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no, I am not on drugs

Ben (December 23rd, 2002, 8:40 am)

Snakes, phonograph lines traced outward through the night, dividing darkness from darkness, above from below. She watched them for minutes, really, and her eyes stung.

Procifia Station has been omnipresent for a long time.

Once, when she was younger, she'd sit on the edge until the wind numbed her ankles completely, playing with the arials, dipping a finger into the currents and seeing the colors swirl, little fractals, fragments of a hologram rose against the night. Now she just watched, and the unaltered lines drew along their straight paths without intervention, like an electrostatic microphone hiss, a stark, lonely perfection.

I didn't have any ideas; I don't know whether this snippet sucks or not; I don't know if I'll develop it at all. But it took me less than 5 minutes to write, and I just wrote it out, without just seeing blankness, without agonizing over any of the phrasing or struggling to get it to stop sounding wrong.

I think I don't have writers block anymore.

Is this a bit too self-absorbed for this section? Should it go in Off-Topic?

Ben (December 23rd, 2002, 8:44 am)

If so, I apologize. Also, I think I should go to bed. :)


Ben (December 23rd, 2002, 8:47 am)

this should probably go in "feedback", shouldn't it? Whoops.


cruise (December 23rd, 2002, 6:39 pm)

You don't need no help on writing :P

Pretty cool, though...good to hear you can write's certainly intriguing...


Eldritch (December 24th, 2002, 11:47 am)

Ben is no longer blocked, hurray for him and TSFE! This is very good...

Ben (December 25th, 2002, 5:32 am)

Heh. Well, it remains to be seen if I can actually do anything when it isn't 3 AM. :) (Did anyone catch the William Gibson reference, incidentally?)

"when it isn't 3 AM" :D

Narainsbrain (December 26th, 2002, 8:00 am)

Even though I can't really get what the snippet is about, it is intriguing. Maybe Rough Drafts is the place for it. Anyhow, great to see you writing sci-fi again.

...And I haven't read Gibson, so I couldn't possibly catch the reference.


Semirrahge (December 26th, 2002, 5:44 pm)

Aside from the fact that it's vaguely reminiscent of his "prose" - no. :)

This is not fair! Everyone is writing but me... Grr.

Ben (December 28th, 2002, 6:31 am)

Gibson's first story was called "Fragments of a Hologram Rose". I guess it was a bit obscure, especially considering that I haven't actually read it. :)

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