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Hello and good morning. It’s Thursday again, the last Thursday in October of 2021, and so it’s time for the ordeal* known as my weekly blog post. In three days, it will be Halloween, my favorite holiday, though I suspect that many if not most will be celebrating it on Friday or Saturday night rather than Sunday. I have a costume to wear, which I’ll probably only put on at work; it’s a sort of steam-punk version of The Master from Doctor Who (it’s my own original interpretation of the character, but Doctor Who does have a sort of steam-punk quality to it), complete with chameleon arch fob watch, Harold Saxon’s signet ring, and The Master’s laser screwdriver**. I also have a cool cane with an extendable telescope that really works (though it’s not terribly powerful). Other than the hardware, it’s all black, of course.
Beyond that, not much new is happening. I’ve been writing the first draft of Outlaw’s Mind by hand, and that seems to be going nicely. I don’t know whether the story will be better for it, but I don’t think it will be worse, and anyway, it feels a bit like going back to basics, which is nice. It also feels like it will help avoid me getting too carried away and writing more than I should. As you all may have noticed, when I have a keyboard, the words come very quickly, and I often go off on tangents.
I’ve been getting in some regular walking recently, as much as six miles a day, both to get a bit healthier and, if possible, to lose some weight (the less of me there is, the better, I say). It also ties in nicely with a recent impromptu post I did for Iterations of Zero, which I think about three or four people may have read—probably not all the way through. One of the nice things about walking is, it lets me think about the notion or idea or whatever you want to call it that I discuss in that blog post, particularly in the penultimate paragraph (really, the last full paragraph), which involves going for a very long walk.
It really is a pleasing and beguiling course of action to contemplate, and it’s particularly useful in that it minimizes inconvenience for most other people. Also, there’s frankly nothing anyone can do to stop it, legally, since it doesn’t involve doing anything that is definitively a danger to oneself or to others. It’s really diabolically simple. It just requires commitment***, and that’s something with which I tend to be overflowing.
In addition to that encouraging consideration, the other day, while taking a slightly new route, I thought of a story idea related to walking, which I immediately “wrote” down—actually, I used voice to text because I was still walking—in my “story ideas” entry in my note taking smartphone app. It’s always fun when ideas like that come, even if the story never gets written.
Speaking of stories, here’s a reminder to you all that Dr. Elessar’s Cabinet of Curiosities is available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book formats, and many of the tales in it might make for excellent Halloween reading. While you’re at it, The Vagabond is certainly, without doubt, an excellent Halloween story. And, technically, Unanimity Book 1 and Book 2 are pretty good for Halloween, and the three stories in Welcome to Paradox City are quite strongly so. Of course, one could hardly say that a teenage demi-vampire was entirely out of place on Halloween, so Mark Red is also good reading for this holiday.
I do tend to lean in that direction when I write, don’t I?
With that, rather unusually, I think I’ll call this blog post to a close after only a relatively short amount of writing. I do hope you all enjoy the holiday. Spend some time, if you can, having fun with family and friends (as long as you take appropriate precautions regarding infectious diseases), eat some candy, watch some scary movies, read some scary stories, maybe dress up in fun outfits, and generally have a laugh at the darkness of the world.
You might as well; it certainly laughs at us.
*At least, I assume it is for all of you—some form of penance, perhaps, through which you wash away sins with a relatively minor bit of suffering. It’s the only plausible explanation I can think of for the fact that you’re reading it.
**Who’d have sonic?
***So to speak.