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David Antrobus

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September 30

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The words. They arrived singularly, in pairs, in groups. They never even bothered to knock; just strode in through the hardwood doorway or slipped through the gap in a window someone had cracked open in a futile attempt to counter those stifling summer afternoons. Took advantage. Kept their shoes on. Lit their cigarettes. Rolled up their sleeves and made fists. Laughed, danced, seduced, bawled their eyes out. I became their captive and, whether they cried as some did or whether they gloated as others did, we all understood one thing: this was a life sentence.

Trader Joe's at the World's End

This dirty little town. I’m here but I’m thinking of someplace else.

You laughed when you heard my hoarded tunes, at Mayhem and T-Swift, Morricone and Fairport and Eric B. and Rakim. I never got the joke, though now I have an inkling: you thought I was being showily eclectic and I just thought I was loving music. How right you were when you called me naïve.

I saw the last shadow of you disappea...

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Published on December 22, 2019 20:39
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message 12: by Marge

Marge Simon David,

I really enjoyed your input reading BLOOD MERIDIAN --I've been working on a poem inspired by it -- free verse and wondered if you'd give me your take on it.

all best,
Marge


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David Antrobus Chad wrote: "David, thanks for the friend connect. Have an awesome 2014!"

You too, Chad!


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David Antrobus Ivan wrote: "Hi, my friend! Thanks for the add! Will be glad to share some recommendations, tips in the future! Let the wonderful noise of the sea always sounds in your ears! (as my water dragons' hunters would..."

Great to connect, yes it is.


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Ivan Stoikov - Allan Bard Never shave your beard and moustache, BTW! You must be very proud wearing them, that's the appearance of the Mountaineers, the only people who could become and train wizards in antiquity...:)


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Ivan Stoikov - Allan Bard Hi, my friend! Thanks for the add! Will be glad to share some recommendations, tips in the future! Let the wonderful noise of the sea always sounds in your ears! (as my water dragons' hunters would say too - my Tale Of The Rock Pieces).


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David Antrobus T.D. wrote: "Thanks for the invite, David. Love your sense of humour, and your timing!"

Thank you! It's great to meet on here, too. Love your interactions at Indies Unlimited.


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T.D. McKinnon Thanks for the invite, David. Love your sense of humour, and your timing!


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David Antrobus Simon wrote: "Thanks for looking me up, David--again. :-)"

Ha, I'm on a social networking roll!


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Simon Thanks for looking me up, David--again. :-)


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David Antrobus Rocky Mountain wrote: "Hi David! Thanks for approving us as friends.

I’m Gusto Dave Jackson, Publicity Chair for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and I wouldn’t be worth my salt if I didn’t tout our blog and o..."


Hi Gusto Dave Jackson,

Thanks for the link, I am currently in the process of setting up my own blog and will add your link for sure, I like what you do.

If you have a spare minute, please check out my very first eBook and "Like" it on Amazon or even write a short review as it will help me expose it to more readers:

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Thanks in advance, and when I get my blog set up, we'll connect again,

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David


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Gusto Dave Hi David! Thanks for approving us as friends.

I’m Gusto Dave Jackson, Publicity Chair for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and I wouldn’t be worth my salt if I didn’t tout our blog and organization. Chiseled in Rock http://chiseledinrock.blogspot.com features side-splitting satire, cartoons, and some flash fiction for intellectual readers.

Check out this week’s humor of E.C. Stacy’s Stupid Writing Rules!

We also plug an occasional book and interview bestselling authors. For writers, we offer tips and agent/editor interviews. RMFW has several bestselling authors such as Mario Acevedo, RITA Award finalist Joanne Kennedy, NY Times Bestseller C.J. Box, and Julie Kazimer. You are invited to follow “The Rock” for contests, entertainment, and an insight to the world of writing! Let’s follow each others’ blogs!


message 1: by Cheryl (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:25PM)

Cheryl Hi:

I thought you might be interested in a contest. It’s wacky, creative and ‘killer’ fun. ‘Create a Corpse’ Contest lets you name a character in my suspense novel Divine Justice. Of course, you guessed it—the character dies

For contest details, just scroll over the following URL, copy and paste into your browser. This is a great contest for avid readers who’d like to be part of the process. I look forward to receiving your entries. :)

http://www.cherylktardif.com/contests/

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
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