So long, 2021

Here comes 2022, and it’ll hopefully be a mild improvement even though the virus is still apparently fucking us over and we’ll be getting booster shots until everybody becomes anti-vaxxers and we all die or whatever.

And 2022’s roster of public holidays mostly fall on weekends again so there are basically no days off work. At least we get vacations over here in Finland, although by “over here in Finland” I mean “doesn’t look like we’re going to be allowed to travel anywhere without spending weeks in quarantine and that places global travel firmly back in the list of things only the monstrously wealthy elite get to do but maybe that’s okay because it’s really bad for the environment.”

And that doesn’t matter either because the poors can be denied air travel for the rest of time and the climate will still collapse because we (specifically big industrial governments, mega corporations, and the 0.0001%, but basically us too, all of us) suuu-uuuu-uu-uuuu-ck.

Fuck it. I made an updated Phases Plan to fix a couple of short story titles and stuff. And yes, instead of working on the last couple of books in Phase 2 I did suddenly realise something that was going to happen in Phase 5 and start obsessing over it. That’s how this fucking works.

Happy New Year. I know we’re still a couple of days out but I’m calling time of death on 2021 now and will just sit around watching TV for the next couple of days. You know, as well as working full time.

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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12 Responses to So long, 2021

  1. Toon says:

    Happy New Year Hatboy! And to all the Hatstanders!

  2. I’ve been away dealing with Life, the Universe and Everything, but it brings me emotional security to see a Phase Plan for your universe extending so far into the future. And you’ve beat the MCU phase plan in length, too! Here’s to a New Year!

  3. It seems that my previous comment disappeared into the vastness of space and time, so here’s another try, though I’m pretty sure I wrote something more clever the first time around. Anyway, just wanted to pop in to say that in the midst of these Dark Ages, it brings me emotional comfort to see that your universe has a Phase Plan so far into the future. Also, hooray for beating the MCU in the number of planned phases!

    I wish you and yours — muses and family — all the best for 2022. I miss our chats here and on the other social media where we used to hang. Hoping to dig my way out of the funk and reconnect soon.

  4. casparvanemdeboas says:

    Yes, lets forget this year.

    I will promise to read your blogs more because they are good.

    I wish you all a good 2022!

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