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PastPresentFuture"I don't get homesick," I said before I left, and I was in the process of proving it. What kind of home did I have to be sick for, anyway? The home created from the fallout of a nasty break-up between my parents? My own run-down apartment in a run-down part of the city? Neither sounded appealing to me. The only thing I had to miss was Florian, my cat--and he was with me.
They always had something to prove, my parents. I need this week, I said, and my father cut me a check for $2000 without another word. That was to cover renting the apartment room for a week, food, gas and trips to the arcade and the Polish Water Ice stand. Instead I rented the room for ten days and made up the difference. Dad proved he knew me well by mentioning the arcade, but I didn't need to go there. I didn't need to eat at the finest establishments. I didn't need to buy Ocean City out. My cat's purring and the clack-clack-clacking of my keyboard as I typed were more than enough for me to be c
The Interview"So?...So what do you say?"
"Tell me about yourself. Height, weight, age?"
"Five-foot-ten, a hundred forty five pounds and twenty-six, respectively."
"Do you drink?"
"A couple of times a month, maybe, but I never let myself get roaring drunk or anything."
"Two packs a week."
Pause. "Do you have a degree? And if so, what is it in?"
"I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology."
"What's your current occupation?"
"I'm a bartender."
" A bartender?"
"Yeah-I had to take some time off from college to get the money together to go for my master's. Once I get it, I'm going to become a therapist."
"Do you have a wide social circle?"
"Well, I don't know if I'd call it 'wide' I have a few friends who come over for coffee occasionally, and we talk psychology stuff. And there's some people from work I know, and we hang out. Man, those guys are-"
"And what about housework?"
Pause. "Erm what about it?"
"Can you do it? Can you push a vacuum cleaner? Do you
Here Today, Gone TomorrowI blew bubbles around a cat one time. He never "caught" one, but every time the bubbles popped, he'd scream and cry and rub against my legs until I blew more bubbles for him to stare at and never catch. Occasionally he'd sniff the ground, looking for bubbles that once were, but are no longer.
Cats don't understand the concept of "here today, gone tomorrow"... this cat thought that if he loved me enough, then he would get more bubbles. He thought that if he loved me enough, he'd finally catch one.
But then... don't humans think that way too?
A Guide to Writing DialogueWhat is dialogue, exactly? The definition from Merriam-Webster’s dictionary was several lines long, so I shall summarize it in a short sentence for the sake of the readers; it’s the writing that illustrates conversations between two or more characters in a story. We read and hear it all around us, but creating it in your own work can be a challenge. However, if you find dialogue an obstacle in your writing, then don’t push the panic button. In this tutorial, you’ll find by analyzing what dialogue can do and how to use it, you can turn your greatest fear into your greatest ally in your story.
What dialogue is
Like I’ve asserted before, dialogue is basically what the characters are saying to each other. It can be found in multiple mediums such as books, movies, comics, video games, etc. We even engage in dialogue daily without even thinking. When you talk to your best friend, a co-worker, or even your dog, you create dialogue. It’s exchang
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