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Wishing a very
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
to the master with the mostest
The StoryMaster
Many happy returns and here's to many more years of celebration ahead!



Happy Birthday, Story Master!
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Happy Birthday !
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Happy Birthday!!!!! I hope you had a super, awesome, spectacular day!
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Hi ho! We're back!
Sorry for the short notice, but I've got another image to 'auction off'
and the beneficiary for this round is *drum roll* "Newbies + Poetry Group! *Bigsmile*

Here's the lil' ol image you get:

FULL SIZE HERE!  

*Bullet* You get both sizes - 400 x 400 (non-animated if you choose to use it as a signature)
and full size - 800 x 800 (for whatever else you want to use it for)

*Bullet* Bidding starts at 30,000 gps

*Bullet* Bidding ends on the 6th of December, 6:00AM Writing.com Time.

*Bullet* Please put in bids by responding to the comment section.


Winning bid - 100,000gps by Gaby !!
Thanks so very much!! *Heart*

Thanks, everyone! *Heart*





Gaby  
100K? *sneaks out of shadows*
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Oooh hallo there, Gaby and welcome back to the land of the living! *Laugh*
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Gaby  
Thank you! *Laugh*
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No bids yet???
"Note: Hi ho! We're back..."
*pokes people with a candy cane*
Come on, folks! Let's help raise some funds for a wonderful group/activity! *Bigsmile*


Nice but not my kind of picture... can I make a donation instead?
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Donations are more than welcome!
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Top o' the morning, me dearies!
So there I was minding my own business this fine day, when all of a sudden this random song
popped into my head. Anyone else remember it???
*Laugh*


Henry?
Oh, Henry?
Yes, Liza!
Did you fetch the water?

Don't fetch the water...

There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza,
There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, a hole.

Well, fix it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
Well, fix it, dear Henry, dear Henry, fix it.

With what shall I fix it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
With what shall I fix it, dear Liza, with what?

With a straw, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
With a straw, dear Henry, dear Henry, with a straw.

But the straw is too long, dear Liza, dear Liza,
The straw is too long, dear Liza, too long.

Cut it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
Well, cut it, dear Henry, dear Henry, cut it.

With what shall I cut it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
With what shall I cut it, dear Liza, with what?

With an axe, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
With an axe, dear Henry, dear Henry, an axe.

The axe is too dull, dear Liza, dear Liza,
The axe is too dull, dear Liza, too dull.

Sharpen it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
Well, sharpen it, dear Henry, dear Henry, hone it.

On what shall I sharpen it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
On what shall I hone it, dear Liza, with what?

On a stone, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
On a stone, dear Henry, dear Henry, on a stone.

But the stone is too dry, dear Liza, dear Liza,
The stone is too dry, dear Liza, too dry.

Well, wet it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
Well, wet it, dear Henry, dear Henry, wet it.

With what shall I wet it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
With what shall I wet it, dear Liza, with what?

Try water, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
Try water, dear Henry, dear Henry, use water.

In what shall I fetch it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
In what shall I fetch it, dear Liza, in what?

In a bucket, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
In a bucket, dear Henry, dear Henry, in a bucket.

There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza,
There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, a hole.



And now as I'm older (and wiser -_-) methinks dear Henry was being a troll and trying to give dear ol' Liz a hard time.
Ah, men. *Pthb*

Here's to a great week ahead, folks!
Does anyone have any idea how difficult it was to explain 'whetting a stone' to my 8 year old grandson? Not to mention what straw meant in the song. *Facepalm*
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Elle  
Someone at work was singing that song earlier this. Literally the first time I'd heard it in years. *Laugh*
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This song is stuck in my head most every single day at some point...

On the more stressful ones it’s a full-on operatic rendition, but not in the lovely, Classical, Orfeo-type oeuvre of some maestro. More a contemporary examination, something in which the composer and librettist leave ample room for critics to read into under the pretense of art. And it’s called “Exhibit-A: Bucket.” With the full-stop and everything. And the playbill cover-image is just “Dear Liza,” scrawled angrily over and over and overlapping itself into abstraction. And the composer has a note at the bottom of the last page that just says “For Ben.” but everybody knows it’s not a dedication at all but a transparent nod to experimental themes and motifs and he really means Benjamin Britton, at which point the overture kicks off and everyone rolls their eyes...

But on the more uneventful days, it’s just one of those plinky children’s toy pianos, barely distinct if not determinedly imagined, echoing from somewhere down one of the great many darkened empty hallways of my subconscious - vanishing coyly into the nearest traffic jam of dates and locations whenever turning my mind’s ear toward it. But I feel it looking back at me, like an appointment you’ve kept hidden on your calendar and forgotten which day exactly that it was, but you know it’s close, and getting closer...

