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Ben W (BEnergizer1)
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Locked Door - A Short Story
So this is something that I might do, might not. I'm going to try using this blog-website-whatever as a platform to practice writing, not just to promote or discuss it. I'll be putting some short (thinking less than 1,000 words) stories on here and whatever...

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New Podcast! Gears Nails and Chewing GumPod Ep 3
First of all, listen to it here! https://soundcloud.com/ben-w-benergizer1/gears-nails-and-chewing-gumpod-ep-3-why-i-dont-have-a-hero Hello everyone, welcome to the third episode of the Gears, Nails and Chewing Gum podcast, where I, Ben Wahrman, ramble about...

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My Positive Spin for 2016
This year has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride, hasn't it? The good, the bad, the ugly. I keep seeing people post about how much they want the year to end, about how everything that's happened this year has been terrible and awful and how 2017 will be au...

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Speak for Yourself
Dialogue is one of the ultimate tools for a writer, and it's one of my personal favorites to play with, experiment on and just have fun putting on the page. Once you learn the rules of where to put your quotation marks and expand past the He said... She sai...

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(Re)Introduction and (Re)Focus
Well, it's a new day. A new blog, a website all my own with a really dumb, random name and a new attempt at actually accomplishing something I've been meaning to do for several years. Let me back up a bit. I've been meaning to write up a regular blog/websit...

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Snow - A Short Story
Light. Sounds. I... wake? I see. Dirt--pieces of stone, concrete, asphalt and soil. Compacted, impacted. A path. Upright. I stand upright. I hear. Whispers, rustling, the soft brush of plant matter against its like. The wind. I see farther. Tall plants, upr...

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So I’m going to be 28 tomorrow.
I figured that I’d write something down to commemorate the event. I have a web domain that I barely use, so why not? The common saying is that age is just a number, an arbitrary measure of how long someone has been alive based on some ancient tradition that...
So I’m going to be 28 tomorrow.
So I’m going to be 28 tomorrow.
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Why I Hate American Politics (Even Though I Live Here)
Okay, it's my first post in five months. Let's get this out of the way first and foremost : this is going to be the only time I write something overtly political on this site. I keep this site for fun, not to argue or generate hate-traffic and get extra cli...

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What's in a Name?
Writing fiction has its pitfalls. Because you're creating your own characters, societies, cultures and sometimes even worlds, it might seem that there are very few rules that you need to abide by. The problem is, there are. Most of them are more suggestions...

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So Why Do I Write?
I covered a bit of this in my last post, the idea that I'm using writing as a means of self-expression, but I figured the topic was worth its own post. Maybe it is, and maybe it's not, but I'm doing this stream-of-concentration style and I had it written do...
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