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Word Play / Five Random Letters
« on: December 13, 2018, 04:10:43 AM »
Pamela07 from MWC started this game and it was one of my favorites. Let's see how it flies here.

"Make a sentence with the five letters posted.  Each word in the sentence must begin with one of the five posted letters in the same order.  Then leave five random letters for the next person to use." ~ Pamela07 @ MWC


Sandra labeled elephants, 'Emotional Pachyderms'.


Word Play / Pun and Games, Time to Get Your Groan On, All Puns Intended
« on: October 14, 2018, 06:57:46 AM »
Puns, otherwise known as, paronomasias, are jokes that play on words. Puns use words that have several meanings or words that sound similar but have different meanings. Puns can use pictures to show a different meaning to get your point across. Sometimes I think in puns. "Get your point across" sends an odd visual to my twisted noggin.

synonyms: play on words, wordplay, double entendre, innuendo, witticism, quip, bon mot

Here's everything you never wanted to know about puns. <--click it
                                    ~      *     ~   
Since I can't find a picture to work, here's a video. I call this a cross walk in the true sense. <--Click it

A walking cross with legs, or Jesus walking with a cross would also be puns for, a cross walk.

Here on Earth, we have every pun under the sun.

My profile has two puns, that's how punderful I am.

Get ready to laugh and groan and add your own.

The Bar & Grill / Your Most Liked Tweet
« on: October 08, 2018, 12:46:00 PM »
Do you tweet? I do, in spurts. My most favored tweet, created by me, not retweeted, that I can find, so far, is favored by 6 people and was part of a hashtag game.

Mine was on #WorldVeganDay even though I spelled, 'vegetarian' wrong.  :-[ If i were a writer, I would have un-followed me. ??? ::) :o Were it not my most favored, I would have deleted it. Then again, perhaps that's why it was favored. People are mocking me. ???

So, let's see them. What was your most liked tweet? There is no shame in even one or two or none, if it's the one you like the most.

Here is a picture of the Thomas Fire taken by me, twenty miles from home, as I was returning. At the time, we lived at the foot of that big mountain with the smoke billowing off the top.

The Bar & Grill / The Emergency Broadcast System
« on: October 07, 2018, 07:45:43 AM »

I'm curious:

What are emergency alerts like in other countries? Do most developed countries have them?

All across America this week, everyone with a cell phone received a, 'Presidential Alert.' It was similar to the, 'Emergency Broadcast Alert,' monthly broadcast on television.

Never before in the history of America have we received a nationwide, 'Presidential Alert' and never before has the FCC used cell phones for Emergency Broadcast Alerts. Usually the FCC alerts are on television and say something along the line of, “This is a national test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test.” 

The FCC updated its website on Sept.8, 2018. From the FCC -  "Only the President determines when the EAS will be activated at the national level, and has delegated the administration of this function to FEMA."

I want to think the only reason for this was to test the system, which is a good idea, but my gut tells me that SCROTUS, the megalomaniac in the White House, wanted to extend his creepy reach into every American's household by making it, 'Presidential' instead of, 'National.'

Did 'Merican's overseas get an alert too?  :o I doubt it.

The Coffee Table / My Green Eyes
« on: October 04, 2018, 10:53:23 AM »
I hate this trite poem, written under the influence of too much Cabernet Sauvignon and haste. Since I cannot delete it, I will use this post as a working progression. Enjoy the train wreck. ::)

My Green Eyes

Not born of jealousy                                               Not born of petty jealousy
My green eyes                                                       My green eyes
Have seen the fall                                                  witness bitter decline
Of great men, leaders,                                            as great men lead to the demise
crawling from the craw                                           crawling to the craw
                                                                            to a beat, unwise

Not born of greed                                              Not bred for greed
My green eyes                                                   my green eyes
Said, “goodbye” to love                                      departed ways with lusty dreams
Prayed to God                                                    but only while the preacher spat
They told me he was, “Up above.”                       from the pulpit
                                                             reflected by in the prominence of stained glass windows   
Born of optimism
My green eyes                                                   Born optimistic
Believed in the better good                                 my green eyes
I try to help                                                       believe there is a greater good
If I only could                                                     .....Willy Wonka break

Born of hope
My green eyes
Reject the lies and bitter roots
Exposed in time
By ugly truths

I carry on
My green eyes
See the state of my universe
Can I alter
Greed’s worst curse?

