Narnia: Jill Plied Her Crop On The Girls

[Narnia Content Note: Bullying, Violence, Whipping, Death, Ableism]

Narnia Recap: The protagonists have found a hole and boosted Jill up.

The Silver Chair, Chapter 16: The Healing of Harms

OKAY! Are we ready to finish this?

I'll straight-up admit that I've been dreading this chapter because it's so awful. I don't really know what to say about it; the awfulness kind of stands out on its own. But I really do want to get to The Horse and His Boy, and the only way to it is through it, so let's slam this down. I cannot believe how rushed this chapter is going to be, by the way; we have to get Rilian home, go to Heaven, and then go back home and wrap all that up. I like to think that J.R.R. Tolkien was physically ill after reading this chapter and went off to weep into his favorite printing of Return of the King.

Open Thread: Reflections on a Rail Bridge


For some reason I've always had a fascination with reflections.  Mirror perfect ones, warped ones, ones distorted by waves, they all draw my eyes and thus my lens.  The bridge above the water isn't much to look at, though I do look at it, the image of the bridge in the water, though, that's a sight to see.

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Open Thread: Abandoned Keys


Sometimes in the course of human events you come across something you're at a loss to explain.  Between the road and the train tracks lies a sidewalk with a chain link fence on the railroad side.  Beyond the tracks you can see the giant pile of sand (helpfully covered in black plastic so you wouldn't necessarily know it's a giant pile of sand) and a large oil storage thingy.

From the tracks to the road, inclusive, there is nothing that is simply being.  Tracks, sidewalk, road.  All things to move from point A to point B.  Nothing draws people to this spot, it is instead a place you move through.

If you're in a train you can't throw the keys out the window.  If you're in a car you (usually) can't pull the keys out of the ignition and toss them.  If you're on foot then it probably means you don't have a car since there's no reason to come here.  It is a place to pass through and said passing is best done in a vehicle.

So where did the keys come from?  Some of them are car keys.  If the owner had a car it is unlikely they walked here.  Even if the owner didn't, if they are mere vestigial car keys, what here, not there, could have made the keys remain?  There's nothing that makes here a more likely place for keys to fall from one's pocket.

And who put the keys in the fence?

Was it the former owner, telling them that this was their new home?  A good Samaritan hoping that when the owner came back looking for lost keys they'd notice them?  A conceptual artist hoping to stimulate thought?

We can posit many possible explanations, some are even reasonable, but we can never know.

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Open Thread: Bird in the Muck


At a spot between the estuary and the stream, the water pools into a thing that would like to be a swamp but lacks the scale, variation, vegetation, and general swampiness to actually be a swamp.  Instead it's just a pool of muck (well, mucky water) that ducks and egrets seem to enjoy.  It's almost completely surrounded by trees, with the "almost" being taken up by the foot path I take to get to my pharmacy.

Thus I give you a bright white bird in the muck.

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Narnia: There Was A Reward Offered

[Narnia Content Note: Nothing too awful this chapter, I don't think.]

Narnia Recap: The protagonists have found a hole and boosted Jill up.

The Silver Chair, Chapter 15: The Disappearance of Jill

When we last left our protagonists, they had dawdled unnecessarily long and put their lives in danger. They've now made their way through the tunnel that was supposed to be entirely ready for invasion while also being narrow enough to only allow people through single-file and also there is no apparent means of egress. Now they have found a hole in the ceiling and have boosted Jill up, which normally I would be in favor of but I will subtract points here because of inconsistency with chivalry.

THE PATCH OF LIGHT DID NOT SHOW UP anything down in the darkness where they were standing. The others could only hear, not see, Jill’s efforts to get onto the Marsh-wiggle’s back. That is, they heard him saying, “You needn’t put your finger in my eye,” and, “Nor your foot in my mouth either,” and, “That’s more like it,” and, “Now, I’ll hold on to your legs. That’ll leave your arms free to steady yourself against the earth.”

