79/100 Days of Creativity: Are We There Yet?

Many people think space travel is exciting. It isn’t. Space travel takes a lot longer than one thinks and is boring. There’s nothing to see out the window, the food is bland and there are only so many times one can watch the same DVDs. I pass the time doing crosswords. It keeps my mind alert and also helps me to quickly adjust to the unfamiliar conditions of each new space station.

‘What’s a seven letter word for ‘the speech bubble of an empty text?”
‘Any clues?’ asks Arthur my cat.
‘Third letter is ‘e”, I reply.
‘Quetico’, says Arthur who looks incredulous at my stupidity.
‘That fits, thanks.’


For 100 consecutive days I will write and post a short story (about 100 words) incorporating a randomly selected word from Afterliff: A new dictionary of things there should be words for.

Today’s word:
quetico n.
The tiny speech bubble that pops up when an empty text is sent.

Tomorrow’s word:
inworth n.
One who puts their face too close to you when they talk.