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So here's the thread, and now . . um. hmm i'm really very awkward sometimes

I've never done a make-a-friend thing before, but I suppose you already sort-of know me, I doubt I need to introduce myself, anyway. I'm just the insane-ish Night Vale-esque person who sometimes posts things and sometimes floats around as a phantom . .

. . can't think of anything to say because I am typing this at nearly 11 o'clock at night, but if the thread spirits decide to let this go through and behave as all other threads do, then I will post on it when I am less utterly exhausted

many apologies for this entire post, but if I didn't do it now I would put it off until we were both skeletons. As I do everything.

submitted by Darkling@Jaybells, age ?, A New England
(October 2, 2022 - 10:57 pm)

Yeee! All is well, seeing that all present are awkward sentient potatoes!

It appears that the whims of the thread spirits' tide has honoured your wish and established this thread before we have had to chance to posthumously accept their blessing! Let us embark on our treacherous conversation, fellow phantom! 

En garde! 

submitted by Jaybells, defs not procrastinating
(October 3, 2022 - 12:40 pm)
submitted by Top Hat, Toppington
(October 3, 2022 - 7:44 pm)

Greetings from the school library! The small slot of freedom which I often spend reading random and/or trashy thriller novels. I recently finished one called Ten, which was pretty much a modern-day copy of And Then There Were None. Only of course not as good.

There is also something I've frequently wondered: Are you, perchance, British? Or do you just frequently use British spelling? I feel as though you've been asked this before, but I forgot the answer.

And, if a shadowy stranger approaches you under a streetlamp at night and offers you your choice of a glass orb that appears to be full of souls, or an ornate crown made of ice, which one would you choose?

In relation to the above question, the best kind of sense is nonsense. 

Physical Science class beckons a long, skeletal finger, but I'll be back, time will tell.  

submitted by Darkling, raspberry beret
(October 4, 2022 - 9:31 am)

Ah, but of course. Although not stictly British in the present day, Ireland still bears the marks of her monolith oppressor, a fact all too clear in our writing, if that answers your question.

AND DO MY EYES DECIEVE ME?! MENTIONING AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, ARE WE?? Now that I know of a modern-day interpretation, the library beckons me once more... But I shall remain long enough to sate your curiousity.

Let's see, although an Icy Crown is always a tempting offer, perhaps I would prefer the, er, soul- lava-lamp? My licht-ish sensibilities must at times be addressed~ Besides, when should I get another chance to find a glass globe full of souls? Ice is readily available and far too malleable for my liking.

Now, I put to you a query of my own! If a cloaked figure descended from the heavens, brandishing a scythe, would you choose the 1000g golden apple (which is, of course gem-encrusted) or a 10g scale (with questionable precision) from your conveniently-placed friendly but money-hungry shopkeeper? Who knows what shenaniganery you may embark upon thereafter?

May you survive to see another darkened day, my dear Darkling-san.

submitted by Jaybells, age xe/xyr, Lost in the Dark
(October 5, 2022 - 8:02 am)

Hmm, an interesting question. I see no reason not to choose the apple, unless it's cursed, or made of illusioned sand, or highly sought after by a formidable and malevolent cult. All of which seem like viable options considering the figure offering it to me could very well be Death itself. But a scale with questionable precision I could get simply by tampering with any old scale, and so the apple it is, possible consequences aside. 

Either one of our perilous inquiries would make a rather interesting beginning to a story . . perhaps that could be a possible writing project? I'm attempting Writober, but the going's rather slow; or else it's my short stories that are too long. 

A sixth grader at a table next to me is trying to break a plastic pen with his teeth and it is very distracting . . . 

submitted by Darkling, toil and trouble
(October 6, 2022 - 9:33 am)

We knowst not from where the cursed(?) apple came, but may as well sow the seeds of chaos from here an out~ ;)

I'd be happy to write an Epic based on our impromptu 'prompts,' if you dare not slip away from the deal! Fear not for the length of the stories, for when one is of high quality the size can hardly be faulted. May we both have best of luck as we futilely attempt to keep up with the Writober prompts... ¡Buena suerte!

Anyhow, got any musical suggestions or something of that nature? I recently went on a taste-testing spree and found myself some new sounds to add to the collection. Kinda curious to see what others are into now 0w0

submitted by Jaybells, Lost, somewhere
(October 6, 2022 - 2:45 pm)

If anything I have too many musical suggestions . . as is always the case, but I'll try not to drown you in them, so here are a few.

Aibohphobia - Shakey Graves

An odd, slightly spooky song that begins akin to something out of an old cartoon or a carnival, and progresses into palindromic madness. The word aibohphobia is itself a palindrome, and means "a fear of palindromes". There are many palindromes, both obvious and hidden, in the lyrics. 

The Engine Driver - The Decemberists

A melancholy, pining melody. The Decemberists are one of my all-time favorite bands; their singer has such a unique, fantastic voice, and the lyrics are beautiful. I would highly recommend any of their songs.

