Pleasure, Pain & Eternity

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Torn between two lovers, Janey and Mrs. B.
Both of them long of leg and broad of hip
As real women should be

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Do, Re, Mi & the Big C

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… late 19th century – Burlesque and Vaudeville eventually have a child and they name it Sideshow – though future audiences prefer to call it Freakshow.

Before you even attempt to tell a story, no matter if true or just an invention of your overclocked mind, there are many decisions that you need to make. The main one has to do with time – just exactly when do you start your story? You have to pick a spot on the timeline of your characters that explains them to your readers – an event that somehow influences them and shows some of the things that motivate them, making them behave the way they do later on. You cannot go back too far, there is only so much time that your readers will be willing to dedicate to your scribbles. Besides, you have to make the (logical to some) assumption that we all share a fairly common background and there is no need to go and re-invent the theory of evolution or, depending on your story, re-explain creationism. So, though it will meander back and forth in time, the story actually starts at the time Doreen turned 4 years old. Why? I have no idea – it just unfolded that way in my head and might have more to do with the way my brain works than with any story telling craftsmanship.

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War & Pickles

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I have a lot of notes that I wrote during the Yom Kippur war. I am including the period of cease fire or whatever they called it. For me the war started on the 6th of October, 1973 and ended some 6 months later in March of the next year when I finally got discharged. For a while I kept thinking I could turn all those notes into a novel or novelette at the least. I would look them over now and then, but never got to seriously rework them. Continue reading

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Vampirologist

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Dr. Kreutzman kidnaps a couple of vampires and subjects them to inhumane experiments and extreme sadistic tortures.

He also kidnaps two young human women to use in his experiments as well as take care of housing chores.

The idea here is to turn the tables on the usually acceptable vampire / human dichotomy. Dr. K., the inhuman sadist, regains his humanity after becoming a vampire himself.

This one is quite problematic. In order to fully expound my thesis, I will need to create some extremely gory and sadistic scenarios. Considering that vampires are nearly indestructible and potentially immortal, these could lead to areas that I am not too comfortable exploring. I tell myself that things like Silence of the Lambs became quite celebrated and that TV shows like Criminal Minds are quite popular and yet, I’d rather this one wasn’t the winner.

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Time Travelers

Jimi Hendrix.jpgThis is one of the stories in the compilation. The first three items were actual news clips.

Apr 04, 2006 11:45
PHYS.ORG – Ronald Mallett, Professor at the University of Connecticut, has used Einstein’s equations to design a time machine with circulating laser beams. While his team is still looking for funding, he hopes to build and test the device in the next 10 years.

Nov 22, 2011 10:10
Daily Mail – In September, a team of physicists announced one of the most sensational results in decades after measuring a beam of neutrinos apparently traveling faster than the speed of light.
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The Pirate Lovers

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It wasn’t much of a fight. The pirates’ caravel was more maneuverable than the older Spanish cog. The Spanish crew was outnumbered from the start and none of them seemed to be well trained fighters. There were actually no casualties, though three Spaniards and one of the pirates had to have some limbs amputated. Luckily for them, Captain Janusz believed that taking care of casualties was important to ship discipline. So, he had lured an Algerian Jew, with a good knowledge of medicine to join his crew. The Jew took care of the departing limbs and made sure that none of the victims bled to death. The Captain assembled the Spaniards on deck for an inspection. The cog’s storage areas hadn’t revealed any valuable cargo, and the sole passenger and her retinue didn’t have too much jewelry or personal possessions.

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The Messenger

Helmand.jpgJohn is a 5′ 11″ slim man in his late sixties with thinning gray hair. He is a professor of philosophy at Columbia University. He likes corduroy jackets with elbow patches and corduroy Fedora hats. Mary is about twenty years his junior and they had met some years previously when she was working on her economics dissertation. She is a couple of inches shorter, also a bit on the slim side, but wiry and with very tempting bosoms. They used to be lovers until the day she decided to dump him without an explanation. In the meantime she is the founder and senior partner in a very successful investment firm.

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