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Don't Trouble the Water
Dew dripped from the ferns hanging low over the dark water.
The mist was lifting and fading as the late morning sun broke through the clouds and fell across the shoulders of three young men standing on the bridge.
Ronan bent and picked up a handful of pebbles and began pitching them into the river.
Teddy leaned his butt against the railing as Mikhail heaved a sigh and slumped his elbows and forearms on the edge.
"I'm telling you, Mik. Just ask her out. It's obvious you want to."
"I don't know, Teddy." Mikhail Kovacz's Russian accent was still very noticeable, but his English had improved tenfold since he'd moved to Meriwether, Oregon six years earlier.
"Well I know. And I'll tell you this, even though I promised her I wouldn't. She wants you to. She told me so."
Mikhail scoffed. "Yeah, I'm so sure." Mikhail pitched his voice into a mocking falsetto. "Oh, Teddy, I want him to take me out. Please don't tell him I said so...I'll be so embarrassed."
"Yeah, she said it just like that - exce
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Literature
Common Office Problems
Common issues employees face:
Interpersonal conflict
Communication problems
Gossip
Bullying
Harassment
Discrimination
Low motivation
Low job satisfaction
Performance issues
How to handle conflict:
Talk with the other person
Listen carefully
Focus on behavior and events, not on personalities
Identify points of agreement and disagreement
Prioritize the areas of conflict
Develop a plan to work through each conflict
Follow through on the plan
Build upon successes
Top 10 problems (LinkedIn)
Communication or lack thereof
Staying engaged and motivated
Project management and organization
Staff attitudes and hierarchy/bureaucracy
Dealing with change
Countering negativity and flagging morale
Ability to be creative
Difficult clients
Problem solving
Developing new skills
How to deal with difficult employees (Forbes)
Listen
Give clear feedback
Prudent documentation
Be consistent
Set consequences
Work through established processes
Don't talk trash, Act
Be a
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Literature
Card Declined
Jessica swiped the card again.
Card declined.
She tried rubbing it on her jeans - she'd heard somewhere that the static helps.
Still declined.
"Oh come on already," the middle aged woman behind her snapped. "I have ice cream melting in my cart."
"I'm sorry," Jessica said more to the cashier than the grumpy lady. "I swear, I just made a payment yesterday. They said it would be processed as of midnight."
"Here, let me try," the cashier said politely.
Jessica handed her the card.
The cashier tried typing in the numbers. "Sometimes the magnetic strip on these just goes bad."
Card declined.
The lady behind Jessica huffed and began backing her cart out of the aisle. She bumped into another guy who was trying to enter.
Instead of apologizing or saying "excuse me" she just growled "Don't bother, buddy. Big waste of my time." She stormed off to find another open register.
Jessica wasn't sorry to see her go.
She apologized to the cashier again and glanced at the guy who just been run into.
"I'm
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Literature
Life Sentence
The red dice tumbled and bounced down the green felt and rebounded off the bumper. I held my breath. My head swam. My heart pounded.
The dice wobbled, spun, and settled. Two fours, a hard eight, again.
Cheers exploded from the other players around me. They all had money riding on my throw and it just payed off. Big time!
A few hundred for an old chain smoker to my far right. An even two thousand for a too-tanned gin swiller to my left.
For me, ten thousand dollars. I couldn't believe it.
I had already won five thousand on a wild throw. Then for some reason, something told me to let it stand and do it again. Go for double.
For a fleeting moment I had the lunatic thought "Someone up there must like me. God wants me to win this money."
Yeah, sure. God hangs out in a lot of casinos with a bunch of sweaty drunks and ne'er do wells.
In hindsight, I see that someone wanted me to win...only to lose...and it wasn't the deity I was thinking of.  
I drew a shuddering breath, licked my lips,
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Nova Sapiens a.k.a. Novae
Nova Sapiens - bright, discerning ones. Aka "Novae"
They are highly advanced beings of consciousness. They appeared suddenly from the heavens in the mid 21st Century - or rather they appeared AGAIN to humanity.
Throughout human history they have been perceived as angels.
Primitive cultures worshipped these Star People as deities.
They have made several visits to Earth over many millenia, watching for a brief time before deciding that the world was not yet ready for them.
Most of the time, they were met with fear and panic. They would try to use their telepathic abilities to soothe the humans, but our primitive brains couldn't handle the sudden flood of information, and many were unintentionally driven mad.
This revelation led men to think they had seen the mind of God(s).
When these "prophets" would then proclaim themselves messengers of the Enlightened Ones, division, war, and subjugation soon followed.
This repetetive aftermath always led the Novae to retreat from the world and try a
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Grand Tournament of Summer's Dawn
Reason: held annually, beginning on the first of June (or the sixth month, assuming it's not called 'June').
Length: 10 days
Day 1 - a grand parade and ball for all of the nobles and competitors to size up one another.
Day 2 - is marked by the baking of sweet spice cakes - Scented Day.
Day 3 - a grand feast of many meats - Feast of Beasts.
Day 4-7 - elimination tournaments: joust, melee, archery, and unarmed combat. Then all remaining participants rest and recover until the final day.
Day 5 - a storytelling and music competition.
Day 8 - a circus of acrobats, jugglers, and trained animals. There is also a great chariot race and other horse races and rodeo-like events.
Day 9 - magical displays, finalists from the storytelling and music competitions, and a large display of fireworks at midnight.
Day 10 - the last Grand Battle/Battle Royal.
Awards: first place (ivory), second place (gold), and three honorable mentions (jewels).
Top Prizes:
Contest-related: hors
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Literature
Cherry Blossoms in a Field
Goodbye my last friend
It was snowing when we set out
Many boots marched many miles
Mud and cold roads
Leagues beneath our heels
Blood on the snow
Like fallen cherry blossoms in a field
Spring has come
Life begins again
Much new hope for some
But none for us
I do not hope
I dare not hope
So many dead
Friends and foes alike
We are the last of us
Just you and I
And now we part forever
The wind carries us away
We will never be here again
Many tears will flow and fall
Like blood on the snow
Like blossoms in a field
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Literature
