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So... How'd Your Day Go? (4 Viewers)

vranger

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I just hit +1001 reactions over post count (although with this post it will temporarily be +1000 again).

Does that mean I now have to write a story about a genie? I could totally write a story about a genie.
 

Foxee

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I just hit +1001 reactions over post count (although with this post it will temporarily be +1000 again).

Does that mean I now have to write a story about a genie? I could totally write a story about a genie.
Absolutely yes. I mean, you could put a genie into the story you're writing with Pip. Y'know...that story. 🏴‍☠️
 

vranger

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Absolutely yes. I mean, you could put a genie into the story you're writing with Pip. Y'know...that story. 🏴‍☠️
You saw our discussion in the Writing Success thread? We're expanding into a RomCom novel. That probably means we WON'T make the word limit. :-(

I wrote the first chapter (so far), and PiP is working on hers. The spring WF collab will coming in around chapter four in the novel, and what we were going to submit for Summertime around chapter seven.
 

Sinister

Senior Member
Got a new fridge. Installing it is a process and I feel wiped out. I mean, for some reason I feel anemic.

Also, a SSD drive that I did not order arrived in the mail. Apparently this is related to my information being hacked and is a tactic known as Brushing? Idk, I'm turning it over to the police. If it were any other item, I would just throw it away or keep it as a consolation prize. But in this day and age, an unbidden mysterious memory drive is not staying in my house and certainly not going anywhere near my computers. I mean, it's nearly a 60 dollar piece of tech. I do not like.


5/10

-Sin
 

Foxee

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You saw our discussion in the Writing Success thread? We're expanding into a RomCom novel. That probably means we WON'T make the word limit. :-(

I wrote the first chapter (so far), and PiP is working on hers. The spring WF collab will coming in around chapter four in the novel, and what we were going to submit for Summertime around chapter seven.
Sorry, been away for a week so this is news but I like it!
 

PiP

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I am stressed beyond stressed with the COVID restrictions to get into the uk. I am doubled jabbed and have my European COVID travel passport QR code. We take a PCR test the day we leave France €25 each. Fair enough. We travel on a ferry and enter a new country. But what I object to is we have to pay for another COVID test ....£140 day 2 after our arrival. We have to order this test kit on line, do the test at home, and then return it by post to the lab. BUT you can only send test via dedicated drop boxes.

Everywhere we go in France people wear masks. If we go into a restaurant we have to show our COVID passport . In the UK masks aren't mandatory and there is no social distancing and no requirement to show passes before entering a bar or restaurant. We are at a far greater risk from them than they from us.

Everyone on the ferry will be tested so why more tests when we arrive in the uk? I feel like we are being mugged for money. If we weren't vaccinated I would understand but this is crazy.
 

Olly Buckle

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Blocked drain, it happened about a year ago and I dug out all this solid white grease from around the bend, a horrid job. This year I had a brainwave and got out the steam wall paper stripper, took off the fitting you hold on the wall, and shoved the pipe down the drain and into the pipe opening. Fifteen minutes later, eureka, clean and free flowing without horrid grease up to my elbow. What puzzles me slightly is where it all comes from in a vegetarian household.
 

Sinister

Senior Member
I got called a "Doomer" today. I have nothing to say about that other than: "I feel attacked." It's not my fault that humanity is so stupid we're eventually going to kill ourselves. That's called being a realist, in my circles.

It's far too hot and muggy to be mowing. So, I'm mowing. I'm typing this out, covered in grass clippings. Thankfully, there's always sunscreen and hats. I still have to mow around the Ertan Deep and the back pasture. I need about two quarts more of water, on the inside and outside. Might put my bathing suit on and hose down. Ahh, summer. Please go away!

6/10
 
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vranger

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It's far too hot and muggy to be mowing. So, I'm mowing. I'm typing this out, covered in grass clippings. Thankfully, there's always sunscreen and hats. I still have to mow the Ertan Deep and the back pasture. I need about two quarts more of water, on the inside and outside. Might put my bathing suit on and hose down. Ahh, summer. Please go away!
Just got through doing that myself on about two acres less structures. Luckily, I got to use my good friend's zero-turn for most of it. I connected him with my neighbor to cut her three acre field, and he left the mower here yesterday afternoon for me to use today. It started raining just about the time he was done, so he pulled it into my tractor shed. I used my regular lawn tractor to do the fenced in part of the yard though, as I was hesitant to try fitting his through the gate, even though it's a double gate. I might have to trade up for a zero turn. There are a lot of trees and strangely shaped portions of this property, and the job goes MUCH more easily with his mower than mine.
 

