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Topic: Up two, three, Down two, three... Make a word.
Posted: 08 Jan 2021 05:36

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Topic: The World Building Thread
Posted: 05 Jan 2021 05:49

'If the aliens lay eggs, how does that affect architecture?': sci-fi writers on how they build their worlds

Interesting article in The Guardian on the world building topic.

And some great insight from the various sci-fi writers interviewed.

So this might be of interest and help those of us who are a bit uncertain (me, for example), of what world building can entail.

Topic: Up two, three, Down two, three... Make a word.
Posted: 05 Jan 2021 05:14

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Topic: Poetry challenge: Use the last line first.
Posted: 05 Jan 2021 05:07

Hi Ssv! Welcome to the forum games!

The aim of this thread is, the last line of the previous poem becomes the first line of yours.

So, yours should have begun with Anna's last line, "in all her might".

In this case, I'll do some line stitching together of both your last lines

In all her might
With her vernal command
Sweet zephyrs waft
Over thawing fields
Melting snow,
Rivulets run
Seeds soon sprout
Reach to the sun

But not just yet
January's only begun
There's still a while
Before winter's done

Topic: Up two, three, Down two, three... Make a word.
Posted: 01 Jan 2021 11:35

Say tr-ack nowledge

As its the last day of the year, I won't say too much about the word being Satyr. Think Shhh

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Pretty much a metaphorical summation of 2020, perhaps? d'oh!

Acknowled ge-ars enal

Topic: Poetry challenge: Use the last line first.
Posted: 23 Dec 2020 23:13

And now just know we both agree
We'll go on one last spending spree
Fling all caution to the winds,
Abandon frugal cares with glee

Whatever nonsense our hearts desire
Will lift us from this tired quagmire
Our senseless greed will lift us higher
Common sense lights no fire

Alas too soon this spending spree
Comes to an end before it begins
As once again you and me
Eye to eye
Do not see

Topic: Poetry challenge: Use the last line first.
Posted: 22 Dec 2020 22:48

From pain, they seek some peace
As prayers and pleas rise to the sky,
Ending always on the same refrain

Pain, pain, go away
We've taken all we can
Be done, go away, be gone,

Don't come back another day

Topic: Classical music
Posted: 20 Dec 2020 06:31

Oh yes, the Bach cello suites are exquisite, and each cellist gives her or his own light and life to them. Along with Yo-Yo Ma's lovely version, Jean-Guihen Queyras's is another that merits hearing.


And then there are Pablo Casals 1930s recordings of it.

Topic: Classical music
Posted: 20 Dec 2020 03:09

Classical music - yes, it is a great love of mine. As is music composed earlier than the eras you've specified, and later times as well.

Bach, the Goldberg Variations, especially as interpreted by Zhu Xiao-Mei. She reconciled me with the Goldbergs, after hearing Glenn Gould far to many times. I do not appreciate majority ofGould's interpretations.

The Brandenburg Concertos are magnificent, I used to listen to them with head phones before going to bed and they helped me relax and unwind. Which is sort of odd, since the Goldberg Variations were said to be composed to help the count Von Keyserling battle his insomnia. I find the Goldbergs demand my attention, not help me relax in order to sleep.

Brahms - almost anything composed by the great Brahms, but especially the chamber music. The string sextets are marvelous, as are the clarinet quintets.

Not to neglect a few others, Beethoven, Berlioz, Chopin, Debussy, Schubert, Schumann, both Robert and Clara, Satie, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky in moderation, Haydn, Haendel, Vaughan Williams, William Walton, Benjamin Britten...

This is far from being an exhaustive list and I have neglected Mozart - there, standing on his own, as usual, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Topic: Up two, three, Down two, three... Make a word.
Posted: 18 Dec 2020 05:05

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Love & Affection challenge: Visiting Hours

Visiting Hours Some thirty years ago, my mother was diagnosed with cancer and was in hospital for treatment of it. She was closest to the door in a double room on the gastro-intestinal ward of a large teaching hospital. Her chamber mate was about sixteen or seventeen, getting treatment for a painful, chronic auto-immune disease. The only thing separating the two beds was a privacy...

Added 07 Feb 2020 | Category Memoirs | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 402 | 9 Comments

Remembrance Challenge - Remembrance is a Living Thing

Remembrance My maternal grandfather served in the First World War. A mining engineer, he enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Forces in 1915, at the age of 28, and served as a sapper in the north of France. By the time he was discharged in 1918, he had been wounded by shrapnel, subjected to gas attacks, and developed tachycardia. At the end of the war he returned home, married...

