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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 30, 2012 - 7:57am

It is very close.  And odds are that if I wait, I'll forget to do it.  Then one of you will die and I won't realize it.  Then where will I be? 

Come out you lovely lurkers (and you regular folks as well) - tell me you are alive! 

  1. Are you alive?
  2. Any kids?
  3. Favorite Easter candy?
  4. How is Spring treating you so far?
  5. Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished?
  6. Tell us a simile you like.
  7. Did you ever have a pet bunny?
  8. Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written.
     

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Grigori Black from US is reading Radium Girls by Amanda Gowin March 30, 2012 - 8:06am

Are you alive?

Slightly.


Any kids?

Only one that I'm aware of.


Favorite Easter candy?

Yes.


How is Spring treating you so far?

Can't complain. Finished my degree. Dropped below 200lbs (finally). Didn't burn down everything in the process. If I survive tomorrow, Spring will be awesome.


Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished?

If I'm being banished to a desert island, given what I'd likely be banished for, I'm pretty sure they won't let me take the clothes on my back, much less a book.


Tell us a simile you like.

"We're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun."


Did you ever have a pet bunny?

Put the bunny back in the box.


Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written.

The operation order for escorting Geraldo Rivera through my AO in Iraq. The original version included a tour up the Tigris River for swim lessons. With an extra ballistic plate.  

 

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drea from Rural Alberta, Canada is reading between the lines March 30, 2012 - 8:21am

@Grigori - 200lbs? Holy shit, man. You lost a whole Jared from Subway! 

 

Are you alive? Yes, but I have pushed a Daisy or two in my day. 

Any kids? One illegitimate son, aged 10. 

Favorite Easter candy? chicks - the soft bones make up for all the feathers 

How is Spring treating you so far? - it's still mostly winter in Alberta; the cherry blossoms on the west coast were nice to see this week. 

Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? The Chronology of Water

Tell us a simile you like. "tighter than a mosquito's arse stretched over a rainbarrel" 

Did you ever have a pet bunny? I've had a pet everything, bunny included. 

Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. Some of my tweets border on brilliance when they are not gross overshares. 

 

(thanks Avery!) 

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade March 30, 2012 - 9:06am

1.Are you alive? - And kicking.
2.Any kids? - Not my own. And I'm not kicking any kids.
3.Favorite Easter candy? - Res-sugar-rection Wafers
4.How is Spring treating you so far? - Mother Nature is being a big tease.
5.Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? - Nostromo
6.Tell us a simile you like. - "I'm as serious as a heart attack."
7.Did you ever have a pet bunny? - Yes, I overfed it the wrong greens and it died.
8.Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. - A novel long in progress about a psychologist whose speciality became counseling the haunted - as in, people who believe they're being haunted. Hopefully, this is a series. Have to complete the initial novel...

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. March 30, 2012 - 9:10am

I think I am alive. Yet to be proven wrong, anyways.

Are you alive? - Yes.

Any kids? - Nope.

Favorite Easter candy? - Is there an alternative to easter eggs?

How is Spring treating you so far? - Great, thank you miss :-) Been doing more writing than usual due to the WAR and other projects, some interesting stuff going on at Solarcide, and also my girlfriend finishes her term at uni today and is coming to stay with me for a while from tomorrow. Work has been okay and I have been in good enough health. Also soon I am gonna do some workshopping with Bradley Sands and Garrett Cook. So yay, I am having a good few weeks.

Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? - The complete collected works of fiction. It's a very large, all encompassing tome.

Tell us a simile you like. - My smile was wide as a mugger's leer, the grin of a man about to steal from you.

Did you ever have a pet bunny? - Nope.

Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. - Tough one. Possibly either this (as it was the first thing I had published) or my Psychosis antho story, because I spent so bloody long working on that one.

 

 

@ Avery - where are your answers? Don't do the crime if ya can't do the time!

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. March 30, 2012 - 9:14am

Are you alive?  I wouldn't call it living, but it'll do.*

Any kids? No, thank you.


