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  1. What's In A Name (Red Rising Spoilers)

    I think it might be a symptom of how some of my favorite books are written that I'm beginning to pay attention to every little thing.

    This morning I had a "wait a minute" moment where I was thinking about the series "Red Rising" by Pierce Brown and a question popped into my head. Why did the author choose the words "Red Rising" for the name of the series?

    After a while I came up with the idea that the most fitting explanation is that the "Red" ...

    Updated December 31st, 2018 at 05:53 PM by kaminoshiyo

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  2. Making the Transition from Career Writing to Creative Writing: Part 2


    It’s All in Our Approach

    I want to to start with how we approach our task. I am not emphasizing the audience here, but rather seeking to examine how the writer is influenced by his training as he sets out to write. It is my contention that the career professional gets ‘locked’ into how he sees the world, because of his training. This may make it more difficult for him to connect with his intended audience. So, let’s take a look at two approaches, a business article ...
  3. Suzy, the corn and the cook pot.

    The phone call:

    "...I need to know what time they're coming. I have laborers waiting; they're not cheap and I know that sometimes things happen. If they're not coming I'll need to know when.

    "- So, if you could get me the the driver's cell , or their dispatcher, I can call them. Or, you could have them call me."

    "They don't work for us. We hired a company"

    "Yes... Okay. Then can I have whoever-you-hired-to-do-the-delivery's ...

    Updated December 31st, 2018 at 03:02 PM by Kevin

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  4. Making the Transition from Career Writing to Creative Writing: Part 1 - Introduction

    Out of all the books and articles I have read on writing, only two directly addressed the transition writers must face when writing outside of their career skill set. I wish I could find them, but my entire library is currently boxed up in storage. The insight they have brought me has changed how I view writing. Over the past decade, their kernels of wisdom have sprouted into further thoughts on the subject which, hopefully, will also be helpful to you.

    The reason this transition into ...

    Updated December 27th, 2018 at 11:26 PM by Megan Pearson (to categorize)

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  5. Bugger being old. (You will not believe what I did today.)

    Recently, the last four or five weekends I have taken shopping on Sundays. It's a fair old walk to my local Aldi store situated at the retail park on the edge of town but in doing so I don't need to cart so much home on Saturday mornings after having worked my Friday night shift. It gets me out into the fresh air, I stretch my legs, and I feel more like doing it after a good night's sleep. It works for me. And so, today, being Sunday, in spite of the weather, I didn't mind really, I can live with ...
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  6. Push / Pull

    That cliché, "You make your own luck". That speaks to me.
    I can't say how much of my resilience is innate, and how much was learned. Regardless, I am thankful, but also feeling burdened.

    The majority of people I see are uncomfortable with the concept of "pushing through". When my knees were better, I used to run. A "good" run usually consists of stages: Stretching, warm-up, acceleration, pacing, adjusting and finishing. It's those last ...
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  7. A Moment in Time

    Apathy is my dark-winged angel.

    It's not like a stone on the chest or back, but a stone within the very person, making every movement so much harder. It is a gravity that brings one low eventually and inevitably- no matter how high one is brought. Eventually, it becomes not only a force of nature...but a law of nature.

    No matter how happy I am, time will rob me of this joy come tomorrow.

    I get up with the sun and I wash. I eat. I clip and cut myself and put ...
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  8. There's Peeing and Pooping in This Story ~ Obscura Lupa

    With rare exceptions, one or more of my characters will pay a visit to the smallest room. I'm in good company. Stephen King characters peed and pooped. Michael Crichton characters peed and pooped, especially in Pirate Latitudes. Oskar had problems with incontinence in the first chapters of Let The Right One In.

    My characters pee and poop. It could be that my own toilet training journey was so traumatic in parts that I can't relate to a fictional character who doesn't pop off to the ...
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  9. Brexit

    by , December 15th, 2018 at 07:46 PM (Each n every day)
    Two twins who were brought up by an alcoholic parent each led a different life...one was teetotaler and the other an alcoholic were asked by a shrink if their up bringing had an effect on their life and they both replied..what else could I be..
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  10. This One Is Just Right

    I went back to one of the other writing forums after a long hiatus. Prostrated myself and apologized for the thing that was mostly their fault but trying to be the "bigger" man or whatever. And after about a day or two I said, "Why am I bothering again?"

    The second one I went to that I stopped going to awhile ago shares a name with this forum. And one of the members got really uptight when I called him out and all of his supporters accused me of bullying.
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  11. Will and Passion

    This might be a small thing, but I couldn't stop thinking about the two, as if they were somehow important...

    Specifically, the difference between the two.

    They seem similar, but willpower seemed to be the mental push towards ones goal. Drive, usually against opposition, including, at times, yourself. But passion seemed to be emotional attraction to a desire. With passion, you don't need to be pushed, you are drawn in despite your will.

