Slashdot: News for Nerds


Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Uh, three?

mcgrew (92797) writes | about 10 months ago

User Journal 7

What chapter is this, I've lost track. It will change, anyway.
Chapter One
Part, uh, three?

What chapter is this, I've lost track. It will change, anyway.
Chapter One
Part, uh, three?

        Three days after liftoff I was watching a movie, Desire cuddled in my arm. God, I liked this woman. She was like a female me, only refined, she'd went to college.
                Of course, the tablet had to ruin the mood, damn it. I had to go to the commons area.
                Right now the commons area was a bar and the robots summoned me because there was a damned bar fight.
                I like having company but I hate being a babysitter.
                Tables were overturned, two women were fistfighting so I tasered and handcuffed both of the dumbasses. "OK," I said, "Who are you girls and what's this about?"
                "I'm Billie and that bitch called me a cunt so I hit her," the blonde with the black eye said.
                "I'm Sparkle," the other one said. "And I was just defending myself from that cunt."
                I sighed. "Look, bitches, there ain't gonna be no violence on my boat, get it? Billie, you're confined to quarters, and that means the door's locked, for twenty four hours. It happens again and you're locked up for the rest of the trip. Got it? That shit don't happen on my boat.
                "Sparkle, you get two hours and you better stay out of trouble." I escorted them to their quarters and removed their handcuffs, locked the doors and returned to Desire.
                If I'd gone to college maybe I'd known about drops.
                As I was going back to Desire's, Tammy walked up. Tammy, my sole passenger. "Trouble?" She asked.
                "Nope, just a couple of pissed off whores," I said. Yeah, I held this woman in contempt. A dropper whore was... well, you don't want to know one. Believe me.
                "That's what happens when they don't get their drops." she said.
                "Huh?" I hadn't known whores or droppers. But I knew I didn't want to.
                "Droppers get violent when they don't get their drops."
                "Best not fuck with me, asshole."
                Shit, no wonder the company gave me a raise. Droppers and no drops.
                I was in trouble.
                    Or maybe not. It was a month before another such incident occurred, and was quickly quelled; I didn't have to ground the kids this time.
                When I say "babysitter" I'm not kidding. These fully grown women acted like spoiled children. It's like they weren't raised right, I don't know.
                Hey, can I go to the bathroom? Thanks.
                OK, where was I? Oh, yeah, drops.
                I knew those damned things were addictive, but I didn't know that withdrawal from them caused violence. And, it seemed, every time. I was in trouble and didn't know it.

cancel ×


Drug Culture. (1)

Dextrously (1086289) | about 10 months ago | (#44879887)

I really know nothing about it apparently. I'm already hooked on this new book though, does that count?

As far as the characters go. So far, I'm liking Tammy more than Desire. I love her snappy come backs.

Re:Drug Culture. (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 10 months ago | (#44882055)

I've known far too many addicts, so I probably have a pretty good handle on them. Comments like yours make writing it worthwhile, thanks!

Re:Drug Culture. (1)

socz (1057222) | about 10 months ago | (#44951233)

I just read and caught up with all the posts, very interested to see what happens once the boat reaches Mars. Will everyone have made it? Keeping going, can't wait to see it finished!

Re:Drug Culture. (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 10 months ago | (#44955009)

To tell you the truth the rest of the story is still hazy to me, but there will be some surprises. Especially pertaining to Destiny and Tammy.

I don't know if there will be fatalities, but as was mentioned, withdrawal of the drug causes violence. Mutiny is rolling around in the back of my mind... but I like happy endings (or at worst which may be the case here, semi-sweet). I'm pretty sure they'll make it to Mars, but I honestly don't know. I just start typing and let my subconscious do the work. But I want it to be something I would enjoy reading (I've probably read Nobots 100 times editing it).

It seemed to work out with Nobots OK, even though I had to do a lot of editing on the final book, which is probably twice as many words (42042) as the draft. I'm pleased with the final Nobots, getting an ISBN (already registered the copyright) in a few days and will post it at slashdot a chapter a day shortly after I release the dead tree version.

I'm glad you guys are enjoying it, that's the reason for writing it. Not much point in writing if nobody will read.

If you see weirdness or anomalies or something seems wrong, please comment! I want to write the best books I can, and you guys are a big help.

BTW, I have a new chapter ready to post. Maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow.

Re:Drug Culture. (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 10 months ago | (#44955101)

PS - the chapter you're commenting on isn't the latest. Next: The eyedropper []
Fire! []
A routine inspection []
Bill's crippled boat []
Uh, what chapter is this? [] (obviously some chapter names will change, as will a lot of the text, this is just a crude draft)

Re:Drug Culture. (1)

socz (1057222) | about 10 months ago | (#44962523)

Yep thanks, I read them in reverse order :P

The part that really has me laughing is the 'I didn't go to college' bit in explaining how he somehow doesn't get it (but he does). But his experience as 'Captain' I'm sure has more than prepared him for this trip. I'm also curious about the incident that drew the CEO's attention - how it happened. We know that the robots pretty much do the work now, maybe going into why robots instead of people (besides the economics of it) running the ship can be explored?

Re:Drug Culture. (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 10 months ago | (#44966691)

Well, his experience as bus driver and babysitter didn't prepare him for sociopathic whores. I'm not sure if I'll go into what made the CEO take notice except he saved the corporation money (actually I don't know myself). But maybe I should... thanks, that may be a pivotal point.

I do have some surprises in store, don't want to spoil it. It's about 1/5th away from novel length and I want this one to be a little bigger than Nobots. But I'm mostly "flying by the seat of my pants" like the last book.

I wonder if I can get those ISBNs without using my credit card, I'm trying not to use it too much. Trying to get my shitty credit score higher. I can thank whores and my own stupidity for the credit rating. Live and learn!

I was going to post another chapter tonight; it's written but I'm a little drunk tonight, that happens when I can't find any weed. If I post it I'll surely screw it up. Like Dirty Harry says, "a man's got to know his limitations." And I'm at mine right now... I can barely type coherently.

As to the robots, if he had a crew it would be too easy for him to overcome what's coming. Whores ain't usually nice people,the ones I've met are thieving sociopaths... just like the ones John is dealing with. Only his whores are worse than the ones I've known (there was one at Felbers tonight that wanted... well, I know better these days).

Check for New Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account