So now, several years and a few hundred fictionlets later, Brigid and Greg have a slew of supporting characters, an established history, and novels in the works. And as they hopefully continue to grow and prosper, catching up with them by reading my blog becomes less and less practical, so it’s time to put them together in an easily-digestible form.
The volume before you is the first of these. It contains the first hundred fictionlets, including a lot of variations on the format and first appearances of characters or ideas that continue to appear again and again. Every hundred or so that I write will go into a new volume, as well as being regularly posted to my blog at www.gneech.com. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know Brigid, the incorrigible shrew, and Greg, the muddleheaded chump.
A note on format: the dates on each fictionlet indicate the day it was written, not the day it happens. The fictionlets jump backwards, forwards, and occasionally sideways in time and place. And believe me, if you think it’s confusing to read them that way, be glad you didn’t have to write them like that!
John “The Gneech” Robey
November 13, 2003
He looked at her quizzically.
“Look,” she said, “it’s very simple. If you’re at the top of a long slope or cliff, you have potential energy. If you’re rolling down the slope, or falling off the cliff, you have kinetic energy.”
“Yes,” he said. “But what if you’re at the bottom of the slope, down deep in the valley, not moving at all?”
She gave him a look that would cut paper. “Well then you’re just sad.”
He sighed. She was always cruel about physics.
September 29, 2004
“Well this is an unexpected missive,” I said, reading from the screen. “Dear Gerg: Get smooth, touchable skin in just six days!”