Open Thread: Parasol


Detail shot of a partially open parasol.

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Open Thread: Frisbee Dog


The dog, and the human, were preforming at a pre-Fourth of July event.

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Civil Disobedience of the Day: Bree Newsome

In the news: Brittany 'Bree' Newsome Removes Confederate Flag After Scaling South Carolina Statehouse Flagpole.


Open Thread: Holy Crow

As you may recall (or not) one of Bella Swan's favorite expletives is, "Holy Crow!"

Now given what Crow gave up to save the world (short version, Crow once had the most vibrantly colored feathers and the most beautiful singing voice on earth or in the skys but they were lost bringing fire to the world so that the first winter would not kill all life) I'm not sure we should be taking Crow's name in vain.  That said, it was a nice picture.

The church has actually been deconsecrated, meaning all holiness in the image is due to the crow and the crow alone.

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Film Corner: We Need to Talk About the Furiosa Comic

[Content Note: Rape, abortion, forced pregnancy, homophobia, gender policing, descriptions of violence.]

Previously posted at Shakesville and The Mary Sue.

We need to talk about the Mad Max: Fury Road Furiosa (#1) comic and how awful it is. Huge content notes on this post, like, in big block capitals and neon letters because this issue is triggery and terrible, and really aptly illustrates just how awful MMFR could have been if it were made without intentionally setting aside lazy (and terrible) narratives about women and rape in order to be better than that. Also, I would honestly recommend going into this post with the mindset that this comic is some kind of terrible non-canon spinoff, because I don't want to ruin MMFR for anyone. And I want to hat-tip Lindsay Ellis for bringing it to my attention.

Here is the comic (and link here and here):

Writings: The Twelve Huntsmen Retelling

Another random fairy tale retelling; same context: make an updated / retold version of an existing fairy tale for an NPC storyteller who has strong feelings on vows, consent, gender identity, and chekov's lions. Source text here: The Twelve Huntsmen, and thanks to @Phira for helping me find it again. (I own, like, eleven billion fairy tale compilations.)

Once upon a time, there was a good prince who was betrothed to a sweet maiden. He loved her far more than any passing fancy, and she returned his love with all fervent passion. But one day, as they were sitting together and feeling happy in each other's company, the prince received news that his father was seriously ill and wished to see his son once more before he died.

Writings: Tatterhood Retelling

This is an utterly random post and I'm okay with that. I had to make an updated / retold version of Tatterhood for a game where an NPC storyteller was plying xir trade, so I figured I'd share because why not (and also because xe is pleased with the changes, or as xe would characterize it, "fixes", xe made). Source text here. Ursula Vernon's wonderfully annotated version is here, and seriously go read it because it is hilarious.

Once upon a time, there was a king and a queen who had no children, and the queen was sore afflicted with sorrow such that she seldom had a happy hour. She was always crying, and saying how dull and lonesome it was in the palace. Wherever she went in all her realm, she found children even in the poorest hut. And wherever she went, she heard women scolding their children, and saying how they had done this and that wrong. The queen heard all this and marveled at the idea of having such a blessing and not realizing it as such.

Open Thread: Leaves


Nothing special, just leaves.

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Narnia: His Name Was Golg

[Narnia Content Note: Bullying, Slavery, Mind Control]

Narnia Recap: The  protagonists have captured an earthperson.

The Silver Chair, Chapter 14: The Bottom of the World

When we last left our protagonists, they were marching through the midst of a disaster with their weapons drawn and occasionally rushing at the earthpeople in a show of force. They then captured one and have sat him down for an interrogation.

I have mentioned before that I am sympathetic to the trials of writing, if not always to the content and themes that Lewis was trying to lay out. It can be difficult for an author to spin a backstory for a race of ancillary characters and then try to work out what to do with it. I submit, however, that jamming it all into an infodump section two chapters from the end is not the right answer.