Favorite Easter candy? Chocolate Jesus


How is Spring treating you so far? Wet and cold.


Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? Island of the Sequined Love Nun?


Tell us a simile you like. From Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.


Did you ever have a pet bunny? No.  I had a master bunny, though.  She was great.


Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written.  A love letter to Daverydoll.

* From the movie Cobb

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Profunda Saint-... from Calgary, AB is reading Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series March 30, 2012 - 9:20am

1.Are you alive? 
Seems that way. I think I cough up part of my soul every 5 minutes though, so we'll see for how long...


2.Any kids?
Just one. That's more than enough, methinks.


3.Favorite Easter candy?
Mothafuckin' Creme Eggs. Or Mini Eggs. Or Peeps. Or anything shaped like a bunny.


4.How is Spring treating you so far?
Today is the first "short skirt at work" day of the year. It's about bloody time.
 

5.Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished?
Probably something very dry and hard to get through. That way I'll either give up on it and work on survival skills, or if i manage to finish it, feel like the smartest person on said desert island.


6.Tell us a simile you like.
Trying to think of a good simile, my brain turned to mush like a toad at Chernobyl.
 

7.Did you ever have a pet bunny?
I did when I was 8, for about 2 days, until it pooped everywhere in the house and my mom told me she was allergic to it and took her back to the store. Poor bunny.


8.Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written:
Being a narcissist, my favourite thing to write is my name. PRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRROFUNDA!
Well, actually I used to write rhyming mad lib haikus with my wife, those usually were very complicated and awesome.

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XyZy from New York City is reading Seveneves and Animal Money March 30, 2012 - 9:32am

Are you alive? I refuse to answer this question until you define your terms.

Any kids? Just me.

Favorite Easter candy? I like biting the heads off of bunnies.

How is Spring treating you so far? The same as winter, we've had a surprisingly mild winter.

Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? How to survive on a desert island for dummies.

Tell us a simile you like. Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

Did you ever have a pet bunny? No, but my sister did. Its name was Dave.

Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. I don't know about favorite, but I once wrote a sex scene that contained no sex, but did involve the narrator's observations about the beauty of the female form becoming tangled and strained, grunting in and out of nested parentheticals to a messy bitter end. I thought it was funny.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 30, 2012 - 9:34am

Okay -

1.Are you alive? Yes!!!
2.Any kids?  One!!!
3.Favorite Easter candy?  Cadbury creme eggs!  And, because apparently I eat candy like a freak of nature...I like to bite them open, then lick all the creme out, then eat the chocolate shell last.
4.How is Spring treating you so far?  Not bad!  It's been really nice weather for Kentucky.  It puts me in a good mood.  I just hope the summer isn't sweltering - but it likely will be.
5.Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished?  Uh, The Art of Survival.  Come on people, you have to be practical.
6.Tell us a simile you like.  Naked as a window
7.Did you ever have a pet bunny? No.
8.Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written.  I like them all.  Probably my bestest is the story I did for the psychosis antho.  But my favorite might be a short I did call The Stain.
 

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like March 30, 2012 - 9:54am

1. Are you alive? Yes
2. Any kids? My kids live in the sewers, they wrangle alligators
3. Favorite Easter candy? Peeps
4. How is Spring treating you so far? The weather here has been gorgeous 
5. Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? I don't reread very much, so that book would be kindling/toilet paper in no time, so a book with many, many pages
6. Tell us a simile you like.  Like a boss
7. Did you ever have a pet bunny? My brother did, but  I never fooled with it
8. Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written.  It isn't done

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enough from Indiana is reading Warmed and Bound March 30, 2012 - 10:11am

Are you alive? Yes, Yes I am!

Any kids? Yes, Haily 23, Jack 16 (just got his liscense. Ugh!) Joe 14

Favorite Easter candy? Peeps and I like to put toothpicks in their arms like they have swords, then place them in the microwave and watch them grow as they sword fight. (quite messy, but so worth it)

How is Spring treating you? Lovely! Beautiful weather and Im totally Spring Cleaning. Purging the house and decorating, organizing and a Zillion things!

