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  1. Critiquing or Criticizing

    Right now I'm in a creative writing class. I decided that I ought to take it just because I wanted the experience, wanted to get an idea for what it was that editors would like to see and what they might cringe at. I didn't go in expecting it to be the answer to all my problems (and no one should, there is no golden medicine to save all our souls instantly). That being said, I was also hoping that the people would be respectable in their critiques.

    I want to preface this with the fact ...

    Updated Yesterday at 06:34 PM by Greyson

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  2. Adult's Only: Internal conflicts

    There's been a conflict in myself for a long time. You see, I love sex. I don't mean in the usual method. It is pleasant but it's something that has interested me beyond just the act itself. The emotions, mentality, approaches and many viewpoints on sex have always interested me. I have always struggled to keep this out of my writing cause I felt it undermined the 'validity' of my other kinds. Perhaps because I'm getting older but I no longer feel this blockage. So, I wrote something utterly trashy ...
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  3. Hello again

    Hello again, to anybody reading this.

    Not shockingly, at least to me, I dove headfirst into this site when I first arrived, and then promptly got busy and distracted, but here I am again. Hopefully this time around I can actually stick around long enough to consider myself a member of the community, but knowing how easily I am distracted by petty things like earning a living and not starving don't be surprised if I disappear for a while again.

    I didn't just fall away ...
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  4. Some Woes in Writing...

    I think I'm going to need some real-world, real-time experience...

    I think that writing is the same thing as conversation with a person. You have to learn to be engaging and entertaining. To present yourself clearly. To know what to say, what not to say, and when to say it. It's best to be confident and relaxed. Let you...flow through...

    I'm saying this because I reread a little of the little that I wrote down and while I can write ideas for days the connecting tissue came ...
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  5. Debate Wars - The Fox

    By my nature I think I've always been a bit of a fox. Too "smart" for my own good. Both solitary and social; always searching for a vixen (man do foxy-looks get me going). The irony of looking for a vixen will probably be the story of my life. Look up "Foxes in popular culture" on Wikipedia, and check out the bits about foxes in Japanese mythology, and you'll thoroughly understand my plight in a metaphorical sense.

    Anyway.

    When it comes to debate, I've ...

    Updated February 19th, 2017 at 01:34 PM by Smith

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  6. How to write a book

    My earliest memories from school are reading and writing.

    I must've been six when I sat down and started writing my first book. I honestly don't know what drove me to want to write it. I had read a few books since I was four or five, but they were kids' books. Here I was trying to write an epic mystery taking place in the early 1900's at six years old.

    I wrote maybe six pages and never tried to write again until maybe when I was fourteen or fifteen.

    I ...
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  7. The summer house.

    There was a program about ‘Capability’ Brown on the television, visiting various of his landscape gardens. I am unsure which, but one of them had a ‘Summer house’. Of course it was no wooden shack at the bottom of the garden, but an imposing building with spires and French windows, probably larger than the average terrace house, Well, that was how it looked across the valley on the other side of a lake; distant, set on the edge of woodland.

    One approached it, however, from behind, ...
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  8. Wind and Sea

    I remember a while back, when writing the same story I am now, that I had originally had the title "Wind and Sea" for the entire thing...

    The reason was that I wanted it to be a story more about exploration of a world than any character-driven plot. I was interested in that sense of limitless possibility, adventure, risk, and discovery.

    These things are still important, but since then I've moved more into the drama-side. This was because that to base the story ...
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  9. FRAUD - FRAUD - FRAUD.

    by , February 16th, 2017 at 06:52 PM (Bobo's Blog Brew :-))
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    Now I’ll tell you a little story about fraud, or attempt at same.
    Since the company now has paid up after being pressured from the right powers, they by that act two months too late has admitted the attempt, and then I can yell about them from all the roofs I can find

    In december 2016 I wanted to by some Nivea products for the new year.
    Found a nice price by an English company called Sterling Pharmacy, which had an internet
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  10. Why Do We Suffer At Our Own Hands?

    by , February 16th, 2017 at 04:44 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    I can’t seem to pinpoint where the voices come from. Clearly, there is much to finding them, I am not alone in this struggle. To feel self-doubt is to be human, to worry you’re alone or stupid, lost or even unlovable. Yet, just because these are human does not make them right or true. After all, we are all the same, yet we are all different. I might fear isolation, yet I still push myself towards it. What for, you might ask. For the same reasons we all fear parts of ourselves. Because we think “only ...

    Updated February 17th, 2017 at 09:07 PM by Greyson

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  11. All Under One

    I was thinking about the Rothschild's...

    I was thinking about the Illuminati and other such concepts...

    I don't believe in the exact depictions that you'll commonly see, but I do believe in the basic concepts because...it's in our history. Of course people are trying to grab everything. Of course they are going to keep it secret. Imagine the coaches of opposing teams standing on a pulpit announcing their plays and strategies to the opposing team. Sounds pretty stupid, right? ...
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  12. Happy Valentines Day

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  13. Big Picture and Life's Lack of Predictability

    I suppose it goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway. Life can be rough.

    Overall things for the past couple years have stabilized for us, and we're thriving here. Loving the place, the people, the surroundings. School's good for the kids, work's good for me, my health's good, feeling pretty happy inside. Until about a month ago, when my wife found out her cancer's back and metastasized into other parts of her body. Like her liver, lung, spine, pelvis, and scalp.

    Stage ...
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  14. Writing and running not so different


    About two miles into my run I noticed a new set of tracks in the snow. After running through one of the many parking lots spread out long the Catherine Valley trail I spied a new set of tracks from someone who had started their journey here.

