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snomobum
Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 5:11:47 AM
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Hi everyone!

I was encouraged to join this site by a friend. I've been writing snowmobile-related stories for several years now, most are akin to travelogues. They are written in a casual, conversational style and include photographs with narration. I have been publishing these accounts to vintage snowmobile websites for quite some time, but have decided to bring them to this forum, upon the gentle nudging of my friend.

I am looking forward to your reading your stories, and also hearing comments and critiques of mine.

snomobum
magnificent1rascal
Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 7:12:52 AM
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Welcome, snomobum! hello2

We have plenty of room for you here. Enjoy!

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snomobum
Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 8:02:46 AM
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Thanks for the welcome, magnificent1rascal.

I see that no images are allowed to be posted on the site until the member has made 20 other posts. All of the stories I will be submitting include digital photographs, so I'd best work my way towards that number. I look forward to publishing several works that I have already written and am anxious to share with you all.
Rebellious_Soul
Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 8:14:13 AM
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snomobum wrote:
Thanks for the welcome, magnificent1rascal.

I see that no images are allowed to be posted on the site until the member has made 20 other posts. All of the stories I will be submitting include digital photographs, so I'd best work my way towards that number. I look forward to publishing several works that I have already written and am anxious to share with you all.


That's only forum pictures, lol otherwise your good, but keep in mind, for stories you only can have one cover picture.

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rolandlytle
Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 9:52:03 AM
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Welcome Phillip. I hope you enjoy your time here. Best of luck and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any other moderator. (you have already met Maggie)

You can't get there from here, because when you get there you're still here and here is now there.
Guest
Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 11:00:01 AM
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Welcome. flower



snomobum
Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 5:46:54 PM
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Thanks for the welcomes, all!

rolandlytle, you'll find I play nice!

Hmmm, Rebellious_Soul. My friend didn't tell me that only one picture would be allowed per story. I write travelogues wherein a specific picture is tied to each commentary, so posting on this site is not going to work for the maybe 10 stories I already have written. d'oh!

I may be in the wrong place...
akatsuki_dragon
Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 9:04:15 PM
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Oh Hiiiiiiiiiiii!!!! hello2 hello2 hello2 hello2

I hope I am not late greeting you! Weeeelcome to ss! You shall meet awesome and inspiring fellow writers! Like Rebellious_Soul, Entangled_Fate, Rolandtlye, Authorised1960, Shelzahld and many more!!

Cant wait to read some of your work!!

flower flower

Again welcome to the family!!

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Rebellious_Soul
Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 10:49:49 PM
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snomobum wrote:
Thanks for the welcomes, all!

rolandlytle, you'll find I play nice!

Hmmm, Rebellious_Soul. My friend didn't tell me that only one picture would be allowed per story. I write travelogues wherein a specific picture is tied to each commentary, so posting on this site is not going to work for the maybe 10 stories I already have written. d'oh!

I may be in the wrong place...


If you post the story in chapters it can work. I am not sure of any other site that let's you post multiple pictures within the story. Are they singular short stories or long chapter stories?

Because I can,
because I want to,
And because who are you to tell me otherwise?
snomobum
Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 6:16:42 PM
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Thanks for the welcome, Black_Dragon. I'm sure we'll have some fun...

Rebellious_Soul, I may need to revise what I have already written, maybe eliminate many of the images and then post in chapters, as you suggest. I also got a PM about posting in chapters from Maggie.
Rebellious_Soul
Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 6:24:36 PM
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Well, if you have any questions, I am happy to help! Perhaps someday they'll have it so you can have more then one picture.

Because I can,
because I want to,
And because who are you to tell me otherwise?
snomobum
Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2016 4:36:03 AM
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Thank-you, R_S, if I may so abbreviate your screen name. Since posting my situation, it seems there will be a solution in my being able to get these stories posted with some images.

I do have to consider, and be fully aware of, the fact that this is indeed a writer's forum and not a photographer's forum. The last thing this 'new kid on the block' wants to do is to try to change the emphasis of this site to one of visual content over literary content.
meredith
Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2016 7:35:42 AM
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Welcome to SS Phillip. If they allow an old geezer like me here, than any one from Michigan should be welcome.

Do you consider yourself and Yooper or Southern Troll? Perhaps something better than either? LOL

At any rate, Welcome. Looking forward to seeing something from you.


"Them ain't no militia, that's the Army of the Potomac!"

snomobum
Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2016 11:21:30 AM
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meredith wrote:
... If they allow an old geezer like me here, than any one from Michigan should be welcome.

