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  1. The Psychology of Editing

    First and foremost, I am no editor. I’m only an author with some thoughts about this subject. I don’t think an author on this planet can edit themselves, with the exception of Anne Rice!
    Nancy of Melange Books suggested I might share some prep advice when it comes to writing and editing. Particularly editing. We’re all going to go through these stages with our Melange books, and it is inevitable. As authors, we’ll always need new eyes—a fresh outlook from another perspective. I shouldn’t ...
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  2. Isolation Diary

    To do my bit, I’ve decided to go into full voluntary isolation. Yesterday was the first day and it started so well. I let all my friends and colleagues know on social media that they wouldn’t be seeing me for 12 weeks. I was overwhelmed with the support. There were smiley emojis, clap hands emojis and several urged me not to feel constrained by 12 weeks. It’s so good to be part of a supportive community.

    I started the day by spending two hours thoroughly researching the problem. Two ...
  3. Happy mother's day.

    Saturday morning would normally be a shop-day for me and today it will be, I shall.... go shopping..... but the experience, the task of carrying out would be anything but..... normal. Thanks to the shock-waves of the corona-v spreading ever outwards from China. The effects which, the image of a stone being thrown into a pond and the ripples gently pushing out from the epi-center springs to mind, but this is more akin to slab of concrete being dropped into the metaphorical pond from a great height ...

    Updated March 22nd, 2020 at 09:15 PM by dither

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  4. I'm back from nowhere..........

    So.... I'm back. It's been rough. My eyes, well enough about that. They are getting better. Slowly. My puppy, who hasn't been doing well passed away last Thursday. I had to put her to sleep. She isn't/wasn't really a "puppy", she was an about 12 year old give or take Chuhuahua with advanced heart disease and I've had her on hospice for months now and finally had to put her to sleep. So it's been a rough weekend. I'm okay and working on this new art/poetic project so that helps, ...
  5. lacking something

    by , March 16th, 2020 at 11:26 PM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    it’s been an interesting few days with the rapid development of the corona virus and its spread, the world seems to have hit a wall in its desire for normalcy. Even what seems normal at times has taken on an insidious tinge of anxiety, a fear that seeps into even the mundane.

    An empty street is something to behold now, something we grab onto and point at, saying ‘look what’s happened’ despite its occurrence before. A cough or a sneeze are now things to be wary of doing when you leave
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  6. Interacting with difficult people

    In my old frickin' age, where 40 year old women look like hot young babes, I try to be respectful towards others. I have my flaws, lord knows I do, so I don't expect perfection in others. (Of course, if someone is a white supremacist, they deserve to be treated badly, but that's another story.) It's just that there are so many assholes in the world, that it's turned me into a misanthrope, and I just don't feel like weeding through the crop to pick out the good ones.

    If only the novel ...
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  7. THE BLACK published on Jakob's Horror Box

    Hey guys! I got another piece of short fiction published, this time on Jakob's Horror Box. It's a dark, surreal horror story, so if that sounds interesting, check it out!
    Thanks,
    -B4B
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  8. justice on a day like today...

    there used to be a pilgrimage where the pilgrim would place peas in their
    sandals to make the walk uncomfortable, an ever present pain meant to remind
    of the repentance they sought. to truly grow spiritually on this journey was to accept
    the pain of this life and to incorporate it into yourself. to accept the pain until you no
    longer resented it.

    today it seemed my boots were slowly being filled with peas. one after another,
    dropped in when i wasn’t
    ...

    Updated March 17th, 2020 at 05:18 AM by Greyson

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  9. Snotty Nose

    Snotty nose, O snotty nose,
    where it comes from nobody knows.
    It’s not a cold, I’ve had the flu -
    the Swine, the Bird and the Man type too.
    Recovered, scrubbed up good as new.
    but the stubborn, sudden, snotty nose
    still hangs around, it comes and goes,
    its conquest needing several blows.


    I’m offered tissues
    by girls who have issues
    with a hanky.
    They’re manky,
    they squeal, unhealthy as well –
    now use ...
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  10. Education...... Can you handle it?

    I really wish I wouldn't DO this. Walking out, in the fresh air, on a fine sunny day, should carry a government health warning. No sooner had I left the house this morning and my mind started whirring and I was set to thinking. Thinking about my recent thread in that's life. ARGH!!!!! Why do I DO this?

    Thinking, as I walked, about the smart-arsed young woman who assailed me yesterday with the "run boy run" outburst, and who may or may not have the mental age of twelve and ...

    Updated March 2nd, 2020 at 03:56 PM by dither

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  11. Preference

    I'm sorry,
    I was just being polite.
    If I had my preference,
    I wouldn't talk to you at all.
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  12. this time, differently...

    by , February 25th, 2020 at 04:29 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    i used to be a very competitive person. i needed to win games or else i felt a hollowness, something along the lines of having wasted my time. i would compete to complete solo games faster than other people. i would compete with myself, setting unrealistic expectations and demanding results. i was, in short, unhealthy.

    i attribute some of this to my parents, you’ll see me do this for some time. i do not place the burden of blame solely upon them, i still acted in this way for some time
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    Updated February 25th, 2020 at 04:42 AM by Greyson

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  13. letting it out

    by , February 24th, 2020 at 03:41 PM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    (edit: this is from 2.14.20, took a while to figure out how to publish).

    hi all. back again with another installment. I get out of work early on Fridays – 11 am – which makes up some for the four, 10-hour days prior. today was somewhat difficult for me.

