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Belief in Magical Accessories

There's nothing much going on in my life at the moment, beyond the usual routine and angsting about whatever I'm publishing or trying to translate at the moment, so I thought I'd talk about a little something that bothers me about humanity.

The belief in talent by osmosis via Stuff. Stuff, in this case, is either a particular piece of hardware, or software. Something that somebody famous uses to do the thing you love. Now, quite a lot of people believe that if they have that Stuff, they will magically become as talented as Famous Person and their metaphorical ship will come in.

I'm not entirely certain that anyone knows that this is complete and utter bullshit. Famous Person probably worked their arse off at whatever thing they do for years before they could justify the purchase of the Stuff they use to do the thing. Nobody buys Stuff and becomes instantly talented. Sure, Famous Person makes it look easy, but having Stuff does not a talent make.

Sorry, but it takes learning how Stuff works and then doing something cool with it.

For example: For absolute years, I wrote fictions inside palm-sized notebooks I picked up in dollar shops, and preferably any pen I could get for free. This was because I was as broke as fuck, and couldn't afford anything better.

For a while, I had one of those palmtop assistant devices that were hot in the mid-90's, but writing in that, transferring files, updating everything and keeping versions current was a royal pain in the butt.

Then I got hold of a much-abused and possibly third-hand laptop. Comparative paradise, but I still had to hook one up to the other to transfer files around and actually distribute those things wherever.

What I have now is a pre-loved Macbook and everything I'm working on saved to the Cloud thanks to Google Drive and Google Docs. I've gone through MSWord (the Windoze system around it died too often for me), Text Wrangler, Pages, and MacDown just to name a few. Now I use StackEdit as a Chrome add-on to edit everything in MarkDown which is amazingly similar to how I used to encode my ASCII fanfictions back in the day.

I am by no means a Famous Person. I do allow that I could be in the future. I will forever list my useful toolbox as: an imagination, a means to write, and a means to carry that with you wherever. The rest of it is just details.

One writer I know of wrote a book by painting it. Having a keyboard didn't allow them to properly process things at their best speed. Some writers dictate everything because (a) they can't type, (b) they can't type fast enough, or (c) drastic hand pain. I've done something like this with speech-to-text when I borked my wrists up. Speech-to-text is still a pain in the butt.

I prefer not to do it. Someone else may have an absolute ball. Q: Who's wrong about this? A: Nobody.

Famous Person makes it look so easy because they were years at it before they found the Stuff that they worked with best. That Stuff may well fit you like a barb-wire undergarment that's two sizes in the wrong direction.

First, above all things, have an imagination. Then do something cool with it. Learn the skills you need to do the thing. Try different Stuff to do that thing with. Find what fits.

And keep going. Persistence is key to making it somewhere with the thing you do.

I... am still persisting.

Challenge #01575-D114: Ruination in Paradise

This is a quote from Patrick Swayze: "The way to screw up somebody's life is to give them what they want." -- Anon Guest

The woman in the beautiful dress picked her out from a line of other poor orphans, and promised Lux everything she could ever want. Lux had wanted to keep her more common name, but the glittering lady insisted that all of her life accessories had to fit her lifestyle, and thus renamed her new child Luxury. Her own

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Broken week

Public holidays that are separated from weekends are a pain in the butt. You get the weekend vibe from the day itself, and the next day is molasses to begin.

Chaos assumed that she had another holiday, today. It took a few goes to get her moving, today. It took a while to get me moving, today.

Pros: We have a new water filter
Cons: I reckon the water coming out of it tastes like the malformed nightmare child of Menthol and

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Challenge #01574-D113: Not So Nice and Quiet

There was a beach, with a gentle swell and white sand. A beautiful forest glade was behind them, and a gentle creek burbled to the ocean. It looked the most tranquil place in the universe.... -- Anon Guest

"I don't like it," said the Doctor, side-eyeing a stand of picturesque stones.

"Wrong colour?" teased Holly.

"It's peaceful. Just the right temperature. Perfect weather. The right amount of breeze. Even the susurration of the ocean and the forest leaves is at just the

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National Holiday

It's ANZAC day, so Australia is taking the day off. Shops are still open, but many of us are not planning to use them and, in typical Aussie tradition, we will be celebrating at some part of the day by setting something on fire.

Gotta love a nation made out of tinder that celebrates things with outdoor cookery and flame.

