Friday, January 20, 2012

Timed Writing: 1/20/2012


Time: 10 minutes
Prompt: Long stays on the lunar surface
Source: John S. Lewis, Mining the Sky


"Long stays on the lunar surface are such a bloody bore, you know."

"I wish you wouldn't talk that way, Jordan," I said.

"What? 'Bloody?' You don't like the word 'bloody?' And you're a doctor!"

"I don't give a shit about the word 'bloody,' Jordan. It's the shoddy imitation Brit accent that's driving me bonkers. Oh... and the attitude too. We've been through this a hundred times and we both know how you feel about the travel arrangements." My son did not reply. Instead he marched importantly out of the room, whistling The Minstrel Boy at full volume.

Of course, when it came down to it, I agreed with him entirely. Long stays on the lunar surface were a bloody bore -- no, they were a fucking bore!. Either you were holed up in some over-crowded, stinking terminal dome the whole time, isolated from a decent view by the layers of rad-damping roofs, or you were out freezing your ass off in a cheap rental suit with inadequate thermal regulators while trying to enjoy a stroll on the dark side. Still, shuttle schedules being what they were and accommodations in the Lagrange resorts costing what they did, what choice did I have?

(about my timed writing exercises)


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