Five-Hundred Word Challenge 824: Writing on a Train

Right now I don’t know as to why I am doing this. I am currently on a train, heading off to meet up with a friend I have not seen in quite a while and I am on a train. The landscape of course only partially blurs past the windows through which I can see and plenty of people are not wearing masks, but at least some are and at least some are observing the whole social distancing thing.

However, the reason as to why I don’t know as to why I am writing this at this present moment is that it is not long before I need to get off the train and so I’m putting a whole load of undue pressure upon myself when I could just be taking it easy, or something. Then again, I probably would not be taking it easy and so instead of taking it easy I’m writing at this hour of the morning. This is what I am doing. It’s not exciting and I don’t know as to why I am writing about the fact that I am writing on a train whilst being on a train, but sometimes that is what I do and somehow that will make for something that can be read using the eyes.

Anyway, it’s not exactly pleasant lowering my head like this whilst on a moving vehicle. Not the greatest experience that I’ve ever experienced, but I’m putting myself through this, so I only have myself to blame which I find is a shame as I’d rather blame everything else, but at the end of the day I need to accept responsibility for my actions and my actions alone, unless I have no choice, in which case, I guess I wouldn’t.

Still, it is nice sitting here. It’s nice to be on a train and watch the different layers of distance move by at different rates, even though the train moves past them and it all is the same rate of movement; just difference in distance that shifts the perspective, or something. I think that makes sense. Not sure.

It’s also nice to be on a vehicle that will get me to where I want to be in a rather short amount of time. I’ll be where I want to be in less than thirty minutes from leaving home… I think. Not entirely sure on that one, but it certainly is possible. It all depends on how quickly this train moves, of course, but I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

However, considering that I’m nearly there, I guess that I will be at the station upon which I want to alight sooner rather than later. That’s the wonder of the art of public transport, though it is not an art so much as it is a form of transportation and as such, it gets me places and I am riding it and in riding it I am getting to places, which is pleasant enough.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 05:31:02

It has been somewhere around twelve hours and twenty minutes since I wrote this.

Anyway, it’s subpar which is consistent with most of my other stuff, so yeah.

Written on a train.

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Night Crossing

Bit of a moody monochrome photo.

I took this last year and was holding off on sharing it due to another photo I took of this scene that I wanted to use for something in particular, but that is yet to eventuate, so… yeah. Here’s this photo.

I feel as though this feels quiet, though that has something to do with the light exposure being for two seconds. There is the slightest suggestion of vehicles in the scene, but it’s not obvious as the focus seems to fall on the bridge more than anything else.

I like that none of the middle of the bridge is visible as, based on what is visible, it’s suggested more than it’s announced.

This is my submission into Leanne Cole‘s “Monochrome Madness” for this week.
I suggest checking out Leanne’s photography, as well as checking out what other people submit.

A lot of what people are submitting will likely end up here.

I hope you enjoy.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 823: Invite Questioning

Well, it certainly does invite questioning, but at the end of the day the only question that all these questions stems from is “What is it”?

We do not know what it is, or even how it is. This is something that we need to look into. We need to ask questions to answer this question and even then, we do not know if there will be an answer provided; at least, not yet. Even then, if an answer does come forth, will it satisfy enough people to be considered as something conclusive?

There is no telling at this stage, which is why so many questions need to be asked in order to find a way to answer another question. This will take years of research and a lot of potential failure. This will likely increase in small steps rather than leaps and bounds, but of course you never know with these things. However, there also is the process of trying to work out what are the right questions to ask, of which we do not know. We do not know how to ask the right questions in this instance. This object is too unknown to us.

What that means then, is that despite our desires to work out what the right questions are to ask, we will need to work that out in hindsight, and that is assuming that there are enough questions that corroborate with each other in order to create a line of questioning that seems to make sense and help reveal things. We also need to consider that the questions that do line up might not actually be linked to each other in a useful way, or at all.

There is also the chance that everything might come together quite easily. No difficulty, but this is not something we need to bank on. We need to think carefully and expect that working out data that is useful is going to take a long time and as such, there will be a long time before anything useful will be shared. We need to expect that things could go wrong and that the possibility of going along the wrong path is quite large. Still, we also know that with enough time we could get answers and be able to explain, or at least understand what this object is, if it is indeed anything at all beyond its surface appearance.

As such, there will be the most rigorous testing, but it shall start off gentle. We don’t know what kind of stress load this object can take. Based on its appearance, it could probably take a lot, but we cannot be certain at this juncture. Gentle testing will of course be the first. We will aim to be non-invasive where possible.

