• Snellopy commented on the post, speech 6 years, 2 months ago

    Our daughter hasn’t started speaking real words yet. She can make noise, and laugh, but nothing legit just yet. She’s in the language sponge stage, so my wife and I are slowly trying to reign in our tongues and swear less, but I think it’s a bit late already.

  • Snellopy commented on the post, game 6 years, 3 months ago

    I used to be a gamer before, but not any more. I would describe my style of play as hardcore-casual. I miss it a bit, but not enough to return now. Family life is better than pixel people

  • Snellopy commented on the post, due 6 years, 3 months ago

    Shouldn’t be writing. Shouldn’t be playing on the internet. Too much work due.

    But…

    Want to write. Don’t want to work. And the internet, ahhh, what a distraction.

    OK, I’ll cut a deal with me: 30 minutes writing, 30 minutes work. Sound fair?

  • Snellopy commented on the post, determined 6 years, 3 months ago

    I was going to do it. Scratch that, I *am* going to do it. Think positive, and it’ll come true. Sure he’s bigger, stronger and armed better than me, but I have an advantage… there’s a precedent. Just call me David

  • Snellopy commented on the post, presented 6 years, 3 months ago

    A gold watch. After 40 years of faithful service, they trot out that old chestnut. I’m insulted. Back in the good old days, there wouldn’t have been a farewell party and a firm handshake. Dagger ‘twixt the ribs was the *real* tradition in this profession.

  • Snellopy commented on the post, methods 6 years, 3 months ago

    They say that there is method in madness. If that’s the case, why don’t we see more results? Look how many people do stupid stuff – surely there should be a better success to fail ratio than what we’re currently getting? There must be some unknown universal constant skewing the numbers against us

  • Snellopy commented on the post, simple 6 years, 3 months ago

    It always seems so simple. Sit and write, and the words will flow. November is Nanowrimo, a month long celebration of banging keys, and getting 50,000 words down in a month. Doesn’t work that way – at least for me. Sometimes simplicity is too complex.

  • Snellopy commented on the post, higher 6 years, 3 months ago

    “Higher daddy, higher!”
    Her father happily obliged.

    During her first trans-atlantic flight, her faced was pressed against the window with a wordless smile, holding his hand in amazement.

    As the shuttle blasted off, both these memories were brought to mind. “Thanks, dad”

  • Snellopy commented on the post, rise 6 years, 3 months ago

    My temper (and blood pressure) were rising almost uncontrollably yesterday. This is now the third? fourth? time I’ve written about it today. You seriously would not believe how bad the traffic is over here, just insane.

  • Snellopy commented on the post, local 6 years, 3 months ago

    I used to have a local, back in Darwin. It was right next door. When I moved here, I had lots of locals, because I went out so very often. No longer any more, as I’m a reformed family man now. I don’t really miss it that much. At first, I thought I was sort of hiding my light under a bushel a bit, but then realised that was a bad way of looking at…[Read more]

  • Snellopy commented on the post, soon 6 years, 3 months ago

    I’ll start work soon I say. The only problem is I say that far too often. And after a while, it always seems a better idea to push it back till tomorrow – to really concentrate on it in one big hit. Doesn’t matter what the “it” is, but it gets pushed back to another day. I’ll do it soon.

  • Snellopy commented on the post, hall 6 years, 3 months ago

    The striped shadows made the walk down the hall seem even longer. The setting sun threw the bars along the floor, pointing like ominous fingers towards the door. Once through it, he would be hung by the neck until he was dead.

  • Snellopy commented on the post, satisfy 6 years, 4 months ago

    Sometimes, it’s hard to be satisfied with what you’ve got. We piss and moan about our shitty jobs, but there are those that have no job. Whingeing just seems so much more pleasing than giving thanks for what you have. If I knew why, I’d be a rich man

  • Snellopy commented on the post, employees 6 years, 4 months ago

    We’re all indentured labour, though some of us at our company have it worse than other. Sure we have nothing to lose but our chains, but it is nice to be able to eat. And things could be a lot worse – I have a lot of friends back home that have been unemployed for a long time

  • Snellopy commented on the post, measured 6 years, 4 months ago

    The cloth was laid out, and the length measured carefully. Patiently, slowly, I sewed it taking as much care as possible. It didn’t damn well matter, the hem of the pants was still three inches too high. “Happy Birthday!” I said, as I gave them to my mother with pride

  • Snellopy commented on the post, arts 6 years, 4 months ago

    As he threw back his arms, his sleeves fell impressively back, revealing nothing but skin. “Using the darkest arts I have trained in for years under the tutelage of swamis and magi, I, the Great Alfonzo will entertain you! But first… I need a volunteer from the audience!”

  • Snellopy commented on the post, presence 6 years, 4 months ago

    “I sense his presence… quiet!”

    Just then, the medium’s eyes rolled back in her head. In a grating voice unlike her own she snapped out the word “DOOM!” before the furniture in the room burst into flame

  • Snellopy commented on the post, solution 6 years, 4 months ago

    The chalk board was covered in equations, most with parts scuffed out. Greek letters were nearly as numerous as numbers. “Fuck it, It’s too hard! I’m gonna go eat.”

  • Snellopy commented on the post, forth 6 years, 4 months ago

    Go forth and conquer they said. See the world they said. All we’ve seen is trenches. Miles and miles of trenches. The mud is bad, but I’ve heard later in the year we’ll have snow. If we live that long, of course. I wonder what will kill me first – the cold, the enemy, the food, or our own artillery.

  • Snellopy commented on the post, raised 6 years, 5 months ago

    The Roman legions were mighty. They thought they were unstoppable. But that was soon shown not to be the case, when an even greater army was raised. Un-dead beat legionaries any day.