DAILY MONSTER 198 (of 200)
Good morning. I’m reporting to you live from the tail end of another night spent in the pursuit of Monster 200. Once again the little miscreant refused to show itself, despite my best attempts of coaxing it into our view. Some other monsters came through, either whole or in parts, but none were it.
Usually, the monsters appear easily and without much prompting, and this is as much because they’re willing to show themselves, as it is that I’m willing to see and have them. But this being the end of the series, I’m looking for something that’s both ineffable and specific. Well, the monsters love being observed and described, but they don’t like being judged. So they’re paying me back with gleeful resistance.
Well… fair enough. When Monster 200 finally decides to walk
down the gangway, it won’t be any less welcome for the delay.
(Though I may crabbily name it Higgs for now.)
Despite the momentary holdup, I still have confidence that the monsters understand the concept of showtime. Not to trot out the classics willy nilly, but
Goethe Schiller says “Heute muB die Glocke werden! Frisch Gesellen, seid zur Hand!” Today the bell must come to be! Quickly, workers! Be at hand! Well, the bell need not come to be just yet. There is still time, and the monsters know it. It looks like they won’t surrender Number 200 until the last possible minute. Dramatic little buggers.
Having said all that, they did send 198 and 199 — fine, fine specimens each. I’ll introduce you to 198 in a minute, and show you 199 tomorrow, but first I invite you to take a look at the truly excellent stories you sent in for Monster 197:
Here now is Monster 198, who is eager to say Hello:
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198 has some immediately noticeable features. Are we looking at manual gigantism? Or is it the rest of its body that has somehow decided not to keep pace? Or is there nothing unusual about this physical arrangement at all? Is there a whole subspecies of monster that matches 198? If so, what caused this particular adaptation? 198 certainly doesn’t seem uncomfortable or unhappy. Apart from his obvious aspects, what’s going on with 198? Is it having a good day? Is it making do? Is it paying dues? Is it Dewey decimal? Does it enjoy Baroque oratorios? I hope you’ll chime in with your thoughts on this next to next to last monster. If you can spare a few minutes, please…
Thank you for being here for the final three monsters.
199 will be waiting for you tomorrow,
and with a little bit of luck, I’m sure that
Monster 200 will make its entrance on Friday.
For right now, I wish you a great day.
You do know, I hope, that 344 LOVES YOU