The middle beast, a tremor of trepidation in his words, said, “You aren’t from a dark planet, are you?”

“No.” Calvin shook his head firmly, though the beast couldn’t se him. “We’re–we’re shadowed. But we’re fighting the shadow.”

(Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time)

Longevity

In August 1986, for publication on ACEN, I began writing and designing the interface and programs for the hyperfictional narrative database, Uncle Roger. And in the process, I created an authoring system — Narrabase — which I have continued to develop for my work for 27 years.

From Judy Malloy’s artist statement for Uncle Buddy, a hypertext she created for the Apple ][. Imagine working on a piece of software for 27 years! Something to aspire to.