Meeting Anka


The Monster in Your Closet

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My most bittersweet journey to date was made with a friend I’d first known as a sequence of blinking green letters on a black screen.

In 1993, Nathan and I started chatting on local bulletin boards before meeting up in person and becoming in fast friends. In 2008, with many years of history between us, he drove me and my newborn son up to Oregon say goodbye to my dying mom.

Nathan was my first online friend to become an offline friend, but I’ve made many more in the 21 years since then. In fact, almost all of my Los Angeles friendships began as virtual ones.

Soon, there shall be better Mackorah pictures to share! (What, you really think "Bennifer" is better?)

Mackenzie and I met thanks to our affection for the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer; she has been a rock to me since almost the moment we met.

Maggie and I first blog-bonded over our common love of Gandalf before she introduced me to her high school girlfriends, who…

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Kill first, ask questions later: Ferguson protests explained 140 characters at a time


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Many people seem to think in 140- (or fewer) character bites these days.

It’s hard to break complex news into 140-character bursts. Much is lost. But I’ll try. I want people to understand. Lives count on it.

Michael Brown and Ferguson are about more than Michael Brown or Ferguson. They are about every black man in every town in the United States.

Months of protesting have followed Michael Brown’s death. But why? He was a “thug.”

Beside, a grand jury found his killer innocent? Strange, since grand juries decide whether charges should be brought, not give verdicts.

Much was terribly wrong with this peculiar grand jury. Prosecutor McCulloch counted on the public not caring about the differences.

McCulloch seems to have counted correctly.

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Scene Challenge of the Week


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Yes... I'm a nerd. Yes… I’m a nerd.

Well, one paper is out of the way and a second one is half done. I’ve also got one of my short papers finished, and I’m planning to write the second one on Thursday. However, I still have four books to finish (about 900 pages) before December 3rd and I’ll have four papers to write as well. So, super-massive week 1 is half over and I’m doing fairly well. However, I still have to finish this week and then super-massive week two will happen next week. Anyway, I imagine that you’re here for your scene challenge. If you don’t know the rules: I provide you with specific rules for how to write a particular scene.  Try to keep your scene under five hundred words, and try to keep it in the same tone as the introduction.  If I give a line that is very dark and depressing, then…

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One fine Freshly Pressed day


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When it rains, it pours.

Sometimes terrible circumstances converge, making it hard to keep my head above water.

Other times, the rain is a downpour of a feathers and fairy dust. I’m submerged but breathing, and it all feels glorious. Yesterday was just such a day.

I got to spend time with my baby son.

I’ll return to paying work soon, but for now I am able to set the pace of daily life … with some input from my seven-month-old!

Two weeks ago I only got to spend a few waking minutes with him daily. After watching him crawl around my living room and attempt to eat everything at floor level yesterday,

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Story Challenge of the Week


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Have you ever woken up exhausted? That was my morning yesterday. Its been a long time since I was actually this tired. However, if I can make it through this week I will be over the hump and the major stuff will be done. Then I just have a couple more books to read and a few short papers to write and I’ll be done with the semester. Anyway, I have a story challenge for you. You know the rules: I give you a picture and you give me a story of 1000 words or less (at least if you want to post it here) that explains what is happening in the picture. Remember the lesson from last time, stay true to the picture. Let the audience know what is happening in the background of the picture without actually altering any of the picture’s own details. Enjoy:

This is by Asuka 111. However, I couldn't actually find the source of the picture. If anyone knows it, then email it to me and I'll be happy to credit and link. This is by Asuka…

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