Pascal Derrien

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Hi guys. Well it’s been a while I know. Roughly a year with no write ups, not a huge appetite, envy or even the slightest intent to publish an article either. I was busy doing other stuff but to be honest the publishing cadence became all too predictable and mechanical for me so it was time to put a stop without making any grand statement. That said I had (have) a few stories in mind. So why not sharing them? I don’t know it’s like asking why ‘’why’’ has a capital Y.

The platform is not what it used to be either, some brilliant contributors migrated to other outlets and have built a decent following good for them. Some are persisting but others have disappeared altogether. Some familiar faces are still around but some new guys have appeared. Is it better or is it worse. I don’t know it’s like sport what you get out of it is in line with what you put in. That’s the expectation business I guess.

This small post has no ambition, no particular message or call to action. There is enough of that genre as it is. I suppose for me it’s just a way to say that its OK to navigate thru the turbulences to the best of your ability. People do what they can not always what they want or what people would like them to.

Was a funny year though. Well funny is probably not the right word but hey COVID-19 kept us alive (pun intended) , Donald’s arrogance entertained us for a while, the Brexit disaster was pathetic and the almighty Tony Robbins fell from grace proving to his worshippers that he was just a scammer like the others. So nothing new really. 

So why ‘’why’’ has a capital Y ?

Who cares 




Pascal Derrien Copyright 2020

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Pascal Derrien

11 months ago #38

#36
Thanks Randall :-) Who knows the writing spark may come back :-)

Pascal Derrien

11 months ago #37

#37
#38 many thanks Lada my sentiment exactly I got to check BIZCATALYST :-)

Lada 🏡 Prkic

11 months ago #36

In addition to my previous comment, the song you have chosen has a timely message. To stay sane in today's world full of negativity is not easy, and many couldn't get out of the deep hole of depression.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

11 months ago #35

Hi Pascal. I share your sentiments about writing and beBee, which I still consider my HIve, a place where my writing adventure began four years ago. Writing on beBee led me to 𝗕𝗜𝗭𝗖𝗔𝗧𝗔𝗟𝗬𝗦𝗧 𝟯𝟲𝟬°, where I became a featured contributor. The Bizcatalist community reminds me of beBee as it used to be in the beginning. Yet there's no publishing platform such as beBee despite all "spellcasters and broken marriage fix-brokers". :-) All of us who are still here hope for the resurrection of old beBee and hope dies last.

Randall Burns

11 months ago #34

#35
Great post Pascal Derrien How did you know where they're from Ken Boddie? The aliens are on my posts too! More of an epidemic than some viruses I know... :-) (or maybe they brought the virus with them? Sounds like a great plot line, you write great fiction Pascal, run with it)

Pascal Derrien

11 months ago #33

#34
ah that could be fun Ken let me put my thinking hat on :-)

Ken Boddie

11 months ago #32

#33
Hey, Pascal, focusing on your visitor below, it seems to me that this is the only platform that has such a preponderance of spellcasters, broken marriage fix-brokers and other blatant in-your-face advertisers, who take such impudent delight in interrupting the flow of our comments strings. All this despite the best attempts by Javier \ud83d\udc1d CR to close their accounts. It appears to me that there is a fictional tale here, waiting to be concocted, about the web weaved by such outrageously annoying pseudo-medics and their marketing disciples, and you, my friend, with your outside-the-box imagination, may be just the man to put fingers to keyboard on this. As a starting point, the burning question to kick things off might be “which planet are they from?”

Pascal Derrien

11 months ago #31

#32
Hey Maria I think you should marry Dr Balbosa he is so wonderful and I would be so happy for you. Now if you don't mind can u get you get the fuck out of this mail thread. Yours A friend of Dr Balbosa

Fay Vietmeier

11 months ago #30

#29
Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador Well you don't usually elaborate ... so it was a sweet treat ;~)

#20
I'm glad you got a smile from these Fay Vietmeier. I couldn't resist sharing them and feel we all can use a good laugh.

