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  1. Blog births [language warning]

    Matty owned a pro-blog for many years, it made me, and him, very very very very poorly.

    Arisen anew we thought to beta-test this here WF facility, see how men might arise together, we might re-indulge art-form toward mutual delights alone at the screen face...

    [wanker]

    I am...in

    writing diary.

    1. Seems like Crust still have my manuscript in progress.

    2. Meanwhile sub-ed Q has not replied to short version 6000 story, ...

    Updated October 31st, 2020 at 06:16 PM by velo

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  2. Natural Born Killer (WIP #1)



    There were a couple of slight mistakes but I wanted to record this quickly.

    It's fun to play.
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  3. KILL IT WITH FIRE take 5



    This is the last thing we recorded 3 weeks ago. Due to a bunch of retarded bullshit, I haven't been able to play my guitar for 3 weeks, but saturday and sunday we worked on a new song and we're about 1:35 seconds in.

    It's whatever; progress has been made, albeit very slowly.

    I haven't posted this because I've been depressed.
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  4. Year of Hell

    This rant refers to a spectacular Star Trek Voyager episode (1997), and an exploration of that episode. For current events, see “2020 Year of Hell”

    I am a social pariah. I am a “Trekkie” (someone who likes Star Trek lore). Also, I am a fan of the Star Trek series “Voyager”, which is maligned by most Trekkies. This makes me an outcast amongst outcasts.

    That said, I will not back down from my praise of the Voyager episode “Year of Hell” (even most Voyager haters admit ...
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  5. witching hour thoughts

    by , August 17th, 2020 at 08:26 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    This weekend has been a respite of the mind and soul. While much of it was spent simply doing adult work – laundry, cleaning the house, taking my cat outside and playing with her – they were all generously slow and simple. There was nothing particularly complex about anything I did, and that’s what was spectacular.
    This is something I’m sure the older among you will recognize. The joy of a simple day seems an understated one, but something I can’t imagine living long without.

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  6. Blind Positivity

    The weight of the world can be oppressive and dark, particularly when we're buried under a sea of existential angst to begin with. It can be useful to 'flip the script' as they say, and try on a shifted perspective. What has been working for me lately is to pay more attention to the good things happening in each moment. For instance, I am breathing, and nothing really hurts. The air is clean enough and I have a glass of water right here to drink. Today, while not guaranteed, is unfolding nicely. ...
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  7. worldy worries

    by , August 15th, 2020 at 02:32 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    it feels, lately, as if the worries of the world are too real to bear. not to say I’m incapable. I’m anything but that, and honestly that fact makes it worse. knowing I can fix my problems but haven’t only shines the spotlight internally.
    that’s why I’m writing another of these after so long – they’re a good receptacle to leave yesterday’s remains in. perhaps not the prettiest of send off’s, but it’s what works.

    Lately, work has become a greater and greater focus for me. First ...
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  8. The Night Before Lightoff (With Annotations and Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore!)

    I spent three years aboard the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) and qualified as an engineroom supervisor. Bringing a marine steam powerplant from cold iron all the way to 'ready to answer bells' is almost a lost art. I thought that I would document the process in verse. Enjoy.

    The Night Before Lightoff
    with annotations…and apologies to Clement Clarke Moore!1
    By Eric H. Bowen
    USS Missouri (BB-63) #3 Engine Room “A” shift MMOW, 1988-2

    'Twas the night before ...

    Updated August 12th, 2020 at 07:13 AM by ehbowen (Post text from attachment)

    Tags: navy, ship, steam
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  9. If I looked like you, I'd kill myself...

    "If I looked like you,
    I'd kill myself,"
    he said
    to his reflection
    in the mirror.
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  10. A flight into the Abyss

    A Flight Into the Abyss

    broken arrow-
    feathers in the wind
    fear unchecked

    let me drown in the mud
    rather than face the demons
    that crucified my pride

    shriveled heart-
    buckling knees
    trembling fingers

    I cry in the wilderness
    for those that I’ve forsaken
    a thousand deaths I die
    for the faithlessness of my acts-
    the facts of my deceit will forever haunt me
    ...
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  11. Fractured Songs on Moonlit Nights

    Fractured Songs on Moonlit Nights


    frozen landscapes................brittle bones.................

    ................imploding stars

    desolation.................carnage

    loss................forsaken.................abandoned

    cast aside like a broken toy
    no longer the golden boy
    revolution the only solution
    against a malevolent institution


    shattered.................seared................. ...
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  12. KILL IT WITH FIRE (Now with BASS)

    This is the second demo we recorded together with minimal mistakes.

    The bassist is Mike from Namtaru, and MAJOR RESPECT for learning this song in the same time it took me to write it.



    The final version is coming either tonight or tomorrow.

    We're gonna work some more.
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  13. A month of no writing (fiction)

    Time moves quickly, it seems, in the COVID days. Things that seemed to happen days ago sometimes turn out to be weeks ago.

    For the last month I've been busy with business, which involves writing web applications and other software, and that's a good thing. I need something to support the writing habit.

    I've also been reading Roger Zelazny's Amber series, and since that's ten books, it takes a while. At least individually, they aren't long books.

    I mentioned ...
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  14. KILL IT WITH FIRE (Final WIP)

    The next recording will be with the bass player, but this is a dry run-through of the whole song with minimal mistakes.

