Almost nine years since chipuni assaulted me in the mathematics library and got me into Brazilian Dreams II, I'd thought I'd run out of new experiences on mucks. Not so; yesterday Misty_Crom in FurryMuck's Giants Club (probably my favorite hangout on FurryMuck, for its crowd's skill blending social and roleplay experiences, many of them surreal) whispered to me, ``Sorry for not asking your permission for using you as a char' in Family Hero, hope you liked it anyway though.''
I didn't mind because I had no idea what he was talking about. It turns out the forums at macrophile.com and something called BiGFurs (quirky capitalization deliberate) collect among other things original stories; and I've been woven in to some of them. He explained, ``you're sort of a detective - only a cameo (or walkon -you have lines), to my Batmanlike superhero.'' For the first time of which I'm aware not involving blither, I've been pirated!
I've mentioned before my realization that my mucking style is that of an old-time radio character; I didn't expect I'd be cast in the role of Richard Diamond, Private Detective1. I remain skeptical about the ability of a giant, quadruped, luminous coati to be an effective private eye, but it's better than the unimaginative assignment of bounty hunter Alan Dean Foster gave his representative of the species.
As for what the stories are like ... I don't know; I didn't have much time last night to figure my way through the forums so I have no idea whether I'd be pleased, horrified, or -- worst of all -- jealous at how someone else writes Austin Dern. I can understand the appeal; Austin's generally funnier, smarter, more cheery, and wiser than I am, and the things that make him fun to play would surely make him fun to show in fiction. Still, it's creepy to think there's a version of me that's escaped my control, even if it is as a spear-carrier.
In other news I've discovered my ever-shaky ability to draw something improves dramatically if I aim for a ``shaggy,'' shaky-line style. Creatures may look unkempt, but they look a lot more alive than they do with clean lines.
 Richard Diamond was created by Blake Edwards and played on radio by Dick Powell. Powell appeared in an interesting-sounding movie, about a German shepherd reincarnated as a private eye, called You Never Can Tell. One of his lines is, ``Oh Goldie, these are humans we're dealing with. You can't tell them the truth and expect them to believe it,'' which does sound like me. Diamond was played on television by David Janssen, and one of his secretaries was Mary Tyler Moore.
Trivia: The Transcontinental Railroad tracks at Promontory Summit, Utah, were torn up for scrap metal in World War II. Source: Nothing Like It In The World: The Men Who Built The Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869, Stephen E. Ambrose.
Currently Reading: The Story of English, Robert McCrum, Robert MacNeil, and William Cran.