Archive for the ‘Thoughts Profound and Otherwise’ Category

That Last One Is What Helped Me Sleep

March 31, 2023

I’m not going to lie, what L’s Mother said the other night did . . . disturb me (it also disturbed my sleep a little), but I managed to console myself with the following thoughts:

1. It’s good that our relationship is strong enough that she can be that kind of silly around me.

2. I appreciated that she waited until the evening was over before sharing that thought with me.

3. And I deeply appreciated that I know she’s straightforward enough with me that I could be certain this was not a subtle hint that I should start shopping for some lab coats . . .

This Should Be Obvious, And Yet . . .

March 29, 2023

Taking a step in the right direction doesn’t automatically mean that you’ve arrived at your destination.

It’s Still A Win-Win

March 28, 2023

There are times that I become acutely aware that it’s been a while since I’ve done something spontaneously nice for L’s Mother, so if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go rectify that right now.

(Yes, it’s true that I don’t have a lot to write about today, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less sincere about this.)

That Way Everybody Wins

March 27, 2023

Remember, if someone insists that they’re going to dance on your grave, you can always be buried at sea.

Because, Like It Or Not, We’ve All Been Both

March 24, 2023

What concerns me about the proverb I mentioned yesterday is knowing there have been times I’ve been the axe, but not knowing exactly how many times.

I’ve Been Thinking About This One A Lot Lately

March 23, 2023

The axe forgets; the tree remembers.

Shona proverb

Addendum

March 22, 2023

The next time I tell myself to “pick a lane,” be sure to pick a lane that doesn’t have oncoming traffic! (Fortunately, I’m speaking figuratively, but I am feeling run down today nevertheless.)

I Need To Pick A Lane Here!

March 21, 2023

I’m mentioning this here so hopefully I’ll stop doing this, but I really need to stop having “days off” where I work too little to feel productive, but work too much to feel like I’ve had a relaxing day.

Things That Take On More Meaning In Hindsight

March 20, 2023

Remember when I referenced the game Civilization II last week?

While I can’t possibly be the first one to notice this, I was still morbidly amused to see that the third victory condition for the game was to survive until 2020.

Plus It’ll Heighten The Effect When The “Bad” Isn’t So Bad, And The “Good” Isn’t So Good

March 17, 2023

This is an odd one, but bear with me.

Recently I started working on a proof of concept for a story idea I had. (Because in many ways being a writer is like being an alcoholic, even when you say you’re done you’re never that far from your next one.) To greatly oversimplify it, it’s a sort of dual timelines story that follows what happens (good and bad) after a critical event that could easily have gone either way. (Just take my word for it that’s it’s more original sounding in practice.)

Yesterday I showed this proof to L’s Mother, and she got a little sad because I started with the “good” timeline (“Good . . . bad . . . time will tell.”), so she found the “bad” timeline especially depressing.

This reminded me of when I read that the original design for Civilization II had “Dark Ages” where the game became significantly harder for a time, but play testers found that unsatisfying; so they retooled the idea into “Golden Ages” where things got easier for a time. Essentially the same basic effect on gameplay, but one approach was simply more enjoyable.

So that’s why the “bad” timeline now comes first.