We Have a Map of the Piano - mùm

mùm is an Icelandic group, and I fell in love with them immediately. They're very nice background-ish studying music, and I was actually stunned when I first listened to this song because it doesn't sound like anything else I've ever heard. They have soft piano and synthesizer, and kind of ethereal vocals.  Super pretty.

These Days - Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog is one of those bands where they don't always have a distinct style of song, so every album is a bit different, but they do have a very distinct singer. "These Days" is one of my favorites of theirs; it's one of those songs that you can't listen to while sitting still, it's a "go do something" song. Another good song by Dr. Dog is "Heart it Races", although it doesn't sound at all like this one.

Ghosts - The Head and the Heart

Great rattling piano chords, and an awesome piano solo, cool harmonies, weird chords and chord changes that absolutely work in the best way. Not a creepy song, despite the name, but one of my favorite songs of all time. 


And there you have it! If you like any of those artists, a lot of their other work is also good. I live off a steady diet of music (my main form of sustenance), and if you have any suggestions in return, it would be much appreciated! There seems to be an infinite collection of music I haven't yet heard, which is good because it means I'm in no danger of running out of brain-fuel.

I also apologize for the lateness of this reply, it has been the hectic-end-of-marching-band weekend. But now life is sort of back to whatever "normalcy" is, so! I'll try to be more punctual!

My library time draweth to a close, and I melt away into the halls . . goodbye.

submitted by Darkling, toil and trouble
(October 10, 2022 - 9:29 am)

Honestly same, we had a huge marching band competition to contend with as well as the emotional turmoil of such an event so it's been really hectic over here too. (We tied in first, but technically placed second over more than 40 different, er, districts, I suppose one would call them? Good times, I was very proud of the show as a whole)

Cool music selection, by the way. I dare not admit to not knowing any of them, but sooner than later they will be added to my long and exorbitant list of favourite songs...

Anyhow, (completely unrelated), but I wonder whether or not you might be interested in the creation of a tale in which an oppressed race of spiders, finally emboldened by the chills of October, move to take back the world? Inspired by a recent true-life story of mine, and I felt it would be very on-brand for you to brainstorm about this. (In truth, when the thought first came to me, I was instantly reminded of the yogurt-bound apocalyptic poem you wrote from who-knows-when. What fun~).

Do get back to me soon! If you survive the enslaught, that is.... 

submitted by Jaybells, age xe/xyr/xem, Lost, somewhere
(October 10, 2022 - 9:26 pm)
submitted by Top Hat, sTOP right there
(October 10, 2022 - 2:53 pm)

Congratulations on your marching band win! Our tiny 32-person band won first in two of our three competitions, so the whole season was a lot of motivational pep talks, bated breath, excited cheering, and crying (on the part of our band director). What instrument do you play? 

I must say I am intrigued by the prospect of an arachnid uprising. In fact I am nearly always intrigued by the prospect of an anything uprising. How do you suggest we go about weaving the tale (spiderweb pun fully intended)?


submitted by Darkling, Icewind Dale
(October 12, 2022 - 9:13 am)

Apologies for the late response; but thank you and congratulations to yourself for your performance! I'm actually a colour-guardian, but my younger sister plays melophone and is (if not incredibly awkward) somehow a social butterfly more-or-less, so I know a bunch of the band kids too. What do you play? :3

And of course, true to my character, I have absolutely no plan when in comes to telling the tale of the uprising... I suppose we don't wanna get ourselves overwhelmed by fretting over the tiny details quite yet, so perhaps we should start lying down the broad strokes first. Unless you have a much better method, of course.

Perhaps preparing for a spectacularly embroiled political scene would be a good place to start? 

submitted by Jaybells, Lost, somewhere
(October 16, 2022 - 10:30 pm)

I play a multitude of instruments, as a percussionist. Although most of them are partially broken because last year's percussionists seemed to ruin everything they touched. For marching band I'm on snare drum.  My drum has lost a multitude of screws, and the harness broke once, but if it's usable, we deem it fine. We really can't have nice things.

I must say I've always admired members of the color-guard. Their flag routines seem very complicated. Our school is too small to have one, but I enjoy watching them in larger schools' parades. 

Are you doing anything interesting for Halloween? It's approaching almost too fast, and I still don't have a set costume, and am trying not to panic. I haven't been able to knock as many horror movies off my to-watch list as I would like, but my family and I have been enjoying many of Tim Burton's films, which are all (so far as I have seen) fantastic. 

Laying down groundwork for the story seems like a good idea. When dealing with arachnid politics you're bound to encounter plethoras of details, fine print, and the like, which is a bit intimidating to begin on. Would you like to start it off? 

submitted by Darkling
(October 25, 2022 - 9:19 am)
submitted by top
(October 23, 2022 - 6:54 pm)

*continues to buffer*

You know, sometimes starting an idea is the worst part... 

submitted by Jaybells, Lost, somewhere
(November 11, 2022 - 2:02 pm)