Until then, however, we must take the object to somewhere safe and protected; not for safekeeping, but for preparation. It is going to be a long period of discovery, and both we and it need to be ready.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 07:11:56

This is kind of similar to one or two things I wrote earlier this year.
I don’t mind the concept, but I feel as though this is too repetitive and too surface.

Written at home.

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A Poem About the Advent of Summer

A quick writing.
It has been more than a few days since my last bit of subpar poetry, so this was long overdue, really.

I think this one really gets the idea of – at the very least – taking weather for granted.

I was expecting a warm summer and whilst that is yet to be seen, the two day heatwave that ended on Sunday was a surprise and reminded me that perhaps I wasn’t expecting the coming summer to be as warm as that heatwave was.

I hope you enjoy.

It was all a suggestion
Sitting somewhere around the edges
We knew what it was
We knew what would be coming
And yet, it still seemed so far from reality

With all of the rain
That fell where we rested
It made things seem easier
It made things feel so far away
So much so that it was easy to forget

Whilst some days signaled
They were ignored
When the sudden heatwave arrived
When the heatwave engulfed for two days
We knew the advent of summer was at hand

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Sunset Vegetation

Another recent sunset photo.

This was taken in my front yard. I was trying to see how the trees on either side would frame the sunset. Not sure if they frame it nicely, but I do like the way they frame.

I think this image feels a bit closer to night than it is. The vegetation has a kind of “quiet” feel which is probably brought on by how much it appears in silhouette.

I hope you enjoy.

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One Thousand Word Challenge 92: First Day of This Summer

I don'[t know as to why, but I suddenly have the urge to write again. I think I shall blame NaNoWriMo as I did do a fair bit of writing last month and as such perhaps I still feel compelled to write. I only wrapped up yesterday, so perhaps that is the reason why. It reminds me of when I came back from Japan.

When I came back from Japan and was back in Sydney, it took a few weeks before I stopped feeling compelled to walk, not being quite comfortable with just sitting down. That might not have been a good feeling to lose. I’m still not quite comfortable sitting down for long stretches, but I feel less compelled to walk around.

I think that perhaps I need to find a way to recover that feeling, or sensation, or whatever it is, and reapply it. In the same vein I need to not lose the need and urge to write that I’ve somehow developed over the past month that has now somehow superseded my desire to write that was already there. It overwrote a desire with a stronger desire and for that I think I am thankful. Hopefully it doesn’t overwrite my desire to take breaks when they are required, but maybe it will and then I will cause myself even more pain than I already cause myself. We’ll just have to see as to how everything goes, assuming everything does indeed go. Maybe it won’t and maybe it will, but who knows at the end of the day? I don’t know, though maybe I do know and I’m just talking malarkey, though seeing as I’m getting stuck once more I need to move on and find something else to talk about.

It’s nice to have urges that seem to provide some sort of positive benefit, but of course you need to nurture them. You need to grow them and make them into things that are stronger, but also things that you can walk away from when you need a break of sorts.

This is not what this bit of writing is about and so I am going to move away from that and think of the summer and how it has begun on the day known as “today”, which happens to be a Tuesday.

I am not a fan of summer and I don’t mind making that apparent. I am looking forward to Autumn and what it brings, as well as winter when it finally returns. Feels like a while away, but it really isn’t. It’s not that far off. Only about six months away. That is not a long amount of time. It is an amount of time where a lot of things can get done and that is the hope, but as always it really is one of those things where you have to apply yourself to get to the end goal in the hope that you really make an impact on whatever it is that you are trying to make an impact upon. I don’t kn0ow if I will, but I do know that if I try I just might and I think that goes for everyone out there.

Now that I’ve said that I have to wonder as to why I entertained this urge to write when I have little of which I can express at the current moment. Maybe that’s just how things have to sit down and I have to embrace that, or something. I don’t necessarily mind that being a thing, or something, but now I’m left with a bunch of space and all I am doing at the present moment is writing about how I don’t know what to write and that’s not something that I want to get into at the present moment. I’ve covered it enough; there are other things out there that may be more worth the time going over. This is just a small thing at the end of the day, but seeing as it seems to want to emerge and come forth, I may as well let it do so and see what occurs, assuming anything occurs at all.

But then do I really want to? Do I really want to go down this path one more time? I think I’ve had enough of trying to entertain this thought process of which I have no interest in entertaining. Still, maybe it could lead to an interesting thought experiment, but of course I’d really have to work on it and make sure it is all sound and alive and vivid and all of those other things of which I would have to make sure in order to be able to make sure that the reading provides something not just to me, but to all of those who do indeed attempt to read whatever mess that I manage to produce.

