Victoriana

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The Sexless Modern

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A girl one day entered a nunnery, because she was mad.  She stayed at the nunnery, because the novitiates were beautiful – flushed and embarrassed.  Also, she liked the gardens, where the Mother Superior set cocks to fighting each other, […]

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Rex Profanity

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To describe a thing accurately, he thought, you must know its trajectory.  This is why he dropped everything he ever cared about. Tweet

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The Things That Are Vs. The Things That Were

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“Things being what they are,” he said, “creates a quandrary.  For he who states this, wants something.  He wants to speak it into existence.  By saying ‘It is what it is,’ he is trying to say ‘Tis,’ or ‘Yes.” “But,” […]

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The Dogs Are In The Pasture; The Cows Are Crowing Home

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The types of secrets that characters in novels have can be grouped into a few general categories.  These are the categories: 1.  “I committed a crime!” 2.  “I’m having an affair!” 3.  “Your mom/dad/mentor/hero is fallible/mortal!” 4.  “I’m actually a […]

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Ravenous

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The vainest foundling in the orphanage was undoubtedly Nellie Bly.  She had bumpy skin like cream, and she drank cream constantly to remind herself of her own skin.  She called this “paying tribute.” Tweet