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  1. Once Upon a Cat

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    Once upon a Cat

    As I crawled amongst the bush and weed--- I came
    upon a one-eyed cat--- that was really, really fat--- that
    looked pretty much like a hungry lion. I soiled my pants, got up,
    and did a belly dance--- as it mewled and roared away. It
    sniffed my crotch-- as I watched-- the vultures circle patiently---
    for their tongue licking bone cracking human lunch.

    As it was ...
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  2. Another publication! (mature topics)

    Well, I had an interesting weekend. Rattle, a large and popular poetry magazine, has an online series called "Poets Respond" where poets write and submit a poem about a news event within the week that event occurs. On Sunday, they publish their favorite poem from the submissions. I've been published for this series once before (http://www.rattle.com/poetry/unsigne...yleigh-fraser/). Well, this past Sunday my poem was selected again! That's two publications from Rattle ...
  3. Another fall

    I was sitting on the floor changing the puppy pad next to tiny Tikva's bed when I tipped over. As usual. But on my face as I went forwards and not backwards so ended up with yet another bashed in nose and my right eye closed from eyebrow to lower eye socket, and black. Again.

    My lack of balance, even when when sitting on the floor, crashing down is no longer a joke. Luckily, after a few total disasters causing loss of my eyes, I never leave my computer or move around the ...
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  4. No reason to write

    So my WIP isn't in progress at present because I have no reason to write. I have considered this state of affairs, understand it and am comfortable with it. I could explain it all here but on reflection I have no reason to write this either. Ah, blissful peace at last. The muse is sated. Of course how I treat other addicts may not change.
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  5. I like turtles

    I dreamed of turtles swimming in ponds last night.

    The house, you see, smells like fish-tank. I

    t rained last night, all day the day before, and it’s hot out, summer-storm.

    Maybe I’m getting old or something, but outside, on the way home, I could smell the tumbleweeds along the road, and they smelled like musty farts. I was hoping for sage, sumac or ryegrass. The water makes all the plants open their pores, which allows their scent…

    Two-months-ago ...
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  6. An Act of Faith

    I was recently in Waterstones buying The Last Dark, the final book in the long running Thomas Covenant series by Stephen Donaldson. I found it on the table where they'd put their favourite science fiction / fantasy books. Being the final book it necessarily tied up all the loose ends in the long story and performed the ritual farewells required by readers of such a long series who were leaving the world that he had created, but that is all by the way.

    While at the table I also selected
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  7. Food

    Celebrity sighting…

    I’m at the Whole Foods down the block from the jobsite. I usually walk, but today I drove, which I judge to have been a good choice as traffic crossing Lincoln is always heavy, today heavier than usual, and I’m always taking a chance on foot, anyway. At least in a car you’re protected some if you get nailed…

    So, in the parking lot, there’s this youngish, okay, somewhat graying, ‘cool-Dad’ type, with a couple of his ‘tween’-something kids. He’s dressed ...
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  8. Le Project

    Another idea I'm logging for posterity. Ideas subject to change.

    The world I have invented has several gods.

    Unlike many mythologies though, they have no leader. It is more of a body, or council.

    There are the gods of the ground. Those appointed directly over the planet. There is, of course, a god or goddess for each element and mix of elements, taking their place in the world where their element is most prevalent. So, the goddess of the sea is actually over ...
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  9. So ya!

    I am just realizing that honestly, my commitments are pointless. In this, I think that I have trouble sticking with stuff for note than a month, which my friends, is a terrible problem. I wish I could be like the gods of this forum and have like a million likes on everything and have joined in 2015 and it's 2020 but it's NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!

    I think back to the sweet times as a young child when I endeavored in karate because I was addicted to the movie Karate Kid. I thought learning ...
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  10. So ya...

    This summer I'm starring in a small play. Shrek. Today, we started the rehearsals for the Finale, but honestly, I'm not so sure we'll even make it there.

    Lots of people have probably mentioned or said that the people with higher parts tend to become bratty and annoying. That is true, but I'm not talking about just the actors. I play a Dulocian, a.k.a a singing and dancing ensemble role. I dance and sing in three songs along with a group of other people who are nice enough to even talk ...
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  11. The Realization.

    I've realized something.

    When I get up in the morning, I get out of bed. The first sound I hear besides the radio that plays while I sleep is my left knee. It crackles. When I was a kid I screwed it up riding a bicycle and it crackles until it loosens up. 99% of my injuries were untreated, because if I'd been taken to the doctor every time I got a ding or booboo, I'd have been in the doctor's office a lot. Kids bounce back, so it's cool.

    I take a step and both ankles ...
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  12. early...

    5:09 am. – I leave a little earlier than usual. I hit several red lights down Topanga but I don’t mind. 5:29-5:30 exactly on the bank clock at Ventura.

    The light changes green and a mid-size sedan, white, but un-identifiable passes at a good speed. I notice dual exhaust. Good, I think, not a bad sign.

    I wonder if they’ll be going over the canyon or turning right onto Mulholland. The light is green at Mulholland and they are doing about 50 when a black Cadillac, one the ...
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  13. My favorite character.

    I've been working on something lately and it's killing my brain.

    So, I took a step back and revisited my favorite character, to make the details a bit more concrete. Putting it here made it seem more permanent.