Wich single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? (Practical like you Avery) Everything You Need To Know To Live Off The Land.

Tell us a simile you like. If youre feeling froggy then jump.

Did you ever have a bunny? Yes and she lived outside in a cage. One day while I had the cage open to pet her, she bit my finger and escaped.

Tell us about your favorite thing that you've written. I think right now it would be Snapping Rubberbands for the anthology.

 

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks March 30, 2012 - 10:21am

Are you alive?
Yes, but the walking pneumonia begs to differ.

Any kids?
None, but I'm always fighting the urge to have a baby. Somehow my biological clock is ticking at eighteen. My infant cousin is in town, so the urge is quelled, but it'll rise again.

Favorite Easter candy?
I can't stand sweets.

How is Spring treating you so far?
It's treating me well, but the thunderstorms have been taking my internet out daily.

Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished?
White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Tell us a simile you like.
As smooth as a baby's butt.

Did you ever have a pet bunny?
Multiple. My sister's rabbits ate mine. Cannibal rabbits now make frequent appearances in my nightmares.

Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written.
I wrote about driving over train tracks and seeing a train coming from not ten yards away and pulling up to an intersection to hear someone yelling "Aren't you Courtney Duff? Aren't you Chris Duff's daughter?" It was the coolest narrative non-fiction I've done to date.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 30, 2012 - 11:12am

Are you alive? As alive as I want to be.

Any kids? Two boys: Romain (19) and Sachs (15). Amazing people. At least I did something right.

Favorite Easter candy? Money.

How is Spring treating you so far? Like a May flower.

Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished?  An empty one.

Tell us a simile you like. I feel more like I do now than I did before.

Did you ever have a pet bunny? No, but my sisters did. I love braised lapin though and we plan to raise a few for special occasions.

Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. I had a lot of fun tweeting last summer for a contest. I think it was limited to 20 characters. I ended up winning the contest with "Oh Say Can You Read," and it got published. The only thing I have had published. But I thought some of my other entries were better:

  • In Twain in the Membrane
  • I Like Big Books
  • I See Book People
  • Euphemize Me!
  • In Verbs We Thrust
  • A Novel Retirement Plan
  • Better Off Read
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Matt from New Zealand is reading This is how you lose her by Junot Diaz March 30, 2012 - 11:16am

Are you alive? Barely, I have a cold. My eyes are red, my nose is raw, there are snotty tissues everywhere.

Any kids? No kids of my own. I have two nephews and a niece.

Favorite Easter candy? Cadbury Creme Eggs. The original ones, not the caramello ones.

How is Spring treating you so far? It's autumn where I am. So, not very well!

Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? Today, I think I will take Microserfs by Douglas Coupland

Tell us a simile you like. Umm ......

Did you ever have a pet bunny? No, it's been a lifetime of dogs and cats for me.

Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. I have a short story about a guy that travels to the hospital everyday to sit at the bedside of his dying wife. His life slowly falls apart, but he manages to keep his shit together just enough to care for his golden retriever. I've been meaning to revise it, it needs a rewrite, lots of plotholes to fix. But I'm very fond of it. Maybe I will post it in the workshop at some stage.
 

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. March 30, 2012 - 3:01pm

 

Are you alive - In theory, yes.

Any kids? Nope.

Favorite Easter candy? Peeps!!!

How is Spring treating you so far? Hectic and exciting. So many projects going on at once, I don't have time to sleep. Book stuff at that!

Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? My kindle :P

Tell us a simile you like. As sick as a dog

Did you ever have a pet bunny? Yes. Hated it. Dogs are better.

Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. I'd say the first story I've ever got published. The one on Solarcide. 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. March 30, 2012 - 4:02pm

Are you alive?  Insert clever pun here.
Any kids?  No.  Yuck!
Favorite Easter candy?  Diabetes.
How is Spring treating you so far?  It's a season.
Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished?  The Game.
Tell us a simile you like.  like a boss.
Did you ever have a pet bunny?  Yes, he died horribly.  It involved a meat grinder.
Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written.  My suicide note.