Pascal Derrien

11 months ago #28

#27
good to hear from you Joyce , funnily enough two months before the pandemic broke out I wrote something called Make No Mistakes a tale about living in a world with the inability to make mistakes I never published it.... I am going to keep the jacket :-) TAKE CARE

Wish I had some encouraging things to say, Pascal Derrien. I watch issues globally and have looked at what's going on in Dublin. I think of you. I actually had to block Ireland from my personal website. If you had told me 3 years ago we'd be in this mess today, I'd have helped them put the jacket on you. Take care, Dear Pascal.

Pascal Derrien

11 months ago #26

#25
I will ask Franci I am sure she will be the star of the duet :-) I think Ken Boddie could write the stories :-)

Fay Vietmeier

11 months ago #25

#24
Pascal Derrien Thanks Pascal for causing me to SMILE A mouse with a mask ... "turn in the towel" Perhaps you & Franci could be a stand-up comedy team? It IS curious that high priority applied to toilet paper - we could always use newspaper ... the "news" they print makes it the perfect alternative to toilet paper Double-mindedness is a prevailing wind: "Having some states lock down and some states not lock down is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool." Until further notice, the days of the week are now called, thisday, thatday, otherday, someday, yesterday, today and nextday We will all have a lastday but then it will be too late to WAKE-up

Pascal Derrien

11 months ago #24

#20
thanks for dropping by Fay Vietmeier always good to have your point of view have seen a mouse with a mask with the other day so go figure :-)

Pascal Derrien

11 months ago #23

#19
thanks For dropping by Debasish Majumder :-)

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

11 months ago #22

#21
Beautifully put! I think we are on the same page on this matter :-)

Fay Vietmeier

11 months ago #21

Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris "smoking and a non-smoking section ... as if the smoke would limit itself to one part of the venue. mask and non-mask section ... as if corona will be stopped by fibre. My cousin who is a Dr said: "masks no more halt a virus than a chain-link fence stops a mouse"

Fay Vietmeier

11 months ago #20

#20
Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador I'm going to suggest adding stand-up comic to "poet" Thanks for the SMILE It IS curious that high priority applied to toilet paper - we could always use newspaper ... the "news" they print makes it the perfect alternative to toilet paper Double-mindedness is a prevailing wind: "Having some states lock down and some states not lock down is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool." Until further notice, the days of the week are now called, thisday, thatday, otherday, someday, yesterday, today and nextday We will all have a lastday but then it will be too late to WAKE-up

Debasish Majumder

11 months ago #19

lovely insight Pascal Derrien! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

11 months ago #18

#16
Yea...we still adore this platform, as if looking for old buddies from our yesteryears. And that's how we keep the momentum of interaction alive :)

Pascal Derrien

11 months ago #17

#15
indeed Zacharias world is still very binary it does not need to be either or even I would welcome a bit more proactivity and follow thru from beBee it has lost its dynamic a bit but hopefully it should come back unless it gets acquired by a larger entity

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

11 months ago #16

#13
Couldn't agree more, my friend! For me, beBee is successful because of its people and the interaction it fosters, something rare in other platforms (at least in a meaningful way). I've experimented with other platforms myself and even found a couple that I choose to frequent. However, nothing has managed to replace beBee. Cheers

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

11 months ago #15

#9
It's funny how a few decades ago, there were restaurants with a smoking and a non-smoking section as if the smoke would limit itself to one part of the venue. Your comment reminded me of that :-)

Pascal Derrien

11 months ago #14

#13
thanks Mo many are still in the search of perfection funnily enough I was here even before the publisher option existed and I am still around :-)

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

11 months ago #13

Succinct, but insightful post :) Reading your story, I believe, nowadays writers are wearily drifting, from one platform to another with no defined regularity or regulations. Migrating to any platform is, again, a new and uncertain experience. Still ‘beBee’ is adorable due to simplicity and sharing. Not to forget, we got to see spammers and shrouded users off from this platform who keep meddling others with their vain content. Now, we see a different world that’s being cajoled with coronavirus, and the rise of digitalization with the growing online systems and apps. Perhaps, we need to adjust more of ourselves in this virtual world. More than the worries of the world, we got to care ourselves in order to be hale and hearty.

