I'm phoning it in again. That's a proper pun because it's true twice - literally and figuratively. But the captain shouldn't give orders he isn't willing to follow, so i can hardly sit it out. I was too late for the last one anyway; I had something that I thought was great, but I couldn't make the time to work on it. That may change when we get two computers.
Yeah, I had a lot of trouble with it, and in retrospect I kind of regret making it up, but the title seemed like a great one and it was on-theme. It's harder than i thought to do themes. The idea for the week was simple and sounded easy.... In practice, it's kind of hard.
But really, it's like dancing around a touchy subject. Once you think of it that way, you realize you've done it before - a lot. Still, it's hard to craft a decent story around that device. So you've got some options - you can, for instance, work at it, brainstorm, and be generally brilliant. Or you can be lazy. I picked lazy, and wrote around the thing itself. Not much of a story, but hell. I'm fixing it up finally, but the original phone interface is still giving me crap with vestigal formatting tags, I know it's not going to look quite right. So if the secret goal was to carefully craft something that brilliantly mimics the qualities of a self-referential angst-ridden throw-away blog post... huzzah!
I'd rather be finishing my story about cosmopolitan cave-people looking for moose and hiding from giant birds while dealing with small-town politics and awkward office romance. But I have trouble with word limits....