Monday, November 23, 2015
They look interesting, but what they're doing - it's the sort of thing that happens occasionally. Someone organizes a little get-together, everything's going fine: and then someone orders a pizza.
The scenario is fine, as far as it goes, but there's not much of a 'story' there. At least, not one that occurred to me.
On the other hand, I've learned that I can usually crank out a weekly snapshot taken from my imagination. That's been showing up on another blog, Apathetic Lemming of the North, hosted by my flannel-wearing alter ego.
My non-fiction writing is chugging along just fine: mostly two posts a week, each Friday and Sunday, on A Catholic Citizen in America.
Okay, I've done the shameless self-promotion — except mention that my art is available as photo and canvas prints, up to poster size; and occasionally on gift cards.
That's at Brian H. Gill's Shop on the DeviantArt.com website. The site's name may be off-putting, but I've found some quite talented commercial and amateur artists there. Not in my shop, though: that's just my stuff.
I had something in mind when I started this post. What was it? Writing, paint, pizza: right!
I'm dusting off an old 'slice of life' idea I had, years back, that might turn into something readable. Then again, maybe not. I won't find out until I give it a try.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Humans are adaptable critters. Or perhaps the Lemming should say "adapting."
For example, although they've got top-rate color vision and see well enough to avoid trees at twilight, humans are most sincerely not nocturnal. But instead of accepting a role as day-dwellers, they keep developing new ways to stay active: no matter where a sun is relative to the local horizon.
They do, however, seem to like feeling "in control," even when the actual work is getting done — and quite well — by their tech.
The Lemming recalls a time when a train's "driver" didn't tell the train's AI that he was stepping out of the vehicle — and ran after the train as it left without him.
Originally posted last week:
- "From the Mind of the Lemming: Night Flight "
(September 26, 2014)
Thursday, January 16, 2014
It's almost on-topic for that post, but not quite: and the excerpt is a better fit with this blog.
Airman AB Glipnarf's Big MistakeOne of the very few 'UFO' reports that I think could plausibly involve extraterrestrial intelligence happened in northwestern Minnesota in 1979.
No, I do not think this is proof that We Are Not Alone: but the report is intriguing.
As a writer, I can imagine a story from the point of view of the space aliens: deputy sheriff Johnson could have startled the jittery crew of a vessel, maybe one that wasn't supposed to land in the first place. The alien equivalent of an Air Force AB shot at the patrol car before the commander could stop him/her/it: making a bad situation much worse.
What happens to Airman AB Glipnarf may depend on how many forms the commander needs to fill out; and whether the landing was the result of equipment failure, botched navigation, or something else.
Now I really should get back to work.
- "Seriously Searching for Life in the Universe"
A Catholic Citizen in America (February 8, 2013)
- "Genesis, Optimus Prime, and Victorian America"
A Catholic Citizen in America (April 10, 2012)
- "The Aliens are Coming! The Aliens are Coming!"
(April 26, 2010)
- "Interstellar Empires, Imagination, and an Occasionally-Sozzled Detective"
(March 12, 2010)
- "Gods, Demons, and Used Spaceship Dealers"
(February 13, 2010)
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