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    Author Guess Who #3

    By Renee Stevens

    Well, it's time for another Author Guess WHO!  You'll have a couple of weeks to guess the author. Good luck! Sorry about the lack of extra formatting. Posting using my phone again. What is one thing that most GA members might not know about you? Something unimportant maybe, but people ask me about it again and again: I have two colors in my irises.   What prompted you to write your first story? There was a particular story percolating in my head that needed to
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  1. It is April, it's rainy, and it isn't helping my mood.

    Well, we are already a third of the way through the year. It seems I won't make it to June before hearing I need surgery like I have the last two years. Going to see my eye doctor about cataract surgery. Are we having fun yet?

    I find a lot of my life is slipping into my writing. I'm doing my best to camouflage it the only way I can, but I think, at least in some ways, that is normal. Just doing what I can to get things done before deadlines.

    This will be the first month that I am not sending out postcards. It is for varied reasons. One, I am barely being acknowledged by some. Two, I am finding it harder to see to write lately. Finally, it is just expensive. I wonder if people will notice.

    Finally, there is something I want to note. It is something I learned a long time ago. Words have weight. They can build people up or tear them down. I try to be judicious with my words, but I've had reason to be. I've forgiven things people have told me are unforgivable. Yet, the same ones I've taken back countless times are the first to wound me fatally when I misstep. It takes a long time to heal, never mind trust someone again.  Remember words can build a bridge or forever isolate you. The choice is yours.

  2. Recently, I've been delving into the philosophy of Stoicism - an ancient Greek philosophy that teaches the development of self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions. It refers to living in the moment, retaining emotions, but using logic, clear judgment and inner calm to express and react rather than anxiety and fear.

    I am guilty of being judgmental. It's something within myself that I work on daily. I no longer want to jump to conclusions or assume a situation is the way it is because it appears to be a certain way to me. There are two sides to every story. I want to approach life with more compassion, less cynicism.

    Below is a piece from The Daily Stoic, an online community dedicated to the Stoic philosophy. It hit straight home for me this morning. Maybe it will enlighten you, too. 

    We live in a culture where people sit on the sidelines and pass a lot of strong judgements. We look at people we don’t know and decide whether they’re good or bad people. We look at complicated situations and difficult projects and cleanly label them successes or failures—despite having little understanding of what went on behind the scenes. We take an instance of behavior or a tiny interaction—the way someone talked to us at the grocery store or a decision that they made—and extrapolate out who that person is and what motivates them.

    As we’ve talked about before, the result of these snap judgements is not just misery for us, but an overwhelmingly negative view of humanity and of the world. It’s no way to live. Which is why when you feel that urge to decide—as an outsider or an observer—that you know who someone is or what it means, you should stop yourself. Stop yourself and consider this prompt from Epictetus:

    “Until you know their reasons, how do you know whether they have acted wrongly?”

    What Epictetus is not saying is that you should sit there and try to think about why Hitler and Stalin murdered so many people. He’s not saying that right and wrong are relative and that truly awful things can be excused. He’s saying, in the vein of Socrates, that we need to take a minute and really think about what we don’t know in a situation. We need to consider that, with the exception of mental illness, (which is its own kind of reason), most people have a logic for their actions—and that logic is usually not to try to hurt you or anyone else. They are just doing the best they can.

    David Foster Wallace speaks about this in his famous “This is Water” speech, after several allusions to his frustration with bad drivers:

    It's not impossible that some of these people in SUVs have been in horrible auto accidents in the past and now find driving so traumatic that their therapist has all but ordered them to get a huge, heavy SUV so they can feel safe enough to drive; or that the Hummer that just cut me off is maybe being driven by a father whose little child is hurt or sick in the seat next to him, and he's trying to rush to the hospital, and he's in a way bigger, more legitimate hurry than I am—it is actually I who am in his way. And so on.

    You don’t know that someone acted wrongly or is an asshole or that they totally screwed a situation up, because you don’t know the full story. You don’t know their reasons or their side of things. And what do the Stoics tell us to do when we don’t have all the facts about something?

    They tell us to suspend judgement.

  3. Renee Stevens
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    By Renee Stevens,

    Well, it's time for another Author Guess WHO!  You'll have a couple of weeks to guess the author. Good luck! Sorry about the lack of extra formatting. Posting using my phone again.


    What is one thing that most GA members might not know about you?

    Something unimportant maybe, but people ask me about it again and again: I have two colors in my irises.

     

    What prompted you to write your first story?

    There was a particular story percolating in my head that needed to be told and read. As soon I had figured out how to begin, I couldn’t stop.

     

    Is there a genre that you haven’t written for that you would consider trying later on?

    I’d love to write a mystery murder story and send the readers on a wild goose chase.

     

    What do you like most about publishing on GA?

    I love the interaction with readers and other authors.

     

    Do you have any unique writing habits or rituals to help you get into a writing mood?

    I don’t know about unique but I do have some habits. I might play a round of Candy Crush before I start. Sometimes I read something entirely different genre- or style-wise as I intend to write because contrasts get my mind working.

     

    How has your writing style evolved over time?

    I hope the telling became showing and my dialogues got better.

     

    Do you have a significant other?

    Yes.

    Do you have any pets?

    Yes.

     

    Do you post multi-chapter stories as you write? Do you wait until you’ve finished writing the entire story? Or is it something in between?

    I post as I write. I wish I could wait but I’m too eager to learn what you guys think about my newest baby.

     

    What is your favorite television show?

    Elementary.

     

    What is your favorite movie?

    Oh man. This is slightly embarrassing. Thinking about how many times I watched it, it has to be Love Actually.

     

    Do you write poetry? Prose? Or both?

    I write both.

     

    If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be?

    Had fictional been an option this would have been so much easier. I’m not one to hero worship...hmm

    At the moment, Eleanor Roosevelt.

     

    What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?

    For me personally: I learned to walk. Again.

     

    In general, I make people yell at me and thereby think.


    Happy Guessing!

  4. BlindAmbition
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    Hey Guys,

     
    I want to thank all who have reached out. It’s greatly appreciated. Even if I don’t verbalize it.
    Update on my anxiety progress. There’s been noticeable improvement with my anxiousness on the new meds. I’m not obsessing on everything said and done. Going out is proving difficult, but I am going out. Keeping a routine to help overcome my recent fear.
    While meds address my anxiety... They have shown some side affects. Disconnected and in the clouds. Leaves me feeling like I have no control. Lack of concentration has been extremely difficult... Especially when I’m accustomed to a strict, structured life.
    While I do my daily meditation and lists, focus dictates everything.
    I’ve been struggling to write. The one thing I always turn to, but I’ve hit a block. Writing journal has felt like a chore, because I hear therapist on repeat.
    A very dear friend asked me to write something. I’m working on it. I appreciate her effort in me finding motivation and inspiration.
    My therapist told me to write what you know. I have been having difficulties verbalizing. Until today. Ah-ha moment.
    Accountability has been thrown out a lot lately. My therapist telling me to be accountable to her and myself.
    Writing an email today brought out this word again.
    I’m being accountable by writing what I know. Accountability weaves through all that I am. I thrive, and survive on it.
    My lifestyle depends on me being accountable. My focus depends on me being accountable. My confidence depends on me being accountable. Everything depends on it.
    Sorry for the rambling, but a brief moment found my voice. That’s progress for today.
  5. wildone
    Latest Entry

    By wildone,

    Another Monday, and another great story to be featured! If you have overeaten ham, turkey, or other holiday weekend fare, then why exercise when you can sit back and read another fascinating story brought to us from our great Story Review Team!

     

     

    A Bad Day to be WET
    Myr

    Reviewer: spikey582
    Status: Complete
    Word Count: 5,341

    For this review, I felt like looking at something a bit different from what I've reviewed in the past. My first love, as far as genre fiction is concerned, has always been sci-fi/fantasy stories, and yet I’ve not read many of the GA offerings in that genre. So, to remedy that I decided to dip into some of the writing of GA’s own Myr.  

    In A Bad Day to be WET, we get to experience a day in the life of one Bill Thomas, a test pilot in the Terran Confederation Spaceforce. Bill is a Jumper, one who can sense “jump points” in space time, and psionically “jump” a ship from one point or another. We meet him in the midst of calibrating the navigation system in a prototype bomber spacecraft. Shortly, he is being called away on a priority mission, flying through a hurricane, and transporting civilians through an active war zone.  

    What I particularly love about this story is that it feels like an episode of an exciting sci-fi tv show. We get taken for a thrilling ride, and it is so much fun to experience. While this is a short story, that is somewhat episodic in nature, Myr still does an amazing job of developing his main character Bill. Be it through his daring flight skills, his forthright banter, or his casual flirtation with a senator’s son, we get a well-defined picture of what he’s like and what he’s about. The best part is that it’s all done through the action and dialogue of the story.

    A Bad Day to be WET feels in every way like it should be part of an ongoing sci-fi tv series. In fact, considering that Myr has written several other shorts set in this same universe, it can certainly be read as such a series.  

    This is a fun, action-packed read. Go check it out, and hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as I have.

    Category: Anthology: Crossing the Line  Genres: Adventure, Sci-Fi  Tags:  young adult, psionics, space, military, future  Rating: Teen

  6. wildone
    Latest Entry

    By wildone,

    It is a sad weekend for me :(. My beloved Flames went down into a burning ring of fire 🔥. Both BHopper and me are both crying in our beers 🍻 notice the plural.

