My Little Life

An insight into the private life and thoughts of Incognita Nom de Plume.


My Little Life

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Why did Cog ALWAYS wait until things had gone too far? She wondered why it had all gone so wrong. Perhaps, she reflected, it was time to move. Preferably to another planet.

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It was galling! She tried SO hard to make herself available. Studly wisely left her to it. The constellations partied on.

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Eventually Cog realised that the numbers were against her... Incognita had always felt a little superior to those who fell victim to themselves. It was with no small amount of chagrin that she discovered that she was herself the agent of her own downfall. At least, she reminded herself, it’s mutually assured destruction.

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Incognita had a feeling that she was missing something important... Incognita found that she was enjoying her afternoon walks less and less. She couldn’t put her finger on the cause, but there was definitely SOMETHING… Studley, naturally, knew JUST what it was. Her problem, he thought to himself, is that she can’t see the words for the trees.

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Gardening was a new passion Incognita had only recently become attuned to the joys of gardening. She particularly enjoyed pruning, she had discovered. Now she was a convert and her Horticultural Almanac her closest companion. Studly Wilcocks-Lusher III found it all a bit bemusing. Cog had never been famous for her optimism, but here she was behaving as though spring were in the offing.

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Cog frequently wonders what the question is to which she is the answer. The world is full of directions… but how to know which is the right one?

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Every year, around the 1st of December, Incognita loses the will to live... Studly was of the opinion that REALLY what she’d lost was the ability to give. He’d stopped expecting a seasonal gift and had taken to wrapping and displaying presents to himself in prominent positions around Museum of Dust.

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Cog sincerely wants to believe that a greater being cares about her personally . Studly Wilcox-Lusher III frequently comments (to himself, naturally) that this simply reflects Cog’s belief that she IS the centre of the universe. He can’t imagine why she would need an imaginary friend when she has him.

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Many of his colleagues dismiss him as an aesthete, but Studly’s position as Museum of Dust’s leading bugboy was the result of long years of study and an unswerving determination.

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Incognita believes that it is important to have a life outside of work.

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After several hundred years of experience, you’d think Cog would have learned by now…

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Cog has one invariable response to the challenges that life throws up... What, really, is the point of hide-and-seek, Studley often thinks to himself, if Cog is always going to hide in the same place.

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A spider has to have interests of his own... Studly sincerely lives to collect. Introducing Museum of Dust’s Minister of Defense, weapons’ designer, sponge-cat wrangler and the closest thing that Incognita has to a confidante. She sometimes forgets that he is a collector in his own right.

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Incognita is convinced that only needy people want their clothes to say something about them. She wants hers to say things about other people. Studly thinks Cog isn't looking at the big picture...

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Incognita had heard that a good way to make new friends was to join a community group. Perhaps she was worrying unnecessarily, but Incognita was terribly afraid of losing Inky-Blinky. He is her friend, her confidante, her Minister of Defense. She would be lost without him. It wasn’t that Cog hasn’t TRIED to make new friends in the past… and perhaps it was just that she hasn’t found the right crowd. Other people are a mystery… In moments of self-doubt and uncertainty, Cog likes to turn to her favorite comedy poet, T.S Eliot… “What is hell? Hell is oneself, Hell is alone, the other figures in it Merely projections. There is nothing to escape from And nothing to escape to. One is always alone.” He always puts a smile back on her face.

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Now that Incognita and her staff have finally shifted every last thing in Museum of Dust, Cog can apply herself to deciding where everything will go and how everything will be displayed. Inky pretends he is dead. This tactic has often worked for his species in the past.

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Incognita knew that it had simply been a matter of time... but that didn't stop her panicking. The Museum of Dust is completely, if inconstantly, surrounded by impenetrable forest. In places it comes right up to the building and scrapes and scratches on the windows. Wind and moonlight send monstrous shadows capering and cavorting across Cog’s bedroom wall. They seem to know all her secrets.

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If there's a way out of Monday, Incognita hasn't found it yet... www.redbubble.com...

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Many people have commented that they only see the ‘public’ Incognita, so here’s a glimpse of some of the private things that are important to her. Cog may not be a social butterfly, but her friends are the centre of her world. www.redbubble.com...

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Just in case you’d like to drop by to view the collections at the Museum of Dust or merely to say ‘hello’, I have posted the most recent, inclusive and accurate map to Terra Incognita and its immediate environs. www.redbubble.com...

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There’s nothing more annoying than a central character that acts all mysterious and stand-off-ish. Incognita made it a policy to introduce herself first… hence, she seldom left home. www.redbubble.com...

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