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Please enjoy this article by my friend Jack Milgram

 Author Quirks and Habits

– A Custom-Writing.Org Production

The NULL Solution = Episode 143

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The NULL Solution = Episode 143

…The Null accepting nature will spread, eliminating the musty smell of judgement which hangs below the humidity laden clouds…

While Deke was consoling Joyner and pondering what it means to be human, Cerella is doing the heavy lifting. As in any organized civilization, laws are necessary to maintain order. If an individual or group gets out of line, there is a specific rule to point to. Now that the luster has worn off Eupepsia, she sees the need for anti-discrimination laws; for the Nulls retroactively and Joyner presently.

Princesses and Supreme Elders aside, Cerella takes matters one step further; directly to the governmental configuration.

“I am proposing institutional restructuring, my fellow elders. We are living in changing times. We can no longer operate in the mythical climate that blatantly ignores… even rebukes a large segment of our population.”

In a room filled to the brim with tower elders, and millions of ordinary spectators via visual link, the silence is palpable. Change comes hard and slow.

“I envision an inclusive body of leaders, located here at the base of Eupepsia the foundation of our culture, where every segment of our society will have a seat at the table. My dream is for Eridanus to be an example by which other worlds can model themselves after.”

The telekinetic chatter is nearly audible. Not all of it is negative.

“Each tower will choose a representative to participate at the Eupepsia Assembly, the new center for Eridanian unity!”

An entire population is glued to their video link. Eupepsia would no longer be viewed as the tower of the elite. It will be the Tower of the People.

The people are encouraged.

The Null have everything to gain and the Gifted have nothing to lose, that is unless deep-rooted prejudices cannot be set aside. Certainly the Null would not look at Joyner McKinney as a pariah. Their acceptance will spread, eliminating the musty smell of judgement which hangs below the humidity laden clouds.

Mimi and Eunice

Two votes were taken on a monumental day down the road; one silent, one using the Olde Language. The tower Eupepsia has been sanctioned by the majority of Eridanians to be the center of governance – cheered on by four Earthlings and witnessed by a very proud Ekcello. Eridanus, the world where people live an excessively long life, produces a milestone that rivals its storied beginnings. —

— In the sky, not so high that it cannot be seen by the whole planet, ⃝    shines brighter than ever before. Each individual Eridanian can see their reflection.

Lorgan.” Deke McKinney marvels.

Lorgan is witness to Eupepsia Dreaming.

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…You can’t please everyone all the time, but when you can satisfy the majority, it is a start…

Back in his King Ranch upbringing, Deke was used to foreign languages, before elementary Spanish became part of his south Texas way of life.

“Lo que es para el almuerzo.” “Senorita Francine la carne de cerdo y frijoles.”

Poor Deke and his brother thought the men were probably talking trash about their stepmom, but that was all. “What’s for lunch” and sounds like “the Alamo freed people from holes”, even though they “love Francine’s gourmet pork & bean creation”.

The Gifted preferred method of communication is between minds. Do the Null have a clue as to what is going on? That does nothing for the no-small matter of trust.

 #The Null have beautiful children# Thoughts do not audibly register, so the Null are unable to hear that some Gifted female thinks their child is beautiful, which is an unfortunate consequence.

The melodious Olde Language makes a rousing comeback, which is good, but it then leaves the Earthlings in the dark. You can’t please everyone all the time, but when you can satisfy the majority, it is a start.

The matter of Joyner McKinney is another story. The Gifted and Null share a genetic heritage, that some have traced back to the early days on their original homeworld. Celebrating that commonality can be used as glue for reluctant participants in global change. But to be mixed with the lowly humans, who are still relatively new to the Eridanian way and regrettably primitive {especially the one called Sammy Mac}, is a real hindrance to his acceptance. What good can such child do for the greater good? What manner of disease will be introduced among them?

John Q Eridanus is afraid that Joyner’s humanness will turn them all into savages, a marked step back for a superior race that has discarded wars and deplores aggression.

Similarly, Cerella’s status has been diminished. She has embraced the frivolous notion of love, a previously unnecessary emotional bond. That one even needs to express her feelings is foreign. Can she be trusted in a position of leadership without favoring her mate’s family?

