Day 40. 38 pages, 18,356 words.

I’m just sort of circling at this point, tweaking the material I have and gathering my strength for the next big push, plot-wise. It’s tricky, mainly because I’m not really getting a good run at it. Too much stuff to do outside office hours.

I’ve gotten up early a few mornings this week but still not making much headway, as you can see.

But it’s all falling into place, and that includes some preliminary jabs at Part Three and a few big changes to Part One. It’s going to be pretty damn big but I hope it’s also going to be pretty damn cool, and kick Phase Two into a higher gear.

Or … isn’t it a lower gear, when you’re cruising solidly and want to build up more speed? You can’t go very fast in first gear (which I always took to be the highest gear), it’s just a lot of noise. Fourth and fifth gear (which I assumed were lower gears although now I look at it numerically I have no idea why) are the heavy-duty go-faster-longer gears.


Man, I, it, that…

Holy shit, this changes everything.

Well, actually not that much. I want to shift Phase Two into a higher gear, like I originally said. I just need to wrap myself around the idea that “high gear” isn’t the same as “a low gear which causes high revs and your car to make a high noise”.

See? Even when overworked, I can take a moment to learn something.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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4 Responses to Gearhead

  1. Laurence says:

    But if you want to accelerate as quickly as possible, you go into as low a gear as you can for the speed you’re doing since you can get more power out of the engine when it’s spinning quickly. It makes more noise and uses more fuel though, that’s certainly true. I take it you’ve never driven a car with a manual gear box?

    Incidentally, that’s why in an auto, when you floor the accelerator the gearbox kicks down to a lower gear.

    • stchucky says:

      It’s only our third and latest car that’s been automatic. All our other cars have been manuals. I don’t understand how anyone can get a licence or drive automatics without ever having to drive a manual.

  2. andy says:

    Lol, need to do some truck driving. Spent a couple of my young years pulling the rockies with a 20 speed twin stick transmission. That will teach you your gears pretty quick..

    • stchucky says:


      I’ve explained this badly. I’m completely familiar with how gears work. I just never really understood the terminology, “higher gear” never seemed like one of the gears you cruise at, it always felt like 1st or 2nd that you accelerate at. And it never made sense to me that it was called “high” when it was a lower number. But it seems those are “low” gears. Which doesn’t make sense to me either, because they’ve always felt like high gears to me, terminologically speaking. Aaaaand I’m Contro.

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