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  1. 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 ...
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  2. FINALLY GETTING SOMEWHERE - HURRICANE HELL

    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 ...
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  3. #14 thoughts outloud

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    #14

    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 happen in order ...
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  4. _The Catcher in the Rye_ by J.D. Salinger Review

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    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!

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    As a non-native English ...
  5. How to Write Lyrically

    Now I know I'm not good at writing concisely and clearly, and my writing can be a bit wordy and pretentious at times, but I know something about prose rhythm, and that is what I am going to teach you today.

    Let us examine this passage which I wrote. Whether you think it is wordy, pretentious, archaic, or peculiar, I think it has prose rhythm, and I'm going to explain how to achieve that in this post.

    Behold, a day of light shall dawn, and a princess shall rule her kingdom,
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    Updated September 20th, 2019 at 08:19 PM by lumino

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  6. 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
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  7. 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 ...
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  8. #13

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    #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

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  9. 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. ...
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  10. 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

    Fiesta

    [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!)

    Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
    Sure, why not? Let’s
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  11. 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...
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  12. #12 thoughts outloud

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    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 September 14th, 2019 at 12:28 PM by Kevin

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  13. 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 ...
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  14. WORKING ON HURRICANE POEMS

    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.

    THE BUSINESS OF POETRY


    Hands poised over the keyboard,
    tapping letters, forming words,
    frustration of inadequacy ...
  15. #11 thoughts outloud

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    #11

    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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  16. The Science of Motorcycle Maintenance

    Screw Rob Pirsig and his stupid book. There is no "art" to working on a motorcycle. And Zen on your own time.

    There was no art to the way my bike leaned on it's side stand. It was balanced improperly, and on uneven ground it never sat stable. I could have meditated on the steady-state of the Universe, and come to the acceptance of my crappy kick-stand. Nope. Apologies to my Hawaiian relatives: I'm makin' it mo betta.

    Honda made a good bike, but it ...
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  17. A Hospital appointment...

    Yesterday was the day of a Hospital appointment. I'd managed to keep that from my wife but would I be able to have a day out without her wondering, or commenting on such an event. She would never ask outright where I'd been or why I'd been out so long, being as that I was on a week off work and therefore rarely surfaced before lunchtime, I knew that but if I hadn't said something, before hand, it would have been hanging there, the elephant in the room, long story, and so, a few days prior to my ...
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  18. #10- thoughts outloud

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    I don't know but I think she's some kind of attorney.
    I mean "E" of course.

    She's very secretive, and she basically told me I ask too many questions. I guess the less I know the better just in case I get arrested or something.

    Speaking of which, I'm going to have to move again. The neighbor's are getting suspicious- as they do- wondering about all the traffic.

    Sometimes I think about how I could do it differently- ...

    Updated September 13th, 2019 at 02:17 PM by Kevin

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  19. Frijos Frijoles

    Note: I had to take the Spanish
    because the computer was writing
    Chorus:
    accent marks off the letters
    nonsense for them!
    Chorus:
    Frijos frijoles Leftovers
    Frijos frijoles Leftovers
    No estoy feliz de verte de nuevo, ha! I am not happy to see you again, ha!
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    Updated September 14th, 2019 at 12:58 AM by Princesisto

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  20. Sweet Dreams are made of, What!!

    So, one great aspect of life that we all as a species get to enjoy together is not the physical world, that we can touch and experience first hand but the other world, that we can only see glimpses of when our eyes are closed and our brains are busy playing with the darken canvas before it, I am of course referring to dreams.

    Sadly, we do not remember all of our dreams, though maybe one day, we'll be able to tap into that part of the subconscious and watch our dreams on a big screen ...
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  21. Back to School, '19-'20

    Well, it's that time of year that those of us with school-age kids love to hate. We love it because the rug-rats get outta our hair and into someone else's. We hate it because it's time to buy stuff.

    In today's society, we're buying things for our kids that previous generation would never have thought of. Hand cleaner? Christ. That's what sinks were for.

    But here's a recent addition: Backpack armour. With all these mass shootings, many people are considering up-armoring ...

    Updated August 26th, 2019 at 12:07 AM by Winston

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  22. Personal Libraries

    We are all fellow writers here! we love to put pen to paper and create a symphony of words to create a story. But one thing that has been fascinating me is not the stories we share and intend to publish. the the ones we don't or at least not at this time, the ones that be come part of our personal libraries, never to see the light of day.

    According to my writers journal I have approximately 40 World Stories and about 8 non-world stories, World is in regards to the world where most ...
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  23. old money

    by , August 20th, 2019 at 10:59 PM (Each n every day)
    I adore coincidence...standing at the post office counter next to me a woman handed over a copek note or something to the cashier an said..I know it's not worth much but it was from a cruise we went on...an the cashier said it's worth 10 pence ...later on in usedbookshop a guy asked the owner were can he sell an old one pound note...after he left a customer said would you be bothered even if he looked like a extra in a movie an the owner said he's been coming in the shop for years.hes been a doctor ...
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  24. #9

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    Another meeting.

    I swear, they must try to find the dumpiest, dirtiest places. The rent must be cheap ( if they're paying rent). I can't say where it was, but let's just say that I wouldn't want to be there after a certain hour. The time of the meeting was bad enough. We do these things at night because some people have day jobs- 'covers' they call them- and the rest went along, though She -'E' had argued about it one time.

    I'm not saying ...

    Updated September 13th, 2019 at 02:20 PM by Kevin

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  25. The Love Of A Friend


    Chorus:
    The love of a friend
    Is worth more than money
    The love of a friend
    Is sweeter than honey
    You’ll never get it from anyone else
    In your family or in your love
    Because a friend's love is special
    To you from your friend

    When all the others are gone
    All your lovers are in love with others
    Whom have you got?
    Look around, you’ve got your friends

    Because [Chorus]

    A friend doesn’t need
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