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…we’ve anonymously blamed on so many sources that it will take a month of Sundays for anybody to sort out the truth…

“I propose compiling a list of your family members, match that to a list of the all the places you’ve been and see where that gets us.”

Deimostra McKinney has been given the job of genealogical historian, in addition to her duties as Eridanus’ lone debutante and the title of 1st Earth child born in space.

“I can do that Mr. Skaldic.” Her respectful nature comes naturally.

McKinneys                  Places

Sampson                      Earth

Celeste                          Mars

Deke                             NEWFOUNDLANDER

Gus                               Epsilon Eridani

Deimostra (Me)





Perception belongs to the eye of the beholder. Seeing the proper nouns scribbled in two columns inspires a new line of thinking for an outsider like Skaldic. If his hunch is correct, perhaps a mix ‘n match combination of the list will somehow equal Harmonia’s fuzzy math.

“I’ve been running some numbers,” explains Rick Stanley. “If we came to full-stop, that beast would overtake us in about 20 days, 20.6 million miles and closing.”

“Boy, it hardly looks like it is moving. I was just wondering.”

I doubt that it cares about us.”

Roy comments on their progress, “Thanks for that Rick. I was wondering if spotting the drone would affect their progress.”

“Did you notice that we have given the tow-drone a name? How does the Martian Mule sound?”

“Swell Rick. You can paint that on the hull when you get back to Earth.”

There appears to be no easy way out, of this appointed get-together, that is. Collapsar rumbles on @ 41,666.666 miles per hour. It will pass by Mars soon enough.

“Amateur astronomers are sharing screenshots of you-know-what on every social network out there. We’re spreading the rumor that it’s a hoax – being perpetrated by, well we’ve anonymously blamed on so many sources that it will take a month of Sundays for anybody to sort out the truth.”

Do Presidents, ex or otherwise, lie to the American people?

NASA is doing its best 23-skidoo, which used to refer to a gusty New York wind. Now it is a tap dance around an unwelcome subject.

This deception will do nothing to dissuade government conspiracy theorists from proliferating. Nobody pays much attention to history, so maybe historians will go easy on the facts and other fibs surrounding this confounding moment in Earth’s near future.

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…On a remote corner of King Ranch is an undistinguished home, 7/8ths of which is below grade, facing eastward and has prairie grass and cacti for a roof…

Over in the purported Mr. Lorgan’s Neighborhood, silent preparations are being made for Collapsar Axis’ arrival. Fletcher Fitch has been assigned the task of his long life; install the global force field that the inventor-race-deluxe, Seljuk bestowed upon them. While he is at it, beef up the disruptor array aboard SEx.

Fitch was the scientific whistleblower who exposed the United Korean Peninsula for the Space Colony 1 destroyers that they were. That they were in league with his country of Talibanistan made him a marked man for decades to come. What he does not know, is that there is still a hefty price on his head and fortune hunters out there willing to pursue the bounty.

Texas Sunrise | by DustDevilDiver (Briley Mitchell)

On a remote corner of King Ranch is an undistinguished home, 7/8ths of which is below grade, facing eastward. It has prairie grass and cacti for a roof. It has sheltered the traitor/scientist for many Texas sunrises and provided a haven for his wife and two daughters. The daughters had departed the underground nest years ago, leaving Fatima and the former Aldona Afridi to live out the rest of their lives. Once you are a friend of the Crippens, always a friend.

Up until now, his association with Galveston Launch Facility was viewed as benign. He is just one of a thousand other geek-types that work there… until he was recognized by the single “looter” who managed to elude death the other night. It seems that King Ranch booty may have been secondary to a greater Muslim cause.

It turns out that rogue goon-squad fishing expedition has accidentally spotted a Big Fitch.

But this Fitch is heedless in respect to any danger. He is flush with the excitement, like a kid in a candy store. Molecular stabilizers, force fields and disruptor arrays replace sugar plums and squirt guns. He is on top of the cutting edge technology pile and he relishes the view.

