You can end a chapter in one of three ways.

The turn - a change of emotion that turns the preceding mood on its head - example. A chapter about the sadness of a funeral that ends in a couple of kids laughing. (This is the most common, especially among script-writing).

The hang - A piece of information that will be revealed later in the novel - example. She would find out why she had this premonition when she grew old.

The sequence - Not to be confused with the hang, but an issue that will be picked right up in the next chapter. Chapter 2 (ending) - She wasn't sure if she would pick up the flower, but she doubted it. Chapter 3 (beginning) - the rose felt like rough silt between her fingers.

Ending a chapter is key to writing a novel.

we are born poets
before we try
a lisp
a limp
laughed at in school
an overbite

something wrong
else not exactly right
compels us
so some try
to put it right

through words
at kitchen sink
‘neath gas station bulbs
fluorescent bright
at home
in love and in bed
when older
late at night

letters bright

watch grow these
columns of words
something a bit off
exactly right

the world
snarls and rears
else purrs and tells
but neither is
quite right

all of us know it
are poets
recite it
washing dishes
before we die

I look on the years as strange observer
as simple mathematician
as equidistant when it's convenient
but most often with measure

I see the year my mother died
as one after my first child was born
I see the war in which i fought
stretch behind me longer than
when it was born from

I watch morning break in a country
I was never born in but most
of what I love traces back to this nexus
and I watch the sun set here every night

I cannot say how much I've loved it all
no numbers for that

Shenzhen Frio

Like all matters love and disease, it starts outside and works its way in. You awake and see fog on the windows. You kick off the covers and your toes tell you the loss, and to a degree. It hits your lungs next, and then your face, all a parliament of well-rehearsed insult. You sigh.

The sun is a traitor. It hides behind a thousand clouds in the horizon like a shy friend embarrassed about the night before. It sighs. The coffee maker is started by a hand that is your own, but that you barely recognize because your fingers are numb. There is no central heating.

The sounds start up. Exercise and random fights and car horns and middle school propaganda all compete for the apex of your attention but you pour the milk and add the sugar, waiting. The coffee percolates in bubbles which break the rest. You damn the cold above them all for that is where your head is because there is no central heating.

You clank on a standalone heater to damn the cold but the cold wins. Your heater is a matter of radiation, a strange orange glow against the failing sun’s breaking light and you wish you’d bought the one more expensive. It had the radiator stance from whence you still remember heat became but that one was too expensive and plus it had this strange additional contraption that involved water. Oh well, you say, and sip the coffee.

A thousand worries settle on your mind like those cool clouds which coat the orb that has failed all else. Didn’t you worry these last year? No, no. Your kid was just a baby; these are new and justified. The level of the whole world has changed and you’re changed by it too. Worry is all a matter of footing.

The sun marches up. You go back into that bedroom and see that it has burned the fog from the center of the windows and left only those holdouts in the corners. You check to see if you can see your breath so that you can know if it is indeed that cold, but your breath doesn’t show. Where has my warm self gone, you ask, but you already know the answer and that is that you had been climatized a million years ago, or three. The coffee cup is empty, but the girls are ensconced in slumber. They are of quiet worth and a million morrows.

You shower. You put on a tie and a sweater and your best face against the doubt and out you walk into the sunshine and the sunshine is finally doing itself justice. It absorbs into the black heat of your sweater and shoes and you rejoice in the realization that you will or might have one more chance to get up the next and do it again. Your toes are finally warm.

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QOTO Mastodon

Welcome to the QOTO instance

QOTO: Question Others, Teach Others

A Mastodon instance for scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and all yearning to learn.

A free speech space. No censorship here.
We do not silence or block any instances.

Unique Features
  • Inline math Latex support - Use \ ( and \ ) for inline LaTeX, and \ [ and \ ] for display mode.
  • 65,535 character limit for toots (usually 500)
  • 65,535 character limit for profile bio (usually 160)
  • Full text searches - usually you can only search hashtags and usernames
  • Halcyon / Twitter clone front-end - Want the interface to look exactly like the Twitter interface? After you signed up just go here to login:
  • PeerTube - We host our own PeerTube server with open registration for up to 100MB, but all of our active users get unlimited quotas. Sign up here:
  • Professionally hosted with nightly backups
  • light modern theme with full width columns (not fixed)
  • Several extra themes - including mastodon default and mastodon default with full width columns (not fixed)

Message to New Members

Welcome to the Qoto Mastodon instance, its like twitter but better!

Please don't hesitate to Direct Message me or tag me in Toots (what we call tweets here) if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat.

If you are new to Mastodon you may want to check out this official getting started guide:

We are a free speech, no censorship zone. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, say whatever you want, as long as it is legal you wont ever get banned from the server. With that said we do have a few rules: No spam, and no using multiple accounts to circumvent personal bans.

This server isnt a typical mastodon server either. I have personally modified the code on this server to give it several unique features you wont find on other servers.

If you are new to Mastodon here is some useful info.

First off, if your coming from Twitter and you'd prefer an interface that looks exactly like twitter, then just go here and login with your Qoto credential: No need to create an account there, your account on this server will work just fine. Just enter your username in the following format @[username] so for me it would be @freemo But personally I think our default skin here is way better.

Basically Mastodon is a decentralized twitter. That means anyone can run a server (like Qoto) that people can sign up to and use just like twitter. The unique part is how the servers talk to each other.

If you want to tag someone on the same server as you then you can just do @user however if you want to specify someone on a different server you can do @user@server. If someone follows you or mentions you on any server on the internet you'll get notified right here. So my full tag is

So now a bit about the timelines, there are three (unlike twitter there is just one): Home, Local, Federated.

The Home timeline is just like what you'd expect on twitter, that is, everyone you are following.

The local timeline is any post made by anyone on your local server.

The federated timeline is what is cool. It combines the timeline of everyone on the server into one. This way you can see the posts of everyone that is followed by anyone on the server (assuming the post is public). So this timeline is a close representation of everyone on the internet who has Mastadon (though not really). Moreover we have a bot here that goes around and federates with everyone it can find, so our Federated Feed is rather robust covering thousands of instances.

Only other thing that is unique is listed vs unlisted posts. You have normal privacy settings like on twitter but you also can set a post to be listed or unlisted. If it is listed it acts just as i described. If it is unlisted then it acts just as a normal tweet would but it doesnt show up on local or federated timelines anywhere.

Also this goes without saying, but don't be racist, sexist, hateful, and don't harass people. Its a pretty shitty thing to do, don't be shitty!

The following is the list of QOTO administrators/moderators.
Note: The account listed as the administrator is NOT an actively monitored account. It was selected so as not to show favoritism among our moderator group, we are a democracy and even our administrators and moderators are held to the same high standards of decency as the rest of the community.

***We will never advertise on QOTO or sell your information to third-parties***