Reality Hands is in the holiday spirit, clearly. With a totally cryptic photo introducing the happy collection there is no stopping Reality Hands. Indeed Reality Hands gropes at surrealism. Long ago Reality Hands wished to make it into the Addams Family. Unfortunately nepotism reigned at the Addams Family with a careful selection of the family members, using their connections to the family to help them out. Despite Reality Hands being so well-read it mattered little to the titular ‘Hand’ character.
Heath Ison introduces it with a writer. While Heath is considered to be a writer there is another writer out there trying to play god. One of the best parts about writing fiction is temporarily taking on the responsibilities of a flawed god. Such things are natural. Characters in fiction require tough love. Too much emphasis on the tough or on the love and the story is ruined. Nobody wants to read a book where the character does fine the entire time. A book like that would be a disappointment. Rather to go into the opposite direction with a character that suffers the vast majority of the time. At least suffering is more relatable, more interesting.
Logan Fry announces the arrival of the wank totem. Normally wanking tends to involve things besides totems. A select few could technically refer to their unit as a ‘totem’ but most are content with ‘tootsie roll’ or ‘flashlight’. The jagged refuse to soften until the event happens. Being jaded and being jagged are two entirely different emotions. Jaded and jagged are closely related. They send each other Care E-cards for birthdays, holidays, and special occasions. Fast-food is the anti-Noah’s ark. Sure they have animals but those animals are not treated right. Animals are lovable.
Laura Theobald likes the way people look together. Online everyone is together. Avatars next to each other are pictures of couples. Screenshots capture it all. Everything comes together in big beautiful ways. People look put together on the internet because they have hours to get ready. Offline there is spontaneity, something that will never exist online.
Wallace Barker experiences a rainstorm in the nightfall. Darkness covers up real problems. People do the wrong thing at night because nobody is watching. Headlights try to search out the evil in the world. Unless that evil is adjacent to the road the evil will never be seen. Cars pass through the night quite quickly trying not to attract attention. Trash is washed away with the rain, with harbors overflowing.
Sahara Shrestha points out the worries of the world. Everyone could be doing something better. Opportunities are endless. Few ever get to meet their opportunities. Repetition is a form of change. If someone keeps on doing one thing, they’ll start doing that one thing a little better. Practice makes perfect. Sometimes a lack of practice helps. To feel alive is something people spend most of their lives trying to achieve. Time spend alone is never a waste of time.
I’m here. Please read these pieces. I’m very pleased with both of them.
Kevin Adickes describes unexplained mysteries. The world is full of weird. Thank goodness for the weird. Without the weird there would be no wonder in the world. Many of these things are possible through humanity’s insistence on heavy documentation. A chicken living hanging out without a head does not happen every day, hence the Wikipedia article. Events left unexplained include the strange life of thousands of individuals suffering from strange laughter. What Kevin Adickes explains are the things that a person can waste an afternoon on, simply Googling things. Life is full of the strange and unexplained. Knowing the answers to these weird questions is generally disappointing. Wonder can be better than knowledge.
Mike W. Archibald talks of ex-lover fighting. Such things are normal. Team-ups of ex-lovers are perfectly normal. Documented in books and films, the enemy of an enemy becomes a friend. Friends fight too. Friendship without fighting is not strong enough of a friendship.
No Glykon sees a cockroach. Or does he? Cockroaches are mysterious creatures. Besides this cockroaches are creatures of habit. People have talked of cockroaches coming out at specific times at night to witness the evening rituals of food preparation. While some might be disguised by cockroaches crawling out and about, at least the cockroach makes an appearance. The cockroach is not afraid of whatever retribution it might face.
The fifth issue of Reality Hands has the whole world in its hands; it’s got the whole world in its hands.