And his daughters have returned to the nest to help celebrate science, in addition to his 75th birthday. With life expectancies exceeding 100, his ¾ share of life {26 clear of his ties to Talibanistan} is well-worth celebrating. But a glitch in the ranch power grid has forced the party to move to Crippen/McKinney territory. However, Francine and Mindy’s culinary skills are lacking when it comes to Near-East cuisine, so Fatima must ferry his favorite foods from a mile away.

“Where is Fatima? I swear that woman doesn’t sit still for one minute!”

“She went back for the Harissa, forgot it in the blackout, back on the counter.” The dish made from semolina is a treat from the old days, unknown to local restaurateurs. Fletcher seldom asks for anything Arab. “Come dance with me my daughters!”

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…My money is on my pal Skaldy; none of that lofty nonsense is going on inside his brain, just good old-fashioned deduced reckoning…

Deduced Reckoning

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Sampson skepticism is festering – his frustration is the norm. “How is it that you can get inside the mind of that Zoot Suit guy, but when it comes to Lorgan, you don’t have a clue?”

“Make that Župzïð, Dad and take it easy on the Eridanians. It’s a big bad universe out there and no one can have all the answers.”

“Whatever. Speaking of answers, my money is on my pal Skaldy. None of that lofty nonsense is going on inside his brain, just good old-fashioned deduced reckoning. He seems to think that confounded riddle has to do with us McKinneys.”

“You think everything revolves around the McKinneys when it does not. We are just a speck in the universe’s eye. And what makes either of you think that the riddle and the sphere are linked?” Deke reasons.

“I give up. How else do you explain something that makes no sense? We’re thinking that everything adds up to Lorgan, right Skaldy?”

Not Ten cycles ago, who would have guessed that a Null would be included in Eridanian policy discussions? It does not hurt his stature that Skaldic has become the adopted blood brother of Sampson J. McKinney.

“I have compiled a plot of ⃝   ’s chaos signature. It has spent more time in the Terran system than anywhere else combined. It makes sense that it is responsible for the rebirth of an entire planet, therefore perfectly capable of construction a response-based entrance barrier.”

If you had been volleyballed back 10 light years like a ping-pong ball, why wouldn’t you make that connection?

“Make sense of the senseless and the Null shall be praised for their contribution to our galaxy.”

Ekcello has not mastered the art of subtle superiority. If Skaldic were not so used to the highhandedness, he would have been offended.

“We will do that!” exclaims the spokesman for the underestimated few.

They have +/- 56 Earth days remaining.

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…Holy cannoli! Delete – delete – delete…

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“What do you want me to do with this?” a staffer hands Roy Crippen a flawless picture, from an ISP assigned to Alf Quigby.

HD high resolution space telescopes are a useful tool for spotting black holes, distant galaxies, type-M planets and such wonders. When they snap a wallpaper quality image of Collapsar Axis, they become a cursed nuisance.

No sooner than things are calming down in Texas and the greater globe, with the news of a returning space-hero, a suitable-for-framing view of the alien colossus threatens to reignite the ugliest factions still bent on disorder.

Cover-ups are commonplace these days. It is not like the fibbers enjoy fibbing, or are even very good at it. But when an inquisitive teenager is able to ferret out the truth, no government or NASA tidbit is sacred anymore.

Holy cannoli! Delete – delete – delete… hold on a minute,” Roy amends. “Send that monster to an encrypted file. I want our best speculative experts to analyze, break down just what harm can be done to us.”

“Shouldn’t we share it with Planetary Defense?” Fletcher Fitch is the voice of reason.

“Only the director. We cannot afford to have the rest of those Chicken Littles screaming that the sky is falling. I am going back to the ranch. I need a vacation.”

“FYI, they are 57 days {+ change} out at present speed.”

“Good, McKinney and Stanley will be back by then. We will have time to reassess.”

“Just so you know, it looks like the Ÿ€Ð planetoid will pass Mars orbit in 56 days… Uranus in 45…” Sampson and Deke have been tracking {with greater accuracy} Collapsar Axis since its dalliance with Eridanus. Ekcello and Cerella have concentrated on assessing the probable intentions of this ominous, ever-growing collection of intergalactic nomads.

“I sense that Župzïð knows in his heart that Earth is not the cause of any of their misfortunes,” is Ekcello’s take. “It is ⃝     that they seek and your solar system is the focal point of its activity.”

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