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MacGreg last won the day on November 25 2017

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    Being in the great outdoors, writing fiction and poetry, visual arts, vinyl records, philosophy, philanthropy, good books, good whiskey, good coffee, intelligent conversations, travel

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  1. Thursday's soundtrack


    1. mollyhousemouse


      i haven't listened to much Floyd since high school so thank you Sir for sharing that

      Broadway Show tunes for me today :*)

    2. mogwhy


      thank you! i've been missing these music offerings from you and jp.:2thumbs:

    3. MacGreg


      Every day's a good day for Pink Floyd. This song hits home for me. That guitar solo at the end... 

  2. "One of my all-time favorite jazz pianists is Thelonious Monk. Once, when someone asked him how he managed to get a certain special sound out of the piano, Monk pointed to the keyboard and said: 'It can’t be any new note. When you look at the keyboard, all the notes are there already. But if you mean a note enough, it will sound different. You got to pick the notes you really mean!'


    "I often recall these words when I am writing, and I think to myself, 'It’s true. There aren’t any new words. Our job is to give new meanings and special overtones to absolutely ordinary words.' I find the thought reassuring. It means that vast, unknown stretches still lie before us, fertile territories just waiting for us to cultivate them."

    - Haruki Murakami, Japanese novelist

    1. drpaladin



      The one point I take issue with in Murakami's statements is the one about no new words. Language is always changing and growing. New words are added to dictionaries every year. All change isn't necessarily for the better. I'm waiting for the almost inevitable book written entirely in text message shorthand.

    2. MacGreg


      There is truth to that @drpaladin. Language is never stagnant. Finding ways to bring ordinary words to new heights is an aspiration for a writer. Nope, I don't want to even think of the possibility of text message shorthand novels being published. 

  3. Olympic Kiss Seen Around the World

    It's funny, I saw the kiss as it happened, and it didn't hit me as anything surprising or shocking or newsworthy because it was perfectly natural and ordinary to me. However, in retrospect, I appreciate the impact (hopefully positive) it likely had on the viewing world.
  4. Supernova

    The question was never how we met But at what point our souls conjoined, Colliding together with the intensity Of an exploding star Nebulae comprising a hundred galaxies Cannot compare to the brilliance That was formed from the shockwave Of our sudden supernova Distance between us quickly became dust, Glittering particles mapping a course To the myriad abstract planes Of our intimate journey Let us not mourn the loss of the star, For it is but la petite mort – A small death, rebirthed into the melody Of an infinite love song
  5. Foreign Soil

    A sci-fi writer you are, tim. This short piece had all the makings of a true science fiction story - how the world demises, how the human race inappropriately handles new technologies, how people still persevere to not only survive but remain true to themselves. You've created a realistic view of the future, which is a little harrowing. But you've also provided some hope. Great job with the prompt.
  6. Introducing Sex Into Your Story

    As jp said, sex is a natural part of life and most relationships and therefore should be written about when it fits the story. I'm a very sexual person and a firm believer that if it feels good, do it. I like to read it, and I like to write it. Sometimes, there are stigmas or emotional barriers where my characters are concerned, but that doesn't deter me from writing the sex; it just alters the play-out of the scene.
  7. I had a dream last night about a random name that was supposedly very important to know and remember. In the dream, I wrote it out on a slip of paper and spoke it several times so as not to forget it. Sure enough, upon waking I remembered: Cyndynce Mark.


    The name of a character in an as-of-yet unwritten story? If so, I'd like to know what the plot intends to be. Maybe tonight's dream will reveal that, hehe. 

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    2. MacGreg


      @Emi GSI've kept dream journals in the past. Now, I remember my dreams less and less when I wake up. Usually just snippets. Or, in this case, a word or name. The other night I had a dream about an earthquake. I felt the floor drop out from beneath me. It was a really strange sensation that my mind made up. I did write that one down.

    3. mogwhy


      that is how i got my name! my nana dreamed it and could only remember the name and a date and that it was the name of the child my mother carried. my mother hated the name--named me it anyways. you didn't argue with nana.

    4. MacGreg


      Perhaps that will be the name of my next cat.


      Wait... no more cats.

  8. Technical scores be damned, Adam Rippon is golden.

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    2. Mikiesboy


      haven't seen much of the skating.. but i saw javier fernandez' short   music from  Modern Times... i really enjoyed that.  i will hunt some down on the internet

    3. Defiance19



    4. SolarMaxx


      YEAP! He’s amazing. I also love the fact that he seems to have no filter during interviews!

  9. True. The monster represents Frankenstein's own inner self. Similar to Jekyll and Hyde. We each have dark sides.
  10. Mavis St. Patty's day

    Playing with markers again?
  11. These young pups are dominating snowboarding in Pyeongchang.

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    2. clochette


      Yes, they do such crazy things! I don't know a thing about winter sports but it's really addictive once you start watching

    3. SolarMaxx


      Yeah, and they’re all magnificent! 

    4. Defiance19


      It is amazing to watch.. 

  12. Help sought for a new story

    Can't help you there, but best of luck. I appreciate that you want to make the story and the character genuine.
  13. Common Ground

    If we continue to put the word out, maybe compassion won't be such an endangered emotion. Thanks for the comments, Def. I appreciate it.
  14. Common Ground

    Thank you, molly... There's a lot more to say on this topic, and we'd all do well to discuss it repeatedly. Compassion is a limited resource right now. Thanks for your continued support on this project.
  15. Common Ground

    Thanks, tim. you know firsthand how the Exquisite Corpse poems work. Freerider and I enjoyed putting this one together. It is a message for everyone, isn't it?

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