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  1. Life eh?

    Y'know?
    I was thinking about Winston's sig earlier.
    Oh dear, I thought it had said something about getting creative, I mis-read it.
    My first thought had been " yeah right, me? Creative? if only."

    I've always wanted to write in a journalistic kind of way. Not totally facts and figures etc., putting a little bit of me in there, in a creative diarist way? Is there such a thing?
    The reason for this foray into introspection is something that happened when ...
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  2. A Better Place, Revisited

    I've always seen that phrase masquerading as a refuge for the shallow minded and dismissive. When someone in your life dies, the impulse for most people is to tell you that your loved one is "...in a better place" now. This paper-thin logic assumes two unproveable points: Where we are now sucks, and where we go from here is somehow better.

    Second point first. The frail human condition predisposes us toward a belief in Nirvana, Valhalla, or some other higher realm. ...
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  3. Operation: Hoarder's Bane

    Mother nature herself has deemed my city unworthy of springs' warm embrace, and thus I steel myself for what must be done. I prepare for war. I must be ruthless and give no quarter, for none will be offered in kind. I may lose my life in the process, but I will stop at nothing to put to my hated foe to rout!

    The operation composes of two objectives: Locate and secure all valuable assets and then purge the unworthy.

    So, in other words, it's time for spring cleaning. I've ...
  4. Quit Your Wine-ing!

    The fabled spring time has come at last. The sun no longer vanishes at 6pm, water has been discovered in it's liquid form, and there is an odd green species of flora forming on my lawn. The end of winter is neigh! Or so I thought, I swapped my tires over to All Season for Spring/Summer and we had a blizzard. I'm starting to think I'll have to pull a Canadian version of Breaking Bad just to afford enough to move somewhere warm

    Speaking of meth brewing, I decided to rekindle my ...
  5. Portal v.s. Urban Fantasy--It's WAR!

    There really is no conflict between these two sub-genres. There is a difference, even if we're splitting hairs. Charles De Lint first described urban fantasy with his story Dreams Underfoot in the early 90s, making it a relatively new genre, in retrospect to the times. In short, urban fantasy brings the fantastical into the mundane world or into the contemporary setting. It's another dimension, another time and place, a different universe with it's own rules. The magical invades our world, ...
  6. The delusion of first published "stardom"

    So on social media, I have a lot of "aspiring writers" of novice writers I associate with. I've been doing this crap for a few years,
    so it kind of builds up like plaque on your teeth. But I've always noticed that most of these people? When they first get published
    somewhere? They become real like....unrealistic about it. And I'm not trying to be mean. Because I was very proud when a paying
    magazine accepted my first short story. And it IS something to be proud of. ...
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  7. Time Crunch

    It's coming up fast. There are about only 5 weeks left until my move. It's hard to believe it's almost here.

    This Friday I get my storage unit. This Saturday is my farewell luncheon at the local Golden Corral.
    Next week, my stuff goes into said storage unit. It's unreal. For the last few months I kept thinking time was going so slow. And now, it's like where'd the time go?

    2 of mom's cats have delivered their litters. The first had 7, the 2nd had 4 and the 3rd is ...
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  8. Communication Itself is Catharsis

    I didn't realize it at first, but I am who I am- a person that can be quite to the point of unnatural at times.

    Because of this I'm well aware of the anxiety and comfort people have when being in the same space with a person that does not communicate. It's strange to the point where you realize that having a quiet person in the same room with you is worse than being alone in the same room.

    The last one made me wonder a bit, and the only thing I could come up with is that ...
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  9. Failure to Understand

    I will never understand why, no matter what good a person does- some people can only focus on the bad, that one mistake the person makes.

    I'm getting ridiculed on another forum because of ONE single typo that I made. This one member ( who seems to think of herself as the guardian of the gate) continuities to post in the thread repeating my mistake.

    She is supposedly smarter than I am, she has a better education, a better life style, a better life. And yet she treats people ...
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  10. Grog

    I've received two lessons in this topic in the last month: Once from a historical re-enactor at Mount Vernon, then again last night at the Navy Ball.
    It must mean that I was meant to share my new-found knowledge(?)

    I'm sure most folks have heard of the word "grog", and know it has some nautical meaning. In fact, grog was a vital part of The Age of Sail and naval history. The water stowed aboard ship got slimy and foul tasting after a few months at sea. It was ...
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  11. Grammar Nazis!

    I've probably spent most my life resenting any and all grammar Nazis. I've always believed that the message delivered via writing was more important than the mechanics that drive them. A large part of this is due to English being my adopted language (My Hungarian is terrible). The frustrations were routed early in my English Second Language classes. When I was 6, I had to learn the language from scratch, and I never really grasped many of the basic components of good grammar. Basically, I put most ...
  12. Todd Gardling

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    Todd Gardling walked up the hill from Sunset winding past mansions, well out of his element,
    no jacket or proper coat or other good vestment
    while occasional Jaguars and other foreign cars of a certain type's occupants looked on with unsettled indignation. No, or better Go ( go back)they might say if sure they could speed away behind rolled up windows.

    Through his haze
    he knew the Jaguar because of the nice hood ornament.

    Be-soiled ...

