Saturday, November 29, 2008

Giving Thanks


Saturday, November 29, 2008

Stone here. It seems that Narval is pouting over Tement’s post yesterday. He refused to create a post for today. I decided it would be a good time to tell what I am thankful for this year.

I am thankful

  • For those who refuse to give up no matter what because they inspire me to keep going.
  • For colds, aches and pains, and discomfort because when they are gone, I feel so good.
  • For rainy days because I can watch things grow.
  • For sunny days because it brightens up the environment and my spirits.
  • For the fall season because of the beautiful colors that appear on the trees around my house.
  • For the spring season because of the renewal of growth.
  • For family and friends because they provide support and are sources of laughter.
  • For fellow writers because they understand why I write and offer inspiration for me to continue writing.
  • For my ability to find ideas everywhere I look because they help keep my mind active and working.
  • Finally, for God - for without him, I would not have been able to have any of the above.

Thanks for listening. - Stone

Next Post: December 1

Friday, November 28, 2008

Eating What???


Friday, November 28, 2008

Did you know that the humans served turkey for Thanksgiving? Also, did you know that a turkey was a bird? We didn’t. The only Turkey we knew about was Joseph “Turkey” Brown.

I knew something was up when Stone said 'Turkey is baking in the oven.' But the others did not. He did not bother to tell us that the turkey that he stuffed and baked was actually a bird. If he had, it would have saved quite a bit of heartache.

In the spirit of unity, I went with the others when they locked themselves in the room and tried to convince my childish brethren that Stone was pulling a practical joke. It wasn’t until Joseph showed up and talked us out of the room that they realized that they had been hoodwinked.

They are looking for a way to get back at Stone. It seems hiding his camera did not deter him good enough. He thought he lost it; Varnark, was he in a bad mood until he found it three days later.

This will be the last I will discuss this. I think

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Not quite! Hello, this is Thenal. Stone agreed to allow me to report this one note. I hope you will enjoy this transcription of a certain recording.

Hi there, Narval here. It's time for my second report. I think it is great that Stone is throwing this great feast to celebrate Turkey Day. Most of the crew is here - even Penelope. We are waiting for the guest of honor, Turkey.

What did you say, Stone? He’s here? Where? What do you mean he's in the oven? No. NO! It can’t be. Your lying, aren't you. It's that camera incident. Well, isn't it? What, you really stuffed and baked Turkey. How can you be so cruel? No, I don't believe you. It can’t be. NO! NO!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooo!
Thump, thump, thump.
thump, thump. Slam!

Click! Ahem, I hope you understand who else locked himself in the room and would not come out. Talk about being childish, sheesh (Big Grin). Too bad Tement won’t allow us to put that recording up on the blog site. - Thenal.

Next Post: November 29

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Narval's Introduction


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Hello. My name is Narval. As you know, I am not from around here. Actually, not from this planet. I arrived with 49 of my cohorts from a planet called Sationar (sä-tē-ōn-är). We come to wreck havoc to a certain alien troop. You know, the Ygi. I also got the feeling that Sationar were happy to see us leave. Oh, well.

We arrived about three months ago using one of the Sationarian (sä-tē-ōn-är-ē-än) spacecraft. It’s hidden in a forested area disguised as a hill. We work out of it on occasion. We also use it as our warehouse to store our excess material

One of the first humans we came across turned out to be a hunter named Joseph “Turkey” Brown. Unfortunately, we had not intended to run across any humans. Turkey saw us land. Actually, it was his idea to hide the spacecraft as a hill.

Turkey has been a lot of fun to be around. It seems he laughs at every one of our pranks. We discovered that it makes us feel good when we hear others laugh as well. We visit with him on occasion, and he does help us with some of our needs. Oh, by the way, I was told that today is ‘Turkey Day.’ I am glad that they honor him like that.

He introduced us to Clark Stone. While watching Stone look through what he calls a 'blog,’ the idea of writing about my own observations popped into my mind. My problem came when I realized that though I can speak and understand Stone’s language, I can’t read nor write it.

These humans amaze me. The race has advanced enough to have programs that allow for converting speech to text and the other way around. This and a voice recorder allows me to build what Stone calls ‘blog posts.’

Now, Stone can be cantankerous at times, but he did build us a blog that I post my insights. Now, he allows the others to input material as well. Where his cantankerous side came out is his refusal to change a post after he uploads it to the blog. Also, he plans to use it himself on occasion. That worries me.

I suspect that I will have trouble from the others, but I can handle them when the time comes.

In order for me to pull this off, I had to take the form of a human youngling. With my cantalcabowtit, an implanted translation device, I am able to record my thoughts. I hope to inform others about what I observed and learned while on this planet. My subject will be restricted. Being the Varnark Elder, Tement will have to approve them first.

So, here goes ….

