We've all heard the story about the little train that could. Well, I'm here to tell you that most can't. And, you may be actually lucky if you are onboard one of those because a shitload of others just completely derail, hurling bodies and twisted wreckage everywhere.

You think that is ugly? Well, what if most of the trains that do make it are packed with total assholes! So, you are more likely than not to be shanked or made to endure such unspeakable acts that you're such a psychological mess afterwards that you wish you were shanked to begin with.

So what does this all mean?

Perhaps it is a classic exercise to expect the worst while hope for the best. The world consistently needs a small, healthy population with the right combination of ambition, optimism, and ignorance to give it a go even against the most dismal of odds.

I'm no fan of risk, but I'm even less interested in static scenarios. From what I understand, deathsounds like a super static situation, so I'm inclined to believe that the living portion should have an abundance of movement before that finale approaches. However movement is defined, in this context, it needs to be subjective and personal.

For me, one example of this is, in fact, an engine. For a year and a half, we have been slowly building the back-end to an online platform, not dissimilar to things like Medium, Watt Pad, or Google Docs. What it actually is, is still abstract, but what it can be and the actual form factors it can take is insanely exciting. We believe it will at least become an account-free writing platform (that we affectionately call Terminal Writer), a pliable memo tool (cleverly known to us as Memochiand a story development tool designed to handle multi-contributors writing against non-linear timelines to a single universe (we just call this one story-engine)

Presently, the engine is this website.

So, I can't tell you what train we (myself and my collaborators) are on, not clairvoyant. And even though we my not be able to advert disaster, we have made deliberate choices to control as many of the starting conditions and establish counter-measures to manage this ride as best we can. This doesn't make us super fast, it may not make us interesting (yet), but it does manage our financial and emotional risk without impeding our fundamental values and ability to make progress or change. Because of this, I believe, whole-heartedly that our train will make it.

I think I can.

We think we can. 

Chris Cheung