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Hounds! Hounds! I want to know what you think of this idea. It's so horrible, but at the same time, I think it's genius.

A choose your own adventure style book where the main character keeps trying to commit suicide, but fate intervenes every time to keep him alive and mostly unharmed. The choose your own adventure part keeps looping back through the book infinitely, so there's no real ending, but if you read the first letter of each "chapter" in the table of contents, it reads "You're in Hell"
I mean, I think it’s clever, but I like wordplay. And bad puns. And other Dad joke type material.
 

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PBS does have a streaming service, which to the best of my recollection is free as long as you are a member of your local station. As one does.
Thanks, sheepy, but not a fan of PBS, actually. They only seem to show stuff we'd watch during one of their interminable pledge drives, and then they interrupt constantly to beg for money.

Besides, I'm back to my usual weird self now. No desire to time-travel back to that horrible year ever again.
 
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I support NPR but haven’t PBS in a long while, since I cut ties with cable. There are some shows I miss, but overall…

I also mostly despise nostalgia, so there’s that. :D
 
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So I keep having these really crazy vivid nightmares of late. Lots of running from zombies (never the slow kind for me, sigh), and then some really super weird ones. Like getting stuck on an elevator that wouldn't work and kept taking me to all the floors I didn't want, but way too far above and below the floor I was aiming for to say f* it and take the stairs.

The one that has probably taken the cake so far involved trolls and mountain giants sleeping in the earth and me coming upon the biggest one yet that was about to wake up...so of course my car suddenly disappeared beneath me and I was trying to bum a ride from all these idiots who were standing around staring at a "forest fire" that was created by the trolls coming to help the mountain giant along out of its slumber. All I knew was that no one was listening and I needed to get out of there ASAP before I turned into a snack.

Best part is my partner spent most of our car ride down to my parents yesterday trying to correlate my dream to real life things going on for me because he's really into that. I feel like trolls and mountain giants are a bit of a stretch, but it was rather hysterical following his thinking about what symbolized what :LOL:
 

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🧟‍♀️ apparently this is the emoji available when you search zombie.

FYI. Because I'm helpful n stuff.

*she says while she should be out somewhere hiking but she decided to hole up with a coffee in hand and write in the beautiful scenery instead.
 
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The Day Job has been kicking my butt for 6+ weeks and counting, so I haven't had the brain cells to write. however, my brain is still dong something, because this happened:
The alarm went off (we have blackout curtains so the room is lovely and dark). I opened my eyes and a gray-green-bulging eyed-roundish-rotting-skin monster head was RIGHT IN MY FACE. I closed my eyes and turned my head. Opened my eyes again and a crimson, glowing grinning demon head was RIGHT IN MY FACE. I closed my eyes again, flung off the covers, pointed my face to the crack of light in the hallway from the bathroom nightlight and got up.

Oy.

But I did manage to come up with a possible first line to the portal fantasy I'm outlining (strikethrough intentional):

"This is how horror movies start. I'm powerless and helpless and want need to change my life. Where are the magical Tarot cards from that creepy, preachy Charles Williams novel? They created earth. They created fire. I want the power to create a new life for myself. One with magic and mystery and beauty."
 

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Wow, the dust got thick in here during my absence. But that's ok, it helps the mood, I think.

*taps the mic*

At least the mic is still working.

Not sure if anybody saw yet, but Anne Rice passed away today. Her writing influenced more writers than imaginable. She was a titan who did not recognize the boundaries normally followed in genre fiction. Her legacy will live on for a long time and we'll see the ripples of her influence for decades.
 
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It's 2022 and life is still hell, so I'm writing a portal fantasy as I look for a new agent.

"Fun times."

I've been checking out map sites and other tools to create a believable world. Back when I was writing The Redeemers (way way back), I simply used the Snake River and various towns along its way. I like visuals. I'd been working on ideas for the Bad Guys' neck of the woods and I remembered Solvay NY, home to the Solvay Process plant. This plant manufactured soda ash for industrial use.

I looked up the process, which is pretty straightforward. What the nice clean chemistry description doesn't mention is the layers upon layers of crusted yellow gunk precipitating onto everything in town from the plant smoke. Everything was yellow. And it stank! No one had a garden because of the process byproducts. And then in the 1940s their hastily built retaining walls broke and flooded a small town nearby. Oopsie. 50 (yes) years later nothing still grew on that land. Oh, to drain it? They shunted it into a nearby creek which fed into Onondaga Lake, thus beginning the legend of a lake so polluted we joked that you didn't have to be Jesus Christ to walk on its waters.

IOW, a writers' gift.


Happy New Year, Hounds! I've been trying new things in the kitchen so on the sideboard you'll find homemade cream puffs and fresh mini-loaves of Hokkaido Milk Bread. Butter and jam provided. Newbie Jam is always so fresh and tasty! :e2teeth:
 
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