08/11/23 – Choan Calls In

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, August 11, 2023.




We all have those people in our lives where we know we can get a true answer from them, like it or not.


  1. Dr. Moosen McMoose, Chief Spymooster of the Moosad

    Witches cackle.

    Choan has gills, but can live outside of water, so she’s amphibious, which means her home world must have both large bodies of water and land masses.

    A world with both large bodies of water and land masses will have beaches.

    Beaches have sand.

    Ergo, Choan is a sand witch!


  2. Steve R.

    If her first reaction to her first choices in therapists being booked solid is to try to threaten or bribe them, then yeah, she needs to talk to someone. However, a lot of local religious counsel are free (or for a donation to their parish) and can give insight to her morality usually without months and months of visits. (They may try to get her to convert.)

  3. Efogoto

    I heard echoes of Katisha from the Mikado in my head when reading Choan’s question: “And you won’t hate me because I’m just a little teeny weeny wee bit bloodthirsty, will you?” Nogg, like Ko-Ko, just has to take the bad with the good.

  4. Pete Rogan

    I’ve a friend who is an invaluable source of truth when he reads my manuscripts. He is fearless denouncing my flaws, improper characterizations, redundancy, and a tendency toward tendentiousness. He used to read for a theatre production company, so his ruthlessness is well-honed. Until you start offering your work to the public, you cannot understand the value of such savagery delivered with a smile or, often, with a shout. Worth its weight in tantalum.

    Oddly enough, I also know someone who cackles. But then, until recently she was an administrative assistant for the Board of Directors of a major international company. It was her task to keep their speeches in order and to handle their transportation to the various sites where they’d be speaking. She was one of the few people on the planet who could tell these people where to go, where to get off, and what they had to say about it. I think cackling came to her very naturally in that environment. Of course, I can’t say that to her face. I’d like to keep my own, you know?

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