    As I run I pay attention to who walked where and at what pace. The snow reveals a history of who was here last, who may be ahead of you, who might you meet on the return trip. It is not hard to spot the footsteps of a fellow runner.
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  15. I Was Wrong

    Yeah yeah, before some of you (if any of you) throw a party, save it for the end.

    Being older does not equal being wiser. This is a non-sequitur. It does equal more life experience though, even if that life experience wasn't very broad.

    To a certain extent one could say that age has an effect on knowledge, and intelligence. Obviously an infant or a child are intellectually inferior to a young adult, or an adult. Although there is a good chance, too, that one can become ...

    Updated February 12th, 2017 at 08:40 AM by Smith

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  16. The Burger Half-Eaten

    My father-in-law is getting better. He is old, and sick, but he chose to live. He kept fighting.

    Many would look at him, and write him off. My family did wonder if it was "his time". But we respected HIS wishes. He did not want to die.

    After his massive infection, and loss of 1/4 of his body weight, Jim stopped eating. What he did choke down, he threw-up. Our marvelous "Obama Care" system only took about a month to run the tests to discover the ...
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  17. What Kind of Writer Are You, Anyway?

    by , February 11th, 2017 at 05:17 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    I’m having a not-so-unique crisis in regards to writing lately that can be broken down into two issues. Not to get all analytical in this, but they look a little something like this: 1. In trying to write every day it’s transforming into almost a chore and 2. I can’t tell if I ought to be writing fiction or if I’m better off in the world of academia.

    I think the second one is way easier to look at for me mostly because I’ve struggled with it for years. As students in the public schooling ...
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  18. Skiing with the French Foreign Legion.

    by , February 8th, 2017 at 10:46 PM (Bobo's Blog Brew :-))
    No, I didn’t have to go to the Northern part of Africa for doing that – those days are long gone.
    I visited El Aaiun on the Atlantic coast of Africa once – and that’ll do

    If familiar with the stories P.C. Wren wrote in the 1920s about Beau Geste (the name meaning ‘beautiful deed’, while also referring to an Old French heroic poem ‘Chanson de Geste’), you’ll know the more romantic version of the French Foreign Legion based and serving in North Africa.

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  19. My Distinct Dialect

    I'm watching a lecture (felt the need to pause it and write this blog) by Brandon Sanderson on dialogue. One of the points he made is making each character feel distinct when they speak. Usually this is done through dialect or accent, but these aren't the only ways it can be done. He asks the class, "How could you write dialogue for an intelligent, or well-educated character?"

    A student's response is you could have them speak in the passive voice.

    Sanderson agrees, ...

    Updated February 8th, 2017 at 12:21 PM by Smith

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  20. Reaching Out With Your Problems

    A funny Catch-22...almost...

    When you have problems and you try to reach out, people can treat you like a dark cloud and shoo you away or avoid you or heckle you about having a problem or...perhaps most abusive...tell you to simply "get over it".


    When you drown under your problems, then people are al sad and confused and hyper altruistic- wanting to know why you just didn't come to them for help, claiming to have been willing to help you had they just known. ...
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  21. The Irony of Writing Fiction...

    Up to this point, I've noticed a strange irony in writing (trying to write...haha) fiction, and that is that it seems to require a lot of research into things like physics or science or...something you find in the reference section of the library.

    Recently, I was thinking about the concept of energy.

    This led me on to a little odyssey that landed me right at the theoretical making of existence as we know it- the primordial furnace of the Big Bang. I thought on it...then ...
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  22. Ouch!

    by , February 6th, 2017 at 08:33 PM (Beethoven's 5th (part II))
    Not the greatest of days. I was working away and turned my ankle on an uneven surface. This caused a temporary loss of balance and I fell over onto the customer's driveway. It's a steep slope and I ended up rolling into the middle of the road.
    So, I'm limping and I have a gashed hand (scraped it along the drive) that was oozing blood for quite a while.
    This glass-half-full stuff is quite funny really because I'm thankful that I wasn't run over and that I broke no bones. Nothing wrong ...
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  23. Writing Exercise

    It loomed over the city-street in a suffocating way, casting a dark shadow upon the sidewalk and staircase in front. The gargoyles above were enough to make me hesitate, but not in admiration of the eroding architecture, discolored by rain and mold. I supposed their faces were no more welcoming than my own disheveled appearance. Had I slept? Had it really only been two days?

    Ascending the steps, my hand glided along the cool and smooth stone railing, damp from the morning dew. I stopped ...

    Updated February 11th, 2017 at 11:19 PM by Smith

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  24. Long term winners

    The rats are back. A bit quick, but I knew it was just a matter of time, there is no solution, they will outlive us all in the end. It is strange how so many people recognise this fact without quite understanding why it is so certain. Sure they realise that they are omnivorous, reproduce rapidly, very adaptable, and believe in their intelligence and resistance to radiation, but these are individual characteristics. A general principle, backed by evidence, is what convinces me though.
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  25. She made me laugh...( long one/boredom warning).

    Saturday the fourth of Feb was shaping up to be just like any other Saturday. Having finished work at around six and managing to stay awake on the bus until it pulled into my home-town, I'd made the short walk home and was making ready for my weekly visit to an Asda that was just a fifteen minute bus-ride away. Re-written shopping list followed re-written shopping list until I was satisfied with it. Mugs of coffee were consumed before leaving home, then, having bought a Newspaper en route to the ...

    Updated February 6th, 2017 at 05:56 PM by dither

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