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  1. Book Review: Hoka! Hoka! Hoka!

    by Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson


    Premise: Alexander Jones serves as the Interbeing League's ambassador to the Hokas, a race of aliens that look like teddy bears and have highly overactive imaginations. Whatever role strikes their fancy—cowboys, pirates, Sherlock Holmes, the French Foreign Legion—they play up to eleven. Wacky hijinks ensue!!

    Wow, buying this book from the sci-fi paperback section ...
  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. I Am At A Loss

    I haven't been around because I have not been able to write.

    Right now, I think for me, at my age, my greatest worry / concern ( outside of spiritual) is the my stories will not be told.

    I worry that my characters will go unknown, dying with me without having been shared. Sure, I could create the profiles and leave detailed notes in the hopes that one of my children or another writer will tell these stories. It wouldn't be the same. They would put in their own creativity, ...

    Updated March 22nd, 2020 at 03:32 PM by MzSnowleopard

  4. 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

  5. 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, ...
  6. weighty, oppressive things

    by , March 19th, 2020 at 04:32 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    i am tired of many things today. i am tired physically and mentally from poor sleep and a listless mind.
    i am tired of the virus. i am tired of the reactions to it. i am tired of being shown humanity’s true face.
    and i am tired of this creative bump.

    but despite this tiredness of mind and spirit, i am being mindful. i have given the advice ‘speak to yourself no different than you would a friend’ and i have begun to heed it myself.

    this week, despite the anxiety

    Updated August 16th, 2020 at 03:00 AM by Greyson

    Poetry , Journal
  7. 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
  8. 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 ...
  9. Rescued from Oblivion

    If you’re feeling a little bit low
    why not purchase my poems below?
    diverting and cheap
    with nothing too deep
    you carry them round as you go.

    When going by bus or by train
    you can read ‘em again and again
    just put up your feet
    on the opposite seat
    and agreeably tickle your brain.
    By keeping the volume close by
    you can use it for swatting a fly
    it is lethal and keen
    and will quickly wipe clean
    - another ...
    Tags: poetry book
  10. You’re Welcome

    If winters are warmer well, that’s down to me -
    for I run over bikes with my SUV,
    I put bottles and tins
    in the wrong colour bins
    and then just for fun,
    burn coal by the ton.

    My unnecessary drives
    save pensioners’ lives -
    cutting broken hips
    from frosty slips,
    wintery chills,
    and energy bills.
    But please - no applause,
    it’s for a good cause.
    Tags: poetry
  11. 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!
  12. The cost of self-improvement

    What if, instead of the current broken system, we paid people to go to college, providing they performed adequately in their classes, and charged tuition for people to serve in the military. This would make sense if you look at return on investment (ROI). People with four year degrees contribute more to society than those without, while military veterans are often a drain on society.

    Just a thought. Now it's time for my nap.
  13. 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 5th, 2021 at 12:35 AM by Greyson

  14. 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 ...
    Tags: poetry
  15. 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

  16. Preference

    I'm sorry,
    I was just being polite.
    If I had my preference,
    I wouldn't talk to you at all.
  17. Nothing going on

    When you’re facing the realisation
    that you’re lacking divine inspiration
    and you’re struggling to bring to mind
    a topic of the worthy kind,
    and you wonder what occurrence might
    inspire you to start to write.
    You may proclaim in a poncey way
    ‘O whither Muse shall I go today?’

    There’s nothing in the daily news –
    no burning topic you could use
    to weigh up every view and then
    dispense your worldly acumen.
    Whatever ...
    Tags: poetry
  18. 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

    Updated February 25th, 2020 at 04:42 AM by Greyson

  19. 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 ...
  20. I want it now!

    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

    Then again,
    it wouldn't be that big a deal
    if I had to wait a few days.
  21. Frustrated in Florida..............

    So here it is February 22 and I'm still recooperating from my second cataract surgery. I haven't been on the forums much because I am suffering badly from dry eye and my time on the computer has been restricted very much. I have also been distracted mentally and therefore haven't felt very inspired either. I have always been a writer who uses her fingers to help with the "flow" of creativity, not being able to write quickly enough to keep up with my thoughts. So, not being able to ...
  22. 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? ...
  23. 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

  24. 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. ...
  25. 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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