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S. A. Hunt, Novelist2,417We set our G+ cover images and elsewhere profile pics to Victorian illustrations and MP frames, and confuse the dickens out of everyone with antics like using MP quotes in casual conversation, taking phone video of silly walks or impromptu YouTube performances of the Penis Song, and ensuring everyone at dinner that we are much too full, we couldn't possibly eat another bite because we are completely stuffed.Monty Python Day2014-10-05 06:00:002 
Sarah Rios38,442WHOVIANSMark your calendars... and your arms.http://imgur.com/lP0i5Xj(Original post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101453162215777563254/posts/ED4yBRm41su)Edit: Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/150522868436180THE SILENCE2013-04-23 08:00:001282 

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John Wood14,205If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this postIf you would like to be removed from future circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future.#topofthepeople   #influencermarketing  #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday  #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle2014-09-17 10:38:20500485360
steph wanamaker106,513#followfriday  my  awesome women who comment circle2014-08-29 15:02:0315337849
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  my awesome women who comment circle !2014-08-15 19:10:2516249462
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome women who comment circle!2014-07-18 16:27:3416748858
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome women who comment circle! Happy weeekend!2014-06-27 17:09:0016960855
Jan Havrda35,104ENTERTAINMENT CIRCLEMonday editionFluent stream of frivolous amusements1. Add to your circles2. Have fun#Entertain #Me 2014-06-09 22:12:48336331948
steph wanamaker102,001#followfriday  my awesome women who comment circle  +Leelee E look who made it to number 1 2014-04-18 18:50:4816816010
Jack McDonald Burnett741This is a personal circle of mine, of aspiring authors, brand-newly published authors, and new-ishly published authors who still remember us little people.  This isn't a plus one, comment, reshare and tell everybody how handsome I am and I'll add you  to the circle "circle share," just a great collection of people dealing with similar challenges and similar opportunities.  I'd love to add you to it, if you're a soon-to-be or new author, and I'd love for you to add everybody in it, too if you're inclined.  Really great, fun, interesting writers.Note that if you're reading this on the Android app you won't be able to "see" the circle or add people from it.  Only works on the full G+ website.2014-03-30 03:42:25107012
Jack McDonald Burnett699I recommend these G+ writers: This is a personal circle of mine, of aspiring authors, brand-newly published authors, and new-ishly published authors who still remember us little people.  This isn't a plus one, comment, reshare and tell everybody how handsome I am and I'll add you  to the circle "circle share," just a great collection of people dealing with similar challenges and similar opportunities.  I'd love to add you to it, if you're a soon-to-be or new author, and I'd love for you to add everybody in it, too if you're inclined.  Really great, fun, interesting writers.Note that if you're reading this on the Android app you won't be able to "see" the circle or add people from it.  Only works on the full G+ website.2014-03-27 12:36:54101202
steph wanamaker100,744#followfriday  this is my awesome women who comment circle2014-03-21 22:26:5116050257
John Nuntiatio30,288#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-19 06:41:35139202
John Nuntiatio30,288#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-19 06:41:08139012
John Nuntiatio30,288#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-19 06:40:37139003
John Nuntiatio30,288#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-19 06:40:08139011
John Nuntiatio30,288#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-19 06:39:48139013
Dan Thompson2,147Here is my circle of writers.  My suggestion to you new G+ folks is to add the entire circle as its own circle, i.e. "Dan's Writing Circle".  Over time, move your favorites over into your own growing array of circles.In particular, though, I'd say pay attention to John Ward, Evo Terra, Nathan Lowell, Brook Johnson, and Jefferson Smith.2014-02-22 19:51:53249212
Jan Havrda27,515ENTERTAINMENT CIRCLEValentine editionDrown your love in the fucking wonderful media stream#Entertainment #Circle   #Stream   #Of  $Love2014-02-14 00:05:28360231651
Kimberly Hurlbut29,256New to G+? Just need more entertainment in your stream? THIS is the circle for you!This shared circle includes:* Artists   * Geeks   * Comedians   * Writers   * Engagers   * Original Posters   * Awesome and Amazing Individuals   * Some Well Known and Some Little Known G+ers   * Add more positive adjectives here:                  .I'm posting this despite the recent debate and ban by some people on shared circles that is apparently going on, but I know that if I hadn't grabbed awesome shared circles at the beginning of my G+ experience I would not still be here! Please help the newbies or the G+ers that need new and GREAT content in their stream by adding this circle and sharing. If I have included you and you would like to be removed please let me know. Thank you and have a nice day. :o)2014-01-23 09:53:358714816
Kimberly Hurlbut28,850My Favorite G+ersThis is the first time in a long time that I've shared this circle! Please add and don't forget to share this circle full of G+ ultra-engagers of much awesomeness! Your stream will never be the same again....and you will thank me for it. ;-)2014-01-06 05:00:57100001
Kimberly Hurlbut28,850My Favorite G+ersThis is the first time in a long time that I've shared this circle! Please add and don't forget to share this circle full of G+ ultra-engagers of much awesomeness! Your stream will never be the same again....and you will thank me for it. ;-)2014-01-06 05:00:14100001
Kimberly Hurlbut28,850My Favorite G+ersThis is the first time in a long time that I've shared this circle! Please add and don't forget to share this circle full of G+ ultra-engagers of much awesomeness! Your stream will never be the same again....and you will thank me for it. ;-)2014-01-06 04:58:2110013814
Sam Sager3,743Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers CircleIt's been a very long time since I've shared this circle. It is long over due. This is a great group of writers to follow. They range from the very well known to the aspiring, but all are worth following. I learn something new and am very entertained by these people everyday.If you or someone you know is a science-fiction or fantasy writer and would like to be a part of this circle please let me know.2013-12-22 01:05:22308413
Brittany Constable3,838You know, I haven't seen any NaNoWriMo shared circles going around yet.  Perhaps communities have made them a little redundant, but this is still one of my favorite things about the Plus, so I'm sharing away.The people in this circle have all either mentioned NaNoWriMo in posts or comments, or are in the NaNoWriMo 2013 community.  Please let me know if you:- are not in this circle and should be (this is the one time of year I'll circle anyone and everyone as long as they're doing NaNo)- are in the circle and shouldn't be- are doing NaNo, but would not like to be included in shared circlesA note about adding large circlesIn the past, I've added WriMos to both the NaNo circle and the general writers circle.  This has proven a mistake, since a lot of people who pipe up enthusiastically during November later disappear off G+, or just don't prove a good fit for my stream, and it leaves me spending a lot of time doing circle maintenance.So what I'm doing this year, and what I'd recommend others do as well, is add new people only to this circle (if they're not already in other circles) and keep the volume turned all the way down.  Then you can go to the separate stream and check people out, adding only the people you want to keep around to other circles. In a couple of months you can empty out the NaNo circle and clear out all the people who didn't make the cut.2013-10-23 17:06:17401404
Jan Havrda17,915Dear Plussers!Let the fun and pure #awesomeness  spread! This is a crazy and hyperactive circle, called #Awesome! Add these folks to circles yours and don't get ever bored again! Enjoy!2013-10-09 22:00:364207819
Jan Havrda15,046This is Awesome circleVery vivid, visual and witty.Entertain yourself! #AwesomeCircle   #Awesome   #Circle2013-07-29 20:11:314307515
Kimberly Hurlbut19,731Favorite G+ersJust sharing my favorite people on G+ circle again! Please add the circle if you want awesome content in your stream and great engagement! Please reshare!2013-07-19 00:11:4910014010
Kimberly Hurlbut16,859Favorite G+ersI'm sharing my circle of favorite people, again, after taking the time to create it yesterday. :-) Just a fairly small circle of people full of amazing posts and engagers. These people will make G+ a better place for you. :o) Please add and reshare!#CircleShareSunday  2013-07-07 18:57:0510017319
Kimberly Hurlbut16,610The Favorites!I haven't shared a circle in a few weeks because I've been too lazy to get on the computer to create one. Since I was doing circle maintenance I thought this was the perfect time to put together some of my favorite people that make G+ awesome for me!These people create original posts, are artistic, intelligent and want to share their knowledge with the world, or just people that have made me laugh and engage with me often. I tried keeping the circle size fairly small so you're not hit with too many people at once.... So please  add this circle and share share share these favorites of mine! :o)2013-07-06 17:11:2910022210
K.W. McCabe7,715This is a really awesome circle of writers and book reviewers. If you would like to be included in this circle either comment or +1, add yourself to the circle, then share - enjoy!2013-02-12 19:37:52410437
K.W. McCabe7,678This is an awesome circle of writers and book reviewers. Add this circle, add yourself to it and share if you want to be included :-2013-01-14 03:47:46394164
Vago Damitio8,732Creative Circle #2 of 11Creative Circle 1 of 11I am so impressed and enthused looking at the MicroVictoryArmy Stream  that I'm going to do something radical. I"m going to share my other circles, invite the members to join MVA, and then I'm going to delete all those circles so I can give more attention here.  I will keep  one circle of people like the +Dalai Lama  and +Richard Branson  who I would love to have join MVA but I don't want to lose track of if they don't. And that's it.  The Micro Victory Army is Victorious in my Circles and if you join - so are you. https://plus.google.com/communities/100245247140773385767  #microvictory  for figuring out how to enjoy G+ and manage my circles better! I'm about to delete you (unless you are in MVA - it's not personal - I still love you)2013-01-12 23:09:36146000
Peter Edenist15,503¥ Shiny Browncoats circle for Adding and Reshare! ¥▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫ ♬ Can't Stop the Serenity  ♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫Come join your community here > Mighty Shiny Browncoats !! - https://plus.google.com/u/1/communities/108316556535206988185Managed by the inmitiable +Cliff Loresco  and aweome +Feisal Kamil  make our community just as awesome as our circle!!!!▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬Please Join the community (link above) and Reshare to spread the love! ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬#browncoatsforlife   #browncoats   #browncoatsunite   #browncoatsredemption   #firefly   #fireflyfriday   #fireflyrules   #firefly #fireflyfriday #fireflywin #serenity #serenitynow #serenityrules #mal #inara #jaynestown #jaynecobb #reaver #cantstoptheserenity #serenitysunday #circle #circles #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circlesunday #share #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday #publiccircles #public 2013-01-09 10:41:07286451945
K.W. McCabe5,721This is a circle of awesome writers. If you would like to be added to this circle of writers - comment or +1 and I'll add you. Then make sure to add the circle, add yourself to the circle and share forward to get more follows by other writers :-)Get followers by:1.) Following people.2.) Getting in circle shares.Then share this circle and you will be in it.It's that simple.2012-12-04 13:54:03358404
John Ward7,493This is my circle for Beta Readers. This circle consists of people who have volunteered to read, evaluate, and critique stories written by other people. The only qualification to be in this group is that you have to be willing to read the work of one of the other members.The way the process works is that once you join, you need to add the circle. After you have added the circle, you can send messages to the members of the group letting them know when you have a story that you'd like to have someone review. Briefly share some details about your story: genre, word count, and synopsis. Then, one of the other members will reply letting you know that they're interested. After that you can work out the best way for you to share the story with one another... and that's it.If you're interested in joining the circle, simply leave a comment here. I'm happy to add you.2012-11-30 13:44:1239603
Peter Edenist12,304¥ Browncoats circle for Adding and Reshare! ¥▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫ ♬ Can't Stop the Serenity  ♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫Movember dedication - Shiny Circle!!!Thanks to +Cliff Loresco   for this awesome idea and to +Feisal Kamil  for supporting it! Please ask for inclusion if you want in!!!!. While curating, I realized +Patricia Tallman is in this circle! Don't know who she is? She's in Babylon 5!Please Reshare to spread the love! ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬Thank you all for being part of this circle!▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬#browncoatsforlife   #browncoats   #browncoatsunite   #browncoatsredemption   #firefly   #fireflyfriday   #fireflyrules   #firefly #fireflyfriday #fireflywin #serenity #serenitynow #serenityrules #mal #inara #jaynestown #jaynecobb #reaver #cantstoptheserenity #serenitysunday #circle #circles #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circlesunday #share 2012-11-30 12:08:54283693258
Peter Edenist9,043¥ Browncoats circle for Adding and Reshare! ¥♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫ ♬ Can't Stop the Serenity  ♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫Shiny CircleThanks to +Cliff Loresco  for this awesome idea and to +Feisal Kamil for supporting it! Please ask for inclusion if you want in!!!!.Please Reshare to spread the love!▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬Thank you all for being part of this circle!+Can't Stop The Serenity +Jayne Cobb +Firefly ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬#browncoatsforlife   #browncoats   #browncoatsunite   #browncoatsredemption   #firefly   #fireflyfriday   #fireflyrules   #firefly #fireflyfriday #fireflywin #serenity #serenitynow #serenityrules #mal #inara #jaynestown #jaynecobb #reaver #cantstoptheserenity #serenitysunday #circle #circles #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circlesunday #share #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday #publiccircles #public #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles 2012-11-06 03:37:522671204582
John Ward7,006This is our current Writer's Discussion Circle. I post to this group Monday through Friday once a day. All of the content I post to this group is exclusively about writing, marketing for writers, or discussion questions for the group. I also share a lot of article that contain information that every writer should know. If you'd like to join this group, add the circle and leave a comment here. I'll be happy to add you. Just be aware that I send out notifications with the posts-- so, you'll get one a day Monday through Friday.2012-11-04 13:09:26211301
Edward Branley6,436this is my "Obama 2012" shared circle. If you support the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama, +1 or comment and I'll add you in. If you have like-minded plussers in your circles, please share and send them back here so I can add them, too. Not interested? Please observe Wheaton's Law and scroll down.2012-10-31 17:40:07290409
Ben Moody0My current #nanowrimo  circle. If you notice you're in here and shouldn't be let me know and I'll remove you. Mostly sharing this out so that people who are building huge circles like  me to watch others in their mad dash can snag it if they want to. This one started a bit ago from the circle +Sarah Rios shared out and I've been adding to it since. Also, if you want to be added to the circle let me know. I'll likely reshare it Nov. 2nd ( I need to get a good start on Nov. 1st :p ) if I get more than 10 or so more people into it by then :)2012-10-26 13:33:07418506
Chrysta Rae1,212,307Here it isthe +Chrysta Rae Photography Scavenger CIRCLEOur TRUE circle of everyone who participated in the Anniversary Round!These are all amazing people - engaging, fun, talented, warm, wonderful people that bring me joy every day.2012-10-22 16:29:44408432670
Edward Branley5,947this is my "Obama 2012" shared circle. If you support the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama, +1 or comment and I'll add you in. If you have like-minded plussers in your circles, please share and send them back here so I can add them, too. Not interested? Please observe Wheaton's Law and scroll down.2012-10-17 22:01:49282518
Peter Edenist7,517¥*Browncoats circle for Adding and Reshare!*¥♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫ ♬ Can't Stop the Serenity  ♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫Shiny CircleThanks to +Cliff Loresco for this awesome idea and to +Feisal Kamil for supporting it! The circle has undergone a hard curate and have dropped close to 60 people... please ask for inclusion again if you have been dropped.Surprisingly, some of you have never shared a circle. Come on people! we need reshares!!! - Thank you all for being part of this circle!+Can't Stop The Serenity +Jayne Cobb +Firefly -----------------------------------------------------------------------------#browncoatsforlife   #browncoats   #browncoatsunite   #browncoatsredemption   #firefly   #fireflyfriday   #fireflyrules   #firefly #fireflyfriday #fireflywin #serenity #serenitynow #serenityrules #mal #inara #jaynestown #jaynecobb #reaver #cantstoptheserenity #serenitysunday #circle #circles #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circlesunday #share 2012-10-16 12:01:202401033348
Edward Branley5,840This is my shared "Obama 2012" public circle. Comment or +1 to be included. If you support the re-election of the President, please share this with your circles and encourage them to come back here and comment/+1 so we can grow the circle.Don't agree? No worries, it's a big G+ world. Just remember Wheaton's Law and keep scrolling.2012-10-12 14:40:1027214212
kat Folland12,222This is my NaNoWriMo 2012 Circle. Every person it is has confirmed that they are either participating in NaNo or want to be in the circle regardless of whether or not they participate.If you aren't in this circle, but wish to be, comment on this thread. Likewise if you're in the circle but have changed your mind. I will share an updated circle towards the end of the month. Happy writing, all!2012-10-09 01:21:16298906
steph „gingerninja“ wanamaker53,963#sharedcircles    my google plus best friends  for +Megan McGrory 2012-10-08 20:16:0085314
Gord McLeod9,962Here's my first stab at a #NaNoWriMo  2012 circle. If you're not in it and you want to be, let me know!2012-10-04 18:55:492622708
Anna Mannino2,231Whether you have told me you write, or you participated in #NaNoWriMo last year, this is my circle of writers. Strangely only 500 people can be shared at a time, so this is only most of you.If you'd like to be in my writers circle, let me know. I mostly post around and about NaNoWriMo stuff. I try to also do a lot of hangouts to help those who need the support of a local meetup but can't make their local meetups for whatever reason, or just prefer talking to strangers on the internet as opposed to strangers in a coffee house. (Whatever, I don't judge).2012-10-02 04:30:31501501
Jen H.1,832Wanted to give a shout out to my So Cal peeps! You all rock! Follow them! And if you're from S. Cali, let me know so that I can add you to this circle for future shout outs! =) #sharingiscaring   #circleshare   #circles   #southerncalifornia   #westside   #sharedcircles  2012-09-14 00:53:5010227225
Edward Branley5,214The Obama 2012 public circle is growing! Comment or +1 to be included...if you commented the other day, please double-check that I got you in here.Feel free to share this with your people so we can grow the effort!And as always, if you're not interested, please scroll by.2012-09-13 22:37:482751519
Nina Pelletier11,765I have been requested to share my writers circle many times over the last year, but I never felt right doing it. After 2 emails I received yesterday asking so kindly that I share it yet again, I figured it's time to do so.I have over 500 writers in my writers circle because, hey, that's why I'm here right? But sadly only 500 of them can be shared at once. So you won't get all of the wonderful writerly people I have met on this lovely world we call Google+, but here are 500 of them.  Enjoy and share.If I've missed any writers, please feel free to add them in the comments below.Thank you to this awesome community of literary quirkiness and genius. ♥  #writershelpingwriters   #writers  2012-09-12 15:13:0750121411