Next Post will be Friday, November 28

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Narval's Interview - Part Two


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stone: So, you Varnark are here to keep watch on these evil Ygi. How?

Narvark: Well, I can’t give you too much detail but it does involve distracting them. Garnara told us to be ourselves when dealing with the Ygi. We plan to pull as many practical jokes on them that we think we can get away with. They too like order, you see.

The only restriction he placed on our activity is that we are not to cause their death. We are allowed to protect humans and ourselves though.

Stone: How did you get here and was the trip arduous?

Narval: Yes, I would say it was past arduous. There were eight practical jokers cooped up for over two weeks. We almost drove Tement crazy.

Tement: At least the other forty Varnark on board were in stasis chambers. It also helps being the only one on board allowed to carry a weapon.

Narval: That is how he kept us from pulling pranks on him.

Well, we got relief about three weeks ago when we landed here - someplace called Northwest Louisiana. After we picked several places to make camp, Tement sent three outrider teams out to scout out the Ygi situation. The rest of us were tasked to set up the equipment we needed and to hide the surplus.

Stone: Why were the forty in stasis chambers?

Narval: Well, with all of the supplies and equipment we brought, we would not had enough room to move around let alone fit them into the ship’s living quarters. The rest had to go into stasis or be left behind.

Stone: Could you introduce your companions to me?

Narval: This is Tement, the Varnark Elder also known as the party pooper; Karnka (kärn-kä), a pilot; Thenal, a communications technician; Omman (ō- män), the trainee; along with a few others.

Stone: There are only ten here. Where are the rest?

Narval: Scattered about in various locations looking for other Ygi groups.

Stone: Is your sole purpose in coming here to assist Garnara and to observe Ygi? Or are there other motives behind this little visit?

Narval: Huh, I would have to say other motives. As I said, other world have threatened to space us if we do not get out. We wanted to know if Earth could handle our population.

Garnara claims that we Varnark thrive on chaos. I would not call it chaos but we do like practical jokes and other forms of physical entertainment. He said that the people of this world live in a state of constant chaos.

Stone: So, the Varnark love practical jokes and pulling tricks on each other. So do humans. Is that why you named your blog ‘blog.varnarkgonewild.com?’

Narval: Because we are wild. When the Varnark cut loose, the Ygi better watch out. We will prevent them from accomplishing their mission, but we plan to have fun doing it.

Stone: By the way, can you take a joke as well as you pull one?

Narval: Yes, of course I can. I am not a child, you know.

Stone: Okay then, what is that you have on your back?

Narval: Have what on my back?

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

Wait, laughter. Crumple, Crumple! What is this? ‘KICK ME!’ KICK ME! KARNKA, I AM GOING TO GET YOU FOR THIS!!!

Slam, bang!

Stone: I guess that is it for this interview.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Narval's Interview - Part One


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hi, I’m Narval (när-väl), a Varnark (vär-närk). I …. Wait a minute, isn’t this supposed to be my blog? Oh Ygi (ī-gē), Okay, I will do it.

Why does Stone want to interview me? I am capable of doing this myself. NO, I am not acting childish. No remarks from the nut gallery, Thenal (thā-näl). Am not, am not, am not. La, la, la, la, la, la, la, I can’t hear you. SHUT UP, Thenal. Hey, can’t you see I am in the middle of something? Thank You!

Wait a nit; why is Tement (tā-mānt) doing here?

Stone: Something to do with keeping someone from being telling too much or telling the facts. Anyway, he said since he is a Varnark Elder, he is required to be present.

Narval: I still don’t like it, but okay. Ask away.

Stone: You have given your name as Narval, but what is a Varnark?

Narval: The Varnark are a fun loving race from the planet Varn (värn). Currently, we are a world-less race of people.

Stone: Okay, I’ll bite. What happened?

Narval: Several things: First 304 years ago, an evil race took over our world. They enslaved us and used us like your people use cattle. Second, this honking large rouge asteroid pulverized our world.

Stone: Did the Varnark establish themselves another home world?

Narval: No, we have not established a new home world. Been too busy running - just staying one step ahead of the Ygi’s dinner plate.

Stone: No need to get snappy. I am just asking.

Narval: Oh, okay. I apologize. Every time we came across a world that fit our needs, the Ygi would show up and attempt to conquer us and deep-fry us again. Currently, we are scattered across the galaxy. We do have several host planets who allowed us to take up temporary residence. The Ygi are afraid of them.

Many of these host planets are ready for us to leave. They claim that we are a disruption of their precious order. Our search for a home has become an ongoing project. Actually, the sense of urgency of finding a new home world was spurred on by the fact that some of those host worlds are treating to drop us off in space.

Stone: Why is that?

Narval: Well, I don’t know. Like I said, we are just a fun loving race.

Tement: Who love to pull pranks and practical jokes when they have too much time on their hands.