But, I guess, other than that, it’s not too bad as far as children’s songs go. Beats the Black Death, etc.

*tilts head, quickly, as if listening for something, sighs in disappointment*

*Heart*
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It's December!
And we're open!
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I'm going to get some sleep.
G'night y'all! *Sleeping*


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Last call!
If you've got an MB you'd like featured below:
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Please let me know!
I'm trying to set things up for a midnight opening...or at least sometime in the morning.
Thanks again to the lovely folks who have already sent in something! *bows gratefully* *Heart*
Kitti the Red-Nosed Feline and I have something! Just need to talk it over with her, so wait for us! *Laugh*
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And my nostalgia binge continues!
Here's a tribute to MY Doctor - THE Doctor - the definite article you might say. *Wink*



I was introduced to him way back in the 80s - yes, his influence even reached our T.V. screens
in a little town in Lagos, Nigeria - and though most of the episodes scared the living heck out of me,
I can honestly say he was just about the bestest thing to ever grace the screen.

I never missed an episode and would always run home after school just to catch an episode.

My favorites? Ark in Space and Pyramids of Mars (the most terrifying, but excellent storytelling!)



Don't mean to be a debbie downer, but the day this man goes will be a sad day for yours truly....

...or then again, he could just regenerate and come back in another form. *Wink*


*Boothb* *Tophat* *Boothb* *Tophat* *Boothb* *Tophat* *Boothb*

Tom Baker rules. He is one of my favorite Time Lords too. :)
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I wasn't always a fan as a kid (happens when your parents are HUGE fans) but I like the reboot with Eccleson(sp?), Tennant and Smith. The other guy Peter whats-his-name was alright, not sold on him but I liked the stories, and I hope that they do the female Doctor right. Is a tough crowd around me, one says that the original series the Time Lords did not change sex (though they also told me that the Doctor was always the "last one" from the very first episode but that doesn't explain his granddaughter who travelled with him or all the times he went back to Gallifrey or the time Tom Bakers' Doctor became the president *Confused*)
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Tom Baker was my doctor, as well. I loved him, even though I used to spend most of the episodes hiding behind the sofa.
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Oh my God.

If I have to read one more headline of someone getting accused of sexual harassment and losing his job...I am going to scream.

I am all for folks being accountable for their actions, but this over saturation is getting too much.

At this rate, everybody in politics, Hollywood, and in the workplace, should just go home and tie their hands (and mouths) with duct tape to avoid being accused of indecency.

The troubling thing about this is that those who have really suffered abuse will eventually get scoffed at by the frivolous lawsuits now popping up every single hour. Who's going to take them seriously now???

Good grief.



I think it's about time all these lecherous old fools were revealed. Bring forth a new level of respect for women!
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To say unless you’ve been directly affected by this topic your opinion is of little value is a dangerous road to go down. We can’t discount the fact that outside opinion weighs heavily on whether or not people come forward or whether they continue abusive behavior. Nor can we discount the fact that proximity carries its own bias one way or another. A congressman who’s never been to war might quickly vote in favor of intervention, while a veteran might hesitate - and there’s your problem: there isn’t sufficient context to judge the entire scenario. One might not have experience with the horrors of any given tragedy but still make the right call, due to an outside perspective. Unless someone engaged in this debate is in direct contact with the victims, at least be honest in that you’re speaking from a personal point of view based on subjective experience. There’s nothing wrong with that. This is how productive debates begin and progress to compromise and resolution. Telling 8/10 people to hush, they don’t have a say, is just ... well, slightly akin to the root of the issue we’re all worked up over here.

Yes, there’s a right thing and a wrong thing, ideally. Yes, people should be supported when wronged and bad people should be caught and punished. Sadly, here on planet Earth as human beings, “ideally” isn’t the typical result. Far from it. But, having said that, ideally, let’s accept our disconnect from these particular victims and not claim any turf other than our own opinions and experience. Leave the diagnostics and prognostication to criminologists and psychologists, ‘cause it’s just domineering and trolling otherwise. Look up Laplace’s Demon sometime. Douglas Adams had a good take on it too.
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From the perspective of a victim, I can say with 100% certainty this problem is systemic. It is enabled in a million ways every day. It's enabled by a society that turns a blind eye to a man's disrespect and disregard of women. Our president has a pattern of chauvinistic behavior toward women for more than 50 years. And he was elected despite it. It was largely ignored despite being reported by almost every news station in the world. As women we have allowed our shame to prevent us from courageously, in a voice of unity, declaring behavior such as this to be disgusting and unacceptable. He is married to an incredible beauty who allows his behavior and abuse. We teach our sons its okay by hiding our shame and keeping silent. As women, we must stand up and uniformly support one another. It does not matter if you believe a woman or not. Because if she's lying the truth will come out eventually. Better to support a potential liar than shun one true victim. If we do not set the standard for women once again, then victims will continue to have stories to tell.

