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gillianleeza
Posted: Monday, December 3, 2018 11:29:04 PM

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It's very late or very early. Of course, I can't sleep.

I spent most of today beginning the process of getting my parent's house ready to sell in the spring, starting in the attic.

Thankfully they have finally picked out a retirement community they will move into.

I'll take a ginger ale and a shot of Nyquil. I stashed a bottle here. Sorting through fifty years worth of things in the attic triggered an asthma attack.
Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 5:45:29 AM

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gillianleeza wrote:
Sorting through fifty years worth of things in the attic triggered an asthma attack.


Never had to sort through an attic (my parents stash was in the basement) but I was a librarian in a previous life and had to oversee inventories. Books are powerful dust magnets, and we are talking pulling every single book out far enough to wand its barcode. I'm not hugely, immensely allergic to dust, but my nasal passages were in agony by the end of some days (I tend more to upper respiratory tract problems, so sinus infections and that sort of thing rather than asthma and bronchitis).

Morning tea. Nice English Breakfast today.

Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

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Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
Survivor
Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 11:46:56 AM

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It was reported by the local weathercaster that November was the coldest on record in our area. I knew it felt odd. I usually enjoy the fall temperatures.

Having another cuppa java to get warm again after putting thistle seed in the feeder for the finches.
gillianleeza
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 3:19:16 AM

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It's cold out and I am up entirely too early.

I don't drink coffee or tea. I'll just have a glass of water and sit in the corner and finish my oatmeal before I return to the task of attic cleaning. I took a day off to let the dust settle.

I hope everyone is having a good week.

gypsy
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 4:07:20 AM

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gillianleeza wrote:
It's cold out and I am up entirely too early.

I don't drink coffee or tea. I'll just have a glass of water and sit in the corner and finish my oatmeal before I return to the task of attic cleaning. I took a day off to let the dust settle.

I hope everyone is having a good week.



Good luck with it. Are you using a dust mask? They can be helpful, even though they can also be an incumbrance.



The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Junius



Survivor
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:59:11 AM

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Waiting for the coffee to brew.

My triweekly immunotherapy is this afternoon, and then I'll have final dress rehearsal this evening.

My wife had the incredibly daunting task of cleaning up after her mother passed away. That was years ago and her brother still has boxes of stuff just stacked in his garage. He is a latent hoarder. I've been able to overcome that tendency in me and help control it for my wife.
gillianleeza
Posted: Friday, December 7, 2018 4:16:14 PM

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gypsy wrote:
gillianleeza wrote:
It's cold out and I am up entirely too early.

I don't drink coffee or tea. I'll just have a glass of water and sit in the corner and finish my oatmeal before I return to the task of attic cleaning. I took a day off to let the dust settle.

I hope everyone is having a good week.



Good luck with it. Are you using a dust mask? They can be helpful, even though they can also be an incumbrance.


Thank you. I am using a dust mask but not sure how much it is helping. I am doing better going over every other day. Back again at it tomorrow. It is interesting going through the contents. My father can't remember much about what it up there as expected. But my Mother doesn't know where some of the things came from. After the attic and after the holidays we will be tacking the other four levels of the house.

I'll take a lemonade and contemplate revisiting some story ideas I have.

I hope everyone is having a good evening or morning depending on your location.
Obituarius
Posted: Friday, December 7, 2018 4:42:52 PM

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I am trying to crank out a story of the dark.
Survivor
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 8:40:34 AM

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Good morning. Having my second cuppa java. It's a bright, shiny day. But too cold and I need to do some grocery shopping.

Oh, for the first time since we started perfoming the Nutcracker here at our arts center we were completely sold out for all performances before opening night. That was last night.

Cheers, all. rr
hayley
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 10:58:51 AM

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Survivor wrote:
Good morning. Having my second cuppa java. It's a bright, shiny day. But too cold and I need to do some grocery shopping.

Oh, for the first time since we started perfoming the Nutcracker here at our arts center we were completely sold out for all performances before opening night. That was last night.

