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Never say 'never' ....

I said I'd never do this, which just goes to show what a pushover I am -- it's all Jess's fault for ignoring my rants about LJs and sending me an invitation to join and then ducking for cover. Sigh. Seemed stupid and pigheaded to refuse to be dragged (even if with some proforma kicking and screaming) into the modern era. Everyone I know seems to be here already (no, I'm not a trend-setter -- what was your first clue? ), and I do like to hang out with my friends. So, for better or worse, here I am.

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jessriley
Oct. 17th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)
Can you see the huge smile on my face???? Just wait until I tell starwatcher307
:::running off to put you on my friends list:::
caarianna
Oct. 17th, 2005 05:14 am (UTC)
Re: Never Say 'Never'
Jess, too late, lol. I took a breath and told starwatcher -- just sent the message off to her. Can't believe I'm doing this. I checked out my friends list (using the referrals you gave me for ts talk, etc,) and I'm already feeling overwhelmed! Maybe it won't seem so ... massive once I've got my writing commitments done and don't feel quite so pressed for time. I can see this is a good community, though, to get info on latest stories, etc. Thanks for the invite (I think, lol).
Re: Never Say 'Never' - jessriley - Oct. 17th, 2005 05:34 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Never Say 'Never' - caarianna - Oct. 17th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Never Say 'Never' - jessriley - Oct. 17th, 2005 05:58 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Never Say 'Never' - caarianna - Oct. 17th, 2005 06:19 am (UTC) - Expand
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alyburns
Oct. 17th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)
Woohoo!
I just friended you, Marilyn! I'm alyburns on lj. Welcome aboard, woman!!!
caarianna
Oct. 17th, 2005 05:46 am (UTC)
Re: Woohoo!
Hey, thanks, Aly. Er? How do I friend you back? God, I'm so hopeless with any kind of technology. (Hangs head in shame)
Re: Woohoo! - alyburns - Oct. 17th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Woohoo! - caarianna - Oct. 17th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
starwatcher307
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:14 am (UTC)
Welcome, welcome!
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Hi, dear friend. So happy to see you here. It is intimidating at first, but gets lots easier with just a little practice. As Jess said, I have a basic "How-To" in this post; just click on the link -

http://www.livejournal.com/users/starwatcher307/63970.html#cutid1

It explains friending, and how to make italics and bold, but not icons. Jess will have to help you with that. Loading a story document is just cut and paste into the posting box. I haven't covered that yet, but...
a. Write your story in Word, as usual
b. Put {i} and {/i} around italics and {b} and {/b} around bolds (but use < and > instead.)
c. Save to text only, to get rid of the Word formatting.
d. Copy and paste in the posting box
e. You'll have to break long stories (ie, all of yours) into parts.

Well, I was going to get to bed on time tonight. *g* Take care; see you around.
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caarianna
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC)
Re: Welcome, welcome!
StarWatcher, hey, thanks for the welcome and your guide is awesome! I've 'friended' you in that I've clicked on the plus sign and now you show up in my friends' list. So I feel like I've actually acommplished something! And thanks for the posting info. I think I'll probably just post the links to new stories for now rather than get into coding my own for bold and italics. But this will be really useful, I think, if and when I get into the story challenges and Sentinel Thursday. For now, I just have to get the other stories done! But, let's see, four done and almost five since August and four more commitments to go. Should be done by Christmas, lol! Oh, and, hey, sweetie, thanks for not saying 'I told you so!' Given how long you've been encouraging me to take this plunge, you'd be more than entitled.
Re: Welcome, welcome! - starwatcher307 - Oct. 17th, 2005 06:33 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Welcome, welcome! - caarianna - Oct. 17th, 2005 06:40 am (UTC) - Expand
NOW I'll say it! - starwatcher307 - Oct. 18th, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: NOW I'll say it! - caarianna - Oct. 19th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: NOW I'll say it! - patk - Oct. 20th, 2005 09:49 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: NOW I'll say it! - caarianna - Oct. 20th, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: NOW I'll say it! - patk - Oct. 21st, 2005 07:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: NOW I'll say it! - caarianna - Oct. 21st, 2005 07:41 am (UTC) - Expand
annieb1955
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:28 am (UTC)
Hey there
Whoohoo! You made it! this is very cool!
andeincascade
Oct. 17th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey there
Annie! Hi! I didn't know you were here. Hope it's okay to friend you?

Ande
Re: Hey there - annieb1955 - Oct. 17th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
annieb1955
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:30 am (UTC)
LJ friends
I friended you. Hope that's okay?
caarianna
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:41 am (UTC)
Re: LJ friends
Absolutely! Friended you right back! Thanks for the welcome!
fluterbev
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
Arianna! Fancy meeting you here! :-D

I'm adding you to my friends list right now. And I have a part of Kith or Kin? up that I haven't sent you yet - I don't need to now! It is here:-)

Yay! ::bounces::
caarianna
Oct. 17th, 2005 07:05 am (UTC)
More Kith and Kin???
YAY!!!!! Off to read, dancing all the way!

