I was thinking how I came up against that wall around the same age, a bit earlier, and went looking for "world" stuff or just anything not English, US based, "western culture" wanting to see anything possible. Anthologies were good or looking by specific country or ethnicity. I would root through any library or bookstore. Encyclopedias too. The indexes of books were super instructive. It took just years for me to have any real handle on the depth of the problems of histories but it was clear from the beginning that A LOT WAS WRONG. I didn't go into that (right now it is better if I listen to him than talk about my own thoughts)
Anyway! I'm so, so proud of Moomin and his excitement about scholarly things. I feel like no matter what he does in life he will have that kind of love of books and knowledge and stories.
He also really loved Gilgamesh so I am going to show him those awesome debates online between Hoe and Plough, Fish and Bird, etc.
Also when he said he thought of me in relation to her feeling like she is walking on knives..... i actually think of that sometimes so that kind of touched me.
He is also reading Gilgamesh and some Bible stuff for philosophy class and seems to be keeping up in his other math class! So nice to have him here even for a day. <3
I know I've been talking about Persona 5 a lot — probably because I can't play it as much as I want, with all the house work going on.
Anyway, another thing I dig about it is the villains so far, and their downfalls. Morgana's original explanation of stealing peoples' "hearts" was a little abstract, but what it's starting to look like is we're really stealing the motivation that lets them internally justify their crimes, leaving them with no psychic defense against their own conscience. Like, the taste they've been chasing turns to sawdust in their mouths.
So far, that means they've been overcome with remorse and shame, and end up confessing their crimes on their own. And... I'm playing with the Japanese audio track enabled, so IDK if the English dub is as good with this, but, damn, those confession scenes are actually kind of gruesome to watch! They're raw as fuck! I have to keep reminding myself that their pain is all self-inflicted and we did the right thing, because, woof.
Registration for World Fantasy 2017 in San Antonio ends Oct 21, banquet seats still available until Oct 27, and the final program schedule is now online:
Paging Doctor Tavener and Carnaki: Occult Detectives Old and Newly Reinvented
Beards and Intrigue: Queering the Historical Fantastic
Exceptional Characters in Horrible Times
Metaphors & Metadata: Libraries in Fantasy Literature
Molly Weasley Was a Bad Ass: Aged Protagonists in Fantasy
From Angry Fairy Queens to Flying Lizard People: An Interview with Toastmaster Martha Wells [Spotlight]
Exploration of Gender in Fantasy
Calamity Jane Defeats Conan—the Persistence of American Folklore in Fantasy Literature
Kitsune & Dragon: Thoughtful Approaches to Alternate Eastern Asias
Greg Manchess: Short Take on a Long Career in Illustration [GoH Spotlight]
Hild and Hilt: the Female Monk, the Lone Woman Protagonist
Hidden Secrets [GoH Spotlight] ( Tananarive Due will discuss the role of history, especially hidden history, in her work and in black horror in general, which is emerging as a sub-genre in the wake of Jordan Peele's Get Out. How horror serves as trauma narratives, or even healing narratives, to help artists and readers come to grips with the past.)
Borrowing from History: Intention and Appropriation
The Role of the City in Fantasy Settings
Religions of the African Diaspora: Beyond Zombies, Ancestors, and Giant Apes.
Urban Legends in the Age of Fake News (Engaging Our Theme IV)
Everybody Was There: Diversity in Fantasy Then and Now
Remembering Zenna Henderson: A Centennial Discussion and Appreciation
Women Authors That Men Don't Read --- Or Do They?
Reinventing the Fantastic Other
Pulp Era Influences: the Expiration Date
New Graphic Novels You Should be Reading
I'll be looking for solutions, but in the meantime, you can always find everything on the website at http://www.jimchines.com/blog/
Yesterday was a nice office day, tho my face still hurt I had a good afternoon there.
The smoke blew away from here over night and now it's foggy and rainy. I can't find my face mask.
I'm on 100mg neurontin at night for the face nerve pain from shingles. Taking it at 7pm isn't quite early enough (i am still groggy and weird feeling now) I'd like to go off it by the end of next week or decrease the dosage. My face really hurts..... and is cold sensitive. I need one of those microwaveable pillows.... my old one got moldy I think. the actual heating pad is huge (the size of my entire back) and rough textured. My eye is twitching.... it feels tired. I guess all the muscles around my painful face are tensing up. The skin is not too bad now but the pain has moved to a deep ache in my jaw like a toothache.
