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  1. And all are very funny. Well done, bilal. C
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    Lovely! Brings back almost memories that weren't mine. C
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    Going for the Gold by Cole Parker

    If he doesn't, he should at that news. Blimey indeed! C
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    Going for the Gold by Cole Parker

    Well, I wouldn't characterize it that way—merely excellent. When I started I had something in mind and was able to put in on paper (see? You can easily see how old I am; putting it on paper? Really?) but realized that while it satisfied me, it wouldn't most other people. It's a story from several POVs (Colin doesn't like stories like that, but a bunch of them are getting published) and I'd worked the relationship between the two antagonists out perfectly, uh, excellently, but realized while it worked for them, it left the readers hanging. So I'm plowing forward with another voice. Hope I can make it work. I got a decent start on it today. And Camy? Get off your ass and write! You do a marvelous job, and your writing here is terribly missed. C C
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    Going for the Gold by Cole Parker

    Thanks, guys. I had another short written, but have decided it needs more. I don't want unhappy readers asking what comes next more than usual. It may take awhile. C
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    The Education of Tyler Prescott

    Alan has a great start here. Three chapters in and I'm begging for more. http://awesomedude.com/alan_dwight/the-education-of-tyler-prescott/index.htm C
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    Going for the Gold by Cole Parker

    Thanks, Oliver. I appreciate the kind words. C
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    Just LULZ

    Poor Max. Why is no one considering his feelings? C
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    Christmas 1940

    Ivor's short story is a sentimental tearjerker of the first order. Can't read it without being touched. Highly recommended. C
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    Going for the Gold by Cole Parker

    Thanks, R. A ways to go yet, but as you might imagine from my history, it all works out in the end. Merry Christmas, everyone! C
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    Next Tuesday

    I only am confidant of a Dem victory if they run an electable candidate. At this point, I have no idea who that could be. Had they run almost anyone other than Hilary last time, they'd have won easily. Well, maybe Bernie wouldn't have. We don't want a candidate who comes in carrying heavy baggage. C
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    Seasonal Poetry

    Spectacular! Thanks, Pedro. Wonderful stuff. C
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    Twas the Internet Night Before Christmas

    Wow! Great job! C
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    That's not English?

    In a couple of weeks, we have a game coming up, and I don't believe I am able for it. I have been crappy the last couple of sessions, ... That simply looks wrong. Decidedly wrong. Like the person saying it isn't a native English speaker. It should be: ready for it, or 'fit for it' as you said, 'up for it' works just as well, 'down with it' if you're a slang-speaking teen, but no one would say 'able for it'. That's just a grating combination of words. C
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    That's not English?

    William wrote: I don't believe I am able for it. I don't understand that phrase, which was written by an American author. I am not talking 'any old' amateur writer, but more a 'professional' top dog. My question is: is that phrase American English? It certainly is not British English as I know it. Are these oddities that don't read smoothly to my British ears differences between American and British English, or are they errors? I don't understand it either, and it's certainly not a common phrase. I'd like to assume it was a misprint. Or the author was trying to invent a new usage and came up with a very awkward one. As to other usages, where words are left out especially, there's a big difference between formal English, spoken and written English, and colloquial English. I'm not sure about Englishmen, but Americans are very lazy when speaking and fracture the language to an often indecipherable degree. This gives us writers pause, because when we write dialogue, should we copy how characters will actually speak? If so, how many readers will become confused? In speaking, people make leaps and bounds with lack of continuity, with logic, with clear thinking. It gives us problems when editing, too. How much gobbledygook should we ignore? I'd guess the English fracture the language less than we Americans do. They do have their peculiarities, however. After an afternoon's drive, they always park up. We simply park. I don't think of this as an error. I think of it as the English being English. C