Thursday, March 27, 2003

And a tent. Everyone is required to have a tent and, ideally a canoe.

Did you know that The Kingsmen (Louie, Louie and many others) were from Portland, Oregon? Other things you'll need for Oregon include: Sporty, cargo-like shorts to be worn with hiking boots and sweaters. Raincoats, but oddly, not umbrellas. Take extra socks.

I decided that there wasn't quite enough rain nor espresso for me in Oregon, so I'm moving to Seattle.

"Hey!" says she, entering the thread embarrassingly late.

Having failed miserably as a Mormon (I was afraid of chainsaws, so they kicked me out), I vote for the axe as my Oregon State Membership. [Yikes! Am I really moving in 2 weeks?!]

About the kick-in-the-pants, I'm torn about changing our format. I love 600s and, once this move is over, will have more than adequate time to post. (Nevermind a desk at which to type! My computer currently resides on the living room floor -- a sad arrangement which makes for poor motivation. Excuses, I know.) But the idea of a story thread sounds fun, too...

The maraton thing sounds really cool and absolutely possible with a group of this size. I'm all for it.
Maybe on a weekend, or start on a weekend, or something, so most of us will have time. Plus, then we could pull in other people. I know a couple of folks who have been hemming and hawing on joining without actually doing it (Toshi, for example).
I also like the 100minute story idea, for the same reasons.

I like the continuation idea. It might be nice to liven things up, and if it doesn't work, we're only short ten days. The hundred minute story.

also, here's an idea for later. last year, i participated in the Blogathon, where bloggers blog every half hour for twenty-four hours. They raise money for charity in this way, and it was a fair success. I did this on my own, and also participated in my group blog's blogathon, where members took shifts so no one had to stay awake the entire time.

for 600 seconds, we could have someone start, then when they finish their ten minutes, they could either write a topic for the next blogger or have them continue the story. so whaddya'll think?

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

"10-minute mob" is very cute.


I shoulda hit that girl with a brick when I had the chance. Ah, well; live and learn.

In fact, if you want it, I've had this blog registered and done nothing with it since November.
If we wanted to, y'know, keep this one like it is. I like 600seconds. Adding to it rather than completely changing it may be the right way to go.

Makes sense to me Ben.

So, didn't get the dwarven librarian done but I did post in honor of Declan, my little hurrican in footy pjs.

I think it sounds like a great idea, even though I've survived more than a couple failed continuing story projects already. (I'm involved with one now that, I think, has been awaiting its next chapter for about four months.) As long as we establish some ground rules and agree to follow them, I think we should be fine. It could get a little complicated if whoever's next on a given day doesn't post, or if there's a rush of posts competing with each other as the next installment. (That, of course, would require more than one or two of us posting in a day, which has proven an increasingly rare occurence.) I think Ben's got a good idea; some kind of numbering system might actually help eliminate confusion, as well as encourage more people to write.

Again, some simple ground rules are probably all we need. I'm certainly interested to see where it takes us.

On ongoing stories and how long to post on 'em: I'd say it depends on the story. Some of 'em end early. My vote would prolly be for them to be numbered, and then anybody can end the story after any post, as long as there've been at least 8 (so everybody gets a shot at it if they want). That's a little convoluted, but we can think over the weekend.

Shawn: since you mentioned it.

That sounds cool. Hey, I still intend to post for yesterday. It's on my list, right after a warrior woman, a dwarven librarian and hobit rogue-wizard. Um, illustrations of said people that is. *ahem*

You guys make me cry. What's it take, y'all? Is there a format change that might inject some life here? A new position to rekindle passion?

I'm about to be out of town for a few days, so I don't know that I'll be posting regularly. When I get back, I'd like to try an experiment: Instead of a topic, the first poster will start a story, writing for 10 minutes. Whoever's next can pick up the thread. We can let the story spill over days. (We should number the posts, since the ordering of the blog will make that confusing.) And perhaps one story will run for, what, 10 posts?

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Wow, I'm already qualified. How 'bout you, Faith? Should I look into getting you an axe of your own?

Well, Oregon state law requires everyone to have either a chainsaw or an axe, a coffee addiction and an appreciation for micro-brews.

You should ask her.

I like this round-robin journal idea. I may start a collaborative story; it's been too long since running to the mailbox was an event of anticipation and elation. After California, after my first draft for White Wolf, after my software design spec, I'll get that going. Thanks for the inspiration, Shawn.

Monday, March 24, 2003

Did they have chainsaws?