Well, in looking over what I’ve written so far, I don’t know if this really amounts to anything. Perhaps there are some good points in what I’ve written today, but probably there are not. If there are, then I am sure, nay certain, that they could’ve been handled much better and much more effortlessly by people far better equipped to write anything, really. Still, I did what I needed to do at a particular juncture in time and that really is the thing that I need to embrace the most, or something. I don’t really know if that is indeed what I need to embrace, but I am going to pretend that that is indeed the case and then get on with the other things that I need to take care of as the day remains young, and so does the work load, though of course the work load has increased significantly, so I don’t know as to what it is that I am going on about, so I’ll just end this right here.

Wait; a bit short, so instead I will end this writing right here.

The time it took to write one thousand words: 10:07:48

Decent speed.

I feel like this feels like moving up and down with waves.

Written at home.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 822: Perhaps Awake Too Long

I think I’ve been awake for too long this morning.

Woke up at some time shortly past four in the morning. Couldn’t get back to sleep. Heard the neighbour’s dog bark loudly at two cats. That wasn’t fun. Such is life. You get on with it.

Still, am awake and am alive so need to get on with doing things. Trying to conquer the day and all that other stuff. Not sure where to start, but will find where it is that I need to start, if that makes sense. Out on some music that helps keep things relaxed, slowly have it bring in some energy and then go from there. Maybe. Maybe I will keep it relaxed all day and just relax and then take it easy and then relax some more. Maybe.

Well, I cannot do that as I have a few days off and I really need to capitalise on these few days. There are a lot of things to do and I cannot afford to be relaxed about them at the present moment, so I’m going to punch on forward and do things, but there shall also be reading as some reading needs to be done as I want to finish this book…

Anyway, I’m dropping that line of thought or whatever that was as it wasn’t that great and I need to move toward other things. NANoWriMo is now over and I have more free time than before, and perhaps that is a good thing. Not sure. Do know that there will be more time spent writing things that don’t pertain to that event, regardless of how loosely connected those things are, so I need to take advantage of that too. There area  few things of which I need to take advantage of, but I am only one person and I have only so many limbs of which I can make use of, of which I am thankful for, of course. So many things I take for granted that I really shouldn’t.

So now I am sitting here and I’m rambling but I think that soon shall be over, as once this is done I’m eating and taking care of a few other things. Then I will go from there. I’ll take it one moment at a time and with each moment there will be other things to branch off from, but of course I don’t know which of those branches I will follow at all times. Some of the time I may know and some of the time I won’t know, and that’s okay. It is okay to not know things as you can’t know everything all the time. You can’t know everything some of the time or even most of the time either, and that’s fantastic. To know everything wouldn’t be as something something and therefore you’d find yourself in a position where there would be things that you’d know as you’d know everything and I’m not sure where I’m going with this.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 05:11:47

A bit slower to write than some of the more recent stuff and it seemed to make no difference in the quality. Oh well.

Written at home.

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One Thousand Word Challenge 91: Day of Work Over

And so with the day of work over, I decided to rush into things once more and see where it takes me. There are only a few ways and most of the ways are down, but of course we will have to see what happens. Maybe it will be good and maybe it will be bad.

Today was a long day full of doing work and doing work. There were other things that did not involve doing work, but most of the day involved doing work and so work was done. Such is the way that things go when you are doing work.

There was a lot of music that was consumed and that is good as the consumption of music often leads to the consumption of music and then you hear new things and you consume them and add to your understanding of music and how it works and what it does and does not do. These are all great things, or something.

There were other things that happened. There was breathing. One could say that there was a regular amount of breathing. There was also leaving the desk on the odd occasion to go do something else. Sometimes this is a thing that happens and it was entirely my thing to embrace as it was something that I did on the odd occasion. Such is the way that things go on the odd occasion.

Now I am trying to think of other things that happened and I am sure that there were other things, but most of the day floated on by like a bird allowing itself to be carried by air currents to wherever it needs to be carried away to. It was not a hard day, but it was not an easy day. Just kind of a lazy busy day, if that makes sense.

The upside was the finishing of the work and thus being able to relax a little, but of course that relaxing was not to last and now I am doing other things that I need to do. This probably is not something that I need to do, but I feel like doing it and so I am going to continue doing what I am doing at the moment. Then I shall move onto other things and then I shall move onto other things after those things from which I moved onto earlier. I think that makes sense, but I don’t know as I’m not giving it much thought, to be honest.

