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Mendalla
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019 7:42:25 AM

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* wanders in and puts on the kettle *

Good morning and Happy New Week! New story is finished but I got hung up on, of all things, the one-liner. First time I've ever got into a tussle over that. I'm going to start on a Moon Challenge story this week.

Had a nice visit with some relatives from my wife's side that I haven't seen in a long time (wife is Chinese so most of her family is far, far away) on the weekend. Son reports doing well getting interviews for his next co-op/internship job. All seems well at the moment, IOW.


I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
Survivor
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019 8:29:16 AM

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Tams wrote:
*modestly flashing my shiny new Challenge Champ badge* happy8

Thanks to all who read my whacky tale. I'm looking forward to the next challenge idea.



Good morning, Tamara and Scott. Tam, you might be interested in knowing there is a Moon challenge still in effect right now. It's had only three entries so far. This is the thread announcing the challenge.

https://forum.storiesspace.com/yaf_postst8001_Challenge-The-Moon.aspx

I'm working on my second cup of coffee now. Completed all of my usual chores. I am working on the Moon challenge now, but it is going slow.

flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
Tams
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019 2:04:13 PM

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Survivor wrote:

Good morning, Tamara and Scott. Tam, you might be interested in knowing there is a Moon challenge still in effect right now. It's had only three entries so far. This is the thread announcing the challenge.


Thanks, L. I will plant that seed and see if a moon story grows.

I have Tuesday and Wednesday off which means tonight is Friday for me. Yay! I'll have some more coffee to get me through the last hour of my shift... then we will switch to something harder. :)




gillianleeza
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019 2:53:43 PM

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I do love badges. Not sure why but they amuse me. I am afraid I won't be earning new ones anytime soon. My writer's block is alive and well. I'll keep trying though.

It's still summer weather here. Gong to be 95 by Wednesday, but relief comes on Friday with winds blowing in cooler weather. I feel claustrophobic with all the windows in my house closed.

I'll have a lemonade. I hope this Monday has been good for everyone.

Cheers!
Mendalla
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019 2:54:10 PM

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Tussle over, new story is up. Time for tea before I move on to my Moon Challenge piece.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/supernatural/-lady-in-the-lake-.aspx

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
ladysharon
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019 5:20:59 PM

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Hello! I was in charge today for some reason at work. I told my supervisor that the plaster is falling from the ceiling thanks to the rain and there are leaks everywhere. I just got another post ready to be scheduled out. The little one commandeered my phone and is watching YouTube videos. I put it on some nursery rhymes and she just came up to me and said "Green." She's a two-year-old ball of energy that doesn't stop. I'll have an apple juice for her and green tea for me, please

Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 5:04:05 AM

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Greetings to all who enter in search of fine coffee, entertaining conversation along with news flashes, gossip and other odds and ends (some way odder than others).

Me, I done got drinking coffee down pat but the rest of that stuff is gonna be a challenge. ;)

glasses8

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 5:36:13 AM

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Hi, Rump. Hi, Sharon. How's life? Came in for my morning tea and to respond to a comment on my story. My hometown survived a massive student party this past weekend (long story which I will tell if you're interested). Fewer arrests and first responder calls than last year in spite of a larger crowd. Only cost us CAD$300,000 to police it *groans and looks at property tax bill*

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
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Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 6:45:12 AM

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Morning, Scott. Hey Bill. Nice day. Starting out well. Vuctor has his chin resting on my leg, watching me type and do other computer chores.

I'm thinking of heading out to Mesa Verde National Park soon. We have discovered there are tons of places there in the park that are accessible and the pup is allowed to roam along with us on the trails. That makes it tempting to visit. And it is a short two day drive out there to Southwest Colorado.

The temperatures are cooling and the leaves out west will start turning colors soon. It might be a good trip.

flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 9:03:15 AM

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Just posted a new list of about twenty calls for themed subs on the 'Calls for Subs & Contests' forum. There are a fair number of horror related openings. Check 'em out.

glasses8


Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11:06:02 AM

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Survivor wrote:


I'm thinking of heading out to Mesa Verde National Park soon. We have discovered there are tons of places there in the park that are accessible and the pup is allowed to roam along with us on the trails. That makes it tempting to visit. And it is a short two day drive out there to Southwest Colorado.


Haven't been to that one yet though I've heard of it. Your national parks are just amazing. Can't think of one I have visited that I haven't enjoyed.


