Ok. So. Yeah.




It’s been a while. (that has happened before. this is different.)

There are major real life things happening, and my energies are very much elsewhere. I have strongly considered (indeed, I told my two closest friends that I was going ahead with it) just shutting down the entire Cuttlefish enterprise. Erasing it from existence. Nuking it from orbit. Maybe giving people a week to copy anything they wanted to preserve, but other than that, just vanishing.

It seemed the cuttlefish thing to do.

I may still do it.

I made my peace with such an exit, then set it aside for a bit to stew. That bit is over now, and I am starting a new chapter…and I have not yet completely decided whether it is a continuation, or a new start. I may not know for a while.

In truth, I have just enough ego that I really wanted to make it to ten years, which would be this coming October. But also in truth, this post is going up a month after I was completely ok with spreading cuttlefish ashes into the ocean. And I am actually still pretty much ok with that.

At the moment, I am not promising anything. I’d like to think I would at least have one more goodbye post thanking everyone, and that would be the right thing to do, but I cannot guarantee I would do it. Or maybe I’ll just put up one more verse, and another, and another, and another, and never quite get around to a last one.

For those who have checked up on me (here and elsewhere)… I will be ok. I do thank you for your concern; it means a great great deal.

For now, I don’t know when I will write again. I’ll be a bit embarrassed if it turns out to be tomorrow, but I suppose I will at some point, either under this name or some other.

I will accept good-luck wishes, and (as always) recipes (especially old family secret recipes).

Your humble & obedient servant, 



  1. chigau (違う) says

    No. No.
    You don’t hafta do some big dramatic exit.
    And you absolutely do not need to ‘nuke’ anything.
    Just leave the space here. Drop in once in a while.
    You are always in my bookmarks.

  2. StevoR says

    @ ^ chigau (違う) : Seconded by me.

    Please don’t destroy all your work and rhymes here.

    Digital Cuttlefish, know that you are appreciated and virtual (((hugs))) from me if you want them.

    I’m glad to hear from you and hope you can keep blogging here but I understand if you can’t. Wishing you all the best and be assured you have a lot of fans who miss you – I’m one of them. Thankyou.

  3. mynax says

    I enjoy your work. Do what you gotta, but I hope that includes leaving this legacy here, as long as FTB wants to support the bandwidth at least.

  4. Badland says

    Seconding Chigau and StevoR. You have beautiful work here Cuttlefish, your corner of the internet is one of my favourite places and your voice is valuable. I’d hate to see it vanish

  5. Linda Calhoun says

    You must do whatever is right for you, whatever that is/may be. Those who really care will support you in that, no matter what.

    You have provided much joy, laughter, wisdom, humor, and insight. I value that greatly, and would much appreciate it if it were still available. But, even there, you have to do what you believe is best for you.

    Whatever you decide, however you proceed, all the best to you.


  6. machintelligence says

    One of my favorite Murphy’s Law corollaries:
    If something is truly good, it will soon be unavailable.
    Your wit and verse will be missed.
    I am going to keep the Digital Cuttlefish badges on my vehicles, though, to puzzle people if nothing else. Don’t be in a hurry to leave.

  7. willym says

    I surely hope you won’t abandon this blog. I have gotten so much pleasure from your poetry; it is far and above most of the reiterative political essays and shallow social commentary on so much of the rest of the web. However, I do understand that sometimes it isn’t possible to keep on; writing gets to be a chore and then a duty and then a detested obligation.
    Thank you for the effort in any event. I wish you well and success.

  8. Pierce R. Butler says

    I never knew before that cuttlefish flashed a signal before going into camouflage mode.

    May the Digital Cuttlefish reappear sometime, somewhere (even here), in ever more resplendent verse and sly undulations!

  9. Dr Sarah says

    It’s not particularly a secret, but our family recipe is the one my grandmother invented for lasagne. More specifically, for the cheese in lasagne:

    Get a pack of Philadelphia Light and a roughly equal-sized pack of cottage cheese. And a few spring onions. Chop the spring onions finely and mix all of this together.

    Layer this in an appropriate oven-safe pot with layers of mince and of lasagne pasta. (During my teenage vegetarian years, my mother invented a version that replaced mince with Mexican refried beans. This worked reasonably well and became a staple of my university years, but these days I’d just recommend Quorn mince if you want a vegetarian version.)

    Top with sliced Cheddar. Or grated Cheddar, if you particularly prefer.

    Cook. Damn, I can’t remember how long it was cooked for. Assume normal sort of lasagne cooking time and temperature. If you ever need more details, I can check with my mother.


    I hope you stay. And even if you don’t stay, I hope you leave your archives. Most of all, I hope you find your way to a good place in your life. Did you know it was your post that originally let me know I could apply to come here? (Yes, you do, actually; I remember you mentioning it on the backchannel.) Thank you for that. Very much indeed.

    Best wishes.

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