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Thank you for sharing this powerful article with the world! 
After June 25, 2016, Annie can no longer press charges against her rapist. Instead, she has chosen to write him this letter . . . and a letter to you, as well. One of the most courageous and powerful posts I've ever read.

http://transformation-is-real.com/blog/calm-between-the-waves

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To The Writers Community:

While I'm not new to writing in terms of hobby, I am new to the concept of joining a community of writers. I have always found writing to be my escape and therefore never thought too much to invite people into my world.. or join theirs. I simply write. In fact, most of my writing is non-linear synaptic connections that feign a slight resemblance to raw chaos. I am here to read, learn, and expand my understanding of whatever is available. I write non-fiction and fiction: essays, (slam) poetry, research, instructional, mystery, theoretical, science fiction (steampunk), dark fantasy, horror, etc. I look forward to engaging in really good conversation.

Cheers,
A.

What are some topics or items you would like to discuss? I welcome any and all debate on spades theory.

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Quiet
Crickets. The old saying always references the sound of crickets in silence. To me, it's strange since the presence of sound in the absence of another sound does not cancel each other, but ok, I'll play along. Rarely are moments when pure quiet, tranquility...

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Things I Wish I Knew When...I Had Still Had Something To Say
Recently, there was a death in my family. I've crossed many bridges in my life, but this one was a long and brutal one. The aftermath of which I am still coping with at the moment. I debated whether I wanted to write this or not, but I think it needed to be...

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Listability Part IV
Five Things I Have In My Medicine Cabinet 1. Dry shampoo (with dyed hair, any girl knows this a must!) 2. Deodorant (sans aluminum of course) 3. Extra razors (dull razors suck- replace often !) 4. Hair perfume (yes, it exists) 5. My contact lens case (I can...

Here's a bit of advice to those who never speak up: You will never be heard if you remain silent. So speak. Say what you mean and mean what you say.

As a writer, I truly embrace and advocate to use your words. The pen is truly mightier than the sword. So, write, speak, and write some more. Having an intellectual debate is a rare thing these days. Try it. A dialogue can and will affect the epilogue.

#lifelessonsfromamouse

If you haven't invested in a solid deck of cards do so soon. I have 11 decks that use on the regular with 1-2 I use for formal games (you know for show). I recommend Bicycle. They're solid, durable, and last forever. Avoid cheap cards- they don't allow you to shuffle the cards after a while since they are already so flimsy.

As a reminder, we aren't in the world of poker. No one really uses the invisible ink on the corners of cards. Seriously. It just doesn't happen in spades but then again, no one really watches 4 hours of a world spades tournament. However, it is smart to cycle through to keep the cards fresh and to avoid any cheating.

Always shuffle, even a previously shuffled deck. Again, not in the world of poker, so don't be one of those people who uses an automatic shuffler for a spades game. Plus, shuffling is a learned and respected skill. Learn it. Practice it. Do it.

Cards represent you as a player. You don't have to go with a particular brand such as Bicycle, but find the deck that represents you. They should work for your environment. If you often play around alcohol or outside and you don't want to ruin a good deck, invest in the clear plastic cards. If you play in a den where the lighting isn't so great invest in a deck with the large print. If you play a lot of informal tourneys in and out of leagues, invest in "disposable decks" or ones that if they get lost by the end of the day because they were accidentally picked up. Don't bother labeling every single card. Save your money for custom cards that you'll have for formal games that you host in house.

Tips & Tricks: Practicing shuffling doesn't mean you need to be a superstar and do it like a casino dealer. It means you need to learn basic two hand shuffling that you can do without looking and thoroughly.

Cheers,

A.

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I recently fell back in love with the spontaneity of doing writing with fun and thoughtful (and sometimes dark) journal prompts. I never know where my writing will take me. New characters. New stories. All half way invoked but fully intriguing. Here's to writing and the mad creativity that creeps in on those unexpected moments.

Prompt below: A man jumps from the fortieth story of a building. As he's passing the twenty-eighth floor, he hears a phone ring and regrets that he jumped. Why?

Thanks to The San Francisco Writers' Grotto for their ingenious book that provided many amazing prompts including the one below. "642 Things to Write About"; 2011; ISBN 978-1-4521-0544-4; www.chronicle books.com. 
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