In 10 minutes by Deb Galarza

The Bar & Grill / I'm Curious...
« on: October 02, 2018, 05:46:22 PM »
Why do we still have, ICQ,  AIM, MSN, and YIM contact links for our profiles?
Why not, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+, Linkedn, Youtube? You know, the things people actually use these days?

Just curious.

Anyone else?

Writer's Opportunities / Writers Bureau Short Story Competition
« on: September 29, 2018, 07:06:55 AM »
I followed Nicks link to the limerick competition to see what won, and I found the short story competition.
This is a competition for a flash fiction of 500 words or less.
I don't know if they take submissions from the states, but for you in the UK, here's the link to the rules:

Writers Bureau Short Story Competition <--click it.

While you're there, check out the limerick winners.

We can do this folks.  ;)

This was one of my favorite games at MWC. We filled 154 pages. So, without Ollie's permission, here are his instructions to the game:

"What is the question?
The rules of this game are simple. You provide the question to the answer of the previous poster, and then provide a new answer.
                                                                          ~ Posted by ThatOllie, MWC, in another dimension.

Answer: It's gone in sixty seconds.

Question: How long is DG's attention span?

New Answer: He tucks it under his cap.

The Bar & Grill / Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Do You Review?
« on: September 22, 2018, 12:47:10 PM »
I'm curious. As much some of us may loathe critics, does anyone do reviews? If so, share a link, if you dare. I hear there is money or perks to made in reviews, so why not sharpen these skills? Or not.

As a rule, I refuse to do travel reviews, even though I've been asked to do a few. I write passionately about what I love, and I don't want more people crowding me out of the places I love to go to. I tell you guys, but I think my opinions are relatively safe here, for now. ;)

I have a few Yelp reviews I remember. Old ones. I'll go dig them up.

Hmm. Upon digging them up, I'm tempted to trash this thread completely because the punctuation and writing are atrocious in my old Yelp reviews. In the spirit of learning from one's mistakes, and because I think, I hope, this will be a useful thread for those looking into writing reviews, I'll let it stand, for now.

The best reviews I ever read were over, red hats (baseball caps) with, "Make America Great Again" written on ornaments for sale on Amazon. I was rather proud of mine. I wrote two, featuring a virgin, pussy grabbing, some angels, melting snowmen, sheep, and
Nativity scene ornaments that ran away from the tree, but there were loads of hilarious spoof reviews.

Serious ones too, who were pissed off at the rest of us. I've never had so much fun on Amazon before. No kidding. I was in tears of laughter. Sadly, all of the spoofs, including mine, were removed by Amazon, and my copies are on the computer that died. But Christmas 2016 had it's moments, in spite of, and because of, the moron who was voted into office in November. I digress.

It's been awhile but here are my whole two, YELP, reviews. I'll fetch my Amazon reviews later.

My Yelp reviews. <--- Click it,

Feel free to write spoof reviews here or show us reviews you've actually done. I have some spoofs you might like. I'll share them later.

Whatever you do, have fun, or hone a skill. Either way, you are writing, right? Write!


The Bar & Grill / The Things We Do ~ Life's Lighter or Embarrassing Moments
« on: September 19, 2018, 10:02:38 AM »
Did you tip over an apple cart today, or get your heel caught on a crack in the sidewalk so you ended up sprawled out on the cement?

We all have those moments and we've witnessed other people have them.

This is the thread to post those embarrassing, humiliating, awkward tidbits that keep us humble. Even the heart-wrenching ones, if you wish.

Express yourself in poetry, prose, photo, or link to video. Please share what you will, nothing is too much or too little.

Share the laughter and the tears.
We won't judge.


This is a version of something I cooked up for the April Poetry thread at MWC. I've considered adding to the poetry board but feel it's lacking. So for now, while I mull it over, I'll put it here and hope I can see it differently to improve upon it.

You and the Dung Beetle

Fate preempted,
first day, new job.
Devastated, we buried my mom’s mom who mothered me.
Death's first low blow, I could hardly breathe.
Convincingly sweet,
 you lied,
"That's okay, not a problem.
My mom died too, I understand.
You'll need time.
Can you come to work the day after the funeral?"

