The Barren Field

So, my problem recently is that every now and then I get it into my head, “Hey, I should write a Whatever entry about something,” and then I go through the list of things out there to write about, and by and large the emotion I feel about them is “oh, Jesus, like I give a single shit about that right now.”

And it feels great! I am bathed in enjoyable lassitude about pretty much everything right about now. I don’t imagine it will last — it never does, I’m a cranky bastard — but for the moment? It’s kind of lovely. I think I will appreciate it while it lasts.

47 Comments on “The Barren Field”

  1. I’m so lazy that I’ll make this comment later.
    Laziness is the mother of Necessity, and Necessity is the mother of Invention.
    Thus, Laziness is the grandmother of Invention.

  2. Besides, there’s probably enough outrage on the Internet right now anyway.

    This being Whatever, I’m hoping that comment doesn’t spark outrage in anyone reading it.

  3. Isn’t this the whole point of taking cat pictures? I mean, it’s a perfect fit: when you don’t give a f***, post a picture of an animal that doesn’t give a f***!

  4. There is a word for the complex welter of emotions you are feeling. That word is “Summer”.

    Enjoy it!

  5. Good for you! After all, the internet is for porn, not ranting. Although, Rule 34 means there must be porn featuring people ranting on the Internet…

    I’m frightened.

  6. The key to my happiness is that it began when I let my fucks field go fallow. It was so nice that I decided to leave it that way. Now I just grow a few tomatoes and play music.

  7. Enjoyable Lassitude. The new prequel/sequel set in the Old Man’s War universe where warring species and civilizations, hellbent on obliterating each other, sit around and wait for the next shit to hit the fan. And cookies.

  8. Cf. this great line from The Peripheral:

    “Look like you’ve come up short on the number of fucks you need to not give,” Janice said, appearing out of the crowd with a beer of her own.

    (h/t to Language Log)

  9. And thus began the great Blog Fuck Famine of 2015. A fine time to promote my self published essay “A Modem-ist Proposal”

    “It is a melancholy object to those who browse through this great internets, when they see the blogs, the comments, and tweets, crowded with beggars of attention, followed by three, four, or six retweets and upvotes, all in outrage and importuning every passenger for an clicks…. “

    Whaddaya think? Will it sell? CAN I GET A BLURB, EH?!


  10. I must say that reading the comments posted to this is just as enjoyable as the post itself!

  11. Kate George – Vermont – Award winning author, Kate George is the creator of the popular Bree MacGowan mystery series, which started when she took up a dare to write a book; the result was Moonlighting in Vermont. She was born in Sacramento, California, was raised on a ranch until the age of eight, and graduated from UC Davis with a degree in anthropology. She is currently working on her MFA. She has been, in no particular order, a paste-up tech, a motorcycle safety instructor, an actor, and the assistant to the dean of a medical school, all of which provide plenty of fodder for her novels. Currently, she lives in an old farmhouse in the backwoods of Vermont with her husband, four kids, and two rescue dogs, where by day she teaches and by night, she dreams up wild adventures for her characters. Visit her at, or contact her at She always loves to hear from readers!
    Kate George

    Wonderful. Thanks for the giggle.

  12. The student asked, “Master, how do I tell the difference between apathy and Nirvana?” The master replied, “The Buddha is smiling.”

  13. You feel this way because as master of the SJW cabal, you’ve achieved so much, right? Legal gay marriage, no more challenges to Obamacare, a frickin’ conversation about the Confederate flag even! Honestly, there’s nothing else for you to do but lean back and cackle.

  14. willisgarycpa – Victoria, BC, Canada – Retired life-long Texan after 27 years in Public Accounting as an MBA Certified Public Accountant and 18 years in Education as an MA-English Teacher, now relocated summer 2018 to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to continue decades long self-employed career as a Poet and Writer.
    Gary Willis

    I simply do not get the joke, point, whatever. Is there one?

  15. How dare you not care about the thing that I care about today?! And without even the shallow excuse that you care about something that is clearly less important!! You are obviously an awful person!!

  16. It’s the middle of summer. It’s hard to get serious about stuff in the middle of summer. My monthly Ninc column is due today… and I can’t think of anything to write about, either. So I’d better get cracking 1500 words due on something weighty and worthy by tonight…. But it’s the middle of summer. I just want to lie in the lounger with a fruity beverage.

  17. megpie71 – Australian, female, fat, over forty. Been hanging around the internet (first Usenet, now blogs) since about 1997. Far too cynical for my own good.

    It’s a lovely day here in the town of Dun-Givva-Fark, and we’d like to welcome our newest citizen, Mr John Scalzi. We’d applaud, but we can’t be bothered. Then again, we’re not going to be asking you to speak a few words to the audience either, so everyone wins out.

  18. Shalt, surely? “Thou shalt see”. Or “You shall”.

    Happily, that is the only thing currently growing in my field, a few kilometers out of Megpie’s charming Outback town.

  19. So . . . who owns the rights to that image/saying? I mean that particular arrangement; I would love to use it, but I like to attribute work that is not mine.

    If you read this and answer, thanks. If you don’t, and don’t . . . oh, well; my field is not quite as barren, but I can act like it is.

  20. It is now safe to move about the cabin. However, the captain is leaving the seat-belt light on to remind you that turbulence can appear without warning.

  21. Naomi Parkhurst – North Carolina – I call myself a string geek because I like doing a whole range of hand crafts, most of which involve string or yarn: knitting, spinning, sewing, nalbinding, crochet, embroidery, tatting, dyeing, and probably some I'm not even thinking of.
    Naomi Parkhurst

    I’ve seen that particular image with that phrase in a number of places over the last few years, and there’s a lot of it to be found on Google image search. Of course, that doesn’t help with original attribution, but it does imply that it’s not Scalzi’s.

  22. This is a favorite in the Ravelry forums I play in. I know several of the members are cross-stitching this.

  23. I always worry about letting things go and will keep a list of “interesting links and stuff” because I worry about follower retention.

  24. I envy that state of fucklessness.
    If you want to post but don’t have a worthy subject pet pics are always good. We rather like pet pics actually.

  25. lonestarlove – Florida – I am a transplanted Texan living in Florida, missing my beloved State. I am true to the old adage, you can take a girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl.

    Reblogged this on lonestarlove and commented:
    DO NOT LOOK AT THIS.. if you’re offended by the “F” bomb. Being married to a retired soldier and firefighter, I, however, am not and thought this … and its accompanied picture… “F”ing hysterical. :)

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