Brighton Longfellow

Below is another excerpt of a story that I find interesting and would love to expound on more, but this came to me last night and I thought I would share with my Entertainment Escape fans. Please let me know what you think and if you would like to see more of Brighton Longfellow.

 

Brighton Longfellow never wanted to be known for his father’s money. He never wanted anything – or anyone – he couldn’t get. A 6 story mansion, a 60 foot yacht, or a 6 foot tall Swedish model. If it could be bought, it belonged to Brighton James Longfellow.

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Brighton wakes in a thick, humid sweat and sits upright. A veil of bodily fluid sticks to the purebred billionaire. He wipes the slime across his face to feign a moment’s relief. Though his sheets are some of the thinnest and lightest on the market, he peels them from his bony, bare torso. He nearly trips as he unravels the blanket from his left ankle while attempting to dismount his mattress in a particularly stuporous condition. He clutches a clump of disheveled hair and slumps toward the medicine cabinet. Brighton slinks across the sink at the other side of his high rise studio and reaches for his aspirin with a trembling hand.

“This cannot be happening. I have no idea what I did last night.” He tosses back two pills and slurps a mouthful of water from the faucet. After splashing cool water on his face, he sees a lump in his bed. A naked lump. Two naked female lumps. “Hey,” he yells or at least he thinks he is yelling. He squeezes that tuft of hair in apology. “Come on, that’s not how this works.” I’m not sure what we did, but I’m sure I told you the rules. No sleepovers. You gotta go.”

As he approaches the bedside, Brighton feels the same warm slime he felt when he woke up now dripping between his bare toes. Brighton struggles to look down because thinking about what it could be fills his nostrils with that metallic rot of a penny factory.

In the sobering light of the mid-afternoon, Brighton begins to gather his surroundings. The hands he almost uses to lift the blanket off the girl in his bed are stained with blood. Looking past his hands, the crimson river of life is waterfalling into a pool beside his bed and Brighton is standing in it. The white sheets are pink. Brighton staggers in nausea, slips in the sanguine fluid and smacks his tuft against the foot-board of his imbrued bunk…

WWE RAW REVIEW: There’s More to a Revolution Than a Few Strong Words.

I know it has been quite some time since I was able to post a blog, but I’ve been coming across this Paige promo “pipebomb” thing on my social media news feeds a lot, and I felt like I had a fair amount to say. I’d love to keep these going or make this a thing I do whenever I have the chance, so if there’s any parts of WWE Television shows that anyone would like my insight or consideration on, let me know in comments or tweet me (@NathanC493) and I’ll see what I can do about answering those questions as soon as possible. Anyway, here’s what I think about Paige’s promo on last night’s Monday Night Raw:


I don’t see what the big deal is about the Paige promo. It was some good words, and I certainly hope it carries the feud forward, but I felt like it wasn’t as enthralling as people seem to think. It felt forced like Paige was reciting something rather than speaking from the heart. It just felt forced. Psuedo-shoot is what I’d call it. Not that she needs to legit shoot, but it didn’t have the same feel as like other promos like it. I hope she gets more comfortable talking like that because it almost felt unnatural, but I know she can do it. I also really hope the rumors are wrong about a triple threat at Hell in a Cell because I’d much rather see Paige go up against “What about Team BAD?” Sasha Banks, the returning “Kidd Nurse” Natalya or the “I’ll show you who is least relevant!” Becky Lynch while Charlotte survives Nikki’s rematch than see Paige simply insert herself into a title match for no reason.

If John Cena cut a single promo that everyone thought was God’s gift to talking (which could still happen regardless of opinion on John Cena), would the same people singing Paige’s praises do the same for Cena, if he became a third man in a title match the night after his teammate won the title just from one promo and maybe a qualifying match a couple weeks later on Raw? The Divas Revolution really shouldn’t be about “pipebombs”, we need strong female characters who can flow from story to story and feud to feud just like the men do.

