Just a simple gal with simple tastes... a 'what you see is what you get' kinda person. I enjoy meeting new people, always up for a chat or a laugh, so feel free to inbox me anytime. Not really much of a writer of prose, but I do a bit of poetry and every piece I write has special meaning to me. Please feel free to give me feedback on my work, I really would appreciate that, even if it's constructive criticism. Firm believer in the saying... "You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough."
My suggestion would be that if you guys really want something like this, then by all means do it, but it will unfortunately not be run by the site mods. We're spread too thin as it is right now and something like this can end up taking up a lot of time. Let me know and I can open up a new forum category for you to do this, but a member needs to volunteer to oversee it. Please note - It will be a thread for suggested story/poetry picks and voting, not a discussion thread.
Personally, I like the option of toggling between poetry and stories, but this is your site, so we have to listen to what is more convenient for everyone. We will see what can be done about adding a third button, which I think is a good idea.
Congrats! That's quite an achievement.
Yeah, no reason to panic here, it's only one of the most venomous snakes in the world. Also the fastest and most aggressive. http://upload.storiesspace.com/4478735-ef73bfcafeb44541a9ccaca343bac232.jpg Durban - A monster 2.5-metre black mamba was caught in Umbilo, Durban, on Sunday, which left handlers questioning if the species has begun travelling.Snake handler Shaun Venter said although the serpent wasn’t the largest black mamba he has seen, he had never seen one in Umbilo before.“With Umbilo being a built-up area, close to the city, we don’t normally find them here. In Durban we generally find them in the southern parts, such as Umhlatuzana. It was quite a shock. These snakes are obviously moving. There are rats in the area and because the snake was so large it had obviously been eating. Black mambas are not known to travel far from their homes,” he said.“Warmer weather produces favourable conditions for snakes to be noticed closer to homes.”Venter said the snake had been sighted by residents a number of times before they received a call from a homeowner whose house the snake tried to enter.Together with fellow snake handler Jason Arnold, they climbed into a tree to retrieve the mamba.“The snake is currently with Jason. It will be measured and microchipped before being released into a nature reserve close to the area it was found in,” he said.Within the past six weeks, Venter said that they had removed a number of black mambas in Durban, and five Mozambican spitting cobras in Bluff alone.He said that his job was ultimately to save the snake; however, he warned that people who come across these animals should be cautious.“If you find a snake, back off; if you are in a confined area remain dead still. Try not to aggravate the animal,” he said.- Handy numbers: Shaun Venter: 061 466 3081 (Durban); Jason Arnold: 082 745 6375 (Greater Durban)
I know, the video is a bit of a downer, but I love listening to the song when I need to cheer myself up. Here's Ed Sheeran with 'Give me love' https://www.youtube.com/embed/FOjdXSrtUxA
I have an entire playlist called 'Good Vibrations', will post one here every so now and then. Here's Bethany Joy Lenz with 'Halo' https://www.youtube.com/embed/ixGNoS-HCtU
Not my neck of the woods, but not much good news comes out of there, and I don't want to post bad news today... so this is just a little bit of humour from the wonderful continent that I live on http://dykn.com/storage/2012/01/goat-in-custody-on-suspicion-of-attempted-armed-robbery-nigeria.jpg Yeah, I read about that. Only in Africa...
Oh there are far too many to mention here, but I love the soundtracks from most of the Disney movies... don't look at me with those judgy eyes, they are friggin' awesome. My fave movie soundtracks that I listen to often are from August Rush, Spirit - Stallion of Cimarron and more recently, The Hobbit.
