Radium Age Apocalyptic Fiction – Getting Rid of Writers’ Block

April 7, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Part of my new year’s manifesto was to get rid of a long time writers’ block that has been plaguing my fiction writing ambitions. Recently, thanks to my pal Ripa, I ran into a micro fiction contest hosted by Hilobrow.com. The idea was to write 250 word long apocalyptic story set in the radium age, meaning roughly between the years 1900 and 1935. So, I grabbed my laptop, headed off to one of my favourite bars, grabbed a pint and set to work.

And yes, it was worth it – didn’t win the competition, but got into the top three. Mine can be found here, and also below.


The windows of the zeppelin’s bridge were opaque with frost and rime. The captain of the airship stood half out of the cabin door on the walkway, shouting instructions to the pilot. Sudden gusts of arctic wind made the slowly descending airship sway and their howl fought with the roar and whine of the ship’s engines.

Professor Väisälä sat on a bench in the back of the bridge, trying to stay out of the way.

The sun winked out, leaving the widows milky white instead of painfully bright panes of golden light. There were shouts, the air anchors were lowered and the ship lurched when they caught.

“Arctic circle plus ten, approximately 20 kilometers out of the former city of Rovaniemi”, the navigator intoned.” Väisälä stepped out to the catwalk outside the bridge to survey the shipwreck, which spanned hundreds of meters of the shadowy arctic landscape.

The wreck of the previous expedition had been spotted by the steam plume of their zeppelin’s Fermi-pile, which was still melting through the ice. Parts of the airship FZ Aino still hung on the kilometer high ice wall that loomed over Väisälä’s ship. The captain scratched his beard covered with hoar. “In the night, with the snowstorm, it must have looked like a cloud bank.”

Professor Väisälä let out a wavering sigh. “But they have proved the theories and confirmed the terrible conclusions. The holocene is over, and the sixth ice age is upon us. God save us all.”


A New Direction With The Blog

April 29, 2009 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This morning I did a photo heavy update for the blog and decided to take this into a bit of a new direction. There haven’t been updates in the last two months, although there have certainly been update worthy events, such as a trip to Egypt or an ice diving course. I’ll just have to bite the bullet and admit that I don’t have the resources to write such a long tome level entries I’ve used to in the past. Moreover, nowadays the content I produce seems to be all over the net, starting from Flickr and YouTube and ending in Facebook, Twitter and so on.

So, from now on I’ll use this blog as a place to collect some of that stuff into a some kind of a coherent whole. In stead of blogging separately about UE trips, I’ll link the photo albums here and let the photo captions tell the story, so I don’t end up writing the same things twice.

So, let’s kick this off with the following update medley – enjoy!

UE Easter: Railroad tunnel, rescue personnel training ground and abandoned villas

Urban Exploration: Abandoned heavy machinery repair shop

Ice Diving Course – Photos & Video

Photos: Red Sea Diving Trip / February 2009