Do you consider yourself and Yooper or Southern Troll? Perhaps something better than either? ...


meredith, I just happen to be crossing the threshold of geezerdom! It's not a bad thing, as far as I can tell. glasses8

That's a pretty good question, as where I live is only one mile closer to the Lower Peninsula as it is to the Upper. Most of us here actually consider ourselves neither a troll or a yooper, but somewhat of a cross between the two. More of a laid back attitude like a yooper, though.
Shotgun011
Posted: Friday, March 11, 2016 6:13:30 PM
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Well seems you found the place okay and welcome to SS or the "blue" side

You can always come back, but you can’t come back all the way.
- Bob Dylan


snomobum
Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2016 8:49:40 AM
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I guess that seems appropriate, Shotgun011. The vintage snowmobile site I migrated to in it's infancy was started by all of the rejects from the others. We're proud of that.

So thanks for the welcome, and I'll take a moment to answer an unanswered question. It's not because I'm ADD or ignored it, more because I'm getting a bit long in the tooth and sometimes forget.

From Rebs: Are they singular short stories or long chapter stories?

Rebs, they are rambling short stories, if that makes any sense. They were originally posted (on the snowmobiling sites) to be read as one 'adventure' all in one chapter. To be able to include more of the images, revision into chapters will be necessary.

Be patient, those of you curious to see my work. It will come...



Guest
Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2016 10:01:24 AM
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I hope I am not late to the greeting party. Welcome Philip, it is nice to see a new face on here. I do hope you enjoy what we have to offer as writers and friends. Anyways, I cant wait to read your work.

Have a good day Hugsxx
snomobum
Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2016 10:50:53 AM
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No, never late to this party, Entangled_Fate. Thanks for the welcome!

Plus, it allows me to write something new... clown
AnnaMayZing
Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2016 3:36:00 PM
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Welcome, Philip.
Always room for new friends. hello2

The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
snomobum
Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2016 11:36:31 AM
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Thanks for the welcome, AnnaMayZing.

I'm enjoying looking around and reading a few things right now, there is a lot to this site.
Kiera
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2016 9:06:13 AM
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Welcome to SS snomobum hello2
snomobum
Posted: Monday, March 21, 2016 5:06:21 PM
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Thank-you, Kiera.

It's been a long week. Last Monday at this time of the evening, I was being moved from a private to a semi-private room at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital, USA. On the afternoon of Monday, March the 14th, I suffered a heart attack at my home here on Beaver Island and had to be flown from here on an emergency flight to the airport on the mainland and then be transported the rest of the way to the hospital by ambulance. Surgeons were waiting for me when I arrived and they saved my life by removing the blockage from the main artery of my heart and installing two stents. I am to have two more installed in a little less than a month.

I am back home now and living a very different lifestyle, have stopped smoking and am on a very regimented diet. In the hospital I was also diagnosed as diabetic, so am checking my glucose levels daily. I am now on 6 medications; prior to having been on none. I am not allowed to lift more than 10 lbs. (4.54 kilos), exercise vigorously or walk up stairways. Driving a car is limited to short trips only and at this point in time I tire fairly easily.

I will fully recover, if I follow doctor's orders and engage in therapy offered once I am stronger. Good news is that at present it appears I'll have a little more time to write...





rolandlytle
Posted: Monday, March 21, 2016 5:24:01 PM
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snomobum wrote:
Thank-you, Kiera.

It's been a long week. Last Monday at this time of the evening, I was being moved from a private to a semi-private room at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital, USA. On the afternoon of Monday, March the 14th, I suffered a heart attack at my home here on Beaver Island and had to be flown from here on an emergency flight to the airport on the mainland and then be transported the rest of the way to the hospital by ambulance. Surgeons were waiting for me when I arrived and they saved my life by removing the blockage from the main artery of my heart and installing two stents. I am to have two more installed in a little less than a month.

I am back home now and living a very different lifestyle, have stopped smoking and am on a very regimented diet. In the hospital I was also diagnosed as diabetic, so am checking my glucose levels daily. I am now on 6 medications; prior to having been on none. I am not allowed to lift more than 10 lbs. (4.54 kilos), exercise vigorously or walk up stairways. Driving a car is limited to short trips only and at this point in time I tire fairly easily.

I will fully recover, if I follow doctor's orders and engage in therapy offered once I am stronger. Good news is that at present it appears I'll have a little more time to write...


Only six meds... what a slacker. I have ten in the morning, two at noon and nine more at night. You do have me beat in stents though. I only have one. You must be on blood thinners now. I remember when I was (not anymore) and it was 'interesting.' You might want to give up shaving for a while.

