Panic now and avoid the rush.

“Remember what the Dormouse said…”

I should probably apologize to LR for mentally casting him as the human in that “Pirates Are In This Year” flashback scene when I was trying to use it as a metaphor.  Not that the metaphor can be followed too closely.  For one thing, the real-life DD-analogue never issued an ultimatum, just strongly recommended clearing up a few facts — except when he said not to say anything at all.  Confusing as hell, let me tell you!  Still, imagine me not wearing a bandana… *shakes head*  Definitely a “panic now and avoid the rush” moment.

On the other hand, I think that now I can write the rest of the flashback scene, since it doesn’t have to serve double duty.  I may not have a use for the scene now — or for any other scene for any fiction, ever — but I’ll be able to write it.

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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