re: That little argument.
, to me, doesn't convey mundaneity (this is a word) - it conveys boredom
. Particularly if it goes on for a while. If it's just a normal thing you do, then you don't really think about it that much, and such an emotion would be more easily be conveyed with skipping over the whole thing. If you don't want to make the reader bored, but still want to convey the information, then Beige Prose
is no longer as fitting.
I don't think that's quite the thing with this passage, though. It feels disjointed, and some of the sentences go on too long for the amount of information they convey. Post 6 (feotakahari) covered this.
After a few more turns with the calumet, he unwrapped the bandages around his left index finger, revealing splotches of burned skin. Might as well use his bad not-healing-anytime-soon hand, no sense in having two injured ones. He used his knife to draw blood. The high made the pain interesting; the sensation was deep and drawn-out, but less sharp than usual. He pressed the wound to the sigil, completing it with his blood. It went folded into his vest pocket for now, but it flickered in the fire and behind his eyelids when he blinked.
This, for example. Is the burn new to the reader (or narrator) by the time the story gets to this point? Because half the paragraph can be condensed into one sentence, like, "He unwrapped the bandages around his burned finger and sliced it open." Is it important that it's his left index finger? Do you have to emphasise that he uses his knife? Does he have to focus on these to work through the high? (If yes, you'd probably be better off rewording it to more closely resemble his thoughts.) "Might as well use his bad not-healing-anytime-soon hand, no sense in having two injured ones," unless that's literally how he thinks, could easily work without the first half of the sentence, or "No sense in injuring both hands," or whatever. We already know it's injured; you mentioned the burn.
Since the previous paragraph seems to convey that this specific sigil is new to him (since he's not certain the process will work as advertised), he would probably be at least a little interested, making beige prose less fitting. Or if more focus is on him getting it over with, spending less time on describing everything in general and leaving out more unimportant information fits it better. So I wouldn't expect boredom, exactly.
I'm not sure what exactly you're going for, but I do think edits would make it stronger.
You will not go to space today.