I think it might be interesting to share whatever's making news around your neck of the woods. That said, it might be a good idea if we avoid news about controversial issues - especially politics and religion - that could spark heated discussions. This is just a forum to keep people from around the world updated on what's happening in your neighbourhood, not a debate thread. I will kick it off by saluting the over 2000 firefighters and volunteers who have managed to finally bring a mountain fire that has been raging for six days under control. Homes were damaged, some even burnt to the ground. A huge part of the nature reserve has been destroyed and some animals, especially baboons, have died. More than 300 people were evacuated, so other than around 50 elderly people being treated for smoke inhalation, there were no other casualties. As promised, here are some pics, Rebs. http://upload.storiesspace.com/504082792-B_JXXUeU4AAYKQ3.jpg http://upload.storiesspace.com/1385681879-download (1).jpg http://upload.storiesspace.com/1456847673-B_Is-0_VEAA21Vp.jpg http://upload.storiesspace.com/1243852420-download (2).jpg http://upload.storiesspace.com/963073021-B_JGyIxU4AI4dP4.jpg
Mary turned to look back one last time at the only home she had ever known. Leaving had been the hardest thing ever – yet she had no doubt that harder things still lay ahead. She had packed hurriedly, wanting to be gone before the townsfolk showed up with their kindness. She took care while packing, not wanting to take anything that would be missed. Her plan would only work if the town...
Added 31 Oct 2013 | Category Horror
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The woodsman had many talents, but caring for newly-born baby girls was not among them, so he did the only thing he could think of – he took the child to the village church. The pastor’s wife was in the garden picking tomatoes for their breakfast when he rushed from the woods holding the screaming bundle. “Oh Lord! What is this, Tom?” She rushed from the tomato beds and took the child from...
Added 21 Oct 2013 | Category Horror
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Once upon a time, in a long forgotten land, there lived a young woman whose name struck fear into even the bravest of hearts. She lived in a tiny cottage at the edge of a deep forest, near an old dried up creek. Her name was Arwyn. Please indulge me as I turn back the clock to the night Arwyn was born – it was the night of the full moon, late in October. You see, that was the night a...
Added 09 Oct 2013 | Category Horror
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I’ve once again been given a task by a friend in the hopes that random writing will somehow lift the huge block that’s been weighing down my work of late. In all honesty, I think that he’s only giving me these little tasks so he can get me to shut up about how much I miss my laptop - it crashed about a week ago. The task is for me to write a musing about anything. Now while I’m really good...
Added 23 Sep 2013 | Category Musings
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“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.” ― George Bernard Shaw ***** "Could you rephrase that, please? I'm not sure...
Added 20 Sep 2013 | Category Crime
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I hear you calling my name, But I can’t come home to you. I feel the wind blow across my plains, It’s calming my fears. I listen to the river tell me its tales; It’s soothing my soul. Under these starry skies My thoughts are of you. Remember me like I used to be. Remember me when my soul was still free. I’m ready to follow the voice That’s calling me home. Sound the bugles for...
Added 01 Sep 2013 | Category Poetry
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An intro to a story I am working on... They buried me today. Everyone always told me that this was how it would end for me. I never believed that it would. I was more than just street-smart; I was smart. I was young and vibrant. Charmed and charming. Untouchable. I remember mum saying, “Your thoughts and actions are what define you, Stanley.” I called it bullshit to her face. How...
Added 22 Aug 2013 | Category Micro Fiction
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He hears the elevator doors open and close, the click clack of high-heeled footsteps drawing closer, then passing his door on their way to the next apartment. He waits. Jacob had always been good at waiting. He hears the jingling of keys, then footsteps moving back toward his door. His door is unlocked. He had been expecting her. She had always been easy to predict. The front door opens,...
Added 14 Aug 2013 | Category Flash Fiction
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“What happened in there, soldier?” The sergeant nodded toward the concrete cell behind them. Vince needed to find his voice, he knew that. Any voice would do. He stood in silence, his eyes trained on the sergeant’s scuffed boots. A regimen doctor was examining the body – her body – no doubt trying to confirm her death, rather than the very obvious cause of it. “She’s dead.” The...
Added 17 Jul 2013 | Category Flash Fiction
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A father toiling beneath a sky of gruesome darkness Merciless sun on his back, a storm in his heart. A mother burying her child with dignified acquiescence, Body too beat-down to spare more than a single tear. A child marching with a village song in his heart Cold comfort found in a loaded carbine on his back. A country raped, blood...
Added 01 Jul 2013 | Category Drama
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