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  1. :)

    My first flash story in a long time written

    It feels good.

    Why did I ever stop?
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  2. The First City

    Hmmm....

    Well, I guess you could say I got so fed up with handling my own writing that I kind of gave up on the greater aspect of it and settled on simply making a city.

    Strangely...you can also get lost in making a city.

    It reminds me of the saying "I can show you the universe in a grain of sand". Limiting the scope of a story form a whole world, a whole continent, a whole nation, or even a whole city does not mean it need be a smaller story. Long ...
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  3. Dream World Chapter 7

    Dream World © 2017
    Chapter 7
    New Friends


    Leon


    The lava filled up faster than I expected, but it was also working in my favor. Once again, the plane floated on the lava like a ship and rose up the tunnel while grinding against the ceiling. Up, up and away it went, until we came to the opening. The ceiling began to crack as the plane was pushed harder and harder up against the ceiling from the rising lava. The ceiling refused ...
  4. Books of Ember: a Review.

    The Books of Ember series has been fantastic, sucking the reader into the world of Lina Mayfleet in an instant. As it's technically a series for children, it's not a complicated story to follow, and is easy to finish, but that does not make it bad.

    I've only read The City of Ember and have started People of Sparks, and I have no intention to stop.

    In the first book--City of Ember--a young girl and a young boy with big dreams bond once more over a common interest, and the ...
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  5. Greetings

    In the meantime

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    just wanted to say hi, still alive. No longer on emotional hiatus. I think Esc said it best: "You can never leave WF."

    I walked into a restaurant with her. I was wearing my Montreal hoodie and she was wearing a Canada hoodie I bought her while I was in Kitchener, Ontario for Octoberfest. They thought we were Canadians.

    I guess I do look hipster enough, eh?
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  6. Latest Publication - The Prisoner in The October Hill Magazine

  7. Late Season Camping

    We had all been busy, but I took the initiative and reserved a camping site nearby for one final outing. Just an overnighter with my kids and nephew.

    We have an old tent trailer. It really doesn't have much life left I it. But it's still serviceable Most of the stuff woks. We've gotten quite adept at getting the thing set-up in about 10 minutes.
    Our site was a stone's throw from the Puget Sound. Off of an inlet called Hood Canal. My teenage son actually put on his swim ...
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  8. Can You Live In A Story

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    Do you consider that when you go online, you already immerse yourselves into a virtual reality?

    This version, of course, is a shallow concept, and we are already in the infancy of what we would call true virtual experiences, but...the bones of this idea- the important part- have already been in the works for thousands of years. And by this, I mean the willingness- if not the need- for the mind to escape pure reality.

    All stories are a virtual experience. They not ...
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  9. I've returned, probably not though to a cheering crowd

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle X Lehr View Post
    Plasticweld, all of my writing currently and in the past several years has centered on sports. I don't mind providing my sports accounts if you request. I'd also provide fresh accounts on your favorite teams or players in football, baseball, basketball, and tennis. I hold a high interest in golf. But I lack the expertise in breaking down a golfer's swing.

    I noticed someone here mentioned that good writing doesn't always rise to good reading. My definition: Good writing on a topic attracts
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  10. bad air day

    It was a strange day morning. Something not right as soon as I stepped out the door. A breeze, a threatening of howling wind around me but the thing was the sky looked... blurry. There were particles.

    The car radio told me why. Nothing nearby. The wind did not pick up, here, but there somewhere, and other farther places, it had.
    ...

    It was a red-sky sundown. Trailer parks and wineries far to the north, the blood of ten burnt, their pigments oxidized, baked into ...

    Updated October 10th, 2017 at 03:28 PM by Kevin

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  11. Inspired by another member...

    I sit there alone and wonder to myself; will this be the last time, the last line?

    Not too deep my subconcious screams at me from where I have buried it some place deep within. I try to shut it all out, the compass held steady, poised waiting. I try not to cry and scream in my head but the pain that I can still feel is too raw. My emotions too real as I look at the world as I perpercieve it around me. why me? I think for the thousandth time. what did I do?

    My hand shakes ...

    Updated October 9th, 2017 at 11:41 PM by H.Brown

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  12. Thoughts on Magic Systems

    Magic is chaos and most people tend to reign in that chaos by creating a “power system” with defined rules so things don’t get too hokey.