Cesaro vs. Owens started right in the middle of Owens’ feud with Cena for the United States title. Owens and Cena traded wins on PPV while Cena and Cesaro tore the house down on Raw at least twice. After Owens and Cena’s feud ended and Cena faced Rollins champ vs. champ at SummerSlam, Cesaro and Owens continued to feud. They went one on one once and for all at SummerSlam and Owens came out on top. Night of Champions rolled around and Owens turned an attempt at the US title into the IC title itself! Rusev even got involved in the middle of his feud while Ziggler was written out and that even kept him relevant while also making the US title look like something everyone wanted.

If Paige really wants to go after Charlotte, then she needs to put that out there, but wait until Nikki’s rematch comes and goes. In the meantime, she can send Charlotte a message by sending Becky to the hospital, and when they’re done with that, the returning Nattie may want her shot at Charlotte so maybe Sasha would have something to say to Paige – or vice versa. There could easily be something brewed up between the Bellas against Naomi and Tamina. If the story for Paige resembles the one time Victoria marked every diva off a list on a clipboard, then maybe Alicia and Sasha fall victim to Paige on her war path. Becky could make a big comeback at a major PPV to go after Paige for sending her to the hospital the last time they faced each other.

I still feel like the best route to a true Divas Revolution is to put them on par with the guys. Maybe a third divas match on a card could be a stretch, but Bellas vs. Naomi and Tamina while Paige faces Sasha for #1 contendership while Natalya challenges Charlotte for the Divas title would put women on like half the card, and that’s where I’d like to see it go from here, but the promo on Raw didn’t give me any of those feelings that I usually get when I see or hear a promo that could be called a “pipebomb”.

There are so many directions these ladies could go with the story right now, but after the promo last night, I don’t really care to see Paige factored into any of them without actually facing Becky in a story of depth and considerable length (Not just one match on Raw) and Paige going on a tear through the division until no one is left except herself and Charlotte. One of the divas division’s biggest problems is match length and one of WWE’s biggest problems is jumping the gun on the biggest feuds. Slow burns are exactly what the divas could use right now. It builds characters (especially new ones like Charlotte, Becky, and Sasha) and can really flesh out the field and establish an actual division as opposed to the flavor of the month hot streak , who based on the reaction the promo got, is currently Paige.

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5 New Things Xbox One Owners Should Be Excited About

TIME

The annual Gamescom 2015 conference in Cologne feels like the other shoe dropping after the barrage of E3 revelations in June. Microsoft led off Europe’s five-day video gaming trade fair (the show officially launches Wednesday and runs through Sunday) with a 90-minute Xbox-centric presser that included world premiere first looks at Quantum Break, Crackdown 3 and Scalebound, three keystone Xbox One exclusives due next year.

Here’s a recap of the press conference’s top revelations.

Quantum Break

The whole “best looking game you’ve ever seen!” thing may be one of gaming’s most tiresome cliches, but our first look at Remedy Entertainment’s temporally unhinged third-person tactical shooter Quantum Break suggests it’s a visual powerhouse. It stars Shawn Ashmore (from Marvel’s X-Men movies) both voicing and lending his exquisitely captured digital likeness to protagonist Jack Joyce, a guy who’s come unstuck in time. Think Max Payne (also by Remedy), only with…

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This May Be the Biggest Threat to Facebook

Interesting…very interesting.

TIME

Facebook’s engineers completely retooled the site’s interface to make videos as easy as possible to watch and share. All you have to do is scroll through your News Feed and you’ll be introduced to countless videos that start to play as they pop up on your screen.

Because of this unprecedented ease in discovering and watching video content, Facebook is giving Google-owned YouTube a run for its money. Literally. As Fortune’s Erin Griffith reports:

Facebook drives nearly a quarter of all web traffic. The company’s recent video improvements will likely push those numbers even higher. And while the surge will help the social network do even more to entertain bored millennials, there is also big money at stake. Facebook is, after all, in the advertising business. The new video-tech innovations not only encourage its users to spend more time on the site, but they also make it easier for…

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Kermit, Miss Piggy separate — love is officially dead

WHY?!?!?! So many high-profile romances are falling apart. Where has the love gone?

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It’s the end of an era — Kermit the frog and Miss Piggy have gone their separate ways. They announced their split on Twitter in a statement.

