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Dodger last won the day on September 9 2019

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    The Artful One

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    Reading, writing, painting, talking, traveling, and my dog.

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  1. I've also been accused of being finicky. It causes problems because I expect people around me to be the same way. This is why I have to live alone.
  2. I spent much of my childhood living in Bermondsey; an area of London featured in Charles Dickens' novel “Oliver Twist.” We lived at Dockhead, next to Jacob's Street (Jacob's Island in the book). In Chapter 50, Dickens wrote, "To reach this place, the visitor has to penetrate through a maze of close, narrow, and muddy streets, thronged by the roughest and poorest of waterside people.' Thankfully, it wasn't that bad when I lived there, but many of the narrow cobbled streets were preserved and the area still had a very Dickensian feel to it. I saw myself as more of an Artful Dodger than an O
  3. Thanks, @Comicality for another great article. I can relate to so much of this, and my mom really does have a picture of me as a kid holding a frog.
  4. If it's anything like Canada Post then you may be waiting quite a while for a reply. However, I'm sure Elon Musk has better things to do with his money than fund my screwing around, not that I do much of that kind of thing. My adventures are mostly consigned to my laptop. Thank you, @mg777, as always, for your kind comments.
  5. Thank you, @James B.. This is a worthy point. The ending may not be to everyone's satisfaction.
  6. Thank you, @Old possum, for taking an interest in the story (binging is allowed and encouraged} and for commenting. However, you are wrong to say your opinion isn't worth much. Your comment is worth a great deal to me and you should not underestimate it's importance. Reader's comments, good or bad, have been the driving force behind this story. They have provided me with the motivation I needed to continue as well as a voice of reason whenever Robbie has threatened to veer too far from reality. I hope you continue to enjoy the story.
  7. In that case @Myr you have enough words for the next 60+ years at one a day.
  8. This is a great feature @Myr. It's often the first thing I look for when I log on, but finding a new and interesting word every day is not a task I envy. Perhaps twice a week would be better.
  9. Water with a little help from gravity, will find its way through almost anything. That drip was driving me crazy. I did more damage than good and my wrench was the wrong size. The plumber had a much bigger one and he knew how to use it!
  10. I've done a few jobs around the house and plumbing is definitely the most frustrating. I had similar problems with a leaky pipe. In the end I decided to call out a local plumber and I never looked back. It's all about having the right tools for the job.
  11. Hi Gary and all my friends on COTT. Just stopped by to wish you all a belated Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays and a healthy New Year. It's been a white Christmas here in Southern Ontario, which contrary to popular belief isn't always the case. It makes this town look pretty but not when it's still here in March! Like everyone else, I'm hoping and praying for a better year ahead. I can't see it yet, but I'm told there's a light at the end of this very long tunnel that's worth reaching.
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    Engaging Dialogue

    I love this article. Dialogue is hugely important to me when reading or writing fiction. When it's poor it's like watching bad actors stumbling their way through an otherwise plausible script. It becomes unbelievable and the connection to the viewer or reader is lost. This is usually the point where I stop reading or switch channels, no matter how decent the story line. A writer needs to take on the character of the person who's talking, almost in the same way as an actor, and unless you're writing about yourself, it's not easy. This is where a good beta reader can be a useful addition to
  13. Thanks, Tony. I would have been so upset if I hadn't been able to post something for Christmas. I liked that line too. One of Robbie's more bizarre quotes. Let's hope that next year is a lot better than this one. You're right there will be a few loose ends, which will leave things open for a possible sequel.
  14. Yeah, it has been a fun ride. I've enjoyed it too, even if it has been a little stressful at times. I've learned a lot from writing this story.
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