Still, I shall continue with the writing and see where that gets me. Maybe it will get me somewhere. Maybe it will not. Maybe there will be things that I experience as I write this and therefore I shall write about those experiences in an attempt to understand them, though perhaps it is an attempt at understanding my vanity. We’ll just have to see. This is something that is not unusual (I imagine), but I don’t completely know and so I shall just keep on going with what I am going on with in the hopes that somehow all of this reveals itself to be an elaborate ruse in which I am dunking on myself to reveal the truth and strip away the ego and become a more humble person through some sort of self-examination that I think I am doing but am not, as the examination of the self is actually happening but it is not the one that I think is happening. Somehow this will all reveal itself and a greater truth that once was envisioned will become manifest and I shall become a better person, or something.

Before all of that, however, I need to finish this off and then move onto other things, which is something I guess I’ve said enough of, but I’m sweating here. Not due to the heat external to my body, but due to the heat that I am generating through my furious typing.

That is something that happens when you go too hard for no reason at all, but maybe I can consider it as some form of exercise and then write it off and then something else and then there will be much rejoicing and I will be a happy person, or something. I don’t know how it all works, but I am going to pretend that whatever it is that I am attempting to tackle with these few sentences works in that manner. That is what I am going to pretend and no one can stop me, except for everyone who can stop me, but I won’t tell them as then fi they know I will be stopped and I don’t think that is a very fair thing to unleash upon myself.

There are many other things and many other ways as to which I could express all of this, but this is how I do it and I have fun doing it. It may hurt my wrist a little, though sometimes it does hurt my wrist a lot, but I shall keep on going and hope that somehow it all makes sense, or at least provides some sort of enjoyment for some people. At the very least I hope that this gives people something in some shape or form. If not, at lest I enjoyed the writing aspect, even if I remain a rather subpar writer.

Maybe I should work on that, but that is something for another time. Right now I just want to finish this off and then get up and go do something that I need to take care of. Once more I am putting things off by adding more tasks and I need to stop doing that, but sometimes that is what someone does and I’m having some sort of weird fun writing about nothing, but maybe it is not weird fun and I’m just trying to write things and make them work. Don’t know if they will, but maybe they will. Maybe they won’t.

The time it took to write one thousand words: 09:32:78

Quick, messy and rambling.

Written at home.

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Light Above, Musician Below

Another photo of one of the members of Bongzilla.
Previous shared photos of Bongzilla here, here, here and here.

This photo is somewhat-similar to the second linked photo, though of a different angle and the light moving in a different direction relative to the musician’s back, unless you view the image of the light coming from a different angle, but I digress.

There’s something rather dramatic about this photo, which probably has to do with the light, the colour contrast and what the musician is doing. I think that, in conjunction with the space in the shot, the light above the musician really helps give a certain look to the image.

As this was taken for Culture Eater, there’s a gallery (and review) for the show this was taken at here and here.

I hope you enjoy.

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Five-Hundred Word Challenge 821: Rushing Through Things

I don’t have much time so this is going to be a bit of a rush. Consider yourself warned, or something.

Why do I not have much time? I still need to get ready for work, but also I had to walk off to the shops this morning and then walk back. Well, I could have taken public transport, but free exercise and all that. Took a bit longer than I thought it would. Also had the light fixture in the bathroom fall out and that was fun. Tried to address that. Wasn’t working, and so now I’m doing other things in order to get ready for work, or something.

Wait; that isn’t entirely true. The light fixture did indeed fall out, but right now I am not doing anything to get ready for work. I am writing this instead. Should probably start getting ready for work instead, but I am creature of habit, as they say, and so on and so forth. Essentially what I’m getting at is that it already has been a bit of a busy morning and it still is going, but of course I need to do other things and there is a lot that needs to be done and I don’t know if I have enough time to get it all done. Maybe I do. I probably do. We’ll see.

So instead of getting ready I’m trying to squeeze a bit of writing in and that probably is not a good idea, but I like to write and so writing is what I shall continue to do. Puts a bit more pressure on, but if I get it all done in a timely manner it won’t eat into things by too much. That is what I am hoping. Of course I’ll see what happens, but I already mentioned that and so now we’re entering the repetition territory and that is something that I had hoped to avoid, but here we are and so we may as well dive into the omnibus of repetition and hope that somehow it all ends up leading to something that self-repeats without outside assistance and therefore I can then get on with what it is that I need to do and get on with doing it all so that I can then get on with the getting ready and some other things that don’t involve cartwheeling my way to victory.

Of course in saying all of this I am making some assumptions about what I am and am not doing, but to be completely honest we all know that right now I am procrastinating and that perhaps is not the best thing that I could do in this current predicament. There are things that need addressing and instead of addressing them I am putting them off, but soon I will get up and get back to doing things so that I can continue keeping busy and then the commencement of work and so on and so forth, I think.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 04:40:73

A bit of a meaningless waffle that I wrote before work and only uploaded now.

Written at home.

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