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2014-09-20 23:53:01 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s) 

Since I never did buy myself something pretty as a reward for finally getting my first queries out, I promised myself garb at the Renaissance Festival today.  One of the shops was clearing out these velvet gowns, because they messed up the sizing on the first run.  This one is normally around $300, but I scored it for $75.  Aww yiss.

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2014-09-03 19:40:05 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s) 

Querying? Get Thee to Twitter!

Apparently 'tis the season for publishing hashtags to explode on Twitter.  If you're looking to query, make sure you're following the #MSWL  tag; it's a regular thing, but today especially agents and editors are posting about what they want to see, ranging from general (i.e. romances with diverse casts) to surprisingly specific (i.e. YA set on the Oregon Trail).  If you've got something ready to go out the door, it's worth taking a look to see if there's someone who wants exactly what you've got.  (I even saw a couple of presses specify that they were looking at previously self-pubbed work.)

I should mention that it's blowing up today because today is the launch of manuscriptwishlist.com, which is basically the same thing as the hashtag but in a longer format, fully tagged and searchable.  Extremelyvalu... more »

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2014-09-20 23:53:01 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s) 

Since I never did buy myself something pretty as a reward for finally getting my first queries out, I promised myself garb at the Renaissance Festival today.  One of the shops was clearing out these velvet gowns, because they messed up the sizing on the first run.  This one is normally around $300, but I scored it for $75.  Aww yiss.

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2014-09-20 23:55:38 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s) 

Here's a slightly better look at my henna (from right after I got it applied).  I'd seriously have my hands done year-round if I could afford it.  Well, and if I thought my bosses would let me.

Here's a slightly better look at my henna (from right after I got it applied).  I'd seriously have my hands done year-round if I could afford it.  Well, and if I thought my bosses would let me.___

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2014-09-20 23:53:01 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s) 

Since I never did buy myself something pretty as a reward for finally getting my first queries out, I promised myself garb at the Renaissance Festival today.  One of the shops was clearing out these velvet gowns, because they messed up the sizing on the first run.  This one is normally around $300, but I scored it for $75.  Aww yiss.

