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  1. Young Adult--Naughty or Nice

    Young adult books are generally aimed at readers in the 12 to 18 year-old age bracket. However, it can vary sometimes by a few years either way. There is also a sub-classification of “upper” and “lower” YA. Lower might be 12 to 17 years-old, whereas upper could be around 14 to 19 years-old. Young adult books are not really age oriented as much as they are content categorized. I lean toward the upper young adult level of 14 to 19 years-old. There are no fast and hard rules about this. It’s a generalization ...
  2. #15 thoughts outloud


    The police called me. I didn't know how they got my number. They said they needed to get a statement from me. I was in such a panic I didn't ask what for. All I could do was say 'fuck- fuck-fuck...' I assumed that I was going down.

    They asked to come over and I said no, I'd go there.

    Imagine, like walking into gestapo headquarters on my own?! They can't kill you, I told myself. Yah, but they could lock my ass up for... Fuck-fuck-fuck. Anyway, I did it, ...
  3. The Minimalist

    I don't remember when my wife started calling me that. As long as I can remember, my default mode was doing the most with the least. Before it became fashionable, I just aimed for low impact.

    The Marines was a real eye-opener for me. Never before had I been exposed to such a large number of loud, strutting peacocks. I understood it was part of the game, and I played my part. Hey, I can pull up my "command voice" and put the fear of God into a person, even today. But ...
  4. one last bee in an ageing bonnet...dithering...

    It never ceases to amaze me how I spend so much time pondering the so very mundane which, ultimately, only serves to exacerbate, a wish/desire/call it what you might, to do one certain thing thing that I would love to do before I leave this earth. I just noticed that I said "to do" and not "to have done" so maybe even now, I harbour some small hope but it really is just wishful thinking.

    Today, this morning, was just another Sunday no different to any other. I slept ...

    Updated September 25th, 2019 at 04:22 PM by dither


    So, I seem to be getting somewhere with my hurricane poems. I have been writing drafts and trying to hit the topic from different angles, cutting (let me try some of the cute little icons here) drilling away at the words immersing myself in the subject..... Think I have made some headway. Along this sojourn I have had a few sideline poems pop up in surprise always a welcome!

    So, in between my continuing reading of the adventures of Kate ...
    Tags: blog, books, movie, poetry
  6. #14 thoughts outloud



    We had some new members- some new people that showed up. They definitely brought some energy.

    'E' thought they were brilliant.

    They spoke about the country's long standing policies, and again how 'outcome' is the ultimate proof of a thing.

    Outcome is everything. It proves the premise, which is no longer a premise, but is the truth.

    Changing an outcome is what matters. How many tries or mistakes ...

    Updated September 23rd, 2019 at 05:16 AM by Kevin

  7. _The Catcher in the Rye_ by J.D. Salinger Review

    Note: This review was originally written back in 2016 as part of a personal "1001+ Book Challenge." I follow a Peter Boxall's 1001 Books: You Must Read Before You Die list and write about books I found particularly noteworthy. This post was edited recently to improve grammar and overall readability, but still reflects the views of a 23-year old me. My writing has improved since then, I promise!


    As a non-native English ...
  8. Celebrity Endorsements

    Celebrity endorsements, also called blurbs, are those little quotes that appear on your book’s cover, or in the front matter of the pages. Example: “This was a riveting ride from start to finish”–Stephen King. You might get one or several.

    Celebrity blurbs can be a real minefield for the new-up-and-coming author who is about to release his/her prized tome. Even some great mid-listers can get caught up in this hunt for star approval. BTW, soliciting for a blurb should take
  9. Total Lying BS

    (Just saw what they were up to on Capitol Hill today. 535 intellectual midgets)

    Gotta call it what it is, sorry.

    I’ve railed against this inane, futile tendency to embrace the “Do Something!” delusion. Here is the case in point. I’m reading news releases highlighting the US Congress’ efforts to curtail gun ownership in an effort to limit “gun violence” (i.e. people committing violent crime with certain weapons). The current focus is to make it more difficult for ...
  10. #13


    #13 - (a Friday) thoughts outloud

    It was a blizzard day. I got up early and made several deliveries, then worked a 6. I don't feel sick or anything, but I feel like this day ran me, not that I ran my day.

    The only thing I look forward to is the meetings, and the time I feel inspired to think on things related to what's coming.

    I had a customer blow up on me, complaining about the quantity, like I was ripping him off, ...

    Updated September 14th, 2019 at 02:51 PM by Kevin

  11. Reviewers--Our Lifeblook (Part 2)

    In case you haven’t read it, there is a part one article on this subject. I just needed to touch it up a bit and add some more basic information, including this time, what an author might try to avoid, or experience an author/reviewer confrontation.
    Just as a recap, and as I noted before, reviewers are PEOPLE on the end of your submission email. Personalize your subs to each individual, follow the guidelines precisely, check out their “About” section and read some of their reviews. ...
  12. Fiesta

    For an example of the kind of music behind this song (Garifuna from Livingston, Guatemala), you can see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=YrwFYq6Bl3k

    The New Little Princess* (2025)

    [Chorus](keep repeating many times)
    Fiesta! Fiesta! Come to the fiesta, baby!

    And bring your heart!

    Repeat many times: Everybody dancing, everybody singing
    (Band: That's what we do!)


    Updated September 29th, 2019 at 11:34 AM by Princesisto

  13. orange is the new black

    by , September 13th, 2019 at 10:23 PM (Each n every day)
    When I see Trump on the telly I am memorized by him...I can't turn him of...and I don't know why...
  14. #12 thoughts outloud



    I had a vision. Not like an actual vision, like I 'saw it' or something, but more like I understood a 'bigger picture', the bigger picture.

    We keep talking about the fairness and the justice were working towards; the equality- but I think I saw the equity ( I'll have to go over this- edit, thesaurus, define), or lack of equity as it is, right now.

    What I mean is that I saw the actual level of people, mankind, all of them, ...

    Updated October 27th, 2019 at 10:28 PM by Kevin

  15. A Dead Wire

    I know some of you have strong opinions regarding the place of electric bikes in the future of motorcycling (*cough Plasticweld cough*). But they are here. And in my opinion, here to stay.
    Granted, these initial models leave a lot to be desired, particularly in the range department. The best models only get about 100 to 150 combined city / highway miles between charges. But that deficiency isn't a problem for folks looking for a hassle-free commuter. I used to ride 40 miles a day, and ...

    So, I'm working on my hurricane poems. Yes, I know it doesn't look like I am, but I am. grrr Really hard to take the steps back (or should I say steps forward) and get INTO the scene, not be the observer. For me, it has always been easier that way. Perhaps I'm more a writer than I thought. So this is what came out of my frustration.


    Hands poised over the keyboard,
    tapping letters, forming words,
    frustration of inadequacy ...
  17. #11 thoughts outloud



    I got in a fight. Actually, I got beat up. It was three on one.

    I was on the phone with a friend. Some guys overheard what I was talking about. They flat out asked what I was up to.

    I was putting out a some papers at this coffee shop. We'd had them printed.
    "This is you?" one guy said. I forgot I'd been there before like a week before.

    Anarchists, they claimed...they started calling me names: "Totalitarian". ...

    Updated September 13th, 2019 at 01:54 PM by Kevin

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