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The Curse of the Timekeeper

Silver Pocket-watchToday’s daily prompt wants us to…

”Draft a post with three parts, each unrelated to the other, but create a common thread between them by including the same item — an object, a symbol, a place — in each part.”

So, three parts in one post? To me, that seems perfect for three pieces of flash fiction, although they might technically be drabbles seeing as they’re going to be 100 words each.

Anyway, I hope you like at least one of them.

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Give me Just a Little More Time.

traffic journey commute work cars traffic jam

Right, well my plan seemed fairly simple today. Head out reasonably early, go on a half an hour bike ride and then end up at a popular branded coffee shop chain for a gorgeous cup o’ the black stuff. Where upon I would retrieve ‘yon trusty laptop’ and write a blog post about my new job and why I am so excited.

Although, now I’m sitting at the popular branded coffee shop with my gorgeous cup o’ the black stuff I find that I can’t connect to the internet. For the love of god, won’t someone think of the children.

No… internet… can’t function. Can’t… see cat videos on Youtube or see what people had for lunch on Facebook. Oh, actually that clearly doesn’t matter but it does put a bit of a crimp on blogging. Blogging not writing, so like network connections of the late nineties, this post is going to have delay of about half an hour. Or so I thought until I remembered my phone has tethering.

All that is completely unimportant and rather dull, sadly. However it was just a segway that apparently went on far longer than it should have.

Anyway, about my new job. After looking on and off for a new job for about a year and gradually becoming in more and more of a worse state, I’ve been offered a new job, and rather obviously I’ve taken it.

From a work level it is so much more suited to the way I work and what I can do, but I’m not going to really touch on that because although it is a good reason, it is only the secondary reason for why I moved.

The primary reason is time. Currently, because I can’t drive I am reliant on public transport and my journey to and from work can in the worst of journey’s take away 3 hours of my life. My new job is half an hour away.

Let’s just do the rough maths on those figures. A difference of 2 hours traveling every work day, works out at 10 hours saved a week, 40 hours saved a month, and about 500 hrs or over 20 days’ worth of my time saved over the year.

20 days! Its phenomenal when you think of it in those terms. For the neh-sayers out there who would tell me that I could never actually use all twenty hours of that time, a lot of it would be frittered away on other things. Like the ten pounds you withdraw from an ATM for a one pound item and because you have that change in your pocket it gets spent on other crap things you may not have bought if you didn’t have the change.

Is it like that? Yeah, maybe.

Ultimately the point is that my new job is a lot less demanding on my personal life. A consistent twelve-hour work day has brought on anxiety and stress which has exacerbated my insomnia, which in turn added to my anxiety and stress and so on. It’s not a viable way of working. I certainly don’t love my job to death.

In short, I just have this feeling that 2015 is going to be a bit more happy-happy-joy-joy than 2014, which in it’s own horrible and unique way was a large bucket of pigs offal with so much crap going on both personally and with friends and family that it is best buried deep, and never thought of again. Rather like Dharma & Greg in that respect.

Never Get Board of the Past

View of a game of Strange Synergy, a card and ...Today’s daily prompt is about sensations that can figuratively whip you through time, all the way back to a time of innocence and fads.

“Tell us about a sensation — a taste, a smell, a piece of music — that transports you back to childhood.”

There aren’t many sensations I can remember from my past. I’m not a supersensitive person by any stretch of the imagination. There is one smell though which takes me right back my childhood and nearly every Christmas or Birthday.

The smell of new board games.

I wouldn’t say it’s a very nice smell exactly but it is very evocative. I used to lift the lid, and be faced with a mixture of new cardboard, ink and plastic sensations.

It wasn’t just the smell though; nearly every part of a new board game triggered some part of my character.

  • The perfect box played to my geometry obsession, as did the plastic wrapped cards, perfect and untouched and the sprues of plastic pieces.
  • There were the pristine rules, which I would painstakingly go through before even thinking about setting up the game.
  • Even down to the childish but painfully funny farting noise that the box would make when the lid was put back on.