    I tend to be really bad at processing anger. I repress and ignore it until I blow up at something or (unfortunately) someone. I’ve grown more adept at releasing it safely through sublimation techniques (ie playing a game ...
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  14. I want it now!

    What?
    I ordered my product yesterday
    and it's not here yet?
    and another product won't be here
    until Tuesday!

    Why can't they just work harder?
    Or smarter.
    That's it: work smarter--not harder.
    I want my product
    now!

    Then again,
    it wouldn't be that big a deal
    if I had to wait a few days.
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  15. Connect-ti-cut competition . Extreme reading hazard

    My outside is but a shell. My innards are the real inside part, outside of me is the real-but-falsely attributed to as to what I'm actually which is so so important to all of you- my inner whole being- in that your stabbing, slaughtering, oppression of references, your how dare you see and refer to what you think is obvious for thousands of years of evolution shows you- seeing with your eyes, is but a figment.

    That apple that makes you think Adam but I'm really Eve, how dare you? ...
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  16. a snowstorm is brewing

    by , February 19th, 2020 at 05:10 PM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    Today, I’m struggling not just to find motivation, but to remember positivity. Something about this job is crushing, but then so were many of my other jobs. It leaves me wondering where the problem lies: in the job or in me?

    This line of thought of course doesn’t lend itself to a great mindset. Anytime i put myself in the cross-hairs, I tend to feel frustrated and confused. Often it culminates in a sense of overwhelming anxiety, anger, or sadness. The way forward isn’t clear, and despite ...

    Updated February 20th, 2020 at 12:16 AM by Greyson

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  17. Contests and Awards

    I'm celebrating an unexpected victory at the moment. Trying to grasp what happened. I was just informed that my book Screamcatcher: Web World took first place in the N. N. Light Book Awards contest for best Young Adult novel of 2019. Not a huge event, nor a teeny one either. I must have been auto-entered in this running because I had no idea such a platform was part of their yearly program. I take it that about 1,750 books in 25 categories/genres were considered because of their highest reviews. ...
  18. Major Rant to Mr. Marketing Guru

    Hello, Mr. Sales Marketing Guru. (I’ve got a bone to pick with you).


    Since you continually besiege me with your adverts, I thought it was time I responded to your claims and declarations.


    As an opening salvo, I will tell you right now that I’m not interested in any pay-for-review services. No matter how you disguise or slice it with claims of guaranteed reviews and sales, you cannot convince me that your costly services are worth these extravagant ...
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  19. Storn Dennis hits the UK


    Asmy eardrums bend under the tumultuous cacophony of the wind, as the windowpanes sag against the relentless, machine gun rattle of the driven rain, as thenearby river roars ominously, pluming high against its piers, I lie, tossingand turning, tormented by the thought ...who called it Dennis?Before the 24hr news cycle demanded drama from the everyday,it would just have been the bad weather you can expect in winter.

    But if you’re going to assign a name to the awesome power ...
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  20. Darkness

    What are the consequences of sitting on your hands?
    Democracy doesn't just die in darkness;
    it dies on television with nobody doing anything.
    Enough of this.
    We can't just sit by and watch it happen.

    ~ Inspired by Elizabeth Warren
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  21. an unexpected return

    by , February 12th, 2020 at 03:37 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    greetings all. it has been some time and in it, i have changed. for one, i’m terrible at uppercasing now. I just don’t unless, as was the case there, it is forced upon me. can’t win them all. but far more has changed than just my grammar (is that grammar?).

    I went to graduate school for philosophy and found that I didn’t love it. what I had dedicated some four years of my life to, and my predicted future, turned out to be a mirage I’d created for myself. so, I went wandering.
    ...

    Updated February 20th, 2020 at 12:23 AM by Greyson

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  22. New Year's Eve in the Arctic Circle

    We’re staying in a beautifullog cabin, which is part of a resort complex, about an hour’s drive from Tromso.One of the activities they offer is a dogsledding experience. I did this someyears ago and my wife has always been keen to give it a go, so we booked.

    It was cancelled twice due to weatherconditions but, at 3.00pm on New Years eve, they told us they’d run anothertrip. This was a bit of a surprise. At 3.00pm, in these parts, night fell anhour ago. It is pitch black, snowing quite ...
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  23. Ode to Adam Driver

    Hey, Adam Driver,
    The '70s called...
    they want their haircut back!
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  24. Shoes fly from the window, careen for crosswalks

    by , February 6th, 2020 at 04:43 AM (This Is Where Some Things Are Kept)
    Quote Originally Posted by Space Cadet View Post
    My neighbor—I call him The Mensch—appears to be a bit drunk this


    morning. But instead of getting antsy with boredom and chain smoking until


    falling asleep in his deck chair like he usually does, it looks as if he’s trying to


    tie a falling ivy vine to his railing, to give it some guidance, I suppose, as to


    where it should continue to forge on from the second floor…and beyond! I

    ...
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  25. Fantasy works

    I'm not much of a fantasy reader
    or science fiction, for that matter.
    Reality is disturbing enough for me.

    Fantasy is just, like meh, that's nothing;
    Did you read the news today?

    Times are bad, but times are always bad
    according to the news media.

    But this is the first time in my lifetime
    that half the country believes the president
    is above the law.

    That would make him dictator.

    I need another drink. ...
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