thinking

Writer’s brain

I put on a coat I hadn’t worn for some time and found a folded piece of paper in the pocket: an old church bulletin. This told me when and where I’d last worn it, of course. But suppose that it had been a Clue! I used to play detective a lot when I was

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The lying-awake engine hands me a story

It wasn’t the dream engine because I was wide awake from 2:xx until at least 4:56 (I remember the succession of numbers) thinking this up. Much better than lying awake worrying. Did I need a story? I feel I need to finish one of the things I’ve got lying around first before I can even

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Reading fanfic

I had a sudden urge to read some Lord Peter Wimsey that I didn’t already know by heart, so I turned to Archive of Our Own for fanfic. I opened about a dozen stories that looked interesting in tabs, after a several-times-refined search that excluded unfinished works, subjects I really don’t want to read about

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From the earworm deconstruction department

Van de visser Another Perelaar song. I have a special soft spot for it because Peter Moree and I used to be in the same circle of friends around 1980, and he came to my birthday party and sang a proto-version of it. Lyrics from memory because I can’t find a written version anywhere. Adultery

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The brain, while swimming

Desultory math again, and the results seemed so weird in my head that I worked it out in a spreadsheet. I thought that if parents keep trying for a boy, it will result in a great surplus of girls (or vice versa). But I was wrong! Let’s assume a spherical-cow society: all parent couples consist

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From the earworm deconstruction department

De ruiter en het meisje Here’s a very long version. Mine is from Folkcorn, slightly distorted by singing it from memory uncountable times. Folkcorn says on their website that it was assembled by B.W.E. Deurman from fragments scattered across all of the Netherlands. Now that’s a folk process I like! (A search for this person’s

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Unblocking (I hope)

I’ve not been blogging in spite of saying this more than a month ago: Shouldn’t keep myself from blogging about something other than the news because the news is so crushing. — Irina (@irinarempt) November 12, 2016 I didn’t want to blog about the news, obviously. Many other people do that already, most people who

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Tiny thinky-thing

I don’t know where I got this but I suddenly thought of it. Nice easy puzzle. There’s a windowless room with 3 light bulbs hanging in random places but low enough for you to touch. All are off. Outside the room there are 3 light switches, numbered 1 to 3, clearly marked with On/Off positions,

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From the earworm deconstruction department

Ik zou d’r van dezen avond Here is Folkcorn singing it much more slowly than I learned it (I think from ‘t Kliekske) and with small variants in the words. I find that I don’t have much to say about it, it can speak for itself very well, so I’ll leave it here for your

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Song titles survey

Modified version: got it from dedalvs on tumblr, but that’s not my medium and I don’t do tagging. I did both Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention because I couldn’t choose. Using only song names from one band/artist, answer the following questions: Are you male or female: Female Drummer Describe yourself: Long-A-Growing How do you feel: The

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