    If you are of the Christian faith, Happy Easter Sunday.
    If you are of the Hebrew faith, Happy Passover.

    I'm sure I'm missing some others, so make sure you comment below on what I did miss :)

    Looking back at the GA Weekly Blog this week, it all started off on Monday with Cia bringing us a New Classic Author Feature:

    And is always the case, Wednesday was the Classic Author Feature Excerpt:

    Then it was Anthology Thursday where Renee brought us an Anthology Flashback:

    Finally our prompt guru, comicfan, loaded us all up with a few more prompts to... well, prompt us :)

    Anthologies

    • 2019 Spring Anthology: In the Stars - Due May 15th
       
    • 2019 Spring Anthology: Snapped  - Due May 15th

    Blog Opportunities

    • Ask An Author: Send your questions for your favorite authors to @Carlos Hazday (no questions = no Ask An Author)

    • Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM your recommendation and why you recommend it to a Site Admin.

    • Guess the Author: Open to all GA authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate.

    • 3 Story Promo: Open to all GA Authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate.

    • Author Interview: Open to all GA Authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate.

    • Favorite Self-Written Story: Open to all GA authors. PM @Renee Stevens to participate.

    • Story Recommendations:  Open to all GA authors & readers. PM @Renee Stevens to participate.

    • Questions & Answers: Open to all GA authors, readers, and editors. Visit the thread and PM @Renee Stevens to participate.

    • Reader Recommended: Recommend a completed Poem/Story/Series for a short blurb at the end of the Weekly Wrap Up and PM @wildone to share your favourite stories.

    Premium Updates:

    A Leg to Stand On by Valkyrie *Premium*

    Classic Updates:

    A Mourning Storm by Ronyx

    The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 3 by Bill W

    The Heart of Oskar Prinz by Mike Arram

    Signature Updates:

    Adrift by Mann Ramblings

    April Musings by Valkyrie

    Denied by Cia

    GFD: Body Disposal by Comicality

    GFD: Dead Language by Comicality

    Limerick's loony bin and other crazy sh% by aditus

    Lonely Pride by Cynus

    Poetry Book by Dolores Esteban

    Pride Month, and other Haibun by AC Benus; Book 13 of Verse

    Thirty Daze in April by Parker Owens

    Translation Trashbin by AC Benus; Book 7 of Verse

    Valentine�s at Benders, and other holiday tales by AC Benus

    Promising Updates:

    Georgetown: Goodnight, My Angel by Carlos Hazday

    Keep Quiet by albertnothlit

    tim's poetry workbook by Mikiesboy

     

    **Reader Recommended**

     

    Recommended by @BHopper2

     

    Don't forget.... Read, Write, and REVIEW!!!

  7. I'm pissed.

    Maybe I shouldn't be. Perhaps I should expect less; I don't know.

    I post work on multiple sites.  Well, on a different site I've built a reputation as a sort of HEA, feel-good, everybody wins writer.  I guess I should have known to post my aggressive, erotic story Silverwolf there would throw people (even though I put a warning on the first chapter to explain it was very different from my usual offering).

    I am utterly fine getting emails to say that "Hey, this isn't my thing, but I'll wait for Bluegrass Symphony."  I got a few of those, and they were cool.  I replied to thank them and moved on to do my thing.

    Then the shit started.  About a dozen people emailed explicitly to try and get me to stop writing Silverwolf because it's "awful."  Nothing constructive.  No actual critique I could use to improve my work.  These were designed, specifically to discourage me from writing Silverwolf and to focus only on Bluegrass Symphony.

    You know what?  I'm finishing Silverwolf.  I'm up to chapter ten on Bluegrass Symphony, and that's where it'll stay for a while.

    They can choose to read or not, but I'm now convinced it's time to howl at the moon.

    P.S. No, I'm not thinly veiling that the readership of GA has been problematic.  Y'all ain't the problem and have been great every step of the way.  I also don't want to give the impression that I don't want constructive feedback.  I DO.  What I'm describing is something else - something unhelpful, and intended to be discouraging.

  8. comicfan
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    By comicfan,

    We are almost to the weekend and for some people, that means Easter, Spring recess, and a break from normal routines. It means a bit of free time to perhaps write. That might be for the upcoming anthology or just maybe a new prompt story. Considering it is Friday, I have new prompts to tease you and tempt you into writing.

    Prompt 752 – Creative

    Tag – First Line

    Wherever he stepped the sandy beach burned and left glass imprints of his footsteps like a bizarre pathway out of hell.

    Prompt 753 – Creative

    Tag – Rebirth

    You knew when you married your partner that you were accepting the problems that come with it. Different beliefs, habits, and holidays are the least of it for the two of you. Today they started the rebirth cycle. They’ve said goodbye to everyone and will spend their final hours with you before the cocoon forms.  When the cocoon opens they will be reborn. Your mate will remember everything but they will have changed. They could be the opposite sex, much younger, or the same sex but their appearance will be vastly different. Their race is known for this and goes through rebirth every twenty-five years. They live a total of close to nearly three hundred years if they don’t accidentally die. What has happened to your partner? Will they stay with you or move on?

    Unfortunately, I don't think anyone has taken on the prompts lately. If you have and want to share please add the link below.

    Remember to read, write, and comment. Enjoy life! Until next time.

  9. When you make a video please keep these points in mind:

    -get to the point

    -get to the point

    -get to the point

    -get to the point

    -get to the point

    -brevity is the soul of wit

    -you have 15 seconds to get my attention. GET TO THE F-ing POINT! I do not want to waste time on someone babbling.

    -That 5 minute title, music and stuff you did at the front end of your video? No one watched past 30 seconds. STOP THAT!

    -once you are done, watch your own video. Is it bat-shit crazy? Does it posit nonsense without rational explanation? If yes, set it on fire and don't inflict it on people.

    -Have you taken your meds? No? Take them and watch it again. Is it bat-shit crazy? Does it posit nonsense without rational explanation? If yes, set it on fire and don't inflict it on people.

    -The number one way to marginalize yourself is to post an hours worth of exposition, bore the shit out of people or give them nonsense in the end.

    -In fact most of you people making bullshit videos should probably just stop.

     

    Here are a few people/channels that do it right. Watch and learn. They DO NOT make bullshit videos.

    The Truth Factory - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2aQGaCZjQC1lM3DOwbCIFw

    Freedom Tunes - https://www.youtube.com/user/Cartanimation

    No Bullshit - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZNk7Jjb2t8EuBdgn4Zj1cw

    Black Pigeon Speaks - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmrLCXSDScliR7q8AxxjvXg

    Conservative Resurgence - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNqxhIYa4fm8N1luObicd8w

    Sargon of Akkad -https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-yewGHQbNFpDrGM0diZOLA

    Suspicious Observer - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTiL1q9YbrVam5nP2xzFTWQ

    Black Pilled - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvaHgYcWAAcn5D54w4Dqezg

  10. So I asked for authors to send me one of their favorite Anthologies that they'd written, this was the response I got. Don't forget, you have just under a month left to get your anthology entries to the proof team.


    @CassieQ

    Statuary was probably one of the anthologies that I enjoyed writing the most and when people want to see what my writing is like, that is the story that I usually show them.  I took the theme pretty literally and while the story itself is pretty basic, the opening scene was strongly influenced by my own struggles removing wallpaper from my bathroom when I was decorating my recently acquired “I’m a grown up now” house.  Only with no cute boyfriend or cursed statue hiding in the walls.  My inner sadist also really enjoyed raining misfortune about my main character.  I just remember how much fun it was to write, from start to finish.

     


     

    @Thorn Wilde

    My first and so far only Anthology submission was Half Jack, for the 2013 Winter Anthology, Recipe for Disaster. This story is very special and personal to me, because in a way it marks the start of the journey I'm currently on, by writing a character who is, in many ways, like me, though his story is very different. I'd had the idea for a while and writing it, it was like it was already waiting at my fingertips, just waiting to be let out.

     


     

    @northie

    This was my first antho submission, early on in my writing journey. I remember I was entirely caught up in its creation: it was by far the longest piece I'd written. It's quite unlike anything else I've written since. That's not a criticism, only an observation. Maybe it's a demonstration that the anthos are there to experiment with. I certainly did with The Bard's Tale: a fairy tale set in an alternative Middle Ages. A collaboration with @Parker Owens (he provided the bard's verse), it's set out in the manner of a filmscript. Writing this story was enormous fun and a fantastic learning experience.

     


     

    @Headstall

    Dirty Pool came to me on a 32K bike ride, completely out of the blue. By the time I arrived back home, I had the beginning, middle, and end, as well as most of the conversations. I can honestly say I don't remember the ride itself, other than it was hot as hell that afternoon. I often write stories in my head, but this was a first, physically exerting myself to such a degree while it happened. I didn't begin the actual process right away, but I didn't need to. It stuck with me in every detail until the time came to write it down. It was a fun story to write, mostly because I love dialogue, and this one was mostly that. And I have to say Kelly was one of my  all-time favorite side characters to write. Cheers... Gary....