I was sexually molested by my father. He then took me to a friend's house and allowed him to molest me. It was 1998. I was then raped at 18. Date raped and almost killed at 21. I was sexually harassed in the workplace at 25 by a supervisor who groped me in front of coworkers. I was kidnapped at 25 and raped for two weeks until I escaped. I was mentally and emotionally abused by my narcissistic husband for almost 2 years until I finally escaped that. Was it a pattern of behavior? Or was I simply surrounded by predators? I have lived in 5 different states to escape my abusers. I have been abused by men almost my entire life, nearly 4 decades, by multiple men. So I ask you, is it me or is it them?

What I know is, it is them. I did not deserve it. I didn't ask for it. I wasn't in the wrong place at the wrong time. I wasn't drunk or high. In every single instance it was a betrayal of trust. And for many victims, that is the case. More than 90% of women know the source of their sexual abuse, harassment, or misconduct. It's not a random stranger on the street. It's a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend, a boss, a spouse, a relative. It's usually a man although plenty of women abuse others as well.

As women we must set our boundaries and demand respect. We don't need to become men to do so. I see too many women mistreated daily. Stand up for yourself and refuse anything less than the respect you deserve.
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaallll right!
I hear you and I've been pestered enough, so here we go.
The little known activity below will return n December!

FORUM
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A blind set of challenges hosted by Writing.com groups/members. Come test your fortitude!
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So!

*Bullet* If you have an MB you want featured, email me with the MB you're willing to offer + at least 5 tasks to be
completed to earn said MB.

*Bullet* If you've already sent me an MB and wish to change/update your challenges, please let me know as well.
I think this is enough time to give you to think up new activities, that way I can get myself organized.

*Bullet* If you have not bookmarked the forum, then please do so! This is a first-come, first-serve deal, so the
fastest players get to participate per round. I am in no control of those who always tend to show up frequently.
They are sneaky ninjas, that's all I know.

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Also, because I've been pestered for this one too;
I will re-open this baby in the New Year aka January *keeps fingers crossed*

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A celebration of writers and their distinct cultures to bring us all together.
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So!

*Bullet* If you wish to join (or quit) a team, you've got plenty of time to make up your mind to do so.

*Bullet* I know most folks are still in NaNo-land, but this is in January, so make that New Year resolution to
kick off the year with a new challenge, eh?


Last but not least, thanks to those who participated in my discussion in the previous notebook entry.
I welcome everyone's POV and I think we can all really learn from each other.
So thank you again! *Heart*


You are welcome to use mine again at any time. Though, I probably should change up the challenges for the Distorted Minds badge
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TEAM INDIA MEMBERS -- AWAIT A MAIL!
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My Inspirational Song of the Day


And this is how it all begins.

Move your feet,
Feel how sweet it is.

Dream on, Little Dreamer.
Follow all of your signs.

You’ve got to gather what you need.
You’ve got to choose a direction.

And when the moment is right for you,
You’ve got to go.


(Are there days when you wish you could just get up and ...go...anywhere at all. Just say the f-word and leave it all behind?)


Yes, and lucky for me that place is close, my office is only a couple dozen steps from my bedroom. And the kitchen is on the way.

I share with the world, only about 2% of what my fingers find between the keys on my old worn-out keyboard. My poor kids are going to have one heck of a time figuring out what to delete when I am gone.
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Aw, 🎅🏻HuntersMoon Ho,Ho,Howl -- you'd leave us behind and just go away like that? *Cry* Now you made me sad.
(PS -- in case you're wondering how to cheer me up -- I have a word -- chocolate. Just to help you out, you know.)
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@ Thankful Sonali - WDC POWER! Oh, you didn't have to add the note ... I know you well! *Laugh**Rolling*

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Yaaaaaaaas!


Chinua Achebe  

So great to see him featured on the Google Home Page  

If you have yet to read Things Fall Apart  , do yourself a favor and do so.

Now let's see if they'll get to feature the great playwright/poet Wole Soyinka   one of these days....*Bigsmile*

(Got to admit that it's so good to see Google feature (sometimes obscure) people/history on their webpage. I've learned so much!)