Hope you are feeling better. Hang in there. Rehab is slow, but worth it.

No wonder you had a heart attack. If I spent that much time near beaver, I would too. laughing6

I will put you in my prayers.

You can't get there from here, because when you get there you're still here and here is now there.
snomobum
Posted: Monday, March 21, 2016 5:51:15 PM
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Thanks, Roland. Cool to hear you're a survivor, and no, I prefer not to beat you in a race to see who can be on more meds, the ones I have to take now are plenty, thank-you. Of the six, two are taken twice daily.

I haven't had any coagulation problems yet, but I am also on something different than cumodin(sp). Maybe that's the difference.

This is all mind-boggling new to me, but am willing to learn and to do whatever it takes to recover. It's that or check out, isn't it?

Hmmm, yes, the beaver jokes. After the novelty wears off they go away. icon_biggrin
snomobum
Posted: Monday, March 28, 2016 4:35:22 PM
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My recovery from the heart attack is progressing as well as can be expected. I wanted to pop in and tell you all that although I'm still a bit sheepish on rating your works, I have enjoyed many pieces that I have read very much.

What a variety of subject matter and writing styles, thank-you.
magnificent1rascal
Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 5:23:36 PM
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snomobum wrote:
My recovery from the heart attack is progressing as well as can be expected. I wanted to pop in and tell you all that although I'm still a bit sheepish on rating your works, I have enjoyed many pieces that I have read very much.

What a variety of subject matter and writing styles, thank-you.


Just catching up here...

Yikes, how scary! I'm glad to hear you're recuperating.

About the variety of writing on the site, it's one of the things I appreciate about Stories Space. The site is different things to different people, and most are accommodated here. The members are, by and large, quite supportive of each other, so it's a place where I feel safe trying an experimental style or just something different for me.

So rest, recover, and when you're ready, let us see what you're going to bring to the table. It's nice to have you here.

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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2016 3:25:04 AM
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snomobum wrote:
My recovery from the heart attack is progressing as well as can be expected. I wanted to pop in and tell you all that although I'm still a bit sheepish on rating your works, I have enjoyed many pieces that I have read very much.

What a variety of subject matter and writing styles, thank-you.


Recovery can be daunting, but I am certain you will prevail. If this old Boilermaker can do it, then it should be no problem for a Sled Head. Take your time. Looking forward to seeing you here more often.


"Them ain't no militia, that's the Army of the Potomac!"

snomobum
Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2016 9:25:41 AM
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Thank-you, Maggie and meredith. Lately I have been experiencing the side effects of some of the medications, as they begin to work within my body. It has taken some time for them to build up to a strength where they are actually doing their job, but that has not come without some discomfort. But enough griping, I am alive.

I actually have written and posted two more stories to the snowmobiling sites I belong to, since returning home from the hospital. Unfortunately, these ride accounts would make no sense to most people here without the many accompanying photographs, and would have to be so edited without the pics that they would bear little resemblance to what I originally wrote. I am at this point still restricted (not enough posts) to even include a link, so you can't see the original threads I posted on those sites.

It's frustrating, and I'm beginning to think that my 'travelogues' will not be a good fit here. Multiple chapters just so that more pictures can be included would still mean that many shots would need to be eliminated, and IMO, editing into 'chunks' will take away from the flow of the travelogue. I hesitate to change stories, like one in particular, that was so well received that it became 'pinned' or 'stickied' to one of the snowmobile sites. It has had over 5000 views and has garnered many favorable comments. I refuse to wreck my work.

I probably will need to consider writing some fiction instead, based on one of these snowmobile journeys. Conveying the feeling of the remoteness of my locality and what sub-freezing cold, deep snow, and 2 foot thick ice is like and then having that make sense to people will be the challenge.
snomobum
Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 5:19:09 PM
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I don't seem to have much to write about except my health lately. Last Thursday I had more surgery, this time four more stents were put in my remaining plugged arteries for a total of six since the heart attack. I lost some of my heart's ability to pump since last month, as well. This prompted the doctor to send me home in a defib vest that has the ability to shock my heart back into rhythm if it needs it. They also put me on two additional meds.

The only thing good about this post is that it gets me closer to being able to post a photograph or a link. At this point, that's pretty hard to get excited about. I just want to feel better.
rolandlytle
Posted: Friday, April 22, 2016 3:21:51 PM
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If you wish to get enough posts to qualify to post links and photos, try our games forum or the breakroom forum. There are many fun and interesting threads there.

You can't get there from here, because when you get there you're still here and here is now there.
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