“Ahem. Is this thing on?” The microphone whines. “Ok.” I shuffle some papers, looking uneasy. “I am submitting this as my entry to the Cupcake Wars contest. In this entry—” Somebody offstage is making gestures and faces at me. What the hell does that mean? Are you climbing a mountain? What? Oh! “Excuse me. My apologies. I am @negativer, and this is my entry for
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Holy cow. I've somehow fallen into a routine of posting on steemit...once a week. It used to be daily. Am I that swayed by the price of steem, and is that really all I was here for? Maybe so. I don't think anyone can make a judgment on character if it were true. Often we have to make decisions about the value of our time
This is an entry for @thewritersblock First Chapter contest, where the first chapter of a novel is submitted as the entry. This chapter is the first from my in-progress novel The End of Imaginary Friends. The novel was inspired by one of my short stories from several months ago, but even then it screamed for more words to tell Ariana's whole story. “Git off
After some 30 hours of driving from Wisconsin to Florida, through wind and sun and heavy rain and avoiding a plethora of terrible drivers and not avoiding a lot of bad traffic, the wife and I arrived in Florida for our seasonal (August through May) escapades in the humid lands of the Florida peninsula. It's always a bit interesting to return to something familiar after
With the price of steem hovering near a dollar, it's an easy thing for people to stop putting the work into steemit with the apparent value of the rewards so low. I know it's been almost a week since I've posted. I wish I could say I'm intentionally avoiding steemit, and no longer care about creating content. I wish I could say I was salty
On the eve of my minor landwhale adventure to the great wasteland of North Dakota this weekend, I still found time to assemble a submission to @jayna's ever popular 50 Word Story Challenge. This time around, she challenges us with a simple little noun: lemon “Repent for your crime!” The boy stared, not understanding their language. He wasn’t from here. Was this because of
One of my favorite people on steemit, @dreemsteem, had a pirate/treasure hunting series on steemit several months ago. You'd go around and read people's posts and find certain little nuggets in there and win prizes. And talk like a pirate. I'm sure there was more to it, but that's the general thrust. Anyway, I won a prize in her treasure hunt. She asked me what
Original bathroom, prior to doing anything in particular. One does not simply remodel a bathroom. It's a long, terrible journey filled with moistness, odd smells, and physical contortions heretofore previously unknown. I embarked on a remodel of my RV bathroom starting last month. Post one, two, and three offer more information than you care to know. The overall project was to replace the plastic toilet
There comes a time in every man's beer drinking life that he must ignore the label on the bottle entirely and just enjoy the beer for what it is. This is one of those times. Karben4's Fantasy Factory IPA has one of the most intentionally weird labels I've ever seen on a bottle. Sporting a fire-breathing unicorn being ridden by a cat holding a gun,
In an attempt to get over the mild doldrums of a return from vacation, I'm looking at...vacation photos. I'm not sure if there is any sound logic or proper psychology at play there, but it helps me remember that I did stuff. Some of it was even fun. Memory is so short, except for the sad and terrible things our minds can't help but cling