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  1. Fun Fact:

    There is only one gun shop in all of Mexico.

    https://worldview.stratfor.com/artic...0-percent-myth
    No matter what you do to limit supply, demand wins.

    However, they do have a lot of vaqueros down there. You know about those darn cowboys, always causing trouble.
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  2. _Slapstick, or, Lonesome No More! _ by Kurt Vonnegut 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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    Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut Review
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  3. Poems and Poetry

    So I've been writing, reading, critiquing and doing re-writes of poetry, attending writing groups, participating in open mic's, talking to other poets about their poetry and writing assignments, dreaming about poetry, reading books about how to write poetry, reading books about how to write, eating poetry (oops, got carried away there with poetry). Yup, once you start eating the poetry perhaps you're taking things a bit too far and it's time for a breather. Watch some Netflix. Seriously, I haven't ...
  4. Me and my damned bladder, whatever...

    One of these days.

    It's Sunday morning, or at least it was, twenty seven minutes ago, and, as always, first on my "to do" list is the long walk out of town for my cheap-store shopping . As is the way of things at this time of the week, I usually arose from my slumbers at about nine, roused by a steaming hangover, it's not as though I get drunk even, maybe my having worked a Friday night shift and not going to bed until Saturday night has something to do with it but anyway,Okay, ...

    Updated October 20th, 2019 at 01:20 PM by dither

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  5. #18- thoughts outloud

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    I'm better now. The video history 'E' showed me caused a crisis of conscience, but I'm over it. I've made a recommitment.

    I'm sure 'E' was testing me. I almost failed. I felt bad for all those individuals that were killed during that time but I don't anymore. Feeling bad isn't necessary and in fact it is counterproductive. We must stay focused on the long term goal. The Kronstadt Rebellion was a counterrevolutionary action. The local Red Army members, thought ...

    Updated October 23rd, 2019 at 11:49 PM by Kevin

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  6. Writing well is torturous sometimes

    In a new article by Sarah Labrie, the author talks about a subject many writers shy away from discussing: how excruciatingly difficult it is. The article resonated with me in that I am often guilty of staring for hours at a blinking cursor before ending each session by slamming my fist on the keyboard, having not penned a single coherent sentence.

    It's not writer's block she's talking about. The act of writing itself is as utilitarian as it gets: string a few words together into a sentence ...
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  7. Junk

    I tried to write today, but produced dreck.

    It's been five years since I've made a serious effort at writing. I should expect to be a little rusty, but this is the pitts. It's like language decided to leak out of my brain as if it were a font and I'm leftover with the most elementary of words. I was diagnosed with PTSD recently, so I've had a lot on my mind, I'll admit that. But I returned to writing to heal and thus far it's more frustrating than it's worth. I remember when words ...
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  8. #17 - thoughts outloud

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    It's been two weeks and I am still thinking about the accident I saw, about the guy that flew in his wheel chair. Its not that I care about what happened to him, I mean I do, but not really- he's a complete stranger who I know nothing about, but I'm thinking about the accident, about what I saw, or more like how I saw.
    It's hard to explain. I'll try...

    It was weird because I had seen him just a second before the hit, and then when I looked back I couldn't ...
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  9. My cat is a better writer.

    I find myself trying to compose words today in a coherent, legible manner. I expect these words to have a poetic quality to them, something that stimulates the brain in an interesting way. Instead I find that the words I produce on the page are utter drivel.

    This is my crisis. I suppose after not writing for five-years, I should expect to be rusty. But it's like I've forgotten how to formulate a meaningful sentence. I can put two words together but they don't resonate. I've forgotten ...
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  10. When Friends Fight (language)

    This relentless bashing of The President over Turkey and The Kurds is asinine and needs to stop. Sometimes, allies have disagreements. There’s always the option of going Wilsonian multinationalist, and trying to “solve” the issue. Not only does that rarely work, but it often creates more problems. The nation-building after WWI helped set-up the conditions that set WWII ablaze. And Africa is still paying for that hubris.

    News flash: President Trump is a nationalist. I know ...
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  11. #16- thoughts outloud

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    I saw a guy in a wheel chair get run over. He didn't actually get run over, but he got hit. It was a busy intersection and I was stopped, and I noticed him because he kept going into the crosswalk and staying there after the light changed, into the street, then back out on the corner. He might've been drunk or high, or crazy.

    I looked away and then when I looked back I saw something large spinning in the air like four or five feet off the ground while ...

    Updated October 10th, 2019 at 01:55 AM by Kevin

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  12. Books that I've read...

    More than once now, I've sat reading a book at home and, after having read a few chapters, suddenly found myself thinking, I know what happens next, I've read this one before. I've read so many now, it seems, I can't REMEMBER every book that I've read, that I've decided that I'm going to start, well, I HAVE, started, at A,B,C, in the fiction section, and I'm going to slowly work my way through them alphabetically.
    Last weekend, I brought two from the same author home, on the assumption that ...

    Updated November 8th, 2019 at 06:04 PM by dither

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  13. Deconstructing, Man (language, drugs)

    A guilty pleasure of mine is the 1993 movie “Demolition Man”. Good lord, what campy fun. Sandra Bullock was SO hot. And, for those of you so inclined, Stallone was in good shape. Actually, both actors have aged well. I don’t know what happened to Wesley Snipes. I think he fled the country on tax evasion.

    As an aficionado of the dark art of dystopian storytelling, this movie resonated with me. The script writers borrowed liberally from Aldous Huxley’s masterpiece “Brave New ...
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  14. 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 ...
  15. #15 thoughts outloud

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    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, ...
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  16. 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 ...
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  17. 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

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  18. 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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  19. #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 ...

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

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  20. _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 ...
  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. #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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  25. 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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