Open Thread: Consuming Nature


Both of my parents worked jobs that didn't get out until well after we got out of school, so my sister and I spent a lot of our childhood at my grandparents' farm.  There was something interesting about the tire swing.  It wasn't tied around the branch it was hanging from; it was coming out of it.

There wasn't a scar or oddity where the rope had once been tied around the branch.  It was a normal stretch of branch, indistinguishable from any other stretch except for the fact that a rope (attached to a tire swing) disappeared into the underside.

The picture is from a hundred miles away, give or take.  It illustrates something that people from other climates do not understand.

Here we are at war with nature.  It's not a war we want to win, per se, it's simply a war that we will lose if we don't constantly fight.  Nature is the great devourer.  Nature is consuming.

Consuming nature will turn fields into forests.  Consuming nature will tear apart our roads and sidewalks.  Consuming nature will turn a house into a foundation that you might not even recognize as a foundation (it's just a weird hole in the ground.)

Consuming nature will engulf, as with that fence.

Consuming nature will put oak trees in your flower garden, maple in the lawn.

All consuming nature will take over everything, if given the chance.

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Open Thread: Changeling Game

I've mentioned earlier in the comments that I and Kristy and Depizan and a few friends are running a World of Darkness Changeling game online; it's a "play-by-post" on a forum board and not a "real time" game where people all have to sit down at 5:00 pm or whatever. Most players subscribe to the board by email and post 2-3 times a day, to give a sense of pacing.

We've been going on for about six months now and are open to adding in new players if anyone is interested. The game is set in the modern world (so it's not, like, a D&D fantasy campaign with loincloths and dragons). It's character-driven, with the primary conflicts coming from mysteries to solve and social/political plot. (Some of the PCs are literally just working through depression and trauma and learning how to heal, like, that is 100% of the game for those particular PCs.)

There is some combat, but not a ton; this is a modern world setting, so some characters have gone their entire lives without throwing a punch (and, of course, others go into the hedge on adventures and to slay weird fae-beasts, so there's a mix of styles and options). There's lots of role-playing and social interaction, with a focus on character growth. Since I'm a "fluffy" ST, it's relatively light for a WoD game, with a lot of emphasis on the possibility of redemption and rebuilding.

Anyway, if you're interested in an escapist outlet that has character RP and a lot of chatting, let me know; we're kinda of the mindset that more is merrier.

Open Thread: Spill


Sometimes, accidents happen

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Narnia: Don't Cry Out (Or You Will Be Hurt)

[Narnia Content Note: Bullying, Slavery, Mind Control]

Narnia Recap: The Green Witch has been killed and now we are nyoom.

The Silver Chair, Chapter 13: Underland Without The Queen

This book has sixteen chapters in it and it's easier now for me to see what some of you all were saying at the beginning of this, about Silver Chair being your least favorite, because holy shit I am kind of bored? The main antagonist died in the most contrived chapter ever--she basically walked in from being on the other side of the country and then talked for a bit before dying in the most blatantly silly manner ever. (Troops? What are those, I can turn into a snake and attack three armed men!)

Now we have to kill time for a couple chapters to get Rilian back to Narnia, which honestly seems pretty fait accompli, and that's a shame because this could have been a chance to inject some real drama: Aslan's instructions are all done and the protagonists are off-script now, so to speak. But that would have required us to be more in the middle of the book as opposed to "almost done", so that the drama could spread out a little and get cozy. Anyway, let's do this thing.

Open Thread: Pink


Pink! and hints of purple, and fading to white.  And yellowish bits, and a bit of my skirt in the lower left corner.  When I saw several these in bloom yesterday I knew that one of them would be the open thread.

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Open Thread: Kaleidoscope


Sticking a digital camera up to a kaleidoscope and zooming in until you get more color than obstruction isn't necessarily the best use of one's time, but it does have its rewards.

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