effectively.

To join this community, please send a writing sample based on the prompt below to geniusparty[at]gmail{dot}com, with the subject "The Genius Party Membership Request." Please include your live journal name in the e-mail so I can send you an invitation if I decide to accept you into the group.

Write about the most important person in the world. Yeah, there are lots of important people in the world, but only one is the most important. Write about that person, in whatever way you wish. You can write about someone important to you, or about someone important to the world as a whole (W, Bono, etc.), or anything else that comes to mind when you think about the most important person in the world. Write a maximum of 350 words on this topic and send it to me. I'll reply within a day or two to tell you whether you have been accepted into the community.

Thanks for your interest.


Wed, Jul. 6th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)

now i'm posting on this entry.
for my joinage do i ask.
(please don't bar me for saying that)

Wed, Jul. 6th, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
ander: Well...ok.

I have invited you aboard. Just go here to accept.

Wed, Jul. 6th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)

...but you may have to use the "SHIFT" key every now and then.

Wed, Jul. 6th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)

Since I am but an impatient adolescent, I didn't read to the last sentence of this entry before going to the userinfo and attempting to join. Apparently, I was accepted without submitting a writing sample. I got a confirmation e-mail about two minutes ago. However, would you like a writing sample anyway? Also, is poetry an accepted form of a response to an exercise? What about prose poetry, for that matter?

Now I have asked altogether too many questions, so I will leave you in peace.

Wed, Jul. 6th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)

Well, apparently neither of us reads things all the way through before responding. I got an e-mail saying you had requested to join and I clicked the link to accept you before reading what it was; I thought it would take me to the community management page.

Anyway, I just sent you an e-mail requesting a writing sample. And poetry is always acceptable (prose poetry, too), as long as it shows thought.

Fri, Jul. 8th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)

Alex, can I join?

Sat, Jul. 9th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)

Yes. You have joined.

Mon, Jul. 11th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
awesomesometime: hey buddy

hey it's fluffy, i am sometimes awesome, no?

Mon, Jul. 11th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
ander: Re: hey buddy

You are awesome a lot of the time, my brother, my actual brother. Welcome to The Genius Party.

Mon, Jul. 11th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
ander: Re: hey buddy

Also, I tried to call you yesterday and the phone was all like "The number or code you have entered is invalid." Any idea what that means?