Seiche

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  1. Fanfic or it didn't happen...
  2. Want to share that I've found a decent solution via UpWork which is an online portal to connect with freelance talent in a number of arenas. Quality will vary I'm sure.
  3. Requesting suggestions on engaging editing review for the occasional blog post. Typically 800 - 1200 words about business leadership/management stuff. The content will be viewed by a potentially broad audience so I'd like to get the text some copy editing prior to posting. I am envisioning that there exists a community of starving English majors out there, with sandwich boards reading 'Will copy edit for food' but I don't have any way to connect with them. Any suggestions are welcomed.
  4. The first book a recall loving was Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling. I had a similar jump, from kids stuff right to Stephen King, James Clavell, etc. I've spent the past 10 years or so going back through many of the classics including some YA stuff. I'm also reading some of the YA type stuff with my kids and enjoying it.
  5. The Comments section is very much in the Balrog camp, with some good reasoning.
  6. Another great essay by Austin Gilkeson entitled Smaug vs. Durin’s Bane: Who Would Win in the Ultimate Dragon/Balrog Showdown? Replete with the usual geeky mastery of the lore and a fine sense of humor. "...the first dragon Glaurung...hypnotizes Túrin Turambar and his sister Nienor into committing incest and then suicide, which is a dick move even for a lizard from hell."
  7. Certainly this. And as a plot device it struck me as very lazy. Pat's writing can be quite clever, and in combination with his (at times very skillful) prose, made his two novels notable to me, whatever their flaws. This little bon mot was a real clunker on both fronts. @SSAE I also recall the Aslan - Kvothe battle fondly. That was cool stuff. It is easy to note the difference between the quality of writing coming when Pat was still young and hungry and itching to earn Kvothe some street cred within our world of nerds vs. this recent offering. Pat put his shoulder into the first effort and the product was good. Now there's no hunger and the product is limp and lazy.
  8. Well that story and the reaction here has me chuckling to myself on this Wednesday morning. I will thank Pat for that at least.
  9. Tor.com is offering a free download of the ebook edition of The Way of Kings, the first volume of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, on March 23rd and 24th, 2017. This free ebook download will only be available for 48 hours. You can only download the file between 12:00 AM ET, March 23 and 11:59 PM ET, March 24. Note: This offer is only available in the US and Canada. We apologize for the geographic restriction, unfortunately it is required for various legal reasons. http://www.tor.com/2017/03/23/download-the-way-of-kings-march-23-24/
  10. I must have been slowly inoculated over the years. I found the quotes within that summary to be downright direct and...normal. The bit about the impact on our collective consciousness is funny, but the rest seemed to be devoid of the familiar notes of sanctimony, defensiveness and braggadocio. Then again it was on TOR...maybe they avoided some less flattering exchanges. I did not watch the event itself.
  11. I thought this was the blurb for The Magicians I am curious to see if anything of note is mentioned during the chat today. I am somewhat surprised to not be cynically assuming that it'll be nothing.
  12. Just read this based on this thread. Lots of fun plus bonus points for originality. Thanks for the rec. This also was the impetus to finally get set up to borrow ebooks from my library. Another life skill mastered.
  13. What!? Galvanic binding, broken alar and sympathy in general should be a breeze to convey on screen.
  14. Marine extraordinaire Bobby Shaftoe, Humbert the charming, terrifying, narcissistic sociopath, climate change and sausage making. What more could one need in life? Cryptonomicon's Chapter 64 'Organ' is a standalone work of genius. A breathless dive into the frantic, inept, brilliant, horny, nerd psyche which is letter perfect. Fucking brilliant.
  15. Fiction Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephensen Lolita - Valdimir Nobokov NonFiction The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century - Ronald Bailey Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing - Michael Ruhlman