Since I never did buy myself something pretty as a reward for finally getting my first queries out, I promised myself garb at the Renaissance Festival today.  One of the shops was clearing out these velvet gowns, because they messed up the sizing on the first run.  This one is normally around $300, but I scored it for $75.  Aww yiss.___

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2014-09-20 13:40:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

CHAOS THEORY Part 15 (Read from the beginning: http://goo.gl/z50fJB)

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Derek and Katrina journey all day toward the crossroads, and arrive that night to find the town on fire.

Derek struggled to keep up with the tiny cat as she wove and dodged her way to the heart of the burning town.  He almost missed seeing her slip through the collapsed entrance of a stone house whose wooden upper story had nearly burned itself out, and had to shove the heavy remains of the door aside to follow her in.

The interior here hadn't suffered the depredations he would have expected based on the outside.  The stone structure was almost like a cave—much to Derek's dismay, as he'd grown thoroughly sick of caves—uneven and somewhat rounded as the walls rose into the ceiling, without the support of any sort of beams or rafters.  Unfortunately, theprotect... more »

CHAOS THEORY Part 15 (Read from the beginning: http://goo.gl/z50fJB)

Excerpt 15:

Derek and Katrina journey all day toward the crossroads, and arrive that night to find the town on fire.

Derek struggled to keep up with the tiny cat as she wove and dodged her way to the heart of the burning town.  He almost missed seeing her slip through the collapsed entrance of a stone house whose wooden upper story had nearly burned itself out, and had to shove the heavy remains of the door aside to follow her in.

The interior here hadn't suffered the depredations he would have expected based on the outside.  The stone structure was almost like a cave—much to Derek's dismay, as he'd grown thoroughly sick of caves—uneven and somewhat rounded as the walls rose into the ceiling, without the support of any sort of beams or rafters.  Unfortunately, the protection from the fire also eliminated the source of light, and after the brilliance of the surrounding blaze, Derek found himself blinking in the dim.  He fumbled his flashlight out and cast about for any trace of Katrina.  

The artificial beam reflected off her toothy grin, and he pointed the light more firmly at her.  She sat neatly in a doorway, her tail curled around her legs, looking entirely unconcerned and unhurried in that way that only a cat truly can.  "You're not having trouble keeping up, are you?" she purred.

"Not at all," he wheezed.  The burning top floor creaked ominously, and he shot his light up as though he might catch the first cracks before they appeared.  "I'm not sure this building is structurally sound," he said.  "Is this really wise?"

"Wisdom has very little to do with it," she said, the end of her tail flicking idly as though she was lounging in a favorite sunbeam on a lazy afternoon, instead of in the middle of a burning building.  "Highly overrated, wisdom.  This is, however, precisely where we need to be.  Now, if you're done taking in the sights?"  She flashed through the doorway.  Derek scowled and followed.

They emerged into a lavishly appointed dining room, centered around a long, heavy wooden table with a marble top and easily twenty high-backed, cushioned chairs gathered around it.  Each place was set for tea with elaborate, gleaming china, though no two settings matched each other; a delicate white scalloped cup sat next to a garishly painted mug, which sat beside a tiny gilded teapot sculpted delicately of flowers and vines.  A glittering ebony candelabra presided from the middle of the table, brightly colored candles blazing merrily like the adornment of a child's birthday cake, though given the volume of candles, the child was astonishingly old.  Serving trays, as mismatched as the china in silver, gold, copper, and porcelain, bore piles of cakes, sandwiches, petit fours, cupcakes, and other treats.  The walls held just as eclectic an assortment of decor: gilded mirrors, severe portraits, stuffed animal heads, overwrought floral arrangements.  The presence of the stone walls was jarring; one would have expected some sort of wallpaper or wooden paneling to accompany the high-class—though slightly schizophrenic—aspirations of the rest of the fittings.

Katrina prowled the edges of the room, her tail flickering like a searching antenna.  The dishes on the table rattled in response to a breeze Derek couldn't feel.  He thought about sitting in one of the ornate chairs, but the eerie interruptedness of the scene unnerved him, as did the watchfulness of the room with its taxidermied occupants.  How long had this party gone unattended?  He eyed the trays of food, his stomach arguing with his brain about food safety, parasites, and whether he was too hungry to care.

The cat jumped onto one of the brocaded chair cushions and stuck her nose up onto the table, peering over its contents with clear feline scorn.  She nimbly hopped up onto the carved back of the chair, winding her tail around the varnished wood.  This put her nearly nose to nose with a stuffed buck, its magnificent antlers spreading out in glinting brown points.  "Okay, Pat," Katrina said, "where is it?"

The deer sniffed.  "If you don't know," it said in a tight, high voice, "I'm not telling you."

Katrina's tail lashed once, very carefully, as her position was already somewhat precarious.  "I don't have time for your bullshit," she said, her voice soft and dangerous, "especially when you clowns keep moving things on me.  It took me long enough to find this room at all, and now the key is missing.  Cough it up."

"I don't have to listen to you," the deer whined.  "This kind of abuse is highly unnecessary."

Katrina grinned.  "You haven't seen abuse yet, my disembodied darling.  If I get stuck here, you'll be happy to just have this ridiculous roof fall on you.  Very happy."

The mounting board creaked as the deer shook itself irritably.  "Anyway,” it said, “I don't know where you're trying to get to.  There are dozens of doors, how am I supposed to tell you where the one you're looking for is?"

The cat leaned forward and pressed her nose against the deer's cold, stuffed one.  With the volume down and cropped in close enough, it might have been the kind of adorable scene that set middle-aged women's email inboxes ablaze.  Ah, what a difference context makes.  There was no mistaking the threat in the gesture when Katrina growled, "You know goddamn well where I'm going.  There's only one place it could possibly be.  Your thick head is all you have left to you.  I'd think you'd try using it sometime."

"Ah, but you see," the deer intoned dolefully, "they've taken my brain.  It's cotton and sawdust in there now."

"You don't say."  She glared at the stuffed head for another moment, then jumped down off the chair and stalked between the wooden furniture legs, a low rumbling growl deep in her throat indicating her position.

Derek had mostly ignored this conversation, and shrugged off the strangeness of the talking mounted head, which was no odder than something you might find in a theme park.  Perhaps he was just acclimating at last.  Instead, he had either won or lost his internal struggle over the presence of the food, and was happily munching on his fourth delicate cucumber and watercress sandwich.  The dull roar of the commotion outside seemed so far away from within the thick, stone walls.  Derek found himself almost relaxing, and settled into one of the elegant and not terribly comfortable chairs without noticing that he had done so.  He contemplated the array of teapots, curious about their contents.  He'd never been much for tea, but after days of nothing but water, even enchanted water, it might make a nice change.

As if reading his mind, the buck said, "Perhaps you might enjoy a bit of tea?"

Katrina jumped up on the table, nearly upending an empty saucer in a lurid blue floral pattern.  She squinted at the deer mistrustfully.  "What are you saying?" she asked.

The deer waggled its head again, a rough approximation of a shrug given its lack of shoulders.  "I'm merely trying to be hospitable," it replied peevishly.  "Why must you be so suspicious of everything?  It's most unbecoming."

Katrina continued to glare unabated for a long moment.  Then she hopped to the floor, resuming her human form upon landing.  Derek tried to follow the transformation, but he still couldn't wrap his brain around it.  She rested her hand on her chin and carefully contemplated the table, glancing back and forth between the variety of teapots.  Scowling up at the deer one more time, she selected a delicate bone pot with a carved relief scene of several animals running in a large circle.  She found an empty mug, filled it up, and passed it to Derek, then poured a small chipped cup for herself.  He peered into the depths of the brown liquid.  It looked normal enough, but what the hell did that mean anymore?

"Bottoms up," Katrina said, and knocked back the drink.  Derek followed suit.

And that's it! Thanks for reading, everyone!

Read more #saturdayscenes  from other authors at the hashtag.

Illustration by +Laura Toivola ___

2014-09-19 21:13:26 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s) 

::someone brings up cheesecake::

"Dammit, now I want cheesecake."

::drives to Cheesecake Factory::

Adulthood: FLAWLESS VICTORY

::someone brings up cheesecake::

"Dammit, now I want cheesecake."

::drives to Cheesecake Factory::

Adulthood: FLAWLESS VICTORY___

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2014-09-19 17:21:08 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

So, +Keith Wilson, this is what I mean when I say that smartwatches are too big.  This is the Gear 2, and that's as tight as the band would go around my wrist.  It's not really an issue of style or preference, this simply does not fit.

Though I will say that I found the Moto 360 quite comfortable.  (It did overhang my wrist as well, but to a much smaller degree.)  That supports my general feeling that it's the portrait rectangular screen rather than the size that's the difficulty for smaller wrists.

So, +Keith Wilson, this is what I mean when I say that smartwatches are too big.  This is the Gear 2, and that's as tight as the band would go around my wrist.  It's not really an issue of style or preference, this simply does not fit.

Though I will say that I found the Moto 360 quite comfortable.  (It did overhang my wrist as well, but to a much smaller degree.)  That supports my general feeling that it's the portrait rectangular screen rather than the size that's the difficulty for smaller wrists.___

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2014-09-19 15:49:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Can you drink coffee out of one of those beer hats?  I was challenged to find out.

(Aww, it's my very first YouTube video!)

Can you drink coffee out of one of those beer hats?  I was challenged to find out.

(Aww, it's my very first YouTube video!)___

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2014-09-18 21:41:48 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Anyone here play Disney Infinity?  I'm going back and forth, and I'm terribly torn.  On the one hand, it looks like a lot of fun, it's a kind of gameplay I really enjoy (I've heard it compared to the Lego games, which I lurve despite their sometimes frustrating controls), and I'm a Disney nut.  On the other hand, it's really expensive, I'm not sure where I'd keep all the figures, and ZOMG expensive (for instance, apparently the characters in 1.0 work in 2.0, but the playset missions don't, so if I want that gameplay, I'd need both versions).  Also, I don't have any kids, and I feel like this is the sort of game that's not really meant for a childless adult...

Thoughts?

