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  1. 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
  2. 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

  3. 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 ...
    Tags: arctic
  4. Ode to Adam Driver

    Hey, Adam Driver,
    The '70s called...
    they want their haircut back!
  5. 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

  6. 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. ...
  7. memories, ghosts from the past.

    Looking back, way back, it's not something that I am wont to do and I most certainly do not do " rose tinted specs " memories, damn them, like ghosts, you can't always see them but they're there and when they choose to haunt, there's not a lot you can do about it.

    All through my teens and well into adulthood I spent a lot of time outdoors, shooting fishing camping-out. I did a lot of walking and so friendships were often short-lived. When we were young, oh man, when we were ...

    Updated February 14th, 2020 at 06:24 PM by dither

  8. XI.

    by , February 5th, 2020 at 05:23 AM (This Is Where Some Things Are Kept)
    Last morning,
    a sparrow winged by my window—
    flashed a brief absence of c o r i a n d e r hues—
    and I thought it had to be you.
    The ghastly art a day gives.
    Science has permission to dissect the color of sky
    for our opera gl a s se s;
    Messiah or whomever never thought this far ahead.
    Could you s u pply some literature
    about these thebans?
  9. Wash the upper portions, thoroughly. - a po-em. Extreme WARNING!!

    And what are those ? Undetermined, unutterable, pale-obsolescence asked at the entire school on the stringer.
    Why, those are stunned pansy-fish.
    They don't look like pansy fish.
    Well, they are now.
    And what is that being applied to their... lower portions?
    We're candying them- makes them more pliable; 'tender'. I see that look, mister. And you just better watch it.
    Apparently, that's already my error.
  10. The power of words...

    I posted in here earlier about my reading crime novels and how I so enjoyed getting to know the main characters and how their creators made them seem so real. Reading the final few chapters when all the weird stuff finally comes together, the bad guys get caught and good triumphs over evil, for me, is so uplifting.

    I just started reading A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING by RUTH OZEKI and, although I've barely scratched the surface, it's affecting me in such a way that is difficult to describe. ...
  11. The Youth of Today

    I went into London yesterday, for a meal with my son and his girlfriend, and to attend a debate at the Royal Geographic Society. I was pretty grumpy about the prospect, but it turned out both enjoyable and to have some good life lessons. Most things do if you let them.

    The event was a debate of the motion “To Stop Climate Collapse, We Must End Capitalism.” Proposing were George Monbiot (a left wing journalist and author) and Farman Yamuna (an environmental lawyer and leading light in ...
  12. Spring Cleaning

    8088 programming book.
    Pre-disillusionment edition.

    Updated January 31st, 2020 at 08:47 AM by Irwin

  13. The Unjustifiable

    I think that I shall never see
    something as ugly
    as the sycophants and lawyers
    trying to justify the unjustifiable.
  14. Hero Worship

    Didja hear Kobe Bryant died?

    I’ve commented on situations like this before. I just don’t get it. I have nothing against our dearly departed “friend”, or any of the countless other celebrities / public figures that die every year. I just don’t care. At all. One way or another.

    I didn’t know the man, and chances are none of you did either. I’m sure he was a stand-up guy, loving husband, devoted father. Sure, there was that 2003 incident in Colorado… sorry. Is ...
  15. ENTOMBED published on DM du jour

    Hey guys! Just wanted to say that a short story I wrote a couple months back has been published here, on Danse Macabre's daily blogpost. It's a violent, claustrophobic, sweat-stained horror story. I never shared it here, so if you've enjoyed my writing in the past, check it out!


  16. Haven't been around much in January

    So, I haven't been around much in January..... I had the first cataract surgery on the 7th of January and my vision has been poor, because one eye is blurry and if I wear my glasses to correct that vision the now "good" eye is out of focus because the corrective lens throws the vision out of wack on the post-cataract implanted lens eye, and no, popping the lens out of the glasses doesn't work well as my lenses are progressives and I get double vision from trying to see out of them that ...
    Tags: blog, journal
  17. Defense

    He didn't do it,
    and even if he did it,
    it's not illegal,
    and even if it is illegal,
    it doesn't warrant removal,
    and even if it does rise to that level,
    they're only doing it because they hate him.

