The things on this list are not to be mistaken for those scary Universal Truths people are always going on about. I would never be that presumptuous. Well actually I would but then this list would be considerably less credible. So it’s strictly stuff that is constant in my subjective reality. Believe it if you dare.
1. When W calls me from the island, he is sitting on the deck, looking out over the water, and downing copious amounts of rum. I know this is true, because it’s exactly what he tells me. Every time. It’s of course possible that this is how he spends his entire day, with or without making a phone call.
2. Everyone I know and everyone I meet just wants deep down to be GOOD. At something, with something, for something. They want to be good to someone, or do something good for the world. Some are better at this than others. Some will end up good at being bad, or good for nothing. But GOOD nonetheless.
3. No matter how hard you work or how hard you try, some lunatic manager/boss type person is always going to ask you to try harder, to be more, to do more and to get better. (And thus make him/her look better in the process.) Resist the urge to choke this nutcase and don’t make excuses; just smile and nod and promise you will. It’s not really a lie if you don’t mention “when” you’re going to get around to it.
4. The harder it is to learn something, the longer you’ll remember it. Because you sure as hell don’t want to go through THAT again.
5. You’ll never fully appreciate what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. And even then you’ll rationalize it to death.
6. Nothing is ever as simple as it first appears. If it looks complex from the get go, you’re in big trouble.
7. People tend to hate what they don’t understand, and fear what they hate, and then they can’t understand why they’re so afraid. And hateful. And bloody confused. Ignorance is not bliss, it’s hell.
8. Love can hurt, but it’s always worth the pain. As long as you get to be the one inflicting it at some point, it will all even out in the end. No one gets out of being in love unscathed. Just like no one gets out of life alive.
9. Upside down and downside up are the very same thing.
10. Because it’s in the last place it was left, you will always find what you lost in the last place you look. And if you never find it, it’s because you gave up before you got to that last place. Or some idiot destroyed it. One or the other.
I’ve finished reading Joe Golem and the Drowning City, by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, and it was everything promised on the back cover and more. Steampunk turns out to be a genre I quite like. Except maybe don’t read it while you’re eating.