Pascal Derrien

11 months ago #12

#9
Hi Franci I quite like your days definition they are pretty good :-)

Pascal Derrien

11 months ago #11

#10
ah sure a potential vaccine and a change of character in one week is good news and so is a new album from AC DC on Friday the 13th :-)

Ken Boddie

11 months ago #10

A rare thing indeed these days, old mate ... an epistle from the Pascal, and commonsensical too, if that makes sense. I sure miss your enigmatic tales of ... wherever. Yep this site’s undoubtedly different these days. The unique story telling charismatic contributors are mostly gone, and long comment strings with humour and wit are rarer than hen’s teeth. I’ve cut back to the odd (very odd) post now and again instead of the weekly wag back in the day when we were all in and out of each other’s comment trails like bees to the honey pot. I find it hard to continue putting effort into long posts when there are fewer and fewer readers/commenters and hence little reward by way of appreciative and interactive comment. Still, things could be worse. Trump could still be dictating BS and verbal diarrhoea.

Sharing some meaningless and silly stuff - I’m going to stay up on New Year’s Eve this year. Not to see the New Year in, but to make sure this one leaves. Until further notice, the days of the week are now called, thisday, thatday, otherday, someday, yesterday, today and nextday. I still can’t believe people’s survival instincts told them to grab toilet paper. If I had only known in March it would be my last time in a restaurant, I would have ordered dessert. Having some states lock down and some states not lock down is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool. It's good to hear from you Pascal Derrien

Harvey Lloyd

11 months ago #8

#7
I had hoped that the supper table would have been set by better candidates. A candidate that would help us draw the country back together. But i was forced to a table where i had to tolerate character issues and look past behaviours to review actions of constitutionalism or not. I had to eat through the turds to get to the actionable areas, in order to make a good choice. It sure would have been nice to have a candidate with humility, Character and the constitutional view. Say a Newt Gingrich, maybe But als politics is an ugly business, one where my participation with caesar is limited to the vote. Where it goes from there is in the Almighties hands.

Fay Vietmeier

11 months ago #7

#7
Harvey Lloyd You have given me a metaphor which I'm going to post ... expecting backlash from "turds" The "elections" WOW! We were offered the Blue turd or the Red turd. Taking the Blue turd takes you back to where you were and nothing changes. BUUUUUT, if you choose the Red Turd your life will change forever as you learn to be the best but head you can be. A meal i would gladly wished no invitation. "A meal i would gladly wished no invitation." would you clarify?

Harvey Lloyd

11 months ago #6

#4
Glad to hear you are chipping away.

Harvey Lloyd

11 months ago #5

#4
Lets just say that color blindness would not leave you mistaken that a turd was afoot, regardless of party calling. The other four senses would have compensated.

Pascal Derrien

11 months ago #4

#3
ah thanks Harvey all good all things considered chippin' away like many . Red chilli or blue cheese that is the question but I am colour blind. I quite like your first line :-)

Harvey Lloyd

11 months ago #3

2020, the year hope was assaulted. Unfortunately hope and tolerance are conjoined twins. When you smack one they both get offended. The "elections" WOW! We were offered the Blue turd or the Red turd. Taking the Blue turd takes you back to where you were and nothing changes. BUUUUUT, if you choose the Red Turd your life will change forever as you learn to be the best but head you can be. A meal i would gladly wished no invitation. But all is well in Never Never land as we sail into 2021 with Eddie Haskell having won the girl and Shrek shipped back off to the swamp from which he emerged. The DMZ that Eddie and Shrek have created isn't much to inherit. Good to hear from you i am catching a few of the posts with you over on LI. Hope all is well in the land of Derrien.

Pascal Derrien

11 months ago #2

#1
Hey Greg its actually Tony the motivational guru :-)

Greg Rolfe

11 months ago #1

Who is/was Tim Robbins?

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