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  1. Ahnold mechanized

    An Internet interesting lead leads me to a story told by a mechanical voice.

    I can't do it.

    Someday the door will open and a droid will ask for Sarah Conner. I will answer that It's not a toomuh, without so much as a blink, back. Not even a blink, as the gun raises.

    I, however, may wince.





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  2. Politics

    Politics
    Like hollow sticks
    Is a pretty bag
    Full of dirty tricks
    Or a pretty hag
    Full of pleasant ticks
    I stop breathing
    But the memory stinks.

    I might try
    To wish for more
    A world that I
    And you adore
    A world that’s just
    Down to its core
    I stop dreaming
    For the tears that it brings.
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  3. Politics in Fiction

    Has anyone noticed how deeply politics infiltrates fiction? I think (maybe?) that Netflix is the worst. It's thick with what people call SJW issues (even though I tend to see the people arguing against SJW as the very same thing, but simply taking up the opposite viewpoint...woe, discordia). You can't tell a simple story these days with drama relevant more to the person than a society. Now, it's like their has to be something saying something about racism, sexism, LGBTQKFZ, or something. I'm not ...
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  4. Plumes...




    A rather cold set of Santa Anas has crashed into us again, rattling and squeaking all night for the past several nights. That damn wind...

    I duct taped the outside, rolling, folding metal wing-table sided bar-b-que ( grill) sides down to the body, and the doors shut, but there is one other two-note squeaker out there I can't identify.

    She... wears earplugs; I had to go downstairs onto the couch.


    That squeaker- It could be the metal downspout
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    Updated December 6th, 2017 at 10:30 PM by Kevin

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  5. Trump and Israel

    I guess Trump is supposed to be making a declaration about Israel Wednesday, if not soon.

    Supposedly, Israel wants to declare Jerusalem their capital city. This is on religious grounds and historic grounds, I suppose.

    Since this happened, a number of Middle Eastern officials as well as western allies of the US have warned that endorsing or supporting or recognizing this claim could damage relations with the Middle East, if not provoke hostilities. They want to preserve ...
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  6. In my two months in the wilderness, I've discovered something rather sad.

    Forums just don't like nice people.

    I left this forum two months ago because of what I saw as a trend to drive out those that weren't of writing quality, the Lounge Lizards as I affectionately call them. I had a nasty dispute with PiP, and that was the last straw for me. I stepped down, and I guess things are going okay here. It still doesn't seem to be the same place I remember though.


    So I tried another Writing Forum, and it seemed okay over there. But I was also ...
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  7. I Want My Money Back Stephen King :( (Dark Tower Book Spoilers)

    To be short and sweet, it is not bad, but it was a constant let down. A series of anti-climactic climaxes (ladies know what I mean. Not my ladies...Other ladies).

    For one, I really liked the character of Roland and the sort of "powers" he and others possessed in this world. It is very similar to something I wanted. Very low-key, subtle powers. Only...I say similarly because if you read it, unless you are up against a person similarly skilled like yourself, there's no contest ...

    Updated December 4th, 2017 at 02:57 AM by kaminoshiyo

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  8. Not The Problem You Think

    We live in the age of Clickbait. In the old days, we used to say "If it bleeds, it leads".
    Let's be honest. Fear sells. If you see some article claiming we are on the cusp of war with North Korea, it grabs your attention. This is serious business. Especially now that the NorKos have a missile with the range to hit anywhere in North America.

    Buried in the bottom of the story, the writer may mention that North Korea has some "technical issues" to solve before ...
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  9. Jolabokaflod...

    Is an Icelandic christmas eve tradition, where families exchange books as presants, and then spend the whole day reading said book and drinking hot chocolate. I was reminded for this again this evening, after stumbling across it a few years ago. And thought you guys migh find it as intereasting as I do.

    Follow the link for more information:

    http://www.readitforward.com/essay/a...day-tradition/

    Does anyone/where have ...
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  10. Banned

    Banned from writingforums.org for posting some copyrighted shit without attribution. Never mind that I added attribution immediately when that was brought to my attention, or that the author in question was in the fucking thread.

    Every one of these websites is a fucking joke. I left here because no one actually looks at anything; when you do get a response, it's some form letter shit basically telling you, "git gud, bra," and it looks as though I'll be leaving there because ...
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  11. Hollywood Heroes(?)

    There's this thing going around in which people who have been scandalized or some such years and years ago are being lauded as heroes and champions of social justice.

    Then I saw something that sort of made me want to throw up. It was also actually intriguing...



    Here, you have what appears to have been prior knowledge to a host of sickening things in Hollywood. By now, it might be well known that Seth Macfarlane had ...

    Updated November 24th, 2017 at 06:33 PM by kaminoshiyo

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  12. Well, Fudge :(

    I woke up...I, unfortunately, was preparing to go to work...

    I sat at my computer to jot down a quick note I had for my story, and...

    I couldn't find it. I looked in documents...I looked in One Drive...I looked in the 'Search' function... nothing.

    I did this for about a half hour. At some point, somehow, I seem to have deleted all the notes I had on my story. All...six hundred and fifty pages...of ten-font notes...gone...in an instant.

    At first ...
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  13. Glitterdomes

    I went to new project today. We don't have it yet, but we might get it.


    The other contractor bailed. That happens a lot. They get the project because they give a lower price. Sometimes that price is below cost. They get to a point where the job is upside down, and then they bail.


