Dear fellow steampunkers, I am nearly overwhelmed by the great number of so-called "social network" venues which I must monitor and, according to custom, interact with on a regular basis. Hence, I've fallen behind and I can't get up!

In all reasonable seriousness, I believe that were I to have in my possession one of those hand-held devices that contain linkage to all of the required communicative resources that are so common on this world, I may be able to better cope. I can't imagine the heft of the necessary steamworks to drive them, however. One must likely use a carriage of some sort just to tote the machinery along with you!

Indeed, on my adopted world of Ghoupallesz in the late 1500s, by comparison, such devices operate via clockwork, a much more portable means. However, they are limited to a single communicative link--one which, unfortunately, is usually monitored by one's wife or mother-in-law, thereby defeating the purpose for which many gentlemen initially obtained the device.

Said device quickly becomes a resource for locating wandering children or soliciting sporting scores. And, so I've been told by my fellow interdimensional voyagers, in the next fifty years or so, the government will be closely monitoring all communication from these devices--prompting citizens to revert back to old-fashioned handwritten communication that can be burned after reading.

Nevertheless, I am endeavoring to find an appropriate balance between the mechanical world and that of flesh, blood, and bone.

Carry on!

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Comment by May Water on September 1, 2011 at 7:32pm

Tis love Sir Stephen ,Whenever I am touched by a kindred spirit it radiates through my very core.  <3 is the only symbol on this world that can express it. I do like your imagination though...for what you conjure is quite tasty. I do enjoy being female on this planet. I am adorned with so many fun in and out gadgets. :)

Comment by Stephen Swartz on September 1, 2011 at 7:42pm

Flabbergasted. Humbled. Enticed.

Indeed, I've been away too long, have forgotten much that had meaning before. I see that the symbol, if turned upright, does resemble the traditional heart-shape of old. Silly of me not to recognize it. It is rare to find a kindred spirit, isn't it?

Now I am speechless--fingerless, we keyboardists might say instead. Ah, but the bed calls to me--albeit an empty bed, it may yet be full of dreams! 

Have a poignant night!

Comment by dave bartram on September 1, 2011 at 11:06pm
Much as I feel I'm interrupting a private party in a hotel sauna I feel I do have to add that there is a big difference between writing for others, and, well, writing for others...
Comment by Stephen Swartz on September 2, 2011 at 9:48am

To be fair, and quite honest, I usually eschew hotels, especially any saunas that might be available, chiefly on hygiene concerns. The same philosophy goes for using beds or any furniture which may typically be shared among multiple backsides. The propensity for cleanliness is a nasty fetish I picked up on my interdimensional voyaging.

The idea is to avoid leaving one's DNA behind when one moves on. I've heard this expressed rather well in something called "The Prime Directive," spoken in an episode of a television drama. Unfortunately, I happened upon the idea long after I had polluted my adopted world by leaving a handful of sons and daughters. I humbly vow to be better in my next life!

Comment by dave bartram on September 2, 2011 at 9:53am
Shame the previous occupants of the room that the Head of the IMF used for his shameful shenanigans didn't think similarly. At the risk of being vulgar, a number of 'samples' from unidentified men found on the carpet, the walls, the bedcovers... And that was in a hotel that costs $3000 a night. Nice.
Comment by Stephen Swartz on September 2, 2011 at 10:04am
Perhaps the cleaning staff were distracted from their normal duties by the lascivious patrons occupying the rooms! Or else, a short-cut is tempting, the quick-fix desirable, the skip-over a common occurrence. Visiting such an establishment, no matter the price, could cost one heavily.
Comment by Stephen Swartz on September 9, 2011 at 7:31am

To all,

I have found a means of connection with the Google database system and have informed myself of many of the scripts and symbols now in common usage. I apologize for my lack of trendiness, and certainly I shall strive to keep up with the latest standards of decorum. Much gratitude for your patience!


S. Swartz


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