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Fleeing from an Old Danger

For nearly 5 years, I had been running from my ex-husband. After filing for divorce, he became deranged and started following me everywhere. Even though I filed a restraining order, he would still follow me around. Eventually I packed up my things and move across the country to an entirely different state. I made a new home at the Altis Highland Park Apartments, and for a long time, my ex-husband was unable to find out where I was living. Somehow he found me again, but I don’t know how. I never told anyone else where I was moving, not even my own relatives.

My phone number was unlisted, and so was my address. Continue reading

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I Could Not Wait to Get Back to Where I Trained

I joined the military so that I could travel. My parents were not much into that when I was growing up, so when I was of legal age to join, I knew that the best way to see as much of our planet as I could without having to spend a lot of money was to join the Army. The place where I first went for training was in South Carolina, and I fell in love with it. I knew that one day, I would come back and look at Columbia SC apartments for rent when I was free to find a place of my own again.

After I love the city I had come to fall in love with, I was sent to Germany. It was a lot of fun to live there, and because I was single, I was able to stay there for only one year. If you are married at the time you are sent overseas, you get to stay two years. I was not that lucky. After my time was up there, I was sent back to the states.

When I came back home again, I was sent out to California, and was not in love with the area. It was far away from my family, and the life there was just not for me. I spent my remaining three active military years there. When I got out, I could not wait to move back to the SC again. I looked up the places they have for rent there, and loved the fact that the rent is less than half the cost of what it costs to live in California. I was able to find a little one bedroom place to live in a nice looking complex with no trouble at all. I was looking forward to my life as a civilian again.

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The Channels Are Greener on the Other Side

Having a cable subscription was one of the biggest mistakes in my life. I thought it was all smiles and rainbows, until I got the first bill. The bill was so high that I called the cable company to complain, and they explained that the bill was so high because of the installation fee, and that it would go down by the next bill. The next bill came and the bill was lower, but not by much. I was locked into their plan for a year, and after it was over, I got satellite TV by Direct TV.

At the end of my subscription, I figured anything had to be better than cable. Continue reading

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Giving Teenagers Semi-Controlled Freedom on Prom Night

Prom night brings plenty of worries. Teenage boyfriends with teenage girlfriends are actually now at the bottom of the list for the worries parents have about prom night now. All parents fear their children experimenting with alcohol or even worse substances. Probably the biggest fear is prom night kids being involved in an automobile accident. They do not have to be drinking for it to happen. Texting and goofing around are distractions too. We bypassed the need for our daughter and boyfriend needing to drive on prom night by getting a limo at http://www.starnightlimousine.ca/mississauga.html. Continue reading

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Don’t Let Region Locks Get Your Down

This is a trick I have to share with others. Whether you’re a resident in Canada or someone like myself who frequently visits this northern wasteland of ice, snow and maple syrup and you’ve yourself a Netflix account, you can’t miss out on this awesome site. Do yourself a favor and visit usnetflix.ca. It’s going to show you how to setup a Blockless account which is another third party service which clones a DNS server for a specific region allowing you to knock on the Netflix server which will in turn give you access to American content or another country’s content. It’s all kinds of awesome.

I came up to Canada to visit some friends and had no idea that a region lock was in place. I mean, come on, there’s an invisible line on some map that somehow limits us from being able to access this content? This is especially annoying when you consider the fact that I’m from the United States and I’ve been paying for this service for years now. Why shouldn’t I be able to access the same shows that I was watching just the other day? It would be great if they changed how they do their region locks because I want to be able to watch my American shows and movies regardless of where I am.

I can’t possibly be the only customer who feels like this. There’s no doubt plenty of them who travel a lot because of family and for work. What if I start a show but find myself overseas for one reason or another for an extended period of time? It would be a serious bummer to not be able to finish that show and it’s the sort of action that makes a person want to pirate the content they’ve lost out on.

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Ways to Deal with Writer’s Block

Rolls Royce Personalization in the Goodwood Plant, UKIt’s a terrible thing to go through writer’s block. Every writer I know has gone through it, and it never gets any easier. It feels like you will never write again and you feel insanely jealous of anyone who ever finished a book. I had writer’s block earlier this week, and while I couldn’t write a word I was able to surf the internet to my heart’s content. I compiled a list of what can cure writer’s block; here are the things that worked for me this time.

First, try turning your work on its ear. If you are writing a mystery, put your characters into a romance. If you are writing a romance, place your heroine in a horror story. Don’t be serious about it; have a lot of fun with it. By switching gear, you might spark some new ideas. Continue reading

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Why Do I Want to Be an Author?

Sometimes it seems as if everyone is trying to write a novel these days. Whenever I go to a coffee shop, I see many people typing away on their laptops, trying to get their thoughts down on paper. Every week, many new novels and collections of short stories are published, and sometimes it can seem as if there is no point in adding yet another book to this endless flood. Nevertheless, I still persevere in my attempts to become a published author. Why do I keep working at this? Many people have asked me this question over the years, and I have tried to answer it as clearly as I can.

The most basic reason that I continue to write is simply that I do not feel as if I have a choice. Writing is not just something that I do for fun or when I am bored. Instead, it is at times almost a compulsion. Continue reading

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