Ten. Floating down the river, floating floating. The trick wasn’t to tame the river. That would be stupid. The trick was to use the river. To befriend the river. To speak sweetly to the river and convince it that its in the best interest of everyone that you reach your destination. That’s what the old man taught him. Speck Rohmsfortina had been under the tutelage of Henny Irgania, one...
I don’t have to be an orphan, but I choose to. Does that make sense to you? it should. It’s my choice. I thought it would help my story. I’m a teenaged adventurer. I didn’t start out that way. I started out a regular guy. I was into Facebook and that— hanging out with my friends. I smoked marijana once or twice but, hoestly, it didn’t get me high. It just made...
THere were almost seven ways he could think of that would make a strong metal twist and bubble like that, and three of them were not possible outside a laboratory. The other four involved a lot of heat, and if there had been that kind of heat, the snow wouldn’t be here anymore. Hell, the planet might not have been here anymore. It took a lot of heat to melt starship grade metals— they tended...
I may not have mentioned this, but you might want to make a note of the fact that I have a bad leg. A particularly bad leg, in fact. One with murderous intent. This is important for you to know because I can tell you that many times, only after I become close with someone, they learn that my bad leg wants to kill them, and then we end up not being able to work things out. Or, and this is arguably...
Do you remember the old Love and Rockets song? We’re going to stay awake…. I always listen to that song when I’m driving alone at night for hours on end. I’m surprised I”m not dead. But I’ve had a few close calls. Odly enough most them don’t have anything to do with driving alone at night for hours on end, but nearly all of them — my near death...
Leaning over the quarterdeck, and looking down the railing at Jeremy Jacobs, Braided Bill sneered and wiped his nose with the back of his hand. “That little one has no idea what he’s in for,” He muttered to his Mate, the capable but shifty man of 25 who he’d sailed with since he first set out a privateer some number of years prior. “Yessir,” said the ever agreeable bosun. “He ain’t got a clue.”...
You’d think it would be more fun, this. But it’s not. It’s not fun to give it all up. TO walk away. How man stories end that way. The grass isn’t always greener and all that. So frustrating. This isn’t happening tonight. It’s just not. I’m a festering ball of doubt, self-loathing and morose. I’m petered out. I’m a stubb. A candle burned down to a waxy grime. I have guilt. Oh yes. I have it. Guilt....
He hacked and out came green-black phlegm; huge wads of it flipped from his mouth as he spat, cracking through the air, announcing their substantial weight and heft in the subtle way it changed the exhalation breath. And splat. It hit the pavement with that same wet solid heft. Spat. No bounce, no splatter, no elegant crown of droplets like spilled milk. Just a sticky pool of green and white...
There are twenty five little tiny guys sitting on the top of his cube. They’re some kind of counter-culture thing, everybody is sure. They assume that he’s popping quarters into some kind of plastic bubble vendor and then putting them up on the ledge between cubes. They assume that he’d been doing it for a while. They didn’t notice the little tiny guys popped up overnight. He thought that someone...
Nancy pressed her back against the rear wall of the old curio she’d crawled in. “Well, this is it,” she thought. “I’m done. He’s got me pinned.” At the same time, another voice in her head, the one who was quieter, but that Nancy liked quite a bit more, told her not to be stupid. “They’re not intelligent. If you keep your wits about you, he’ll give up.” Nancy hated that she tended to listen to the...
“3.141592654The number occurs in nature. That’s what the big deal is. This isn’t something fucked up and uniquely a sign of intelligence. This is a natural number. Any circle, get it? All circles. It’s as natural a number as you can get. “Some numbers are unnatural. Like One. And Everything in between. Or divisible by it. The whole numbers anyway. Very spooky. A man made thing. Only Man gives a...
I smiled watching the lightening bolt snap from one end of the sky to the other. “I see the ocean,” my daughter said, pointing at the roiling sky in the distance. “Oh,” I said. “I guess that could look like the ocean.” “What’s it doing up there?” she asked. “Not sure,” I said. “Maybe the mermaids wanted to have a look at the tops of the buildings for a change.” She was quiet for a moment, like she...
He leaned back in his chair and patted his bulging belly with his left hand. He laughed in his boisterous, deep staccato way, and then leaned over his legs and peered down at the spot on the floor where I stood. “I didn’t think it was that big of a deal, honestly,” he said, his voice booming. The giant leaned back in his chair and rummaged around in the chest pocket of his flannel shirt. “Probably...
It was as strange a place as anywhere to sit down for a few moments to get some work done. His car was parked in front of the lake-house, and now that he was sitting in the gazebo he felt kind of silly. It would be easy to stop working and just stare out the windows and watch the lake for a the half-hour he had to wait before his wife could be released to go home. It would be easy, but he didn’t...
