What is this numbers thing?!!

“Hey Joe, what is this numbers thing?”

This is a question I’ve been asked more than once recently. In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been posting stories with only numbers as titles for the past few months. I thought now would be a good time to share with you some of my creative activities this year so far.

What you should know up front is that each of these numbered stories is unique. They’re not chapters of one continuous story, so if you’re looking for a through-line, you won’t find it.

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Starting at the bottom of his list, with the easy stuff, Chuck was able to accomplish more things, quicker, than ever before.

First he cleaned his house top to bottom, then organized his books, then burned his expired food in the appropriate metal bin in the backyard.

“Always keep the easy things for last,” is what is mother taught him, but clearly she was wrong. Working his way up the list, Chuck found himself growing more energized as tasks became more complex.

He cleaned out his car’s engine and rebuilt the valves, which took him the better part of two days, but at the end of that job his car was faster, and he felt his knowledge base had grown a few bytes.

Which was a good thing, since the next few items would be particularly tricky.

Utilizing all of his knowledge, Chuck spent three weeks meticulously measuring his magnetic-atomic Collider and doling out particles along the structure. Three weeks flew by in a matter of seconds, and Chuck suddenly blinked his way to a reset.

He was pleased since, while powered down, Chuck could re-organize his knowledge cells, de-fragment crowded areas, and then start fresh for the final two tasks.

When Chuck awoke, the Collider was missing, as was the jet engine. He smelled expired food as he shuffled through his house, and found his car to be much slower than ever before. So, Chuck made a list, and decided to start at the top this time, like his mother said, addressing the more complicated tasks.

First, he cleaned his house.