  11. mad_artist
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    i'd bleed for you

    if that's what it took

    to show my allegiance 

     

    even if you didn't demand it

    i'd still bleed for you

    to prove my obedience

     

     

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    Musical Outline
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    1. Eros (Chris Spheeris) - Eros Pays A Visit
    2. Wasting Time (Day Wave) - Adorable Dithering
    3. Kokkino Garifalo (Nikos Ignatiadis) - A Love Letter From Greece
    4. Komorebi  - Seeing The Sun Through Leaves In A Whole New Way
    5. Kardia Spasmeni (Giannis Vorgias) - Is It Really For Real?
    6. Write My Name (CHPTRS) - Dimi’s Poetry - Main Love Theme
    7. The Beauty Of Your Virginity (Irene Papas, Vangelis) - Beautiful Shane 
    8. A Kiss In The Dark (The Jovian Channel) - You Only Need Touch
    9. Min Anisiheis (Giorgos Sabanis) - Never Worry
    10. Venus As A Boy (The Dietrichs) - What Dimi Is
    11. Without Words (Joseph of Mercury) - Being Left Without Words
    12. Write My Name (Alt Instrumental) (CHPTRS) - Love Theme Reprise

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    Eros (Chris Spheeris) - Eros Pays A Visit

    Guitar Instrumental Overture

     

    Wasting Time (Day Wave) - Adorable Dithering

    Come down

    I won't come back down

    I'm too burnt out

    Again

     

    And I know

    I've done this before

    I'll just fall out

    Again

     

    I'm wasting all my time

    I push it all way

    I'm wasting all my time

    I push it all away

    Follow in your footsteps

    I'll keep going on

    Again

     

    I'm wasting all my time

    I push it all way

    I'm wasting all my time

    I push it all away

    Come down

     

    I won't come back down

    I'm too burnt out

    Again

     

    I'm wasting all my time

    I push it all way

    I'm wasting all my time

    I push it all away

    I'm wasting all my time

    I push it all way

    I'm wasting all my time

    I push it all away

     

    Kokkino Garifalo (Nikos Ignatiadis) - A Love Letter From Greece

    Translated ‘Red Carnation’ - An Instrumental of a classic Greek love song

     

    Komorebi  - Seeing The Sun Through Leaves In A Whole New Way

    An instrumental for seeing Komorebi, an untranslatable Japanese word for how sunlight through the leaves of a tree look like water shimmering in the sun.

     

    Kardia Spasmeni (Giannis Vorgias) - Is It Really For Real?

    Translated as ‘Broken Heart’

     

    Write My Name (CHPTRS) - Dimi’s Poetry - Main Love Theme

    You say I'm the only one you would never be without

    I've found you're the only one worth ever singing ‘bout

     

    Will you write my name in your heart?

    Write my name in your heart.

     

    Though strangers among us crumble, all we've figured out

    I've found you're the only one I hold on to in the doubt

     

    And you write my name in your heart . . . 

    Write my name in your heart

     

    (oh, oh, oh…)

     

    And I'll see you again

    See you again

    See you again

     

    Will you write my name in your heart?

    Write my name in your heart!

     

    The Beauty Of Your Virginity and The Splendor Of Your Purity (Irene Papas, Vangelis) - Beautiful Shan

    An old Greek devotional hymn that fits ‘Beautiful Shane’ perfectly.

     

    A Kiss In The Dark (The Jovian Channel) - You Only Need Touch

    Everyone was there from all around town

    To kick the summer off hard and loud

    And in the crowd you managed to stand out

    Took a minute and we laughed out loud

    No other people seemed to matter somehow

    I felt for certain you were the one

     

    I swear I could see shooting stars

    When you leaned in and stole my heart

    When the chorus hit we had it all

    Wouldn’t care if the world fell apart

    Nothing missing but the fire is ours

    A Kiss In The Dark

     

    Just as quick as we met we said ‘bye’

    Because he said he had to leave this town

    And the summer just flew right by

    It’s an extraordinary thing that stays

    A lantern that stays on for life

    In the memory of that night

     

    I swear I could see shooting stars

    When you leaned in and stole my heart

    When the chorus hit we had it all

    Wouldn’t care if the world fell apart

    Nothing missing but the fire is ours

    A Kiss In The Dark

     

    Min Anisiheis (Giorgos Sabanis) - Never Worry

     

    Translated as: ‘Don’t Worry’

     

    Venus As A Boy (The Dietrichs) - What Dimi Is

    His wicked

    Sense of humor

    Suggests

    Exciting sex!

     

    His fingers

    They focus on him

    Touches

     

    He's Venus as a boy

    He believes in a beauty

    He's Venus as a boy

     

    He's exploring

    The taste of his

    Arousal

    So accurate

     

    He sets off

    The beauty in him

     

    He's Venus

    Venus as a boy

     

    He believes in a beauty

    He's Venus as a boy

     

    Without Words (Joseph of Mercury) - Being Left Without Words

    See my eyes

    Feel my fingertips

    They know

    What to say

     

    Hear me

    Without Words

    Without sound

    Is there a way to you?

     

    You only need touch

    To know us

    You only need touch

    To know us

     

    See my eyes

    Feel my love for you

    It can never fade

    I’m there when I close my eyes

    Spinning in clouds of light

     

    Nothing ever can compare

    To us

     

    Nothing ever can compare

    To us

     

    I wouldn’t try

    I wouldn’t try

     

    You only need touch

    To know us

    You only need touch

    To know us

     

    Write My Name (Alt Instrumental) (CHPTRS) - Love Theme Reprise

    Instrumental of main love theme

  12. I buy a lot of books for new faculty members, and this one is the best title I've seen in ages: From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate

    I know nothing about this book and want to read it based on that title alone.

  13. Gay Authors Articles

    Comicality
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    By Comicality,

    One element of storytelling that really makes a difference when writing is the ability to immerse your readers into the world that you are trying to create. Now, that pretty much goes without saying, of course...but one thing that I’ve learned over time is that this immersion works better when there’s a balance between ‘imagination’ and ‘information’. (I hope I’m saying that right. Let me explain...)

    As I’ve stated in previous articles on my writing process, I always think of storytelling as a symbiotic relationship between the writer and the reader. We are both creating this story in different ways. One way is in my head, and one way is in theirs. It’s sort of like having a dancing partner, where I may be leading, but we both need to participate to make it the graceful expression it was meant to be. So, with my stories, I’m always trying to involve the reader’s imagination in what is going on. Visual cues and actions that allow them to build a mini movie in their heads as they read along. Meanwhile, I’m also attempting to tell the story that I want to tell. I have to deliver a certain amount of information so that everybody is on the same wavelength in terms of what’s going on. The best way to do this, in my opinion, is through dialogue. Narration and prose from a writer gets to be an old trick after a while, and I find dialogue to be a much more interesting way to get certain plot points across to your audience instead of just long explanations from the writer that doesn’t involve and active participation from the story’s main characters. However...sometimes that can create a slight problem.

    If anyone thinks that an extremely long monologue from one main character to another main character is going to be seen as anything different from author narration...you would be mistaken. Hehehe! You’ve got to remember...readers are savvy to those tricks in this day and age. They are devouring hundreds of hours of media every single day. They know exposition when they hear it. And while you may just have to say, “Screw it! it’ll just have to be exposition, then!” every now and again...there are still a few magic tricks up the authors’ sleeve that can help with this.

    First things first...try to break the ‘monologue’ temptation if you can. This is when you want to explain a character’s motivations or big plot points of the story, and the other characters is basically like, “Well, sure...let me tell you all about it.” And then he or she ends up talking for 75 paragraphs in a row to break down the entire story in one sitting without ever taking a breath. Hehehe, yeah, that’s not a good idea. What is the other character doing while all of this is going on? Does he just sit down on a carpet with his legs crossed like a kindergartner getting a bedtime story? What’s happening here?

    Think about it. What would you do if you casually asked somebody how their day was going, and that led to a 45 minute explanation? Would your mind wander? Would you find that strange? Would you get frustrated after a while? Well...you readers would too. When it comes to exposition dialogue and drawn out explanations that you feel need to be included in your story, always keep in mind that your audience’s attention span can be easily broken if you don’t throw in an occasional change up every now and then. It doesn’t mean that the information is boring or that anything is wrong with your story...it just means that you would do better to cut it up into bite size pieces first. That’s all.

    As with most of these little writing tips, this isn’t hard to accomplish. It’s just hard to notice if you’re not looking for it.

    The easiest way to do this in a dialogue is to simply keep in mind that two people are having this conversation. Involving the secondary character in the discussion can be much more involving. Say...you have an astronaut landing on Mars for the first time...and he runs into an alien being. Well, what the…??? How is this possible? How did we not know you aliens existed? How did you hide yourselves from us all this time...and why? The alien may say (In perfect English...which is a whole other explanation in itself!), “My Earthling friend...let me tell you all about it.” And that can end up being a monologue that goes on for pages and pages without end. Word to the wise...readers will mentally and emotionally check out if you hit them with an unbroken wall of text telling that whole story in one go. I’m assuming you guys don’t want that.

    Get your astronaut involved! He’s completely oblivious as to what is going on here. Have him ask questions. Have him be shocked or maybe even negatively react to what he’s being told. Have him make comments of his own. Play both sides of the conversation in a way that will keep a momentum going in your story. Have them both learn something along with your readers. A simple ‘back and forth’ can save you from the infamous ‘ton of bricks’ wall of text that a percentage of your readers might get bored with or just skip altogether to get back to the meat of the story.

    It sucks to have to think about these things sometimes, but I’ve found that it helps to keep this as a rule in the back of your mind.