Anyone here play Disney Infinity?  I'm going back and forth, and I'm terribly torn.  On the one hand, it looks like a lot of fun, it's a kind of gameplay I really enjoy (I've heard it compared to the Lego games, which I lurve despite their sometimes frustrating controls), and I'm a Disney nut.  On the other hand, it's really expensive, I'm not sure where I'd keep all the figures, and ZOMG expensive (for instance, apparently the characters in 1.0 work in 2.0, but the playset missions don't, so if I want that gameplay, I'd need both versions).  Also, I don't have any kids, and I feel like this is the sort of game that's not really meant for a childless adult...

Thoughts?___

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2014-09-15 18:15:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

There's a page on TV Tropes called "TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life".  It points to the obvious time sink of the sprawling and highly addictive site, but it also goes into some discussion on the balance between consuming something analytically and consuming it for pure entertainment.  It's hard to turn off that analytical part of your brain once it's developed, so you become better at recognizing patterns and correctly predicting plot twists.

For instance, last night when we were catching up with The Awesomes, I made a prediction of who the final villain of Malocchio Jr.'s team would be.  It didn't play out exactly like I anticipated, but it was pretty damn close.

Of course, it's really just a different kind of entertainment.  There's a certain satisfaction in being able to say that you called it.  And the show is still brilliant even when ittele... more »

There's a page on TV Tropes called "TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life".  It points to the obvious time sink of the sprawling and highly addictive site, but it also goes into some discussion on the balance between consuming something analytically and consuming it for pure entertainment.  It's hard to turn off that analytical part of your brain once it's developed, so you become better at recognizing patterns and correctly predicting plot twists.

For instance, last night when we were catching up with The Awesomes, I made a prediction of who the final villain of Malocchio Jr.'s team would be.  It didn't play out exactly like I anticipated, but it was pretty damn close.

Of course, it's really just a different kind of entertainment.  There's a certain satisfaction in being able to say that you called it.  And the show is still brilliant even when it telegraphs a little too openly.___

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2014-09-15 17:39:58 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s) 

Couldn't get through it?  This might be the only thing that would make it readable!

+Bliss Morgan This will either ruin it for you or make you bust a gut. Either way, you're welcome.___Couldn't get through it?  This might be the only thing that would make it readable!

2014-09-14 15:37:22 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s) 

We are officially on vacation! We're not actually going anywhere, because we're doing the big blowout Vegas trip in the spring and maybe a quick trip to California in January, so we need to save up. So it's mainly going to be bumming around the house, just chilling and maybe working on some of the many projects that need to be done.

Though being off on a day we usually work has its drawbacks. We usually don't think anything of going out to breakfast, so we didn't consider that late Sunday morning is not the best time... 

We are officially on vacation! We're not actually going anywhere, because we're doing the big blowout Vegas trip in the spring and maybe a quick trip to California in January, so we need to save up. So it's mainly going to be bumming around the house, just chilling and maybe working on some of the many projects that need to be done.

Though being off on a day we usually work has its drawbacks. We usually don't think anything of going out to breakfast, so we didn't consider that late Sunday morning is not the best time... ___

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2014-09-13 13:51:54 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

CHAOS THEORY Part 14 (Read from the beginning here: http://goo.gl/z50fJB)

Katrina has returned and discovered Derek’s predicament.

Katrina strode across the dying grass and up onto the tiny porch, which was well suited to her slight stature.  Derek was left hurrying to catch up.  Without hesitation, she rapped on the door, and examined her long nails coolly as she waited.

After a moment, the door opened, and the mummy woman glared up at her.  "Now what?" she said.

"I'm buying your farmboy," Katrina announced.

"The hell ye are," the woman scoffed.  "Lazy bastard he may be, but we have a deal.  He's no' for sale."

"Damn straight," Derek muttered.  Neither of the women acknowledged this, which was likely for the best, as they wouldn't have interpreted it quite theway he m... more »

CHAOS THEORY Part 14 (Read from the beginning here: http://goo.gl/z50fJB)

Katrina has returned and discovered Derek’s predicament.

Katrina strode across the dying grass and up onto the tiny porch, which was well suited to her slight stature.  Derek was left hurrying to catch up.  Without hesitation, she rapped on the door, and examined her long nails coolly as she waited.

After a moment, the door opened, and the mummy woman glared up at her.  "Now what?" she said.

"I'm buying your farmboy," Katrina announced.

"The hell ye are," the woman scoffed.  "Lazy bastard he may be, but we have a deal.  He's no' for sale."

"Damn straight," Derek muttered.  Neither of the women acknowledged this, which was likely for the best, as they wouldn't have interpreted it quite the way he meant.

"Everything's for sale, darling," Katrina said with a grin.  She reached into a pocket tucked into the small of her back and produced a little figurine.  It appeared to be made of porcelain, or perhaps bone, intricately carved and painted in the form of a cowering, frightened little girl, her miniature face a frozen scream.  Derek found it extremely disturbing.  "I think this will be fair compensation, don't you?"  

The old woman reached for it greedily.  "Ah ah ah," Katrina said, lifting it high over her head and shaking a finger at the old woman.  "This means the debt is cleared, understood?  No popping up later and causing me trouble.  All in balance."

"All in balance," the old woman agreed.  It sounded like some sort of ritual phrase.  Katrina lowered her hand, and the wrinkled little woman snatched the figurine away with a manic, toothless grin.  Then she glared up at Derek.  "Go on, off ye get, ye bum."  The door slammed, shaking in its frame.

"That was easy enough," Katrina said, bounding down the porch steps.  She seemed positively chipper, which Derek immediately found suspicious.  "Come on, then, we've an appointment to keep."

Derek walked after her, his steps dragging slower and slower until he stopped altogether.  "No," he said.

She turned back.  "Excuse me?" she said.

"I'm not going with you."

She chuckled.  "Very cute."  She continued walking.  Derek did not.  

She caught on to this after a moment, and stalked back over to him.  He stood his ground with an effort.  "What do you think you're playing at?" she growled.

"I appreciate your help," he said, "but I've got my own things to do.  And after that bullshit down at the bottom of the ocean, I think I’m better off on my own."  

She stared him down, no mean feat given her size.  "I don't think you understand how this works," she said softly.  "I saved your life down there.  I saved your life back in the Juncture.  And unless you were looking forward to mucking stables until your mortal body rots, I saved your life just now.  That business about buying you wasn’t a joke.  You owe me, and in Relidran, all debts get paid."

"Look, I'm sorry," he said, a bit flustered, "but I can't deal with whatever you have going on.  I'm going to see Queen Gwenllian, and she's going to send me home."

"Ah," Katrina said.  "That's the plan, is it?"

"Yes," Derek bristled.

"Let me lay out for you how that's all going to go.  From here, you're a good three weeks' walk from the seat of the Silver Court.  Conservatively.  That's presuming you don't manage to get yourself killed, maimed, or enslaved at any point between now and then.  Given what I've seen thus far, I can't say I have the highest of confidence in that outcome."

"Hey, I've-" he said.

She talked right over him.  "Even if Gwenllian were willing or able to help you, neither of which I will concede as a foregone conclusion, it wouldn't matter.  By the time you make it there, all of this-" she indicated the surroundings with a terse gesture "--will be ruins and ashes.  And it won't just be Relidran.  You won't have a home to go back to."

This wasn't exactly what he was expecting.  "What do you mean?" he asked.

"Things are far, far worse than I'd feared, worse than I could have ever predicted," she said quietly.  The steel in her voice was now less menace and more desperation.  "We are running out of time."

Derek licked his lips.  He swallowed.  He hated the feeling that every time he thought he understood just how bad things could get, he was proven wrong.  He wasn't fond of being proven wrong, unless he could somehow spin it into a paper demonstrating the wonderful new things he'd discovered in the course of correcting himself.  A scientist was always open to the opportunity of being proven wrong, of course, but then, the worst he usually had to fear from such an outcome was finding that some of his work had just become irrelevant.  "What does all this have to do with me?" he asked, his voice a little hoarse.

"I'm not entirely certain yet," Katrina admitted.  Then she grinned, which did absolutely nothing to relieve the tension.  "But you're much better off with me.  Trust me."

"I don't trust you at all," Derek said, shaking his head more at himself than her.  Her eyes narrowed, but he swept out an arm.  "After you," he sighed.

Read more scenes from other authors at the #saturdayscenes  hashtag

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2014-09-12 22:15:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Oooo.  This would probably be a really good show.  Dammit, why is so much awesome happening in November!?

Fathom Events and +National Theatre Live invite you to return to the cinema on November 6th to see James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in the smash-hit play +Of Mice and Men on Broadway. Don’t miss your chance to experience their captivating performance on the big screen during this exclusive one-night event, get your tickets now at http://bit.ly/NTliveOfMiceAndMen.___Oooo.  This would probably be a really good show.  Dammit, why is so much awesome happening in November!?

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2014-09-12 18:20:24 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Waaaaaaant.  I would start insisting on hosting more game nights just to use these.

I need to find a local gaming group so I have an "excuse" to own this.___Waaaaaaant.  I would start insisting on hosting more game nights just to use these.

2014-09-12 16:11:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

I really need to get off the couch and get moving.  We have people coming over tonight, I need to get the house cleaned, and I kind of want to bake something.

But there is a kitty curled up asleep on my lap.  So clearly, I'm not allowed to move.  

I really need to get off the couch and get moving.  We have people coming over tonight, I need to get the house cleaned, and I kind of want to bake something.

But there is a kitty curled up asleep on my lap.  So clearly, I'm not allowed to move.  ___

2014-09-11 13:38:36 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

For the record, 11am is probably the worst possible time to schedule a sedation.  It's early enough that you can't do your regular morning stuff in the time before you're cut off from eating and drinking certain things, but late enough that you can't just wake up and go straight there, sleeping through the annoyance.

I'm hungry and uncaffeinated and thirsty and have to pee.  How's your morning?

For the record, 11am is probably the worst possible time to schedule a sedation.  It's early enough that you can't do your regular morning stuff in the time before you're cut off from eating and drinking certain things, but late enough that you can't just wake up and go straight there, sleeping through the annoyance.

I'm hungry and uncaffeinated and thirsty and have to pee.  How's your morning?___

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2014-09-10 16:21:21 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Via a couple of people.  I love this game so fucking much.

Via a couple of people.  I love this game so fucking much.___

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2014-09-10 15:25:37 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Time to turn on the two-step authentication if you haven't done already.

