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Fifty Authors from Fifty States: Beans and Cod by Kenneth Weene

Fifty Authors from Fifty States: Beans and Cod by Kenneth Weene: “You’re going to boarding school,” my father proclaimed. It was December 1954. I was thirteen, in ninth grade and not really ready for ...

I Love Dialogue from 99 Problems

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Although this has the same title as the song by Hugo (and others, but I like his version best) this story is in no way related to the song.

Portia Bledsoe is new in town. She inherited a house and property from a great-uncle she barely knew. She meets Wood Cirocco through her friendly neighbor, Carl—he's Carl's nephew. They immediately hit it off. Strange things start to happen shortly after they meet. For one thing, someone sets fire to her abandoned chicken coop. Scared silly, she asks Wood to spend the night—on the couch. She barely knows him and doesn't feel right taking him to bed yet.
Someone tapped on my bedroom door. Groaning, I glanced at the clock. It was almost 9:00. “Yeah?” “Coffee,” Wood sounded cheerful. “Be right there.” I went to the bathroom and stared at myself in the mirror. I looked ghastly. A cold washcloth helped, as did brushing my hair. I threw on a T-shirt and yoga pants, foregoing a bra because I simply didn't feel like putting one on. If I hadn&…

I Love Dialogue from The Best Medicine

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Dr. Tanya O'Toole has just started working at a new hospital. Having changed her emphasis from Family Medicine, to Radiology, she's working hard to make up for lost time. She meets Dr. Morgan Fellowes when she faints in the doctor's lounge. She finds herself fascinated with the energetic man and they start dating. When she meets his family, she realizes that he's not the only one that's kinda wild and crazy—in a totally fun way. She's having breakfast with his older sister, Molly, her husband, Kenny and their son, Duke.
"They're crazy, you know this right?" Kenny looked at Tanya, his tone and expression flat. "Completely bonkers, the entire family." Tanya looked at Morgan and Molly, their eyes watering as they giggled. "I'm beginning to figure that out. But it works for me." She winked at Kenny who grinned back at her. "I just wish I understood, I'd like a good laugh too." Kenny shook his head, leaning back in hi…

Unfit Author Week of April 27 - May 3, 2015

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I know that on the surface, this seems like rather a dull post. I mean, who cares what songs I danced to or if I bothered to exercise? Obviously, not the point of posting. As I said at the beginning of this journey, I hope that by posting here, I will hold myself accountable. It gives me motivation to continue. Also, I hope that others will join me on this journey, find a little inspiration in my struggle and maybe find some good music in the bargain. The dancing does more for me than just give me a little exercise during the day. When I'm tired, feeling low, I can listen to a song, dance a little (like no one's watching, cause that's the only way I can dance) and it gives me a lift. Fit of the sleepies? Dance. Feeling blue? Dance. There are certain songs that I can't be miserable when I listen to them. I recommend them to everyone:
Uptown Funk – Mark Roson and Bruno Mars F**k You – Cee Lo Gree (written with Bruno Mars) Love the One You're With – Crosby, Stills, Nash S…

I Love Dialogue - Checkmate 2

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Dane Berry has had a few rough days. He's been chased by rabid body builders, accosted by a screaming fan, robbed and shot at. The one bright spot in all this is Milla, but he won't consummate his relationship with her while all this hangs over his head. He's already put her in danger once, he doesn't want to be responsible for her getting badly hurt. Now, he's having a conversation with the managers of the hotel/ casino where he's staying. They are worried about Dane, but more concerned about the impact these incidents might have on their reputation. Dane's bodyguards are with him.
"I have a question for you," Cam said from the table. He'd been listening to all the discussion. "Who was the shooter?" "The shooter?" Mr. Phillips looked confused. "Yeah, the guy that took a shot at Dane. And why did your guys fail to stop him?" "I don't know what you're talking about," Mr. Andretti looked offended. &quo…

The Unfit Author Week of April 20, 2015

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I am still trying to catch up from when I was gone for about a week in March. I'm gaining on it! I haven't done as well as I should, but some days aren't too bad. The important thing is to get up, even when I don't really feel like it, and make myself move. I have noticed that I've dropped 1/4 to 1/2 inch from several measurements. YAY! I haven't lost weight lately, but I am delighted with the measurement reduction.


Below are the songs I danced to 4/20/15: Duration Song & Artist Time 3:01 Jungle – Jamie Commons 10:30 AM 3:13 How You Like Me Now – The Heavy 3:31 PM 4:07 I Don't Care – Patrick Stump 9:24 10:21
Below are the songs I danced to 4/21/15: Duration Song & Artist Time 5:54 Criminal – Revivalists 11:21 AM 4:14 Vampires – Ballroom Thieves 1:02 PM 3:51 It's All Over – Dan Skinner 3:03 3:14 Mating Game – Bittersweet 4:55 5:41 Pride – Syntax 9:16 4:07 Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars 12:36 AM 26:21
Below are the songs …

I Love Dialogue from The Great Mandrake

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From The Great Mandrake (not published) Drake Mandrake is working his way through college as a comedic magician. A youthful mistake made him a father early on and now, at 21, he's coping with being a single dad as well as taking care of his 7 year old nephew, Davy. Davy is a special needs child who's been diagnosed with Asperger's. Drake is studying special ed so that he can work with children like Davy. As a treat, Davy has been fishing with Drake's cousins and Shelby, his daughter, has spent the day with Aunt Connie. They are now at Uncle Billy's for dinner.
Davy ran at Drake, greeting him so enthusiastically, he nearly knocked him over. Connie took Shelby so that Drake could swing Davy onto his shoulder. "I caught all kinds of fish, Uncle Drake! And I caught a stingray! It almost stung Uncle Billy when he unhooked it!" "Really? Wow!" "It was nearly six feet long! It was pissed to get caught." "Okay, who taught my boy a new word?&quo…

The Unfit Author Returns!

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Those of you who have been following this posting, know that I've been silent on this front for some time. I'm still keeping up with my dancing (mostly), but had a rough couple of weeks in March with a death in the family. My attention has been divided by various projects, also the difficulty breathing that accompanies asthmatic bronchitis, sometimes makes it hard to get up and dance. But I at least try to get up and move. I've noticed that my body wants the exercise and I miss it if I don't get up every hour or so. I am combining weeks here, trying to get caught up. I'm beginning with Week 5 and going on from there.
Week 5—3/16/15 – 3/23/15
Below are the songs I danced to 3/16/15: Duration Song & Artist Time 4:38 Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars 10:32 AM 9:42 Jimi Thing – Dave Matthews Band 11:23 3:57 Come With Me Now – Knogos 12:52 3:31 Devil in Me – Jamie Commons 1:49 PM 3:27 Batuka – Carlos Santana 3:44 4:17 Big Chair – Reach Around 4:55 2:34 The …