    That’s the ‘information’ part of the equation, and that’s in the hands of the writer. Here’s where we can use the ‘imagination’ part of this to keep readers interested as they visually picture the scene unfolding in front of them.

    This part doesn’t take any dialogue at all, or even a back and forth with another character if that isn’t an option for that particular scene. It’s just a matter of using your talents as an author to paint a picture and put it into motion. You’ve spent all of this time thinking about the information that you want to deliver to the people reading your story, and you’ve got someone talking about it, acting as a vessel for the big message you’re trying to push out there, right? Well, what’s happening while that character is doing that? Think about it...when you talk to anyone at length in real life (AFK)...what else is going on during that time. Take a moment and think about it.

    What are you looking at? What are your hands doing? Are you standing up? Are you sitting down? Do you look around the room? Do you speak up, or do you lower your voice, depending on whatever it is being discussed? Are you guzzling a soda, sucking on a cough drop, staring at your cell phone? What’s going on? Use those details in your story. Break up that dialogue with visual actions that your readers can see, hear, feel, and relate to. Make a virtual movie out of it.

    I want you guys take a look at this opening scene from the movie “Pulp Fiction”. I truly believe that one Quentin Tarantino’s most amazing signature talents is his flair for dialogue. There are times when he can turn the most random, off topic, conversations into a work of art. But, beyond that...I want you to take notice of what the actors are doing with this scene, and think about how you would write it into a story if you had to.

    Here it is...

     

    Now, if you guys were to close your eyes and just listen to this...the whole scene is just dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It’s two people sitting in a restaurant booth, discussing a robbery scheme. However, look at everything else that’s going on in this scene. Pay attention to what the actors are doing here during the conversation. The visuals. They are not just sitting there discussing a robbery. They are in motion. They are displaying emotions. They are giving each other clues. They’re...in a word...’alive’ in this scene. When you’re writing, I’ve always found it important to bring a certain life to the conversations as they’re happening.

    These two people are doing things that can be described in your writing. They lean in to look each other in the eye. One might take a drag off of his cigarette, or clip the ashes off into the ashtray. Take a sip of coffee, smile at the waitress, lay their head on the table, put his foot up on the seat, speak in a hushed tone...these are all things that you can use to break up the monotony of an extended scene of dialogue when writing your story. Even if you have a ton of information to deliver in that once scene...you can ‘jazz it up’ a little bit by adding a sense of motion to what’s being said. Maybe you write a few sentences of dialogue...and then the speaking character walks over to take a look out of the window. Write a few more sentences, then he looks back over his shoulder and, with a wave of his hand, silently offers the other character a seat. Maybe they’re sharing a drink, or eating a snack. Maybe one of them has a nervous twitch or a habit of tapping his foot under the table. Flesh out the rest of the scene around the dialogue and try to create a mental picture of what’s going on around your characters...all while distracting your readers from the fact that, “Geez, they sure are talking a lot!” Hehehe!

    Long blocks of one character shoving an entire history lesson down the throats of your readers can be exhausting. Visuals, I feel, help to change things up a little bit. Not only to break up the dialogue blocks, but to add little quirks and nuances to your characters. Allow their natural personalities to shine through in their actions. Someone who’s full of anger may pace back and forth, make threatening gestures, or might invade another character’s personal space in a challenging manner. Someone who’s timid or shy may have trouble looking another character in the eye, and may direct his gaze down at his shoes instead. He may mumble his words under his breath. He may twiddle his fingers nervously while searching for the right words. These are all tiny little activities, sure...but sprinkling these seemingly insignificant actions throughout a meaty conversation can bring a whole new feel to that particular scene, and it will keep your readers engaged and searching for more hints and clues to pick up on with your characters, while still absorbing all of the information that you have to deliver to them. Trust me, it works. :)

    So, to wrap this up...

    Information – Try to avoid heavy narration or a dialogue that no character in real life would ever bother to sit through after a few minutes or so. Break it up by involving both parties and try to swing back and forth between characters...with one asking pertinent questions, and the other character answering them. It’s just enough of a change up to keep people from getting bored.

    Imagination – Add visual and ‘action’ to what your characters are doing in any given scene where their personalities are being developed, or where a heavy dose of information has to be given all in one go. Have them bashfully brush their long hair out of their eyes, have them bite their fingernails, or constantly look up at the clock to see what time it is. These micro-actions can say a lot about your character, and it can keep things active while giving your readers the amount of information that they need to move on to the next part of your story.

    Watch the “Pulp Fiction” Opening again. It’s the perfect blend of both sides. Put THAT in your writing, and you can’t go wrong!

    Alright, that’s all I’ve got for you this time! And as always, I hope this helps you guys to be the best writers as you can!

    Take care! And I’ll seezya soon with more!

     

  14. 'They're doing a premium short story collection at GA,' I said, 'for Pride. Coming out stories. Thought I might submit something, got a couple of ideas. I'd get paid, even.'

    'That's nice,' she said vaguely. 'I think you should try to write some more . . . accessible stories, though. You know, stories you could sell.'

    Did you not hear that I may in fact get paid? I sighed. 'I can only write the stories that come to me.'

    She pursed her lips. 'Of course. But you could write something that more people will want to read.'

    Have you ever even read one of my stories? I wanted to ask, but I didn't. 'The stories I write are important, though. Queer representation is important. Queer voices are important. Queer writers writing queer stories is important.'

    'Well, yes . . . I'm just saying . . . If you'd like to get published, then—'

    'I can self-publish. Thought I might put out my short stories.'

    'Do people make money off that?'

    'Some do. It's hard to find bigger publishing houses who'll publish the stuff I write. And this stuff is important, Mum. How many mainstream novels with queer protagonists written by queer writers can you name off the top of your head? Ones that have reached any real amount of critical acclaim?' I knew I was getting worked up. 'Queer representation in the media is really, really important. Did you know that the only queer actor to ever win an Oscar playing a queer role is Ian McKellan?'

    'Really?' She fell silent, and I sighed.

    'I have to write my stories,' I said softly, 'or there's no point.'

    She let it drop. 'Oh, we're here. If you don't want Vietnamese we could go for something else.'

    'No, Vietnamese is good,' I said. 'I feel like Pho.'

     

     

    EDIT: Fun fact about self-publishing: The Martian, the book that got turned into a big movie with Matt Damon, that The Martian, started out being sold for Kindle for $0.20 or something like that. Guy who wrote it just wanted to give it away for free to his friends and they kept insisting on wanting to pay for it. So, yeah. Self-publishing can work.

  15. quokka
    Latest Entry

    Hey All

    Just letting you know, that I am currently setting up a website.

    quokka63.wixsite.com/home 

    Please feel free to check it out.

    Regards Q

  16. Myr
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    By Myr,

    We have changed the way the editor behaves due to the difficulty in maintaining the code for it.  It used to work that when you hit "return" it would go to a new line.  Now when you hit "return" it goes to a new paragraph.

    Example:
    This is a new line from Example

    This is a new paragraph.

    If you would like a new line, instead of new paragraph, hit shift-return.

    This was part of what caused the double space error you see in some stories.  Now, some posts will seem oddly spaced.  It should fix itself going forward as people get used to the format.

  17. MichaelS36
    Latest Entry

    I must say I struggled with this one. And I am sorry there is only one. However, here it is and it has been hopefully improved somewhat after a talk with AC.  This one is about our last trip to the hospital …

     

     

    I force you to the hospital

    and you won’t recall it

    you fight me like a frightened thing

    because you are hurting

     

    You, my love are so very strong

    yet you are made of glass

    the hidden flaws begin to show

    widening tiny cracks

     

    As I pace the long corridor

    fearing for your future

    wondering if you'll be the same

    or now forever changed

     

    Once you finally awaken

    groggy from all the meds

    I am allowed to sit with you

    and hold onto your hand.

     

    Your life has been so very hard

    I want for you some peace

    respite from the haunting specters;

    some quiet blessed sleep

  18. Razor
    Latest Entry

    Sometimes I be sitting here and I just think how surreal and strange life really is.  I never imagined I would be sitting in Mobile, AL, with a stranger's liver, trying to find purpose in my life.  I suppose it just goes to show that for all your careful planning and preparation, everything could be terribly doomed before you ever even start.  Hard pill to swallow.  I don't necessarily believe in fate, but I do think that sometimes coincidence is just too coincidental.  

     

    This may be a psychological phenomenon materializing because I feel guilty for past choices, or useless, or sad, or any number of things.  I've been killing off people in my social circles left and right lately.  I basically keep to myself, which is probably not healthy at all.  I have panic attacks when I'm faced with people (and btw, before anyone says a damn word, just because you don't see it on my face does not mean I am not anxious, I am a pro at remaining calm, I could fool God himself questioning me about my deepest sins).  I don't even like going to the gas station or a grocery store, it makes me terribly nervous, like someone is going to hit me or reprimand me or chase me out.  

     

    What the hell is with that?  I know I'm generally speaking a decent person, I'm not physically unattractive, but I feel LESS than others.  I could meet a stranger on the street and my natural action is to defer to them, when I know for a fact I'm usually the most capable and competent person in any given situation.  I'm not tooting my own horn here, I just know I'm... I can make shit happen.  

     

    Which brings me to the weirdness.  The all enveloping, omnipresent weirdness.  I feel like I look at my life and people around me as if through a pane glass window.  I can see it, but it isn't there physically, it isn't there viscerally, I can't feel it, I can't touch it, I can't allow myself to be consumed by the moment.  As a result, I feel sort of abandoned.  I'm just an onlooker.  

