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March 20, 2019: The Sun Is Shining, the birds are singing
Posted by The Story Lover

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Dear readers,

Yes, the sun is finally shining, and the birds are singing, however, here in the Pacific Northwest where I live the Daffodils aren't blooming yet. Although the Official First Day of Spring is tomorrow, we still have quite a few weeks of winter left. In fact. we have snow predicted for Saturday, and more next week. So I will enjoy and grab as much of the sun as I can.

I have taken a few days off from my computer to deal with some personal crap and try to evict Kermit from my throat. I resumed posting chapters very early this morning and will continue through the weekend. I will be caught up in no time. I am also working on the very long awaited Story/Chapter Recap and Newsletter. Murphy willing.

In the meantime, there are still lots of new chapters to read and when I get some editing done more new stories to come.

Have a great day and Happy Reading,

TSL

March 17, 2019: Happy St. Patrick's Day
Posted by The Story Lover

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To celebrate the day of wearing of the green I have a few words for you:

"May the road rise up to meet you;

May the wind always be at your back,

The sunshine warm upon your face,

The rain fall soft upon your fields.

And may ye be in Heaven half an

Hour before the Devil knows you’re Dead "

Happy St. Pat's Day

Happy Reading,

TSL

March 10, 2019: Random Author Of The Week ~ UKWriter!
Posted by The Story Lover

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Dear readers,

The Random Author Of The Week is UKWriter, one of the authors rescued from that 'N' Place. His stories include; Daddy DearestPirate Dan: Part One ~ Skye, and The Real Christmas Present.

Give his stories a read, you just might find yourself another favourite author.

Thanks to all of you readers that have emailed the authors saying thanks, remember feedback keeps our muses going.

Happy reading,

TSL

March 9, 2019: It's That Time Of Year Again ~ The Unwanted Daylight Saving Time Is Returning
Posted by The Story Lover

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Folks,

Don't forget to move your clock forward an hour before you go to bed tonight. Daylight Saving Time arrives at 2 AM tomorrow morning whether we want it to or not!

Daylight saving time 2019  will begin at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 10, and ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 3.

Write your Congresspersons and Senators and tell them to dump this stupid idea that has outlived any usefulness it may have had. https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/03/08/springing-forward-daylight-saving-time-is-obsolete-confusing-unhealthy-critics-say/

Make sure that you reset the clock on your coffee maker, because a morning without coffee is a terrible thing.

Happy reading,

TSL

March 5, 2019: The Story Lover's Home Random Hug Day
Posted by The Story Lover

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Folks,

In my infinite wisdom, I have decided that today is Random Hug Day for the Readers and Authors of my site; so reach out and give some near you a hug. 

The world needs more hugs! So here is mine to all of you:

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Happy hugging,

TSL

March 4, 2019: Random Author Of The Week ~ Bill W!
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

This week's Random Author Of The Week is none other than Bill W in honor of his The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 3, the continuation of his The Castaway Hotel Saga. He has written many other stories among them: A Tragic LoveButterflies Fly Free, and Feeling Comfortable in My Own Skin, just to name a few.

Check out his stories, and prepare for a long, long bout of reading. Take some Kleenex®, or hankies along, you will need them.

As always, please take the time to let the author know that you enjoyed his or her story(s).

Happy reading,

TSL

March 3, 2019: The Shadows Of My Mind
Posted by The Story Lover

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Dear Readers,

Yesterday I posted The Shadows Of My Mind a piece of prose that I originally wrote for a friend of mine that was stuck in the shadows of his mind. When I finished writing it, I realized that it was also a window into the shadows of my own mind; it was a huge relief for me to have finished it. This piece brought to light some of the demons/shadows that I have dealt with and to some extent still dealing with. I have been dealing with depression since approximately 2008 and for years it was a very big deal for me, For a look into a part of those years read my interview in Imagine-Magazine Volume 44. My fight with depression was one of the main reasons for my hiatus from the Net for all of those years. Why am I telling you this and why am I writing prose about it? There are several reasons, first, it has been very cathartic for me and the more I write and talk about the better I feel. However, there is an even more important reason, and that is the fact that depression in all its forms affects far more people than you may think. I know of several authors and readers of The Fort Family that are affected by it or have been. I want to let them know that while their depression may never completely go away, that there is hope, and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  They just have to let the light in.

I have been utterly amazed at how many people that my prose has affected; the response has been amazing; the comments have been overwhelmingly positive. Several folks have said thank you for putting into words what they have been trying to explain to their friends and acquaintances. My prose has even shone the light on some of their own shadows and shown them that there is still hope. I thank all of you that have read The Shadows Of My Mind, your words mean a lot to me, thank you very much for taking the time to read my words and for reaching out to me to say thank you!

If you haven't read it yet, and know someone that is afflicted with depression please read it and share it with them, it may give them some hope.

I do apologize for the apparent double posting, after I originally posted it, I realized that it belonged under my Societal Commentaries, so I added it to them, however, I was in a hurry and did it incorrectly and it was double posted. I have corrected my mistake, and it is now only posted once.

I am working on a much larger piece describing more of what, and why I went on my hiatus, it will be awhile before it is finished though, if my words can stop one person from going through what I went through the emotional turmoil of writing all of this will be well worth it. I also must thank my friends in the background that have been extremely helpful and supportive, and have given me the courage to put my pain into words. So thank you, guys.

Take care,

TSL

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