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  1. I personally have no problem with candy shaped like this: But apparently the residents of New Zealand do... Children love candy and so do I but that's not important. What children don't love is candy that is shaped like penises. That's fucked up. And parents in New Zealand are not happy about the fact that penis-shaped candy was being sold to their young ones. Apparently, shops in the lower South Island of New Zealand were stocked with 7200 bags of Dragon Sweets from China, and found out only after customers began to complain that the bags were full of gummy bears with dicks and penis-shaped gummies. Willem Van de Geest of the Stoke confectionary company who accidentally imported the bags of dicks, expressed his apologies for making such a huge mistake. Via the New Zealand Herald: He was unaware ''inappropriate'' lollies were inside the bags. ''You have to look at it two or three times to think that doesn't look right.'' The offensive lolly was a gummy bear, and not a gummy baby, he said. The lollies were a ''one-off'' and he had recalled and dumped thousands of bags. ''It won't happen again.'' A likely story. In the meantime, children of ages eight, six, and five got their hands on the candies, and even went so far as to deliver a bag to their father, a disgruntled parent said. From the New Zealand Herald: Mr Aburn's partner, Jacqui Hawkins, said she randomly took a sweet from the bag and found it was shaped in the form of male genitals. Another lolly in the bag was a gummy baby with a penis, she said. ''I don't find anything amusing about it at all. I find it disgusting,'' she said. Lesson: check your bags of candy for bears with dicks before you give them to anyone as a gift. http://gawker.com/parents-outraged-after-bags-of-dick-shaped-gummies-sold-1633146925
  2. Read Noah Lukeman's book, The First Five Pages. There's tons of good advice on how to make the first chapter of your story -- indeed, the first five pages -- get the novel moving. One trick that took me a long time to learn is to start each scene from the middle. Avoid the temptation to go through the entire thing from the very beginning. Read any major published novel (or any major film), and you'll see they use this trick often.
  3. I have yet to encounter a single one of these idiots who can explain to me how gay people are hurting them, and how gay marriage makes straight marriage anything less. The vast amount of research and public opinion are way against them.
  4. Same here. I have to deal with color mastering for video in my day job, and there's been many times (especially in recent years) where the sky looks so unreal, I comment to my partner, "man, if I made a picture like that in a movie, people would yell at me that the sky never looks like that in real life!"
  5. Very touching: http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/a-lesbian-couple-have-married-after-72-years-together-and-it#23sqelz
  6. I carry a little notebook and pen almost wherever I go, and I also have one by the nightstand in case I get a weird idea right before I go to sleep, when I'm most relaxed. I think that's probably the state you're in when you soak in a hot bath. I've gotten a few story ideas while working out at the gym, which is a 99% physical activity. One of the books on writing I read mentioned that "even when you're not sitting in front of the keyboard, a part of any writer's brain is still churning along, mulling over plot points, character issues, and other story ideas in the background. You have to train yourself to listen to them when a good idea pops up when you least expect it."
  7. Here's one: "And suddenly, they were all hit by a bus."
  8. Terrific beginning. I like where it's headed -- many questions that need answering.
  9. Good piece on 419 scams in Nigeria: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/419_scams
  10. I hope you were shooting blanks!
  11. And the link is here: http://www.awesomedude.com/lugnutz/rolling_the_dice_by_lugnutz1.htm I agree: good luck, Lug! We've all been there, and we know what it's like. I always say, "it's never too late to find happiness."
  12. Best laugh I had all day! Thanks for that, Cole -- I needed it.
  13. And the link is here: http://www.awesomedude.com/cole-parker/one-summer-in-georgia/index.htm I agree: a terrific open, and it looks like another compelling Cole story!
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