Another Tuesday of Ugh (+Metrics)

Back at work after four-day weekend. A very enjoyable four-day weekend, to be sure … but man, it could have been a ten-day weekend. That would have been better.

Not a lot to report. I’ve gotten a surprisingly large pile of work done today, which was unexpected but cool. Still got a long day ahead and my first board meeting for the Finnish Scottish Society coming up this evening too.

It looks like a new car purchase is also on the horizon, at last. So stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, I’m out of energy for today. Here are those closing The First Feast metrics I promised.

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Total word count, starting January 1st. A bit of an extension on my 70-day records with The Final Fall of Man, but this was a bigger book and had a lot more plotlines and other stuff to tie together. I’m really quite pleased with the four stories, though.

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There you have it.

Story 1 and Story 4 are about the same length, and Story 2 and Story 3 were a little shorter – as I calculated permissible in my earlier posts. In fact Story 1 and Story 4 are significantly longer than they needed to be in order to make The First Feast thick enough to stand with pride on the shelf next to Deadshepherd (yes, this was my page count criteria…), but oh well. It’ll be a nice solid book for my beloved readers.

And oh yeah, just for the sake of added confusion, I named this anthology The First Feast, after the fourth story in the anthology, which is also called The First Feast. This is inconsistent with Deadshepherd, since there was no story in Deadshepherd called Deadshepherd … but the black hole, Deadshepherd, was sort of a running theme through those four stories.

Is the First Feast a running theme through these four? Well, you’re just going to have to read and find out!

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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5 Responses to Another Tuesday of Ugh (+Metrics)

  1. Back to work myself after a short, sleep-deprived[1] vacation, which ended in stomach flu for myself and our oldest, and nurse duties for my other two ladies. Ugh indeed.

    [1] Noisy neighborhood even during the week days, which was our only time there, keeping us up

    I’m so grumpy…I view a bad vacation as wasted money, and I’m not sure I’m wrong about that. Really sucks.

    • stchucky says:

      Wasted money and wasted time, earning those days off by working. I’m sorry to hear it, man. What a load.

      • Thanks man, totally agreed. I just want to stay home and be comfy next time XD

        My opinions and complaints are not popular with the missus, I must say.

      • stchucky says:

        Well my sympathies to her – if there’s one thing worse than being grumpy and having the squirts, it’s living in a house with someone who’s grumpy and has the squirts.

        For our part, I think it was a good long weekend precisely because we did absolutely fuck-all. We watched a ton of TV, ate good food, and even the Monday traditional Easter bonfire on top of the local hill was cancelled due to a blizzard, so we just stayed home and watched more TV.

        Definitely recommended for your next vacation!

      • Sounds ideal to me! I love eating, and cuddling by the TV.

        Yeah, we’re going through the stages of grief over here, I think she was just at a different stage. Her email to the home owner (about the different noise issues) said everything I would have said. So I think we’re more on the same page than she’s admitted XD

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