     

    I am a bird watcher of humans.  A human watcher.  I am emotionally and physically detached.  I can't feel it anymore.  I would kill for one moment of feeling alive again, I just want to breathe deep and smell something I've never smelled, I want to see things I've never seen, I want to look at a boy and fall in love with his face and see the kindness and hope and possibility in his eyes.  I want to see him and see something that I can live for.  

     

    Does humanity have a safe word?  Like if we just get in too deep in this shit, can we just say "GRAPEFRUIT!" and then someone comes and gets us?  'Cause I been screaming grapefruit for the past year and no one has come.  

     

    Okay, I have ranted enough.  I am sorry for my ramblings.  I wish you all the best, and I hope that your lives are great.  If there has been one thing that I've learned in the last year or two, it has been to allow people their own thoughts and feelings and to never hold it against them.  Take care, my lovelies.  

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    Music

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    1. Happy When You Smile (Brandon Chandler) - When Brandon Smiles
    2. Smile (Josh Groban) - Chandler Sings An Uplifting Song
    3. Perfect The Way You Are (Dead by April) - Chandler’s Words At Millennium Park
    4. February Song (Josh Groban) - Chandler Sings A Bittersweet Song
    5. I’ll Stand By You (Glee Cover) - Chandler’s Support
    6. I Heard You Lost Your Smile (The Broken Beat) - When Brandon Cries
    7. Only The Young (Brandon Flowers) - ‘You are young. There’s always a tomorrow.’ 
    8. Does Your Mother Know (Gender Bent ABBA Cover from ‘Mama Mia’) - ‘Slow down there Brandon!’
    9. No One Is To Blame (Howard Jones) - Ageless Attractions
    10. Last Chance On The Stairway (Duran Duran) - Seduction At The Party
    11. Save A Prayer (Duran Duran) - ‘Save It ‘Til The Morning After’
    12. Don’t Talk To Me About Love! (Altered Images) - Chandler Takes Greg To Task
    13. Fix You (Anthem Lights Covers Coldplay) - Comforting Brandon
    14. Somewhere Over The Rainbow / Wonderful World (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole) - Chandler’s Telephone Lullaby
    15. You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) (Josh Groban) - Chandler Sings A Love Song
    16. Ordinary World (Red Covers Duran Duran) - Helping Brandon Out The Other Side
    17. Notbroken (The Goo Goo Dolls) - Chandler’s Iris
    18. Talk - Alternative Version (Coldplay) - Brandon Talks To Chandler About Getting Caught
    19. Listen To Your Heart (Glee) - Chandler Shows The Way To Do This ‘Gay’ Thing
    20. That’s What I’m Here For (Jason Castro) - ‘Thanks’
    21. True Colors (Glee) - ‘Time To Fly, Brandon’
    22. The Scientist (Coldplay) - Affirmations and the Long Road Given
    23. As Hard As It Is (Brandon Chandler) - ‘Can things get better?’
    24. Things Can Only Get Better (Howard Jones) - ‘Yes, things always can . . .’
    25. Stay On These Roads (A-ha) - ‘ . . . As long as you stay the course.’ 

     

     

    Happy When You Smile (Brandon Chandler) - When Brandon Smiles

     

    Are you strugglin’

    To begin

    Slow down

    And breathe in

    A change

    It happens

     

    (Chorus)

    Are you Happy When You Smile?

    Are you sad when you laugh?

    There’s beauty in this world

    And you’re a part of that. (X)

     

    Are you tryin’

    To hide?

    Are you lonely

    Inside?

    We all struggle

    Sometimes

     

    (Chorus)

     

    Hey love where you goin’ to now?

    Hey love where you runnin’ off now?

    It’s a lonely life, it’s a lonely life

    But everything will be alright

     

    Hey love where you goin’ to now?

     

    (Chorus)

     

    And you’re a part of that. (X)

     

    Smile (Josh Groban) - Chandler Sings An Uplifting Song

     

    Smile tho' your heart is aching

    Smile even tho' it's breaking

    When there are clouds in the sky

    You'll get by

    If you Smile

     

    Thro' your fear and sorrow

    Smile and maybe tomorrow

    You'll see the sun come shin-ing thro' for you

    Light up your face with gladness

    Hide ev-'ry trace of sadness

    Altho' a tear may be ever so near

    That's the time

     

    You must keep on trying

    Smile, what's the use of crying

    You'll find that life is still worth-while

    If you just Smile.

     

    Perfect The Way You Are (Dead by April) - Chandler’s Words At Millennium Park

     

    You have what they don't

    Your heart is true

    So dry your tears

    And let it shine through

     

    'Cause you're amazing

    Look at you smiling

    And don't change anything

    There's no denying

     

    You're beautiful

    You're beautiful

    Don't ever listen to what they say about you

    You're perfect just the way you are

    You will never be anything like them

    And the strength is in your heart, whoa oh, you heart

     

    You're beautiful

    You're beautiful

    You're perfect just the way you are

    You're beautiful

    You're beautiful

     

    Don't put yourself down

    Don't let them win

    (Don't let them win)

    They don't understand

    Who you are

    (Who you are)

     

    'Cause you're amazing

    Look at you smiling

    And don't change anything

    There's no denying

     

    You're beautiful

    You're beautiful

    Don't ever listen to what they say about you

    You're perfect just the way you are

    You will never be anything like them

    And the strength is in your heart, whoa oh, you heart

     

    You're beautiful

    You're beautiful

    You're perfect just the way you are

    Breakdown your walls, whoa oh

    You can be the person you wanna be

    Break down your walls, whoa oh

    Become who you are

     

    You're beautiful

    You're beautiful

    Don't ever listen to what they say about you

    You're perfect just the way you are

    You will never be anything like them

    And the strength is in your heart, whoa oh, you heart

     

    You're beautiful

    You're beautiful

    You're perfect just the way you are

     

    February Song (Josh Groban) - Chandler Sings A Bittersweet Song

     

    Where has that old friend gone

    Lost in a February song

    Tell him it won't be long

    'Til he opens his eyes

    Opens his eyes

    Where is that simple day

    Before colors broke into shades

    And how did I ever fade

    Into this life

    Into this life

     

    And I never want to let you down

    Forgive me if I slip away

    And all that I've known is lost and found

    I promise you I

    I'll come back to you one day

     

    Morning is waking up

    Sometimes it's more than just enough

    And all that you need to love

    Is in front of your eyes

    It's in front of your eyes

     

    And I never want to let you down

    Forgive me if I slip away

    Sometimes it's hard to find my ground

    'Cause I keep on falling as I try to get away

    From this crazy world

     

    And I never want to let you down

    Forgive me if I slip away

    And all I've known is lost and found

    I promise you I

    I'll come back to you one day

     

    Where has that old friend gone

    Lost in a February song

    Tell him it won't be long

    'Til he opens his eyes

    Opens his eyes

     

    I’ll Stand By You (Glee Cover) - Chandler’s Support

     

    Oh, why you look so sad, the tears are in your eyes,

    Come on and come to me now, and don't be ashamed to cry,

    Let me see you through, 'cause I've seen the dark side too.

    When the night falls on you, you don't know what to do,

    Nothing you confess could make me love you less,

     

    I'll stand by you,

    I'll stand by you, won't let nobody hurt you,

    I'll stand by you

     

    So if you're mad, get mad, don't hold it all inside,

    Come on and talk to me now.

    Hey there, what you got to hide?

    I get angry too, well, I'm alive like you.

    When you're standing at the cross roads,

    And don't know which path to choose,

    Let me come along, 'cause even if you're wrong

     

    I'll stand by you,

    I'll stand by you, won't let nobody hurt you,

    I'll stand by you.

     

    Baby, even to your darkest hour, and I'll never desert you,

    I'll stand by you.

     

    And when, when the night falls on you baby,

    You're feeling all a lone, you're wandering on your own,

    I'll stand by you.

    I'll stand by you, won't let nobody hurt you,

    I'll stand by you, baby even to your darkest hour,

    And I'll never desert you,

     

    I'll stand by you,

    I'll stand by you.

    I'll stand by you, won't let nobody hurt you,

    I'll stand by you, baby even to your darkest hour,

    And I'll never desert you

     

    I'll stand by you

     

    I Heard You Lost Your Smile (The Broken Beat) - When Brandon Cries

     

    I Heard You Lost Your Smile

    Got lost along the way

    This house, it feels so empty

    I won’t let you stray (X)

     

    For the moment set your mind to rest, son

    Time to take all the pain away

    This is your moment

    So hold on

     

    So dance and lose yourself

    Just fall away

    Oh, take me by surprise and find your place

    Don’t let it end

    As the hours go

    I swear this watch

    Will tell me that you’ll stay

     

    Stay (X)

     

    The hour’s just beginning

    Footsteps, I’ll find their place

    One breath, we’re cleansing two hearts

    With words that keep me safe

     

    The hope is so surrounding

    So make your place in love

    The smoke crawls to the ceiling

    As fears crash to the floor

     

    For the moment set your mind to rest, son

    Time to take all the pain away

    This is your moment

    So hold on

     

    So dance and lose yourself

    Just fall away

    Oh, take me by surprise and find your place

    Don’t let it end

    As the hours go

    I swear this watch

    Will tell me that you’ll stay

     

    So dance and lose yourself

    Just fall away

    Oh, take me by surprise and find your place

     

    So dance and lose yourself

    Just fall away

    Oh, take me by surprise and find your place

    Don’t let it end

    As the hours go

    I swear this watch

    Will tell me that you’ll stay

     

    Stay (X)

     

    So dance and lose yourself

    Just fall away

    Oh, take me by surprise and find your place

    Don’t let it end

    As the hours go

    I swear this watch

    Will tell me that you’ll stay

     

     

    Only The Young (Brandon Flowers) - ‘You are young. There’s always a tomorrow.’ 

