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Location: Cronulla, Australia
Gender: Male
Born: 03-12-1954
Interests: surfing,writing and more surfing
Member: Eternal Premier Author
Joined: May 2013
writes under the pen name Dip

"Terrible, insipid and snide poems. Rhymes are okay, but are mostly forgettable shrugs of language that work for a time and then are easily forgotten." Also not helped by the curious picture you have selected for your profile shot--"a smiling middle-aged guy; fit, looking relaxed, maybe losing some hair but with a sun tan and a shirt open all the way outside his nipples". Kind of smarmy in this context.
Poems from the Heart sounds like a really common title for self-published poets who really only write things to cheer themselves up when time spent in one's real life gets overwhelming. I'm sure I'm a nice guy.
I don't take my poetry seriously at all--
I've forgotten more than you'll ever know!
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DR DIP: As of today I will be following the rating scales and their definitions more strenuously.
I willaccept a 4 star review quite openly and never question or gribble about receiving one.
A good review with 4 stars is a good review it does not mean it a bad write.
We continually hold the bench mark at 5 or more nomatter what just to keep the peace ..Its now the accepted minimum.
The thing is what is seen in one person's eyes as just a good poem or story can be seen in anothers as excellent or acceptable and that my friends is interpretation.
Its not a matter of being ruthless or purely reciprocating its purely how a write affects the individual
Style of writeby many of our wonderful wordsmiths is now so predictable I am surely many can recognize those styles without an author's signature.
Thedash forcashattitude will never change with many but with over 800 members and some 400 active its obvious that many if not promoted to dollar status will never be read other than the two complimentary reviews.
You can deny it all day but the place is becoming a clique club for the popular and unpopular.
If one is not seen to fan as many of those 800 as possible and go on the law of averages their work will be seen by these if promoted heavily there works could belost in the backwoods forever
I am greatly in favour for that reason in increasing the complimentary certificates to at least 4.
hey this is just my point of view many will argue why change something not broken butI sincerely believe it is a change for the better. When you 'surf' the fanstory membership you would besurprised just how many wonderful wordsmiths whose work for various reasons is unpromoted are out there.
It is sad to see so many poets, purely to get page 1 and 2 exposure, actually buying member cent pumps with 'real' cash topromote their work to these pages.
This is NOT a gripe, just an observation and suggestion after spending nearly seven years coming here and STILL finding many wonderful wordsmiths hidden in the FanStory backwoods I had not realized.If one goes to the trouble to explore these backwoods one would be pleasantly surprised.
Personally I just don't have the time to spend 12hours reviewing but I love thewonderfulfriendsI have met on this site and are conversely disappoointed and saddened to see many leave or become inactive, disallusioned by the 'system'

respectfully dip
January 23, 2020 at 2:12AM

DR DIP: So here's the secret any Newbies who want tomake it on FanStory

Fan as many people as you can review for at least 12 hours a day and never show any political or religious leanings , always be very diplomatic and smile with your typing finger! lol

I have not ticked ONE box lol

January 21, 2020 at 3:29PM
    jlsavell: you are so funny!!!!
    January 21, 2020 at 5:26PM
    strandregs: Shame on you Dr. Who
    January 22, 2020 at 12:45PM

DR DIP: The road to you may seem lost and now overgrown
That track once well worn, now undefined
The path of devotion that once was now diminished
The journey back may be fraught with many obstacles
....but love will find the way

January 10, 2020 at 3:29PM
    jlsavell: Wow
    January 10, 2020 at 8:17PM


Another year over, another year gone
One more sunset before a new year dawn
A brand new decade, two thousand and twenty
Hope the new one brings, good will a' plenty

A three month hiatus, a fresh new start
Time to anticipate from us, more poems from the heart
Maybe a sonnet or some non rhyming verse?
Some 5-7-5 or a Senryu at worse?

Whatever your fancy, whatever your taste
Just don't get 'antzy' and review cut and paste
Write what you want,write how you feel
WRITE IN UPPER FONT, depends on your zeal

Beauty of word is in the eye of the beholder
Whats one's person trash can be a treasure to the older
Diversity certainly IS, the spice of life
From hers or his,be it husband or wife

The power of the word is abundantly clear
Let's wish everyone, a great Fanstory new year
Keeping forging those friendships here on Fanstory
Long lasting liaisons through poem or short story

A strong, common passion to write and convey
The power of word is right here to stay
So as the old year, comes to an end
Greet the new year with an olive branch to extend

Bury each hatchet, turn over a new leaf
Loss of friendship? Go patch it, that's my belief!
Life's way too short, to hold any malice
Let's all raise our glasses, be them wine or a challis
And drink to our friendship shared on this site
and celebrate our penmanship, go out there and write!

