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by Penman Bland
Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: An Honest Question about trademarks
Replies: 4
Views: 1076

Re: An Honest Question about trademarks

Martyrdom, eh? I understand some fellows have built a real career on it. ;)

Sensible advice, ASID. I'll get the thing that prompted the question chipped into a shape that people can look at and thrown onto the appropriate forum
by Penman Bland
Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:37 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: An Honest Question about trademarks
Replies: 4
Views: 1076

An Honest Question about trademarks

I have a concern, and I wanted to throw in in front of a group of writers with more experience. I'm also trying to formulate it as a comprehensible question, so bear with me. We live in an environment where trademarks are getting applied to a lot of stuff, and I'm wondering just how worried authors ...
by Penman Bland
Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:12 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 347 - Why I Hate Zombie Unicorns
Replies: 10
Views: 2144

Re: Drabblecast 347 - Why I Hate Zombie Unicorns

I'm a little zombied-out myself (and trying desperately to work up a response in fiction), but I'm willing to overlook my prejudice in this case, for two reasons: 1) Unicorn zombies, and the nice if briefly-handled blending of the attached mythologies; 2) The extremely realistic examination of kids ...
by Penman Bland
Thu Dec 04, 2014 11:33 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 337 - The Only Game in Town
Replies: 21
Views: 3859

Re: Drabblecast 337 - The Only Game in Town

I'm finding it a little creepy that a month or two after this story ran, this picture started showing up all over my Facebook feed: Weird. Eerie. We get that sort of thing all the time around here. We try to warn folks through the medium of licence plate motto. PlateMotto2.jpg (edited to fix The Im...
by Penman Bland
Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: The Forecast calls for Death
Replies: 11
Views: 2606

Re: The Forecast calls for Death

Or as it's pronounced in some parts of the world, "Shi!"
by Penman Bland
Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:54 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: The Monsters
Replies: 3
Views: 735

Re: The Monsters

Well... if we can get to it, that opens the door for it to come to us. Seems an eminently reasonable response.
by Penman Bland
Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:48 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 343 - Captain Confederation
Replies: 10
Views: 2313

Re: Drabblecast 343 - Captain Confederation

A band of supervillains running Ottawa would explain a lot of our current government's policies. Evil geniuses usually cover their tracks better, though.... :roll:
by Penman Bland
Tue Nov 25, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 341- The Litany of Earth
Replies: 8
Views: 1904

Re: Drabblecast 341- The Litany of Earth

I was looking at the BBC this morning, and this jumped out at me as possibly related: On 18 May 1926, Aimee Semple McPherson went to Venice Beach, Los Angeles, to take a swim and write a sermon. The female assistant who'd gone with her had to leave to make a short phone call from a nearby hotel. Whe...
by Penman Bland
Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:42 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Classics 07 (EP 188) - The Store of the Worlds
Replies: 18
Views: 3830

Re: Classics 07 (EP 188) - The Store of the Worlds

I've just managed to listen to this via the Classics, and two things beyond the already-heaped praise occur: 1) How the hell is it I'm nostalgic for the cold war's looming spectre of easily comprehended doom? Sure, having The Soviets as the thing to worry about takes less energy than keeping track o...
by Penman Bland
Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: C & PB: The Abandonded Mime Field
Replies: 2
Views: 891

Re: C & PB: The Abandonded Mime Field

Excellent, and I think it may have given me an idea for something with mimes. {shudders, looks over shoulder}
by Penman Bland
Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:13 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: The New Adventures of Chance and Probability Bob
Replies: 7
Views: 1360

Re: The New Adventures of Chance and Probability Bob

I had in my head one of the more madcap Playstation games, like Abe's Oddysee. No core-laugh for me, but smiles galore.
by Penman Bland
Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Gardening
Replies: 10
Views: 1945

Re: Gardening

SpareInch wrote:Remind me to be on my very best behaviour if I'm ever in your neck of the woods. :)


I don't know as that would matter; it looks like the perception of the behaviour is what counts.

Also loved it.
by Penman Bland
Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:45 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Nice Costume (Hallowe'en theme)
Replies: 8
Views: 1284

Re: Nice Costume (Hallowe'en theme)

I decline to answer fully, on the grounds that Toho Studios may get stroppy. ;) Anything to do this this fellow? http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CSZadU68iac/TxpUxl335bI/AAAAAAAAEYI/-qaGnYu9YXU/s1600/Godzilla+Teaches+Kanji.jpg So... many... Kennys. {wilts, as a slug on a salt block} But seriously, I think...
by Penman Bland
Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Nice Costume (Hallowe'en theme)
Replies: 8
Views: 1284

Re: Nice Costume (Hallowe'en theme)

I decline to answer fully, on the grounds that Toho Studios may get stroppy. ;)
by Penman Bland
Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:35 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Nice Costume (Hallowe'en theme)
Replies: 8
Views: 1284

Nice Costume (Hallowe'en theme)

He heard the trick-or-treater outside the door. The candle went out as the jack o’lantern pitched off the table. “Wow,” he said. “That is a terrific costume. I usually don’t give out the good treats when a big kid comes to the door, but that’s worth a handful. Now, where’s your bag?” He craned his n...
by Penman Bland
Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:57 pm
Forum: Cat with Blue Fur contest
Topic: Login now required to read contest stories
Replies: 5
Views: 9865

Re: Login now required to read contest stories

For my own part, I'd comprehended the open format of the contest and submitted in the expectation that Avery T. Deacon Harriegh* and the web-bots of the world would be able to have a gander for free. Since this thread appeared, I've been wondering whether there would have been more or less entries i...
by Penman Bland
Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: Drabble-Like
Topic: Why We Fear The Ocean
Replies: 8
Views: 2427

Why We Fear The Ocean

My only connection with this is having seen it; it seemed like the sort of thing other weirdos would like.

Why We Fear the Ocean
by Penman Bland
Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: To Serve [Asshole Samaritan Theme]
Replies: 2
Views: 589

To Serve [Asshole Samaritan Theme]

Giant spacecraft hung over all Earth's cities. No weapons seemed to harm them. The emissary of its race stood before the General Assembly, light twinkling on the facets of its vast obsidian eyes. Screeches and clicks from its orifice were smothered by the words from the device in its foremost upper ...
by Penman Bland
Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: Story Discussion - Main and Drabbleclassics
Topic: Drabblecast 340 - On a Clear Day You Can See All the Way to
Replies: 19
Views: 4089

Re: Drabblecast 340 - On a Clear Day You Can See All the Way

That's the sort of production to give Arch Oboler a run for his retrospective money. Magnificent, and certainly worth the amount of work it turned into.
by Penman Bland
Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: The Other Airship Crash of 1897 [Category: Conspiracy]
Replies: 5
Views: 781

Re: The Other Airship Crash of 1897 [Category: Conspiracy]

Well, that'll teach me not to impulse-post. I was reminded by the swirls of the internet yesterday about the Aurora Airship (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora,_Texas,_UFO_incident), and I knocked this out. Mr. Sensible from his perch up on the right shoulder said "You need more than 100 words...

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