Writing project, August 2021

This month’s word is light, meaning “something that makes things visible or affords illumination”, “to set burning, as a candle, lamp, fire, match, or cigarette; kindle; ignite”, “of little weight; not heavy”, “of little weight in proportion to bulk; of low specific gravity” or “of less than the usual or average weight”.

This one is late too, but at least I’m catching up a bit!


It’s bright here. I like it. The light suffuses my soul, fills me up with heat and colour. It tastes… like love.

I’m happy here. I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy before. Maybe I’ve never been happy at all.

I don’t remember the time before, the darkness that covered everything, that obscured my feelings. Now everything is light and free, and I feel like all the bad things have been wiped away, leaving me empty, and ready for something new.

Ready for what? I don’t know, but I’m sure it’ll be wonderful.

© bardofupton 2021

Writing project, July 2021

This month’s word is silent, meaning “making no sound; quiet; still”, “refraining from speech”,
“speechless; mute”, “not inclined to speak; taciturn; reticent”, “characterized by absence of speech or sound”.

This is really late, sorry. I’m going to try to catch up this month with all the overdue ones.


I’ve always been the silent type. Not strong, mind you, just silent. I like to lurk in the background, listening but not speaking.

I’ve learned many secrets that way.

Not that anyone would know, of course. I keep them all to myself. I like knowing things, but I don’t want to be known for that.

I’m not sure what I do want to be known for. Nobody’s ever asked, so I’ve never really thought about it. I suppose that’s the downside of being quiet, nobody thinks to ask you anything.

It works to my advantage mostly: I’m never called on to speak unexpectedly, never asked nosy questions. I’m never expected to testify against my peers.

But also, nobody ever just asks me how I am. Sometimes… sometimes I wish they would. Sometimes I wish I could break out of this shell of silence I’ve wrapped myself in, but I just don’t know how. Or if anyone would care if I did.

So I stay as I am, an extra in my own life, a background figure, a statue in a world of automata. I pretend to like it like this, but really, truly, it’s just safer this way.

© bardofupton 2021

Reading project, week ending 5 Sep 2021

What have I read this week?

Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman

This is a science fiction novel, a sequel to The Forever War. It is about a man named Julian who is a part-time soldier who pilots a soldierboy (basically a robot soldier). I didn’t really like this, because I didn’t particularly like any of the characters.

One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem by Neil Tennant

This is a book containing lyrics to many of Neil Tennant’s songs (and a poem) with notes relating to their meaning. I found it interesting, but if you don’t like the music of the Pet Shop Boys you probably wouldn’t like it.

The Physicians of Vilnoc by Lois McMaster Bujold

This is a fantasy novella about the sorcerer Penric and his demon Desdemona. I enjoyed this; Penric and Desdemona are interesting characters, and I really like the world they are part of. I would definitely read more in this series.

Mount St Helens: A Sleeping Volcano Awakes by Marian T. Place

This is a nonfiction book about the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens. It’s aimed at children, so it’s written in quite simple language, but I found it an interesting introduction to this topic.

© bardofupton 2021