HAPPY EASTER!

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 30, 2012 - 4:12pm

Kids are awesome!

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons March 30, 2012 - 4:30pm

This is so fun;

ARE YOU ALIVE: Yes! More so now than sometimes in the past.

KIDS: Yes, one son in college! I can't belive i hvae a kid in college but i do and he is awesome.  I'm liking him more and more every day.

EASTER CANDY: Those eggs that are colorful and have a hard shell on the outside and soft white stuff in the middle.

SPRING: It's gorgeous here. We are on the lake, so baby turtles are out. There were baby ducks but the turtles ate them. I'm sorry, but that is how it is.  Buttercups are gone now but irises are about to bloom. I love spring!

SINGLE BOOK: I'd actually take the Bible. It's full of literature and things to think about.

SIMILE:  "Pretty as a Peach." That is kind of lame but my grandma always said it. I'm going to use it in a short story whenever I thnk of one with a sweet old wonderful wise woman in it.

PET BUNNY: No but my grandparents lived on a farm and we always got pet chicks for Easter. Yellow ones born in the barn, not the colored ones they used to sell in stores. I dont' think they sell those anymore, do they? My Dad hated it cause he always had to take the grown-up chicks back out to the farm after a while, and we would cry to see them go.

FAV THING WRITTEN: Yet to come, i hope.

 

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. March 30, 2012 - 5:29pm

@ Chester. They do taste good BBQ'ed

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce March 30, 2012 - 5:29pm

Are you alive? I guess
Any kids? I'm 16 ffs
Favorite Easter candy? Chocolate easter bunnies!!
How is Spring treating you so far? Hardcore exams in the future, so not well.
Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? Proust. All of it.
Tell us a simile you like. "like a severed head that finishes a sentence."
Did you ever have a pet bunny? My sister has two. They are called Peet and Flo and they are highly squidgy.
Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written My FOUR GIRLS IN HIGHSCHOOL STORY. I've almost finished it and I love it more than I love quite a lot of people. It's beautiful and if you guys want to read it PM me.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books March 30, 2012 - 5:29pm

Are you alive? Yep
Any kids? One
Favorite Easter candy? Cadbury eggs. But you haven't lived until you've made a s'more with a Peep. Just don't have more than one or two, or you might die of diabetic shock.
How is Spring treating you so far? S'alright.
Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? Seriously? Just ONE? That' shit. I guess maybe one I've only read once but loved. It'll take me longer to get tired of it.
Tell us a simile you like. This one went around the web a bit and I think was even posted here, but the visual this gives me is simply priceless: McBride fell twelve stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag
filled with vegetable soup.
Did you ever have a pet bunny? Nope. Had ferrets though.
Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. A reformed Neo-Nazi falls in a love with a woman who's first husband was murdered by Neo-Nazis. That's sort of it in a nutshell.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch March 30, 2012 - 5:55pm

1. Are you alive?  Let me ask my insurance.

2. Any kids?   You mean baby goats? No. 5 cats though.

3. Favorite Easter candy?   Tomatoes. (favorite candy of any season)

4. How is Spring treating you so far?   Dumped hail on me yesterday.

5. Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished?    I already decided some years ago: Absalom, Absalom!

6. Tell us a simile you like.    Comfortable as a cow (from "The Glass Menagerie")

7. Did you ever have a pet bunny?    That was my imaginary friend. It looked exactly like the Donnie Darko one.

8. Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written.      How can I love my other ones less?? But I'll pick one story: "The Puppet Show." It was actually published in Mobius, a Journal for Social Change. It's a favorite of mine because it's based (loosely) on some personal stories from way back.
  
