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Woke up with a terrible headache. I've always suffered from headaches. It's like, a part of me now. I always, I mean always have headaches. I'm so used to it that when it's mild, I don't feel it at all. If it gets worse, it feels like my head is breaking apart.

I’m sure you’ve looked into this fully, but I’ll just say that since I started taking blood pressure medicine (and had all my heart arteries surgically re-routed, which I don’t recommend except vs. the alternative), I’ve had almost no headaches.

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General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: Today at 10:33:19 AM »
I do like “safeguard livelihoods”, rather than “get the economy going again.”
It speaks to my concern for the humans, rather than the businesses. But the two are hugely intertwined. So many small businesses are at risk, so many people’s savings may be wiped out. Perhaps there will be a new social contract that arises from this. But even if so, and even if that might be a good, it’ll have terrible birth pangs.

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Sorry to bring up such an ugly topic, but does anyone know if anything at all is happening in the whole Jeffrey Epstein thing? Has everyone just accepted that the rich can assassinate someone basically in broad daylight like this? The guy had God knows how many "clients" and helpers, all of which are guilty of crimes. Is there any kind of investigation, and we're just not really hearing about it?

@Eli_Freysson, check out this podcast:
The Portal, with Eric Weinstein, episode 25 “The Construct” (March 6, 2020)

Weinstein argues that Epstein was a CIA construct: not a billionaire, mainly a form of honey trap for the sick, rich, and powerful. Sound wacko? Maybe. But Weinstein is incredibly brilliant and a definite iconoclast. Always interesting.

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Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: Today at 12:09:05 AM »
I’ve been working my way past 3,600 words on a short story.
Acts 1 and 2 are compete. Not quite feeling Act 3 yet.

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General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: Today at 12:04:51 AM »
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More people will, I think, recover from the virus than will recover from the consequences of the virus.

I’ve been a supporter of all the strategies to protect the communal health.
But God! Sometimes I’m with those who say we need to just get our economies going again.
The impacts of this are going to be with us...

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;D 1000th Post  ;D

Some days I feel like I've been here forever, others I feel like I'm not really keeping up with things. Whatever the reality, I'm glad I found this little corner of the internet.

Congrats!

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I've done this quiz
https://openpsychometrics.org/tests/characters/
and my best matches are Lisa Simpson and Amy from the Big Bang Theory, with 87% ;D

Also in the 80s I got Samwell Tarly, C-3PO and Smithers, amongst the ones I've watched.

84% match for General Iroh from the Last Airbender. This actually gives me great pleasure. He was a super interesting guy in a super great American anime.

I ended up answering a ton of questions about Romeo & Juliet, and found I have no memory of who Benvolio is when he’s at home.

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One of the not-widely-known writers in Turkey started dating Adriana Lima. He is the most famous writer now :)

I’m going to run this strategy by Mrs. JMack to see if she thinks I should find a super-model once I’ve written my first book. Mrs. JMack is very supportive of my writing.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Aphantasia & Writing
« on: April 03, 2020, 11:44:16 AM »
My dum memory of reading Hemingway was that he is spare with the visuals.
Read this:
Spoiler for Hiden:
He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. In the first forty days a boy had been with him. But after forty days without a fish the boy’s parents had told him that the old man was now definitely and finally salao, which is the worst form of unlucky, and the boy had gone at their orders in another boat which caught three good fish the first week. It made the boy sad to see the old man come in each day with his skiff empty and he always went down to help him carry either the coiled lines or the gaff and harpoon and the sail that was furled around the mast. The sail was patched with flour sacks and, furled, it looked like the flag of permanent defeat.

You see every thing, but there’s not a bit of “description.”
So I thought, yeah, that proves that at least one guy sold books without that stuff. Yay, me; there’s hope.

And then I read the next paragraph:

Spoiler for Hiden:
The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck. The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks. The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords. But none of these scars were fresh. They were as old as erosions in a fishless desert.

Lots of description. And pretty freaking brilliant.
But what makes it brilliant is how everything serves character, setting, and theme. It’s not description for its own sake; it’s part of a whole.

If all I did with this post was have a few of us read two paragraphs of Hemingway, I’ll take that.  ;D

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Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: April 03, 2020, 10:16:25 AM »
I'm an aspiring author, like most here, who found this website while trying to find info about writing a book. I love reading, mostly mystery, crime, thriller, fantasy, and sci-fi. From joining, I hope to become a better author, and read good books. Oh, I'm also a Texan.

Welcome back !

And still a virgin Texan!

Whoops, did I post that?

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: April 03, 2020, 10:11:47 AM »
Hey, @Peat.
I have one the thing to wish you:

Spoiler for Hiden:
REPEAT!!

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Writers' Corner / Re: Aphantasia & Writing
« on: April 03, 2020, 02:00:33 AM »
quote author=NedMarcus link=topic=12464.msg204011#msg204011 date=1585835255]
It's more a sort of knowing (when I'm writing) and a feeling of vibration or rhythm of the words and sentences. Hard to describe. I'm curious what experiences others have of this—not only people with degrees of aphantasia. Could you imagine writing without literal visual imagery?
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This is me. It’s all about the words and their sound, their rhythm. I really should try to visualize while I write. I bet I’d enjoy it even more.

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General Discussion / Re: If there was a brand new Fantasy TV show
« on: April 03, 2020, 01:55:48 AM »
I'd love to watch a cross between Captain Planet and Josie and the Pussycats, with--hold it--cast from the Scooby Doo show as well.

Hi, @laughs. If you’re a Scooby fan, you might enjoy the book “Meddling Kids” by Edgar Cantero. Scooby crossed with HP Lovecraft. Very cool.

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Ken scholes Psalms of Isaak I’ve been waiting for the price to come down on kindle since dec 2017 as the price was too high at £20.00  today I checked on kindle and it’s over £20.00 for a 400 page book. Time for me to stop waiting and move on.

I think that’s a total rip off the previous books is the series were only like £ 5.99

I won’t be reading anymore of his books why set your price for an e book that high

It’s why  I won’t read the rest of the  murderbot series (unless the price comes down in the next year) either plenty of books out there just as good and cheaper

Ooh. The last Murderbot? I’m in at most any price. But they’ve all been pretty hefty, and it has bothered me. But soooooo good!

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It's good to see life in this place again!

And it’s good to see you here!

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