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  1. Two rejections

    I received two form rejections this week. These were the first stories I've submitted in five-years. I feel like a writer again.
  2. Having an Opinion

    That's become somewhat of a thinly veiled insult, calling someone "opinionated". It seems to set down the marker that the person with the opinion has closed their mind to new ideas, and is hostile to criticism.

    Here's my take:

    Having an opinion means that you have the acumen to reason, and the maturity to stand by your reasoned thoughts. It doesn't mean that you want to argue, and are spoiling for a fight all the time. It simply means that you believe ...
  3. When I was a kid...

    When I was a kid, sure we had differences of opinion about politics and other things, but we shared a common reality. These days, there seems to be two realities: one based on objective facts and the other based on how those who believe it want the world to be. Their leaders actually call it, on national TV, "alternative facts."

    When we can't even agree on facts, there's no way in hell that we're going to have civil dialog. Everything just devolves into yelling and screaming ...
  4. Merry Chainsaw Massacre

    Kill another tree this Christmas
    Drag it home to watch it drop
    Presided over by a tatty fairy
    Bound loosely to its droopy top

    She’s lost her charm and sparkle
    Dreads the ghost of Christmas past
    Trailing chains of tarnished tinsel
    Foretelling ‘this year will be your last’

    Taking pity on the tatty fairy
    We got a fake complete with star
    Which flashed in rainbow colours
    Displaying ...
  5. homeless writers

    by , November 17th, 2019 at 10:52 AM (Each n every day)
    a pig was found wandering the streets near the football ground of Liverpool and he was taken to a local animal sanctuary in a nice place close to the beach were it now happily resides and has started his own comment column in the football clubs match day programme.....hope for us all
  6. Jax-by-Jax Literary Writer's Festival

    So today was a fabulous day in Jacksonville - we had a literary book and author's festival of sorts - many authors and poets came and brought their new books, launched their newly published works, did readings, shared their work, their joy, congratulations, Women Writing for (a) Change - FABULOUS! new anthology: (a) River Rising............. Beautiful!

    At the beautiful downtown Jacksonville Library and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Performance Artist Poets, writers, ...
  7. Irwin's Top Albums of All Time (cont...)

    There doesn't appear to be a way to edit posted blog entries, so this is a new one that continues from the old one which was about my pics for the top albums of all time! Whoo-hooo!

    The list is getting a little unwieldy, and it probably should be broken up--either according to decade, or maybe genre. Something. I'll look at it after the list is complete.

    So, here's some more...

    Marshall Tucker Band - Self-titled album, Searching for a Rainbow, or Carolina ...

    Updated November 17th, 2019 at 12:59 AM by Irwin

  8. Dialogue

    "I've never seen that man before," the woman said. "I have no idea who he is."
    The lawyer squinted his eyes and drew his head back. He looked to the side at her. "He's your father," he said, exasperated.
  9. New Blog

    I haven't done much work on my novel. It's only about 25k words at this point, although fully outlined. I'm not sure what the problem is, but maybe if I write in a blog, I'll be more motivated to work on my novel.

    So... what to blog about... Music? I don't like any contemporary music. It's all crap... uncreative crap. And a lot of it is just ripped off from classic rock.

    Hell, I don't even listen to music any more, other than watching concert videos of classic rock bands. ...
  10. Cooking in The Apocalypse! With Winston (gross stuff Trigger Warnin')

    If you’re reading this, congrats! Either you survived a major SHTF (Stuff Hits The Fan) event, or you’re preparing ahead. In either case, good on you!
    Today’s dish I’ll be preparing is Rice with Spam. This is a very basic meal, but versatile and adaptable. The staple ingredients provide essential survival nutrients that are easy to prepare and eat. Especially for those on-the-go times when you’re chasing down looters, or running from biker gangs.

    First, everyone should ...
  11. A year already?

    Has it been a year already? Boy time sure flies sometimes when you're busy. I need to get back into the swing of things and start contributing to the community again!

  12. Life, MY life, and giggles in the darkness.

    People... Life... MY life...and giggles in the darkness:

    As with most working people who are in regular employment, my daily routine is pretty much set in stone, from when I wake up in the afternoon to when I get home and go to bed in the morning. There is a bus journey to and from work and there is a fair amount of walking involved. There are, of course, many others, living out their own little, ritualistic almost, regular day to day existences, and life goes on. There are people that ...

    Updated November 13th, 2019 at 09:28 AM by dither

  13. Fun Fact:

    There is only one gun shop in all of Mexico.

    No matter what you do to limit supply, demand wins.

    However, they do have a lot of vaqueros down there. You know about those darn cowboys, always causing trouble.
  14. _Slapstick, or, Lonesome No More! _ by Kurt Vonnegut Review

    Note: This review was originally written back in 2016 as part of a personal "1001+ Book Challenge." I follow a Peter Boxall's 1001 Books: You Must Read Before You Die list and write about books I found particularly noteworthy. This post was edited recently to improve grammar and overall readability, but still reflects the views of a 23-year old me. My writing has improved since then, I promise!


    Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut Review
  15. Poems and Poetry

    So I've been writing, reading, critiquing and doing re-writes of poetry, attending writing groups, participating in open mic's, talking to other poets about their poetry and writing assignments, dreaming about poetry, reading books about how to write poetry, reading books about how to write, eating poetry (oops, got carried away there with poetry). Yup, once you start eating the poetry perhaps you're taking things a bit too far and it's time for a breather. Watch some Netflix. Seriously, I haven't ...
  16. Me and my damned bladder, whatever...

    One of these days.

    It's Sunday morning, or at least it was, twenty seven minutes ago, and, as always, first on my "to do" list is the long walk out of town for my cheap-store shopping . As is the way of things at this time of the week, I usually arose from my slumbers at about nine, roused by a steaming hangover, it's not as though I get drunk even, maybe my having worked a Friday night shift and not going to bed until Saturday night has something to do with it but anyway,Okay, ...

    Updated October 20th, 2019 at 01:20 PM by dither

  17. #18- thoughts outloud


    I'm better now. The video history 'E' showed me caused a crisis of conscience, but I'm over it. I've made a recommitment.

    I'm sure 'E' was testing me. I almost failed. I felt bad for all those individuals that were killed during that time but I don't anymore. Feeling bad isn't necessary and in fact it is counterproductive. We must stay focused on the long term goal. The Kronstadt Rebellion was a counterrevolutionary action. The local Red Army members, thought ...

    Updated October 23rd, 2019 at 11:49 PM by Kevin

  18. Writing well is torturous sometimes

    In a new article by Sarah Labrie, the author talks about a subject many writers shy away from discussing: how excruciatingly difficult it is. The article resonated with me in that I am often guilty of staring for hours at a blinking cursor before ending each session by slamming my fist on the keyboard, having not penned a single coherent sentence.

    It's not writer's block she's talking about. The act of writing itself is as utilitarian as it gets: string a few words together into a sentence ...
  19. Junk

    I tried to write today, but produced dreck.

    It's been five years since I've made a serious effort at writing. I should expect to be a little rusty, but this is the pitts. It's like language decided to leak out of my brain as if it were a font and I'm leftover with the most elementary of words. I was diagnosed with PTSD recently, so I've had a lot on my mind, I'll admit that. But I returned to writing to heal and thus far it's more frustrating than it's worth. I remember when words ...
  20. #17 - thoughts outloud


    It's been two weeks and I am still thinking about the accident I saw, about the guy that flew in his wheel chair. Its not that I care about what happened to him, I mean I do, but not really- he's a complete stranger who I know nothing about, but I'm thinking about the accident, about what I saw, or more like how I saw.
    It's hard to explain. I'll try...

    It was weird because I had seen him just a second before the hit, and then when I looked back I couldn't ...
  21. My cat is a better writer.

    I find myself trying to compose words today in a coherent, legible manner. I expect these words to have a poetic quality to them, something that stimulates the brain in an interesting way. Instead I find that the words I produce on the page are utter drivel.

    This is my crisis. I suppose after not writing for five-years, I should expect to be rusty. But it's like I've forgotten how to formulate a meaningful sentence. I can put two words together but they don't resonate. I've forgotten ...
  22. What it means to be British ...

    by , October 15th, 2019 at 09:45 AM (A Creative Spirit in Portugal)
    or does it?

    State opening of Parliament Oct 2019

    Until yesterday my feelings towards the Monarchy remained neutral.

    As I watched the pomp and ceremony at the state opening of Parliament and listened to the speech the Queen had to deliver (whether she believed it or not) I felt compassion for the frail old lady who gives our country the stability that so many others lack.

    Maybe we should ...

    Updated October 15th, 2019 at 10:13 AM by PiP

    Hobbies and Interests
  23. When Friends Fight (language)

    This relentless bashing of The President over Turkey and The Kurds is asinine and needs to stop. Sometimes, allies have disagreements. There’s always the option of going Wilsonian multinationalist, and trying to “solve” the issue. Not only does that rarely work, but it often creates more problems. The nation-building after WWI helped set-up the conditions that set WWII ablaze. And Africa is still paying for that hubris.

    News flash: President Trump is a nationalist. I know ...
  24. #16- thoughts outloud


    I saw a guy in a wheel chair get run over. He didn't actually get run over, but he got hit. It was a busy intersection and I was stopped, and I noticed him because he kept going into the crosswalk and staying there after the light changed, into the street, then back out on the corner. He might've been drunk or high, or crazy.

    I looked away and then when I looked back I saw something large spinning in the air like four or five feet off the ground while ...

    Updated October 10th, 2019 at 01:55 AM by Kevin

  25. I'm Not Dead (Yet)

    Quote Originally Posted by TheLAW View Post
    But I'm Not Dead Yet.
    -Contrary to popular belief.
    -Inspite of what you heard.
    -My life may contain some grief.
    -The headlines seem absurd because.
    -I'm down.
    -I'm broken.
    -Not on solid ground.
    -I've heard the lies you've heard spoken.
    -Where's the light?
    -Where's the tunnel?
    -Not sure how much I'll need to fight.
    -The good times have stopped, well.
    -Last hill.
    -Last turn.
    -Last climb.
    -Last fall.

    Updated October 10th, 2019 at 11:20 PM by Techadm

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