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One of my friends commented earlier that reaching out when one needs help is complicated by feeling that others have too many problems of their own.

So, I've decided to leverage my situation.

I'm doing well. Do any of you need to talk?

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Pondering gaps in .

If you wanted an entertaining read about a future that differed from this world in one aspect, what are you having difficulty finding?

A different attitude to race? A new default on gender/sex? A specific political structure?

Not saying I'll know how to write it well, but I'd like to push my boundaries in a way that produces greater social good if I can.

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"[I'm] trying to pull off a track that’ll result in everyone getting exactly the kind of world they want.

"Everyone including the enemy."

Not saying the Notorious B.I.G. rapping H.P. Lovecraft's Nemesis is getting too close to correlating all human knowledge, but it does inspire a pleasing prospect of dread.

The Caves of Memories were rarely visited; even the most mentally skilled struggled to choose what they would be reminded of.

There was much of my childhood I didn't remember; for good reason from what I was told.

But I squared my shoulders and strode forward, leading the old man in.

The rushing memories filling my mind were warm; I'd gotten lucky.

As for the old man, he recognized his husband for the first time in years once we exited.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy

Why do we need horror movies when we could just turn off the adblocker, put a tranquil video on youtube, and get all the jump scares we wanted?

The Zero Signal by Rick Wayne

“Part biopunk thriller, part speculation on post-industrial social advance, this novel will appeal both to fans of fast-paced gritty action and thought-provoking futurism.”

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A peach calls my hand
The expectation of juice
Staining velvet bag

But I savour shared rice more
Than the savaging of flesh

Better to burn in this life fighting for a solution than burn in the next for being the problem.

The Pretty Reckless, "Witches Burn":

Seventh Wife of the Demon King by Jordan Elizabeth

“Elizabeth blends romance with politics to create a fantasy novella that does not equate personal happiness with happily ever after.”

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Truth is a cold coal
Grasped from the heart of the fire
Dead trees become alive.

You never expect to be circled by several robed figures during breakfast... but here I was, cereal halfway between my bowl and mouth.

"Can I help you?" I hesitantly asked.

One gestured to my pile of new books, another gestured at my pile of old unread books, and yet another gestured at the books I was rereading.

"We wish for you to join our Reader Collective."

"I... already have a library card?"

"Oh! Sorry for bothering you then."

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy

A somewhat mellow piece of musical . Always interesting to encounter an homage that isn't thrash or electro-noise based.

Aviators, "Dreams of the Deep":

Out of Mind by Matthew S. Cox

“Cox blends wilderness survival, techo-thriller, and teenage anxiety with a fresh and interesting alien world in a way that each amplifies the others rather than conflicting.”

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Crystalline moment
Transcending the severed stalks
Truth and madness dance

There are few things more persistent than a cat that wants something, except perhaps a cat who is also a witch's familiar. Whether it's an ingredient, payment or promise, the familiar will not give up.

Most people imagine a great stalking beast, one with the shadows waiting to pounce.

What you will more likely encounter is a pitiful mew from a damp box on a rainy day, or an enticingly proffered belly.

They're cunning like that.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy #Caturday

Hindsight’s 2020, ed. Tyrolin Puxty

“Flavoured with but not tainted by the uncertainty and constraint of the Covid-19 pandemic, this anthology provides a series of engaging escapes from reality.”

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