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This week Awesome Stories brings you floating cities, peace, beautiful business, and music for change.

Floating Citiesfloating city, Tahiti, Awesome Stories

Blue21 is a social design company that wants to help inspire and empower cities to expand onto the water. They believe communities on water might be our best hope for dealing with climate change challenges and are focused on building partnerships, awareness, and research. Their Floating Pavilion project in Rotterdam was a pilot for floating development, demonstrating safe, sustainable and climate proof opportunities. French Polynesia has recently signed a historic agreement that will allow for the development of the first floating city in a lagoon off the island of Tahiti.

Good Morning, Beautiful Business

I envision global economy as an intricate network of small-to-small, win-win business relationships connecting communities that are self-reliant for their basic needs. ~ Judy Wicks

Judy Wick is the founder of Philadelphia’s landmark White Dog Café known for its…

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Candles Online

Love is in the air,

Shout out if you dare,

In the open where all glare,

And foes look out to lay a snare.

Don’t simply blow a kiss away,

Or stumble into someone’s way,

Don’t let the wind give you a sway,

Go slow – watch and pray!

It’s not a sin to be in love,

Rise up with wings of a dove,

Unwanted notions strongly shove,

Bask in the sweetness of moments thereof.

Celebration sure needn’t await a day,

But if it does, don’t say ‘Nay’,

Go out to the beach or the bay,

And in your love’s arms happily lay.

Love’s continual expressions,

Be it petty little obsessions,

Or mind-boggling confessions,

Are the roadways to long-lasting attractions.

Chocolates and roses,

With cute selfie poses,

Are not the lone clauses,

To find love’s pure embraces.

Love all the day,

Love in…

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Douce dream

Let it be beautiful

Would you wish a wish

Would you wish a never ending dream

In the dream

Would you wishundreamed vastness

At the vastness

Would you wish unborn desires

In the unborn desires

Would you desire softmildness

In thesoftmildness

Would you wishsubtlewhisper of the heart

In the whisper of the heart

Would you wisha never ending dream

In the dream

Covered with silky sky

Fulfilled by stars of hope

In the dream i’m waiting for you

Would you wish a never ending dream

Would you dream

The dream where i’m waiting for you

I miss you so much

Would you wish a never ending dream

Would you dream

I miss you so much


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Saturday Mix — Lorraine 18.02.17

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie

Welcome to Lorraine’s edition of Saturday mix – a mélange of flash prose and poetry. You are welcome to try any or all of this week’s challenges.

Pick Three: a person, place, object and write a piece of flash from 25 to 150 words.

Person                   Place                          Object(s)

plumber                café                             marbles

wizard                   bathroom                   pancakes

bartender             commuter train         comb

mistress                drug store                   fountain pen

author                   resort hotel                 bracelet

lumber jack          dragon’s lair               bra



Almost Free on the Fives: write a five line free verse with a total count of 25 words.

Try using the photo as your inspiration.

Shadorma: a  non-rhyming, six line poem with the following syllable count:  3/5/3/3/7/5. It can consist of one or multiple stanzas.

Use the theme: journey, or the photo, as your inspiration.

When you have finished your post, create a link (ping back) to this page; tags: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Saturday Mix. And, that journeyman, Mr. Linky, awaits your click.

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Today Pegman visits Tokyo.

Feel free to stroll around using the Google street view and grab any picture you choose to include in your post.

To enjoy stories inspired by the What Pegman Saw prompt or to submit your own 150-word story, visit the inLinkz button:

For guidelines and rules for the What Pegman Saw weekly writing prompt, visit the home page.

If you have a location idea for Pegman, please suggest it here. If you have a problem with the form, can you let me know in the comments below?

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10 Tips For Writing Amazing Action Scenes – Part 1&2

Dan Alatorre

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Every new author has the same problem when it comes to action scenes. They have this idea for a big battle scene or car chase – but they don’t know where to start!

I’ll show you.

  1. Using Braveheart, we will make a complicated action scene easy to visualize, understand, and write.
  2. After the Braveheart example, we’ll lay out see how other types of action scenes are done, like a car crash, and
  3. the writing style you can use in action scenes that isn’t utilized elsewhere in your story.

Car chase or medieval battle, we can create a process to follow. I like to use Braveheart because everybody saw it and everybody knows the big battle scene I’m referring to. While every action scene is different, many have similar foundations. Bullitt and The Blues Brothers contain car chases that are very different from each other, but many…

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