 

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter March 31, 2012 - 3:36pm

Are you alive? - I am, but I am not living well.
Any kids? - Maybe next year.
Favorite Easter candy? - Those Cadbury eggs.  Not the creme-filled ones, but the robin's egg ones.
How is Spring treating you so far? - Spring and I have a thing going, so she always treats me well.
Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? - The Bible.  It's full of metaphors you could tear apart until you die.  It's the sort of book that has all kinds of uses. 
Tell us a simile you like. - I was drawn to you like ecoli to raw Alberta beef.
Did you ever have a pet bunny? - My sister and I found one in our yard when we were little.  We had him for one day and then my parents somehow found the owner.
Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. - I can't say I have a favourite, but I am quite proud of "Eden", which was published in L'Allure des Mots.  It's definately the story with my favourite setting.  It takes place in a dilapitated medieval village golf course in my city.  I'd always wanted to set a story there, and in "Eden", the golf course sort of a metaphor of the real garden of Eden, only the golf course is the Eden of his guy in his mid-life crisis, a sort of modern take on the original Eden story.  Nevertheless, I was walking to work today and was utterly devastated to see that the mini golf course was being torn down.  A part of me kind of died today.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. March 31, 2012 - 12:48am

In honor of sexiness, let's all enjoy this pic of Dave eating ice cream.........

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly March 31, 2012 - 1:26pm

I see that you've posted that.  Now I don't have to.  Fine work you do in my absence.  Carry on.

 

1.Are you alive? I am.
2. Any kids? One of mine, one of hers.
3. Favorite Easter candy? Cadubury's
4. How is Spring treating you so far? In Texas, we have cool, and Summer.  It's Summer.
5. Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? In the name of practicality, the one with the most pages
6. Tell us a simile you like. Coffee black as his sould and bitter as his heart.
7. Did you ever have a pet bunny? Mr. Bunnyhead
8. Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. My current project, because it basically includes almost everything else I've written.

 

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David Shepherd from shepherdsville, KY is reading Idoru by William Gibbson March 31, 2012 - 1:44pm

 

Are you alive? Somehow
Any kids? Two toilet babies
Favorite Easter candy? I don't like candy
How is Spring treating you so far? It's burnt me twice and got me in a fight with an ex con
Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? The watchmen
Tell us a simile you like. Nervous as a virgin on prom night
Did you ever have a pet bunny? Yep, no idea how it died.
Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. A drug fueled version of Lewis and Clarks trip down the missisipi for a 7th grade history report.
 

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce March 31, 2012 - 2:15pm

@David.

dakota was the first time, who burned you the second one?

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 31, 2012 - 2:38pm

Are you alive? I'll get back to you on that

Any kids? Only when I fire off knuckle children

Favorite Easter Candy? Cadbury Eggs

How is spring treating you so far? Good. Getting words on paper/screen.

Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? I'm sneaking two.  American Psycho to read and Twilight to start a fire.

Tell us a simile you like. Mad as a Keebler Elf getting demoted to fudge packer.

Did you ever have a pet bunny? Nope. Had a guinea pig once. Currently have an African Grey Parrot that says 'Go Steelers' and 'Fuck'.

Tell us about your favorite thing that you've written. Hands down, Hardboiled Hell. It's my baby.

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David Shepherd from shepherdsville, KY is reading Idoru by William Gibbson March 31, 2012 - 3:02pm

@ typewriter

I honestly couldn't tell you. I just woke up to be being pulled out of a car by an ex convict and his half naked wife screaming at him not to hurt me. After words I look down and I've got some pretty nasty burns on my hand. Worse than the ones I got from dakota.I think they lost control of me and just left me to my own devices.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 31, 2012 - 3:16pm

"Did you ever have a pet bunny? Mr. Bunnyhead"

I don't know if this is true, but either way it made me laugh a lot. 

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce March 31, 2012 - 4:02pm

@David

scary D:

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 31, 2012 - 6:02pm

"Ghosts don't know what litreactor is."

You'd be surprised.