::SIGH::

Let me get out my decoder ring.___Time to turn on the two-step authentication if you haven't done already.

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2014-09-09 12:44:09 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s) 

GUYS HE'S IN THE COMMENTS HERE TOO

"No man, this is like that Family Guy fight with the chicken. It's going to crash from forum to forum until the internet breaks"

GUYS HE'S IN THE COMMENTS HERE TOO

"No man, this is like that Family Guy fight with the chicken. It's going to crash from forum to forum until the internet breaks"___

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2014-09-06 14:47:14 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s) 

CHAOS THEORY Part 13 (Read from the beginning: http://goo.gl/z50fJB)

Derek passes a bad night sleeping in the farmers’ barn.

It was still quite dark when he woke up, musty and covered with old hay.  He stared up at the roof beams, thinking bleak and pointless thoughts, taking some small comfort in having a few moments to himself.

"Having fun?" a familiar voice asked.

He bolted upright, looking around wildly.  The barn was empty, except for the usual animals, who reacted to the commotion with bored disdain.  A slight movement caught his eye -- the twitching of a tail, which turned out to be attached to a very dark, but not quite black cat perched up in the rafters.  Derek thought that maybe this might be some pet of the farmers that had been in hiding, right up until it grinned at him.  He recognized the grin when he couldn't quiteplace t... more »

CHAOS THEORY Part 13 (Read from the beginning: http://goo.gl/z50fJB)

Derek passes a bad night sleeping in the farmers’ barn.

It was still quite dark when he woke up, musty and covered with old hay.  He stared up at the roof beams, thinking bleak and pointless thoughts, taking some small comfort in having a few moments to himself.

"Having fun?" a familiar voice asked.

He bolted upright, looking around wildly.  The barn was empty, except for the usual animals, who reacted to the commotion with bored disdain.  A slight movement caught his eye -- the twitching of a tail, which turned out to be attached to a very dark, but not quite black cat perched up in the rafters.  Derek thought that maybe this might be some pet of the farmers that had been in hiding, right up until it grinned at him.  He recognized the grin when he couldn't quite place the voice.  "You almost look like you're on holiday."

"Katrina?" he said in groggy disbelief.

The cat jumped down from the ceiling.  It morphed as it fell, and a petite brunette in an old-fashioned purple dress landed neatly on the dirt floor.  "Miss me?" she said.

He glared daggers at her.  “Fuck off,” he said, and burrowed himself deeper in the hay, turning his back to her.

“Sorry, were you trying to sleep in?”

“You and that psychotic friend of yours nearly got me killed,” Derek growled.  “Whatever you want, I’m not interested.  Go away.”

“Carter can be a bit overprotective at times,” Katrina admitted, in a tone that Derek guessed was intended to be apologetic.  “And you did present a problem.  But you seem to have gotten along fine.”

He shifted again, but the hay just stabbed at him and made him more uncomfortable.  He gave up, and crawled out of the haystack with some effort.  "Yeah, I keep coming up with new and exciting ways to get fucked over."

Her amber eyes narrowed suddenly, and she flowed across the distance between them, rather to his confusion.  She hissed an indrawn breath and gingerly touched his chest just below the neck.  "What did that?" she asked.

He glanced down, and saw the faded handprint on his shirt, as if all the color had been sucked away.  He hadn't even noticed it until now.  "Oh, just some grey dudes that tried to cut my throat," he said casually.

Katrina's eyebrow arched.  "However did you manage to get out of that one?"

Derek shrugged uncomfortably.  "They freaked out over my flashlight," he said.

Some expression he couldn't recognize glinted in her eyes.  "Flashlight?"

"Yeah..."

"Show me," she commanded.

He reached into his pocket to fish out the heavy, compact flashlight, and offered it to her with an outstretched palm.  She reached for it, but her fingers stopped just short of touching the metal surface.  "Of all the things to bring into Relidran," she breathed.  "Clever little kitten.  There might just be hope for you yet."

"What are you talking about?" he sighed.

She cocked her head and rolled her eyes up at him condescendingly.  "You've not read many faerie tales, have you?"

"Not really."

She contemplated the flashlight again, her hand hovering just above it.  Her tone grew airy and lofty, but her attention never wavered.  "There are many charms against different faeries," she said, "of varying levels of effectiveness.  But the one that will do all sorts of nasty things to any faerie is cold iron."

Derek took a closer look at his flashlight.  It looked no different than it usually did.  "Iron?" he said.  "I think this is steel."

"Same difference," Katrina purred with a shrug.  "You won't find any here, just brass and bronze and copper and all that.  This shouldn't have been able to cross into this world.  But then again," she added with a waggle of her finger, "neither should you."

Something about this bothered Derek, and it took him a moment to put his finger on exactly what.  "Hang on a second," he said slowly.  "You came to my house as an electrician."

She grinned, a sparkle in her eye.  Without warning, she snatched the flashlight out of his hand with a flourish.  "Controlled exposure in small doses," she said, sounding terribly pleased with herself.  "Amazing what it can do."  She stared hungrily at the device in her small hand.  "With this, I could..."  She tapped it against her chin, a faraway look in her eyes.  Her grin became, somehow, even more menacing.

Then, just as suddenly as before, she tossed the flashlight back to Derek, who bobbled as he caught it.  "You hang onto that," she said.  "It might come in useful."  She swept through the barn, none of its mud or muck offering to cling to her velvet skirts or gleaming boots.  "Come on, then,” she called airly behind her.  “Places to go, things to see.”

"I can't," he said.

She turned on her heel.  "Grown attached already?"

"You might say that," he muttered.  Haltingly, he explained the situation as he understood it.

She sighed and shook her head, the exasperated but still indulgent nanny.  "What am I going to do with you," she clucked.  "Well, come on, let's get this sorted out."

Read more #saturdayscenes  from other authors by clicking the hashtag.

Illustration by +Laura Toivola ___

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2014-09-04 23:58:46 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

Today in Cats are Weird:

Clara loves this blanket (and its slightly less silky and paler twin).  She loves it in a very specific way: she will take part of it in her mouth, then knead at it while turning this way and that, moving the fabric around just so.  She will then proceed to lay down next to the nest she's so carefully made, or if the blanket is scrunched up, just look at you expectantly before going somewhere else.

Also the blanket is on the floor because I have colonized the couch.  I feel less bad about sleeping all afternoon after waking up to discover that I'm running a rather high fever.

Today in Cats are Weird:

Clara loves this blanket (and its slightly less silky and paler twin).  She loves it in a very specific way: she will take part of it in her mouth, then knead at it while turning this way and that, moving the fabric around just so.  She will then proceed to lay down next to the nest she's so carefully made, or if the blanket is scrunched up, just look at you expectantly before going somewhere else.

Also the blanket is on the floor because I have colonized the couch.  I feel less bad about sleeping all afternoon after waking up to discover that I'm running a rather high fever.___

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2014-09-04 23:15:13 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s) 

I didn't realize Evans hated working the blockbusters this much.  Although it probably explains that understated, appealing earnestness he brings to Cap.

I didn't realize Evans hated working the blockbusters this much.  Although it probably explains that understated, appealing earnestness he brings to Cap.___

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2014-09-04 16:38:53 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

I've actually stood in the ballroom of the Mansion, and the effect is truly astonishing.  What most impressed me: all of the intricately-carved woodwork is actually just painted flats.  Also, the dancing ghosts are seriously garish colors, since the reflection effect significantly washes them out.

Fun fact about the attic: the bureau next to the ghost pianist is an authentic antique... toilet.

How Disney upgrades the Haunted Mansion ride to scare new generations of fans: http://trib.al/zCbSiso___I've actually stood in the ballroom of the Mansion, and the effect is truly astonishing.  What most impressed me: all of the intricately-carved woodwork is actually just painted flats.  Also, the dancing ghosts are seriously garish colors, since the reflection effect significantly washes them out.

Fun fact about the attic: the bureau next to the ghost pianist is an authentic antique... toilet.

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2014-09-04 03:08:16 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s) 

At long last, we have enough people to play! 

At long last, we have enough people to play! ___

2014-09-03 19:40:05 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s) 

Querying? Get Thee to Twitter!

Apparently 'tis the season for publishing hashtags to explode on Twitter.  If you're looking to query, make sure you're following the #MSWL  tag; it's a regular thing, but today especially agents and editors are posting about what they want to see, ranging from general (i.e. romances with diverse casts) to surprisingly specific (i.e. YA set on the Oregon Trail).  If you've got something ready to go out the door, it's worth taking a look to see if there's someone who wants exactly what you've got.  (I even saw a couple of presses specify that they were looking at previously self-pubbed work.)

I should mention that it's blowing up today because today is the launch of manuscriptwishlist.com, which is basically the same thing as the hashtag but in a longer format, fully tagged and searchable.  Extremelyvalu... more »

Querying? Get Thee to Twitter!

Apparently 'tis the season for publishing hashtags to explode on Twitter.  If you're looking to query, make sure you're following the #MSWL  tag; it's a regular thing, but today especially agents and editors are posting about what they want to see, ranging from general (i.e. romances with diverse casts) to surprisingly specific (i.e. YA set on the Oregon Trail).  If you've got something ready to go out the door, it's worth taking a look to see if there's someone who wants exactly what you've got.  (I even saw a couple of presses specify that they were looking at previously self-pubbed work.)

I should mention that it's blowing up today because today is the launch of manuscriptwishlist.com, which is basically the same thing as the hashtag but in a longer format, fully tagged and searchable.  Extremely valuable resource if you're searching for an agent, and a query labeled with MSWL definitely stands out.

And speaking of Twitter and agents, PitMad is on Tuesday: http://www.brenda-drake.com/pitmad/  Twitter pitch parties are a great way to connect with other writers and to get the attention of an agent, plus they're great marketing practice.___

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2014-09-03 14:50:37 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s) 

Yes!  And there would be no danger of paradoxes, because one me would be asleep.

Today's Minimumble is sleeping in.
http://minimumble.thebookofbiff.com/2014/09/02/535-snooze/___Yes!  And there would be no danger of paradoxes, because one me would be asleep.