    I’m wondering if this isn’t a sign of the increasingly skeptical or critical nature of the audience since some of the worlds oldest stories never had this. Gods were Gods and they did God things. We had a vague understanding of ranks among the Gods, but no defined rules of what a God could or couldn’t do were ever defined. Most creation stories ...
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  13. WHY I WRITE

    Quote Originally Posted by Clint Wirth View Post
    I have always had a latent talent for the written word. Depth of expression and communication, to me, has always been move evident in the written word rather than the spoken word. When I write a story, letter, or even an email, I feel I am really accomplishing something. I am creating something which hasn’t existed before the pen was put to paper, so to speak. . The urge to write, to create, to feel alive through what I write. that is where the excitement and passion of life lies.
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  14. doodling

    So we got a new drawing tablet this week and I had to have a little play so here are two versions of the same picture that I drew what do you think about them? what do you like or dislike?
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  15. King Arthur

    Didn't watch this movie yet, but going to soon. I hear it's pretty bad, but I want to watch it. Reason is that even a poor adaption can't kill this rich story material and if it is that bad, it can only be a lesson for the future.

    But, more importantly, even though it failed, I'm thinking it might have had a vision and somee unique or updated ways of doing things that I wanted to check out. And there were some pretty cool scenes in flashes of the movie that made me really curious. ...
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  16. BladeRunner

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    It just occurred to me that the story of Bladerunner is that of fugitive slaves. Machine-slaves...but slaves.

    And all the ethical questions of what is life and do machines have rights and feelings and such mirror the same ethical debates back in the times of slavery. Many people believed- individually, culturally, morally, and scientifically, that enslavement was a good thing for the slaves. Some were half-and-half on the matter. Others occupied extreme ends of the spectrum. ...
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  17. Chatting with strangers:

    A woman has suddenly begun to turn up at his bus-stop in the mornings and she's a bit of a chatterer. Maybe it's just nerves, sitting at a bus-stop at seven in the morning with a complete stranger and let's face it they don't come much stranger than him. And Winter is almost upon us.
    It would appear that she has a captive listener but it's not so bad, she's no gasbag and seems pleasant enough. It can't do any harm and due to the unpredictability of his job they don't catch the same bus very ...

    Updated October 8th, 2017 at 04:20 PM by dither

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  18. Writing as a job...

    So today I got to thinking how can one use their writing as a job? Obviously there is getting published in one way or another, however I always hear about how blogger's can get paid for their blogs. But how does this work?

    I know when you type into google 'getting paid to write' brings up a vast wealth of knowledge on this front but how can you trust the information you are being given?

    Does anyone else have any thoughts upon this subject?
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  19. Why assure your doom?



    Even when everything is going fine, I find it difficult to be happy. At best I'll be happy for a little while. Typically, I'll be fleetingly manic.

    This video from one of Professor Peterson's lectures got me thinking. Am I afraid of abandonment?

    The answer is yes. It explains why most of the time I find myself becoming upset even if I'm in a relationship. Which is quite the predicament, considering ...

    Updated September 30th, 2017 at 08:39 PM by Smith

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  20. Sacred Cows

    There seems to be a bunch of sacred cows in America- and that's a curious state of being considering we routinely criticize others for zealotry or religious fanaticism.

    One of these is, of course, the recent debate around sports personnel taking the knee. Apparently, this is a huge affront to people because it shows that they don't love America.

    My question...what exactly is America, and why are you so in love with it? Because from my standpoint, few people ever really ...
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  21. Grey Days

  22. [Ramblings] Hardly Working

    I've been in Richmond, Virginia for the past week to help open a couple new stores, and I've still got a week left before I go home. The good news is that the people here seem to be excited that we finally made the jump into Virginia. I've visited a couple of the other stores that've already opened, and the customers I've talked to have had nothing but good things to say so far. It's a great feeling.

    I've made fast friends with the guys I'm staying with (there are six of us all in ...
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  23. Will World Citizenship Work?

    I heard about a recent "Global Citizen" concert that was in NYC... Didn't go, didn't really seem interesting to me, but the concept was something that is being pushed more and more these days and I was wondering on it's viability.

    Could the entire world come together under the concept of a "one world state"?

    One way to think about it is "me" living in a world that is anything but unified, and the other is to think of it from the perspective ...
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  24. .........Ouch



    Few times have I ever felt so ashamed...
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  25. Forsythia Blooms

    by , September 27th, 2017 at 06:59 AM (Scraps of Who I am)
    I have been struggling a bit with editing blog entries and not quite sure how it works. I attempted to share a link to this poem on my Facebook Poetry page but failed. So I tried deleting it and re-posting but was unsuccessful at that too. Hence, this new post.

    We meet here again
    but I am alone,

    shielded by the forsythia;
    behind memories
    forged and forgotten
    in fields that have
    seen snow and rain

    lain desolate
    before seasons
    ...
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