     

    Look back in silence

    The cradle of your whole life

    There in the distance

    Losing its greatest pride

    Nothing is easy, nothing is sacred, why?

    Where did the bow break?

    It happened before your time

     

    And there were people there

    Lovely as you'd ever care

    Tonight, baby, you can start again

    Laughing in the open air

    Have yourself another dream

    Tonight, maybe we can start again

     

    Only the young can break away, break away

    Lost when the wind blows, on your own

    Only the young can break away, break away

    Lost when the wind blows, on your own

     

    Mother, it's cold here

    Father, thy will be done

    Thunder and lightning are crashing down

    They got me on the run

    Direct me to the sun

    Redemption, keep my covers clean tonight

    Baby, we can start again

     

    Only the young can break away, break away

    Lost when the wind blows, on your own

    Only the young can break away, break away

    Lost when the wind blows, on your own

     

    And the sun will shine again

    And the sun will shine again

    Are you looking for a sign?

    Or are you caught up in the lie?

     

    Only the young can break away, break away

    Lost when the wind blows, on your own

    Only the young can break away, break away

    Lost when the wind blows, on your own

     

    Only the young can

    Lost when the wind blows

    Only the young can

    Lost when the wind blows

     

    Does Your Mother Know (Gender Bent ABBA Cover from ‘Mama Mia’) - ‘Slow down there Brandon!’

     

    You're so hot, teasing me

    So you're blue

    but I can't take a chance on a kid like you

    That's something I couldn't do

    There's that look in your eyes

    I can read in your face

    that your feelings are driving you wild

    Ah, but boy you're only a child

     

    Well I can dance with you honey

    If you think it's funny

    Does your mother know that you're out

    And I can chat with you baby

    Flirt a little maybe

    Does your mother know that you're out

     

    Take it easy (take it easy)

    Better slow down boy

    That's no way to go

    Does your mother know?

    Take it easy (take it easy)

    Try to cool it boy

    Take it nice and slow

    Does your mother know?

     

    I can see what you want

    But you seem pretty young

    to be searching for that kind of fun

    So maybe I'm not the one

    Now you're so cute, I like your style

    And I know what you mean

    when you give me a flash of that smile (smile)

    But boy you're only a child

     

    Well I can dance with you honey

    If you think it's funny

    Does your mother know that you're out

    And I can chat with you baby

    Flirt a little maybe

    Does your mother know that you're out

     

    Take it easy (take it easy)

    Better slow down boy

    That's no way to go

    Does your mother know

    Take it easy (take it easy)

    Try to cool it boy

    Take it nice and slow

    Does your mother know

     

    Well I can dance with you honey

    If you think it's funny

    Does your mother know that you're out

    And I can chat with you baby

    Flirt a little maybe

    Does your mother know that you're out

     

    Well I can dance with you honey

    If you think it's funny

    Does your mother know that you're out

    And I can chat with you baby

    Flirt a little maybe

    Does your mother know that you're out

     

    Well I can dance with you honey

    If you think it's funny

    Does your mother know that you're out

    And I can chat with you baby

     

    No One Is To Blame (Howard Jones) - Ageless Attractions

     

    You can look at the menu, but you just can't eat

    You can feel the cushion, but you can't have a seat

    You can dip your foot in the pool, but you can't have a swim

    You can feel the punishment, but you can't commit the sin

     

    And you want him, and he wants you

    We warned everyone

    And you want him and he wants you

    No one, no one, no one ever is to blame

     

    You can build a mansion, but you just can't live in it

    You're the fastest runner, but you're not allowed to win

    Some break the rules, and let you count the cost

    The insecurity is the thing that won't get lost

     

    And you want him, and he wants you

    We warned everyone

    And you want him and he wants you

    No one, no one, no one ever is to blame

     

    You can see the summit, but you can't reach it

    It's the last piece of the puzzle, but you just can't make it fit

    Doctor says you're cured, but you still feel the pain

    Aspirations in the clouds, but your hopes go down the drain

     

    And you want him, and he wants you

    We warned everyone

    And you want him and he wants you

    No one, no one, no one ever is to blame

     

    No one ever is to blame

    No one ever is to blame

     

     Last Chance On The Stairway (Duran Duran) - Seduction At The Party

     

    I don't remember quite how I met you

    Wasn't long ago

    I just get a picture of sun in your eyes

    The waves in your hair

    Maybe it's something said in a movie or

    You could've said last night

    Just took me out on a limb

    And I don't really know what I'm doing here

     

    And sometimes I'm caught in a landslide

    My beat's so in time, can you look at me

    I'm out of reach, I'll talk if it feels right

    I've had my last chance on the stairway

     

    Funny it's just like a scene out of Voltaire

    Twisting out of sight

    'Cause when all the curtains are pulled back

    We'll turn and see the circles we've traced

    Ain't no game (ooh)

    When you're playing with fire

    It doesn't seem right that we fight

    So the party runs on all night

     

    And sometimes I'm caught in a landslide

    My beat's so in time, can you look at me

    I'm out of reach I'll talk if it feels right

    So nervous to say, tell me can't you see

    And if you want I'll fall out forever

    I can't say no more, baby dance with me

    And please don't say leave it 'til later

    I've had my last chance on the stairway

     

    Wonder why, (wonder why ooh)

    What makes me rise so high

    Maybe it's something they put in your perfume

    Or the look in your eyes

    It could be the atmosphere sinking

    Ooh, I don't know what you're thinking

    I don't even know what you're drinking

    But it keeps this heaven alive

     

    And sometimes I'm caught in a landslide

    My beat's so in time, can you look at me

    I'm out of reach I'll talk if it feels right

    So nervous to say, tell me can't you see

    And if you want I'll fall out forever

    I can't say no more, baby dance with me

    And please don't say leave till later

    I've had my last chance on the stairway

     

    Last chance on the stairway

    Last chance on the stairway

    Last chance on the stairway

    Last chance on the stairway

    Last chance on the stairway

    Last chance on the stairway

     

     Save A Prayer (Duran Duran) - ‘Save It ‘Til The Morning After’

     

    You saw me standing by the walled corner of a main street

    And the lights are flashing on your window sill

    All alone ain't much fun so you're looking for the thrill

    And you know just what it takes and where to go

     

    Don't say a prayer for me now 

    Save it ‘til the morning after

    No don't say a prayer for me now 

    Save it ‘til the morning after

     

    Feel the breeze deep on the inside look you down into the well

    If you can you'll see the world in all his fire

    Take a chance like all dreamers can't find another way

    You don't have to dream it all, just live a day

     

    Don't say a prayer for me now

    Save it 'til the morning after

    No don't say a prayer for me now

    Save it 'til the morning after

    Save it 'til the morning after

    Save it 'til the morning after

     

    Pretty looking road I try to hold the rising floods that fill my skin

    Don't ask me why I'll keep my promise melt the ice

    And you wanted to dance so I asked you to dance

    But fear is in your soul

    Some people call it a one night stand but we can call it paradise

     

    Don't say a prayer for me now

    Save it til the morning after

    No don't say a prayer for me now

    Save it 'til the morning after

    Save it 'til the morning after

    Save it 'til the morning after

    Save it 'til the morning after

    Save it 'til the morning after (doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo)

    Save a prayer 'til the morning after

    Save a prayer 'til the morning after

    Save a prayer 'til the morning after

    Save a prayer 'til the morning after

    Save a prayer 'til the morning after

    Save a prayer 'til the morning after

     

     Don’t Talk To Me About Love! (Altered Images) - Chandler Takes Greg To Task

     

    They exchanged a look 

    An hour later his voice shook 

    When his whispering died, he cried 

    Never wants to recover, he cried 

     

    Don't talk to me about love 

    (yesterdays shatter, tomorrows don't matter)

    Don't talk to me about love 

    (yesterdays shatter, tomorrows don't matter) 

     

    Since that gaze

    Roaring by went his days 

    When his whispering died, he cried 

    Never wants to recover, he cried 

     

    Don't talk to me about love 

    (yesterdays shatter, tomorrows don't matter)

    Don't talk to me about love 

    (yesterdays shatter, tomorrows don't matter) 

    Don't talk to me about love 

    (yesterdays shatter, tomorrows don't matter) 

     

    (yesterdays shatter, tomorrows don't matter) 

    Don't talk, don't talk to me

    (yesterdays shatter, tomorrows don't matter) 

     

    Don't talk to me about love 

    (yesterdays shatter, tomorrows don't matter)

    Don't talk to me about love 

    (yesterdays shatter, tomorrows don't matter)

     

    It couldn't be that good, although they said it would 

    Just couldn't be that good 

     

    Don't talk to me about love 

    (yesterdays shatter, tomorrows don't matter) 

     

    Be that good 

    It couldn't be that good, although they said it would 

    Just couldn't be that good 

     

    Be be be that good 

     

     Fix You (Anthem Lights Covers Coldplay) - Comforting Brandon

     

    Reprise from ‘Brandon Smiling’ 

     

    Somewhere Over The Rainbow / Wonderful World (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole) - Chandler’s Telephone Lullaby

     

    Ooh, ooh, ooh

    Ooh, ooh

    Somewhere over the rainbow

    Way up high

    And the dreams that you dream of

    Once in a lullaby

     

    Somewhere over the rainbow

    Bluebirds fly

    And the dreams that you dream of

    Dreams really do come true

     

    Someday, I wish upon a star

    Wake up where the clouds are far behind me

    Where trouble melts like lemon drops

    High above the chimney top

    That's where you'll find me

     

    Somewhere over the rainbow

    Bluebirds fly

    And the dreams that you dare to

    Oh why, oh why can't I?

