Archive for September, 2010

So, I’ve been tagged by Ann in some sort of question answering blog tag thingy type deal. Very interesting. Heres the questions and my answers.

1. If you could have any superpower, what would you have? Why?

Well if we’re talking comic-style single specific abilities, I’d probably go with Telekinesis due to its sheer versatility. Taken to great extremes conceptually it can do almost anything, but even without getting into molecular manipulation or anything, being able to move objects and exert force physically by thought alone comes in handy in so many situations.

More broadly as far as “powers” I would, unsurprisingly choose the ability to perfom effective Art Magic/wizardry again largely due to versatility. I like options.

2. Who is your style icon?

I don’t think this question can really be applied to me in the way I think it’s intended. I barely even own any clothes and like with pretty much everything about me my “style” mostly consists of fantasy imagery and the color blue.

Now in a different sense, I do have many influences on my style of writing (and even speaking) although I don’t have a single “icon.” Such influences include H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Tolkien, Ursula K. LeGuin, Stephen King, huge amounts of anime and Japanese culture in general including video games like the Final Fantasy series, Legend of Mana etc,  pen and paper RPGs and esoteric traditions such as Hermeticism.

3. What is your favorite quote?

I’m not really a big picker of favorites. This from Neil Gaiman is a good one: Science is a way of talking about the universe in words that bind it to a common reality. Magic is a method of talking to the universe in words that it cannot ignore.
Also Jacob Marley’s lines from “A Christmas Carol”: “It is required of every man that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow men. If it does not so in life it is condemned to do so after death.” And: “Man of the wordly mind, do you believe in me or not?” Also basically Galadriel’s whole conversation with Frodo in FotR, especially “What do you wish?”  “That what should be, shall be.”  Theres others…like I said I dont really pick favorites.

4. What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

I don’t really like these single-answer questions about “favorites” and “bests.” Without context I can’t really say.

5. What playlist/CD is in your CD player/iPod right now?

Recently been listening to Page and Plant No Quarter/Unledded and also the Labyrinth soundtrack.

6. Are you a night owl or a morning person?

Well I usually stay up pretty late regardless but when I get up varies. I don’t usually sleep a whole lot.

7. Do you prefer dogs or cats?

Conceptually cats…I’m not a pet person however and honestly don’t understand the appeal of having animals underfoot to deal with and take care of. If we ever have a house we’ll end up with a cat though my other half grew up with animals.

8. What is the meaning behind your blog name?

It’s in the “about me.”

And now I proceed to tag Meredith, Dame, Milo and Cort! You’re, like, it!

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Truth and Lies

Due to the stuporific stupor I’ve been in lately, I forgot to follow up the “Bold Faced Writer” post and tell people what was lie and what was truth.  Number 4 is the only lie. If I was allergic to tea, I’d probably be dead right now and you’d be reading the typings of a zombie.  The orthotics have really helped my hip problems, it isn’t nearly as bad as it used to be.  And maybe someday I’ll get to travel…

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So I got awarded the Bold Faced Liar/Writer Award thingy. With this deal you reveal 6th truths about yourself, and tell one lie about yourself…or vice versa. And people must guess what is what. So, here are mine.

1. I have abnormally high arches and off balance hips, so I wear orthotics in my shoes to help correct my posture and gait and keep my hip from exploding.

2. I didn’t enter a school building until I was 18 (and it wasn’t as a student.)

3. I was born the day John Lennon was shot, a year later.

4. I’m allergic to tea.

5. I can’t stand worms and slugs or crickets but I have no issues with spiders or snakes. My other half is an arachnophobe though so I get the spider handling duties.

6. I’ve never been outside the US.

7. My favorite color is blue.

I now pass this on to Meredith and Dame! Have fun.

 

 

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And I must say it is a slightly odd sensation seeing my name and my words in print like this for the first time. In the words of the immortal Akabane-san, “It’s not a bad feeling, though.” Quite the oposite, it is most gratifying. The other stories are, so far, pretty interesting as well. I’ve always loved monster stories. Go and pick up your copy from Amazon, right now! Shoo!

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So, a bit ago the lovely Ann bestowed on me the as-lovely Versatile Blogger award. These things come with it:

1. Thank the one who gave me this award.
2. Share seven things about myself.
3. Present this honour onto 15 newly discovered bloggers.
4. Drop by and let my fifteen new friends know I love them.