Marine Corps Capt Hort Briggs
STR 9
DEX 9
END 8
INT 11
EDC 4
SOC 8
(Retired)Marine Corps Capt: Horatio "Hort" Briggs
Age 42
Pension: 40k per year - wounded veteran officer bonus. It was reduced by half, considering he wasn't a commissioned officer when he sustained his injury.
He didn't make Lieutenant until his 8th year in the Corps, it wasn't until his 6th term (or quarter century in the Corps) that he earned Captain.
Retired with the Silver Exemplary Officer's Cross, an etched Marines' Cutlass, and a Silver Sister (standard issue sidearm) etched with the SEOC.
Proficient in hand to hand, rifle, sidearm, and small and large blade close quarter combat, Capt "Hort" Briggs is a force to be recon-ed with.
His aptitude extends well beyond ground combat, with years of experience in zero-G, helo, and hovercraft operation.
The Marines under his stalwart command all agree that there is no finer officer to have beside you or above you when shit gets ugly. He can out-shoot, out-box, and out-fly any punk jar-head under his g
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Literature
Goodwind Gale Inn and Tavern
Name: Goodwind Gale Inn - Common Inn & Tavern
The sign is a painted blue plank showing a white ship with billowing sails
Menu:
Fried whitefish with asparagus and soft cheese (8 silvers)
Steamed mussels and potatoes (5 silvers)
Oysters and crab stuffed mushrooms (5 silvers)
Eel soup in a bread bowl with baked apples (4 silvers)
Cod stuffed peppers and pickled beets (4 silvers)
Steamed trout and spinach wraps (3 silvers)
Vegetable soup with fishbone broth (2 silvers)
A tall, three storey building that seems to both hunker against and lean into the wind, the Goodwind Gale overlooks the harbor and docks and guarantees some of the freshest fare available. With seating for nearly one hundred, a massive kitchen and a hospitable staff can easily serve a vessel's entire crew or a few dozen travellers. Whether he rides the waves or strides along the cobblestone streets, a man is sure to be hungry and craving steaming sustenance.
The second and third floors have lodgings for over fi
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Literature
Sea Dragon Flagon
Sea Dragon Flagon - Common Inn & Tavern
The sign is hammered pewter decorated with the stencil of a sea serpent coiled around a tall pitcher
Menu:
Boiled barley and oats, mug of brown (15 coppers)
Steamed whitefish and vegetables (25 coppers)
Seared seal steaks and stewed fruits (40 coppers)
Roasted mutton or beef with boiled vegetable medley and sweet pear cider (55 coppers)
Red wine selection is seasonal and limited
A small and simple selection of white wine is common
Sweet mead and cider are the most common drinks on the menu
Accommodations:
The common room features a long bar against the back wall, just in front of the clean kitchens.
A dozen private tables are evenly spaced to assure casual comfort.
A closed, formal dining room with banquet table and seating for up to twenty is reserved for officers, captains galas, or visiting dignitaries.
Upstairs, twenty private rooms offer comfort and quiet. Fourteen shared "crew" rooms offer easy access to the communal co
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The Dockers' Drink
Dockers' Drink - Poor Tavern
A.k.a. The Anchor 'n Tankard
The shingle is gray, splintered driftwood bound together with old rope and painted with a crude anchor and tankard
Menu:
"Slug and Mug Special" boiled oats with what appears to be snails or sea slugs added for protein, plus a tankard of whichever ale is about to go sour (2 coppers)
Stewed cod and clams (3 coppers)
Salted fish and sharp cheese (3 coppers)
Boiled crab and barley biscuit (4 coppers)
Roasted goat and pickles (4 coppers)
The brown ale is sour
The cheap wine is watered down
The cider is strong
This is many sailors' first stop when they make port.
The food is horrible, the drinks are cheap, and the women are as dangerous as the sea in a gale.
The only accommodations to be had are to be shared - with a wench.
The girls "own" their own beds and need not spend the entire evening with a sailor if they don't fancy to. But the house rules are that the ladies are there for entertainment first and company
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The Pen is Mightier (Part 1)
I came to an unremarkable door to a non-descript pub. I opened it and descended a few stairs. I noticed a placard.
"What the hell is an Unseelie Accord," I muttered to myself. "Neutral ground? Awfully Swiss."
The first thing I noticed was how barren the place was. Not a soul in sight, beyond the bald bartender and a lanky fellow - I'm guessing the latter was Dresden. I suppose any grown man who thinks he's a modern wizard - or at least poses as one - would of course dress in a black leather coat. I thought it made him look too much like Wyatt Earp from that entirely too quotable western movie. But whatever, this meeting shouldn't cost me more than a couple beers.
I also noticed the haphazardness of the place. One, two, three...hmm, thirteen posts and thirteen tables, apparently arranged by a blind interior decorator. They were all scattered and not even close to what you might call "orderly." I think calling it "asymmetrical" would be an insult to asymmetry.
Whatever. I just wanted to
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Not on a Train, Not in the Rain
Time slowed to bare shreds of seconds. I wasn't me anymore. I was someone else watching my life from behind my eyes. Each raindrop fell at forty thousand frames per second, leaving faint, silver trails behind them. The neon lights did their usual, maddening flicker dance, but now they were like a slow strobe with a lifetime between pulses of light.
She was surrounded in a blur of rain misting and splattering from her jacket. The water cascading over the black leather threw reflections in every shade of the rainbow, but it also appeared as though the wet shell was trying to drink in the colors.
She turned her head towards me. The ink of the tattoo on her neck twisted and contorted. Wet tendrils of her hair spun in slow arcs. Her intense blue eyes locked with mine. Her arm uncoiled like a snake striking in slow motion.
I could hear people yelling. My radio's earpiece made it all a muddle of barking and squawking. Instead of sounding like it was screaming in my ear, it was more like someo
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Years ago I wrote of a fair-haired squire who had taken up with me. Recently, another has joined our ranks.
This new apprentice is in many ways like his predecessor. Where one is light of hair, the other is dark. One has eyes of green, the other possesses deep blue orbs.
The former loves music and dance. The latter seems unmoved by a tune.
One is thick, the other lanky.
One likes to sit quietly with a book, then other is enraptured by movement and color.
So different, yet there is a commonality between them.
Both talk all the time. Sons, like their sires, tend to be storytellers.

