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No. 144: Eastern screech-owl.

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 10 is now on AO3: Doin' What Comes Naturally.

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"I'm all for helping out Bitter Springs and, eventually, getting around to negotiating with the different tribes," Arcade said. "But is this really a necessary side trip?"

Technically… no. It wasn't. They didn't have to go after those dog tags, which would be turned in, and then the families and loved ones would get notifications and closure, instead of wondering whatever happened to their men and women in uniform. It wasn't necessary to do this to save the world.

But.

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 9 is now on AO3: Something's Gotta Give.

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"Obviously computers can send messages within the same building," Gunnar was telling Boone, as he and Arcade went through the book and magazine collection looking for anything that might help. "And messages must be getting through besides on the radio."

"I doubt it. NCR always used radio,” Boone said. “That's why you had to carry those codes to the different camps. How could a computer send messages? It needs wires."

"It's an interesting application, if we could make it work," Arcade said. "Imagine typing out your message and sending it directly to another computer miles away! Though I do suspect you'd need more wires."

"And let me guess, the factories that can make wires are long looted," Gunnar said, grimacing. "This world lost so much technology. You’ve lost the tools to make the tools to make the thing. To make good, reliable wires for high technology, you can't just heat up some metal over a really hot fire and… I don't even know how they made wire before factories," he admitted.

"Don't know, or forgot?"

"Same thing at this point. Hey, what if we got the Pipboy to convert radio signals into text on the screen? Could we do that?"

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 8 is now on AO3: So Near and Yet So Far.

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They found no Brotherhood and not much in the way of salvage. Not even a sign that the Brotherhood had been there.

"So this has been a complete waste of our time," Boone sighed.

"Not entirely." Gunnar tested one of the old chairs, sat down and began to type at a terminal. "Tabitha got her friend back."

"Yeah. That was good of you. I hope it pays off."

"I'm sure it will." Gunnar got into the terminal entries.

Hermes Communications, Inc.
Black Mountain Submatrix
System Online

Log 672 — October 21, 2077
We've been picking up a lot of activity from China's satellite network. The tension is pretty high around here. Frank's been talking about securing a place in one of those Vaults for himself and his family, and when he didn't show up to work yesterday, I think we all knew where he went.


Gunnar didn't know if he should keep reading. The final days of the old world…

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I think I can safely say most of the people reading this really want to try this.
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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 7 is now on AO3: Was That the Human Thing to Do?

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"To Whom It May Concern — You!," Gunnar read aloud. "'We got some pretty good stuff from the last raid and unlike last time, I don't want any incidents. The only logical conclusion was to hide everything throughout this room. If you can read this, you have my permission to use any items you can find.' Then there's a list of things and it's signed Your Benevolent Supreme Overlord, Tabitha."

"Tabitha the Super Mutant?" Arcade said. "She's intelligent enough to write properly. She's probably the one on the radio."

"That was a woman?" Gunnar asked.

"All Super Mutants sound like that. Something to do with their vocal cords, I expect. Why do you look so surprised?"

"I guess I never thought some of them might be women," Gunnar said.

Arcade shrugged. "Why wouldn't there be? They're mutated humans. Undoubtedly Tabitha was a normal human before… What?" Boone was looking at him strangely. "Of course we Followers would know about this, because it's not the Super Mutants' fault that this happened to them," Arcade said.

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Postcrossing quilt: fabric update

From DE-8392400, a nautical scene on canvas:


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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 6 is now on AO3: These Foolish Things.

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Gunnar preferred no radio, in general. But this one wasn't broadcasting Radio New Vegas. It sounded like a Super Mutant ranting some kind of manifesto. Next to the radio was a microphone. On terrible impulse he flicked it on. "Hello?"

Silence ensued, and his companions looked at him like he'd lost his mind.

Then the Super Mutant came back on the air. "Hey, you've interrupted my broadcast, dumb-dumb — so there had better be a good reason! What is it?"

"Aren't you the Super Mutant from the radio? I'm a huge fan." Gunnar looked up to see Arcade waving his arms in the universal "shut up!" signal.

"Why thank you! It's always gratifying to talk to one's fans. Hold on, I have something I need to do for a second."

Gunnar smiled to himself, pleased. It was always good to try talking to someone first. Then his face fell as the radio came back to life: "There's an intruder in the dish hut! Get over there and kill whoever it is, you fools!"

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 5 is on AO3: That's When Your Heartache Begins.

Following the revelation in the previous chapter that Gunnar's partners were supposed to go into the Vault with him.

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Somehow, Gunnar knew that they would have survived. Perhaps "knew" was too certain; but somehow, whether memory or gut instinct, or faith, he thought they had managed. Perhaps even now their descendants roamed the Earth.

Not here though, he suddenly hoped. Not in the Mojave, where he'd fallen in love and also killed an awful lot of people. No, somewhere else.

Not that anyone would know. Gunnar himself couldn't guess who his ancestors from two hundred years before his time might have been, except at least some of them must have been German. After that… Impossible to tell without good records, which were now long gone.

No, he suspected they'd survived, at least for a while, and they'd been together, probably, which gave him more comfort than his two companions had just done.

"O brave new world, that has such people in't," he murmured to himself.

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Postcrossing quilt: fabric update

From GB-1132662, a lovely doily in green!



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Big Year update

No. 143 - Cattle Egret

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Big Year update

No. 142 - Hermit Thrush!

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 4 is now on AO3: Thanks for the Memory.

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"REPCONN went through some rough times. When their rocket business was shaky, Mr. House purchased the company. It didn't take long for him to repurpose their plasma technology for a government weapon contract."

"How do you know all this?" Boone asked.