Sinister

Senior Member
Just got through doing that myself on about two acres less structures. Luckily, I got to use my good friend's zero-turn for most of it. I connected him with my neighbor to cut her three acre field, and he left the mower here yesterday afternoon for me to use today. It started raining just about the time he was done, so he pulled it into my tractor shed. I used my regular lawn tractor to do the fenced in part of the yard though, as I was hesitant to try fitting his through the gate, even though it's a double gate. I might have to trade up for a zero turn. There are a lot of trees and strangely shaped portions of this property, and the job goes MUCH more easily with his mower than mine.
If I didn't have a zero-turn... Idk, I couldn't keep any of this mowed. I barely can anyway. I get away mowing it whenever I can. If I tried to do it with the old John Deer that I had, it'd take a solid three days to do. Bought one about two years ago, I think? I definitely recommend them. I only wish I had gotten one with headlights. Some summer days are too hot to mow and evenings are much easier. There are kits you can buy to add one to my model, but I can't be arsed.

-Sin
 

PiP

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I looked at my daughter's garden and decided there were just too many weeds to tackle. I told her it was a beautiful wild garden... natural. My garden is manicured to within an inch of its life...maybe I should also let the weeds flourish .
 

PiP

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Today we went to the pharmacy to buy some COVID home testing kits for when we return to Portugal. As we will have travelled across three countries, before socialising with friends, we will take a simple lateral flow test to make sure we are okay.
In the Uk before you can buy even a throat lozenger you are interrogated by the sales assistant as to why you are taking the medicine, what other medication you are on, and have you taken it before along with your hat size and inside leg measurement etc etc.

'Please can I have some COVID testing kits?' Hubby asked politely
'What is it for?' asked the assistant
I turned away, sniggered and resisted the temptation to make a snarky comment . Having completing a full PCR test twice in 4 days, I was not in good humour. Plus, an unmasked woman was breathing down my neck and I was about to have a COVID anxiety meltdown.
Hubby was floored...
'Erm.... too test if we have COVID...', he replied hopefully.
She raised an eyebrow and her mask shifted in unison.
'Not that we have it...erm... just in case...' he hastily added
She then filled in a form and gave him the pack for free...
 

Sinister

Senior Member
Just received my Kayak, lifejacket and paddle. While I do have a small lake on the opposite side of the road access for my house and an abandoned cow pond behind my house near the Ertan Deep. I'm not putting my Kayak in either of these. I'm planning a weekend trip to a nearby lake. Kentucky has so many lakes and rivers, so I have pretty good options. Some nice music, maybe a fast-food burger and a few helpful gummies... I just want a nice relaxing outing. In this day and age, that's not so bad a thing, right?

My father also has a Kayak. And my mother also. Even though they live separately now, they're both Respiratory Therapists. I figure I can go on some trips to streams and lakes with them. It would be a nice break from their hectic routines. This Delta Variant has become a real burden to health workers and more so, because, according to them they've been dealing with unvaccinated people and the stories they have to tell are becoming very grim. I just want them to have some time to relax and someone to share it with them, so they can tell all their stories and get it off their chests.

7/10

Here's to messing around in boats. Cheers,

-Sin
 
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vranger

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Today we went to the pharmacy to buy some COVID home testing kits for when we return to Portugal. As we will have travelled across three countries, before socialising with friends, we will take a simple lateral flow test to make sure we are okay.
In the Uk before you can buy even a throat lozenger you are interrogated by the sales assistant as to why you are taking the medicine, what other medication you are on, and have you taken it before along with your hat size and inside leg measurement etc etc.

'Please can I have some COVID testing kits?' Hubby asked politely
'What is it for?' asked the assistant
I turned away, sniggered and resisted the temptation to make a snarky comment . Having completing a full PCR test twice in 4 days, I was not in good humour. Plus, an unmasked woman was breathing down my neck and I was about to have a COVID anxiety meltdown.
Hubby was floored...
'Erm.... too test if we have COVID...', he replied hopefully.
She raised an eyebrow and her mask shifted in unison.
'Not that we have it...erm... just in case...' he hastily added
She then filled in a form and gave him the pack for free...
This kind of storytelling is why I'm stoked about our collaboration. :)
 
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Olly Buckle

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Someone the missus works with went to Denmark to see her son. The test she had to have to travel back was free from the Danish govt. The test she had to take when she came out of isolation after coming back cost her £40. If they were serious about looking out for the population there would be free tests and support for people isolating, but I am afraid it is only about money, and I don't mean the economy, I mean their money.
 

