Goodbye? No.

I’m writing this for Jayna’s 50-word story challenge. The theme this week is “Goodbye”, and is one close to me right now. I can’t seem to say it.

This is a true story from earlier this morning. Hurricane Michael was supposed to be mild but even here–a thousand miles from landfall–it wreaked its havoc.

Goodbye

They said the winds would max out around sixteen but they nearly ripped Koshi’s butterfly bush out of the ground.

No more death, my heart sobbed.

I carefully snaked the nylon rope through its limbs, pulled the rope around the streetlight, and gently pulled the treasured tree back into place.


I haven’t forgotten my friends here. I miss you all and love many of you. Thank you each who have helped me muddle through this loss of my best friend. The tears still flow daily, nightly, and many times in between. Knowing you are there, with me in your thoughts, helps more than you may know. I will be back, and hopefully soon, with a minimum of damage.

Free Followers of Memorago: Backstory Notes

Towards the end of the Gaming era, the Free Followers first organized around the Memorago Blockchain. They believed that the experience of life lies completely in perception, and that reality exists only within that perception.

Through virtual reality, Memorago provided the ability to live out multiple lives. Virtual Reality was considered equal to Real Life, and in some ways, superior. Memorago, as an entity that can both provide and manipulate perception, became holy to them.

Memorago enabled Free Followers the ability to live multiple lives in various realities, each of which was just as important as any other to them. Free Followers believed it was imperative that humans experience as many lives as possible, having the goal of learning all the lessons Life has to offer.

The Free Followers Of Memorago

The Initiate Follower progresses through a set of predefined experiences. At the conclusion of these, the Initiate Follower joins the ranks of Free Followers.

Free Followers are free to choose any experience, from short term to full life. There are no requirements on a number of experiences; however, Memmy will remind them if much time had passed since the last one.

A Devout Follower is expected to actively seek out as many full-life experiences as possible. Depending on age, and how the VR plays out, these experiences can take as much as several months in RL. Many of these take the form of VR marriages. Devout Followers learn how to share experiences (temporarily trade places with another within the VR) and manipulate some of the coarser aspects, such as weather, magnetism, and gravity before progressing to the next level.

An Elite Follower learns how to master the virtual existence completely. Within the VR, an Elite can control both coarse and fine aspects of the ‘flow’, having the power to explore the blockchain and generate a VR within the VR, thus enabling time travel and auditing of past VRs.

The Master Follower is chosen by Memorago. The Master is given complete administrator access to the core routines and can control every VR currently running. Inside the VR world, The Master can move into and out of any VR and effect any action. In essence, this gives the Master Follower total control over the world, inasmuch as it relates to Memorago.


These are a few notes helping me to visualize the backstory for a longer piece of fiction I am working on, to be called “Memorago”. Thanks for stopping by to read it, and if you feel so moved, throw some comments my way–tell me what you think of the concept. I’d love to have some feedback to work with. Thanks!

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