Open Thread: Falling Water


Taken at Spot Pond Brook.  There's stuff to see there.  Water, strange weathering patterns on rocks, an old foundation or two, some shelters made of fallen logs and branches, ambiguous trail labeling, so forth.  All good things.

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Friday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us, so give us something new to explore!

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Tweet of the Day: Minor Characters

This is the best tweet thread I will ever host, and I wanted to share it here, so I am:

If you were a brief minor character in a novel, what would you want to be?

I'd want to be the mildly eccentric well-off person who gives the heroes bath and bed and board when they most need it and everyone else has turned on them in their time of need.

Click through and read the responses if you have time; they're amazing and so good.

Open Thread: Station Dog


Walter here was significantly more floofy than usual when I was last at his bus station.  Thus I give you a picture of an unusually floofy station dog.

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Narnia: Calormene Poetry

[Narnia Content Note: Racism]

Narnia Recap: King Lune is judging Rabadash. Obligatory note about racism, intent, and Lewis is here.

The Horse and His Boy, Chapter 15: Rabadash the Ridiculous

As we wind our way down to the end of this chapter and book, I want to thank you all for your amazing comments. This deconstruction would not be the same without you: the fix-fic that brings tears to my eyes, the folks pointing out plot-holes and world-building fails that I miss and which make the entire book seem utterly impossible on the face of everything else, even the "ARGH WHAT IS THIS" keyboard smash comments are precious to me.

Two comments in particular have stuck with me in the last couple of posts. One, from QG notes the sheer weird disconnection between Archenland and Calormen, and indeed between Lune and Rabadash who ought to know each other better than this scene provides. The second, from Anton Mates regarding how Aslan's "judgment" will only serve to entrench religious hostilities between the Aslan and Tash factions in this world.

Open Thread: Hat on a Porcupine


My hat, munchkin weasel's porcupine, taken at Arisia.

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Open Thread: Snow + Gravity


In fact it was more of:
Take glass
Add Snow
Place mixture in excessive wind
Remove wind and let sit in a gravitational field
But it's the gravity caused sag in the snow pattern that makes the picture interesting, thus I didn't see the need to place the full recipe in the open thread title.

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It is unclear if it serves any purpose --especially since the most recent comment (which the spamtrap wrongfully ate, though it has been restored now) was someone asking if the thread was still alive almost a fortnight ago-- but we do, in fact, have a special open thread set aside for discussion of The Last Jedi.

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Writings: Accidental Hero


[TW: Tight Spaces. BoTW Spoilers.]

I've been playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the because it helps manage my winter depression. In the game, the player wakes up from fantasy cryo-stasis as Link with no memory of the past. It will later turn out that you are the Chosen Hero who has been asleep one hundred years healing up from a climactic boss battle which went very badly. Zelda ordered you crammed into cryo-stasis and went to go hit "pause" on the boss battle until you could come back and finish the job a century later.

You don't know all this at first. An elderly man asks you to do him a favor and raid a nearby shrine for treasure, which seems easy enough. Yet when you get there, the desiccated monk mummy waiting for you at the heart of the shrine congratulates you for getting this far, shoves a fragment of spiritual power into your body, and then disintegrates.

The first time this happened to me in-game, I freaked out in a massive panic because, well, what if I'm not up to the job? What if I get killed and we need a new hero? My replacement won't be able to get spiritual energy from this monk because the monk blew away as so much dust. That's a lot of pressure to be perfect, let me tell you!

I couldn't put the idea down and ended up writing this fic of a trans man adventurer who breaks into one of these shrines thirty years before the hero is supposed to awaken and accidentally blunders his way into Chosen Hero status--not because he's the right person or because he wanted to be a hero at all, but because he's now the only eligible candidate who can collect all the orbs.