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Pliny the Elder, (AD76)

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The Fountain of Youth, El Dorado, and Creative Writing Classes

This last essay was sent to us by the well-known author Aloysius Krumpelwitz, who writes under the p…

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Avoid. sentence. fragments

Mr Salter’s side of the conversation was limited to expressions of assent.  When Lord Copper wa…

I can’t sing

Sung to the tune of "Can't Help Falling In Love With You"

The Dancing Goddesses;

addendum and annotation for the book of that name,
by author Elizabeth Wayland Barber

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Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Parts of Speech!?

Our next example is related to the word-parsimony fallacy but even stupider.  This is the notio…


The struggles Of everyday life Are nothing Compared to The struggles Of everyday death

An Artist Weaves His Web

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The Cast; the Plot

Torkulweef say: We offered to introduce Tiresias, but he refused, for no better reason than that he …

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Professor Sudo’s Questionable Quotations

What is truth?  Who wants to know!? —Al Capone And more wit and dubious wisdom from the many voice…

Tiresias; an Apology of Sorts

Torkulweef say: We offered to introduce Tiresias, but he refused, for no better reason than that he …

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Optimistic in Summer

Young, we dream of ethereal lovers; Meat, and sweat, come later.

Regarding user names and passwords

A best practice note from your friendly neighborhood web dude

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Misusing Words for Fun and Profit

Good writers don’t want to use their words the way other people do.

Three Guys in a Bar

For a story to have what we consider a proper ending, it is not enough for the “real-life” events to…

The Esoteric Library

Old books become new epubs

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The True Fairy Tale of the Niffum and the Legab

First of all, it happened in another universe, and on the outer fringes of another galaxy, and on an…

Rain Dance

A Haiku

The Principle Of Moments

Multi-Braned, Multi-Authored, gutbocket Sci Fi experiment

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Writer’s Diction

The first thing to consider is the difference between the diction of writers and civilians.  Wr…

A poem about indecision


Hendra’s World

An Illustrated novel in progress by Stu Helm

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Saint Ollin and the Swamp Dragon

For Cllotillda, on the verge of marriage, had lost her beloved.  Not exactly lost—in fact he had die…

The Word-Parsimony Fallacy

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence that it is not utterly absurd; indeed i…

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Changing Light

Always wear a hardhat while in the work zone

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Art, Interpretation, and Competition

You tell me a painting hung upside down in a museum for years and nobody noticed? I say, great! A ne…

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Sometimes They tell you things you need to hear Sometimes They tell you things you shouldn’t hear

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Oatey Biscuity Cookies for a Family of Five

View Post This oatmeal cookie recipe is adapted from the one on the  Quaker Oats lid. I reduce …

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Tread softly because you tread on my words.

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Old Wine in New Bottles

To see imagery as mere ornament in a story is like seeing a man’s head as just a pedestal for his bo…

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Bad Advice From a Good Writer

Whatever one wishes to say, there is one noun only by which to express it, one verb only to give it …

Ronald Smart Writes

Stories and memoirs that span from the depression to the new millennium

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Two Sentence Horror Stories

* He sawed the woman in two. The thing is, he isn't a magician.


Works by transfeminist author and artist Finn Enke

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A Song For You (apologies to Leon Russell)

a song is a way to experience the world through new eyes.

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The Passive Voice Speaks Out

Before the Internet, we had to go to political rallies or beer parlors to collect half-truths and bi…

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Music Theory Lesson 2:

The musical scale goes on forever in both directions, dipping lower at one end and rising higher at …

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Music Theory Lesson 1; Middle C

If the magical system which is music is to be understandable, we have to have a "You Are Here" point…

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The King of Euralia And The Fairy

An excerpt from A. A. Milne's delightful book  Once On a Time, as published in full at the Esoteric …

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A Batch of Peanut Butter Cookies in Two Quantities

This shortbread-like cookie recipe comes in a large and a jumbo size.

Why laughter is the best medicine.

Why laughter is the best medicine. is short description of how you can be in the timeless now.