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So, I'm trying these ditties out in another activity that I've discovered. Please help me if I am again confused about how to participate. I've emailed Sharmelle. I think I got this right.

"Autumn Entries"  

She says I don't have to be a member to participate. She lists 'Member's Entries'? Soooo...here I am. Don't know if I'm entered as a contestant or just showing my work to teacher for no credit??

I had to edit them for length. Theme or prompt was easy.
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Thank you for your entries Brian! I have Marvelous Friend helping me with my contest, she has been doing a very good job helping me out and I am very thankful for all of her help this year! I am hoping to be back by November 2021 at the latest. I would like to wish you luck in this contest! And I hope to see you back next month and the months to come to.
I pay my dues as a writer, somewhat a participator, and less so an organizer/host of activities, because I know my limitations. So, I write stuff and well, it doesn't qualify. How do I quantify?

"Pale Blue Dot
"From Her High Tower
"Can't Qualify, Can't Quantify

I could add dozens more links in futility. I really should retire.
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We write because we have to. We don't need anyone's approval, as nice as that is. Writing is exercise for the brain, just like physical exercise is good for the body.
The problem isn't you. There's an audience here that doesn't respond and I can't fix that. Make sure nothing is rated over 13+; E is apparently preferred by the Gatekeepers of Poetry here. I have the same problem. Fantasy is preferred over Reality. Rhyme is preferred over reason.

I don't write just for myself. I do think writing daily helps but my poems aren't mere doggeral or writing exercises. Not my poems, not my stories, not my blog.
All valid points, which I've considered over my many years. Ultimately, WDC is the machine that needs to be fed. As I plug myself into the formula and unplug and replug and unplug, I sense the disconnects foremost.

I just wonder if anyone else wonders if it's futile? The machine needs us. And, if activities don't make you jump through hoops, easier to participate, more active community.

Writing ML, linking? That's just the beginning. The effort to craft words is enough, we have to format and create a static/item. Once you devote yourself to writing, all the rules, proper linking and rating, etc. might make the effort wasted.

I hung to Shadows and Light for years as it fit me, offering wasn't difficult. Then, one month, I didn't notice the length of entries was shortened to forty lines. I forget little details like that after a lot of effort to make everything fit. Every activity is just a little bit different. A person can get confused, forget, penalized. And, if no one reviews entries, and if we don't make the cut, we can't know what the shortcoming was. The writing or the tedious criteria? Ultimately, we seek to improve our craft through this process.

And, when you're writing to these prompts, some artistic aim suffers. I write two versions of some things...the perfect visions and what judges want, so it doesn't get disqualified.

Hard to measure one's skills against others, what others want, without feedback, and placing in a contest is the only thing.

Let's not forget, WDC attracts lonely, isolated people. Affirmation is important. Think of the aim of all those fluffy reviews (especially for newbies - would you tell them go fly a kite, or we're here for you?). I assume that's part of the attraction.

I am acclaimed/published, too. And agree, what do our words amount to? We could all be reciting our beauties to walls. Newsfeed is the most reactive part of this entity. I dip my toe in the water to see if I feel something. But, it doesn't encourage me to swim. It's a great unknown.

Should have been a blog entry. *Wink* If I had a week or month, I'm sure I could have crafted a better dissertation.

Un-editable
A poem about Autumn that I'm working on. Maybe, some attention to its weaknesses for further improvement?

"Autumn's Irony


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I'm starting to resemble that guy...
Updating author bios is haa-aard. Feel like I keep changing my mind about me and stuff:

https://www.writing.com/main/profile/biography/ripglaedr3

Fun sticking pix in there, though. *Laugh* Just another thing my restless mind can do instead of clean house, get oil change or read or review or write. Oh, wait...*Think*
Not the same.
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Bella famiglia.
That's a fabulous dandelion pic! I love that! Did you take it or just happen to find such an amazing image?
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*Poolcue*

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*Pool1*
*Pool2**Pool3*
*Pool4**Pool5**Pool6*
*Pool7**Pool8**Pool9**Pool10*
*Pool11**Pool12**Pool13**Pool14**Pool15*

Hmm? or...

*Poolcue*

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*Pool1*
*Pool9**Pool2*
*Pool10**Pool3**Pool11*
*Pool4**Pool12**Pool8**Pool13*
*Pool5**Pool14**Pool6**Pool15**Pool7*

Where's my *stick* ? *poolstick* ?



*Basketball*

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*Pool1*
*Pool2**Pool3*
*Pool4**Pool5**Pool6*
*Pool7**Pool8**Pool9**Pool10*
*Pool11**Pool12**Pool13**Pool14**Pool15*

I like my odds now.

Break!




                   *Pool1*

         *Pool9*                    *Pool2*
*Pool10*          *Pool3*
                             *Pool11*
*Pool4*


                                                 *Pool13*                                        *Pool7*
                                                                     *Pool6*                              *Pool15*


                   *PointRight*  *Poolcue* *PointLeft*


         *Pool5*                              

         *Pool12*
                             

         *Pool8*                              *Pool14*
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We were the same way, trying to look like masters of the pool room, but racking those balls? Just knew the eight ball had to be packed in the middle. My OCD wanted to arrange them multiple ways and spent so much time racking I'd get yelled at.
cue ball is really hard to find. How many do you see here? Or, is it just my settings for WDC and my laptop??