    So, here goes.

    Edmund. In full, Freiderick Edmund Tamage.

    That was, not his first name, but one he chose. No one remembers his real name.

    He is several thousand years old. Accordingly, he often uses phrases in a mix of languages ...
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  14. neighborhood...

    I squat down, awkward, not used to giving blow-jobs or cow milking. It’s a good thing I don’t have a belly. I still have to turn my head and mouth sideways. Best I can do, the desktop, the only flat surface stable enough to hold the heavy water jug, but still not high enough. I certainly can’t hold it and depress the squirt button.

    The water pours half into my mouth, half onto the floor.

    Only later do I realize I have a coffee cup, not thrown away, sitting on my desk. ...
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  15. the drive, again (short)

    “Danny’s Crane Service”. I’ve seen that truck before. How is it that a big-ass truck like that can take all the turns with no issue, while people driving little-cars, road-huggers… comparatively, crawl around these same corners? ‘Lowest common denominator’ comes to mind…

    Case in point: yesterday, on the way home, a person stopped at a yellow light. This is a legally, fifty-mile-an-hour road, four lanes… The guy behind almost plowed into her. I call that bad driving. Maybe she doesn’t ...
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  16. Nobody should have their illusions shattered

    The title of this item is of course a quotation from the first chapter of my novel. Well, that's the usual signature feature of my writing out of the way.

    Such sentiments expressed in my writing are unsurprisingly often my own, so I wonder just how warily I should tread within these forums, being an elderly self-opinionated fellow but a novice writer. I read the many threads here about the rites of passage towards better writing, whether on specific subjects or the ordeal in general, ...
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  17. Skin like porcelain

    I was in the toilet last night.

    I am now thoroughly familiar with the

    fact that I am not a plumber.

    Seven trips to the store—store’ers—three of them, and my…
    our new toilet works.

    I am not excited. No, she, it, 'Betsy' I’m going to call it, ruined that for me. Any Betsy that takes that much effort for me isn’t worth it. They’ll be no second date. Her deflowering, our first time together(our deflowering?), will go unnoticed; no ahh, ...
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  18. No sleep 'til Brooklyn!

    ...I just figured I'd include the Beastie Boys in that title.

    I have been sleeping much less. Short naps during the day, then I'm up.

    I laid down for two hours and found absolute restlessness. Now it's 5:00 AM.

    When I was still getting eight solid hours, I felt tired, weak. My muscles were shaky and I couldn't focus, I had headaches and only wanted to sleep.

    Now, I'm wide awake and rather concentrated. I feel sharp. Focused. Truly awake. ...
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  19. Witless people on web forums (not here!)

    Sorry, I have to double post to vent.

    On another forum, the Orthodox Christian board, there is this post about a Protestant pastor saying women should not wax their..well you know. So it turned into more humor than serious theological discussion. I made my jokes, they got laughs until I used one saying "Hairy Potter." Funny enough. Then I say I wonder if Hermione waxed. Then I say that there was likely a spell for that sort of thing.

    Well, the troll, snide member, ...
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  20. My bad luck

    So some of you may remember I had a virus and could not post here do to it. I finally just chose to reinstall Windows. Well, two weeks later my hard drive crashes. I call HP, they price it at $300. I say I might as well buy a new computer, they lower it to $180. Supposedly I am not supposed to say that, as the agent managed to get me a really good deal, though that could have been a sales tactic to keep me with HP for future purposes. But I will honor her by her request not to mention it to the ...
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  21. Thank God for seziures...

    So, there is the saying that that bad brings something good out of it. So, my seizures are acting up again, a little worse than usual, though still no convulsive ones. Actually how ever, though they have calmed down for now (the were worse a while ago), I keep having small difficult to write this, confused--I know what I want to say, but cannot think put what I cant to say and putting it there together.


    But the episodes will go away soon enough, and the it is good, because then ...
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  22. Adventures in Publishing Poetry

    I want to start a blog about my experience sending my work out for publication, getting published, getting rejected, etc. The last year and a half has been a fun ride. Tears. Curse words. Finally, joy. There is nothing like the high of seeing your hard work in print. At least not to me. When I get a copy of a journal I was in, it's a rush. Now, I'm almost done with my first book of poetry, and I feel like I'm finally ready for it.

    I want to write about my experiences at length, and ...

    Updated July 9th, 2015 at 09:50 PM by Angel101

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  23. I am sick

    No doctor here until Monday afternoon and I keep falling but I am not sure why. Yes I know I managed to pick up scabies from the hospital which itches but why do I keep falling? Something has happened to my balance and I am frightened. And my neighbour is not here so I am totally alone.
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  24. Nightmares of a Tortured Poet

    Napalm Memories



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    aces over eights
    a slow walk in the jungle
    tears fire and rain

    (collection of images and poetic muttering from the Munidaen worlds)
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  25. barricades

    They put temporary ‘gates’ across the alley. It’s nothing official, just some agreement between the neighbors to help keep out the unwanted. I don’t know, maybe the homeless that live in vehicles used to drive in. Whatever, I respect the gates, which are those folding barricade thingies that the city uses, white and orange striped with various agency names printed on them; the next step up from traffic cones, they also have two matching plastic ‘boards’ ten or twelve feet long that are notched at ...
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