Jan. 6th, 2014

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I posted in January of last year after an almost 2 year hiatus of not really posting anything at all.  I sort of thought I'd have things to say or try to say things whether I had them or not.  That didn't work out.  In fact, I posted a grand total of 3 times.  In my head, I've worked on two or three posts I might put up in the new year and, even as I type this, I don't know which one you'll get here.  Maybe all of them.  Well, let's suppose I gave you teasers and gave myself a chance to see what I might do.

Post number one was going to be a self-indulgent narrative of what I was doing for 2 years (or 3 years, or actually potentially 4 years) that meant I wasn't posting anything here other than the occasional house post while we were building.  I'm worried about the self-indulgent part of it.  In my head it consistently comes out more cynical and just generally down about work than I think is really the case.  And it would be about work.

Post number two was going to be about a short fanfic bit I've been working on for longer than I care to think about in the Shadow Unit universe.  It might even include excerpts.  I have possibly around half or two-thirds of it drafted.  It's at a point where some technical specifics for the next portion need to be researched, and I need to redraft some internal narration to crank the level of disturbed up.  Or it might be about music.  Yeah, that makes sense, right?  Well, truthfully, this was going to be a "creative" post to help me focus on actually finishing something, anything really.  I might tear apart an old piece of poetry, too, and highlight all the places I don't really like but have previously been too lazy to do anything about.

Post number three was going to be about a story idea I had over the weekend.  Whenever I flip on the tv, now that I have cable again, if there's a show that involves federal agencies like the FBI or CIA or DHS, then everyone's very serious and, if you take out the plot elements, there's a lot of dystopian action involving government agents violating laws, privacy, and procedure without any consequences.  All very serious shows, with some waffling about whether these are good things or bad things, but almost never any consequences for the technical steps that advance the action.  This clearly calls for a British or Russian style comedy about a group of co-workers at NSA who bumble through bureaucratic crises while dealing with clueless officials (of varying stripes of good and bad and paranoid), inter-departmental, knife-edged politics, and absurdity.

"We can all plague and punish one another. Teaze him -- laugh at him." -- Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Happy new year.


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