Only the last two remain. I don’t have 15…actually, at the moment I can only think of three(well I can think of a couple more but they’ve already been given the award), perhaps more later. They are Milo James Fowler, proprietor of in medias res where he keeps us updated on the trials of being an aspiring writer as well as his experiences as a teacher, Cortney Ellyn an old friend whose lovely “Wordweaver” blog now features artwork to discuss as well as links to many other fabulous blogs and who also runs the also lovely Legendfire writers workshop and last but certainly not least Fred Warren, he of the trains, who always has many interesting articles, resources and reviews.

To all of you, you’re a help and an inspiration to the rest of us, as bloggers and writers. This award’s for you

 

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Partisanism

Ok so I’m getting really, really, really unspeakably sick and tired and fed up and annoyed with hearing about the Elbesem-pounded mosque-or-whatever-it-is, about right wing and left wing, conservative and liberal, how horrible “religion” is, democrats, republicans and the Astea-cursed “tea party.”

Above all, I am sick to the point of madness of one-or-the-other, either/or, black or white thinking and views. I lack the words to even express my exhaustion with this, and when I start running out of words, you know it’s a bad friggin sign.

As those of you that know me know well, I’m not especially political. I’m much more concerned with the actual issues themselves, upon each of which I form my personal views based on the circumstances, facts and feelings surrounding that particular issue. I am neither liberal nor conservative, republican nor democrat. I am, to quote endless legions of animated boy pilots, myself.  That being said, one thing I do think about American politics is that one of the biggest problems with it is that we have only two parties and that EVERYTHING(and everyone) always MUST be one or the other. And so it seems oftentimes things become an argument about whether a given thing is Republican/conservative or Democrat/liberal and which of these two absolute all encompassing poles into which all of reality must be mashed-fit is “right” and which is “wrong” instead of being focused on what seems to me to be the real question: WHAT WORKS? I’m reminded of Babylon 5 (as I so often am) wherein two elder races, the Vorlons and the Shadows stayed behind in our galaxy to help guide up coming younger races. But instead of acting as guides and treating the new races as younger siblings, they turned them into mere pawns in their ideological war between order and discipline (The Vorlons) and strength and conflict (The Shadows.) In the end, all concern for everything was left behind till all either side cared about was proving the other wrong.

Likewise, in the West as a whole really, people define their spiritual stance almost entirely in relation to organized religion, specifically to the existence or non-existence of the Abrahamic God. Everyone is either Atheist, Agnostic or Monotheistic. But there are a whole friggin lot of other options out there people! You can believe in the Abrahamic God without belonging to a nutjob organized denomonational church for one thing…not everyone who follows a specific faith is a mindless sheep.  There are also spiritual paths that don’t even include deities and yet don’t reject things outside the material. There are folks who feel all the major creator deities are just faces of the same thing…and hey, what about the notion of simply being OPEN TO THE POSSIBILITIES? You don’t have to choose between absolute hardcore secular materialism and absolute slavish devotion to an orthodox organized branch of one of the three Abrahamic religions. THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS.

And to people like the Qu’ran burning guy, whatever his name may be…don’t you people realize that by using religion and “God” as the vehicle for your hatred and the venting of all your personal unhappiness, you’re making everyone who believe in anything look bad? And to those of you who can’t seperate considered religious faith and non-religious spirituality from mindless hatemongering, get a Elbesem-blessed grip! Have people done horrible things and used religion as an excuse or tool? Of course they bloody well have. People have used science the same way. As an excuse, a tool, a scapegoat a rationalization.  Now please for the love of everything, step away from the bathwater and put the baby back to bed!

Can’t we all just bleeping well get along? Can’t we all get it through our heads that there are always many choices in all things, and they can all be valid, and that ANYTHING can and has been used badly at some point? Come on folks, it’s not that hard.

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It’s that time again. Since I’ve added new info on the Nine Roads, and made some new friends along the way I ask folks who haven’t done so already to read the entries for the Nine Roads and post here telling me which Road you would choose if you were a mage in that world. This little exercise really helps me to better understand my Roads and my friends and colleagues and gets you to thinking about things as well.

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