For the most part, today will be a day at home with nothing much happening. BUT... I have some good news! Smashwords

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Challenge #01573-D112: The Aptly-named Terra

Correct dress varies from full formal to the Northern Territory Australian version 'wear a singlet And thongs (flip flops). -- Knitnan

Welcome to the Terran Solar system. All Havenworlder species are advised to engage in tourism inside a livesuit, and with a bodyguard if your Havenworld is of Class 3 or above. For those species who can endure a Class 4.5 Deathworld, acceptable dress ranges from "full head-to-toe covering if female" to "we don't care, just cover your naughty bits". A

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Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow

Long-arse drive to Scenic Coominya and back, because Beloved still hasn't gone to the doctor about their shoulder. A nap for most of the day definitely helped my endurance.

My perma-sniffles are back, so I'm on a mission to get myself some codral with pseudo-ephedrin to knock it out of my life. We hope. After that, I shall consult with experts because I am bloody tired of going through a box of tissues every other day.

Bloody sniffles.

I started today at

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Challenge #01572-D111: Sauce of the Issue

Someone re-introduces the 'tomato sauce sandwich' N.B. There is a difference between tomato sauce and tomato ketchup. -- Anon Guest

Security went on high alert whenever Shayde felt 'out of sorts'. The fact that there was a permanent Security Counsellor assigned near the Ambassador was merely an indicator that 'trouble-magnet' was her default state. This time, she was 'out of sorts' and displayed it by wandering aimlessly through the byways of Amalgam station.

Rael walked with her for one day during

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It's Alive!

Yes, I already know I did the exact same thing on Tumblr, late yesterday. I'm glad you noticed.

But yes! Finally and at last, Kung Fu Zombies is available in print. For those of you who were laying bets, it did take all day.

I couldn't flog it to any agents, so I went to Lulu. Lulu is definitely at home with me publishing on other sites, so that's one 'hooray'. Smashwords doesn't have any co-publishing policy that I can find, so

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Challenge #01571-D110: Lost With a Blue Box

:When summing up recent events:

The tree does seem to be suspiciously friendly and sane for an ancient being or ancient artefact, let alone both in one. Even the only other vaguely sane ancient being, the balloon-jellyfish godling, wasn't this friendly until she was punched in the face a few times and given a pretty good Shut Up, Hannibal speech by a sapient brain tumor, and she doesn't seem to have been nearly as old.

...that was a weird sentence. -- RecklessPrudence

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Flash Writing for a Dollar a Day

Not that I'm complaining too hard, but writing on Steemit earns me roughly one USD per diem. That's $365.25 per year. That, on top of the $100-something I make off of Smashwords per year, that still puts my income inside of the poverty line.

At least it helps pay for food.

I am going to frelling make myself get stuff ready for publication. The cover for Kung Fu Zombies so I can prep it for Lulu, the actual Lulu copy, which

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Challenge #01570-D109: The Fall of the Hespruss

After two repetitions of a standard hazard announcement ("Warning: Shields Critical", or "Cabin Pressure Dropping", or "Warning: Heat Levels Critical", something like that) - something dangerous in meaning but pronounced in a calming voice and almost mundane, the ship says this:

Warning: Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here. -- RecklessPrudence

Alarms and klaxons filled the air with their noise. If it wasn't beeping or flashing, it was already broken. The computer struggled to keep up with the warnings.

"Warning: Lateral stabilisers

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Lurgi, Lurgi, go away

I've finished up all my blackberry pills, and I still have ur-lurgi symptoms. But I can breathe through my nose, and my brain seems to be functioning properly, so that's some improvement.

I'll see whether or not the Lurgi comes back. But the meanwhile will be spent with lots of ginger tea.

When I shake off the last of whatever-this-is, I will immediately take myself to the local quack and get my annual flu jabs. I don't want to be taking any

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Challenge #01569-D108: Just Like Home

Australian States and Territories named by the British: Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania (formerly Van Diemen's Land).

Australian States and Territories named by the newly-fledged Australians: Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory.

See a pattern? -- RecklessPrudence

The populace of New Australia spread out into their assorted wide, brown lands. In typical colonial innovation and enginuity, they named the continents after their old states and territories. New Queensland, Novo South Wales, New Victoria, and so forth. New Australia

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Up to my eyes in it

So today is an interesting schedule. I have a plumber coming at an unspecified time. I have the cleaners coming. Both will want paying and I only have the cash for one of those people and I worry about that sort of thing.

Fortunately there are ATMs, and I definitely used the Suncorp account this morning. Huzzah. So after a short school run, I now have enough money for everyone including myself.

I also found out that the account I can access

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