The new youth laughs easily and is constantly taking in the world around him. The prior youth is far too distracted by anything and everything, all in the same moment.
They are fascinated with each other.
The elder is boisterous with the younger. The younger finds the elder hysterical, puzzling, and shocking.
I feel, though separated by years, they shall not easily part. They will laugh, fight, and cry together. They will teach each other many things, yet also fail to understand one another.

Many new adventures await.

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Realmwright
Realmwright
Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
United States
I've always had an interest in arts and humanities. I don't do much in the way of sketching anymore and my photography gear is gathering dust in a closet. For the past several years my focus has been the written word. I'm super into worldbuilding and everything that goes with it. I'm just starting to get into tabletop RPG play and design.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019  Hobbyist Photographer
Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory 


of being alone.  I hope you can find somewhere as stunning as that 
South African beach to experience solitude   Relax    but avoid loneliness     feeling strange 


Thanks for faving "Embrace your solitude..." Realmwright   Please do keep watching???
                               
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Realmwright Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2019  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I will certainly keep watching.
The beach reminded me of a different feeling/memory, entirely - my first road trip with my buddies 20 years ago. We were so full of energy and youth that we ran for ran for miles on a beach. It made for a long walk back to the cars.
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2019  Hobbyist Photographer
That sounds marvellous...     run animation  
    
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FredaSurgenor Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2019  Professional
Thanks for the :+fav: on Morning Break, Venasque, France, very much appreciated.
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LidiaVives Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Professional Photographer
Thx for the fav!! :) <3 
The Aviator by LidiaVives
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Realmwright Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're quite welcome.
Something about his build and posture makes me think of young, scrawny Steve Rogers before he became Capt America.
The way he's looking off into the sky gives me an idea that he's always wanted to fly but something he cannot help/change about himself is keeping him from doing it.
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Pajunen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018
Thanks for the +fav
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Maria-Schreuders Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for faving my photo´s :+fav: :heart:  I really appreciate this
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018   Writer
Thank you for watching me, I appreciate your support! La love 
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hubert61 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017
merci pour les favs :)
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