Cheers, all. rr



Wow! Sell out is awesome. Congrats. Bet it gives everyone an enormous lift. Love the Nutcracker and it just so happens that I am going today! .. but,sadly, not to your performance. Tchaikovsky's fairy tale music is mind blowing isn't it? It's my fav ballet after Coppelia.


hayley
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 11:08:58 AM

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Sun's up ... 6am walk along the beach.. stong offshore breeze tugging at my 'should be sailing' heartstrings... looks awesome out there... feasted on a mug of fresh ground steaming coffee and spicy fruit muffins, toasted of course... worked late last night.. again!!!! .. the holiday season must be on as I woke to a mere 84 emails! laughing8

Time now for second mug of caffeine nutrient as I set about these emails... off to The Nutcracker today.


Morning and a good day (pronounced g'day .. one and a half syllables Shhh ) to everyone. Have a great Sunday!
Survivor
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 11:20:41 AM

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hayley wrote:
Survivor wrote:
Good morning. Having my second cuppa java. It's a bright, shiny day. But too cold and I need to do some grocery shopping.

Oh, for the first time since we started perfoming the Nutcracker here at our arts center we were completely sold out for all performances before opening night. That was last night.

Cheers, all. rr



Wow! Sell out is awesome. Congrats. Bet it gives everyone an enormous lift. Love the Nutcracker and it just so happens that I am going today! .. but,sadly, not to your performance. Tchaikovsky's fairy tale music is mind blowing isn't it? It's my fav ballet after Coppelia.




The Nutcracker is so popular. Three ballet companies are putting it on within a circle of one hundred miles. With ours in the center. rr

G'day, all.
Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 1:05:59 PM

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Never been a big ballet fan, really. Love the music to a lot of them, including The Nutcracker, but the ballet style of dancing itself just doesn't seem to turn my crank. Even modern dance, I find I prefer short, punchy pieces to long form works.

* puts on the kettle and digs out some green tea *

Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
henrietta_fielding
Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2018 4:50:10 AM

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Survivor wrote:
Good morning. Having my second cuppa java. It's a bright, shiny day. But too cold and I need to do some grocery shopping.

Oh, for the first time since we started perfoming the Nutcracker here at our arts center we were completely sold out for all performances before opening night. That was last night.

Cheers, all. rr


That is fantastic, Larry! :) hope your first night was a great success.

Cup of Earl Grey to get me going here, please.
Survivor
Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2018 6:54:53 AM

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The coffee is brewing. Need that to be really thinking clearly.

Just a matinee performance today. Last night the grasshoppers missed their cue to enter. They're only around 5 or 6 years old. So they gave their performance after final bows. The audience got the whole show.
Mendalla
Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2018 7:30:56 AM

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Survivor wrote:
Just a matinee performance today. Last night the grasshoppers missed their cue to enter. They're only around 5 or 6 years old. So they gave their performance after final bows. The audience got the whole show.


Grasshoppers. You can never depend on them, eh?

*pours another tea*

Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
gypsy
Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 3:03:54 AM

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Survivor wrote:
Last night the grasshoppers missed their cue to enter.


That is almost the best prompt for a story I have ever read.



The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Junius



Survivor
Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 7:27:21 AM

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gypsy wrote:
Survivor wrote:
Last night the grasshoppers missed their cue to enter.


That is almost the best prompt for a story I have ever read.


You're absolutely right, Gypsy. I'll have to consider that.

The coffee is brewing. I've already been out to fill the thistle seed feeder for the finches.

Now we wait for the first cuppa java.
Survivor
Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 7:19:36 AM

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It made a pretty good little micro that "story prompt" that Gypsy liked.

Time for that first cuppa java. Lovely time of the day after the horrid part of actually arising out of bed.

Cheers.
Survivor
Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 8:39:38 AM

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Just starting on my second cuppa java. I've been checking some statistics here on our site.

Did you know that only twenty people have written over a third of all stories here? About 9,560 stories have been posted here and those twenty busy little bees have contributed about 3,340 stories. That means some 820 authors wrote the rest, around 6,180.

Not only that, but there have been 290 of those writers who only published one story. That was all they wanted to post, I guess. But it occurs to me that may be why we have so few really active people here. So many simply told their one story and moved on. I do wish we could change that somehow.

