Sports of the outside world. WBUR: What’s korfball? And why is it gaining popularity in Birmingham, Alabama? April 05, 2022. Video. Found via NPR. Video by Ninh Ly.
In which I fail at a fiction exercise, but for an interesting reason.
Since the beginning of the year, I have been trying to post about what happens, rather than about what does not happen, particularly in fiction.
In the future, no more talking about how I’m not getting anywhere.[State of the Blog, Thoughts On Fiction]
If I can’t come up with fiction for a Saturday, I post one from the reserve pile and move on. [Trash Cans, Offered For Your Amusement]
During my volunteer shifts, I will people-watch and create apocryphal backgrounds for the people. Gonna be a lot of people to watch. Gonna be a lot of people from all over. Easy peasey. I even felt the need to create restrictions. International intrigue is too on the nose. I will avoid that. HA!
Did it work? Not a sausage.
Oh look, an athlete … they’re from … reads back of shirt … squints to look at credentials … I wonder what sport do they do … look like sight hounds, must be a running sport … chunksters, must be a power sport … I wonder how it feels to compete abroad … and so on.
I have not talked to any athletes yet. I have talked to other volunteers.
What sports are you helping with? Do you do that thing?
Yes, I am working all of the XYZ competitions. I am member of the XYZ Club of Birmingham.
Yes, I do ABC. It is quite popular in Birmingham. Here, let me show you a video.
I had no idea.
The first was a friend. I didn’t know they did XYZ or that we had a XYZ club in Birmingham.
So yeah. Too busy wondering what is happening IRL to think up alternate histories.
Props to The Errant Moon for the specific idea, TEM: Big City. General props for inspiration over the years. When someone contributes to a gracious sufficiency of posts, they get their own list page. TEM was way overdue. The Errant Moon archives on VBB, [The Errant Muse].