Added 08 Nov 2019 | Category Memoirs | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 506 | 6 Comments

Recommended Read Challenge: Linda Ronstadt - Gypsy

"Start random playlist," he said, waiting expectantly, unseeing eyes turned straight ahead. Two guitar chords, loud and clear, shook loose a memory. He knew what was coming. Singing, she entered the spotlight, her clear, powerful voice pealing out: cheated and mistreated, when would she be loved. In his mind's eye he saw her, young, beautiful, sure of herself and of them. The music...

Added 27 Jan 2019 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 973 | 11 Comments

Recommended Read Letter to a Friend

  Dear Alan, It's been a while since I wrote to you. Did you know there's a story competition in your name? I had an idea for it, started to write something. It was clever, funny, titled Jankowski's Lost'n'Found . The story got lost, but it goes something like this: Jankowski and Al were old friends, co-owners of a cab they took turns driving. They had a flat rate, 4.20, due to the...

Added 28 Sep 2018 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 21 | Avg Score 5 | Views 922 | 20 Comments

Come fly with me

Come with me, come here, We'll fly away soon, Give me your hand, And a hug Then settle on my rug Hang on tight, tuck arms and legs in, Are you ready to take off? Let's go for a spin! The altitude's no problem, We've plenty of air, As you will soon know by the wind in your hair. We'll swoop and soar Above earth and its cares - - Tedious, boring, Gloomy and drear! - Before landing quite...

Added 05 Sep 2016 | Category Songs | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,086 | 8 Comments


Random rhymes: punchy, munchy scrunchy, bouncy, jiggly, hunchy, Loosely, widely, funky, Stinking, rotten, clunky * Save it. Saved. Is it any good? Unlikely, so... Don't get your hopes up - The answer is no * Not much is likely to be salvational - side note, is that even a word? - side reply, It is now, get used to it. * So... Continue as before With doggerel words ...

Added 29 Sep 2018 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 657 | 5 Comments

Last Rites

“You don’t have to do this, you know. In fact, you shouldn’t be doing it.” “Yes, I know, but it’s all right, I’m going to do it.” “I really don’t think you should, and would prefer you didn’t.” “I’m still going to do it, it’s the least I can do for you. You shouldered me as a burden often enough, in the past.” “That was different, you weren’t old enough or big enough, and needed to...

Added 22 Jul 2016 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,017 | 6 Comments

Diving Deep

Chances, Taken without regret, Embraced, Without hesitation or doubt Like that time When you dove Into an ice cold lake Not on a dare But because it was there And to do so affirmed that you existed Those chances, No regrets, As you sank Stunned with shock by the bone chilling reality of the water - So cold So clear So intransigent yet so welcoming, Heart pounding, Adrenalin coursing,...

Added 30 Jun 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,057 | 4 Comments

Open Windows, Open Season: Take Warning

I make my point by tossing him out a window, He'd been warned when he entered the room, "You found your way in, you can find it back out, And if it isn't done quickly, From me you'll get a good clout." I repeated my warning twice over, Was he hard of hearing or just buzzing about? At any rate my threat was put into action, With a fly swatter I rubbed his life out. * Author's note: I have...

Added 23 Jun 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 861 | 6 Comments

A Modern Day Shopping Lament

So here I am waiting, And biding my time, For a shipment that was Ordered From a store that's on-line. Their products are alluring, Like snacks to consume, The virtual basket's expanding There is always more room For specialty items, Things new to the store, Best deals of the day, And more, so much more! I wasn't enticed - Well, maybe some of the time - But the items I needed Remained...

Added 15 Jun 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 851 | 7 Comments

Stories Coauthored

Lost and Found

  MARTIN HANDED A MUG of fresh coffee to Jane and slid into the seat opposite her at the breakfast table, pausing a moment before he spoke. “Jane, I need to ask you something.” Caught off guard by the statement, she slopped a little of the steaming liquid. “You always do that when I’m holding a drink,” she chided gently, dabbing the spill with a napkin. Her lighthearted tone belied...

Added 13 Sep 2018 | Category General | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 656 | 7 Comments

Recommended Read Writer's Block

  THE CALENDAR TAUNTED JANE, its little yellow-highlighted square outlined in a bold red stroke mocking her lack of progress. ‘You’re going to miss the deadline, you know. I’m just six weeks away now,’ it scoffed. ‘Whatever made you apply for that fellowship anyhow, and what could the panel have been thinking when they gave it to you? You’re no writer; you’ve proven that over the past...

Added 12 Sep 2018 | Category General | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 794 | 6 Comments

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