2. People must have seen this before, but Ursula Leguin posts a rejection letter that should cheer any aspiring writer.
3. Past half-past November and I remember nothing of this month but its Sundays. This happens when you work regular hours and read nothing terribly interesting in the ones that remain.
4. Is it schadenfreude if the emotion is 'at least we're not the only ones with a twit for a mayor; or is there another word that covers the whole 'misery loves company' aspect?
5. Meme: what are you afraid of?
3. Decomposed bodies
5. Crossing bridges
But as someone said, 'afraid' covers a wide range of reactions. The thunder and lightning reaction is my 'sudden loud noise panic' one, and I get it even with stage storms (is why I stay away from Lear and The Tempest), stage guns, fireworks and, to an extent, loud telephones. 3&4 are more 'I don't want to meet these' than 'I have and I panicked.' Bridges don't involve the *emotion* of fear at all: my feet freeze and won't move if I'm on them; if I try to move I have the physical reaction of fear- sweats, trembling, shortness of breath- but still not the head input.
What I'm most afraid of is people, in some atavistic old night way that I ignore so as to be able to function on a daily level. But really and truly I'm never certain that the people I meet won't turn out to be insane, in the most unexpected ways.