Thanks for the welcome and I'll be friending you right back. So glad you replied!
polly_b
Oct. 17th, 2005 07:55 am (UTC)
How cool is this!
Welcome to the wild woolly world of Live Journal.

Before I got one, I swore I never would, and a friend twisted my arm/talked me into it *sound familiar?). Now I just love it.

You'll be surprised how quickly you get used to it. Good to see you here!
caarianna
Oct. 17th, 2005 08:07 am (UTC)
Re: How cool is this!
Ah, thanks, polly b! I have to say, the welcome is sure warm! Can't believe how many folks have written tonight. Already, I'm feeling less nervous and more comfortable.
carodee
Oct. 17th, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)
Welcome to LJ! I hope you'll enjoy it here.

Don't worry about learning how to handle everything at once. I got a journal to be able to post in sentinel_thurs and otherwise didn't post in my own LJ for over a year. I only started using icons about... three months ago? *g*

Give yourself some time and you'll figure things out as you need them. So long as you can post and comment and figure out how to friend/join comms, you've got all the basics you need to get started. Have fun. :-)
caarianna
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks Carodee! I have to say that I am glad to now be able to be up to date on what's going on on Thursdays, lol! Some really great fic in there.
vamysteryfan
Oct. 17th, 2005 12:50 pm (UTC)
Hi, Marilyn:

We met at Moonridge (sat next to you at Sunday breakfast). Welcome aboard. I started out here just to get the latest stories. Take your time, get to know the place. We don't bite (unless you ask us nicely). :)
caarianna
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
Oops, think I did something wrong -- my response to your welcome ended up under my response to Ande's message. (Frowning in confusion and scratching my head). I will get the hang of this!
peter_neverland
Oct. 17th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
You're here! *does happy dance* Now we have to get you set up with lots of pretty icons and help you get use to posting all the intimiate details of your life for all the world to see. You know it's just my luck that you decide to take the plunge just before I disappear for parts unknown again. *sigh* Still, very glad you're here!
caarianna
Oct. 17th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
Peter, Peter, now who would want to read the boring details of my life, lol! I can see, however, that I'll soon need to pay to be able to have lots of neat icons. Man, so many are so gorgeous! Thanks for the welcome, sweetie! And have a really terrific time at the reunion!
andeincascade
Oct. 17th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
Wheeeeee! Marilyn, you are here! Yay! And just use your journal as much as you want. I comment a lot more in other's journals than I do in my own.

Love you,
Ande
caarianna
Oct. 17th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks, Ande! Really appreciate the enthusiastic welcome!
caarianna
Oct. 17th, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC)
Sister, is that you???? LOL! Thanks so much for the welcome! This certainly does seem to be the place to 'be'! Day Two and I'm less nervous already, lol.
cindershadow
Oct. 18th, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
Starwatcher said you were here, and since I love your fiction (which she also recommended to me), I've taken the liberty of friending you so that I won't miss anything new you might write and post. No need to friend back--I virtually never post, because I got a LJ mainly to be able to comment. I've gone more than a year without icons, myself, but I'm just starting to dip my toe into that pond; I'm getting some advice from LJ friends, and if I figure it out and can try to emulate starwatcher's fine intro to LJ guide, I'll pass it on to you. If you will indeed be posting mainly or lots of fiction, you might want to explore the LJ FAQs about how to add those entries to your "Memories" to make them easy for you and others to find; you can also use "Memories" to keep things like starwatcher's LJ guide easy to find, without having to bookmark it on your computer.

Welcome--and my apologies for this long-winded comment from a total stranger! (The main hazard of LJ . . . )
caarianna
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
Hey, thanks!
Cinder, I really appreciate your note and look forward to whatever lessons learned or guidance you can share as you also become more comfortable with the LJ possibilities! And, hey, thanks for saying how much you enjoy the stories I write. It's always great to hear from a satisfied reader, and you're a stranger no longer (the benefits of the LJ environment)! I think, for now at least, with the exception maybe of fast challenges or Sentinel Thursday sorts of things, I'll probably just post links in my journal for the stories going up on my regular websites. Thanks for the welcome and stay in touch!
garettgal
Oct. 18th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
Hi and welcome. I cannot offer anything constructive re LJ other than to say that in my experience I have found people helpful and friendly.

I have friended you so hope you do not mind.
caarianna
Oct. 18th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
Hey, I can use all the friends I can get, lol! Mind if friend you back? Thanks so much for the welcome! I think you'll find there's not much on my LJ for a while, until I get the 'feel' of how all this works. Probably just posting of links for stories for the time being and maybe some comments about fanfic ideas and perspectives as I get more familiar with the place.
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ripleynikki
Oct. 19th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
Welcome to LJ!! I friended you--hope you dont' mind. :-)

XXXOOO
Lorraine
caarianna
Oct. 19th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Never Say Never
Hey -- thanks! Don't mind you friending me at all -- and I've friended you right back! Have you had your show yet?????

Love, Marilyn
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