Our Mission Statement
Mosaic Musings (MM) is a writers' workshop (membership site) for those seeking genuine commentary and criticism on their literary works. Newcomers are very welcome. At Mosaic Musings, we strive to bring out the best in our writers, to streamline and strengthen their talents, that will result in refined masterpieces worthy of publication (if so sought). By offering friendly, yet thorough, critiques, we will support and encourage members to polish their work in a setting that is relaxed, fun and challenging. Within our forum board, we offer a variety of critique and exhibition forums, exercises, poetry and prose education, challenges and competitions suitable for all writers, from novice to expert. Membership is free. Meet your new friends and make Mosaic Musings your home away from home. Help us reach our full potential as writers beginning today.
No matter what stage you have reached in your writing, if you have the motivation, you will be heartily welcomed here at MM providing you:
(1) Have a desire to improve your writing and a willingness to help others improve theirs.
(2) Follow MM's simple rules - designed to make membership comfortable, respectful and beneficial.
Mosaic Musings Posting Standard
Mosaic Musings is designed to meet a suitable standard for all ages. No dark, explicit, obscene or profane language-themed writings and/or implications thereof are allowed within the public forums. This includes writings on cutting, rape, murder, suicide, extreme abuse and the like. If your post(s) contains any such material, then please email or PM one of our staff members (AMETHYST, Arnfinn, Cleo_Serapis, Eisa, Imhotep, JLY, Psyche) prior to posting and we will review and respond to your request for clarification.
That is not to say that any metaphorical or humorous aspects of a piece will be regarded as distasteful. We are well aware of the satirical associations of today and any reciprocals are the pivot on which the world has turned for a very long time. There is, however, a line between good taste and explicit writing which is readily recognizable.
Should a moderator read a piece that could be interpreted as falling within the above categories, we reserve the right to immediately move the post into a restricted forum, Mosaic Musings Staff Only Forums - Works Under Review - Ra's Renderings, where it will be discussed and a decision made as to whether the content is appropriate for Mosaic Musings. If the post is deemed inappropriate, it will be kept in the staff only forum. Otherwise, it will be returned to its original forum. Whatever the outcome, the author will be informed by PM. This in no way reflects on the author, rather it is intended to uphold the standards (and limitations) that Mosaic Musings has placed upon itself.
Mosaic Musings endeavors to become the most uplifting, educational and inspirational writing site to and for all ages and cultures of people. A visitor or member of MM, will be able to invite their relatives and friends to come, read, write, and enjoy our site. We stand unequivocal on this posting standard. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact a Moderator using our "The moderating team" link located near our board statistics information.
Thank you for your interest in our diversified forums. These areas exist to help members hone their writing skills and foster feedback. Works are posted, then readers offer feedback and positive suggestions for improvement.
Since such detailed crits and/or comments require considerable time and effort, it is both polite and good practice to respond, fully, to all suggestions offered. Also, in the spirit of the forum, one is expected to offer helpful commentary on others' works and positive suggestions for improvement are always considered. Why not check back in on topics you've critiqued to see if the author has incorporated any of your own ideas or requests further feedback?
When revisions are posted, please make a note of the revision and date in your topic title(s) or title description(s) and that way, we'll all know to check back in again and offer further comments too.
This interaction (we share here at Mosaic Musings) is an integral part of our continued growth and evolvement as confident and competent writers. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a member of our staff.
Mosaic Musings was founded in July, 2003 by co-owners Lorraine Kanter and Peter Clark. Lori began writing in the latter years of the 90's and joined several poetry forum boards in October 2002, interacting with other poets around the world. After just a few short months, she began creating poetic challenges to aide in preventing writer's block for herself and her poetic friends. What she found lacking at some sites, she incorporated into what became "Mosaic Musings". With the theme of Ancient Civilizations in place, Mosaic Musings went online in August, 2003 with the support of Linda Balboni, Larry Carr, Dolly Harris and Butch Sollars stepping in as Praetorians and Centurions (mentors), volunteering their time and energy in support of the site. In a short period of time, we aquired many talented writers, some of which hold a mentor role today. With the continued questions of publishing and copyright protection for writers on the internet ever looming overhead, Mosaic Musings was converted into Mosaic Musings, LLC in November, 2003 in Massachusetts.
Peter began his network engineering career fresh out of college from Northeastern University in 1996 working for the technological innovators, BBN Planet. Through the years, Peter has gained valuable insight into the world of managing IP networking services, VPN solutions, web hosting and internet connectivity. As a pre-teen, Peter's fascinatation with computers (in the days of punchcards and the original IBM PC that he owned) shaped his desire to become a part of this technological innovation. From the hardware, software and connectivity advances he's seen and worked with over the years, his strengths take us beyond the inner workings of routers, servers, mother boards, megabytes, and HTML code, into your homes to bring you our site, Mosaic Musings, LLC.
Our goals include cultivating a steady increase of dedicated members, posts and feedback commensurate with other sites that offer similar workshopping services. Our forum exists to help members hone their writing skills and foster feedback. Works are posted, then readers offer feedback and positive suggestions for improvement. We will continue to design member chapbooks and currently offer a series of chapbooks that is available for sale that showcase our writer's talents, the primary goal of our site. In November 2004, we added a chapbook self-publishing option, with very competetive packages.
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