Wednesday Rerun — The Glowing Pigs Meet Artie the Genius Chimp

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Image by Chris Graham
Image by Chris Graham

What a relief to be in my sanctuary.  Sit down and relax relax with me.  

One day about five years ago, I remarked on my dislike of acronyms.  Actually, I hate the blasted things.  It inspired our marvelous Story Reading Ape to be a bit of a prankster.  He spontaneously created a slue of acronyms as he wrote a story (yes, he became the Story Telling Ape), which continued the adventures of Atonement, Tennessee’s otherworldly pigs.  On Monday, Chris posted a cartoon that reminded him of my opinion of acronyms and of his story.

Please welcome back, Artie the Genius Chimp — the creation of the Story Reading Ape.  I proudly present to you, an original story by Chris Graham.

As those who read my weekend serial already know, the otherworldly pigs (Deme, Honeybell, and new pig Moccus) are key characters in that story. Without further monkeying around, here’s another snort story.

Artie Meets the Glowing Pigs

Artie sketch thinking color steampunk
Artie, courtesy of Chris Graham

Artie the inventor and TSA-RT (Time/Space/Alternative-Realities Traveller) Chimp was in a right fix…

LYEDS (Light Years, Eons and Dimensional Shifts) from home; the SbMCW (Smallest, but Most Crucial, Widget) in his MTSA-RTM (Mobile Time/Space/Alternative-Realities Travelling Machine), had broken, leaving him well and truly stranded in the back-end of NW2 (nowhere/no-when).

To make matters worse, he was so far out of the TSCL (Time Space Continuum Loop), there was no light in that part of the multiverse, apart from his machine’s main headlight, which couldn’t reach back into heart of the MTSA-RTM (see above) “engine.”

Naughty Chimps
The Naughty Chimps, courtesy Chris Graham

A thorough search of his EK (Emergency Kit) revealed the presence of an RW (Replacement Widget) and necessary tools, but the total lack of his H-T (Headband-Torch), probably “borrowed” by one of the other NGs (Naughty Chimps), so they could RTCiB (read their comics in bed), meant he couldn’t see to carry out the necessary repairs.

There was no other choice.  Artie had to go into DPS (Deep Pondering State) in order to send out a TDS (Telepathic Distress Signal) and hope that an SSF (Someone/Something Friendly) would hear it and come to help.

2 Pigs

Within nanoseconds, his DPS was interrupted by a loud PLOP (a short sharp noise) and two glowing piglets greeted him.

“Hello Artie, our names are Deme and Honeybell, we are your DRs (Designated Rescuers), how may we help?”

“Hello, Deme and Honeybell, so good of you to come so quickly.”

“If you could hover over this compartment and increase your GFs (Glow Factors) a bit more, I should be able to see well enough to fix my machine,” Artie suggested to the pigs.

Chimp Thinker Smirk
Ponderating Chimp, courtesy Chris Graham

In less time than it took to read this report, Artie removed and replaced the SbMCW (see above).

Being a well-mannered chimp, Artie gave Deme and Honeybell a lift back to their home, before returning to his.

The moral of the story?

Always check that everything is in your EK before leaving home.

Always practice your DPS, you never know when you might need to use it.

Always treat all creatures with respect, you never know when you might need their help.




The End.


Again, huge thanks to Chris Graham who wrote this story.   My serial, “Atonement in Zugzwang” will have a new episode on Saturday.  If you have any questions about the “Atonement-verse” feel free to leave them in a comment.  I love to hear from you.  Hugs.


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My Vibrating Vertebrae, Agnes Mae Graham

My Vibrating Vertabrae cover
A lovely book of poetry by Chris Graham’s mom

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The Atonement Series

Atonement kindle covers Cat eyes shelf 2023

Atonement, Tennessee

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Also in Spanish, translated by Olga Núñez Miret! The title for the Spanish-speaking market is Expiación y Magia

Atonement in Bloom



The Glowing Pigs, Snort Stories of Atonement, Tennessee



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This is a work of fiction.  Characters, names, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, locales, or events is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2023 by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene. “Artie Meets the Glowing Pigs” Copyright © 2018 by Christopher Graham

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47 thoughts on “Wednesday Rerun — The Glowing Pigs Meet Artie the Genius Chimp

  1. Teagan, great story. Glad to see the pigs again. You used acronyms so nicely in the last serial about (blocking on names here) Fang, his partner, and time travel that I would not have guessed that. The ape here reminds of Fang’s original co-worker (Aimsley?) in that series. Midweek hugs pixeling your way.

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      1. Sounds like a social services agency, perhaps?

        I’ll never forget the first time I taught active duty students on-base, and this guy handed in an essay written all in caps. Dude, don’t yell your essay at me. You’re making my head hurt.

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