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  1. Your Name

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    I just saw the film "Your Name".

    It's changed my life.

    All cliches aside. I hate using that phrase. Like how "love" can lose meaning when you say that you "love" everything.

    I've never been a fan of anime. I don't mean that in the sense of disliking it. What I mean is that I've never really watched it. But after I walked out of the theater, across the empty parking lot and back to my car, ...

    Updated Today at 06:49 AM by Smith

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  2. Waystone #1

    For me, whenever I read a good author, I have this double-feeling of being both floored by some of the impressive things I find, and disheartened because I don't believe I'll ever be able to match it.

    Recently, I had this very feeling and it kind of dug a little deeper than I thought because the author used something I wanted to do, but did it far betterthan I would have thought of doing it (and with considerably less babble). Made me close my laptop for a little while and I didn't ...
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  3. Why do I do this to myself and...

    how much more will mind and body endure? I wonder.
    I work all week, nights. The job that I do is demanding, times that by ten for someone who is counting the paychecks to retirement-age. There aren't enough hours in a day and however much a person achieves, although no-one is ever really criticised for their efforts and ultimately their output, it's never enough. " Could you stay on for a couple of hours? Or " Could just finish this one and get him out of the yard? He has early bookings ...

    Updated April 23rd, 2017 at 12:36 PM by dither

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  4. Debate Wars - Clumsy Calumny

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    So the hounds from my previous "Debate Wars" blog post have returned, and this time they've got some new tricks up their sleeve.

    Libel.

    In other words, they'll take advantage of the fact that I'm a fox, and call me a thief and make all sorts of false claims, so that hopefully the other forest animals will "turn me in".

    Allow me to explain how this works.

    Let's say you do an interview. ...

    Updated April 22nd, 2017 at 11:12 PM by Smith

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  5. Humble Pie

    I am four-fifths of the way through Patrick Rothfuss' second book in his Kingkiller Trilogy, "The Wise Mans Fear".

    As such, I've been forced to the realization that, in terms of writing, but more importantly in terms of story, I know nothing.

    Nothing.
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  6. I can't believe it!

    I just got a call from Covenant Books. I sent them a 16,000 word short story thinking that, if they liked it, I could write two more and make a book out of it. They want to publish it as a book! They're sending me the contract info next week. I am stunned. I wrote the story, about a man whose wife loses her struggle with cancer which sends him into a deep depression. The story is about how he deals with his loss and rises out of the ashes of his pain to become part of the world again.
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  7. Anxieties of the modern self.... (Nonsensical rambling, really)

    I got my last paycheck from my former employer. That final bit of money that was the conversion of my vacation time into cash. That money that represented countless hours of not calling in, not leaving early and dedicating myself to the cause of the business. It tastes even more bitter than I figured it would but I have to take it to survive.

    If I could afford to, I'd spit in the face of the disgusting bastards at the top who contribute less and less to positive change in the company. ...
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  8. Drawings Update!!

    Figured that since I'm here, I might as well update you on my art. Haven't done too much but the ones I've done I'm pretty proud of. (If there are any repeat posts let me know, I dunno what my last art post was ) Most recent is at the top:
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    Sk8r Grl ^
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    Sketchy lookin dude ^
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    Practice sketch ^
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    Winter Soldier drawing^
    (First ...
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  9. Advice?

    Hey guys,

    So yeah... last blog post was a bit of a bummer. Things have gotten a bit better since then. Not great, but not terrible...more like tolerable.

    Anyways, lets cut to the chase. I'm thinking of leaving Texas Tech and quitting my Computer science degree. Yeah, I know, probs a dumbass move BUT I'm not 100% quitting school. I'm actually thinking of trying to get a pharmacy tech certification or study basic level computer forensics stuff at a much smaller and ...
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  10. Depression is an ugly monster

    You know you have many things to be happy about but you're sad anyway.

    You feel hopeless and tired. You anxious.
    You can't breathe.

    You have a few friends who listen to you but you're scared they'll one day give up on you.

    You like sleeping because your dreams are better than your reality.
    You hate being alone but also hate being around people.

    Ugggh.
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  11. Is it real?

    I haven't been this down in a long time.

    Which means it's been a long time coming.

    By "down", the best way I can describe it is in the context of being numb. Obviously not physically, but from an emotional standpoint.

    And with how well things have been going lately, it leads me to ask just how real is this numbness. Not in the sense of whether or not it exists; that's pretty clear. What I mean is whether or not my depression accurately reflects reality, ...

    Updated April 19th, 2017 at 06:49 AM by Smith

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  12. Scrapyard # 23

    In some ways
    you were the sunset, rising
    a beauty outside of time
    a separate piece of nature

    your eyes easily
    bring ease to me
    your voice
    like a hymm through the bones of me
    your face sits on the throne of me
    you're kinda perfect

    long strider
    i watch you walk away
    gone for the night
    those eyes
    like twin fires keeping me up at night
    in the morn I pop up
    brush my teeth and lock up
    come ...
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  13. I Saw...Fate of the Furious

    This is one of those movies you know is pulp from movie one and you go in looking to overlook various things...

    I liked the first few Furious movies because that's what they were...fun. There was also a story that passed for entertainment and I think the last Furious movie I liked was Tokyo Drift (favorite character...Han [I'm a sucker for the tragic])

    The rest have been fading for me, but this one seemed to be the worst.