    The defense rests.
  18. Infinity Pool Africa Style

    So here it is, the golden decade has finally arrived. The mortgage is history and I’m entitled to a bus pass and free prescriptions. Everything still works and, with a bit of luck, should do so for at least another 10 years. The pension, of course, is something of a disappointment but, with bit of care, there is enough cash to keep the wolf from the door for a while. The leaving do was a success, the final handover complete and a lifetime of meetings, reports, demanding bosses and lengthy commutes ...
  19. My First Blog Post

    Hello world! Here goes my first blog post. Buckle up, more coming soon.

    I've been blogging for 5 years. I've written 8 textbooks, and I wrote a dog training book. I'm excited to be in this forum. I've been meeting a lot of fiction writers which is REALLY exciting because I'm used to writing about relatively dry material (insurance textbooks). This forum is adding some spice to my relatively boring non-fiction life!

    I love reading all of the various writing styles here and ...
  20. Joseph

    by , January 21st, 2020 at 12:34 AM (This Is Where Some Things Are Kept)
    Joseph drinks on Wednesdays,
    plays spades of gratitude for rum,
    his jars, her syringe:
    a genie in his world,
    a wishbone in the next.

    Nothing's once,
    a morning when she played in the liquor cabinet

    Steady, writing ‘cross her page,
    outside like a gypsy-sage waitress,
    American doors,
    bumming Marlboros

    Fur canines slurred her words,
    Joseph in a run-down, pinstriped suit,
    her mouth a broken conch.

    Updated February 5th, 2020 at 03:05 AM by Space Cadet

  21. Dogsledding in the Arctic

    I went on a dog sledding trip to the Arctic 12 years ago that was definitely a “food for the soul” experience. I have many photographs of it but didn't make a diary at the time and the memories are starting to dim. My recent, New Years Eve, dogsledding experience has brought them all flooding back and made me realise I need to capture them before they've gone completely. As well as the facts, I've tried hard to recreate some of the emotional experience.

    A school friend of mine, who ...
  22. Historical Reflections

    Much of my writing is just random reflections, or descriptions of particularly enjoyable, or meaningful, experiences. I try to write them in a sufficiently interesting way to generate a conversation on either the writing style, or the substance.

    I’m very fortunate to live in Britain’s oldest recorded town. About 60 miles east of London, it was the first Roman capital of England until the Iceni warrior queen, Boudica, slaughtered the inhabitants and raised it to the ground in ...
  23. My Vice

    I’m a snacker of note
    I stuff it all down my throat
    The sweet, the salty and sour
    Give me more cheese
    On bread if you please
    For while snacking I cannot be dour

    When I’m feeling the need,
    For a nibble or feed
    I Indulge it, without doubt or shame.
    Indulgence my creed,
    Salt and sugar I’ll bleed,
    Love the feel of that crap in my veins

    A chocolate digestive,
    is really suggestive,
    when dunked in a nice cup ...
    Tags: humour, poem
  24. Soulmate at the cheese-counter...

    The cheese counter of all places, eyes rolling at the memory of such an experience. Thought I'd do without the smilie. Anyway, and already I'm lost for words. What can I say? It's Sunday, cheapo-shop-day. I get up at around 9.30. have my usual mug of tea with a strong coffee chaser, eat a reheated, microwaved, plate of yesterday's leftovers, take a shower, and walk to my local Aldi-store on the outskirts of town. Weather-wise, it could be worse I suppose. It's dry, the sky is not totally cloudless, ...

    Updated January 14th, 2020 at 01:19 PM by dither

  25. 10 point note going in the till

    by , January 11th, 2020 at 08:50 AM (Each n every day)
    they use to say that in Gregg's years ago...the other day as I was walking down the isle in Aldi iheard..we are now opening till 4...perfect timing as I walked straight on but behind was a nother shopper who had a trolly full an I only had a few bits....she was well pissed an said to her husband I hate it when they do that...I could feel her eyes burning into me from the back..now the other day in home and bargain my review was for 5 pound 5p an as I gave the lad a fiver I started searching for ...
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