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  1. Autumn approaching:

    I don't know what the temperature was last night but there's condensation on the windows and i've got the dehumidifiers on. I never did weather-proof our Larch-lap fence panels and it isn't going to happen now.
    Old buddy Hawthorn hangs heavy with berries. My mother's garden flowers are beginning to look a bit sorry for themselves. The shutters are starting to fall and it's been a bad year for the Tomatoes apparently.
    I'd like to get myself cleaned up and take a walk up town to my local ...

    Updated September 6th, 2015 at 02:22 PM by dither

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  2. Another lonely one. Yeah.

    I know I know.

    But hey, I haven't turned to self-injury and isolation.

    Isn't it better just to briefly whine, then continue about your business? Still get some stuff done in the meantime.

    I did do a lot. Still sore from moving a bunch of equipment to a new shed, then I got my machete and carved up wood to nail together an axe. Pretty fun to swing around.

    Grandma found my old phone, so I have music again. Hoorah.

    Just did my daily ...
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  3. Boiler release valve.

    I'm waiting on a new device to play music. I somehow lost my old phone while moving. I can play games, but they get boring after awhile.I can't write. Not without music. I need it.

    It's what shaped my imagination.

    I liked music videos, as a younger child. That's when it first started. Movies, songs... animated cutscenes...I first just had a little walkman. Popped a cd in there and walked around. I started imagining my own stories to the music.

    Did you know? ...
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  4. thin; blonde

    Cut the fence this morning; someone has. It was a section in the chain link where we'd had to open it—to get access. We had it tied with rope and some nylon straps. Anyway, they cut the rope.

    There’s tent next to it—the fence—that wasn’t there yesterday. A homeless woman came on foot a little later (I hadn’t seen her leave). She went inside the tent. I don’t know if she stayed.

    The workers suspect that whoever it was, they came in to use the porta-potty.
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  5. Day 2.

    My mother has been yelling at my younger sister off and on all day long.
    So I have decided to stay in my basement bedroom. I hate it when they fight about stupid things. It doesn't help with my depression, but I don't think they realize that brings me down when they fight around me.
    I used to self harm and I've been clean for four years, but I relapsed a few days ago.
    That is why I joined.
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  6. Flunking- dreaded 'f'-word...

    Slog-Blog, slogging along as if walking in mud, walking in a fog.
    Lacking focus, or purpose.

    An exercise in nothingness. Several or more letters sent to the page in a lame attempt at shooting a pattern with a pea-shooter. Spit-tooey—these come from me, directly from my head, the mouth being a part of—

    There we go… something is coming…

    His girlfriend is in danger of failing. She’s only been up there a week and already she’s struggling. It’s this ...
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  7. So, let's share some madness.

    I have too much time to think. And writing your thoughts is supposed to be beneficial, right? Here's but a fraction of it.

    The world is not a dream. I am not dreaming. I know that. I am far too lazy, and none of my dreams are ever realistic enough to maintain the illusion for long periods. Eventually something would happen and I would realize it.
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    Despite the pain, I've always wondered what it actually feels like to have your tongue severed off. Something so deep. ...
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  8. NF: The Futures' Fathers ( 1,526 words )

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    This opinion piece was written for English Comp 2 at WITCC and later revised for lesson # 06 with Long Ridge Writers Group.

    The objective of the lesson was to conclude the piece from lesson # 05. It had a limit of 1,500 to 2,000 words. Sadly, that piece did not work out- so I presented a summary of this piece- which I had written for English Composition 2 at WITCC- asking if I could submit it instead. And they approved. It was the first piece the Mr. Hyman reviewed and critiqued for
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  9. True Family (955 words)

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    Summary: True Family is the result for my 2nd lesson with LRWG. The objective of this assignment was to write a fictional story of 750 to 1,000 words- or within 10%.. Use the person in lesson 1 as the main character or create a new character.

    I chose to create a new character and with this came the birth of The Zodiac Chronicles. While different last names were used, and their attitudes were less appealing- with intention, it is essentially the first scene I wrote for the series.
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  10. Choices ( 1,397 words )

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    This is what I wrote for lesson 4 and then revised with lesson 7 with Long Ridge. The objective of lesson # 04 was to write a new story of article of 750 to 1,500 words - or within 10%. The objective of lesson # 07 was to revise a previous story or article while remaining within the word count of the original lesson.

    I based this story on the personal experiences of myself and several others. Each one of us had made a different choice in regards to our pregnancies. So it's a mixture
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  11. Truth is Stranger Than Fiction ( 521 words )

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    This is the non-fiction article I wrote for lesson # 5 with Long Ridge. The objective was to write the opening of a new article or story. It was the first in a two-part process. The limit was up to 2 pages.

    I tried, I had a good subject but it felt like the piece was a struggle. Sadly part two did not develop for this piece. Even after 10+ years I tried getting back to it when I restarted with LRWG but no such luck. I believe that part of the reason why it wouldn't happen is that
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  12. The Zodiac Chronicles: Prelude Chp 1 (2,987 words 3rd P)

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    (mods- please leave this in the secured area.)

    This is Chapter 1 of my current WIP. It is a paranormal / supernatural story based on the classic theme of good vs. evil. Prelude is book and 'sets the stage' for a series of several books.

    TZC Prelude is the piece I used for Long Ridge lesson # 8. It has been reviewed by Team Beta, however, there may be things that were missed.