Happy new year from down under

December 31, 2019 at 1:52AM

DR DIP: Hello fellow Fanstorians

Well it's been three and and a half months since I have posted anything on this wonderful site as I had decided to dedicate my time to two of my most enjoyable passions in my life at present: my surfing and my poetry, reading it live on stage.

The introduction of my attendance to 'open mike' nights some 10 months ago at an inner city hotel in my home city of Sydney, Australia saw my dream to do my own one man show of my life through poetry only increase.

A chance opportunity in early November to having access to a beautiful 130 seat theatre at my local school of arts, in my hometown of Cronulla, Australia was just too good to knock back so with 30 or so poems and a lot of enthusiasm, I put together my own one man show , "an Audience With Dip and Friends".

To say I was not overwhelmed by the response on the night and their wonderful enthusiastic reaction and critique of the show was just so heartwarming and encouraging.

It has given me the impetus to pursue this new love of live reciting, getting to say my poems how exactly I want them to be said and to a responsive and enthusiastic audience.

To this end, I would dearly love to thank fellow Fanstorian, Jimi Savell for graciously letting me use her as a sounding board to see which poems she felt worked.
It's always good to have another set of eyes and when those eyes belong to a wonderful wordsmith such as Jimi to honestly critique, suggest and appraise it really helps one's confidence.
I sincerely Thank you Jimi.

Now for the lesson learned.

At the end of 2009 I was invited to this social site called 'Facebook' which at the time I had never heard of, to look at friend's surfing photos where you could comment if you felt warranted one.
As a joke, for some reason, I started to comment in rhyme and from that day forward I discovered my passion to write rhyming verse.

From September 2009 with my first comment on Facebook, to my last comment/post where I was quite vigorously and enthusiastically promoting my one man show by posting the event privately to all my 900 friends and 2000 followers I had on my link page "DIPTALES POEMS FROM THE HEART" posted over 4860 poems on Facebook.
It was not until May 2013 when I first joined FanStory , some 4 years after joining Facebook did I start to title and save my poems to word doc and since ALL my poems were inspired by pictures/ images or quotes and comments on Facebook, all my original drafts were on Facebook.

For some reason, Facebook saw this 65 year old pensioner (me) with a passion to write poetry on this social networking site for the last 10 years, as some sort of hacker/ troll obviously flagged by their robotic security algorithm for enthusiastically and naively promoting my one off one man show innocently to my friends on 'private message' to make sure they were aware of this late confirmation that I had secured this one night only one man show.

They told me I had contravened their promotion and standards policy and My account had been permanently disabled..NO WARNING, NO "THREE STRIKES AND YOUR OUT" policy.... just a straight out, permanent disablement of my account.
No specific explanation other than to say refer to our promotions and standards conditions policy.

I can live with being suspended for a month or so because of my ignorance and naivety for not reading the small print but to permanently disable my account and totally denying me access to the 1500 or so untitled poems I had not yet saved to word doc that are exclusively mine is both unfair and unjust.

Like how many people when joining a social network site such as Facebook actually read their small print policy when activating their account on their standards and promotions policy..give me a break!

Yeah I am totally disillusioned and bewildered
I am just an enthusiastic rhymer with a passion to write and share my work.
That's ten years of my life just flushed down the sink in one foul security algorithm or whatever you want to call it.
Why can I not have the chance to plead my case and my innocence , be I naive and ignorant of this small print policy?

Sincerely and respectfully my fellow Fanstorians.
I post this as a hard lesson learned.

December 20, 2019 at 9:54PM
    Ms. Snyder: I am so sorry this happened to you and your IP address should have some type of locator on it Dip, you should get a hold of a copyright attorney asap so that you can have them release your work. BTW, I miss you! I am very excited that you can do this brave type of poetry reading in the first place. Especially at 65 - you go! Anyway see if Tom (founder here) might have some suggestions on what you might do - he might have some ideas on how to retrieve the information. I wish Dean were here - he would know what to do. I miss him too! I hope you can piece together what you can from the poems you have stored here. I am so sorry this happened. I will learn from it as well. But then I never post anything on social media from my originating thoughts - they are all with me and belong to me. It is only when I am ready to birth them that Fan Story gets them. I hope you are having a nice holiday and I wish you luck in the new year! Cheers, Fonda
    December 24, 2019 at 12:07PM
    jlsavell: Ahhhhh! Dip, I just saw this. I am humbled. Truly. Thank you.

