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Which brings to a very practical problem: There is currently no quiet room in the house because the mechanics have to drill a lot of holes to install my new heating system.

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Yeah,, I was listening to a lot of interviews lately where authors described how walking was an integral part of their creative process. This definitely does not describe me or my process. Don't get me wrong: I love walking, but there are so many things to see, feel or hear that I cannot focus on the story or my characters. Trance and contemplation is a big part of my process, and I need a quiet room where my stories can grow.


I'm Helen, I write historical books, so far about the Inca Empire for kids & adults with a focus on incredible women who lived back then but got sidelined by traditional history books.

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And cos my kids like them I follow toots on #dinosaurs

Finished the shower scene and it got steamier than expected. BUT THAT'S WHAT THE CHARACTERS WANTED / NEEDED. Not gonna lie: I won't read it to my family!

Today's goal is already very close: finishing the shower scene in the next 500 words! And then, someone will die!

What's the strangest thing you've ever found in a book?

Here's my story...

About 20 years ago or so, I was at a Salvation Army auction one morning. They were selling of tons (literally) of junk they'd had donated to them over the last few years or so; stuff that wasn't easily sold in their actual stores. A lot of it was good stuff, too.

One thing that immediately caught my eye was a pallet (6' high, 4' wide X 4' wide) of nothing but boxed up hardcover books. I looked through some of the books in the top boxes and realized that there were some very old, and often valuable, books in this boxes. I decided I'd bid on it a bit and see where it goes.

The auctioneer kept bringing up lot after lot, but not the pallet of books. I was getting impatient by the time the morning wore on. Finally, when he'd pretty much sold everything that was in the yard back there that morning, he brought up the pallet of books. There was only a small crowd of folks left by then (about 20 or so). He described the contents of the pallet briefly by saying, "Here you go, folks... a bunch of books".

He looked around at the faces in the crowd and said, "I'm opening the bidding at one dollar." I about shit myself. I bid the $1 immediately to get things rolling. Well, after I bid, he looked around and said, "Once, twice, sold that man there for $1." I just laughed... and wondered how the Hell I was going to get this pallet home and what I was going to do with all those books.

When I asked the auctioneer afterwards why he'd let it go so cheaply, he said, "Did you see anyone trampling you to get in a bid?" I said no, I didn't. His reply, with a smirk on his face, was, "Gotta' know your audience in this job."

Well, needless to say, I got the books home and spent a few years going through them and selling some, giving some away, etc. However, that's not the point of this story. The point was finding things in books. So, with that in mind...

There were quite a few books in this collection that had the name of a fellow in them. His name was Charles Lounsbury. He was evidently a well-educated man; many of his books were text books from Cornell University. Anyway, whilst thumbing through one of them one day, a small business card fell out into my lap. It was a dentist's appointment card for Mr. Lounsbury. It also had his address and phone number on it.

Just for grins and giggles, I called the number on the card. An older-sounding man answered on the first ring. I said "Hello" and gave my name. I then asked the fellow if he was Charles Lounsbury. He said he was indeed. I told him about all the books I'd bought and how I had found this dentist appointment card in one of them. He was BLOWN AWAY immediately upon hearing about the books.

He told me that his sister had possession of his personal library at the time of her death, but he had not spoken with her in many years. When she died, it seems that someone cleaning out her house had donated all her possessions, including Charles' books, to the Salvation Army. Mr Lounsbury was very interested in possibly seeing his books again. He was wanting to leave some of them to his grandchildren upon his demise.

I made a date for him to drive from Sarasota, FL up to my home in Tampa and take whichever of his books he wanted back. The following Saturday he showed up. He was absolutely amazed to find all his books in the middle of my living room (huge stack of books, here's a sampling):

Anyway, he picked out 10 of 15 of his prized books and asked if he could take them. I, of course, said yes... for sure. After that we sat and had some coffee and he told me his life story. It was a wonderful afternoon! Charles and I became pretty good friends after that for about 10 or so years, until his death at age 88.

It's amazing, sometimes, the things you find in books. :)

*This posting previously published on my blog:

Nocturnal Slacker v2.0 | Letters to the void…

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Mit #SixtySecondsSounds Episode 17 geht's zurück zu einer eher nachdenklichen Stimmung. Lizenz: CC0, keine Rechte vorbehalten, gemeinfrei. Wer mag, benutzt die Aufnahme für Remixe, Mashups oder als Inspiration.

With Sixty Seconds Sounds episode 17 I'm returning to a more contemplative mood. License: CC0, no rights reserved, public domain. If you like, use the recording for remixes, mashups or as inspiration.

#MastoMusic #MastoRemix #Piano #Improvisation

With upcoming natural gas shortages this winter, now is a great time to recommend people you know to get hot-water bottles! ♨️

They transfer heat into the body _way_ more efficiently than room heating: although they can't totally replace it, they can reduce overall heating costs by ~⅓ ⬇️

I really don't like these days when you had a bad night, and you're tired all day long, which results in me just staring at my text without moving a finger.


For those of you wondering who I am, I've been tooting over on the Mastodon.NZ instance posting mostly flower photos (@AlexW).

I wanted a new space here on the writing exchange to post more about writing and to share stuff from my new micro blog too.


Hi, I'm Sciasm, an artist, musician and UI designer from Germany!

I like to draw cartoon creatures, fiddle around with AI-generated art, play pen & paper RPGs and listen to industrial music and doom metal. I play in a post-hardcore band and two solo projects.

I grew up on LiveJournal and DeviantArt where I was adopted and raised by furries. I'm beyond done with popular social media and happy to be here!


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Gemüse züchten auf einem Balkon mitten in der Stadt ist sehr viel anders als das was ich aus meiner Kindheit kenne.
Ich bin eigentlich Großstadtmensch, aber eher am Rand aufgewachsen und mit einer Familie, die immer selbst diverses Obst und Gemüse gepflanzt, geerntet und haltbar gemacht hat. War nie ein großer Pflanzenmensch, aber inmitten von Beton bleibt einem eigentlich nicht anderes als einer zu werden.

I am not happy with the support of multilingual blogs in - but is that reason enough to switch platforms?...

It annoys me that I can't have more than one version of a post to support parallel posts in English and German. Sure, I could just link between those versions manually but it feels awkward.

I'm still not great at dictating my scenes. I feel like a sports commentator standing in the corner and disturbing my characters while they try to have a romantic dinner.

Do you still wear your mask?

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YAY! It is done! I have finally finished the chapter I promised a friend for her book.

Tomorrow I can finally send it to the publisher and get back to my crime novella.

I think after this experience, someone in my story will have to suffer more than planned.

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