Don't be afraid. She comes closer, floating whisper-quiet over creaky floorboards, arms at her sides with fingers outstretched like antennae. Her lips are closed, her voice is between his ears. Don't. It's not a plea: it's a command. Somehow he complies.

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The Bestiarum Vocabulum is the wizard’s encyclopedia of faerie beasties and mundane crossovers living in the lake and forest near Lita's castle. fairy [ˈfə rē] noun, c.1250; ME fairie < OF faerie, fae, fairy

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When we think of circuses and carnivals we picture manic clowns, bustling crowds, animal acts, overpriced rides and unfair games of supposed chance and skill.

These loud and colorful family-friendly events once had a much darker, seedier side. The biggest attractions at many places was the freak show.

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5 hours ago

I am an introvert that can be an extrovert if it is absolutely, positively necessary. I tend to spend my time reading, writing, exploring the ideas that pop into my brain to see if they have popped into anyone else's; in other words, I live my life predominantly in my mind. And you?

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... one of the original “surf writers”.

I was forced to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in school, and though I grasped the moral gist and imaginative elements of the stories, I was left with a decidedly ho-hum feeling about the author.

After hearing many claim him as America’s greatest writer and humorist, I thought about giving Twain another chance. Around that same time a surf publication mentioned that Twain was one of the first reputable writers to witness surfing in its native Polynesian state, and had written about it in his 1872 travelogue called Roughing It.

I was so impressed by Roughing It that I had half a mind to contact the National Education Association and demand they put it on a mandatory national syllabus. Forget Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer—this was the book that every American kid needed to read.

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17 hours ago
There's No Money in Books!

Just today someone said to me emphatically, "My friend wrote a book but he said there isn't a lot of money in writing books." That's true...

Crikey thinks so. (Article here - then come back)

Author of 'Fat, 40 and Fired!' Nigel Marsh told me in confidence that it doesn't pay enough of itself. Luckily he has a sense of humour... and can consult.

But of course you're all missing the point (as I said, but more politely). The reason to write a book for business is COMPLETELY different to just doing it for satisfaction, and that is... drum roll... to inspire, or to educate new people in your way of thinking, and draw them like bees to your business flowers.

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17 hours ago
Blogger fired for using the word ‘HOMOPHONIA’

You've heard of homophobia. What about homophonia? If you're in social media or a blogger, knowing the meaning, may be the key to keeping your job.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports a social-media blogger was fired after writing a blog post about homophones—a term referring to words that sound the same but are spelled differently, like there and their. His ex-boss teaches English as a second language and apparently thought the topic sounded a little too controversial.

"People at this level of English may see the 'homo' side and think it has something to do with gay sex," the boss at the Nomen Global Language Center told the paper. The school refutes the claim and says he was fired because his blog posts were "off on tangents."

Though perhaps the school is onto something since Urban Dictionary defines the term as" "A sociological affliction. The fear of dialing that phone number found on the bathroom wall due to the fact the person who both wrote the message, and will now be answering the phone, is gay."

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19 hours ago

...I sleep with my dog.

It didn't start out that way.

When I first brought Ollie home, I was adamant that he would sleep in his own bed in the living room. And he did. For about six months.

Then he discovered the glory of napping with pillows and blankets and people and began crying every night, just begging to burrow under the covers.

I caved and now cuddling up every night is part of my bedtime routine. Although he can be a bed hog.

Do you sleep with your dog(s), cat(s), or any other pets?

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19 hours ago

With the TV series The Last Ship moving full speed ahead some may be surprised to discover, that the original novel of the same name had nothing to do with a global pandemic. It touched a different nerve fitting for the times.

The Last Ship tells the story about the captain of the fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-80) after a brief but deadly nuclear exchange between the United States and what was then the Soviet Union. The outcome was even bleaker than the TV series premise, which has infected as much as 80 percent of the human population.

In the novel, it is a fair speculation to assume less than one percent survive.

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