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  15. Poets & Epiphany

    Epiphany



    This is the word most misused by poets. It means “something invisible that emerges from something visible.” Poets forget it’s religious and requires divine intervention. To them, it’s “any eureka moment that offers a warm personal gesture of appreciation to a poet from herself.” I’m against solipsism, as it leads to uncertain outcomes.
    The classic case is “pnevma.” Ancient Greeks reasoned that pnevma, “breath,” was life’s essence, since it went obviously ...
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  16. KILL IT WITH FIRE (work in progress, almost COMPLETE)



    KILL IT WITH FIRE

    [Intro 1]
    [Intro 2]

    [Breakdown]
    I GOT A TORCH
    I GOT SOME GAS
    LIGHT SOME SHIT UP
    TURN IT TO ASH

    [Melody]
    I'm gonna kill you all
    I'm gonna burn this shit down
    There's nowhere you can hide
    My fire never dies

    [Bridge]
    [Solo]
    [Bridge]

    [Melody]
    I've risen above the wreckage of what is ...
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  17. My high point as a writer

    In the last blog, I reported that a member of the board of directors of the original author's foundation asked, when I offered, for an epub of my manuscript.

    This was a big step, and a nervous one. I had the audacity to try to follow a renowned author in his field, and to write a sequel which would meet his standards. It's rife with the opportunity for spectacular failure, and I understood that going in. But I thought I had what it takes, so I wrote the book.

    Last night ...
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  18. KILL IT WITH FIRE (5th demo/WIP)



    KILL IT WITH FIRE

    [Intro 1]
    [Intro 2]

    [Breakdown]
    I GOT A TORCH
    I GOT SOME GAS
    LIGHT SOME SHIT UP
    TURN IT TO ASH

    [Melody]
    I'm gonna kill you all
    I'm gonna burn this shit down
    There's nowhere you can hide
    My fire never dies

    [Bridge]
    [Solo]
    [Bridge]

    [Melody]
    I've risen above the wreckage of what is ...

    Updated June 25th, 2020 at 01:09 AM by RhythmOvPain

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  19. The Next Step

    I just moved on in "the next step" for the sequel I can probably never publish ... but that doesn't mean I'm not going to explore it.

    I contacted someone who might carry some weight with the agency in charge of the author's estate. At least if he likes the book and would give me a letter of introduction and recommendation, it could help. He's interested in reading the novel, and agreed he always thought the original needed a sequel.

    This morning my wife and I both completed ...

    Updated June 24th, 2020 at 06:35 AM by vranger

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  20. SUBMISSIONS - ALMOST THERE!

    So just a little blog entry as to what I've been up to. I have finished my poetry submissions for two anthologies and working on the contests now, deadline of July 15th. I'm almost through with my time/writing crunches. Whew! I've become the president of the local poetry club of Florida State Poets Association, and that's keeping me hopping, working on growing the membership and organizing meetings and so forth, all to be virtual. The unfortunate byproduct of this pandemic is I am becoming agraphobic ...
  21. The ending that wasn't the ending -- or was it?

    Yesterday I noted I thought I might rework the ending of my work just completed, and so I took on that task.

    I had two villians with close ties, and they both died in the last chapter. Both deaths were "off camera", and both were unexplained, though with inference as to what caused them. I questioned the similarity.

    My first thought tempted me to change the second death, or possibly let the man live on to cause trouble in a potential sequel. When I pulled up the chapter ...
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  22. Second guessing myself

    In Robert Heinlein's five rules for writing, he proclaimed:


    • Rule One: You Must Write. ...
    • Rule Two: Finish What You Start. ...
    • Rule Three: You Must Refrain From Rewriting, Except to Editorial Order. ...
    • Rule Four: You Must Put Your Story on the Market. ...
    • Rule Five: You Must Keep it on the Market until it has Sold.


    Hopeful authors routinely break all five rules. I'm in the middle of breaking rule number three on my just completed work--now back in revision.
    ...
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  23. Research

    I spent much of the day wasting my time to discover that I have very low regard for Pro Writing Aid, as detailed in a post in Writing Discussion.

    I loaded both the novel I wrote a sequel to, and my novel, fully analyzed both, and compared the results. The original is better than mine, and I scored better on style, grammar, and other metrics measured by the software. That's not a good recommendation for the software.

    I spent the rest of the day in another review of my manuscript, ...
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  24. KILL IT WITH FIRE

    On a personal note, I'm seriously sick of my content being burried. This isn't like a couple days, this is over a month of every single thing I post being completely ignored.

    This is irking the hell out of me.

    Most of the people I liked when I joined are gone.

    What the fuck even happened to Plasticweld? Why was he banned?

    Ugh.

    Whatever.

    This isn't half the song yet, and it's going to be at least 7 minutes long ...

    Updated June 17th, 2020 at 02:21 AM by RhythmOvPain

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  25. First results in on my sequel

    If you're new to my blogs, in the last few weeks I wrote a sequel to a famous author's work. He passed away long ago, and I've always wanted a sequel to that story. So I finally decided to write one myself. I may never get permission to publish, but it's been a lot of fun, and I learned a lot about my writing, and writing in general, as I wrote it. And now I know what happened next, even if I did have to decide myself.

    I sent a mobi of the the sequel out to five people familiar with ...
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