    Updated April 28th, 2019 at 10:48 AM by Kevin

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  13. The Cruelty of Time

    Ever notice how time seems to go faster as you get older? When I was a kid, summer break felt like it lasted forever. Now, the seasons just fly by. It feels like January seems to keep edging closer to itself as the years roll on. A friend of mine pointed out an interesting observation. The longer we are alive, the smaller a portion of time is represented within the whole. For instance, two months for someone who is 10 years old is 1.67% of their total life (2 months / 120 months). Using the same ...
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  14. The Capitol, Continued

    After the parade, my daughter and I decided to look for a bite. We saw some food trucks the day before, and began searching the streets around The National Mall. We figured out later that because of the Cherry Blossom Festival the city had erected a bunch of no-parking zones and kicked them out. We settled for some mediocre chain sandwich and salad shop up by the White House.
    My girl wanted to check-out the Renwick Gallery, which was next to the White House. First, we stopped by the WH ...
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  15. The Capitol

    It always makes me feel like I'm a Tribute from some outlying District when I arrive. The flagrant opulence and power. You never see President Snow, though...
    It was my second trip to Washington D.C. The first was four years ago, so see my daughter perform in the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This time, it was to see my son perform in the same band.
    First off, who designs these airline seats? The Marquis de Sade? I've seen thicker padding on prison mattresses (don't ask). I'm ...

    Updated April 22nd, 2019 at 02:53 AM by Winston

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  16. One of my fav concerts

    When looking around the used book shop I could hear humming from behind a stack of shelves and when I walked around it was a young lad humming to a musical score he picked out from so many....the time I did not know but the memory will be with me...
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  17. Mr. Rogers movie

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    I watched that Mr. Rogers movie last night.

    It bothered me. He's like the real Mother Teresa, not the phony, like a person who just went around doing good.

    I don't know what happened, the show was my era, but I never watched him as a kid. And now, as an adult ( fogey, even) I am touched.

    I think as a kid (a little kid/ like four or five) I would have found him sappy, too slow, the messages, too... those two things. But now, as more... empathetic, ...

    Updated April 21st, 2019 at 08:56 PM by Kevin

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  18. If it ain't Broke Don't Fix it!

    I've been saying this to several people lately. "If it ain't broke don't try to fix it!" I feel like people around me are jittery and wanting to mess things up that are perfectly fine. In terms of my own surroundings, things are floating along peacefully and productively. It's hard to avoid stepping on a bees nest, but I'm trying my best to keep to my little world and let the stream flow by or better yet flow along on it on a canoe or something.

    There's got to be something ...
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  19. Special Request

    hey guys, I need a favor... 51 days before I move- My landlord is being a problem - I'm hoping that doing a go- fund me campaign will help.

    Here's where I need the favor - I wrote a 1 page letter asking for help. I'd like someone to review it to make certain I avoided the whine factor among other things. I'm not a copy editor so I do what I can.

    I would rather not post it publicly, as I do not want it to be seen as an advertisement. So this would be done behind the scenes. ...
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  20. I've killed my darling.

    I recently had to abandon a project lately, it broke my heart as I have poured years into it. But when I looked back to earlier parts of it, I could see that my writing had evolved and progressed to the point where I was disgusted with how badly they were written. In the end, I found that it was unsalvageable and decided to set it aside and start fresh. I'll move onto the next project and revisit this one at a later date.

    Its a good feeling though.

    R
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  21. More Rant than Reality: Why Music is "Zit" and Politics Should Q**t

    * If you don't know what I mean by "zit"...think about it...

    For a while I've been turned off by music. I used to think it has something to do with my general estrangement to society (and that's true), but it's also because when I read the lyrics, most of the time it made no sense. It's a hodge-podge of loosely connected ideas seemingly glued together by a general theme- the hook- and/or the listeners interpretation of the song.

    But I also hated how vapid most ...

    Updated April 13th, 2019 at 12:07 PM by kaminoshiyo

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  22. Thought for Food

    Woo-hoo! It's Friday at last! This marks my 5th blog of the week. It's been an interesting challenge to force myself to sit down and write, even if I am busy or uninspired. These blogs are more for me than you. I need to build up my writing muscles and get comfortable with sharing my ideas with the world. The former is easier than the latter. Generally, I tend to keep to myself and a only share with a select few close friends. As an added bonus, I'm writing in the first person, so it's a exercise ...
  23. Social Media Fasting

    It's been about two weeks since I deleted my social media apps on my phone. I came to the realization that I am wasting a lot of my time. I'd be a hippocrate if I said I don't enjoy a broad selection of spicy memes. They're entertaining and I often used to share it with my friends that share my...unique...sense of humor. The downside is it acts as a buffer to delay me from dealing with issues in my daily life. It's like a less severe version of the phenomenon where you are overloaded with things ...
  24. SHOW ME THE MONEY (Those Pesky Speed Bumps

    The Difficulty in Authorship Today. It's a reality.



    In my personal opinion, writing the story, editing it and teaming with an agent are the easiest parts of the whole authorship adventure for me. Selling to a publisher, whether it is from myself or my agent is difficult, yes, but the tension and frustration really mounts with the sheer amount of promotion and marketing that must be employed to sell even a few copies or gain any reviews. We have a serious glut in
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  25. Zen

    I've noticed that the older I get, the more I appreciate the simpler things in life.

    A stout coffee with breakfast, loosing myself in my thoughts over a crackling back yard fire, or just simply reading outside on a nice day with a gentle breeze, are all things I enjoy more now than when I was younger. I'm sure it's largely chalked up to the impatience of youth, but it's funny how fast it creeps up. One day you trade beer for scotch, and bam, soon thereafter you'll start making old ...
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