Narval: Oh, Okay, they do not have the greatest sense of humor. Who cares about an orderly world? It’s boring. Some say we thrive on chaos.

Stone: Okayy, that means you probably would fit perfectly here on Earth.

Narval: Huh, what did you say?

Stone: Oh, nothing. I said, ‘How did you and your companions come to stay on this world?’

Narval: Garnara (gär-när-ä), a friend of the Varnark asked us to keep an eye out on a group of aliens who have currently arrived on Earth. You heard me say something about the Ygi. If given the chance, the Ygi will enslave your world and start harvesting humans for food before just like they did our world. Though I do not think they thought the humans on this planet was this far advanced in technology.

Stone: The Ygi?

Narval: Short for Ygian (ī-gē-än). We affectionately refer to them as the ‘Ygi.’ It is easier to say, and when we call them ‘Ygi,’ it really ticks them off.

Like I said, they are the evil race who enslaved our people and moved many to breeding farms. They planned to breed us, to work us and then to eat us. They plan to do the same here as well.

Stone: Can’t you say anything good about them?

Narval: Well, if it were not for their intervention in our world, we may not have been a living race today. Who would have guessed that their conquering our world saved our race?

Their photos work great in keeping the pests out of the gardens. But I think they also scare the plants back into the ground.

I guess we should be grateful that they forced us off of our world. Remember that big honking rouge asteroid I mentioned earlier. Cosmic payback. It arrived three years later and pounded the planet into pieces. The funny thing is that the Ygi did not see it coming either.

They didn’t see us coming either. We managed to liberate fifteen thousand brother Varnark during the ensuing Ygi panic. Yet, we still lost the remaining 7,500 Varnark.

Continued tomorrow.


Monday, November 24, 2008

Narval's Folly Introduction


Monday, November 24, 2008 (Originally scheduled for Monday, September 1, 2008)


For the last seven to eight years, I have mulled over an idea about creating an alien journal. At first, I did not have an idea why he would be coming to our planet. He could be here for any of many reasons. He is to create observations over the next year.

Yet, for some reason, I have started and dropped this idea six times already. I think it has to do with the format in which I wanted to create this journal. So, I have decided to try to build a blog to tell a different aspect to my alien story.

My name - Clark Stone. Actually, it is Dennis Clarkston, but Stone is my pseudonym. I started this blog back in June of this year but became bogged down. At the beginning of August, I chose to close this blog down. Now, I wish to restart my project.

After taking a few weeks to think about it, I did not want this project to die. Actually, I am working on two projects in conjunction with each other. I intended this blog to compliment another writing project titled Usscan’s Observation. I have not yet figured how I will place that project online.

In restarting, I plan to start from scratch as if Narval arrived a week before September 1. The previous blog entries have been removed, so I can accomplish this task. Some of the information in these files may reappear in future editions of this blog.

Yet, because I did not get restarted when I wanted, this particular blog entry is for November 24, 2008. I will have blog entries from the period covering from September 1 that I may stick into the blog. The date of the blog will be written at the top of the post.

When I get my web page up and running, I will create web pages that will hold all of the original blog entries. It may take a a month or two before I get everything up and running the way I would like it.

The main purpose for this blog is to entertain. It is a work of fiction with the main character being a Varnark named Narval who gives his observations about the humans and their quarks. His fellow Varnark may show up on occasion tell a story or two. They are Tement, Omman, Thenal and any other that I may develop in the future.

The style in which this blog will be written will be conversational. Narval will speak his notes and thoughts into a voice recorder, which is then translated by my computer or me. After a quick proof read, it will be uploaded to the blog. I will attempt to use humor in these posts, but I have never been good at doing that. So please do not be too critical about what you may read.

I will include a date of the blog at the top of the entry. You may notice that the date will be almost a month behind. I plan to have a 14 to 28 day leeway so that I can build a decent backlog of entries.

Also, I may need to skip a two to three days between blogs. There may be times that I may post something every day. I will announce at the bottom of the blog entry the date of the next blog post. I find that if I write it every day, I begin to go bald -- it causes me to pull my hair out by the handful.

This blog will be anywhere from 100 to 500 words in length. There may be times when I may go under or over.

I hope you will enjoy this blog.

Now, I wish to thank Kimber Chin for her how to articles on ‘blogging’ and the ‘blogger’s world.’ I need to those articles again to make sure I have not missed something. She writes four blogs: http://businessromance.com/, http://clientk.com/, http://www.nolimitsladies.com/, http://freephotooftheday.com/

I also wish to thank Connie Cox for answering my questions about ‘blogging.’

I also like to throw out one more thing – the copyright notice. I do not know if this is appropriate and my find out quickly if I made a mistake but --- Copyright 2008 Dennis H. Clarkston.

Next post will be November 25, 2008