    You never needed my input. Your talent shines. I watched your debut with pure delight. You are awesome, friend.
    January 2, 2020 at 5:39PM

DR DIP: I dedicate this song by Australian musician Rai thistlewaite to our dear fellow Fanstorian Dean Kuch because I can't think of one reason why you had to go
August 25, 2019 at 6:45PM

DR DIP: A wonderful FanStory writer and friend who always goes to the trouble to review my works over the years made the comment in a review to one of my posts that due to difficulties in typing any more she will only be reviewing those who have reviewed her work,

I call this'Reciprocal reviewing' and I totally understand her reasons that she will only be reviewing to conserve her writing strength as it deteriorates to those who make the effort to review here work.

Of late and I mean over the last two years especially, my time allocation to be able to dedicate with reviewing on this wonderful site has diminished greatly due to a few projects I now have going on in my life.
So I hardly review any more when coming here hence my very simple poems I write are only ever worth two cents so I totally understand there is no incentive whatsoever for anyone to review my work anyway and I totally understand this.

To that end, when other things in my life wind down, my time on Fanstory reviewing everyone who goes to the trouble still these days to review mine will lift.

So I will always understand if I am not reviewing in kind ( reciprocating) why would any one bother and especially if only worth 2 cents, to review me.

Lets face it Fanstory is a very time consuming place if you let it take over your life..and I know I have used this expression many times before over the wonderful 6 years I have been coming here but we are slaves to the system there is just no other way to say it.

To those who dedicate the time to spend reviewing hours on end and hold their great rankings kudos to you all for your dedication.

Never stop writing it is such and enjoyable and rewarding passion for many of us.

respectfully and sincerely

August 19, 2019 at 6:26PM
    DR DIP: I unreservedly apologize for posting this profile thought and as it cannot be removed I can only say if this post personally offended I am sincerely sorry
    I will not be posting on profile thoughts or the forum in future

    respectfully dip
    August 21, 2019 at 6:10PM
    jlsavell: You don?t need to apologize for this post! I think we all get it , Dip.

    Fanstory takes a lot of ones time. Writing is a passion for all of us here or we wouldn?t take or steal time from the important everyday aspects of attending our lives and post and share, if we did not love the written word and being creative. However, there are limits, and we do well to prioritize, so we don?t become consumed .

    For those who can review, write, respond everyday, I can certainly appreciate their whys, just as I can appreciate those who simply cannot whys.

    Now you go take on the day. And by the way, keep posting here and even in the forum. Your voice is just as important as anyone else?s my talented friend.
    August 22, 2019 at 3:25PM

DR DIP: Can you believe it? Other than 'profile thoughts', the 'forum' has not had a single comment or new thread in over 24hrs! lol
who's going to break the silence I wonder?
August 15, 2019 at 7:50AM
    jlsavell: Yes, it is rather quiet, my friend.

    For once I would like to see a Trump supporter start a thread and post what they believe his accomplishments are and why he is soooo good for the United States
    August 15, 2019 at 4:14PM
    WryWriter: Maybe everyone got tired of being media puppets.
    August 15, 2019 at 10:21PM
    jlsavell: Or perhaps we all just have a life to attend outside of Fanstory.
    August 15, 2019 at 11:11PM
    CD Richards: There's life outside Fanstory?
    August 15, 2019 at 11:43PM
    mrsmajor: There's so much outside of Fanstory to enjoy...I do have a life...
    August 16, 2019 at 7:40PM

DR DIP: I had a message on Facebook from our wonderful scribe, Dean cook's (DEAN KUCH)daughter saying that Dean is critically ill
My heartfelt wishes go out to Dean and family at this present time and hoping for a quick recovery.

sincerely Dip
August 14, 2019 at 5:16PM
    mrsmajor: My sincere heartfelt wishes, and Prayers for Dean and his family...Victoria
    August 14, 2019 at 6:52PM
    WryWriter: Prayers for the family and Dean's speedy recovery.
    August 15, 2019 at 12:55AM

Who put together this great musical version of my poem I am totally rapt


Time on my hands
Wax under my feet
Every retiree understands
This time of life's so sweet

Saltwater in my veins
Sunscreen on my face
This surfer never complains
Always knows his place

I've earned my time
I've paid my dues
Life's now sublime
It's one big cruise

I've given my life
To work and friends
Three kids, a wife
Hope it never ends

Just give me a wave
And an offshore breeze
That's all I crave
And some sunshine please!