Arcade was saved from answering when ear-splitting alarm klaxons blared throughout the building. Gunnar groaned angrily and leaned his head against the terminal screen. "Okay, screw it. We'll just have to fight our way through. Try not to damage the exhibits in case I want to come back here later."

"What?" Arcade's hands were already over his ears.

"INTRUDER ALERT — INTRUDER ALERT — "

"This one's mine!" Boone said over the alarms, as the sentry bots barreled into the room.

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 3 has been posted: Let's Get Lost.

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He came back to Boone and Arcade supporting him. "Everything's fine," he heard Arcade saying. "Just a stumble on the stairs. It's really dark in here, maybe you could turn up the lights just a bit."

"I'm fine," Gunnar said, not entirely truthfully. "I'm fine now. Thanks."

"This is the Brotherhood," Arcade muttered, before letting him go.

The Brotherhood? That sounded familiar — oh. The Brotherhood of Steel. They'd hunted the Enclave diaspora, and at one time had sided with the NCR. Probably not now, though — that's right, the Helios station, the NCR had routed the Brotherhood from there.

But the Vault, the one he'd gone into —

Put away the memory for now. Deal with it later. So, Arcade is just a Follower here, not a problem. And the Brotherhood is all about technology. Maybe we can strike a deal. Those armored suits would help in the upcoming war.

And if they're about technology, maybe they know where my Vault is.


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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 2 of A Gun for Barns is on AO3: The Wayward Wind. A new faction makes an appearance.

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Gunnar initially planned to visit the Omertas, but Arcade's request changed those plans. "We'll look for your people first, then by that time I'll probably have to establish myself better on the Strip."

This went well until Gunnar misinterpreted the map on his Pipboy, leading the three into a dust storm at night.

"How could you get us this off course?" Arcade said over the wind.

"Look, sometimes it just happens!" Gunnar held onto both his companions to avoid losing them in the storm. "Is there any way to get shelter?"

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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 4, Chapter 1 of A Gun for Barns is on AO3: Makin' Whoopee. This chapter does have a smutty scene if that's the kind of thing you're trying to avoid, but otherwise it's back to business as usual for Gunnar Volk.

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Diary:

It's been 2 days since I took power from Mr. House. It sounds like my information campaign is going ok — spreading the word that I'm Mr. House's protege and I'm acting on his behalf due to recent ill health. They probably already suspect I took over, but history has taught that it's good to gloss things up a little.

L38 is working now. Of course we have to get food in here so the robot chef can cook, but I talked with Swank. Said "we" (Mr. House and I) would continue to back him as new head of the Chairmen, if he'd arrange contracts for food and supplies to be delivered here. Swank's pretty curious but he needs the backing "we" can provide.

Leg is better. Walked a little on it today, I think tomorrow I can do more, then I have to get moving. Only so long before things really start happening, and I have to get all these groups to recognize my authority.

I really hope this is going to work.


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Big Year update - Missouri

Goose, Canada
Finch, purple
Kingbird, eastern
Woodpecker, pileated
Bluebird, eastern
Flycatcher, alder
Thrush, wood
Warbler, yellow
Flicker, northern
Flycatcher, least

10 new birds!! I honestly did not expect to see much in the way of new species, but I was happily surprised.

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Postcrossing quilt: fabric update!

From US-6103918, a beautiful shimmery set of neutral stripes and patterns in one fabric. The scan doesn't do it justice.


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A Gun for Barns: New chapter posted

Part 3, Chapter 23 is now on AO3: I Built a Dream One Day.

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At the end of the catwalk was a computer station; beyond that, still reachable, was a tomb. Gunnar thought of Lenin, embalmed and under glass for generations to venerate. He limped to the glass casing and looked in.

"Is that you, Mr. House?" he whispered. There were no speakers here, no great monitors for the master of New Vegas to communicate. The body inside the tomb — sarcophagus, Gunnar corrected himself — looked withered and dried-up as any mummy removed from the Valley of the Kings. Yet it must still be alive; the tubes and lights and pumps worked, breathing for it, moving its blood, however thin that must be after all this time.

So this is how you survived, Gunnar thought. When your body began to fail, maybe even earlier, you put yourself in here. That must be the apparatus to connect your brain to the computers… which is why you only talk through them, and why only robots enter the Lucky 38.

Until me.


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This concludes Part 3 of A Gun for Barns, with 93,389 words. I'm taking a week off for travel and then Part 4 will continue the story.

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Three Things on a Monday

Last (for now) of the Three Things memes!
[personal profile] mimerki gave me:

Teenagers
Most of them seem to have been brought up improperly? Like, not taught how to do laundry, how to cook*, how money works? How to talk to adults they're not related to? I mean cripes I can't be the only one, can I?

* Disclaimer: Getting my son to learn to cook did not turn out great BUT he can at least fend for himself and make grilled cheese sandwiches so it wasn't a total loss.


Patreon
OH HEY have I mentioned that I have a Patreon now?
Man I wonder what it would've been like if Patron had existed 10 years ago when I had a decent following on LJ. No knowing, really. Maybe would've turned out the same.
To me Patreon is still one of those ways to make money that is not steady, secure, or dependable, therefore scary, but it can work... and once again I really wish I could draw, because artists seem to do decently on Patreon but writers don't.


Patterns
I'll go with "craft patterns" here (there are other possibilities of course). I really do need them to figure out where to start, or for inspiration. Once I figure it out, it's easier; and of course the more I learn, the easier it is to figure out "oh, that's how they did that!" esp when just looking at a photo.
Huxrin, though, wow, she is great. She gets a picture from the internet and can figure out exactly how to make it. Get some newspapers for templates and go. She makes things custom fit to the wearer, usually herself, but she also makes things for commission. Like so.
https://photos.smugmug.com/2019-Crafts/i-Wkpm4mG/0/8fbdc640/L/IMG_20190701_114021573-L.jpg

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