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Christopher Jar... from New Mexico is reading On the Road April 9, 2012 - 11:26am

As of late i've been doing alot of traveling through europe. Currently stationed in Germany and hoping to return to the states at the end of May.But nether the less, I've come to realize that all the shitty moments are what helps most with my writing. I guess this would be better in more of a blog or whatever, but eh, fuck it. For instance just this past weekend, I missed my plane, while in London, because of an asshole bus driver and decided to write everything down as I had to stay an extra (with no money) night in London. Fell asleep drunk in a field and woke up in time to make it back to the airport. But anyways, I wrote it all down and now have something new to work with. Not really sure of the point I'm trying to make here, and so that way this dosen't become some random rant, tell you what, why don't you (litreactor community) tell everyone a shitty experience, who knows, might help with your writing. 

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin April 9, 2012 - 12:06pm

I decided once to flee the country. I'd spent ten years in the States and I was sick of it, it was clear that everyone in America was predisposed to dislike me and that I could not find common ground with my countrymen on a personal, professional, cultural or religious level and I wanted to flee to Canada and figure it out from there.

I slept in my car on the way up. She was a 1979 Mercedes Benz 240 D, the chassis was 85% rust and the engine groaned painfully the whole way. I spent most of the trip concerned that I was being followed or that those ghastly people were going to attack me while I slept in my car at rest stops. I do not remember eating, but I'm sure I had snacks here and there, I remember often being pressed with the urgency of the task at hand and that "food could wait." Hallucinations got bad, gnomes tried to disassemble my car with me in it, like Jawa scavengers.

Which is to say that I was not in good shape when the Canadian Border Patrol caught me without a passport.

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Bankrupted myself playing Halo, had to hitchhike back from a tournament in Orlando.

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Got into a fistfight with everyone at this "brodeo" quasi-frat house I was living in once over the honor of a dog. Was evicted, girlfriend broke up with me to preserve her relationship with douchebags.

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Was fired over the possibility that I might have stolen some money, along with every other driver working at Jimmy Johns that night. Spent 2 weeks returning daily to yell at manager over the lack of progress of his investigation into who really did it.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin April 9, 2012 - 12:14pm

Neighbor calls a noise complaint, it's just me and a friend of mine watching videos on the computer but this girl is supposed to be coming over so I answer the door water-pipe in hand.

Then I try to start shit with the cop.

And Memorial Day Weekend all the Bail Bondsmen in Greensboro are out of town.

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading April 9, 2012 - 12:42pm

The day of my mother's funeral I spoke to one of my ex girlfriends and found out she'd been quite brutally raped. Not a good day.

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound April 9, 2012 - 3:44pm

Yeah, I can get a whole story out of a sentance or event that happens. I'm a big believer of wait back and wait for the inspiration to strike, probably why I don't write a huge lot.

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Cassandra L. from Melbourne is reading A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole April 10, 2012 - 1:22am

Heh. It's times like this I wish I had a life.

 

I'm currently taking suggestions, though, of things that are challenging, exciting and/or uncomfortable. I need to start living before my 20s try to slip past me unaccounted for. I'm bored.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry April 10, 2012 - 4:20am

Edit:  mine was a dumb post.

But:  my dad once lay on my bunk bed and shot my little sister's dog through my bedroom window.  I don't consider it particularly truamatizing.

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Laramore Black from Joplin, Missouri is reading Mario Kart 8 April 10, 2012 - 5:56am

I didn't realize Nick was such a BAMF.

Sounds like a horrible day, Phil...

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters April 10, 2012 - 6:38am

I didn't go to my dad's funeral because I didn't know about it until the night of, and I had a ball game. 

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 10, 2012 - 6:45am

I've wanted to be a dad and husband since I was 10. My exwife aborted our child (without telling me) and took off to Mexico. It was 5 years before I found her and demanded a divorce. At the time I wanted to see my child, that's when she told me what she did. 

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 10, 2012 - 7:23am

What kind of ball game?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters April 10, 2012 - 7:24am

Little league softball.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 10, 2012 - 7:32am

I always picture you as more of the flirty yet demure lesbian, not the softball lesbian.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters April 10, 2012 - 7:46am

I was catcher.

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff April 10, 2012 - 8:33am

I've been collecting real life shit all my life. Now I really have to learn to write, so I'll finally have an excuse for all this rubble.

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taralara from Minneapolis is reading We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo April 10, 2012 - 9:42am

Woah, Utah.  That's...wow.

My dad had a psychotic break when he was 57. I'm almost finding that there's TOO much shit there to focus on. I need some kind of organizational system to be able to execute it correctly.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry April 10, 2012 - 10:00am

@taralara:  Nah, it's not all that wow.  Living in the country, being poor and capping a dog kinda go hand in hand.  In hand.  The way he chose to do it was a bit odd, in retrospect, but that's just kinda how we put dogs down.  It's how our neighbors put them down, too.  Just, you know, most of them would have taken the dog out in a field and done it up close instead of sniper-style.  We'd do the field thing, too, just this particular dog was a bit of a bitch to catch.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 10, 2012 - 10:02am

I was catcher.