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Layla from Broomfield, CO is reading The Art of Character March 31, 2012 - 6:52pm
  1. Are you alive? Yes. 
  2. Any kids? Nope.
  3. Favorite Easter candy? Reese peanut butter and chocolate eggs. I don't share.
  4. How is Spring treating you so far? Great. My first tomatillos sprouted in the garden. I've named them Tommy and Tammy.
  5. Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? Surviving on a Desert Island
  6. Tell us a simile you like. This blows like rookie hooker.
  7. Did you ever have a pet bunny? When I was a kid, wild rabbits would wander into our back yard. I called them my pets. One day, my dad decided to shoot a few of them. I was devastated. A few days later, we were sitting around the table eating dinner and he said, "How you like that gumbo? Is it good?" I said, "Yes." And he said, "That's rabbit gumbo." 
  8. Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. A story that I wrote in the third grade about people almost falling off of a cliff. 
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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly March 31, 2012 - 6:51pm

SIMMA DAN NAH!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COuldn't help it.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated March 31, 2012 - 10:10pm

@Avery - Hope is a rock, you can just put it down.

Are you alive? Yes
Any kids? No
Favorite Easter candy? Cadbury creme eggs
How is Spring treating you so far? We are politely ignoring each other.
Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? Something about escaping desert islands if I can find it, if not something about finding fresh water.
Tell us a simile you like.  "Put you down like Terithel!"
Did you ever have a pet bunny? No
Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. Start of a novel about a guy who is on paper a perfect assassin.

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Grigori Black from US is reading Radium Girls by Amanda Gowin April 1, 2012 - 10:49pm

@drea

No, not 200lbs. I'm under 200lbs. I was hovering between 205-215 for a while. I'd been sick for a couple of years with an undiagnosed condition and ballooned up to about 235-240 at my worst. After getting properly diagnosed and treated I dropped about 15-20lbs the first month. After that it was a slow decline to about 210. But I couldn't quite break through that barrier.

About a month ago, I had weird fever like symptoms for about three days (aches, chills, fatigue, etc., but no temperature change), and then dropped 5lbs. I've been dropping steadily since, so I'm getting this weird feeling either the other shoe dropped and something else is wrong, or my metabolism did a reset/jumpstart and I'm back to (relatively) normal.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 5, 2012 - 9:05am

Are you alive? Is anyone?
Any kids? Sadly, no. 
Favorite Easter candy? I don't eat candy
How is Spring treating you so far? Going good, left work early and went fishing yesterday, caught 8 fish. 
Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? Some survival book.
Tell us a simile you like.  But my body was like a harp and her words and gestures were like fingers running upon the wires
Did you ever have a pet bunny? No, my brother did. He kept them near the pigsty
Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. I really like what I have written for the most current thunderdome. It's helping me deal with something going on with family and stuff........very...emotional. 

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Cassandra L. from Melbourne is reading A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole April 5, 2012 - 11:53pm

I like this thread.

 

Are you alive?
I'm breathing so I guess I still am.

Any kids?
No. And that answer will probably never change.


Favorite Easter candy?
Easter "chocolate" is the pits of hell. Call me when they start putting a reasonable amount cocoa in that shit.


How is Spring treating you so far?
Autumn here technically, and it's treating me like a cunt. Not the fun kind of anatomical cunt either, the figurative kind. And it's more like summer, really. I mean, 30C today? In April? That's just goddamn rude. We better get some decent cold this winter or I want my money back.


Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished?
I'd like to have something witty to answer here, but I'd probably just take the collected short stories of J G Ballard so I could die happy.


Tell us a simile you like.
No.


Did you ever have a pet bunny?
Yes!! I freakin' love rabbits! Belligerent, entitled, surly: they're the best. I miss my bunny.

Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written.
Raw subject at the moment. I did write a story called "Consuming Powder" about creatures that work in a factory and who have no sense of taste. I like that one.

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind April 6, 2012 - 12:35am

Glad to see so many are still breathing!

Are you alive?