    A person who can drive ...
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  12. Steve of Destruction

    I was raised in Macho culture. Rock and punk music, fast cars, punishing my body with all kinds of chemicals. I joined the Marines when I was seventeen. We would literally shout "Kill!" before each class in boot camp. My early relationships were misogynistic, not abusive but not respectful. Later, I worked in law enforcement where there were those with power, and those without. Good was accomplished through the proper use of force.
    There's a lot of dysfunction to unpack ...
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  13. Cathedral Sanctuary- Koreatown 12/4/2018

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    4-terdee am and the water is coming down. I've put on a brew. Waiting...

    I was awake already, but I had to get up,
    though most likely I will be alone at work, what with the rain.

    12:30, I went to bed after we got back from a concert at a cathedral ( Pres'b'teerian...). Ian McCulloch was only ten rows away in a thousand seat hall but I could not tell you a thing he said in between songs except for a word here and there.

    The concert ...
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  14. Homeschool

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    The school board sits in unison, prognosticating
    parental paradigms, burble, burp, fart, who is bumping whom, here?

    The school board stands in unison, at urinals and unwashed walls, now washing them.

    Time to go home.

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  15. Men and Women

    Men and women
    the two attract
    one has a net
    the other has a bat
    one goes swoosh
    the other goes splat
    cat and mouse
    dog and cat
    and so it continues
    until the day that
    they find one that makes
    their heart pitter-pat
    they'll share the same words
    and share the same flat
    and will catch the same fish
    with that net and that bat
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  16. A Dilemma To Be Sure

    It's very important that I have some sort of life beyond just my apartment and my job. I am content but not entirely happy. I have some material things but my home is very spartan for the most part and my job is really just a means to an end that is very far off.

    I have a few minor projects. But beyond my writing there's not a hell of a lot I can do without someone's participation.

    I've reached out to some people with whom I can have some sort of connection, even if it's ...
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  17. Dead Ki-yote

    Dead coyote on the side of the city road.
    How many ghost meows, and little foo-foo last whimpers are coming from his belly?
    How many gobble-gobble's, clucks, and moos will come from my casket?
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  18. Posting a Question IS research

    You know what research is? It's a funny way of saying, "What is such" and then finding the answer. But when the available resources are not enough you sometimes have to do other things like experimenting and asking people directly.

    I get that there are some people out there who abuse the question. But far more annoying are the people who respond to a thread with a smart assed remark such as: "Do a little research and you'll find the answers yourself."
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  19. editor's nightmare?

    Today we announced at 9 am PST that we were going to put together a limited-edition chapbook, in which the writers write stories based on the titles of Black Sabbath songs. Budget strictly limited, small crew sorta thing.
    By 1 pm, we were full.

    So we can safely announce that the anthology Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath will be available during January 2020. It will contain sixteen tales and three bonus tracks, with a cover by renowned artist Robert H. Knox and a cast which includes the ...
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  20. Thanksgiving

    I shared this with a close friend yesterday, he thought it was perfectly horrible. Written four years ago, it still makes me smile as well.


    Satire, humor


    Thanksgiving is a special time of year to gather as friends and family, or so I thought. I am picking up the remains of the turkey off of the floor, it sits in a puddle of gravy and cranberry sauce. I see where the sweet potatoes are slowly dripping down the wall. The house is empty, even my wife is gone. ...

    Updated November 22nd, 2018 at 06:53 PM by Plasticweld

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  21. I spurned the muse, and paid the price...

    I was working on a dificult part of a chapter yesterday and was making good headway, ideas came together and the words flowed onto the page. It felt great and I was getting excited to see it. However, I got up to do something, fully expecting to get back to it when I returned. When I got back and stood before the keyboard again, my mind filled with more ideas and directions to take it... I couldn't continue, all I could do was stare forelornly at the screen and the blinking line as it mocked ...
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  22. 7:03 am- corner of Vineland & Burbank

    Vineland and Burbank


    I suppose it's shining moment was the scene in Clueless where Cher gets robbed in the parking lot outside of Circus Liquor with the big clown on the sign. "Clueless"? How could you not know that movie?


    I pull into the strip mall across the street. Stepping out I say it again : Smokers are pigs. Marlboro red box Marlboro 100s silver box - what the fuck, did this guy save them up?- red bull can; crushed, KFC cup, two KFC cups- ...

    Updated November 21st, 2018 at 10:22 PM by Kevin

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  23. Parking lot rage....

    Why do people walk down the middle of the parking lot driving lanes? Seriously, I will never understand why people are so self absorbed that they don't realize that others have to wait for them.

    Damnit, I just lost a spot I was working towards...

    "R"
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  24. Buy a Helmet

    "Life sucks, buy a f-ing helmet!" Denis Leary

    Another helpful PSA from your buddy, Winston.
    Seriously, now more than ever, be ready for stuff to just 'go bad'. I've written extensively here in my Ponder the Unthinkable series regarding Survival and SHTF procedures. 2012 / Mayan apocalypse came and went, people moved on. But don't get complacent. Enjoy the good times, but be ready for the bad times. The next downturn / setback may be closer than you think. ...
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  25. My-ku (Haiku-ish....)

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    Dripping with blood
    the tyrant of all men,
    the human heart.
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