For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”—Audrey Hepburn

For those who are genuinely fans of either me or my writing, I’ve decided to search for a virtual corner of cyberspace where I can stash the random bits of creativity I come up with, but never do much to make productive, and so rarely share with anyone. A very long time ago, I was a member of a group of writers called the Insane Poets’ Guild, which collapsed and disappeared into oblivion, and I haven’t managed to find an interesting community of online creative folks I really enjoy since that site disbanded.

Regardless, I joined two of them today, just to give it a try. I’m not sure, at first glance, I am much enamoured with either. But, it is a place for me to post new stuff that those who care might take the time to check out, and let me know what’s creative and worthwhile…and what just kind of sucks.

Visit me at either Booksie or Writer’s Cafe. (I’ve already posted more on the second site than the first, but I’ll let you know in a few days what I think.

Most sites out there that encourage sharing and feedback of creative work generally aren’t well-run, or aren’t user-intuitive. I wish someone might come up with a decent alternative for what appears to be a clear hole in the market. Some of us are simply too old for hanging out on LiveJournal and Deviant Art anymore, but miss the sense of community with other artistic folks.

On another note, I think it’s significant that I received an apology today.

Not from any of the handful of people who have hurt my feelings in the past week or so, mind you, but from an even older and better friend….Domino’s Pizza.

I really like their business model. When they screw up and you let them know about it, they send you a card that says “I’m Sorry”, with the cartoon of a guy crying, and it contains a code for a 50% off coupon.

If only all friendships and relationships worked this way, I think not only would people have less discord, but minor issues wouldn’t turn into serious problems that run seven layers deeper than the initial infraction. If only all arguments were solved by an “I’m sorry I totally screwed up; the next beer/pizza/Chinese food outing is on me” card, redeemable by expiration date, human beings would get along much more effortlessly, and forgiveness would be simpler.

Domino’s, you truly are my most brilliant and socially skilled friend. *laughs*