Here is a story about me, living, right now: 
Last week, a few days before my birthday, my old coworkers and I got together for some drinks. Because drinks are so expensive, I didn't want to waste anything anyone got me -- and everyone got me something, because of my impending birthday and all that. Needless to say, I was drunker than all reason. A mixture of cheap tequila and endless glasses of a pretty blue drink, and I couldn't walk two steps without falling on someone. A former coworker offered to walk me to the train, and I proceeded to stumble, rant, and embarrass myself for the next fifteen minutes. 
Something happened to me on the train. My brain swam in sour blue. Every burp tasted like cotton candy and fried calamari. "Three more stops," I'd say out loud. "Two more stops. God, help me." One more stop came, and went, and suddenly I was at my station. I fumbled out of the train. lost my balance. Grabbed hold of the stair railing. And puked. And puked. And puked.
When I woke up the next day, huddled in my bed, I knew I was dying. I didn't move all day. I marathoned cartoons, drank gallons of gatorade, and thought of alternate ways of traveling so that I didn't have to show my face at the train station across the street ever again. 
Funny thing about that evening is, I was so unaware of the stages of sickness that when my stomach decided to spill the contents of the evening, I didn't feel it coming. And as it happened, I couldn't stop it. I thought to myself, "Oh... this is happening. I'm part of this, now." And it wasn't so bad. I'm convinced that is what the moment of death must be like. That "Oh, wow" situation, where life just pours out of you and all over your boots. Of course, then the dying began; the day in bed, convinced I would never know what it is to feel normal and healthy again. A week later and I still feel it. I don't think it'll ever go away.
The lesson here today is, don't drink cheap tequila. Ever.

Any kids?

Not that I know of.


Favorite Easter candy?

It used to be those caramel filled eggs you can find at walgreens for fifty cents each, but now I don't really have one.


How is Spring treating you so far?

I'm still unemployed. I can't remember everything I said or did the night I soiled the Colma Bart Train Station. I'm hoping I didn't say anything too embarrassing. But my birthday was grand! I got an iPad and a ton of stuff I use for my doll customizing hobby. And I hung out at the Winchester Mystery House. So... neato!
I also read The Hunger Games, finally. I enjoyed it. I'm glad I went into the book with low expectations.


Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished?

Howl's Moving Castle. Because, well, it's my favorite.


Tell us a simile you like.

I have none.


Did you ever have a pet bunny?

No. I dislike rabbits. No offense to bunny owners, I just don't like them. My old, horrible roommate had one just to compete with my rats (I'm not making this up! I had a rat and was getting it supplies and she said, "Now I want something cute and fuzzy." and went and bought a rabbit) and it was a poop machine. She'd then blame the pellets of poo I found everywhere on my rats, but there is a difference between their poos. Rabbits do pellets. Rats have tiny people poos. THEY DO, OKAY?
So, no. No, I never did.

Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written.

Unfortunately, I've written very little since losing my job. I have all this free time, but absolutely no motivation. :( 

Sorry if this entry seems rather angsty. I'm actually not doing that bad. I'm sad about still not having a job and I'm sad I haven't written anything since NaNoWriMo, but everything else is pretty nice. :)
 

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Chris Davis from Indiana is reading A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews April 6, 2012 - 6:56am

Are you alive? - As of the time of this post, yes
 

Any kids? - No
 

Favorite Easter candy? - Reese's Eggs
 

How is Spring treating you so far? - can't complain
 

Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? - Atlas Shrugged, for kindling.
 

Tell us a simile you like. - An old Korean War Vet I worked with at a gas station described really hot summer days as "Hot as a blister on a p*ssy in a pepper patch."
 

Did you ever have a pet bunny? - No, my parents refused to get me one after I saw Of Mice and Men and thought it would be funny to start "pulling a Lennie" on small animals.


Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. -  I'm writing an essay explaining why I hate Tennessee Williams. It's not very good but it amuses me so as of now that is my favorite.
 

