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cygnoir.net
Writer of fiction, chronicler of foibles, wrangler of chaos. Newly-minted librarian & Yankee expat in Edinburgh.
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  • The end of summer. 17 hours ago Outside, the end-of-festival fireworks are sounding. Inside, and then again inside a home inside a virtual world, the end of summer draws near as well. That is, if you adhere to the symbolism of seasons in a place where they do not have to exist at all, and I do. I was going to create…
  • This Week and Other Weeks 3 months ago Life I have tried to write this several times now. It never goes well. I find unsettling analogies, or take refuge in bluntness, or just pretend the thing that happened didn’t happen at all so I can get through the first paragraph. But it happened. And it derailed the tail-end of my spring...
  • Departures, a return to interactive fiction. 6 months ago I have been in love with interactive fiction ever since the first time I slipped the first 5¼” floppy of Infocom’s “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” into my Commodore 64’s disk drive. It was an intoxicating melange of Douglas Adams’ peculiar brand of surreal silliness, devious...
  • This Week 6 months ago Life I missed you last week. Every time I sat down to write to you, my to-do list glared back, so I wrangled that instead. The big event recently was FunkyPlaid’s reading weekend. Halfway through it I had the bittersweet realisation that it was our fourth and final time away with this great group...
  • This Week 6 months ago Life If I had one wish, it wouldn’t be a clever or altruistic one. I’d like to say that it would be, but I know myself better than that. If I had one wish, if that genie popped out of that Nutella jar and asked me what is the one thing I would want more than anything…

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