     

    Well, I see trees of green and red roses too

    I'll watch them bloom for me and you

     

    And I think to myself

    What a wonderful world

     

    Well, I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white

    And the brightness of day

    I like the dark

     

    And I think to myself what a wonderful world

     

    The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky

    And also on the faces of people passing by

    I see friends shaking hands saying

    How do you do?

    They're really saying I, I love you

    I hear babies cry and I watch them grow

    They'll learn much more then we'll know

     

    And I think to myself what a wonderful world

    World

     

    Someday I wish upon a star

    Wake up where the clouds are far behind me

    Where trouble melts like lemon drops

    High above the chimney top

    That's where you'll find me

     

    Oh, somewhere over the rainbow

    Way up high

    And the dreams that you dare to

    Why oh, why can't I?

    Ooh, ooh

    Ooh, ooh

     

     You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) (Josh Groban) - Chandler Sings A Love Song

     

    Don't give up

    It's just the weight of the world

    When your heart's heavy

    I, I, will lift it for you

    Don't give up

    Because you want to be heard

    If silence keeps you

    I, I, will break it for you

     

    Everybody wants to be understood

    Well I can hear you

    Everybody wants to be loved

    Don't give up

    Because you, are loved

     

    Don't give up

    It's just the hurt that you hide

    When you're lost inside

    I, I'll be there to find you

    Don't give up

    Because you want to burn bright

    If darkness blinds you

    I, I will shine to guide you

     

    Everybody wants to be understood

    Well I can hear you

    Everybody wants to be loved

    Don't give up

    Because you, are loved

    You are loved

     

    Don't give up

    It's just the weight of the world

    Don't give up

    Everyone needs to be loved

    You are loved

     

     Ordinary World (Red Covers Duran Duran) - Helping Brandon Out The Other Side

     

    Reprise from ‘Brandon Smiling’

     

     Notbroken (The Goo Goo Dolls) - Chandler’s Iris

     

    All I waited for,

    Was a chance to make you understand

    And tell you these forgotten truths

    You never thought were real

    And if the world should turn it's back, 

    You know that I'm still here

     

    Time won't ever steal my soul

    We're not broken, so please come home

     

    Morning comes, and life moves on

    And when it changed, you didn't know where you belong

    And I'll still catch you when you fall through a past that steals your sleep

    And scrawl these words upon your wall, remind you to believe

     

    Time won't ever steal my soul

    We're not broken, so please come home

    If the world has worn you down

    I'll be waiting, so please come home

     

    I won't let them break you down

    And I won't hear the empty sounds,

    I'm hopelessly pretending that I know the answer

    Angels light the neon fires that burn so cold through your desires

    And all you are is all I need to know

     

    When the world is insane,

    You get used to the pain

    And you don't even know what you feel

    And I was like you,

    All alone and confused

    But you know it's not forever

     

    Time won't ever steal my soul

    We're not broken, so please come home

    If the world has worn you down

    I'll be waiting, so please come home

     

     Talk - Alternative Version (Coldplay) - Brandon Talks To Chandler About Getting Caught

     

    [Verse 1]

    Under the great North star

    Try to work out where you are

    In the silence of the sea

    I don't know where I'll be

     

    [Verse 2]

    In the future, in the past

    Going nowhere, much too fast

    When I go there, go with me

    When I go there, go with me

     

    [Chorus 1]

    Cause I don't know where I'm going and I wanna talk

    I feel like I'm going where I've been before

    And I wanna talk

     

    [Verse 3]

    Take a picture of

    Something that you're not sure of

    Bring it back to show to me

    But I don't know what I see

     

    [Verse 4]

    In the future, find a home

    Getting nowhere on your own
    Got to find your missing piece

     

    [Chorus 2]

    Cause you don't know where you're going and you wanna talk

    You feel like you're going where you've been before

    Nothing's really making any sense at all

    You tell anyone who'll listen but you feel ignored

     

    [Hook]

    Let's talk

    Let's talk

    Do you wanna talk?

     

    [Verse 5]

    I'm up in the part of the throne

    I'm trying to sing a song

    In a language I don't speak

     

    [Verse 6]

    I tried but I can't get through

    I'm trying to get to you

    But you're difficult to reach

    Won't you talk to me?

     

    [Chorus 3]

    So you don't know were you're going and you wanna talk

    You feel like you're going where you've been before

    Let's talk

    Let's talk

     

     Listen To Your Heart (Glee) - Chandler Shows The Way To Do This ‘Gay’ Thing

     

    I know there's something in the wake of your smile 

    I get a notion from the look in your eyes, yea 

    You've built a love but that love falls apart 

    Your little piece of heaven turns too dark

     

    Listen to your heart when he's calling for you 

    Listen to your heart there's nothing else you can do

    I don't know where you're going and I don't know why, 

    But listen to your heart before you tell him goodbye

     

    Sometimes you wonder if this fight is worthwhile 

    The precious moments are all lost in the tide, yea 

    They're swept away and nothing is what is seems, 

    The feeling of belonging to your dreams

     

    Listen to your heart when he's calling for you 

    Listen to your heart there's nothing else you can do

    I don't know where you're going and I don't know why, 

    But listen to your heart before you tell him goodbye

     

    And there are voices that want to be heard 

    So much to mention but you can't find the words 

    The sense of magic, the beauty that's been 

    When love was wilder than the wind

     

    Listen to your heart when he's calling for you 

    Listen to your heart there's nothing else you can do

    I don't know where you're going and I don't know why, 

    But listen to your heart before you tell him goodbye

     

    Listen to your heart when he's calling for you 

    Listen to your heart there's nothing else you can do

    I don't know where you're going and I don't know why, 

    But listen to your heart before you tell him goodbye

     

     That’s What I’m Here For (Jason Castro) - ‘Thanks’

     

    Goodbye, Los Angeles

    You said with some regret

    I'll do my best to find a way

    To help you to forget

     

    I'm glad you made your way

    Back here, to find a better day

    Seems like you're getting

    A little closer to okay

     

    And if you need someone

    Just to be around

    Help put the pieces back

    That you finally found

     

    That's what I'm here for

    That's what I'm here for

    When you need a little less

    Or you want a little more

    That's what I'm here for

    That's what I'm here for

     

    I heard you saying that

    You're finally feeling free

    Blowing kisses

    To the distant memories

    Lately I've caught you

    Smiling a little more

    You're beautiful

    And I'm all yours

     

    And if you need someone

    Just to be around

    Help put the pieces back

    That you finally found

    That's what I'm here for

    That's what I'm here for

    When you need a little less

    Or you want a little more

    That's what I'm here for

    That's what I'm here for

     

    That's why I can hold you just as long as you'll stay

    I can tell you what no one would ever say

    That it's alright to admit that you were wrong

    Before you know it, all the scars will be gone

     

    That's what I'm here for

    That's what I'm here for

    When you need a little less

    Or you want a little more

     

    When you need someone to find you

    When you're hiding from it all

    That's what I'm here for

    That's what I'm here for

     

     True Colors (Glee) - ‘Time To Fly, Brandon’

     

    Reprise from ‘Brandon Smiling’

     

     The Scientist (Coldplay) - Affirmations and the Long Road Given

     

    Reprise from ‘Brandon Smiling’

     

     As Hard As It Is (Brandon Chandler) - ‘Can things get better?’

     

    I bet you’ll be

    Just what you wanna be

    It’s never easy

    Chasing down your dreams

     

    (Chorus)

    And don’t give up

    You’ll be fine soon enough

    As Hard As It Is

    You’ll make it through

    All of this (X)

     

    Don’t give up (X3)

     

    I know it seems

    Nothing comes easily

    So chase your dreams

    Follow your heart

    You are Everything

    That sets you apart

     

    (Chorus)

     

    You’ll make it through . . .

    You’ll make it through

    All of this

     

    So don’t give up (X3)

     

     Things Can Only Get Better (Howard Jones) - ‘Yes, things always can . . .’

     

    We're not scared to lose it all security throw through the wall

    Future dreams we have to realize

    A thousand skeptic hands won't keep us from the things we plan

    Unless we're clinging to the things we prize

     

    And do you feel scared, I do

    But I won't stop and falter

    And if we threw it all away

    Things can only get better

    Wow wow wow oh, wow wow wow oh oh oh oh

     

    Treating today as though it was the last, the final show

    Get to sixty and feel no regret

    It may take a little time a lonely path, an uphill climb

    Success or failure will not alter it

     

    And do you feel scared, I do

    But I won't stop and falter

    And if we threw it all away

    Things can only get better

    Wow wow wow oh, wow wow wow oh oh oh oh

     

    And do you feel scared, I do

    But I won't stop and falter

    And if we threw it all away

    Things can only get better

     

    (Wow wow wow oh, wow wow wow oh oh oh oh)

    (Wow wow wow oh, wow wow wow oh oh oh oh)

     

     Stay On These Roads (A-ha) - ‘ . . . As long as you stay the course.’ 