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Bracchos from Albuquerque is reading Translated Woman April 6, 2012 - 1:06pm

Are you alive?  I might be, but there's no way to tell
Any kids? Nope
Favorite Easter candy? Anything with chocolate, don't care otherwise
How is Spring treating you so far? I miss winter
Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? Pillars of the Earth, long and ought to provide me some lasting entertainment.
Tell us a simile you like. Tasty as arsenic
Did you ever have a pet bunny? When I was 7
Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. Recently, a poem called 'By the Pain I See in Others'

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest April 6, 2012 - 6:25pm

 "Hot as a blister on a p*ssy in a pepper patch."

- This is my favorite so far... Nice. Does this old man have any more? I'd love to hear them. And, I hope to read one of your story's and find this simile in it.

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bjlangley from Cambridgeshire, UK is reading C by Tom McCarthy April 6, 2012 - 8:12pm

Are you alive?  Yes!
 

Any kids?  Two girls. 10 & 12.
 

Favorite Easter candy?  Old school. Cadbury's milk chocolate egg (hollow). Nothing fancy.
 

How is Spring treating you so far?  Not terrible. I've not written as much as I should.
 

Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? </b> Huckleberry Finn
 

Tell us a simile you like.  I misheard this one. I like hip-hop similies. They're usually silly. I thought 'California Love' contained the line 'like a wild Liberace', which I thought was funny as Liberace was pretty wild anyway. Turns out it was 'lookin like I robbed Liberace'.
 

Did you ever have a pet bunny?  No. I'm saying no, but we have had pet rabbits, I don't consider them mine.
 

Tell us about your favorite thing that you’ve written. It's usually what I'm currently working on. At the moment an 8000 word short story about someone who becomes a little caught up in his work as a celebrity lookalike. It'll be the next thing I upload after I give it another edit.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books April 7, 2012 - 9:43am

Currently have an African Grey Parrot that says 'Go Steelers' and 'Fuck'.

This made me belly laugh.

 

Which single book will you be taking on the desert island when you are banished? No One Belongs Here More Than You

Was that on purpose? 

 

Kako--are you on the Central Coast? How did I not know that? I grew up in Central CA (in the valley) but the Central Coast is a sort of second home for me. I love it. I, too, read The Hunger Games with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. It was fun to barrel through a series at breakneck speed, too.

 

"Hot as a blister on a p*ssy in a pepper patch."

AWESOME.

 

 

No clue why I went through and addressed posts one by one, but it was fun. I'm still alive.

 

 

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. April 7, 2012 - 10:57am

Are you alive?
I'm breathing so I guess I still am.

 

Any kids? Nope

 

How cynical guys. hahaha.

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Stacy Kear from Bucyrus, Ohio lives in New Jersey is reading The Art of War April 7, 2012 - 11:05am

Are you alive? Heavily medicated but yes.
Kids? Two, one my opposite the other my dopplganger. Trying to slide by my boyfriend's desire to have his own undetected.
Candy? Rollos wrapped in pastel aluminum.
Spring? Magnolia's and the cherry blossoms didn't last long enough but my kids are in California for spring break, freedom.
Book? Complete works of Wolfgang Van Goethe. I have a beautiful old hardback.
Simile? Easy as pie. (pie is not fucking easy)
Bunny? No. My neighbor had one named Lucky, he ran away.
Best work? I wrote The Three Little Pigs from the wolfs perspective in fifth grade, won an award and met Judy Bloom. I peaked in fifth grade. I bought my kids a book along the same vein years later, mildly bitter. Haha

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books April 7, 2012 - 11:44am

I wrote something that got me to meet John Archambalt (sp?) of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom fame. You peaked in fifth grade--I peaked at five. Wow. Deeeepressing.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest April 7, 2012 - 11:58am

I peaked after about three hours of dropping the the dose. Oh wait...

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. April 7, 2012 - 12:09pm

And you curse the guy for ripping you off and then the mescaline sets in....

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drea from Rural Alberta, Canada is reading between the lines April 8, 2012 - 10:14am

@misskokamon, I puked just like that last saturday, too. And I never ralph, but it was just like you said, no warning then, "oh, wow". I loved your description of death being like that, pouring out all over your boots and think you should springboard that great metaphor into a piece immediately. It's brilliant. I dare you.