Working in little fits & starts on my new writing project (a novel)
Actual work still looming though right now I have a little bit of a break. (mid cycle, no dot release so far for 56, the lull before a big push to release 57)
Nazi rally in Gainesville is pissing me off. Hundreds of cops mobilized for this bullshit. It just helps militarize the situation even more.
Reading - Squirrel Girl novel, which was beautiful! Last night read The Lucky Stiff by Craig Rice and this morning The Fourth Postman. Hardboiled detective. But also funny! Craig Rice is Georgiana Craig.
Star Wars and me, when I was a lonely 13 year old: http://www.unboundworlds.com/2017/10/a-
I was an isolated kid in a lot of ways, and didn’t know anybody else who really liked SF as much as I did. And I’d been told over and over again that liking SF/F, or liking anything involving books and media so intensely, was weird and strange and probably bad, or if not bad, something that made me a figure of ridicule. It was especially bad for a girl to like those things, but I was sure to get over it when I grew up and stopping being silly. I knew I wasn’t the only one, I knew there were other people like me out there; all these books and comics had been written by people, for people. But before Star Wars, it was hard to believe those people really existed.
Then I read this movie novelization, and read it again, and made the two whole friends I had read it, and we read it aloud to each other, and acted it out. And finally, a month or so after the movie came out, I got to see it. It was a shock at first, so different from how I’d imagined it from the book. But it wrote itself into my DNA and it’s still there, so many years later.
Especially installing these hardwood floors. Good gravy.
* Another quote from The Murderbot Diaries: Artifcial Condition for Book Quote Wednesday on Twitter: https://marthawells.tumblr.com/post/
I expect to get some push back on this view, and am looking forward to it. I'd love for this movie to be more than bioluminescent sea foam frothily floating across the screen for three hours.
But they kind of missed a chance with Ryuji, because he's already so in touch with his inner rebellion. He took a swing at a teacher in real life! That's pretty much an outer rebellion, dude! I think it would have been funnier and better if he hadn't agonized AT ALL. Just cut straight to battle screen with no transition and him already in the process of casting a lightning spell, with Morgana all like "wait, weren't we in the middle of something? what just happened?"
I mean, there's the standard TV show stupid where characters have to tell each other things that they already know, so that we the audience can catch up on what happened since last season. Fine. Normal TV stupid.
There's the stupid of watching combat scenes - streets somehow devoid of cars except for those belonging to the villains; martial artists spinning into HTH despite facing their opponents and having a clear path between them (you don't turn your back on an enemy if you don't get something from it - sure, spinning around may get you leverage for an attack, but nobody did that); old Western-style one-shot-insta-death bullet wounds (except, of course, for any character with a name), and so on. TV violence stupid. Fine. Normal.
There's the interpersonal drama stupid, which includes both "let's talk about stuff that we would never directly say, except for the audience to catch up" and "let's make sure the audience has been informed, AGAIN, of exactly who has what relationship with whom." Bleh. Fine. Gotta throw in some backstory exposition for the new watchers. Then there's the mind games and secrets bullshit, where everyone pretends that they haven't spent five years learning that you need to rely on your teammates and that means telling them when something weird is going on. Fine. Emotionally constipated characters in order to stretch out the tension.
( There's also spoilerific stupid, so I'm putting that behind a cut. )
If you're not watching it, it's a half-hour afterlife comedy about a slacker (Kristen Bell) who has been accidentally misassigned to the "Good Place" (Heaven) after her death, and has to keep the mistake secret from the powers that be (Ted Danson), while trying to figure out how to be a good person -- or at least a good enough person not to stick out. Fortunately for her, she's assigned a soulmate (William Harper Jackson) who was an ethics professor in life.
I don't know how to convince you to watch this. The show is so much stranger, more surreal, and sillier than the setup portends. It is hilarious and moving; it burns through plot like a brushfire (avoid spoilers, I mean it); and the cast is so good, I mean, they are so amazing, not just Bell and Danson, but newcomers like Jackson and D'Arcy Carden as an omniscient database and Jameela Jamil as a socialite philanthropist and Manny Jacinto as a surprising sweetheart. The first season is streaming on Netflix and the second season is airing now.
