Cead Mile Failte!
A Hundred Thousand Welcomes! (Irish)
If you don't have a sense of humor, odds are we won't fully understand each other.
Such is life. My philosophy is that life is way too short to worry about that. If you behave yourself, we will probably get along fine.
I am just a soul who likes to read, write and draw.
This is the only site I belong to for good reason. I visit other internet-type places, but I only really belong here for the past twenty years. However, nothing in life lasts forever so cherishing the good while it lasts seems like the right way to go.
I cherish this site, the friends I've made here, the people who created it, The StoryMaster & The StoryMistress .
I cherish them ALL.
My user name is 4Provinces, named after this pub that no longer exists in Washington, DC. (It closed November 5, 2011 and is now some sort of ghastly fitness center): 3412 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington DC is the address where 4Ps used to be.
My handle changes with my moods.
This is me as tHiNg:
Sometimes, in addition to being tHiNg, I am the suave Hooves of Fire, a Writing Bull.
This is me as HOOVES of Fire, or HOOvsie as my late brilliant friend Yemassee used to call me.
Yes, I have been silly sometimes.
This is me as COWser Soze:
Mainly, I am a reader these days.
I am more and more selective about what I agree to do and about what I choose to read. I like to be comfortable and not be pressured.
Sometimes, it's just about writing something you are happy with and feeling like someone out there really read it or connected with it. Wow, does that feel good when it happens.
The honor truly lies in being nominated for anything and everything as there are all sorts of awards here.
Thank you to all my friends (known and unknown) who have ever singled me out for recognition of any kind.
It is very much appreciated by me and has lifted me up at just the right times.
The site introduced Awardicons on January 13, 2002. On January 16, 2002, I started my ongoing activity, one of the first of its kind on the site:
To date, I have given out more than 630 Awardicons
Merit badges were released on June 5, 2003.
To date I have given out more than 2,570 merit badges
Earning a nice badge now and then is all to the good. I merit badges and have commissioned 17 of them. The StoryMistress provides the brilliant creative genius to my suggestions..
Here they are:
It is a lot of fun to design and earn badges and awardicons. You can earn them on the site in a variety of ways, as many as you can imagine.
I always look forward to September, the site birthday festivities, and enjoying Brooke-Stand w/Ukrainians 's
This is an activity that is open to EVERYONE!! I have found it to be an encouraging and inspiring interactive writing exercise. And it's fun and funny, too! Try it. You might love it!
This last year (2021) the planets somehow aligned and I won!! I picked Colonel Mustard in the Lounge with a Wrench - I almost fainted when I saw that I was right. The writing and interacting is the true gift there.
My Hammy friend, tHiNg couldn't resist posing here in the signature I made:
Out of that inclusive gem of a Masquerade, grew my beloved Soundtrackers, with Ms. Beth at the helm, followed by Batman, Mr. Jeff, who is now at the helm. At least, one good tHiNg led me to another, as is usually the case here.
We write about music we love! What fun that was and is!
I still enjoy reading Soundtrackers' entries and sharing music at times. I even joined in this past February and had a lot of fun with Mr. Batman moderating.
I will always be grateful and thankful to Ms. Beth for bringing me back to music of my younger days. I didn't realize how much I'd missed it..
Back to the start -
At the beginning, I started writing fan fiction in 2000 and had great gobs of fun doing that. Eventually I branched out.
I tied for the win in one of the earliest writing assignment contests here on what was then Stories.Com, held by NL* and she made me this signature as part of my tying for the win in the contest, for my first handle here.
Once upon a time, I wrote a complete original novel here in this nice folder ---> "Sara's Port" I finished it more than eighteen years ago. One of these days I might even edit it if I get some energy.
I also have written a variety of short stories in various genres. ----> "A MOOveable Feast" .
In addition, I write poetry, some of which is contained in this folder --------->"Fade Into Half Notes"
Over the years, I have completed more than 900 Product Reviews on this site - here are some samples of my product reviews. Doing them has helped me keep track of things I've read and seen as the old internal memory stick fades at times now.
I also have hosted several group campfires, including
& in 2017 I had...
I am now happily participating in my good friend, Princess Megan Rose 's wonderful campfire:
As for received reviews, I have learned over the years to appreciate all reviews because they represent views.
This is my freshened policy on giving reviews. "Avoiding Toothless Rabid Jackals" I reward people who send me nice reviews, but most of my reviewing is now limited to whatever catches my attention on any given day.
I forgive you for not wagging your tail when you see me in your in-box. If you act up, I turn around and walk away. I might block/ignore, too, if I have time.
All I ask of you in general, is that you treat others the way you yourself would want to be treated and I will try my best to do the same for you. We don't always get to our goals, but we try.
I now forgive all who have or will fall short and wish them well.
Writing, reading and reviewing can be therapeutic in times of grief and loss that we all face as part of life.
While among the living, I myself am fortunate and blessed to have a VERY BELOVED and loving miracle of a spouse. My hero!
My canine family member, a basset hound called "Boo," also helped me a lot when it came to putting all things into perspective..
This is the look below that my teen-aged puppy dog gave me when I tried to get her to do something (like look at the camera) that she didn't want to do.
Or maybe she just ate a tasty bug.
Maybe, after all it isn't and wasn't all about ME.
It was about HER.
We were so fortunate to have her with us, happy and healthy for more than fourteen wonderful years.
I hope that I have helped some here, there and somewhere in some small way with their own journeys,
Learn to embrace experiences of all sorts and write about them!
Traveling to Ireland, photographing it and writing about it literally and emotionally saved my life in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Before that, I went there in 1990 and 1993. If you are fortunate, writing about your adventures will lead you to your own light as well.
I wish you all the best and God's speed, unless you are mean to me or others. Then, I (at least temporarily) wish you a pile of steaming cow pies at your door. HAND DELIVERED by tHiNg.
Hooves is a pretty simple concept, after all.
Whether you "get" Hooves or tHiNg is up to you. Bullies don't seem to get me.
Most groups on here don't work for me. It's probably a failing on my part, or a failure to cowtow and cave to the herd-think that some messed up notion of loyalty demands.
The bottom line of my advice is to be nice here and elsewhere or go read a book until you feel like being nice.
Do not call people names, or snap at them for no reason and expect them to go along with your power-mad tirades. Some will probably go along to get along, but some (like me, for instance) won't give in to it.
Unwise actions can have far-reaching and long lasting consequences one did not anticipate.
It is okay to agree to disagree. Not everyone has to look at life or activities on this web site the same way.
Ta Ta & MOOOOOOOOO