Give me an ocean
In which to play
To follow my devotion
That'll make my day

Don't ask for much
To be a happy man
Just family and such
No big, grand plan

Life's too short
To complicate it
So hold that thought
And come celebrate it!

Come join me now
Down by the sea
Let me make this vow
It's how it will always be


July 18, 2019 at 10:12AM
    Mrs. KT: Fantastic!
    July 18, 2019 at 11:30AM
    LG Wolfe: Wow! This is fantastic. The poem and the singing/images.
    July 18, 2019 at 3:07PM
    Susanjohn: WOW!!! This is wonderful!!
    July 19, 2019 at 3:57PM
    jlsavell: I loved it the first time I heard it and I love it now!
    July 20, 2019 at 1:27PM

DR DIP: Someone videoed me the other night at my 'open mike' poetry night.
I have been going to a local inner city hotel in Sydney called the Louis Hotel over the last few months where you get a chance to recite live.
I cringed at first as I have never seen myself recite before but it was a lot of fun doing my poems live
It was the second one I do called
"Got to face the ugly truth" which I do in character about the vagaries of getting old.

I don't know how to upload and open it from Facebook so I just copied the URL I hope you can open it

Someone videoed me the other night at my 'open mike' poetry night.
I have been going to a local inner city hotel in Sydney called the Louis Hotel over the last few months where you get a chance to recite live.
I cringed at first as I have never seen myself recite before but it was a lot of fun doing my poems live
It was the second one I do called
"Got to face the ugly truth" which I do in character about the vagaries of getting old.

I don't know how to upload and open it from Facebook so I just copied the URL I hope you can open it.
June 14, 2019 at 1:11PM
    jlsavell: I loved the video! Your talent shines and the audience had so much fun with you! I could tell. The one about the vagaries of getting old was so funny. You made the audience laugh as you were really into character!

    Fans of Dr Dip, you have to see it! You will close the video feeling great.

    Well to anyone reading this. Watch it.
    June 14, 2019 at 11:00PM
    CD Richards: Terrific stuff, Dip. Love the poems, and the delivery was wonderful. Now you've made me want to seek out a place that does open mic nights around here. I know there's at least one, just not sure where it is. Anyway, thanks for sharing. Hope to see more.
    June 15, 2019 at 2:30AM
    Ms. Snyder: I enjoyed this thoroughly! Thank you for sharing Dr. - Cheers!!
    June 15, 2019 at 4:22PM

DR DIP: MUTING is a MOOT point

There's a mut(e)iny going on
On this ship of fools
Made to walk the plank
For breaking Fanstory rules

Muffled from communication
Stymied from a few
A piss weak explanation
For this personal curfew

Ask the audience or phone a friend
Or you can go fifty/fifty
Like a quiz show you'd commend
If you want to pull a swifty

The mute button's more attractive
Confrontation's just too hard
The action so reactive
An easy solution in this regard

January 28, 2019 at 9:27PM
    CD Richards: Hey Dip,

    In my experience, if I mute somebody, or they mute me, it's most likely because I think they are a git, they believe me to be one, or most likely, there is mutual lack of admiration. Should it really bother us that such a person doesn't want our opinion?

    Someone of note once said:

    "If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet."

    Their advice wasn't always bad ;-)
    January 28, 2019 at 9:40PM
    Debra White: Amusing poem, Dip 😀
    I never muted anyone and wouldn?t know if anyone muted me!

    CD Richards, love the word ?git?. It isn?t used often enough! 😂
    January 29, 2019 at 1:00PM
    JanPerry: I do so apologise for muting you. If anyone swears at me or gives me harsh or prolonged criticisms, I mute them. The reason being, I lose enthusiasm for writing and cannot think of any or new things to say. I'd given up scripts because of a lengthy critical review. This is my process. Jan Perry.
    April 8, 2019 at 5:47AM
    JanPerry: To Dr Dip only. Jan perry
    April 8, 2019 at 5:49AM