Survivor wrote:

The temperatures are cooling and the leaves out west will start turning colors soon. It might be a good trip.

flower


We keep thinking we're there and then, wham, another last gasp of summer. High of 30C and humid today with a risk of showers or thunderstorms. More like August 1 than October 1.


I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 9:33:16 PM

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And speaking of horror, I did a terrible job with that calls for subs list. Here's a alibi and/or excuse and maybe even a solution to the problem of links that don't work.

mea culps follows: Sorry about that snafu. Most of the time I delete the links because they won't transfer.

With that '50 word' listing and all the rest, just google either the site issuing the call for subs and/or the name of the contest, etc..

Here's the link for the 50 word item:
https://www.everywritersresource.com/every-writer-halloween-50-word-scary-story-contest/

Who knows, with luck it might even work. If not, try that google trick mentioned above.

glasses8

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

henrietta_fielding
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 4:53:26 AM

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Cheers for all the listings, Bill. We appreciate your hard work!

It's gone from late summer to winter here this week. Brr!

Coffee to get me warmed up and going today, please!

Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 5:37:47 AM

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Tea time! Okay, any time is pretty much tea time for me. Thanks to all who've been complimenting my latest. I love ghost stories and I'm heartened by the response to my latest attempt at the genre. If you haven't partaken yet, the link is in my sig.

Survived summer's brief (hopefully) last hurrah. Cool and wet today.

Still wrestling with my moon challenge ideas. I have about three different stories rattling around in my imagination, none of which really goes anywhere as of yet. It's all beginnings with no endings. I know it will likely involve the "dark" side of the Moon in some way and that's about it.

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
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Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 6:46:11 AM

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Morning, all. I need to get my first cup of coffee in me quickly.

Never any worries, Bill. We always get these things figured out. Any efforts to give aid and comfort to simple writers are appreciated.

Not a clue what is happening today. I am in a sort of fog for some reason. Oh well, always some chores to do.

flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 6:48:59 AM

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Survivor wrote:


Not a clue what is happening today. I am in a sort of fog for some reason.


That's literal here. Was quite misty first thing. Probably clearing out now.


I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
gillianleeza
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 12:42:35 PM

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No fog or cool weather here. It will be arriving this weekend. Today they are expecting record highs. It is now 96. By Friday it will be breezy and in the low 70s. That is much more my kind of weather.

I've been hanging out with my cat Apollo. He has either an injury to his neck or a neurological issue. I came home yesterday to find him with his head cocked to one side and falling down. After a trip to the vet and some meds, he is a bit better today. We are hoping it is an injury that will heal.

I am trying to make lists of things I need to do and or hope to do and one for television shows I want to watch. One show I am eagerly anticipating is the second season of Castle Rock. It starts later this month.

I'll take a lemonade to sip out on my deck. I might as well enjoy most likely the last summer day. Soon I will be complaining it is too cold.

Cheers Everyone!
Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 12:49:56 PM

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gillianleeza wrote:
Today they are expecting record highs. It is now 96. By Friday it will be breezy and in the low 70s. That is much more my kind of weather.



So you're basically running a day behind us. We had the record highs yesterday and are cooling down now. And Ottawa is apparently under a frost warning tonight. * shudders *


I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
Welshdreamer42
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 1:40:43 PM

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It’s definitely turned wintery here. Time to bring my duvet into the coffee shop, curl up in a chair, and scrounge a good book from someone coffee


"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 2:52:57 PM

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Welshdreamer42 wrote:
It’s definitely turned wintery here. Time to bring my duvet into the coffee shop, curl up in a chair, and scrounge a good book from someone coffee


You're on a writing site and need to scrounge a book?? dontknow

I'm making a fresh pot of green tea. Anyone else?

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
gillianleeza
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 6:26:33 PM

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I think we need to start a library in the coffee house. I can donate several collections of short stories and my entire Stephen King collection to start with.

Too warm for tea, I'll have another lemonade and a bowl of ice cream. I'll be happy to share some. I have Rocky Road and Vanilla Bean.

Cheers Everyone!
Survivor
Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2019 6:36:10 AM

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I've got Arabica french roast brewing. It should be ready in a few minutes. Today is dance class. I'm rather achy and this class will stretch my muscles but I'm sure I'll be even achier later on.

