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Tuesday 12/13/22

C: I wrote a 1600 word story this morning called "Acorn Man"


C: It's told by an adult who describes how he wanted to make comic books when he was a kid but he couldn't draw very well


C: All he could do were simple shapes


C: So he invented Acorn Man--this acorn with a cape


C: His super power was that he could kind of see into the future and see what problems might be coming


C: Because of what people do in the present


C: So what Acorn Man does is go around and tell people that bad things are going to happen unless they make changes


C: Which of course no one wants to hear


C: Later, Acorn Man follows up. In the first few issues, he's kind of a dick. He gloats. Says I told you so


C: So there's this one guy who ignores Acorn Man


C: He's cocky, combative, alienates everyone in his life


C: He has a financial crisis and his skills are outmoded. He's lost his friends and family. And tho he's in his fifties, he has to get a roommate and the roommate is half his age


C: He has the smaller room, by far, which is something he checks on every day when he's home alone


C: He hates going to the refrigerator because his roommate is often in the common room and wants to talk about politics and shows on streaming services


C: Or, worse, the roommate has a hot woman over on a date and the man knows she's going to talk about him after he leaves


C: So he stashes Wheat Thins and Saltines in his room


C: He looks up how long it takes someone to die without eating and is depressed by the length


C: He has nowhere to sit but the bed


C: He chews as quietly as possible because he doesn't want to be overheard and have the roommate and the hot date think that Saltines are his only pleasure in life


C: And then Acorn Man reappears, does his follow-up


C: Later we find out what what happened to the man who had the roommate and also what the narrator's parents thought of his comic book series


C: It's 2300 words now


C: 2900


C: Done



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