     

    The cold has a voice

    It talks to me

    Stillborn by choice

    And it has no need to hold

     

    Old man feels the cold

    Oh baby, don't 'cause I've been told

     

    Stay on these roads

    We shall meet I know

    Stay on these roads

    We shall meet I know, I know

     

    Where joy should reign

    These skies restrain

    Shadow your love

    The voice trails off again

     

    Old, old man feels the cold

    Oh baby, don't 'cause I've been told

     

    Stay on these roads

    We shall meet, I know

    Stay on my love

    You feel so weak, be strong

     

    Stay on, stay on

    We shall meet, I know

    I know

    I know, my love, I know

     

    Feel the cold

    Winter's calling at my home

     

    Stay on these roads

    We shall meet, I know

    Stay on my love

    We'll meet, I know

     

    So stay on

    I know

    Stay my love, stay on

    We'll meet, I know, I know

    Love, I know

  20. There are about a million ways to say those three words “I Love You.”

     

                                            Have you eaten?

                                            Sleep well.

                                            Drive safely.

                                            Grab a coat.

     

    These are some of the ways it’s said in my house.  There are others, not as obvious, but we all know them when we hear them.  

    And it’s not just that way with lovers and spouses, we do it with friends and family too.

     

                                            How are you? Really?

                                            Let me know when you get home.

                                            Let me buy you lunch.

                                            Because you’re family

                                            i’m glad you are in my village.

                                            i’m sorry.

     

    It’s been rocky for my family the last 3 weeks.  i’ve heard, or said, everything i just listed.

    i can’t begin to tell you how important it is to say those things. They are life changing, life affirming phrases.  They can restore faith, hope, and bolster love.

     

    i know that there are other ways to show love.  We see those around us too. A simple hug, fixing a favorite meal, offering a ride to where you need to be, talking with someone in a PM, or by email. i’ve been on the receiving end of many of those during this rough patch as well.  The simple act of reaching out was a show of caring, and it mattered.

     

    How do you show love; how do you say “I love you” without saying it?  No matter how you do it, don’t forget to show and tell people you love them.  

     

     

     

     

     

    no one read or edited this, any mistakes are mine

    many thanks to @MacGreg Sir, @MichaelS36 Sir, and @Mikiesboy for everything

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    Night Blooms

    Haibun

     

    Early the other morning, I couldn’t sleep anymore from all the memory-filled dreams I was having, so I took the dog outside. Standing in the garden, all the world peaceful and sweet, I saw a truly Mid-western moon – the type I grew up. Placid and nearly full, and yet hidden within the glory of its own eerie light. Moons like this remind me I have no home anymore, not with my parents now gone from the world.

     

    5 AM, the moon

    playing night-bloomer with clouds

    smells Angel Trumpets. 

     

     

    ~

     

     

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  22. Going through chemo I haven't minded too much the physical changes happening. Well showering when my hair was falling out was a nightmare - very fine hairs that I could feel but not get off.

     

    How others are reacting is getting to me. At work I've had to report two cancer survivors to administration. Both tried to offer me support, before I had announced my cancer. One chose to discuss it in the public bathroom where students were present. The other thought it was a great idea to tell me her horrible experience with the IV port on the day I was getting the port, then the day before my first infusion with it.

     

    There are also all the people wanting to pat me somewhere. I understand the need to touch. But chemo doesn't just kill cancer and hair follicles. It also kills bone marrow cells, the ones making blood cells. So chemo patients get sick and bruise easily. 

     

    Now I have complete strangers wanting to give me blessed or annointed religious objects, while I'm on my cell phone.

     

  23. Starring Jason Momoa as Arthur/Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as King Orm/Ocean Master, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Manta. It was directed by the wonderfully talented James Wan, the creator of the Saw Franchise.

     

    Aquaman takes place shortly after the events of Justice League. This bit of information seemed to be slipped in right away to make sure we all know this is part of the DCEU. But just as Wonder Woman carved her own path away from the sadness that was Man Of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Justice League with a story that focused on plot supported by CGI, Aquaman at its core, is a character driven film that made me care about the characters and their journey.

     

    Aquaman lives somewhere between the dark vision of Zack Snyder and the playfulness of Patty Jenkins, taking elements from both while carving a visually stunning film. I would venture a guess that the script was heavily rewritten multiple times attempting to course correct after the tepid reception of the Znyderverse and the sheer fun factor of Wonder Woman. The downside to what I am assuming is heavy rewrites, leaves us with a film that doesn’t seem to know what its suppose to be sometimes from moment to moment.

    Is it a light-hearted underwater tale with horrible dad jokes or a morality tale of sons paying for the sins of their fathers? As I type this, I still can’t tell you what this movie is about.

    In one of the darker moments of the film, Arthur takes out a bunch of pirates as they try to steal a submarine. While this sequence is visually stunning and really showcases the raw power Arthur can command, Arthur allows the father of one of the pirates to drown, thus creating one of the major villains in Aquaman’s cannon.

     

    This act really shocked me, as it was hard for me to believe that considering Arthur’s own mother was killed when he was young, that he could dismiss the pleas of a son to save his drowning father so flippantly.

     

    This sequence reminded me how I felt while watching Black Panther last year. Like Killmonger, Manta has a great back-story and a reason for revenge that makes his story arc believable and compelling.

     

    And in almost the next scene, Arthur and his father are in a bar drinking beer for breakfast when several scary biker looking guys approach them. This scene is played for suspense at first, when one of the guys barks out, ‘are you him’. Arthur turns around and for a moment, you think it’s about to go down. Then the scary biker looking guy exclaims out like an excited child that he wants a picture of Aquaman. This is like five minutes after Arthur kills numerous pirates on the submarine. And to make it a bit worse, there is a collage of Arthur drinking beer and taking photos with the scary bikers.

    The transitions between the dark and light moments happens so fast it was rather jarring at times. Yet Amber Heard was delightful as Mera, and has one of the coolest powers in the movie. Mera is far from being a damsel in distress. Not only does she stand toe to toe with Aquaman, but manages to save him numerous times and is a complete badass in her own right. Amber’s performance is well-rounded as I’ve seen in a long time. Plus, she’s a great strong female character for young teens.

     

    Orm makes a great villain and is almost underplayed by the talented Patrick Wilson. Though his motivation flips between his hatred towards Arthur whom he blames for the death of his mother and his hatred for the surface dwellers that has polluted the worlds oceans. I did find it a bit odd that his hatred for Arthur seemed misplaced as it would make more sense to hate his father who ordered the death of his mother.

     

    Take away the over the head message of the dangers of pollution, the jumps between light-hearted dad jokes, and brooding craziness, the core of the film is entertaining and I would recommend you watch it as the CGI is breathtaking.  

  24. Mikiesboy
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    I was out with Michael last week, in a local grocery store and while He was looking at poppadoms ... i wandered off. 

     

    Wow, i found pickled garlic. Pickled garlic if you've never had it, is a wonderful thing. Delicious with a steak, a good sandwich or served with antipasto or just cold cuts. 

    But i digress, this store, which has ideas above its station, had small jars of pickled garlic on SALE for $7.99. I mean if there were two full heads of garlic in there i'd be surprised. The regular price is $10.99.

     

    Mmmm, i wanted some.  But this boy is not paying that price.

     

    Fresh pickles are a glorious food. They are still recognizable as what they were. Cucumber still has it's clean flavour, onions are still aromatic and garlic is garlic just mellower.  I often quickly pickle some red onion to have with burgers or on curry. You only need a few hours, the produce of course, and a few basic ingredients.  Things like mustard seed, fennel seed, whole black peppercorns, red pepper flakes, red or white vinegar and some sugar. 

     

    All those are nice but i often don't have them, well except the peppercorns (always grind your own pepper!!).  So i make the pickling liquid from what i have.. sometimes water, vinegar, pepper and sugar. If i have whole seed mustard i add a bit, or even just some ballpark or Dijon... just a teaspoon or so. 

     

    Pack your sliced onion, or cucumbers or nice garlic (buy the freshest you can find) peeled of course into a heat proof jar. Pour the pickling liquid over the top. Put on the lid and stick it in the fridge.  In a few hours... heaven.  There is a basic recipe below but add a bay leaf and a couple of peppercorns if that is all you have in...

     

    I'd recommend dropping the garlic cloves into a bit of boiling water and cooking for 3 minutes.  Then pack in a heatproof jar. Then add the following to small saucepan and boil until  the sugar disolves. Then pour over your garlic:

     

    ·        ⅔ cup water

    ·        ⅓ cup white or red vinegar

    ·        ¼ cup sugar

    ·        1¼ teaspoons kosher salt

    ·        ½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns

    ·        ½ teaspoon mustard seeds

    ·        ½ teaspoon fennel seeds

    ·        ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

    Refrigerate the jar(s) for up to a month.

     

    But don't keep it... eat it!!   The above can be used for any pickled vegetable. These need to be in the fridge and eaten. They will not last like your jar of Vlasics !!

     

    Enjoy ... Make your own food!

     

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