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2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many […]

TV Tropes Monday: New Year’s Resolutions


Tweet of the Day: World Building: Magic Systems ——- Believe it or not, I like to think of this trope as a character trope. Why? Because the making of new year’s resolutions as well as the nature of said resolutions can reveal a lot about a character. What they wish to accomplish tells us a […]

Wolf’s Eyes


Tweet of the Day: Farewell to 2013 ——– Winter of the Year of Our Lord 876,  Somerset, Kingdom of Wessex The Master of the house closed the door as quickly as his numbed fingers allowed. The study wooden door muffled the storm winds that howled outside. The warmth from the fireplace beckoned, but beyond sat […]

Weekend Roundup: December 22-28


  Tweet of the Day: Making Excuses for Science Fiction ——– Xmas, how fast you came and went. Still the holidays though, around here we celebrate all the way to January 6th (Epiphany and it involves more gift giving). Some long time readers might have noticed a distinct lack of holiday theme stories around here, […]

Mass Effect: Remember Us


Tweet of the Day: Sanctuary ——- Perkins waited until everyone else left the fare well party. He went over to his protege, the young turian who joined C-Sec eighteen months ago. In those months he taught him everything he knew about police work on the Citadel. How to read both species and individuals. How temper […]

Xmas Came Early


Tweet of the Day: Why I Hate Love Triangles ——– It literally arrived on the mail! Don’t believe me, here I’ll show you. First we have two books by the most excellent Jim Butcher: Most fitting for a cool, rainy, “I think this is still the tropics,” kind of Christmas Eve. Followed by: Apologies for […]

TV Tropes Monday: You Mean Xmas


  Tweet of the Day: Visions and Battle Cries ——– Christmas is such a powerful tradition that even people in other planets, times or planes of existence celebrate it. Welcome to this trope. Regardless of the ear, time period, location or any other vagary associated with the setting, you have to have a proper Christmas, […]