“Dry” is a short story inspired by a nightmare wherein I died of thirst. Incidentally, did you know the mega-rich are buying up freshwater sources?
“Witness” is an attempt at writing something a bit gross with a touch of horror.
Would there be any benefit to reviving the archaic pronoun thou and its other forms? Originally a way of conveying familiarity, intimacy, or even disrespect in some cases, thou was the singular form of the word “you.” It provided a similar dichotomy that other European languages have: in French tu/vous can be translated as thou/you.
These days thou is archaic, but it persists in daily speech in some parts of the world: regional dialects in Scotland, for example, and among the Society of Friends (Quakers).
For most English speakers, however, it has completely lost the aura of intimacy it once had and instead seems stiff, formal, and ritualistic due to its use in religious texts. We still see thou used in some modern contexts: Thor in Marvel Comics is a regular thou-user, and we hear Darth Vader ask of Emperor Palpatine, “What is thy bidding, my master?”
With the increasing acceptance of non-binary third person pronouns [such as they or ke or ze], might thou also find new life?
This was a lot of fun to write! “Spectrophobia” is a palindromic story: the ending is told in reverse, telling a slightly different tale.
“Oneirodynia” is a short story inspired by an assignment from an intro philosophy class I took several years ago. It has been rattling around in my brain for a long time. This daily post is the perfect time to write it down. It was very hard to write, so I’m not entirely satisfied with how it turned out, but I’m glad to finally get it out of my head.
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