Confessions of a Cheater

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@Genipher (5166)
United States
August 27, 2016 3:08pm CST
I have a confession to make. I've been cheating on y'all. For the past week or so I've been frequenting another site. You can blame it all on @koopharper...he's the one who led me astray. It wasn't long before I became addicted to the site. So... ...I've been writing there. Phew! I feel so much better getting that out! I don't earn money at this "other" site. Well, not real money. They have their own virtual cash and prizes that stay within their boundaries. But I'm not there for the money. I'm there for the contests! I'm there to stretch my brain and get my creative juices flowing. Because my brain needed that. It'd been getting a tad fat and lazy. On a side note, I've discovered that it takes me, roughly, two to three hours to write a 300 word story. If I'm lucky. At that rate, I'll be able to get the rough draft of a novel written in 4,167 hours or around 173 days (I can math! ). And that's if I don't eat, sleep, use the bathroom, or interact with another living soul. I have a better inkling, now, as to why it takes a real author so long to write a book!
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@CinnamonGrl (5740)
• Paradise, California
27 Aug 16
No kiddin'. I could never write a book. For oh so many reasons. I'd say most people here are "cheaters" who also frequent other .
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@sol_cee (14334)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
27 Aug 16
I'm stick to one. lol
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
27 Aug 16
Every now and again I hear rumors that the writers here visit other sites. I used to be appalled...but I think I now understand.
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@Bluedoll (17078)
• Canada
28 Aug 16
The main thing is you are writing. I always thought that was worthwhile pursuit. What is your novel about?
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
2 Sep 16
I started an allegory of Esther, set in modern times. But I haven't worked on it for a few years. Mostly I was just trying to point out that if I DID write a novel, it would take forever to get done!
@Bluedoll (17078)
• Canada
3 Sep 16
@Genipher Drafting is one thing but rewrites can be very ongoing and then we need time to think about it and come back I guess.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
3 Sep 16
@Bluedoll Totally agree.
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@sishy7 (27667)
• Australia
28 Aug 16
koop will not lead you astray - I've always thought you have author qualities in you...
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
28 Aug 16
That's so sweet! Thanks! Yeah, koop seems to be a good guy. I've loved this new site...though hubby might think I spend too much time on it...
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@Platespinner (16532)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
28 Aug 16
So wait, you're announcing here that you've been cheating and that it was my BROTHER who led you astray? I don't know whether to apologize or congratulate you .
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
28 Aug 16
Both! I didn't know koop was your brother!
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
28 Aug 16
@Genipher He was last time I checked
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
28 Aug 16
@Platespinner It can be hard to keep tabs on them, eh? I've got five of them, myself!
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@thelme55 (13966)
• Germany
28 Aug 16
You are not the only cheater here if you really called it cheating. You know as a writer we have to separate our eggs in different baskets. I do write in many sites as well. What is the name of that site you are cheating us?
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
1 Sep 16
I'm not sure if I'm allowed to mention it in a post...I'll PM you, just to be safe!
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@thelme55 (13966)
• Germany
1 Sep 16
@Genipher thank you. i have read it and sent you an answer.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
1 Sep 16
@thelme55 Got it. Glad to help.
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• United States
28 Aug 16
aha! yet 'nother person who's been lured to other places, eh? i fear i've not the energy to do such, lol. i'm glad that'cher gettin' yer creative juices flowin' though, that's always a good thingy :) gigglin' o'er the time ya figure to pen a novel. sometimes such jest 'flows', where's ya can get way more set to print. but, 't does take time to get one written....'n then more time fer that pre-editin' 'for ya send 't off to the editors, lol. quite the process :)
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
1 Sep 16
I think I've gotten a little faster these last few days. But I'm still amazed to look up a the clock and see how much time has passed! Good thing hubby is off work for the summer to help with the kiddos. Pretty soon we'll all be back to "regular routine" and I won't be on the computer much at all.
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• Philippines
28 Aug 16
Well, good luck with it, couldn't make time towards other writing sites. So, Im stuck here for the mean time.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
28 Aug 16
It is hard to find the time. I've been sort-of slacking here. And with some home chores. When the muse hits, you gotta write...right?