Hey, in a totally unrelated subject: I've currently become involved in a project, similar to this blog in some ways, that I thought I'd mention in case anyone wanted to start a similar, off-line project. A freind sent me a journal/sketchbook in which I have 6 weeks to draw or write whatever I care to. Then I send it on to the next person, they do the same and send it on. Eventually it comes back to me to keep. Meanwhile each of the other people on the list are starting and passing on a journal. Neat huh?

Yay, thank you, Fred.

Hey, Shawn, some of my best friends were Mormons. *poke*

That's a great dream Sharon. I typically dream of shopping and laundry, which, I find profoundly disappointing, particularly considering what I do for a living.

By the way, speaking of Saturday's topic and specifically my posting for it: In that some postings may from time-to-time be a little autobiographical, I wanted to set everyone's minds at ease concerning the nature of what I was describing and assure you that I am not now, nor have I ever been, a Mormon.

Well, okay...

C'mon, c'mon! Posting a wav file for a topic is so clever. Go back and write for Saturday, you guys. Come aw-un.

I love Buffy. Ya got vampires, women, magic, and humor; what's not to like? Even my 7-year old is a huge fan. As I understand it this is the last season but they may do a Willow-based show which would be way cool.

Friday, March 21, 2003

Re: the recent Buffy-ness, it was hardly a coincidence. I am often teased for enjoying the show, so I assumed that no one would notice the connection. I'm glad you guys 'fessed up. Hey, I have the entire 7th season on my computer already! As far as I'm concerned, your manliness is intact ... my boyfriend is the one who turned me into a serious fan.

Thursday, March 20, 2003

"waiting to be described by poets"

You're a man after my own heart Fred. And, um, I say that in the manliest-man sort of way one can say that. (he says spitting on the floor and reaching for a copy of Guns and Ammo).

Hey, I finally posted for "Twist of Mime"

Glad somebody said it before I did. I'd assumed it was a coincidence, but if Sharon hadn't picked a topic, I was going to post "under your spell" as one.

While I am embarrassed to admit that this would even occur to me, has anyone noticed that two of the recent topics are lines from, if not titles to, Once More With Feeling, the musical episode of Buffy? Gaheeee

In homage of my reluctant paladin.

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

What comes of talking with artists and looking at their books.

Well that's weird. If you want, you can delete mine and repost yours. I posted Sunday's topic, after all.

The problem, of course, is that nobody's writing. I just wanted to make sure we had plenty of things not to write about.

Oop! Hello, Fred. Posting simultaneously...


Monday, March 17, 2003


Friday, March 14, 2003

A man
     cuts in half
                just like he

                             snaps a pencil

Saskatoon is in tha room.

Hey Remi.

And I was just coming over to say: Yay for Ben, posting regularly. Need to get my act in gear.

It's a good topic, though, so no complaints here.

Hunh? Who posted that? I thought I had gone with one of my earlier thoughts, "bone-crushing," and had this whole story mapped out for it. I sit down to write and see that the topic is "before I wake," which must have been when I posted it. *blink blink*

May I just say? Colds suck.

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Well, I am writing, just not yet for today's topic. I'm getting there. I'm still playing catch-up for yesterday's with the next installment of my weird "Dashiell Hammett meets the Weather Channel" story. Too much exposition this time, but I'm working on it. Blog noir is tough.

Of course, thanks to Josh, I've had that song stuck in my head for two days.

It's just so nice to be able to post again... Not that I'm writing, mind you.

Tuesday, March 11, 2003


Sunday, March 09, 2003

Playing catch up today for "One Bullet" and "Slender Thread". BTW - Entering a new, uncharted area of geekdom: A blog post based on a sketch I did on the airplane the other day.

Fred has linked to the correct definition. It's a Southeastern regionalism, and things can be crunk, but I've never seen 'crunked'. The usages I've seen have been:
-The party was crunk and hype
-I got crunk.
-Those people were crunk.

Also, 'off the hook' has been replaced with 'off the chain'.

Friday, March 07, 2003

This might answer that question.

Okay, so I faked it. Now what the heck does "crunk" mean, Remi?

Thursday, March 06, 2003

Yes, yes I am. My kid is such a dork; it's great.

Wow, Garrison is writing for 600 seconds. Woo hoo!

And that's a terrible pun. You must be so proud, Shawn.

Gave me goosebumps, Josh.

I like this mantra. Yes!

My new mantra: I don't believe in writer's block.

Monday, March 03, 2003

Contest came together after all. *whew*

I owe so many favors...