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1. It rained on my birthday. No surprise there. I was told, repeatedly, to lose weight. No surprise there, either, but I was surprised by the intensity. I ate cake, but it saddened me.

2. I need to lose 20 pounds. I will have to starve myself.

3. Look, pictures of my siblings play-fighting each other for my benefit.

4. My poem, “Bath Time”, will appear in the November issue of The Houston Literary Review.

5. Usok # 2 is up! My story “Elsewhere” is in it. Congrats to my fellow lady authors, and thank you to the artists, and of course editor Paolo C. for his patience.

6. Thank you to Jaykie and his family for treating me out to dinner last night. :)

7. I am 24. I am 24. I am 24.

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10. How the hell can I lose 20 pounds?