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  1. dither's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Winston
    You are fortunate, as most new jobs in today's economy have odd hours and rotating days off. My daughter works retail, and her time off is at the whim of schedulers trying to comply with insane government regulations.
    I won't be sorry to be out of the rat-race Winston tbh. I shall miss the routine but hope I find something to help me while away my time. We shall see I suppose.
  2. Winston's Avatar
    As with most working people who are in regular employment, my daily routine is pretty much set in stone, from when I wake up in the afternoon to when I get home and go to bed in the morning.
    You are fortunate, as most new jobs in today's economy have odd hours and rotating days off. My daughter works retail, and her time off is at the whim of schedulers trying to comply with insane government regulations.

    Anyway, fun story. Its good to hear that you can appreciate the small moments in life, reflect on and enjoy them.
  3. escorial's Avatar
    Man speak with fork tongue...
  4. dither's Avatar
    I keep a coffee jar by my bed at all times. I almost always find myself being woken up by my bladder. I empty and wash it out with hot soapy water when I've had my sleep.
  5. Kevin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dither
    I've often wondered if there is anything that can be bought, something that a bloke might wear inside his trousers, but I couldn't imagine it being very comfortable. I remember many years ago, sitting in the passenger seat of a van when the driver said "here, you watch this", he switched on his windscreen washer, got windscreen wipers going, "and?" I asked.
    " I've just sprayed hat cyclist with pee". I looked down at the plastic-bottle that fed the windscreen-washer, it was half full of, yeah, you guessed it, pee. That really did happen.
    sprayed him with pee? Ohh, that's not nice. Some sort of resentment built up against cyclists? Camping I've gone in a bottle. That bottle afterward... Yech. Can't imagine saving it. Guess I can... It was an old plasterer's trick to save a bottle - a pocket flask like you might take a nip from- to put on your hands as you worked (yep, pee..) in order to counter the caustic, chemical effects of the cement on your skin. Stinky...
  6. dither's Avatar
    I've often wondered if there is anything that can be bought, something that a bloke might wear inside his trousers, but I couldn't imagine it being very comfortable. I remember many years ago, sitting in the passenger seat of a van when the driver said "here, you watch this", he switched on his windscreen washer, got windscreen wipers going, "and?" I asked.
    " I've just sprayed hat cyclist with pee". I looked down at the plastic-bottle that fed the windscreen-washer, it was half full of, yeah, you guessed it, pee. That really did happen.
  7. Kevin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tinacrabapple
    Bladders are the worst, especially when u old and been drinkin' away from a toilet. Or drinking coffee away from a toilet. Sorta all snowballs into a mess...
    and coffee can effect solids as well as liquids in that desperate way, if you know what I mean. Holy cow!
  8. dither's Avatar
    It can become a desperate situation in no time at all. I have to plan even the smallest journey and I don't drink anything after two hours before going to work.
  9. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    Bladders are the worst, especially when u old and been drinkin' away from a toilet. Or drinking coffee away from a toilet. Sorta all snowballs into a mess...
  10. Kevin's Avatar
    That video is pure propaganda meant to reinforce the continued patriarchal capitalist domination. Even if one fifth of Kapuchea's population did die from forced collectivization this successfully implemented the removal and elimination of all the negative western influences from the country in the form of military personnel, former governmental leaders, workers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and all of the other city folk whose minds were already irrevocably contaminated with capitalistic western influence. All of this was necessary in order to make way for an equitable agrarian society of purely indigenous origin. The whole tone of the video is based on the lie that somehow these evil people were important or deserving of life when clearly they were an impediment to the Greater Future.
  11. Winston's Avatar


    The fun stuff starts around the 5:00 mark.
  12. Winston's Avatar
    If the ladies saw anything, it was your male privilege showing.
  13. mrmustard615's Avatar
    I like Kurt Vonnegut. I can't say I've read everything. Mainly I've read his two most famous books, Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions (my favorite from him), and God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, which is quite a fun read. I'll have to read some more Vonnegut when I get a chance. Nice review .
  14. J.T. Chris's Avatar
    Thanks everyone. You're all 100% correct. I managed to finish something yesterday for the flash fiction challenge. Sometimes writing is just.. difficult.
  15. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    Good luck! I don't write much for this very reason. I just don't have any new or interesting to write.
  16. Gumby's Avatar
    I agree, it's not permanent. I've been through countless dry spells and it always seems like if I quit worrying about it, it sorts itself out. Don't pressure yourself to write "magnificently" right away, just write, have fun with it and experiment like Darren suggested. No one has to see it but you. You're not alone, this is the 'norm' for most writers.
  17. Darren White's Avatar
    I have PTSD as well. I am not saying you should do what I am doing, but it might help you step over that hurdle that prevents you from writing.

    I am writing my autobiography, in poetry and poetic prose. And I got stuck. I needed external input to be able to carry on. So I started reading a few poetry and fiction books that dealt with exactly my writing problem. For me that was, how to deal with violence in such a way that it is not gratuitous, or graphical.

    I also needed to change my way of writing poetry, so I am reading a few poets I greatly admire, who have a very different style of writing. And I am experimenting with poems in that style here on forum.

    I mean, try to write something completely opposite from what you normally do, a poem, a weird story on an external prompt, and try to write it in the style of someone else. Just as an exercise. It helped me, maybe it will work for you.
  18. PiP's Avatar
    ... and where is the story your cat wrote?
  19. PiP's Avatar
    JT, it's not going to permanent. What do you do when you have constipation? When you push too hard you end up with piles. Eat fruit or other natural laxatives and the words will burst out of your butt like firecrackers.

    Okay, I won't quit my day job as a comedian

    Seriously, you are trying too hard. Stop putting yourself down. ... you are a little wobbly at the moment ... so just write crap... write more crap .... rinse and repeat.

    Do you lack ideas or is it just the mechanics?

    I remember when words would seem to burst out of my fingertips like firecrackers. Language was electric, then. Now I have to gouge it out of the recesses of my mind with a spoon.


    This is a great description. You CAN write.
  20. J.T. Chris's Avatar
    That is an excellent suggestion, PiP. Thanks!
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