You have no idea what image you just put in my head.  Thank you.  I'll be using that.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters April 10, 2012 - 10:04am

...I really was.

 

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 10, 2012 - 10:10am

I bet you were, you kinky tart.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 10, 2012 - 10:22am

@Matt

That's horrible dude.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 10, 2012 - 10:37am

Yeah, but what are you going to do? I mean it still hurts (and I still have trust issues), but you just got to move on and eventually heal. I have a lot of faults dude, but I can sleep at night knowing I don't treat people like that. She was scared and young and I was in the Navy and very young myself, and when you're young and away from home and scared you make dumb choices. She apologized, it doesn't make it better, but there's no sense holding on to hate, that just hurts me in the long run.....well....Lesson learned. 

 

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 10, 2012 - 10:52am

That's still rough dude.

Here's a picture to brighten up your day.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 10, 2012 - 11:03am

Aren't you just the cat's meow. Here I found one for you. 

 

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 10, 2012 - 10:56am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 10, 2012 - 11:00am

you=win

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 10, 2012 - 12:29pm

I only play extreme waiting in line.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. April 10, 2012 - 1:53pm

Omg, this thread is fucking depressing.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry April 10, 2012 - 2:04pm

@alien:  No doubt.  I actually just killed myself over it about 20 minutes ago.  Took a bit to get myself all healed up from that.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 10, 2012 - 2:13pm

I was thinking the same thing...this is just reopening old shit. 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. April 10, 2012 - 2:34pm

This turned into the therapy thread. Yeah, sometimes its best not to reopen old wounds for public consumption. Use it in your writing. Its more productive and you can always lie and say its fiction. Real life is sometimes more painful than anything we can dream up. I love you all. Group hug.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 10, 2012 - 2:39pm

Wait, fiction...I can do this...

 

So, my fucktard butler spilled merlot on my cashmere sweater....that bastard....then he got it on the white rhino leather sofa on my yacht.....life sure is hard sometimes....

 

better?

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts April 10, 2012 - 2:39pm

This is why I drink bourbon and bleach cocktails, so I don't remember shit like this. It could be really shitty if whenever you're sitting in the hospital waiting room to think how am I going to use this in a story? I should be writing good lines right now while I'm so upset, I wonder if my sister's still alive in there.

I do write about the few times I've gotten my ass kicked, though. Or being sexually humiliated or robbed at gun point at a drug deal after I stole the three hundred bucks to buy those pills in the first place. But those times weren't so bad.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. April 10, 2012 - 2:43pm

Sexual humiliation is great like when your mom called you a dirty little sinner and threatened to cut off the filthy worm with gardening shears and then made you kiss her naked wrinkled body after it glistened with vegetable oil.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 10, 2012 - 2:43pm

. But those times weren't so bad."

WHAT THE FUCK! LOL I would seriously hate to see what you consider bad....

Renfield's memoirs...

"I had just sold my second kidney to buy booze. I hitched a ride to Guadalajara on a fucking donkey who raped me while I slept. The sunrise the next morning was amazing."

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts April 10, 2012 - 2:48pm

I'm not Bret Easton Ellis.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry April 10, 2012 - 6:25pm

Thank god.  There's enough of him with just the one.  Maybe too many.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 11, 2012 - 12:51am

Isn't he part of the lit brat pack or something?

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. April 11, 2012 - 2:13am

Bret Easton Ellis is researching his next novel as we speak by snorting coke and having sex with hookers at Hollywood parties.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 11, 2012 - 2:34am

Sounds about right. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters April 11, 2012 - 3:58am

"Maybe too many."

Yes. 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry April 11, 2012 - 4:25am

Isn't he part of the lit brat pack or something?

He is actually one of the first of the "transgressive" writers.  Unless you think of "transgressive" thematically or by content, because if you do that he was beaten to the transgressive punch by more than half a century by Kafka and Nabokov.  And Updike.  And Mailer.  And Salinger.

And Sophocles.  <-- maybe a hair more than half a century for this one.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters April 11, 2012 - 5:15am

Unless you choose to believe there is no such thing as transgressive, and it's just a clever (or not so) marketing ploy to try and make your work stand out in the market. 

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel April 11, 2012 - 9:42am

I've been to so many funerals because of the military that I don't go to family funerals because I just can't keep trying to find a way to come up with small talk and listen to people tell stories about people I barely ever knew.

I had more in common with a guy I never met who died in Iraq or Afghanistan than with my own family.

My Uncles brother just died three weeks ago and I didn't even call him. What was I supposed to say. "Hey, what's up? Haven't talked to you in over 3 years and never met your brother, but how can I help you threw this process?"

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Grigori Black from US is reading Radium Girls by Amanda Gowin April 11, 2012 - 10:28am

...I've been to so many funerals because of the military...

 

Thank you for the deja vu.