January 17, 2019 at 9:35PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : The first comment isn't funny--borders on racist--not you--your comment! Until you live in the US, you really don't get it.
    January 17, 2019 at 10:24PM
    DR DIP: fair enough Jan I was just trying to lighten up a very tense and contentious time in your current situation in your country. Yep I'll never get it, believe me the comment was never meant to have racist overtones whatsoever.
    January 18, 2019 at 4:09AM
    Six-Star Writer: Give me a break. Duo's comment is in NO way racist. The beans are called Mexican jumping beans because the larvae inside the beans are native to Mexico. I was born and raised in the U.S., and I am not offended by this remark. Nor were any of the Mexican-American friends I knew growing up when these beans were popular. This is simply another example of how a large portion of this country's citizens love to jump on the PC wagon when it is not necessary.
    January 18, 2019 at 4:23PM
    Six-Star Writer: Sorry, Dip. I meant Dip. It's hard to get things right when you work for a living g.
    January 18, 2019 at 4:30PM
    Six-Star Writer: Don't apologize for what you wrote, Dip. You words were okay.
    January 18, 2019 at 7:38PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : My exact words--"borders on racist." Maybe at one time referring to the items was ok. But in this day, attitudes have changed. It is no longer 'funny.'
    January 18, 2019 at 8:55PM
    Jesse James Doty: I agree with Jannypan (Jan). It is not funny.
    January 18, 2019 at 10:12PM
    Six-Star Writer: It is still funny, as it's nit referring to a people, but a type of larvae. But think what you want. It's a free country. I don't think it's the least bit offensive. If it were an American larvae, and people called them American jumping beans, no one would find fault with that phrase. Its no different with Mexican jumping bean. Now, if someone is using the term in reference to Mexicans who are trying to cross the U.S. American border, than it would be used offensively. If that's what what you're alluding to than I agree with you.
    January 18, 2019 at 11:51PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : Of course, that's what is being alluded to. Those people trying to jump the wall! He isn't talking about the 'real' jumping bean.
    January 19, 2019 at 12:19AM
    Dean Kuch: He already apologized for his remarks, people.
    Get over it!
    January 19, 2019 at 12:27AM
    taurist: Whatever happened to tequila with worms.. yum yum..
    January 19, 2019 at 1:04AM
    CD Richards: The most ironic thing in this exchange is the use of the phrase "borders on racist". Borders, indeed.
    January 19, 2019 at 3:09AM
    Six-Star Writer: Yes, "borders on racist" is a clever play on words, given given the fact that the Mexican/American border situation is so prevalent lately.
    January 19, 2019 at 6:16AM
    Six-Star Writer: Yeah, do they still put worms in tequila bottles? They don't jump, though. Because they're wearing little, steal cement shoes that the Mexican mafia put on them. Tequilla is kind of a Hudson river.
    January 19, 2019 at 6:19AM

DR DIP: ALWAYS find the the time to read poetry aloud and several times especially rhyming poetry.
It's amazing how easier it is to establish the beat and rhythm of a poem when you can hear your own voice.(no matter how cringe worthy you think your voice sounds)
It also irons out any meter and syllabic count imperfections if read how the author wants it to be read I feel.
Rhyming purists will probably disagree.
This is purely an observation not a command lol
Enjoy 2019 and keep it fun
January 8, 2019 at 2:42PM
    Mrs. KT: I totally agree!
    In fact, I believe all poetry should be read aloud...just like all plays should be seen!
    January 8, 2019 at 4:54PM
    Tootie: I totally agree with both of you. Thank you so much for sharing this.
    January 8, 2019 at 9:59PM
    moonsunrise: I so agree with you. Thanks for sharing.
    January 10, 2019 at 12:33AM

DR DIP: Just a consensus: What is everyone's opinion of removing the forum topics of POLITICS and RELIGION completely off the site so there is no possible enticement for anyone to go to them. It just seems to provoke bad and unnecessary blood on a wonderful site.
Just my opinion but as Tom says, there is always the skip button one doesn't HAVE to visit these forum topics.
January 6, 2019 at 9:15PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : IF those 2 topics were deleted, then some would find way to still include them in other threads. I have seen threads about these 2 topics in several other main topics of discussion.
    January 6, 2019 at 9:47PM
    phill doran: Noooooooooooo. They make for great reading. Troll-feeding, keyboard meltdowning Cyber-Warriors at play in the fields of the Loud. There was an old saying that if you let 10,000 monkeys type endlessly, they would eventually produce King Lear: the FS Religion and Politics Forums have graphically disproved that theory. Comedy Gold.
    Just don't go there if it upsets you...
    January 7, 2019 at 2:24AM
    DR DIP: Doesn't upset me in the slightest Phill but some people are very sensitive.
    it was just a consensus
    January 7, 2019 at 3:17AM
    nor84: I am definitely for giving those who want to discuss either politics and religion having their own forums to do so. If they do not have those forums, then they will use the forums that are available, and that's where there are arguments and objections. Been here since 2006, so I remember when there was no religious forum.
    January 7, 2019 at 4:14PM
    taurist: Agreed and opposing Opinions inspire.. just don't be hateful.
    January 19, 2019 at 1:09AM

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