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2014-09-03 14:41:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

You had me at Russian dashcam.

h/t +Jer Constable 

Mickey Mouse and Spongebob knock heads in the greatest Russian dashcam video of all time.  skip to 0:30 for the action ___You had me at Russian dashcam.

h/t +Jer Constable 

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2014-09-03 00:13:22 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s) 

I...  What is this...  I don't even know.  I can't begin to explain it.  But I kind of want it.

I...  What is this...  I don't even know.  I can't begin to explain it.  But I kind of want it.___

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2014-09-02 15:13:51 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Story time!  I took anatomy/physiology in high school, and when we learned about the immune system, the teacher explained that a vaccine is essentially an injection of a weakened or dead version of the pathogen, which allows your body to create the correct antibodies without you having to get sick.  "Obviously they don't inject you with the live version of, say, ebola," she said, "because then they just gave you ebola."

My writer brain lit up at this, naturally.  The story that instantly popped into my head was of a mad scientist using a supposed vaccine to spread a pandemic.  The story I ended up writing was about a new pandemic that had sprung up, forcing scientists to rush a treatment into production before giving it proper testing.  Something in the vaccine mutated and became significantly more lethal than the initial illness, and the vaccine ended up being whatwipe... more »

Story time!  I took anatomy/physiology in high school, and when we learned about the immune system, the teacher explained that a vaccine is essentially an injection of a weakened or dead version of the pathogen, which allows your body to create the correct antibodies without you having to get sick.  "Obviously they don't inject you with the live version of, say, ebola," she said, "because then they just gave you ebola."

My writer brain lit up at this, naturally.  The story that instantly popped into my head was of a mad scientist using a supposed vaccine to spread a pandemic.  The story I ended up writing was about a new pandemic that had sprung up, forcing scientists to rush a treatment into production before giving it proper testing.  Something in the vaccine mutated and became significantly more lethal than the initial illness, and the vaccine ended up being what wiped out humanity.  (Yes, I was in high school.  Yes, I might be a little fucked up.)

It was actually a pretty decent little story, and of course it comes to mind now because a similar situation is in the news.  But I'd never dream of doing anything with the concept now, because the motherfucking antivaxxers would take a simple little piece of horror fiction and treat it like a goddamn fact.  At best, I'd be accused of being an antivaxxer myself.

Not that I'm bitter or anything.  Sons of bitches.

But anyway, hooray for science and for possibly being able to treat a very serious illness.___

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2014-09-01 17:53:19 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s) 

I think Cracked is at its best when it talks about serious issues, mainly because they still manage to balance those with dick jokes.  Some good stuff in this one.

I think Cracked is at its best when it talks about serious issues, mainly because they still manage to balance those with dick jokes.  Some good stuff in this one.___

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2014-08-31 13:13:49 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s) 

Dear authors:

Don't ever respond to a review.  Ever ever.  Just don't.  For one thing, they are not for you.  For another, if you couldn't clearly communicate your intentions within the text, additional commentary is unlikely to help.  For yet another, reviews are not for you.

Put down the keyboard.  Walk away.

Cheers,
Brittany

Dear authors:

Don't ever respond to a review.  Ever ever.  Just don't.  For one thing, they are not for you.  For another, if you couldn't clearly communicate your intentions within the text, additional commentary is unlikely to help.  For yet another, reviews are not for you.

Put down the keyboard.  Walk away.

Cheers,
Brittany___

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2014-08-30 16:15:45 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

I'm frankly not all that interested in a Black Widow movie at all.  I think that much of what makes her fascinating and effective only works because she's a supporting character.

Now, if we're talking a Ms. Marvel movie, I want that, like, yesterday.

Why I Don't Want A Scarlett Johansson 'Black Widow' Movie (Yet)

I wasn't sure I'd agree after reading the headline, but I do...

http://oped.co/Z3fYF___I'm frankly not all that interested in a Black Widow movie at all.  I think that much of what makes her fascinating and effective only works because she's a supporting character.

Now, if we're talking a Ms. Marvel movie, I want that, like, yesterday.

2014-08-29 01:41:06 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Is there a term for "procrastinating by doing something that's technically productive, but not at all what you were supposed to be doing right now?"  Because I think spending my writing night cleaning out my Gmail certainly qualifies.

Is there a term for "procrastinating by doing something that's technically productive, but not at all what you were supposed to be doing right now?"  Because I think spending my writing night cleaning out my Gmail certainly qualifies.___

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2014-08-28 16:36:05 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Sweet baby Osiris.  Either the NRA's sense of timing is supernaturally bad, or they're just deliberately trolling.

Sweet baby Osiris.  Either the NRA's sense of timing is supernaturally bad, or they're just deliberately trolling.___

2014-08-26 18:27:18 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

I don't just fail at dentist, I fail spectacularly.

Today was my appointment with the endodontist, who supposedly had a better method of numbing me that would address the previous issue.  The issue he was not prepared to address was my severe anxiety.  (I'm not sure my general dentist fully understood the extent of it, since the Valium/nitrous combo has been so successful that they hadn't seen it.)  So he just slathers on a bit of gel, then goes straight in with the needle.  I could kind of handle it with the first injection where I was topically numb, but the further ones that I could completely feel were just a big pile of NOPE NOPE NOPE.  Full-blown panic attack.

And the weird thing is they seemed utterly flummoxed by my reaction, like they'd never encountered this before.  They kept trying to encourage me to calm down and take deep breaths, and I kept evenlytelli... more »

I don't just fail at dentist, I fail spectacularly.

Today was my appointment with the endodontist, who supposedly had a better method of numbing me that would address the previous issue.  The issue he was not prepared to address was my severe anxiety.  (I'm not sure my general dentist fully understood the extent of it, since the Valium/nitrous combo has been so successful that they hadn't seen it.)  So he just slathers on a bit of gel, then goes straight in with the needle.  I could kind of handle it with the first injection where I was topically numb, but the further ones that I could completely feel were just a big pile of NOPE NOPE NOPE.  Full-blown panic attack.

And the weird thing is they seemed utterly flummoxed by my reaction, like they'd never encountered this before.  They kept trying to encourage me to calm down and take deep breaths, and I kept evenly telling them that my breathing was not currently under my control.  They gave me some oxygen to get me to stop hyperventilating, but they didn't even have nitrous on hand.  (I had already taken Valium.  Panic attack on Valium.  That's me, kids.)

The good news is that this finally gives me a referral letter that might convince my insurance to cover the astronomical cost of sedation.  The bad news is that I wasted a sick day with nothing to show for it but a fat and tingly lip and a hole in my jaw with sharp edges.  (Because, oh yeah, one of my temporary fillings fell out.)

Ugh.  I'm so ready to be done with this.___

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2014-08-26 13:26:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

I have no idea what this has to do with the Ice Bucket Challenge.  But if you have some very specific destinations and dates, $32 one way is a pretty incredible deal.

I have no idea what this has to do with the Ice Bucket Challenge.  But if you have some very specific destinations and dates, $32 one way is a pretty incredible deal.___

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2014-08-26 13:16:33 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s) 

I never really played either of these games, because running around outside was not what you would call a core part of my childhood.  (To be fair, I did live in Phoenix, so in the summer you played in the pool or in air conditioning, full stop.)

But this article made me giggle like crazy.  It's all about the tone, ladies and germs.

I never really played either of these games, because running around outside was not what you would call a core part of my childhood.  (To be fair, I did live in Phoenix, so in the summer you played in the pool or in air conditioning, full stop.)

But this article made me giggle like crazy.  It's all about the tone, ladies and germs.___

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2014-08-25 14:58:20 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Hey, I have a new blog post!  One common complaint I hear about manuscripts is that they start in the wrong place, either meandering around before getting down to the actual story, or occasionally throwing us in without necessary context and setup.  How do you strike the balance, especially for those big sprawling multi-generational stories?  Robin McKinley's Chalice gives us some clues.

Hey, I have a new blog post!  One common complaint I hear about manuscripts is that they start in the wrong place, either meandering around before getting down to the actual story, or occasionally throwing us in without necessary context and setup.  How do you strike the balance, especially for those big sprawling multi-generational stories?  Robin McKinley's Chalice gives us some clues.___

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2014-08-25 00:22:03 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s) 

You know, there aren't nearly enough women doing physical comedy.  This moment made me quite happy for that reason (and got a solid laugh out of the room).

Possibly one of the most unexpectedly funny parts of the episode last night... 😁___You know, there aren't nearly enough women doing physical comedy.  This moment made me quite happy for that reason (and got a solid laugh out of the room).

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2014-08-24 23:51:09 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s) 

Pro tip: When curious about a shocking meme, Urban Dictionary.  NOT Google.

What happens if you wimp out of teaching your kids about sex
http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/07/28/the-talk-by-bill-amend___Pro tip: When curious about a shocking meme, Urban Dictionary.  NOT Google.

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2014-08-24 00:18:09 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s) 

Just waiting for a couple more guests.  This way we can fast forward through the commercials.

That's right!

#DoctorWho___Just waiting for a couple more guests.  This way we can fast forward through the commercials.

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2014-08-23 16:16:16 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

CHAOS THEORY Part 12 (Read from the beginning: http://goo.gl/z50fJB)

Derek follows the stream out of the forest and into some farmland.  He approaches a tiny house and agrees to do some chores for the farmers in exchange for food and a place to sleep.

The next day, Derek tried to stay somewhat cheerful as the mummy woman ordered him around, and her silent husband demonstrated some of the odder or more unfamiliar tasks.  He chopped and stacked firewood with an odd little bronze hatchet.  He hauled in water from the well.  Holding his breath, he mucked out the animal stalls.  The old man tried to show him how to milk the cow, but after a few awkward and uncomfortable attempts, the cow gave up in disgust and stormed out of the barn.  He beat the rugs that the woman hauled out for him.  It made for a long, exhausting day, but he felt reasonably good about the situation; hewas tak... more »

CHAOS THEORY Part 12 (Read from the beginning: http://goo.gl/z50fJB)

Derek follows the stream out of the forest and into some farmland.  He approaches a tiny house and agrees to do some chores for the farmers in exchange for food and a place to sleep.

