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This is what happens when I shut up for a week…

Last week, I declared an Open Thread for a whole week so I could deal with life stuff, and DurnedYankee and BJM very kindly wrote me a short story. I couldn’t read it on my shitty monitor with the tiny type, so I poured it through a desktop publishing program. Here it is as a pdf for your downloading pleasure: thekeyroom.

I think I got the formatting more or less okay, but I literally STILL haven’t read it, and it’s entirely possible I doubled up or left a chunk out or something. Copy-paste editing of a comment thread am hard. Do let me know if you spot any errors and I’ll fix ’em.

I’m going to send it to my Kindle now and go read it in my fancy new librrrreee.

You know you can do that, right? Every Kindle device has its own email address. Send stuff to that email address, and if the Kindle recognizes the format, it’ll appear in your reading list. Go to your Amazon account >> Manage My Content and Devices >> Devices. That’ll show you a list of your registered devices. Click on the … next to a Kindle, and it will tell you its email address (among other things).

Holy shit, I have sixteen Amazon-registered devices! I think I have a problem…


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: September 12, 2018, 7:21 pm

“Holy shit, I have sixteen Amazon-registered devices! I think I have a problem… ”

You might want to go to the Library on the ‘other side’ and see if they’ve been riding your net connection. I personally didn’t believe Evelynn when she pretended not to know about “the web”.

And NO….dint know that about the Kindles! Even the pre-Fire ones?
Oh, and love the graphic cover!

Comment from Anonymous
Time: September 12, 2018, 7:54 pm

Yeah, way back to the first generation ones.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: September 12, 2018, 8:43 pm

Someone couldn’t remember how to spell Evelyne’s name properly and spelled it “Evelynn” a lot towards the end 😉

As a reference at the end you could include the reference to the rules for Linterloo in an afterward. http://www.parlettgames.uk/histocs/loo.html

One unexplained mention I’d like to explain is the East India Company logo on the interior of the chest. Because it jumped out at me as never explained when I re-read the thing…

The intent was to be that a portion of the chest was reworked from a tea chest that had been thrown into Boston Harbor by one of Weasy’s ancestors so as to help guide the chest back to Stoaty Manor. However, the timing is wrong since it would necessarily have to have been created after December of 1773, which it couldn’t have been.
The best explanation now would be that at some point or another the chest fell into the hands of a merchant captain in the employ of “John Company” who had the audacity to brand it with the corporate logo. Be sure he didn’t fare very well afterwards, in fact it could very well explain how it ended up in Aeden’s possession.

Comment from Fritzworth
Time: September 12, 2018, 10:24 pm

Holy shit, I have sixteen Amazon-registered devices! I think I have a problem…

Heh. Yeah, pretty much the same for me. I keep telling myself I should trim the list down to the actual devices, but that always seems like more work than I’m willing to do at that moment.

Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: September 13, 2018, 4:32 am

The Dark Lord Bezos will slowly insinuate his way into your life until you are under his complete control!

Bezos is actually a pretty good name for a Dark Lord.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: September 13, 2018, 6:14 pm


(Be careful what you say! Alexa is always listening!)

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: September 13, 2018, 7:32 pm

“What’s the name on the reservation sir?”

“Al Bezos, bub”.

“Ah, yes, I should have recognized you sir, right this way Mr. AlBezosbub, your table is ready.”

Comment from BJM
Time: September 13, 2018, 8:34 pm

Holy shit, I have sixteen Amazon-registered devices! I think I have a problem…

I had a long indecipherable list that became so confusing that I finally had to spend a little time and ID each device by the MAC address, give them names and delete those no longer in use.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 13, 2018, 8:36 pm

Durned: I’ll hold a few days to see if I get any other feedback, and then make repairs.

Comment from BJM
Time: September 13, 2018, 9:01 pm

Oooooo…love the image, I am not worthy.

Funny thing is there is a bit missing:

Comment from BJM
Time: September 9, 2018, 2:57 am
Do I hear my fellow Stoatians asking how Malchior’s chest came to be for sale at the fair where Weasel and Uncle B bought it?…

I dropped it in out of context cuz I didn’t check to see if Durned had posted and regretted breaking his rhythm. We had a couple of close calls on timing. The piece should be a footnote or a Post Script. It’s just a few grafs that describe how you and Uncle B came to buy the chest. It’s really just a spoof on my current YouTube obsession; Antique Road Trip. It’s also riddled with typos, I obviously composed that piece online after a glass or two of red.

I also realized that I didn’t paste the ending of chapter 4 wherein Evelyne takes Weasel to the Shell Grotto.

Durned perfectly picked up the story line, so much that I didn’t realize it was missing until I read the story as a whole.

That’s why we have editors, eh?

Thanks for letting us indulge.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 14, 2018, 1:11 am

by indulge in my case he means “take over your blog”.

and yes, a thousand thanks!

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