Theglasshouse

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Waiting on the books to arrive through the mail. They weigh a lot, and that is why It's going to cost me a bit. I have been quiet as of late on the forums. I have stumped on how to continue a story. Normally I would write it out. I however want it to be as special as can be. But to do that I don't want to delete part of the plot I have written. I am going to read these books. I am a bit of a disadvantage because of dyslexia diminishing my attention span. I do plan to get a book scanner in the future. That way I can take notes as I read. One of the books has 1700 pages. I am most looking forward to continuing the story though. I ordered the last of the grammar books I will hopefully need. One of these has over 30-50 pages on how to write cohesively. Even though I think the lack of research is what is making my writing seem disjointed. There's plenty to find to support the topic sentences of a paragraph if you research.

I don't expect to master any of the book's contents right away. This is perrine sound and structure.

They say don't murder your "darlings" and this seems like an event that I want to include in my short story. However, it's something of a work in progress and I hope I can get inspired some way to continue it. However, one of the books I ordered forces me to use my imagination, so I am waiting patiently. By Monday, they should all be here.

I decided to cut eating all salad dressing (I prefer using Parmesan cheese and vinegar). Meal times can be all the salad you can eat here. Sometimes my mother will give me a candy bar, although it is becoming rarer nowadays.

Trying to get to bed as early as possible.

I definitely think I need audiobooks to entertain myself. I tried 24 symbols, and sometimes it formats the books I want to read badly. I wanted to read this Hugo award-winning novel and then the margins and spacing are ruined. It's unreadable to me.

So yes I really want to trigger the imagination. The book I ordered has some writing prompts.

So to feed my imagination I need to read by using 24symbols as a reading service. I will look for another Hugo award winner or nebula, but it's been frustrating. The format ruins everything on my Kindle tablet making it difficult to read.
 

PiP

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Someone the missus works with went to Denmark to see her son. The test she had to have to travel back was free from the Danish govt. The test she had to take when she came out of isolation after coming back cost her £40. If they were serious about looking out for the population there would be free tests and support for people isolating, but I am afraid it is only about money, and I don't mean the economy, I mean their money.
Olly, we have already shelled out over €700 euros in tests since June. The pharmaceutical industry and labs are raking it in. And what grieves me the most is that the free lateral flow tests supplied by UK government were made in China. So not only did China create this deadly virus and release it they are making financial gains from the pandemic.
 

Theglasshouse

WF Veterans
I hope everyone who was eligible for a vaccine took one (to get the maximum protection). The delta variant and the one from Columbia (mutation) are once again going to test how open the borders will be. So maybe you are making the right choice Pip. Seeing your family is always a good cause and time will become even more important. I took my vaccine, and I am waiting until the 25th for the next dose. I'd read the news about the Columbian one and how it will impact the borders.

I think I now know where the plot is heading after I used some brainstorming questions. I recommend the book called how to overcome blockage. It made me rethink the plot by asking why not? Why should my character not receive the present (why not)? So I have thought of it. To begin in the media res the book suggests to erase what you have and put it in the beginning if it starts in the middle of the action.
 
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Sinister

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I took it at the earliest opportunity. Unfortunately, the counter-culture in Kentucky, well... Most simple folk from around here are very mistrusting of government-mandated/promoted things. There has been a lot of suffering and suffering. There is no way to reach them(many have tried) and it's not my right to tell them how to make choices in their lives. Many get into the hospital and after a few days of fighting to get their O2 sats above 80, on constant oxygen and lying prone trying to catch a breath, they ask if they can have the vaccine now. Most medicos don't have the heart to tell them that they probably will not get a chance.

I will always be sorry it has turned out this way.

-Sin
 

Theglasshouse

WF Veterans
I rewrote my story yet again before the day's close. Hopefully when I reach 2000 words I will stop. That way I can send the manuscript to multiple markets. I now have been inspired by an article on research I read a long time ago. 1000 words isn't bad for today. I think I know the ending at the very least.
 
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