So, I’m back home, and working at finishing my first draft of Guardian, which means I’m not going to be fully “on” for the next week or so, but more “on” than I’ve been.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my guest posters. Heck, I know you did, to the point I felt a little superfluous.
Meanwhile, I came home to news I didn’t want to hear. We all know human life is finite and a bad side effect of having friends older than oneself is that one knows one will lose them. I’m going to miss Jerry Pournelle terribly until I see him again in eternity.
I wrote his obit for PJmedia and I refuse to write another one again. So, the link is here:
Before that, while still in France I’d written something, which is here:
I have other things to write about my experience, and the things I saw, but not till this afternoon. I still feel a little stunned. It’s the side effects of a giant falling. Or maybe falling isn’t the word. He took wing and flew, leaving us alone, in the silence.
I suppose this means we’d better shift to do the best we can. We wouldn’t want to disappoint Jerry. Well, I wouldn’t at least.
He gave me the lifeline to rebuild after the 2012 election, when it seemed socialism was inevitable. He said something like, in a blog post, and in emails: Just build, work, keep yourself building and making things, and they won’t win. He also told me that if I couldn’t do anything else, just clean and repair the house, which would pay off later when I didn’t have time to do it.
He was right, and once I’d done enough of that, I found the strength to fight again.
As a remedy for depression, or just as a way of life, you can’t go far wrong from his advice: build, make, clean. By itself, that mocks those whose idea of the world is a fixed pie and a need to redistribute ad nauseum.
In the end we win, they lose, and Jerry was one of the people who helped me find that path to sanity.
Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike
So what’s a vignette? You might know them as flash fiction, or even just sketches. We will provide a prompt each Sunday that you can use directly (including it in your work) or just as an inspiration. You, in turn, will write about 50 words (yes, we are going for short shorts! Not even a Drabble 100 words, just half that!). Then post it! For an additional challenge, you can aim to make it exactly 50 words, if you like.
We recommend that if you have an original vignette, you post that as a new reply. If you are commenting on someone’s vignette, then post that as a reply to the vignette. Comments — this is writing practice, so comments should be aimed at helping someone be a better writer, not at crushing them. And since these are likely to be drafts, don’t jump up and down too hard on typos and grammar.
If you have questions, feel free to ask.
Your writing prompt this week is:present