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They are much easier to see in the tan comment box tan in the original white-background post. lol
I think I'm going to change my handle and profile picture(s) every day, and maybe, every hour...mostly from the tedium of pent up energy lodged in a fortress of boredom. This isn't jail. I've always had 'the door' as an option. That's for quitters.

When the caged bird sings, I suggest noise-cancelling headphones. *Wink*


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In this digital age, the only secret to a truly good photograph is to keep shooting and delete the rest. *Laugh*
All demonstrably obsessive tendencies to publicly pimp my puss must come to en endā€¦



I wanted a better selection of words, but Iā€™m dilated and waiting for eye exam, internet is bad, forgot glasses, on my phone.
That's my FAVORITE one!

Good luck with the eye doctor!
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I hesitate to share, not because I fear to, but wholly separate from WDC birthday/anniversary (the prime focus of newsfeed this week):

"Inside The Social Construct - Who We Are Meant To Be

Full of flaws and ignorance on display, so dive in. Good tease?
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newly edited blog post for better focus, typos, etc.
Had fun with a prompt in iKĆÆyĆ„Ā§ama 's activity today:

"Much Ado About Cake

Thanks to Shakespeare for a phrase that seems endless as time.

         
It's not really his birthday, but you get the tie in.   *RollingPin* *EyesRight*
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Wow! my first poem this month and it's not good. So, let's share it! *Laugh*

"A Glance Before I'm Gone: Because You're Beautiful

It rings clichƩ, by the end. Truth = Beauty, beauty equals x?
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I love that you not only acknowledge that it's not great (though I didn't take time to read it as I'm trying to get through a whole day's worth of the Community Newsfeed), but that you posted it for us to tear apart. That's commitment to the craft! *Proud*
Don't read me, if you think I am beaut boring, "SuperNova Afterglow: New Zenith:

         "When They Find You

I'm fine, how are you?
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It's a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma like an egg roll they want you to eat.
It's like ignorantly walking through life without your shoes laces tied. Eventually, you're going to get tripped up.

I'd sooner get velcro.
anyone want to look at this to give me some feedback? no review needed, just another pair of eyes...

"The Worst Gift Ever
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Very sad. Since I don't like birthdays and avoid telling most people when mine is I have mixed emotions. I do understand the pain of being invisible.
I didn't know it would be sad, when I started writing. I do know what it's like to work someplace and not be a part of the 'group'. Happens because I don't know how to insert myself, assimilate. Always expect rejection. I rely too much on the kindness of others for inclusion. At least, when I was young.
I'm going to squeeze every ounce of tread-life out of this face...before I have to figure out photoshop.
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And, one again, we rotate the faces for another 5,000 miles, or until the next oil change...but not for synthetic.
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If you care about something, like Writing.Com's 21st birthday, or me *Wink*, you can use the new 'care' emoji for this post.

You can even share what you care about in a reply and I will use care emoji to respond to each.



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I do like the 'care' emoji. We all need hugs. Not sure about all of them though. I'll keep my thoughts to myself... until they spill out. *Rolleyes*
RUBS EYES

My condolences to the Thumbs Up guy. Either he is pale with sickness or has to wear a glove now to protect his hands in this pandemic, or worse, he's a ghost *whispers because he's white now*.


*ThumbsUpR* *ThumbsUpL*
Although...is this his Irish cousin? He looks a bit pale, too.
*ThumbsUpGreen*

okay, no more coffee today

*CoffeeBl*

Ironically, I don't take it black. Just like my black cup. *Wink* and a little irony to sweeten life.

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My raspberry-black-coffee is in my black cup (the one that's red inside). perhaps I should drink it?
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Handle idea: Brian is intestate!

That sounds worse than the worse it really is -- thought provoking as it is for a September prompt here:

FORUM
The Whatever Contest  (13+)
This irregular contest will change each round. Nature poem? Horror story? Whatever.
#2232242 by Schnujo


I couldn't actually get through the whole prompt for Schnujo 's activity. ADHD issues, you know.

I cringe at the thought I could pass on my stuff here to another (bypassing actual family), rather than have a true will and testament in place. Though, we met to make arrangements (not finalized). My living will is in place. Anyone here want my organs? How shall I divvy up my eyeballs??

Hmm, who wants to be heirs of my WDC goodies? I could pass tomorrow. Does this mean just my stuff, or can someone assume my identity, so I can go on living forever? Is there an internet equivalency to cryogenically freezing your intellectual properties like a brain?

Can a robot replace me, continue entering random generated poems in activities after I'm ashes?

Rather than being a cyborg, I'm going to live to 95, at this rate. Resting heart rate and more covered here:

"Health Advice I'm Not Qualified To Give

Some would say I'm already assembled from a collection of body parts. Buyer beware. Hey, what about:

a reverse mortgage on stuff in my portfolio. Thoughts just keep coming. *Confused* Sorry, Jody. I had too much coffee. You know how I'm wired. *Laugh* I think I have Aspberger's, too. I know only three or four face emojis. *Think* Five.



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Yeah, ALL my activities still need work, including those prompts. *Facepalm* Sorry about that. But thanks for tagging me and my contest! *Bigsmile*

Good luck with picking new eyeball owners. I'm sure there are plenty of folks who could use a new one after keeping their eye on you for so long. *Laugh*
You know me, just riffing with everything I see. Going with the flow. Loosey-goosey.



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yeah, in my mind that made more sense
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