Friday, June 12, 2009

Point(less?)-form Updates

I've felt the motivation to post something here. I really have. But I've been over-employed and then under-employed, both of which serve to kill a man's best intentions.

Quick updates:
  • Baby's cookin' just fine. 36 weeks in. Projected due date is 40 weeks, so really, it could happen any time and be an okay pregnancy.
  • The "boy-name" is still Finnegan Tate. The "girl-name", which I was happy to keep as Molly Bea is now up in the air.
  • I'm working for a company called EbOWorld. I'm filling a contract they have for some Ruby on Rails application development. So far, so good. I'm liking Rails a lot.
  • Met the guy who does today. He's an Edmonton guy and a good guy. If you're using (Guth, I'm looking at you), knock it off and go to Seriously. Do it.
  • Hopped on the bike to get to work a couple of times this week. Not this morning. I was going to, but fates collided and I was up early enough to go downtown and play hockey at the YMCA. My legs were tired and sore, but the real damage was to my left shin. I'm sorry, lefty. I'll consider wearing pads from now on.
  • Big fire at the Rapid Apartment complex. For those of you Leducies, yes, that's where "George's" used to be. An institution is razed to the ground one late spring evening. Totally shocking to me.
  • I now have a facebook username. You can reach me at I don't understand the significance, but if it's anything like all the other facebook things that have come along, I'm sure that I'll wonder how I ever did without it very soon.
  • I'm thinking about a story written completely within the correspondence between two people who never actually meet. I'm sure it's been done before, but the idea has piqued my interest. The idea that you can probe people's motivations, their relationship, without ever being able to come out and say it. And talk about unreliable narrator... Everything's below the surface. Dunno, I have to get better at letter-writing, if I'm going to pursue this.


Kyle said...

Thanks for the reminder about the user names, /drkyle and /erron.anderson were still available so all is well.

Erron said...

Liam, I have a few friendships (close ones) with people I've never met face to face. I think most of us do??? I guess it has to do with living in the future . Okay we live in the present, but with 2010 mere months away, I feel like I live in the future, but without the really cool cars and personal robots.

I think it makes for a very intriguing character trait idea.

El Cliff said...

Interesting story idea, Liam.

Also, the description of your company from their website is awful :

We have a proven record of delivering on the implementation and integration of mission critical applications. We do this by assembling an outstanding team of the best professionals to meet your needs.

Really? Whoever wrote that should be hurt badly.

legion said...

thanks. i forgot about facebook usernames becoming available. so now is yours truly.

Just a thought: you only need to get as good at letter writing as your two protagonists. Especially with extended correspondences, if you want a true to life feeling, then I'd suggest they might even get worse as time goes on. Just like emails between two old friends might omit all sorts of necessary grammar constructs and standard letter greetings. Unless of course a character is inherently formal or something which could be an interesting trait too.

Anyway, it does sound an interesting premise. I hope it turns into something cool

Liam J. said...

James: That's the idea. It's going to be a relationship completely made of formal letter-writing, observing the style and etiquette (of which I know next to nothing) and I'm going to try to slip some themes in there.

Right now, I'm working on another story - it involves a PI and some celestial entities. I'm not really at liberty to say more, but I'm excited about it.

Cliff: I dunno. It makes sense to me. We have verifiable proof that we do good, important work on time by hiring talented people and getting them to do it.

Erron: The internet makes it a lot easier to make friends with (or fall in love with, I guess) people you've never met. I'm interested in using regular mail correspondence because I think letter-writing is a form that has fallen out of use. People use short-form for everything, now, and it makes me want to explore a situation that combines the anonymity of the internet with the grace of a formal letter. Intrigues me, too.

Kyle: I'm still trying to figure out what they're going to use these usernames/urls for.

El Cliff said...

By the way, having driven by the Rapid Apartment complex...weird. The whole 3rd floor is gone, and with the amount of water they poured in to the lower floors methinks the building is probably on borrowed time.