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September 13th, 2010 1 Comment

Will found himself, on Sunday night, left to his own devices. Winona has been away for three days and wouldn’t be back for two more. It was raining. He could smell the neighbors’ dinner, spaghetti bolognaise. His phone was silent. The possibilities of the Internet were exhausted. Loneliness seeped under the doors with the cold […]

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Ulrika?

August 2nd, 2010 1 Comment

On the drive back from the ski weekend, somehow Winona and Ulrika wound up together in the furthest back seat of the 4 x 4. Dusk came down. Will was absorbed in driving.  The two people in front of them fell asleep. And in the darkness and quiet, on the long dull rainy drive home, […]

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What Snow Is, and Will’s New Passion

July 26th, 2010 2 Comments

To Ulrika’s Swiss expatriate irritation, after five people have come all the way to Turoa with her, nobody else is particularly motivated to ski. They want to snowboard, drink, and send photos to their friends. Snow here is a toy, not a way of life. The only person willing to ski is, unexpectedly, Winona. “We […]

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Leave Town During The Film Festival? Are You Mad?

July 16th, 2010 Comments Off on Leave Town During The Film Festival? Are You Mad?

Winona is vexed. Her partner Will says that  his work friend Ulrika, a Swiss expatriate inspired by the crisp, cold weather, wants them to join her and a few other people on a ski weekend.  Winona can’t ski, but that doesn’t bother her. The real problem is that she doesn’t want to leave Wellington during […]

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Winona Woolgathers

May 31st, 2010 1 Comment

Winona’s first day at work is full of lacunas. Meetings are delayed. Her laptop isn’t ready. So she has plenty of time to think about how the impromptu party went on Saturday night. Now that everyone is older, last-minute parties don’t work so well. Wayne and Henny couldn’t get a sitter. Neither could Helena and […]

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Any Way The Wind Blows

May 28th, 2010 Comments Off on Any Way The Wind Blows

What has Will been up to, anyway? At work, he has been accepted into the tribe. He goes around with colleagues to lunches, drinks, software user groups, and the occasional sporting match. A great mob of them always go out for curry on Wednesday. The rest of the week, three or four of them tend […]

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