Anyway, bottoms up with one more cuppa.
hayley
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 1:38:35 AM

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Ladies, what's your makeup routine? I'm looking for a new foundation, preferably liquid but still matte and now that the men have stopped reading we march at midnight.

edit
henrietta_fielding
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 4:15:46 AM

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Larry, those are very interesting statistics! Food for thought. :)

Hayley, I just wear BB cream rather than full-on foundation, so don't know if I'm any help!

A cup of Earl Grey on this gloomy morning would go down nicely. ☕
Survivor
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 7:09:52 AM

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Hayley I always read the whole posting so I know about the riot. But you go right ahead.

Cynthia it is bright and sunny here. Our temperature will be up to 52F/11C today.

I'm ready for my java if it will ever get brewed,
gypsy
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 11:14:17 AM

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Cripes, please do not talk about riots even in a jesting way. Here in France, and yes I actually live here, have done so for 30 years, this violence and unrest is no joking matter.

Hayly maybe you are overlooking some of the lads who might be using foundation, no need to limit the call, right?



The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Junius



Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:23:19 PM

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Sorry I'm a bit scarce. Was trying to finish a story before I go. Not for here, alas. I'm going to try to focus on this place in 2019 but I also said that about 2018. Anyhow, vacation starts tomorrow and we leave for our trip on Friday. Won't have Internet for much of the time so you'll have to live without your favorite ape for a week or so.

Kettle is hot, green tea is brewing.

Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:31:09 PM

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Survivor wrote:
Just starting on my second cuppa java. I've been checking some statistics here on our site.

Did you know that only twenty people have written over a third of all stories here? About 9,560 stories have been posted here and those twenty busy little bees have contributed about 3,340 stories. That means some 820 authors wrote the rest, around 6,180.

Not only that, but there have been 290 of those writers who only published one story. That was all they wanted to post, I guess. But it occurs to me that may be why we have so few really active people here. So many simply told their one story and moved on. I do wish we could change that somehow.

Anyway, bottoms up with one more cuppa.


I wouldn't worry about the 290. Probably drive-bys without much to say. It's really the rest of the 820 that are the ones to focus on. And with some of those, the problem is likely divided attention. I have limited time for writing and I still write for other sites. I'd like to focus more on here but somehow my mind wanders into other realms at times. Perhaps in 2019 I'll shift my focus.

I do have a concern about the degree to which this sites seems mostly focussed, intentionally or not, on micro-fiction, short musings, and such. For someone like me who likes worldbuilding and developing his plots and characters, it doesn't always look that welcoming to longer works when you run down what's on the front page.



Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
hayley
Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 6:35:39 PM

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gypsy wrote:
Cripes, please do not talk about riots even in a jesting way. Here in France, and yes I actually live here, have done so for 30 years, this violence and unrest is no joking matter.

Hayly maybe you are overlooking some of the lads who might be using foundation, no need to limit the call, right?



Men? Do you think President Trump uses foundation? ... matte with a touch of yellow ferrous oxide .. (used in pharma as a coating).
laughing8

I didn't mean to offend with the riots thing. Have edited the post. As I was writing it I did think of not posting it at all.. but then I would have forgotten it. I know you live in France. I used to visit a lot when I was at boarding school. Now I come each year at the end of September and stay through to the end of November at least. My Mum used to live there. I left Paris 2weeks ago and it was a really sad experience. It was the first time I have ever been glad to leave. It's such an awesome place.

It is such a shame that peaceful protests get hijacked and now the Strasbourg stuff. So sad.
Mendalla
Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2018 12:35:13 PM

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Brought in a load of Christmas goodies for the coffee house crowd. Fruitcake, plum pudding, shortbread cookies, mincemeat tarts, and a big bowl of eggnog (with a bottle of rum handy to spike to taste). Candy canes, too, of course.

I'll be on vacation and mostly offline after today and possibly until after Christmas so I'm sending out an early and cheery "Merry Christmas" to all the SS gang. May all the hope, peace, joy, and love of the season be with you and yours!


Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
henrietta_fielding
Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2018 2:10:02 PM

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Have a great holiday in the sunshine, Scott! Happy Christmas! 🌲🌲🌲
Survivor
Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:14:53 PM

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Happy Christmas, Scott and Cnythia. And to all the regular crowd.

I'm off to a pickup rehearsal tonight. The shows are on again Friday, Saturday (two performances) and Sunday matinee.
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