Spoiler note: the numbering for this season is confusing, since some sources consider the first hour, aired together in a single night, as a single episode. I don't. The latest episode I discuss below the spoiler cut aired 10/12/17.
( Spoilers have a thirteen-point scale where eight is the highest score )
You know how they make the CPI? With the Consumer Price Survey, where they choose people (households, really) at random and send census employees to interview them, over three separate calendar quarters, about pretty much everything they spent their money on.
Guess whose household got picked, this time around?
Guess who's had two of their CPS interviews but is still looking down the barrel of the third one?
Guess who also just bought a fucking house?
When we were being normal and incredibly boring in our spending habits, an interview could still take hours. I am living in abject dread of Connie the Census worker's next visit.
Anyway, it’s definitely been an interesting look at how the econ sausage gets made. I think participation is technically voluntary, but we're putting up with the interview slog bc we're good patriots who think the CPI is legitimately important, and also we're probably chumps.
And the full programming schedule has now been posted: http://wfc2017.org/wfc2017/programming/
and here's my schedule:
* 2:00 I've Got a Secret: Introducing our Guests
Part interview, part get-to-know-you chat, our Toastmaster will ask our honored guests to share their thoughts on "secret history" -- their own, or the importance of "secret history" in their work.
Martha Wells (m), Tananarive Due, Karen Joy Fowler, Gregory Manchess, David Mitchell
* 8:00 Molly Weasley Was a Bad Ass: Aged Protagonists in Fantasy
With the aging of our readership why do we have so few mature female characters in fantasy literature? Can the pernicious Youth Culture be subverted, or are we doomed to keep reading about fresh-faced young sorcerers eager to become saviors? Our panelists discuss representation, power and common tropes in fantasy works that include an older woman (middle aged and upward, such as in Tananarive Due's The Black Rose and Nancy Kress' The Prince of Morning Bells) as a protagonist, including examples of what they want to see more of, and why it matters.
Sharon Shinn, Martha Wells, Elizabeth Moon, Tracy Caulfield
* 10:00 Spotlight - From Angry Fairy Queens to Flying Lizard People: An Interview with Toastmaster Martha Wells
Rachel Neumeier interviews Martha Wells about her work and career, including her Ile-Rien series and the Books of the Raksura, her other fantasy novels including Wheel of the Infinite and City of Bones, her media tie-in and young adult work, and her new SF novella series The Murderbot Diaries.
* 8:00 Our Signature Event
Sometimes called the Autograph Reception, sometimes the Mass Autographing, there is only one autograph session at a World Fantasy Convention. Every convention member is invited to come to the Fiesta Pavilion, pick up their name plate and choose a seat at the autographing tables. This is a reception; hors d'oeuvres will be served.
* 1:00 Reading - Martha Wells (1 hour)
(I'm not sure what I'm going to be reading yet. Maybe some Raksura and some new Murderbot.)
* 8:00 Art Ahow Reception
* 1:00 Banquet and World Fantasy Awards Ceremony
I'm vaguely aware that D&D and Pathfinder are similar but not the same. I don't particularly need to know; until D&D gives up on the stupidity that is alignments (I do hear they've dropped alignment languages, at least) and the notion of dozens of character classes to allow variety instead of switching to a point system that actually lets people build the players they want... not particularly interested. D&D as a system is designed for a particular type of play, or at best, a particular range of types of play, none of which appeal to me.
I keep coming back to, "why aren't they using GURPS" if they want granular details about combat and character building, or, "why don't they switch to FATE" if they want free-flowing story adventures.
Anyway. Humble Bundle has Pathfinder books on sale, and in the way of HB, a large swarm are available for the $1 minimum. I'll get that.
I scrolled down. Normally, there's a $1 ("pay what you want") level, a mid ($8 here), and a $15 level. This time, there's also higher levels. At the top, for $45, you can get a set of miniatures.
The Red Sonja figurine shows everything I hate about D&D, the high fantasy genre, and the tabletop RPG industry.