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Feb.08.2014
Concentrate.  Shut out the world and keep going.
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Feb.07.2014
I've been storming through my writing, working on a new novel, a cozy of all things, which is fun, and reading other cozies to refine my understanding of a cozy's mechanics and style.  At the same time, short science fiction stories are bolting into my thinking. I'm mostly ignoring the stories...
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Feb.07.2014
I can't find a mantra for today.  Nothing came into my mind from the usual sources of dreams, meditations, reading and writing.  The walks delivered no mantra. Neither did plain old thinking. I'm swimming back out of a black swamp.  Thick and black as sewer sage, the black swamp...
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Feb.05.2014
I've been working on my dating profile, a thought exercise provoked by a Wired story about how to create the perfect online dating profile.  I'm still married and plan to be for a while.  This is more about my lack of dating knowledge and experience. My dating history may be odd.  I...
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Feb.05.2014
Found out today that yesterday's net outage was due to a viral attack against our ISP.  Wasn't real surprising.  My first inkling of the outage was my AT&T VPN adding bizarrely, bouncing in out and out connections while exhibiting wild instability.  All else on that system and my...
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Feb.05.2014
Look for the upside.
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Feb.04.2014
Ed has passed away, another life ended too early, a deep sea of such lives, claimed by cancer.  What's too early can be argued from different vantages of time and means, but for me it's defined as their age;  Ed was too young to die as measured in years, with potential still evolving and...
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Feb.04.2014
I've started writing a new novel, a cosy, and I'm having fun.  The discovery experienced while traveling new regions of my mind required to write fiction is intoxicating me.  Fueled by these familiar feelings, I shared some of the characters, setting and plot with my wife, the one I call...
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Feb.04.2014
The uns have struck.  The horde thundered in and overwhelmed my defenses.  From whence they come, I know not, for they attacked with stealth, guile and cunning, a dark force seeking to conquer and subjugate me.  From what plains, caves and mountains do they dark forces ever form?...
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Feb.04.2014
Resist the uns.
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Feb.04.2014
Roll of out bed, into the bathroom, splish splash tinkle tinkle into the office boot up the systems pet cats talk to cats feed cats exercise open blinds to the bathroom brush teeth wash face shave face shower dress brush hair pet cats talk to cats get online let cats out what is going on with the...
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Feb.03.2014
Saturday night found me outside, searching for a cat, of course.  Black and white Tucker, with his long fur and thick tail, enjoys an hour of winter night every day to soothe his savage urges.  He usually goes out around 9:30 PM, responding to some instinctive alarm clock.  After...
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Feb.03.2014
This was a weekend of confronting my secrets. These were secrets that I knew but didn't speak aloud, not to myself, certainly not to others.  Of course, one of them is about a cat and another is about writing. Really, the one about writing is about insecurity, about fears that I'm not good...
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Feb.03.2014
Not really the affirmations that I seek today but something I need to remind myself so I don't allow these fears to undercut my plans and dreams: Don't fear failure.  Accept the risk of failure. I'm so bloody insecure.
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Feb.02.2014
I've started a new novel and I'm remembering how differently I act when sousing out a new project. I write in the coffee shop.  I get excited.  I forget where I'm at.  Perhaps more importantly, I forget others are around me.  My Writer and I begin talking to each other.  I...
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