The next day, Derek tried to stay somewhat cheerful as the mummy woman ordered him around, and her silent husband demonstrated some of the odder or more unfamiliar tasks.  He chopped and stacked firewood with an odd little bronze hatchet.  He hauled in water from the well.  Holding his breath, he mucked out the animal stalls.  The old man tried to show him how to milk the cow, but after a few awkward and uncomfortable attempts, the cow gave up in disgust and stormed out of the barn.  He beat the rugs that the woman hauled out for him.  It made for a long, exhausting day, but he felt reasonably good about the situation; he was taking care of himself, using the one resource he had.  The loss of a full day was a bit painful, but he had high hopes that he might be able to get a little bit of food for the road, which might bear him through another day or so of travel.  And maybe he'd come to a town or somewhere that he could get some real supplies, or perhaps even a ride to this Gwenllian character.  The sooner he could get this all over and get back home, the happier he'd be.

The woman invited -- well, summoned -- him into the house that night for dinner, another dilapidated stew.  Again, he sat on the floor nearby while the two farmers sat at their tiny table.  He thought about trying to make conversation, but neither one of them seemed particularly interested in his existence, so he remained silent as he tried to manipulate the undersized spoon and not spill the brown broth everywhere.

Finally, he said, "I'll have to be leaving in the morning."

The woman snorted.  "No ye won'."

Derek blinked.  "Look, I really appreciate the hospitality, but I have to keep going.  I can't stick around here forever."

She pointed her spoon accusingly at him.  "Ye work for us now.  That's the agreement."

"Wait, hang on," Derek said, getting to his feet with some difficulty.  "I never agreed to that.  I just needed a place to stay for the night."

"Ye didn' say for the night.  Chores in exchange for food and bed, that was the deal."

He opened his mouth, and his arguments died on his lips as he remembered the conversation from the night before.  He swore under his breath.

He swore a little louder.

He swore louder still, and stormed out.  It was nearly full dark and quite cold, but he didn't care.  He remembered vaguely in which direction the stream lay, and he stomped off down the hill toward it, furious with the old woman for tricking him, and with himself for being so easily tricked.  Every time he thought he had a handle on the weird people he encountered, they pulled the rug out from under him again.

He ran into what felt like a tightly-stretched plastic wrap barrier, and was thrown backwards to the ground.  Dazed, he pushed himself up.  There didn't appear to be anything in his way, but when he tried again, he met the same invisible resistance.

"Don' think about tryin' to leave, laddie!" the mummy woman cackled from the porch.  "Yer bound here, no use fightin' it!"  Still laughing to herself, she went back inside.

He stared murderously after her at the miniature farmhouse, wishing he could set the stupid thing on fire.  Of course something like this was going to happen.  That would teach him to be optimistic.  Instead of sacrificing a day in order to keep moving faster, he had gone and made himself an indentured servant.  Just fucking peachy.

Sunrise found him curled up sullenly in his haystack, still fuming.  The farmer came to wake him, and Derek ignored him completely.  Let them kick him out for not keeping up with his end of the bargain.

"It don' work like that, boy," the old woman said from the barn door as though she'd read his mind.  He didn't like the uncomfortable feeling that that was exactly what she'd done.  She crooked a finger, and against his will, his limbs bent and flexed, and he rose to his feet and out of the barn.

He went about his chores much more slowly the second day.  He couldn't stop entirely; the first time he did, while sweeping the porch, the old crone crooked her finger, and his arms started moving on their own.  That seriously freaked him out, so he kept moving just fast enough to avoid drawing her ire as he combed the sheep, chopped more wood, fed the animals (who somehow seemed just as bemused and sullen as he did), and mucked the stalls again.  His brain ran hopelessly in the same circles all day, trying uselessly to figure out any sort of way he might be able to escape or break the deal.  But he had no knowledge whatsoever about the forces that held him, how they worked and how they might be unraveled, and he had nothing to offer to persuade his captors to release him.  He missed just worrying about food and shelter.

Check out the #saturdayscenes  hashtag for more from other authors

Illustration by +Laura Toivola ___

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2014-08-23 03:49:17 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s) 

Oh man, yes. The ancient tomb ones always bug me.

h/t +Jaime Cooper

Video game logic fails.___Oh man, yes. The ancient tomb ones always bug me.

h/t +Jaime Cooper

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2014-08-22 15:18:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

I spent quite a bit of time playing Neopets when I was younger (by which I mean in college, don't judge).  I didn't get so much into the world-building stuff, but it was a convenient clearinghouse of the kind of browser games that poke me in the brain just right.

I do remember learning some important economic lessons through the site.  Specifically, I learned that making sure that your items were listed at the top of the search results meant that they'd sell faster.  It's a technique I've used since to sell items in the real world for actual money.

The economic woes of Neopia.___I spent quite a bit of time playing Neopets when I was younger (by which I mean in college, don't judge).  I didn't get so much into the world-building stuff, but it was a convenient clearinghouse of the kind of browser games that poke me in the brain just right.

I do remember learning some important economic lessons through the site.  Specifically, I learned that making sure that your items were listed at the top of the search results meant that they'd sell faster.  It's a technique I've used since to sell items in the real world for actual money.

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2014-08-22 14:39:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s) 

We tend to only deal gender issues in society by trying to address what's fucked up about how we treat and shape women.  But the thing is, those problems tend to feed off of what's fucked up about how we treat and shape men, and that's the part that never seems to get addressed.  So it's good to see people understanding that boys who are able to process and express their emotions in a healthy way grow up to be thoughtful and empathetic men who can be a powerful force for good and change.

GIVING BOYS A BIGGER EMOTIONAL TOOLBOX

I think many parents of boys (or even girls with so-called boy energy) have found that our schools, understandably, are generally structured to prefer girl sensibilities and energy. It's an even harder place to navigate for at-risk boys. Kudos to the educators who are working to make it a kinder, more accepting, and better adapted place for them. :) scr

"Boys in American public schools are suspended from and drop out of school at higher rates than girls. Black and Latino boys are suspended the most. Boys make up half of the student population in American public schools. But among those who are suspended multiple times and expelled, 75 percent are boys.

...Branch tries to foster emotional maturity through conversation, play and community. The big goal is to help give boys a bigger emotional tool box to better handle the challenges of school and life now and into the future.

"The pain that they're holding on to that they don't really have a space to [let] go, the anger, the sadness — all those things. How can I help them tap into that in ways that they can let it go and not walk around angry all the time? I told one young man the other day: 'You walk around with a tool box full of hammers. You hammer everything. All you needed was a little screwdriver.' "

"Our boys are in trouble; they're in crisis now," Branch says. "Because of the type of energy that they are bringing to school, maybe they don't have the kind of house and neighborhood they can go play at in the evening."

Big elements in helping boys connect to who they are include playing together, hanging out, laughing and, above all, talking.

In the two high schools where Branch has started Ever Forward Clubs, he says, they helped dramatically halt the class-failure and dropout rates. He says about 90 percent of the kids who went through his club went on to graduate."___We tend to only deal gender issues in society by trying to address what's fucked up about how we treat and shape women.  But the thing is, those problems tend to feed off of what's fucked up about how we treat and shape men, and that's the part that never seems to get addressed.  So it's good to see people understanding that boys who are able to process and express their emotions in a healthy way grow up to be thoughtful and empathetic men who can be a powerful force for good and change.

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2014-08-21 21:11:14 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

You know, I feel bad for graphic designers.  There's a really nebulous line between "adorable mascot" and "nightmare fodder," and it's pretty much impossible to tell--

What's that you say?  The line is defined by realistic features on a cartoon body?  And that line is set on fire when you introduce motherfucking teeth?

Well then, guess I don't feel bad after all.

You know, I feel bad for graphic designers.  There's a really nebulous line between "adorable mascot" and "nightmare fodder," and it's pretty much impossible to tell--

What's that you say?  The line is defined by realistic features on a cartoon body?  And that line is set on fire when you introduce motherfucking teeth?

Well then, guess I don't feel bad after all.___

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2014-08-21 16:24:34 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s) 

So I fail at dentist.

I've had a cracked tooth that I've lived with for a very long time, partly because I fail at dentist.  But recently it started hurting, so I made the appointment for the double root canal.  I had done pretty well with the deep cleanings (under a combination of Valium and nitrous, because I fail at dentist), so I figured it would be fine, right?

More Valium and nitrous this morning, and I was practically falling asleep in the chair, especially when that one dreamy Nightwish song came on my headphones at the start of the mix of noisy stuff the husbandperson made for me.  Awesome, right?

So they prop my mouth open and get the tarp all set up in there (which seems like something out of Saw, I tried not to tell myself as I was willing the happy drugs to hit me harder).  Come in with something, and nope, I feel that.  Not enough to really hurt,but ... more »

So I fail at dentist.

I've had a cracked tooth that I've lived with for a very long time, partly because I fail at dentist.  But recently it started hurting, so I made the appointment for the double root canal.  I had done pretty well with the deep cleanings (under a combination of Valium and nitrous, because I fail at dentist), so I figured it would be fine, right?

More Valium and nitrous this morning, and I was practically falling asleep in the chair, especially when that one dreamy Nightwish song came on my headphones at the start of the mix of noisy stuff the husbandperson made for me.  Awesome, right?

So they prop my mouth open and get the tarp all set up in there (which seems like something out of Saw, I tried not to tell myself as I was willing the happy drugs to hit me harder).  Come in with something, and nope, I feel that.  Not enough to really hurt, but enough that they stop and shoot me up again.  Good feelings not quite gone, but definitely starting to fade.

Still, I close my eyes, focus on my music, and ignore the chunks of tooth coming out that I can't actually feel.

Then the drill.  And I definitely feel that.

Lather, rinse, repeat.  Still feel the drill.

Headphones get pushed out of place.  I fail so hard at dentist that I need a specialist.  I have an appointment next week that I'm going to have to miss work for (which usually isn't a concern due to my weird schedule).  They do take my insurance, but it was unclear how much they'll actually cover.  That's why I didn't take care of all this sooner; the last place I went to wouldn't cover sedation because it was deemed "elective."  Pretty sure we determined today that it's not elective.

So yeah, my woes were supposed to be fixed today, but I fail at dentist.___

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2014-08-20 20:49:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

To Done

As I've probably mentioned before, I am in reality about four years old, and thus need to be bribed in order to accomplish, well, just about anything.  To wit, I have decided that if I can cross enough things off my to-do list by Friday, I can spend all day reading and playing video games.

