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Leaving the Lab (Thick of Mind, Part 12)

Day 42. 64 pages, 30,290 words. The year was 3230 YM, they said, but he didn’t know what that meant. And if he didn’t know what it meant, he didn’t understand how they expected him to tell them what year … Continue reading

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50,000,000 B.C. (Not Quite An Interlude)

Day 41. 64 pages, 30,290 words. A scream burst the tranquillity, sending a flock of colourful four-winged birds flapping and hooting melodiously from a copse of graceful trees. The sky, aquamarine and perfected rather than marred by a few clumps … Continue reading

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The Good Specimen (Thick of Mind, Part 11)

Day 40. 64 pages, 30,290 words.   He sat as straight as he could and tried not to grimace as he swallowed the long strands of medicated nutrient. They always made him retch, but the doctors said it was very … Continue reading

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Interlude: Rest in Peace, Hawkie

Day 39. 64 pages, 30,290 words. Done some editing! Today I learned of the passing of an age-old Australian icon, former prime minister Bob Hawke. I don’t know whether he was a good politician, or a good man. He seemed … Continue reading

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A Fleeting Connection (Thick of Mind, Part 10)

Day 38. 64 pages, 30,257 words.   “Close your eyes. Concentrate. Try again.” Years had passed uneventfully in Happyface. Forty-two of them, to be precise, since Jadis’s first visit to the rambling structure. Pod 9’s tasks remained largely unchanged after … Continue reading

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The Heft: Fading Signal Memory of Lost Dema (Thick of Mind, Part 9)

Day 37. 64 pages, 30,257 words.   They were in the middle of morning exercises when the confirmation and activation finally went through. Maladin’tiar Tiakor was in the lead, waddling his pig earnestly through the course so swiftly and nimbly … Continue reading

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The Children of Jathan (Thick of Mind, Part 8)

Day 36. 64 pages, 30,257 words.   Jadis strode through the ruined and crumbling city. Its gaunt structures towered crookedly on either side of her tall, straight, powerful form as she walked, the buildings seeming to lean in over her … Continue reading

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