Victor sees me get out my dance bag and he knows I will be leaving and won't take him with me. He goes back to bed a very unhappy pup.

flower





All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
ladysharon
Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2019 4:33:43 PM

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Good evening, everyone. My latest assault on the English language for the back to school challenge is finally up for your reading pleasure. I'm also crunching to get four blog posts scheduled out for the Blogtober challenge. The building I'm living in is getting the extermination treatment, so the little one and I will be at my parents' home for a few days. Outside, the temperatures are starting to drop and it's time to get the space heater out. I'll have some dark roast coffee, with four creams, four sugars please.

Survivor
Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019 7:33:08 AM

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Here's hoping that all are having a good day. I have the coffee brewed and there's a tea kettle on the stove. Victor is snuggled up with me. I'm not sure where the cat is hiding.

I've been watching Wunderground for the weather forecasts. It appears that there are dozens of small rainy spots surrounding this area. The most massive is a cell over the center of Kansas. I wonder if that will reach us here or not.

flower






All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
Mendalla
Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019 12:15:16 PM

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Survivor wrote:

Victor sees me get out my dance bag and he knows I will be leaving and won't take him with me. He goes back to bed a very unhappy pup.


My family had a dog for about a decade through the 80s (died in '88, I think). We had had him for a few years when my mother went back to working outside the house part-time (she had been a stay-at-home mother since my birth in '65). The dog, who was very attached to having people around, was not amused. When Mom came home at noon, he would start baying (a beagle) as soon as Mom turned on to our street walking home from the bus stop.

Kettles on for my green tea. Anyone else?


I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
ladysharon
Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019 5:43:23 PM

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I'll have some green tea, please.

gillianleeza
Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019 7:36:48 PM

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My favorite weather has arrived. It's about 60 and breezy. I happily have all my windows open.

This evening was weird. I've had issues with my computer freezing up and restarting, my printer won't print, the dryer isn't heating and the cable box won't turn on. I've been banned from touching any electronics or appliances. Apparently I am bad luck. I'll have to call my oldest son to troubleshoot the computer. Hopefully, he'll keep the sighing to a minimum.

Maybe it's a sign I should be quietly reading a book.

Happy Weekend Everyone!
henrietta_fielding
Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2019 5:18:04 AM

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Bah to computer issues, Gill! (hugs) Reading a book to distract you from the sighs of your son fixing it sounds a great idea! How is Apollo doing today?

It's 14 degrees here (that's 57F), wet and windy but it has warmed up a bit after the wild weather of mid-week. Some of Larry's coffee would do nicely, please. :)
Survivor
Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2019 7:03:01 AM

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henrietta_fielding wrote:
Bah to computer issues, Gill! (hugs) Reading a book to distract you from the sighs of your son fixing it sounds a great idea! How is Apollo doing today?

It's 14 degrees here (that's 57F), wet and windy but it has warmed up a bit after the wild weather of mid-week. Some of Larry's coffee would do nicely, please. :)


The coffee is good here today, Cynthia. I'm always glad to see you drop by and join us. We are finally having the Autumn weather really surrounding us. There is a 100 percent chance of precipitation today. It will still get hot again, but we know it is Fall now. We can feel it out there.

I'm off to do some shopping soon. It's time to get some of the weekly bargains. Victor will just have to go back to bed while I'm gone. flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
gillianleeza
Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2019 11:36:48 AM

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henrietta_fielding wrote:
Bah to computer issues, Gill! (hugs) Reading a book to distract you from the sighs of your son fixing it sounds a great idea! How is Apollo doing today?

It's 14 degrees here (that's 57F), wet and windy but it has warmed up a bit after the wild weather of mid-week. Some of Larry's coffee would do nicely, please. :)


My son's first question was why haven't I gotten a new laptop. I told him he was welcome to buy one for me. He's going to work on it tomorrow so in the meantime I'm logging in on my phone which I'm not a fan of. I think my fingers are too big, lol. I don't know how people manage that. But that is what I'm stuck with for now.

Apollo is doing much better. His head is still tilted slightly and they have no idea why but he's eating purring and running around with our other cat so I am not going to worry about him for now.

We had our first chilly night. I love sleeping snuggled under a comforter with cool breezes blowing through the bedroom.

I tackled all the closets in my house and have them organized so today I am am going to attempt to do the same to my bookcases. I may be gone for a few days. 😀

Cheers!
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