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  1. Rainbow obsession...

    As some may know I have a slight addiction to anything that is coloured in rainbows, whether it be striped, dotty, blended together like an oil slick if a rainbow is around you can guarentee that my gaze will be drawn to it. My collection of rainbow coloured items used to be massive but over the years I've not been able to buy anything new to feed my obsession. Until today that was, when walking around my local Lidl I came across this beauty...

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  2. O'mi-gahden

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    The great goose is cooking.
    One-fifteen
    by three o'clock,
    and the denizens
    are curling, browning
    out. Poor potted
    are boiling;
    steaming
    in their containers.
    A few more
    like this
    and we'll
    be sand dunes.

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  3. Black Hole (Original lyrics) WIP

    Black Hole
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    [Verse]
    Lost and exhausted
    In a void of despair
    Crippled and drifting alone

    Left in the darkness
    Which eats at my soul
    This chasm has become my home

    [Bridge]
    Nightmares abound
    My heart beating faster
    A knot in my stomach
    Approaching disaster
    At the speed of light
    Convulsing in seizure
    Sucked into the night
    Screaming into the ether ...
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  4. Shiny Things . . . and Bright Lights

    Aren't we all attracted to shiny things and bright lights to some extent. They arrest your attention and either you get drawn in further or you try to block them out.

    Then there's the shiny things and bright lights of all those neat offers from people you've let into your email address. Your home for communications from family, friends and newsletters and such from people you follow.

    I don't get many emails from friends and family. They all use Facebook for that and Messenger. ...
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  5. feeling scared....

    When every interruption to normality, even the slightest irritation turns into a tsunami, and all I want to do is run and hide. That's where I'm at right now. Yes It'll pass and what doesn't pass I shall deal with obviously. Oh how I yearn for peace of mind. Often, like now, I just wish that I could run away from the life that I have. But where would I go? And who's to say that it would make any difference? I AM the problem. It's not the world's fault. Yes I know that.
    Also, I think about ...
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  6. captain kirk ruined my day

    the other day i watched a star trek movie and kirk said to scotty i will not die alone.....in they come into your head and out they go but the other night i dreamt about being at a funeral an sittting there thinking will any of my two kids come to my funeral..when i woke up my first reaction was to knock that train of thought to one side and get on with the day..later on i go down the road and out of a driveway walks a crow and it didn't look good..it was bald and one of it's wings were messed ...
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  7. Drifting

    How many swimmers out there? Now how many of you are rocks?

    From my experience, the main difference between the buoyant and not-so-buoyant is simple. Economy.
    You don't have to be strong or talented to be a good swimmer, you just have to learn to not panic. Once you realize that you can float, the strokes and kicks come easy.
    But you can't force it. Folks that thrash and flail burn a ton of energy, lose their breath, then dip below the surface. Learn rhythm. ...
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  8. DNA Tests

    Hello, Customer

    Do you, like the rest of humanity, have questions about who you are? Do you have an identity crisis? Would you like one?

    Fear not. If the horoscope, the Myers-Briggs, your friends, your family, and your ex's failed to convince you of who you are, we can do it for a small fee.

    It's easy. You give us blood, and we pull the wool over your eyes. Now you have extra wool for the winter as well as a temporary feeling of identity and purpose.
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  9. My new monitor...

    So glad it was a cheapo.
    Just read the instructions and I really don't see it happening.
    Easy to follow.
    Fool-proof.
    I guess they hadn't reckoned an old fool like me.
    I shall persevere with my cranky old one for now.
    Might look into an I-phone but even with that I see similar problems.
    Technology eh?
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  10. Just a little something...

    "There's no-one, only us." You whisper.

    "Good." I reply happily.

    It's just the two of us, laying in that abandoned field. Seagulls circling and cawing over head, as I laid trapped in your arms, your warm chest pressed against my back, making me shiver in delight. Rolling over I smile and just stare at your face bathed in the orange sunset. Pale blue eyes boring into mine and I know your seeing the real me buried deep inside. Your thick brown eyebrows ...
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  11. The End of an Era

    I finished school for good yesterday. It's been seven years in the same place. It feels like I've spent an eternity at that school and yet hardly any time at all.

    Its like I've been a kite flying on a string for so long. Now the string is cut and I have an entire sky to explore. Except the ground has also magically disappeared.
    The reality hasn't fully hit yet. I've finished. Completely finished. For three months, I am free! How can I express what that feels like? Although there ...
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  12. penis envy

    just bout to eat my orange in the sauna an this guy walks in an says...long time know see...the first time i came across this guy he was sitting in the sauna reading a paper and while i sweat like a pig he just sits of we gab a bit an he reads his paper...so he goes into what he's been up to an i think it was catterick or thirsk race meeting he was on about and what happened when they got back into the city...he ended up outside a pub smoking and talking to a women and guy who was a transvestite ...
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  13. Staining my garden-fence...

    I'd forgotten how relaxing wood-staining my garden fence could be. It's probably too little too late now. I can't tell you how many years I've been saying " I really must give that fence a go this year. Weather permitting." Well? Today? I did it. Or rather, half did it. It's a long fence. I couldn't say, off hand, how many panels we have, nine? Ten maybe? I stained four, got stung by nettles, tripped and fell into under-growth, broke the handle of my cheapo paint-brush in two, cursed ...
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  14. Theives

    Welcome the 21st Century. Here's how a watch gets stolen, and recovered. And the collateral damage.