I'm going to revamp
Hi. I’m revamping my tumblr site. I have this idea to create a place to park 10 minute writing exercises. Here. Regularly. Crazy, I know. Defeats the whole point of 10-minute writing exercises.
heygabe: @racerrick It's the defaults. Tumbler's... →
heygabe: @racerrick It’s the defaults. Tumbler’s nice for a free service, but needs to support tagging, ftp, threading, and Widgets
heygabe: @racerrick You can adjust the CSS, but... →
heygabe: @racerrick You can adjust the CSS, but it’s all inline.
heygabe: @emeinhardt Twitters too much. I had to... →
heygabe: @emeinhardt Twitters too much. I had to stop following her. Quiet down, Intern!
heygabe: @littletinyfish I tend to avoid anything... →
heygabe: @littletinyfish I tend to avoid anything and everything with extra P in it. Especially kiddie ppools.
heygabe: Is it really fair to mark a bug closed... →
heygabe: Is it really fair to mark a bug closed with “never gonna fix it”? It’s still an open bug, right?
heygabe: @littletinyfish Normally, I disagree with... →
heygabe: @littletinyfish Normally, I disagree with @therealdvorak, but this week I _really_ disagree. Creating Scarcity where there is none is dumb.
heygabe: Hey! I got coffee finally, so now my day... →
heygabe: Hey! I got coffee finally, so now my day can begin. Anyone have any work for me to do?
heygabe: @jbdryden Talk to me about MWW> →
heygabe: @jbdryden Talk to me about MWW>
heygabe: How long will that bottle of urine sit... →
heygabe: How long will that bottle of urine sit @wttnpnk sb ramp?
heygabe: ...And a bottle of Vodka. →
heygabe: …And a bottle of Vodka.
heygabe: @WorkingWriter I _really_ like the new... →
heygabe: @WorkingWriter I _really_ like the new installer on Suse. Can’t get through it becuase of the broken nature of my machines. But it’s vy nice
heygabe: @Raster You can get the Penthouse Room--... →
heygabe: @Raster You can get the Penthouse Room— NO BALCONY!— at the Castle in the Sand for $109+
heygabe: @raster ... →
heygabe: @raster http://www.ocean-city.com/lodging/
heygabe: @Tapps Gaia and I are going to fire up... →
heygabe: @Tapps Gaia and I are going to fire up the Beersmore press… if I can find some sterno.
heygabe: The reason that s many of are basically... →
heygabe: The reason that s many of are basically basement dwellers is simply because none has really made a decent “outside” laptop yet.
heygabe: It's beersmore time... →
heygabe: It’s beersmore time http://seesmic.com/videos/X43uzSruiF
heygabe: On Page 3 of the I hate Treehouses... →
heygabe: On Page 3 of the I hate Treehouses screenplay. Seriously. I am not nealry drunk enough to be writing this.
heygabe: @jbyrns Baker. Watching "THe Horror of... →
heygabe: @jbyrns Baker. Watching “THe Horror of Fant Rock” while writing the “I hate Tree houses” Short Documentary Film. I’m not even kidding.
heygabe: Curled up in the livingroom with Classic... →
heygabe: Curled up in the livingroom with Classic Dr. Who.
heygabe: at the beersmores!... →
heygabe: at the beersmores! http://seesmic.com/videos/7JN01AlCHz
heygabe: g seemed out of it at dinner. Turns out... →
heygabe: g seemed out of it at dinner. Turns out she’d been at the beersmores today. She said she learned it from me, She learned it from me.
heygabe: @JbDryden Or, Oo! Raven Mocker!... →
heygabe: @JbDryden Or, Oo! Raven Mocker! http://tinyurl.com/5l4eqe! Most awesome.
heygabe: @jbdryden Skinwalker is pretty close to... →
heygabe: @jbdryden Skinwalker is pretty close to undead. For certain values of Close. http://tinyurl.com/6d6mv6(mythology)
heygabe: Kicking around the idea of developing a... →
heygabe: Kicking around the idea of developing a Write414 group. Anybody interested?
heygabe: Hey Wait! Did I just out myself as a... →
heygabe: Hey Wait! Did I just out myself as a Urine Drinker on Twitter? Stupid Internet. Now I can’t be president. … Or can I?
heygabe: @ashedryden I have many secrets. →
heygabe: @ashedryden I have many secrets.
heygabe: @ashedryden Important point of order:... →
heygabe: @ashedryden Important point of order: Your urine is Sterile _to you_.
heygabe: The MMSD website is broken in Firefox. →
heygabe: The MMSD website is broken in Firefox.
heygabe: @ashedryden Our combined knowledge is... →
heygabe: @ashedryden Our combined knowledge is what makes us strong. Jeremy’s just crabby because someone flooded his office. Aslo, crypto is teh sux
heygabe: There is no press release planned that... →
heygabe: There is no press release planned that she knows about.
heygabe: @Web414 We're making BeerSmores right... →
heygabe: @Web414 We’re making BeerSmores right now— But we could only find the strawberry marshmallows. So yeah. Strawberry BeerSmores.
heygabe: @compujeramey I just called... →
heygabe: @compujeramey I just called Milwaukee/Waukesha Public Health Consortium… (on behalf of Urban Milwaukee.com— Sorry…) and …
heygabe: @rohdesign Don't feel bad. I had to run... →
heygabe: @rohdesign Don’t feel bad. I had to run home with BLankie. Why wouldn’t I have brought Blankie to Web414. It’s the beersmores.
heygabe: Gabe! call home you took blankie and... →
heygabe: Gabe! call home you took blankie and mermaid and turned off your phone!
heygabe: Gabe! call home you took blankie and... →
heygabe: Gabe! call home you took blankie and mermaid and turned off your phone! -signed your angry bride!