    1. There's a lot of Cuban hype in ...
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  14. The Questions

    Who, What, Where, When, Why and How

    These are questions that sit at the basis of the english language.

    Who is usually a rather banal, boring answer.

    What is undoubtedly the most obvious despite how we might not want to believe it.

    Where is another rather dull answer, unless it involves gossip.

    When is always a matter of timing and its value is situational.

    Why is almost never known completely, sometimes to even the one ...
  15. Moral Tyranny

    LOOOOOOOOOOOONG. Prepare yourself...

    Perhaps there are times when you've decided that you are going to give up, you've ceased to care, or that you feel no one or nothing is worthy enough of your efforts...

    I suppose a fair amount of our writing comes from the molds of our lives and in this I only give my perspective of how a "hero" views this. Old is the knowledge that the way we react to trauma and pain determines the person we are. Even so, perhaps ...

    Updated April 17th, 2017 at 10:54 AM by kaminoshiyo

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  16. What If

    I'm starting to feel more and more as if Trump and Marine Le Pen are nothing more than controlled opposition.

    The "Hegelian Dialectic" is very interesting, and I'm looking for a couple books to read in regards to it. Probably no better place to start than Hegel himself.

    In theory, I think the way it works is humans work more-or-less in terms of "problem > reaction > solution." Governments and wealthy, powerful individuals have found ways to manipulate ...
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  17. The Striding Titan (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon/One Punch Man Spoilers)

    Well...you learn something new everyday and today I had my previous thoughts shattered- that you couldn't write a story with an overpowered figure in it.

    WRONG.

    First off, there are plenty of works that handle it wrong and are infamous for their flip-flopping on how they handle supremely powerful characters. However, there are two works that convinced me that it can be done and how. They are Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon's Li Mu Bai, and One Punch Man's...One Punch Man. ...
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  18. Fearing the Young

    "You're truly old when you begin to fear the young."

    Every once in a while I think I come across a glimmer of profound wisdom and this thought popped into my head. It was in relation to another though- that you age faster when you begin to think of yourself as old. We all age, but when you increasingly lean towards that, mentally, I think the body follows and it becomes a sort of thing that- while inevitable- it's timing could have been stalled.

    As for the quote, ...
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  19. Music...

    I like instrumentals... Currently listening to Lofi Hip Hop 24/7 Streaming channel on Youtube.

    Not really writing, but thinking about things in general. For me, it usually leads to writing later on. Doesn't every writer pour their lives and feelings into their work analyzing experiences and emotions- breaking them down trying to understand and apply them to their characters?

    In a good mood. It's a small time of transition in my life- shifting from a significant point to ...
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  20. Get Out (and some other musings)

    The "Rotten Tomatoes" rating should've been a hint.

    I went into the theater half-expecting it to be some politically-motivated tripe and walked out amazed.

    Don't want to spoil it. But what I can say is that the movie "Get Out" truly transcended the topic of race in a surprising way.

    The acting was great.

    Allison Williams is a babe.

    Cheers,

    -Kyle

    EDIT: Because I hate putting this down in ...

    Updated April 10th, 2017 at 12:33 PM by Smith

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  21. Chance and judgement

    I was potting on some seedlings and had gathered together a mix of compost, some pots, and seedlings broken off from the seed tray. When I had filled the pots I found there were twelve of them, the compost I had mixed up in my tray was exactly the right amount to fill them, and there were twelve seedlings in the block I had broken off from the seed tray. It could be a one off, a happy chance, except it keeps happening. I cut off exactly an ounce of butter to put in the bread mix; I check the frame ...
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  22. Still trying to get tips and advice on publishiing, ect...

    So far I have been referred to: https://www.amazon.com/Steps-Self-Pu...=UTF8&qid=&sr= Which I like so far and I'm very interested in buying.

    As well as: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/succe...elfpublishing/ Which I downloaded the FREE e-book for and I'm currently using the oh so lovely "Readaloud" app for my pc so I can do other things while I am read to.

    I have stumbled upon some new ...
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  23. So going to try this blogging thing...

    Not sure what to type on here so here we go, well lets see, I am very tired, got up early went 2 1/2 hr drive outa town to go pick up my Boyfriends paycheck, came back and proceeded to clean out my truck. I have been moving a lot here lately and my truck has became a trash/storage unit/driving thing. money has been tight and time for myself even tighter. bills are falling behind and I had quit my job at wendys (of 2 yrs) due to the poor treatment to my health conditions there. boohoo-boohoo, eh ...
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  24. And there you have it.....

    As expected, I am without a job now. Yet, I can only say that with what I think of as a sardonic grin. It ended how I knew it would, a petulant manager who needs to feel that he is lording over all who work for him. Unfortunately, I'm the sort who, when pushed, pushes back. It's gotten me in trouble countless times in life but I will always keep my head held high.

    Still, such is how things go. Oh, funny thing I got on my way out was a certificate for having worked there for five years. ...
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  25. Shower Thoughts on Second Base

    by , April 7th, 2017 at 02:49 AM (The Inner Monologues of a College Shortstop)
    Still going to try out this blog thing for the prospective time being. See how it goes. So this is number two.

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    Pregame:
    Resident pragmatic and wayward speaker, Kody Colton, gave me an interesting shower thought today with a trademark smile: "Aren't Telephone poles just trees that were killed just to ...
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