    My son's school never has enough money for... anything. This includes something as simple as functioning lockers. At gym class, my son left his wallet, phone and watch in one of those "press your luck" lockers. Minutes after depositing his items, someone told my boy his locker as ajar. Sure enough, the lock mechanism had been pried. He discovered that his smart watch ...
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  15. Mortal Engines movie

    Words cannot describe how excited I am for the Mortal Engines movie. Sure, it came to prominence in the glut of YA dystopian sci-fi, but its unique setting and a decidingly quirky approach to the genre gave it a much needed identity from the crowd.

    I'm a little upset that Hester (the girl with the scarred face) doesn't look more hideous. But that honestly is minor compared to the fact that WE HAVE A BLOCKBUSTER STEAMPUNK FILM COMING TO THEATERS THIS DECEMBER.

    PRAISE THE ...
  16. Marooned on Planet EARTH - Devynn's Dilemma

    I've finally finished my young adult novel today. I'm really glad I went over it one more time. I'm sure there are a few flaws I missed, but I caught some big ones I can't believe I missed the last time through.

    Also had to do some research to make sure my legal facts were right and I'm happy to say, they are. My story would not be the same if I have to take a different direction at the end. Plus I had to also look up some military related stuff to see how it works when a married soldier ...
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  17. The Broken View of Child Shooters

    A child walks into a school and begins shooting people and the first official response to this, in terms of discourse, is gun control.

    No one seems to want to understand why the kid decided to shoot other kids, what drove them to it, and how we fix that issue. That person get's stamped as a crazy person and then gun control is flagged around for the next two weeks. Reactionary kids hold marches and parades, bright-eyed and fierce, full of their own impassioned beliefs and convictions ...
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  18. Mind Control

    Does your taste in fiction have anything to do with your personality?

    I've wondered this for a very, very long time. Like high school time. And I'm 22. At least it feels like a long time.

    Either way, a lot of my interests begin to solidify at that time. That was where I discovered the "-punk" subgenre of science fiction, particularly the retro-futurism derivatives. You know, steampunk, dieselpunk, atompunk, you name it. I had a fascination with film, but it was ...
  19. Birds and bees

    Someone did an experiment where they captured some small birds just before they made a North-South migratory flight of over a thousand miles, put them in closed boxes, and transported them East-West, sideways the same sort of distance. Not a very nice thing to do I thought, but it worked out. They put micro trackers on the birds and released them, thinking they might return to where they were captured, or they might be completely lost, they had been in closed boxes for the journey. Neither, they ...

    Updated May 29th, 2018 at 12:01 AM by Olly Buckle

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  20. When you don't know who to trust...

    Or even HOW to trust.
    Things going wrong here and I don't know what to do.

    Stuff needs doing on the house and I can't face taking the risk of being hit on by a rogue-trader.

    My pc monitor is on the blink and don't know how long this session will last. It could cut out at any moment.

    They stopped printing the "Yellow pages ", probably, I think, because of the electronic information highway but when your pc goes down how do you look for help? ...
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  21. What is blogging?

    I don't really know how exactly this blogging thing works. I mean, I look at other authors' blogs, and I keep thinking about whether I'm supposed to blog like them or someone else. I get that it's supposed to be another word for a journal, except everyone has the key to it.

    But what am I supposed to say on a blog? What am I supposed to blog about?

    Am I supposed to blog about my man-crush on China Mieville and my enduring love of weird fiction? Do I blog about current events? ...
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  22. First Time Out

    People have been egging me on to get me to start a blog, so here it is. I've given in.

    I surrender.
    *reveals stomach*
    I've finally done it.

    Either way, my name is Connor. I recently graduated from George Mason University, with a degree in Computer Game Design. I am a writer and artist, and I suffer from generalized anxiety and depression.
  23. The Incredible Shrinking Man

    No, not around the waist. We'll call that a stalemate. At least I'm not losing that battle.

    I just feel smaller. Which is funny, cause it' my world that s shrinking.

    We just put our dog down. He had chronic orthopedic issues. It's hard seeing the life still in your friend's eyes, and having to make that call. It's logical to rationalize and justify euthanasia. Still, I set my gym clothes by the stairs, and he's not there. I go to scrape my leftovers in ...
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  24. Applying for job

    I have been home for 2 years and want to go back to work. I can't keep sitting in the house stress free. I have skills- I can work with the special ed children. I sometimes want to slam the computer keys out of frustration when I think about the idea of many women still having to sacrifice time in your career to have babies. I understand why many women are opting out of not to have children. It takes away from their career. They tell you, "You can have it all!" But its a lie. You ...
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  25. The Future Is Not Written

    If there's one thing I've learned in almost 30 years, it's that shit happens whenever/however the fuck it will. Your actions, desires, or thoughts are irrelevant when the circumstances surrounding your situation lay outside of your control; all it takes is one thing (usually another person) to fuck up the flow of shit that you obligate yourself to making happen. Life has a natural way of balancing everything out, but time is the only real killer.

    Patience and perseverance have seen ...
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