“After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, we have made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship,” writes Kermit. “We will continue to work together on television (‘The Muppets’/Tuesdays 8pm this fall on ABC) and in all media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, throughout the universe. However, our personal lives are now distinct and separate, and we will be seeing other people, pigs, frogs, et al. This is our only comment on this private matter … unless we get the right offer. Thank you for your understanding.”

However, Kermit was asked about the break-up at the 2015 TCA summer press tour session for “The Muppets.” Kermit says working together with Miss Piggy on her late-night show is a work…

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‘Once Upon A Time’ At Comic Con: Fans Get Look At Merida From ‘Brave’, Emma’s Dark Side

So excited for season 5 of Once Upon a Time. New directions are gonna be so much fun!

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At the close of Once Upon a Time‘s Comic-Con panel, those in ballroom 20 watched as footage revealed that Merida from Disney Pixar’s Brave is coming to Storybrooke. She will be portrayed by Scottish actress Amy Mason, who was recently seen in the BBC series Atlantis. In addition, there was an earlier clip showing Emma Swan’s (Jennifer Morrison) transition to the dark side.

Comic-Con International 2015 - "Once Upon A Time" PanelThe closing Merida footage showed the feet of a long-dressed Highlands woman, and close-ups of her hands shooting arrows and splitting them in their targets. Earlier, the clip of Swan’s bleached blonde witch showed her incarcerated, ripping the heart out of the warden delivering her food. Holding it in her hand, Swan turns the heart to ash. The room roared.

Other hints dropped during the session which included the entire top-line cast, was that the 100th episode hasn’t been planned yet, but it will time…

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IRISH: THE FORGOTTEN WHITE SLAVES

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IRISH: THE FORGOTTEN WHITE SLAVES
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They came as slaves: human cargo transported on British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.

Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. Some were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives.

We don’t really need to go through all of the gory details, do we? We know all too well the atrocities of the African slave trade.

But are we talking about African slavery? King James VI and Charles I also led a continued effort to enslave the Irish. Britain’s Oliver Cromwell furthered…

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5 simple chemistry facts that everyone should understand before talking about science

Thought this was something interesting. Use it to enlighten a guest at your next party, or to loosen up a hot nerd chick into talking to you.

The Logic of Science

One of the most ludicrous things about the anti-science movement is the enormous number of arguments that are based on a lack of knowledge about high school level chemistry. These chemistry facts are so elementary and fundamental to science that the anti-scientists’ positions can only be described as willful ignorance, and these arguments once again demonstrate that despite all of the claims of being “informed free-thinkers,” anti-scientists are nothing more than uninformed (or misinformed) science deniers. Therefore, in this post I am going to explain five rudimentary facts about chemistry that you must grasp before you are even remotely qualified to make an informed decision about medicines, vaccines, food, etc.

1). Everything is made of chemicals

This seems like a simple concept, but many people seem to struggle greatly with it, so let’s get this straight: all matter is made of chemicals. You consist entirely of chemicals. All food…

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Not That City Lights: 30 Years of Small-Town Treasured Reading

While working on my Internship portfolio, I realized that I haven’t taken the time to share my work on my personal page, so here everyone check out one of my most popular posts about the local bookstore near campus.

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City Lights original logo by founder and first owner Gary Carden City Lights original logo by founder and first owner Gary Carden

This City Lights Bookstore and Cafe logo debuted under Joyce Moore's ownership and is still used today. This City Lights Bookstore and Cafe logo debuted under Joyce Moore’s ownership and is still used today.

To ask anyone in the book-selling world about “City Lights”, they’d bring up the radical store in San Francisco, California, but in February 1985, the name “City Lights” gained a whole new perspective on the other side of the country.

Gary Carden is a storyteller and playwright described in an article by Smoky Mountain News as “a Sylva native who has established himself as one of this region’s most-recognizable, best-known and best-loved wordsmiths.” Gary is the man who started Sylva’s City Lights Bookstore.

The bookstore originally began on Main Street in Sylva where it bagan not so much as a bookstore, but as more of a newsstand. As second owner Joyce Moore put it, it also served as a hotbed for small-town…

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