    That's what they said happened here. It's s hillside house; a remodel. The original house, they had excavated a step in the hillside. The new plans called for a retaining wall to
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    Updated November 23rd, 2017 at 12:21 AM by Kevin

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  14. Echo Chamber

    First, get your news and information from multiple sources. With different ideological slants. None of them will be correct, but they paint a more accurate picture than 1 or 2 alone would.

    I think we can all agree that we hate scumbags that prey on women? Agreement, no? Then why in the hell do I have to choke back vomit every time I turn on the news? I was working out yesterday, and flipped between the news channels. Both were talking about Roy Moore and Al Franken. The difference ...
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  15. The Real Problem?

    This idea started with religion, but I think it branches out to a number of other things as well.

    At first I wondered if there was any difference between religion and politics. On the surface, both seem to be ways of living, but this wasn't true. Distilled down to the heart of it, politics is about mediation between a number of parties. Religion is a structured belief system shared amongst a people. There's definitely a large area where these two cohabitate, but they aren't the same. ...
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  16. Crossings- a trip across the Valley

    Sidewalk-edge block walls with wrought iron, the lawns encased were withered before the drought, replaced by fruit trees shading dirt; occasional patches of yellowed, bastard bemuda, messy by certain standards; the ones that I was raised by,


    Crossing the flats of Pacoima and Arleta, I am the alien with my north-European tongue.
    ...
    What's this?
    Into North Hollywood, though fortifications are similar, I've entered
    an Armenia, Inch peshyes...
    These
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    Updated November 14th, 2017 at 10:07 PM by Kevin

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  17. Who Would Burn A Real Witch?

    Would you just...burn a witch if you discovered one?

    For me, they’d have to have done something pretty terrible to me or really terrible to society. And while killing a loved one of my own might make me do it, I don’t think the witch having killed someone else would make me burn them. I mean...you’re staring at a wonder that shatters our conventional understanding of nature. It’s not like you have to be friends, but at the very least I’d have some questions.

    And I think ...
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  18. Multiculturalism to Monoculturalism

    Long story short, I think the ironic thing about multiculturalism is that it will eventually and inevitably end in a world monoculture. Multiculturalism is always the first step. Take Europe. Even a place as small as ancient Britain had a diversity of cultures within it. It's not really a monoculture now. It's geopolitically unified, as in people are brought under one administration with similar laws and there are general customs that synch, but they aren't a true monoculture. They just lie within ...
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  19. JFK Files Released

    And I feel depressed because I'm wondering if I'm crazy, or people are just really stupid.

    Exactly why are we supposed to believe that the government has released anything truthful- especially when it took them decades to reveal information about the assassination of a US President? They had 9/11 figured out before lunch, it seemed, but the President? Give us a minute.

    I'm living in a time where I'm supposed to believe in really shady "celebrity snitches" like ...
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  20. Birds and Feathers

    We moved up here to "Podunkville" shortly after our first child was born. We wanted to be in a place where our kids would have a healthy environment to grow and develop.
    That was 16 years ago. In retrospect, we made a good choice. A very good one.

    This town is boring, at least on the surface. But there are plenty of things to do. Many things that are actually good for kids.
    My wife was a little "goodie-two-shoes", and I was a Bad Boy. I can ...
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  21. Faith and hope.

    OKAY, SO MAYBE YOU DIDN'T NEED A RUNNING COMMENTARY ON MY ABLUTIONS BUT HERE IT IS ANYWAY. IT PROBABLY DOESN'T MAKE A LOT OF SENSE. MAYBE I COULD HAVE MADE A BETTER JOB OF IT AND THEN, YOU'RE NOT OBLIGED TO READ IT.

    It's the Monday morning after bonfire night. The sun is shining in a cloudless sky of the palest blue. That could mean only one thing. It was bloody cold out there and he wasn't wrong.
    He needed to go do some shopping, get stocked up for the week, so it might as well ...

    Updated November 10th, 2017 at 04:17 PM by dither

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  22. Benefit at the Echo-11/5/17

    So, I went to a show last night. It was a benefit for one of the band-members-he'd been in a car accident or something. It was a 'retro'-show, a couple of bands from the seventies, one guy in another from the '80s. And one contemporary, happening 'now' band.


    There were some youngsters in the crowd, and a lot of older people; some fogies from that era. I consider myself a fogie, thank you,


    At one point of the last band's performance an actual slam-pit broke
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    Updated November 6th, 2017 at 07:45 PM by Kevin

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  23. The Universes

    Seems like everyone is making “universes”, tying in previous writings or projects into a connected network. I’m iffy on it because inevitably you start getting things like what “The Mummy” tried to do- making a universe with a bad story simply to rake up on the newest hollywood trend. I guess some of the successes- who also have pretty stupid storylines when you look at it (Marvel...)- figured out how to cash in on that childhood awesomeness that is pitting your favorite superheroes against or with ...
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  24. howling

    If I had a rock to throw at those 2am howling dogs that terrorize my eardrums, their grinding curvature tail pipes spewing, cutting through my double panes, my head, into my pillow. If I had a rock...



    Sent from my iPhone

    Updated November 4th, 2017 at 03:12 PM by Kevin

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  25. Gower and the 101 exit

    Grower street exit is home to the homeless, a bit of old Hollywood as I remember it circa the seventies, drugs and transvestite hookers, people bugging for a dime, and why I keep my eyes front like it's a city where no one makes eye contact. But this is today...


    A morbidly obese woman with a cardboard sign, barely a woman from my longer than her view, is there and I can't look to my driver's side window all-the-way or she will ask-


    She's not on meth, too
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