What's the secret number?
A lovely Wednesday-morning read for me, Terry, thanks. It actually feels nice that this is midweek and not right at the start. Mondays never feel overly good for me. I have also been feeling a little low lately, but can't exactly put my mind on why. The weather is amazing (spring is springing here) and work is calm, but for some reason things just feel a bit bleh. So, thanks for the notion on reframing. I think I need to do some of that. And congratulations on your huge body of work. It has (and continues to be) a joy to read all that you put out.
My initial thought it 13. Some of the wording near the start seemed to nudge something and then the unlucky line and more than a dozen. Mitchell puzzle master seems to have caught more of these, so I'm going with 13 too.
My guess is 13. No reason, it's a guess. I once went to see Tommy Cooper at Dudley Hippodrome, many, many years ago. He was a total hoot. The chap I went with fell off his seat laughing - twice.
13? (Unlucky, mirror, Once upon a PRIME, more than a dozen.)
Thanks for the shout-out. The mirror scene was funny, indeed. I know it's only pence but, how do I make sure you get the commission when I buy Once Upon A Prime? I am very curious to read about the hidden 42.
Box / tomb. Damn. That made me super sad. For me, it was the CD-ROMs of games that can no longer be played; the Evernote second brain, cluttered with story, game and puzzle ideas; and long abandoned domains, which I kept renewing for years, "just in case."
I like that you consoled yourself with the flip side of that coin: your completed projects. That helps me, too, but there's always going to be that if-only vibe, thrumming in the nether regions of my subconscious.
Time to check some of the links you shared.
Sooooo much fun/interest/learning/knowledge/Terry in this post, Terry! What a great start to the week! That Tommy Cooper joke - gosh, he was something, wasn't he?! 🤣
I went to a performance at the Globe very many years ago - and to my shame I don't remember what I saw! I do remember that it was a very, very hot day, that I wished I'd taken my own cushion, and that I enjoyed the performance immensely. How lovely that you did a tour - that must have been fascinating!
Film cinematography would be so cool. Did you used to make short films? Also, saxophone is without a doubt the coolest instrument of them all.
Also, thanks for the shout out!
"...1984 has had a trigger warning slapped on it in some quarters." Good God. Really? And I agree about self-obsession. So much "I ,me, my, mine. Which is cool, maybe, if you have an extraordinary ( or at least entertaining ) life. I tend to be a little suspicious of anyone who wants to share their "journey" ... Is your number zero? And THANKS again for the shout out! Raymond thanks you too.
I agree with Julie, changing the narrative can make all the difference! 💜
Love the example of changing the narrative. Thank you! Also my daughter was at the Globe last week to see Macbeth. Small world.
I'm 42 so I think that 42 is the answer (to quote Adam Douglas). (I'm probably wrong, but I had to try.)
I'm amazed at your many talents, Terry. You experience cutting & glueing analogue film left me in awe. Sounds like the analogue version of copying & pasting but more work intensive. 🤣 Plus, you couldn't copy/paste anyone's work (but nothing is perfect in life).
Thank you for including me in your recommendations, I really and humbly appreciate it.
P.S. That video was such good fun. What was the high-brow article you mentioned (and low brow comment to it)?
Another post rich in smiles and discoveries of great writing.
Thank you so much for the accolade, too, much appreciated!
Is the hidden number 3...?
Wonderful musings. A Scottish play tour! Is this in the UK? Love the Out Dam Spot antiseptic stand.