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Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-30-2008, 08:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 974
Posted By starrwriter
Sick

You may have noticed I haven't been around much lately -- or maybe you haven't.

I was in the hospital until yesterday for geezer ailments. When you get old, your own body starts attacking you with...
Forum: Introductions 05-23-2008, 09:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 791
Posted By starrwriter
Welcome to WB. Interesting online baseball...

Welcome to WB.

Interesting online baseball history journal, even though I always thought it was more fun to play baseball than to watch a game.

However, when I was a boy growing up in Michigan,...
Forum: Introductions 05-14-2008, 11:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 947
Posted By starrwriter
I read a couple of your fiction stories at your...

I read a couple of your fiction stories at your website. Very nice work.

Welcome to WB. I'll be looking forward to reading more of your fiction here.
Forum: Non-Fiction 05-14-2008, 04:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,529
Posted By starrwriter
Sleeping Dictionaries

Sleeping Dictionaries is a mildly entertaining 2003 film, but it started me thinking about the power of an ancient myth that refuses to die.

Set in 1937, it is the story of a young British...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-13-2008, 09:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,757
Posted By starrwriter
I intend to BE a Santa when I'm old enough to...

I intend to BE a Santa when I'm old enough to live in a nursing home. Santa gets to dish out his Christmas gift to the nurses.
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-13-2008, 03:05 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,908
Posted By starrwriter
I predict all that will change when you meet Mr....

I predict all that will change when you meet Mr. Right.
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-13-2008, 03:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,757
Posted By starrwriter
He looks like a nursing home Santa Claus to me. ...

He looks like a nursing home Santa Claus to me.


My high school had a total of nearly 2,000 students, even though it was located in a relatively small town (pop 18,000.)

By the way, the other...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-13-2008, 08:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,757
Posted By starrwriter
Classmate Authored TV Series

Of all the kids I went to high school with in Benton Harbor, Michigan, only one other than me became a published author.

His name was Allen Wold. He was a rather strange skinny kid -- a sort of...
Forum: Non-Fiction 05-13-2008, 06:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,132
Posted By starrwriter
Rainforest Tech

While I was building my house in the Big Island rainforest, I slept in a tent and more or less roughed it.

My only concession was a 12-inch black and white TV set which I connected to my truck...
Forum: Non-Fiction 05-12-2008, 08:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,814
Posted By starrwriter
I envy you that experience. Wish I could have...

I envy you that experience. Wish I could have hung out in the Algonquin bar, even if Parker was no longer there. It's a piece of American literary history.
Forum: Non-Fiction 05-12-2008, 05:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,814
Posted By starrwriter
Dorothy Parker Film

Last night I stayed up until 4:30 a.m. to watch the 1994 film Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle on TV.

That's how much I love both Dorothy Parker and Jennifer Jason-Leigh's controversial...
Forum: Writer's Beat Book Club 05-11-2008, 05:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,135
Posted By starrwriter
It's short, a novella.

It's short, a novella.
Forum: Writer's Beat Book Club 05-11-2008, 05:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 784
Posted By starrwriter
Why? Many consider Gatsby the closest any writer...

Why? Many consider Gatsby the closest any writer ever came to the Great American Novel. It's certainly Fitzgerald's best book.
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-10-2008, 04:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,562
Posted By starrwriter
Yes, we have cane toads in Hawaii -- in fact,...

Yes, we have cane toads in Hawaii -- in fact, they were brought to Australia from Hawaii to eat sugarcane insect pests. I have even handled bufos (as they are called here), but I always washed my...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-09-2008, 06:57 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,908
Posted By starrwriter
You're too young to feel happy about not having a...

You're too young to feel happy about not having a love life. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Forum: Writer's Beat Book Club 05-09-2008, 12:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,135
Posted By starrwriter
'Notes From Underground' Discussion

(I promised to start the discussion by the end of this week, so here goes. If you haven't finished the book yet, I hope this post will help make it more understandable as you read.)

Since Notes...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-09-2008, 05:02 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,908
Posted By starrwriter
When I used to meet a new woman who looked good,...

When I used to meet a new woman who looked good, I immediately began to think of her as my future ex-girlfriend. Couldn't help it. Been there too many times.
Forum: Issues 05-08-2008, 04:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,404
Posted By starrwriter
There is something wrong with that download site,...

There is something wrong with that download site, but I finally figured out a round-about way to download the file.

When I used Download Express (a download manager program I use everywhere else),...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-08-2008, 04:32 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,371
Posted By starrwriter
I have noticed this attitude among a lot of young...

I have noticed this attitude among a lot of young people and it bothers me. Escaping into fantasy is not necessarily a harmless diversion. It can be a form of fatalism and spiritual suicide.

Life...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-07-2008, 11:13 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,908
Posted By starrwriter
Mine is in a lull. Or a trough. Or a slight dip. ...

Mine is in a lull. Or a trough. Or a slight dip.

Okay, it's a bottomless pit right now. But the flesh is willing, even if the spirit is occasionally lacking.
Forum: Non-Fiction 05-07-2008, 11:01 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,034
Posted By starrwriter
Green Hell and Big Balls

Recently, I saw two travel programs on TV that brought back memories of my two trips to Costa Rica.

One was Survivorman trying to stay alive for a week on the trackless Osa Peninsula, where...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-07-2008, 05:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 901
Posted By starrwriter
Mailman Can't Deal

Incident at my apartment building yesterday morning:

Young mail carrier stuffing postal boxes as I wait for elevator.

Elderly woman calls down from second-floor walkway: "Do you have any mail...
Forum: Inkster Incorporated 05-06-2008, 03:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 759
Posted By starrwriter
You're on the right track. That's how you learn...

You're on the right track. That's how you learn how to write well.
Forum: Writers' Cafe 05-06-2008, 03:24 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,371
Posted By starrwriter
From what -- reality? Why not write about reality?

From what -- reality? Why not write about reality?
Forum: Fiction 05-06-2008, 06:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 703
Posted By starrwriter
Carnal Knowledge

Carnal Knowledge


1949

"I'll show you mine if you show me yours," the little boy said.

The little girl frowned. "You first."

He pulled his trousers down and awkardly lowered his...
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