Board games played with me, pardon the pun.

I still love board games now and even though I’m an avid gamer, I still have more fun playing boardgames with other people than playing online with them. It’s just so much more personal.

I haven’t really grown up. I can play chess, backgammon or solitaire but I have just as much fun playing Going for Broke, Game of Life or Mousetrap.

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Too Early to Rise

Hand Alarm Clock awake sleep wokenIt’s daily prompt time, and today is all about what I have to do as soon as I get up. I’ll try and not let it devolve into a woe-is-me-situation, but the brain wants what the brain wants.

Right, so the prompt is.

“What are the things you need to do within 30 minutes of waking up to ensure your day gets off on the right foot? What happened the last time you didn’t do one of these things?”

Firstly, chances are I am up early. I leave the house for work at about 07:00 but I tend to wake up anytime between 03:30 and 05:30 at the moment. So the very first thing I do, is look at my watch and try to decide if it is worth getting up.

Often it is, because my choice is lie there in bed and let negative thoughts flood my sleep deprived mind, or get up, do something positive and do my best to stave them off. Not every day is like that of course, I do have some good days, but generally speaking it’s an early start for me.

Anyway, I’m up and I’m understandably a little bit groggy, so coffee is the next thing on the agenda. I got given a venti coffee mug a couple of Christmases ago and it is a godsend for a large instant coffee. This year I have been bought a cafetierre mug so sometimes it’s a filter coffee.

Oh, and god knows whether the coffee is the thing waking me up, it could be. It’s in a line-up of a few other things, but right now it at least brings me back to normal levels. In fact someone once said, that you should drink coffee all the time or never, otherwise you zig-zag all over the place. Which I seem to be doing anyway. Oh well.

Well, I’m awake and I’m now caffeinated or at least I  soon will be, and with work a little more than an hour or two  away, it’s time to get some gaming done.

Oh, before I go on, there might be a chance that I’m waking up just to game. Again, I don’t know if this is true, but it is within the realms of possibility.

That, my friends, fellow bloggers, and people who Google kindly brought here, is what I do within the first 30 minutes of waking up. Although this passive almost lazy approach to mornings is changing, slowly but surely.

This year, I am going to do my best to fill those mornings with practical stuff. I’ll write, I’ll exercise, I’ll do something positive. The theory being, that if I do something positive with that time, I will feel more positive with myself, and then maybe, just maybe, I’ll stop waking up so goddamn early.

What do you do in that all-important first 30 minutes…?

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October’s Horo-mope

Drowning busy stress help workWhat’s this? The daily prompt available nearly half an hour ahead of time? That’s crazy. How is anyone supposed to plan their life down to every single second with these kinds of mad changes?

Sometimes I wonder how I survive such hardship.

Yesterday, the daily prompt was all about creating a thirteenth sign of the zodiac based around yourself, mine was the badger. Today’s is in the same vein…

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25 Hours? No Change

broken smashed clock time ageSo, it appears that astral physics and temporal mechanics have been added to the omnipotent array of skills in the Daily Prompts’ arsenal.

“Good news — another hour has just been added to every 24-hour day (don’t ask us how. We have powers). How do you use those extra sixty minutes?”

I wasn’t supposed to ask why but I do wonder how they did it. I guess the only way this could be done would be by slowing down the earth’s rotation by 1/24th, or 70mph to make each rotation last 25 hours rather than 24, though I’m sure the consequences would be monumental across the globe, tidal shifts, earthquakes and so on. Continue reading 25 Hours? No Change

Temporal Quandry

Back to the future movie coverSo what is today’s daily prompt?

“Congrats! You’re the owner of a new time machine. The catch? It comes in two models, each traveling one way only: the past OR the future. Which do you choose, and why?”

Ah, I do like a hypothetical question. It is hypothetical right? I haven’t actually got a time-machine waiting for me? Figured not.

As with any time-travel based question I need to ask a few questions about time itself, as the responses will likely affect my answer. Continue reading Temporal Quandry