    I'm looking for a few things with this piece. Grammar check, story flow, and reader
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    Updated August 31st, 2015 at 05:38 AM by MzSnowleopard

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  13. Pitch: LRWG Project ( break-in novel chp 1 )

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    This is the updated pitch. I have polished it from previous reviews Chapter one is complete- I had to write for the piece in lesson 8 of Long Ridge Writers Group. 3 questions still stand. I've shared them at the bottom.

    Pitch:

    'Prelude' is chapter one of The Zodiac Chronicles: Prelude. This is a 2,984 word excerpt about Doctor Lynn Tristain an archaeologist and a telepath. Her goal is to find a lost chamber where people once communicated with spiritual beings called The
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  14. The Wrong Man (500 words)

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    This is the first piece that I wrote for the program with Long Ridge Writers Group. The objective of the lesson was to write a descriptive piece on some one I knew or had known. The maximum word limit was 500.

    This piece is finished, it's a part of my portfolio to show my writing style. It is not intended for publication.

    What I'm looking for is general reader reaction to the piece. I want to know how people 'feel' / what their impression of a piece is over all.
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  15. Patching Things Up... Kicking the Habit ( 930 words )

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    This is the paper I wrote for lesson # 03 with Long Ridge. The objective of the lesson was to write a non-fiction article of 750 to 1,000 words or within 10%.

    I chose to write about my first efforts to quit smoking. I managed to get 930 words. If there was one thing that I took from this lesson it was that I do not like writing personal essays / articles. It's not that I was uncomfortable writing it, it's just not my interest. Still, I wrote it. It's an accomplishment.
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    Updated August 30th, 2015 at 11:51 PM by MzSnowleopard

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  16. Lack of creativity

    This will be short, most likely. Who knows though? It might turn into brilliance.

    I doubt that.

    I really haven't written anything in awhile. My creative flow to tell a story or a poem that's deeper than what I've been writing.

    I like what I have written lately on the forum (which really hasn't been a lot) but I've been looking at my old poetry and I miss being deeper when I write. I don't know if it's because I'm too tired emotionally to get anything out, or ...
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  17. that time again (language)

    It must be Bitch-Fit Day.

    What?

    Sexist?

    Are trying to say that only females can be bitches?

    I’ll have you know that I know a lot of males who regularly… In fact, I can feel my mensies coming. That’s what I said ‘Men-sies’. Like ‘men—‘

    I often complain of it… the complaining. A catch 22… paradox like: ‘Everything I say is a lie…” Am I lying then, hmm, about lying? And when did it start? Which one was the the first?
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  18. raison d'ętre

    "It's got potential."

    "It's pretty cliche."

    "What you should do is...."

    "I got bored and stopped halfway."

    "It was alright."

    I get these responses so often lately with my writing, it shook my confidence. I started to feel my old, creeping depression returning. It's little talons hooking into every bit of insecurity I've developed over my meager 27 years. These sorts of responses are ...
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  19. Day 1.

    I put on my headphones and I blast my favorite band to escape the real world.
    Nobody really knows how mush pain that I am in.
    I let a guy in, he made me feel wonderful.
    After a few dates, he broke up with me because I wasn't what he wanted.
    I give up on love.
    It's too confusing.
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  20. Relatives

    Recently a distant relative reached out to me through social media. I had previously added her out of courtesy and she would occasionally like some my posts. From what I was told, we used to be really close as children before the divorce, but that was years ago. Childhood memories are blurry.

    I received a message from her a few days ago. She is moving to the town over and would like to get together sometime. The mature thing to do is to agree and meet up. Yet, there's a little voice ...
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  21. Update TZC Prelude

    Just an Update-

    I'm still having trouble finding files with Win 7. I got started today and actually had to come back here to create new copies of the crits / reviews because I can't find the ones on the flash drive. I know they're there- I just can't find them and Win 7 isn't helping. This makes me miss WinXP.

    So, onwards and upwards- I have my project for today. How much I get done is another question. We'll find out tonight.
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  22. Bound



    The darkness is unnerving. I don’t know how long I’ve beenlocked in here but the heat has made my skin slick with sweat. How long has it been since I was taken byhim? What does he want from me?
    The confines of the small box are coarse and bite into my skin when I movearound. The rope at my wrists is painful and the leather gag preventing me frombreathing properly brings small waves of panic.
    The smell of urine competes with the musky odour of old books. I soiled myself
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  23. Spaces

    Posted another story today.
    I copy and pasted it from my word processor and checked it thoroughly before hitting post, there were no formatting issues, then as soon as I hit post it was missing a space every six or seven words... I've decided that this website eats spaces for breakfast. It's the only logical explanation. I'm going to have to experiment with the advanced settings, maybe there's a preview button I've missed... the forum Ian had all those years ago had a preview button, and ...

    Updated August 22nd, 2015 at 11:46 PM by SummerPanda

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  24. Subjective stress. {Language}

    My apartment application was denied.

    Since my online schooling is 'work at your own pace,' they don't classify as full time or part time. Well, apparently they want to be all yup in my business, so because that wasn't specified, it was denied. And I can't do anything about it, or apply again, for some stupid reason.

    Bastards.

    As I also mentioned, I was fired. That part doesn't bother me as much. I needed a different job anyway. Hotels suck.

    My ...
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  25. Charleston, South Carolina

    My husband, daughter and I have just left a three day vacation in Charleston, South Carolina. We had a wonderful time exploring the historic downtown, which features a plethora of beautiful old houses and churches. I spent the first day day-dreaming about becoming a rich and famous author and purchasing myself a gorgeous two hundred year old home in the heart of downtown Charleston. After a few brief encounters with the locals, I've decided against it. There's an air of superiority about them that ...
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