A former co-worker,
my new, 'compassionate' supervisor
a long way from our first jobs,
car hopping at Duke's A&W
before you two married.
Friends warned me,
way back when,
but you seemed okay.
Besides, I don't listen
to mean girl gossip.

I bought your act, suspected nothing, trusted, confided in you.
Like caterpillar frass you threw me off your scent while
bullshit spewed from your mouth
and you collected crap from every orifice.
How was I to know, you were psycho?
The difference between you and the dung beetle?
The dung beetle rolls shit for posterity,
your fecal engagement varies.
Random entertainment or a target in your site?
After a mindless fling of your signature brand of BS
are desultory results considered mere formalities of your habitual, flippant lies?
Sickening, you feign innocence.
I imagine you dropkick kittens.


Word Play / Collocations Game
« on: September 06, 2018, 09:46:56 PM »
The person before you will leave you with a word that can be collocated with one or more words.
Your job is to find the words that collocate with that word.
Then you leave a word for the next person.

You use them every day but, in case you aren't familiar, the following is a quick lesson on collocation.
Collocation refers to how words go together or form fixed relationships. The Dictionary says, "The habitual juxtaposition of a particular word with another word or words with a frequency greater than chance."

"Collocations/collocation - common word combinations such as 'bright idea' or 'talk freely' - are the essential building blocks of natural-sounding English. The dictionary contains over 150,000 collocations for nearly 9,000 headwords." ~Oxford Dictionary Online

You wouldn't say, "Thick rain."
You would say, "Heavy Rain."

There are strong and weak collocations.
Strong collocations are where the link between the two words is more fixed or restricted. For instance, “wishful thinking.”
Weak collocations are where a word can collocate with many other words. For instance: big house, big dog, big just about anything can go here

If someone left me the word, 'talk' it would look like this:

talk freely, talk openly, talk loudly, talk too much 
The next word is, 'thick.'

Word Play / The Unlikely Game
« on: September 04, 2018, 02:59:59 PM »
How do you play The Unlikely Game?
The poster above you asks for something unlikely. You respond with a clever answer, then you ask for something unlikely. 

I'll pick it up where we left off.

An unlikely thing to find in a public park.

The Coffee Table / About Short Story, Flash Fiction, and Poetry Challenges
« on: September 03, 2018, 08:40:50 PM »

I've looked but have not found any threads for Short Story, Flash Fiction, or Poetry Challenges. Do they exist here or have I missed them?

If not, I wonder, is our membership strong enough yet to support a challenge?
Thoughts or suggestions, anyone?

It's time to grease the wheels.

The Bar & Grill / America's 11th School Shooting in 2018
« on: January 25, 2018, 08:40:06 AM »
 Jordan Klepper, of a political satire sort of series called, The Opposition, said, "America has had more school shootings than days of rain in 2018."

It is disgusting that the NRA has so much political power that people die every single day due to the gun laws in America.
The NRA and the Congress people who refuse to change the laws should be charged with manslaughter.

It's a fact that there is a mass shooting every 9 out of 10 days in America. There are varying definitions for mass shooting. It's either four people must be injured or four people must be killed to be defined a mass shooting. Who cares about the definition?  This should not be happening!

Eighteen injured, three still in critical condition, two children are dead, and a troubled fifteen year old boy will be tried as an adult. One special needs boy may have to have an arm amputated and an entire high school population of students and their parents, teachers, admin and their families will probably never feel safe again.

All of this because the NRA bought members of Congress and those Congress people do not have the integrity to do what's right for the people instead of what is good for the Republican Party and their own bank accounts. This happened 35 miles from Sandy Hook.  If Sandy Hook wasn't enough to move Congress do the right thing, nothing will.

The NRA has its puppets in Congress who say the 2nd Amendment translates to no gun control, no background checks, no laws against types of guns, even automatic assault rifles. 

In 2010 the Supreme Court lifted cap restrictions and transparency requirements on corporate donations to politicians. Almost, if not, all members of Congress, are by now, puppets for corporations and big business. The American Government will be fully corporate if it isn't already. We are well on the way to be an Oligarchy ruled nation.

I love America. I really do, but I can no longer say, "I'm proud to be an American."


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