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@sol_cee (14334)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
27 Aug 16
Aha! That explains!
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
27 Aug 16
There's just not enough time in the day to write there, write here, and play with the kids!
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• New Delhi, India
27 Aug 16
Which type of gifts they give?
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
27 Aug 16
Virtual badges and ribbons. Though I think it's possible to actually buy the badges. And then you could start create your own version of a Cub or Girl Scout vest with writing badges!
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• Canada
28 Aug 16
@Genipher You can earn gift points and pay for an upgraded account. I used to maintain my account there without paying a dime. My daughter still does. She currently has enough gift points banked from winning contests and doing review work that she could maintain her account for several years without having to do another thing.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
28 Aug 16
@koopharper I didn't know that! Now I'm going to have to hunt down that info and see how much I have to save. Because I'd like to get at least a Basic account...but I'm too cheap to put out for it.
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@sabtraversa (12446)
• Italy
27 Aug 16
Are adult stories allowed in that site? You know, all the restraints here make me want to "cheat" as well.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
27 Aug 16
I'll PM you.
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@sabtraversa (12446)
• Italy
28 Aug 16
@koopharper Woah, so I can go extreme!
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• Canada
28 Aug 16
@sabtraversa Not sure how far the envelop can be pushed there. I just stay within myself. The system must work pretty good because I haven't stumbled into anything really raunchy by accident.
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@just4him (109701)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Aug 16
Do you now? I do eat, sleep, use the bathroom and interact with other people. It only takes me about ten minutes to write 300 words. If that. I could stretch it to half an hour if I had to or the subject was mystifying. Maybe someday you'll finish that novel, but I wonder if we'll be here to read it when it's finished? I wonder, if the rough draft takes 173 days, how long it will take to write the actual novel.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
28 Aug 16
Ah, you're a much faster writer than I. It might be that I'm slow because there are constant distractions. One son wants to talk about his latest computer game. I listen and then type a few words. The baby gets hurt so I console him back to a happy mood and type a few words. Oh look! It's lunchtime! Guess I have to feed the kids again sigh. And I'm often looking things up as I go. The question is...will I still be around to finish a novel? This could take me years!
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@just4him (109701)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Sep 16
@Genipher Ah, I see the problem. What you need to do, and is recommended by the way, is to set aside a writing time and put a DO NOT DISTURB sign on your door and lock it. Do not come out until you have your daily quota finished. That way you will get that novel written before you turn 173 years old.
@koopharper (6289)
• Canada
28 Aug 16
If you find that it helps you become a better writer and realize at least some of your writing goals, I'm happy to take some of the blame.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
28 Aug 16
I'll have to dedicate a book to you one day, as thanks. That is, if I can actually get one written. And published.
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• Canada
28 Aug 16
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@responsiveme (14461)
• India
28 Aug 16
Good luck with your writing.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
1 Sep 16
Thanks!
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@meowch (1057)
• United States
27 Aug 16
I'm curious what's the name of the website? I've been dreaming of becoming a real writer someday.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
27 Aug 16
I'm not sure I can say here. But I can PM you.
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@DaddyEvil (23490)
• Aurora, Missouri
2 Sep 16
I wondered where you had been. I thought I was just missing you in the discussions around myLot, Genipher...
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• India
2 Sep 16
Did you check out Ruby Hawk's "Guess Who " post?
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
2 Sep 16
@daddyevil I'm still here a little. Trying to keep up with notifications and the other day I wrote a couple of posts. But between all this writing and (here and elsewhere) and making sure I don't totally ignore the kids all day...I need more hours in the day!!
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@DaddyEvil (23490)
• Aurora, Missouri
4 Sep 16
@responsiveme No, not yet. I've not been here very much, either. I will head over her way in a little while. I'm helping a young man set up his iPhone onto Straight Talk right now and rescuing his data from his old iPhone...
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@marsha32 (6689)
• United States
3 Sep 16
Maybe you should tell us more about the site and what the prizes are within it LOL I'm a real cheater to mylot as I limit myself to no more than 2 hours tops here in a day and the rest of the time I am doing TE's and mailers mostly.
@paigea (21755)
• Canada
3 Sep 16
Enjoy stretching your brain? Are you hoping to write a book?