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Nov.28.2012
Having started two short stories with little thought - no, let's make that little planning - I reflected on my process as I drifted into sleep last night.  I wonder how it compares to others. I don't plan stories or even novels.  It's like playing cards with myself:  you have any...
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Nov.28.2012
Something happens.  Joints and muscles ratchet tighter, pressing your posture straight and rigid.  Your heartbeat pushes your blood into a dizzying thrum singing in your skin.  You think - what if - and you don't think more.  You think - please, no - and you don't think more....
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Nov.27.2012
Keeping to today's mantra to be flexible, I worked late, powering through some things, not stopping until 6 PM despite my wife's pointed comments about the length of my work day.  We ate black bean salads for dinner, one of my favorite, and then I drank some herbal tea with honey.  ...
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Nov.27.2012
It's the age of more hair, it's the age of less hair. It's the age of less hair to comb but more hair to manage elsewhere. It's the age of eating right and eating less, gaining weight and excercising more, And remembering what was eaten. It's the age of forgetting what was done and remembering what...
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Nov.27.2012
The coffee is cold.  The Writer is hot.  He wants to keep writing.  But - I need to return to work. "It's too soon," The Writer protests with a shrill childish voice. "Can't we stay a little longer." No;  time to go.  Maybe we can write tonight, I suggest. He rejects it...
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Nov.27.2012
Man, the sticks read my energy today when they came 0ut with the counsel, Be Flexible. It was right on.  As soon as I sat down to don socks and shoes and lifted up a leg and bent it, I thought, man, I need to be more flexible. This is a good season to be flexible.  One day it's pouring...
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Nov.27.2012
Everyone has a hobby, don't they?  Well, they should.  Doctors say that a good hobby can reduce stress.  Others say it gives you something to do.   Hobbies of scrapbooking and dollhouses fascinate the edges of my mind.  I don't go out looking for information about these...
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Nov.26.2012
I'm amazed afresh everyday that I remember enough to breath and move about.  Actually, sometimes I forget to move anything except my fingers, sitting and typing until my butt and the rest of me is dessicated and numb.  That's more because I'm engrossed with whatever has been set before me...
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Nov.26.2012
Lee Childs' character, Jack Reacher, is making his screen debut this December.   My group of beer buddies are big Jack Reacher fans.  Jack Reacher travels light, with a toothbrush, wearing the same clothes for a few days before shedding them and donning replacement clothes that he buys at...
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Nov.26.2012
Finished a story.  In accordance with my dreams' guidance, I'm reducing how much I polish it.  My dreams seem to think I polish them too much and that I need to stick with basics.  At least, that's how I interpreted my dreams. I argued with my dreams about the matter, scoffing about...
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Nov.26.2012
Returning to work, I'm reaching back to a mantra I've often used in the past.  It's my version of 'just survive this day'.  It's really an affirmation. Taking a deep breath, I tell myself, 'No fear, no doubt, no worries, no anger, no resentment, no hostility, no frustration, no stress, no...
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Nov.25.2012
I'm stopping the writing day for now.  It's been another good one.  I'll suspend it to walk home as low clouds are hiding the late afternoon sun.  I haven't eaten since breakfast early this morning, and now it's time for dinner.   I enjoyed this writing day, along with the past...
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Nov.25.2012
Writing is like grouting, I think, proclaiming the insight in my head, just as gardening is like writing, and yardwork is like writing. Everything is like writing and writing is like everything. There is knowledge to be learned and insights that you find and apply.  You find your rythm within...
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Nov.25.2012
The Visitor came again saucy orange leaping off the fence stealing through the bushes with a hunters smirk sitting on the table with wide eyed insouciance   The Hosts asked where do you come from in all the ways they could The Visitor kept his secrets knowing his secrets  were to be kept...
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Nov.25.2012
Commander Nick Crews (retired) has three adult children.  They've been complaining to him over the years about their work problems.  All three are divorced.   After a while, Nick Crews snapped and fired off an email to his children about what a disappointement they've become.  ...
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