Archive for July, 2007

Showdown Between the Branches?

22:23 12 Jul 2007

Is there a showdown between the Executive and Legislative branches looming? The White House is treating Congress rather contemptuously, telling ex-Counsel Harrier Miers not to even show up to her Congressional hearing after getting subpoenaed.

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23:44 11 Jul 2007. Updated: 00:46 12 Jul 2007

I would be stammering, if I could say something. My mind feels blank, and nothing emerges from my lips.

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Flashback: ‘A City Tale’

23:42 10 Jul 2007

The fourth and last (to date) finished story in the same series that began with ‘TTCS’, this one is a little different from the others, but the impact of that difference is for you to decide: ‘A City Tale’.

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Some More Remarks on Suggestibility

23:15 10 Jul 2007

After my last post on suggestibility, I wasn’t sure whether or not I was overly gullible regarding Derren Brown’s claims.

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‘An Urgent Request’

23:59 09 Jul 2007

“What are you doing, barging in here? You can’t do that, how did you get past the—”
“Come on, they know who I am, and I told them it was an emergency. It is an emergency!”

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Flashback: ‘Lynner’

18:01 08 Jul 2007

The third story in the unfinished series that began with ‘TTCS’ was written less than a year later, at the end of 1993. Like the previous two, its relative childishness or impressiveness is up to you: ‘Lynner’.

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Cycling Issues

17:39 08 Jul 2007

I’ve been thinking more about biking recently, perhaps as a result of going mountain biking for the first time, perhaps because of some of the anti-cyclist vitriol I’ve seen online. I’ve never been particularly political about my cycling, it’s just an efficient, non-polluting, mostly-enjoyable, convenient and cheap way to get from A to B. Another reason I haven’t been political about it is because I haven’t had particularly bad experiences, and my employers have always been bike-friendly.

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23:52 07 Jul 2007. Updated: 16:44 08 Jul 2007

First, there is breath. Breathing must be easy and deep. Anticipation must not intefere with steady respiration.

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Flashback: ‘Rondo’

23:55 06 Jul 2007

The story I wrote after ‘TTCS’ also felt significant, and came to me in a rush one night. It’s part of the same unfinished series, and like its predecessor might rank either as childish juvenilia or important early work: ‘Rondo’.

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Some Comments on a Week of Writing Fiction

23:52 06 Jul 2007. Updated: 17:20 28 Jan 2009

I’ve written more fiction in the last eight days than I have in years, with seven finished stories (some of them even too long to count as microfiction). I’ve also been working on the second draft of my science fiction novel, and on a short story that’s been in my head for more than a decade.

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Catching up on Comments

23:57 05 Jul 2007. Updated: 01:31 06 Jul 2007

I fell behind in replying to blog comments while I was on vacation, and beyond… but I’ve caught up now. Apologies to those I’ve insulted terribly through my tardiness.

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23:55 05 Jul 2007. Updated: 01:30 06 Jul 2007

It started with the cats. Two cats, on his way home one night. He’d always been good with cats, and stopped to say hello to these two. But they wouldn’t come near him.

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‘The Case of Curious Eddy’

23:44 04 Jul 2007. Updated: 01:39 14 May 2010

Curious Eddy was dead. At least that’s what Mrs. Curious Eddy said to me. She seemed sincere, but I’d learned to never take anything for granted. I told her I’d ask some questions, see where some things stood, and get back to her on whether I’d take the case.

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Flashback: ‘TTCS’

22:46 03 Jul 2007. Updated: 07:33 04 Jul 2007

About 16 years ago I wrote (the first version of) the first short story that felt significant to me. I’d written stories before, but this one was really mine somehow, and achieved its purpose more fully than any I’d done previously. It’s part of a series, an unfinished series that I’ve written several stories from. I’ve shown them to people, read them at workshops, distributed them in magazines, but for some reason I never put them online. Until now. Childish juvenilia or important early work, your call: ‘TTCS’ (this is the third and last version, from early 1993).

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Bush Saving Scooter

21:41 03 Jul 2007

I’m not sure how many people still believed that the rule of law still functioned in this country, but the commutation of Scooter Libby’s sentence more or less puts paid to the idea.

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23:17 02 Jul 2007

I saw her when we were at the gates. Her auburn hair caught my eye, and I fell in love. I looked away when the Marine Captain fired into the air. The crowd moved back, afraid. But we all remembered: plague. And surged forward once again.

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‘Near the Border’

22:38 01 Jul 2007. Updated: 13:49 24 May 2009

The horseman rode slowly along the path, evidently not in any hurry. Two swords stuck out from under his cloak. He wore a plain helm with no visor.

“What brings you, noble sir, to our lady’s lands?”. Pulling to a halt, the rider regarded the small man who had issued the question.

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