So, stuff done so far today (and a bit of yesterday since I worked from home):

- cleaned out super dusty bedroom fan
- cleaned bathrooms
- did laundry
- finished trimming up patches
- ripped and logged a bunch of DVDs
- finished sorting through under-bed boxes and actually got them under the bed
- put actual pictures in these collage frames we bought ages ago
- thread run to Michaels

So things are looking pretty good for some quality time with my PS3.

To Done

As I've probably mentioned before, I am in reality about four years old, and thus need to be bribed in order to accomplish, well, just about anything.  To wit, I have decided that if I can cross enough things off my to-do list by Friday, I can spend all day reading and playing video games.

So, stuff done so far today (and a bit of yesterday since I worked from home):

- cleaned out super dusty bedroom fan
- cleaned bathrooms
- did laundry
- finished trimming up patches
- ripped and logged a bunch of DVDs
- finished sorting through under-bed boxes and actually got them under the bed
- put actual pictures in these collage frames we bought ages ago
- thread run to Michaels

So things are looking pretty good for some quality time with my PS3.___

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2014-08-18 21:24:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Given that I'm in the market to replace the Frankencar, this is all pretty handy info.

Given that I'm in the market to replace the Frankencar, this is all pretty handy info.___

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2014-08-18 18:50:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Hey! I do stuff!

I've picked up quite a few new followers since the last time I plugged some of my stuff.  So, here's me around the web:

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/offscriptstudios?ref=si_shop
Painting, cross-stitch, paper sculpture, and generally whatever else I've got handy

Blog: Recent posts have talked about The Awesomes (http://goo.gl/CWGUJr), rejection (http://goo.gl/4F5oh5), and Speak (http://goo.gl/qMtvWD).  Updated infrequently, but I try.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/constablewrites Mostly talking about writing and querying at the moment

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/16186471-brittany-constable I am laughably behind on my reading challenge, but I do post reviews when I get around to actually reading.

Hey! I do stuff!

I've picked up quite a few new followers since the last time I plugged some of my stuff.  So, here's me around the web:

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/offscriptstudios?ref=si_shop
Painting, cross-stitch, paper sculpture, and generally whatever else I've got handy

Blog: Recent posts have talked about The Awesomes (http://goo.gl/CWGUJr), rejection (http://goo.gl/4F5oh5), and Speak (http://goo.gl/qMtvWD).  Updated infrequently, but I try.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/constablewrites Mostly talking about writing and querying at the moment

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/16186471-brittany-constable I am laughably behind on my reading challenge, but I do post reviews when I get around to actually reading.___

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2014-08-16 22:26:02 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s) 

CHAOS THEORY Part 11 (Read from the beginning: http://goo.gl/z50fJB)

Derek finds the blue stream and follows it through the woods.

It was, as far as he could tell, sometime in the early evening when he came upon a tiny house built of rough, worn stone that wasn't so much grey as colorless, worn down by centuries of wind and weather.  Even the roof was made of stone, as was the short wall that circled its perimeter like a fence.  A few faded shrubs sat under slightly different lumps of stone that might be shutters, and a wisp of pale smoke curled out from the uneven stone chimney.  Derek wondered if this was the house he'd seen from above the treetops.  He kept to his path near the stream bed as he walked closer, skirting the cottage a bit, unsure if he should approach.  As he wavered in his indecision, a grey figure differentiated itself from the stone: a man ofmediu... more »

CHAOS THEORY Part 11 (Read from the beginning: http://goo.gl/z50fJB)

Derek finds the blue stream and follows it through the woods.

It was, as far as he could tell, sometime in the early evening when he came upon a tiny house built of rough, worn stone that wasn't so much grey as colorless, worn down by centuries of wind and weather.  Even the roof was made of stone, as was the short wall that circled its perimeter like a fence.  A few faded shrubs sat under slightly different lumps of stone that might be shutters, and a wisp of pale smoke curled out from the uneven stone chimney.  Derek wondered if this was the house he'd seen from above the treetops.  He kept to his path near the stream bed as he walked closer, skirting the cottage a bit, unsure if he should approach.  As he wavered in his indecision, a grey figure differentiated itself from the stone: a man of medium build dressed in rough grey clothes with long, colorless hair.  Derek thought the man might be around his own age, but he couldn't be sure.  The man looked straight at him with pale grey eyes.  Derek thought it would be rude to just keep walking, so he said, "Oh, hello!  It's good to see another, um, person."

The man just stared at him, not saying anything. Great, Derek thought. The bears and the trees talk, but the people can't be bothered.  This place is all kinds of fucked up.  "Nice chat," he said aloud.  "Guess I'll just be..."  The man turned to go back into the cottage, leaving Derek to trail off awkwardly.  But before he could act on his half-spoken intention, the grey man beckoned to him, indicating that Derek should follow.  "Oh," he said.  "All right."

The inside of the cottage was just as faded and colorless.  Everything in here appeared to be made of stone as well, from the shelves to the dishes to the furniture, the same grey granite.  A stone table with stone chairs sat near a stone hearth, which butted up next to a stone counter set atop stone cabinets.  The light from the pale candles was somehow faded, and the golden glimmer of afternoon had trouble getting inside to combat the dim.  Derek stood awkwardly in the doorway, not quite sure what he should be doing, trying to fight a distinct feeling that he had done something very wrong.  Two more grey men, basically identical to the first, emerged from the back room, and gathered with their brother at the threshold.  He would have said that they were conversing, probably about him, but the silence was immense and absolute.  Not even a breeze whistled through the stone shutters.  Derek could hear his heartbeat even before it started to pick up its pace and volume.  

The three heads swiveled in unison and looked at him.  It was getting hard to breathe.  Slowly, without appearing to move, they closed in on him.  Derek glanced at his naked wrist, despite the fact that he hadn't worn a watch for years, and said, "Oh my, would you look at the time."

He turned to leave, and one of the grey men was there, squarely between him and the safety of the forest.  "Really," Derek stammered, backing away from the man blocking the door, who somehow loomed over him despite his lesser height, "I don't want any trouble, please--"

He fell backwards onto the stone table.  Immediately, one of the men grabbed him by the shoulders, and the other seized his head as though in a vise, angling it back to expose his neck.  The third came into view carrying a long, thin blade, wickedly curved in a half moon.  It appeared to be made of stone, but the edge glinted in the low light with undeniable sharpness.  The expressions on all three faces were still mostly blank, but six grey eyes shone with hunger.  Derek gave up all pretense of politeness or dignity and screamed, thrashing with all his strength against his captors, who held him firm.  Dimly, very dimly, he was aware of his flashlight thunking out of his pocket.

The grey men hissed and recoiled.  Derek jerked his way free and snatched up the flashlight as he scrambled off the table.  He brandished it in front of him in both hands like a sword, despite the fact that its length didn't extend far beyond his fists.  "You just, just stay back," he cried wildly.  "Now it's been lovely really, truly terrifying, but I think it's time I was on my way."  He backed toward the door, still warding off his attackers with his little talisman.  They stood clustered on the other side of the table, their colorless faces twisted with hatred and fear, but they made no move to come closer.  Derek fumbled the door open, and as soon as he was across the threshold, turned and ran.

His earlier distress that morning -- had it only been that morning? -- was a joke compared to this.  The bear hadn't presented any real danger other than the nagging feeling that it should have done.  But the sight of that knife coming for his throat stayed in front of his eyes, even as he screwed them tight and fled blindly through the forest.  Given the proximity of the stream, the uneven ground, and the high odds of running into a tree, this was a supremely stupid thing to do and an excellent way to end up with his head cracked open or worse, but even the little specks of his brain that had thus far insisted on commenting on events in a detached, impersonal sort of way were now struck dumb with sheer terror.  And he thought that he'd gotten a handle on his situation.  Ha.  The bear had warned him of dangers, warned him not to trust anything, but of course he didn't listen.  That's a scientist for you, can't take anything at face value without trying it out.  If your child insists upon touching the stove even after you've repeatedly warned him that it will hurt, sit him down to nurse his wounds with a textbook.  

On and on he ran, from his nightmares and from his own folly, trying to put as much distance as possible between himself and the sinister stone cottage.  Eventually he stumbled, not from an unseen root or careless step, for he had been granted safe passage and such things were taken quite seriously here, but from the mechanical failure of his poor abused body.  He collapsed into a thick pile of leaves and remained where he fell, his lungs shrieking with every breath, his heart feeling like it was about to burst out of his chest.  

For a long moment, he couldn't move, but the adrenaline lingered, and he pushed himself up to look around.  Night had fallen, a complete and unyielding blanket over the entire wood, creating a darkness so absolute that he couldn't be certain at first whether his eyes were even open.  He pried apart the stiff fingers of his left hand, still clenched around the flashlight as though trying to make it an extension of his body, and fumbled the device on.  Little LEDs blazed instantly to life and cast their cool white beam around following his twitching hand.  

He was alone.  If the grey men had followed, they hadn't gotten far.  He collapsed, his chest still heaving, and clicked the light back off.  No need to attract attention, and how much battery life was left anyway?  He doubted there were any gas stations to pop into if he found himself suddenly in need.

The stars twinkled merrily at him through the canopy of leaves overhead.  His breath steamed and he felt the sweat of fear and exertion that drenched his clothes take on the chill of the air.  It occurred to him that it was only going to get colder, and with no way to make a fire, he was likely to freeze to death.  What a perfect ending to a day where he'd narrowly avoided being eaten by a bear, sent plunging to earth by a grumpy tree, and sliced into dinner by the mimes from hell.

As his panting started to subside, he realized that there was another familiar sound that didn't come from himself or the few curiously chirping insects: the soft chatter of the sapphire brook.  He dragged himself closer, until he could see the rushing surface reflecting the starlight above.  Too spent for anything else, he lowered his face until the freezing liquid touched his lips, and drank.

The burning in his chest, his legs, his brain subsided.  He was aware of nothing else but the fact that he was deeply, mortally exhausted, more tired than he'd ever been in his life, which he wouldn't have thought possible after the last few days.  He tried to crawl back to his pile of leaves, but didn't get very far before his limbs collapsed from under him.  He managed to curl himself into a ball, clutching his little flashlight as though it were a beloved teddy bear, before completely abandoning consciousness.  

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Illustration by +Laura Toivola ___

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