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Friday, July 23, 2010

Prompt Friday: "Mr. Tallyman"

"Go get me a banana. No, actually, two bananas."
"Mr. Tallyman"

"You are not MacGuyver. This is never going to work."

"No, no. TRUST me, this will totally work. Can you chew that gum any faster?"

"This is the third piece of gum, my jaw hurts, so no."

"Alright, fine. While you chew that, go get me a banana. No, actually, two bananas."

"Where the hell do you expect me to find a banana?"

"Seven-Eleven? Here's a dollar. Stop giving me that look. Here's twenty cents, too. Bananas. Go."

"This is definitely not going to work."


nt - 7/23/10

Notes: This actually happened at work today (the banana-fetching, not the rest of it). I wish I was kidding. People friggin' owe me. I can't even begin to describe how absurd my job is sometimes.

Short and sweet today... Anomaly is getting a little quality time with my caffeinated brain.

"The Banana Boat Song" by Harry Belafonte is surprisingly relevant to this post.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Question Wednesday

Q:Hey, Nic, whatchya reading?

A: The Night Watch Series by Sergei Lukyanenko (who is totally rocking the pipe and extra-Russian moustache).

So, quick summary:
The world is divided into normal humans and Others. Others have special powers, such as shape-shifting, magic, etc. These Others are divided into two separate factions: Light and Dark. A treaty was signed decades ago to balance the two forces, and they are monitored by the Night Watch and the Day Watch. The Night Watch is comprised of the Light ones, monitoring the actions of the Dark Others, and the Day Watch is comprised of the Dark ones, monitoring the actions of the Light Others. They work to keep balance of the Light/Dark powers in Moscow.

Of course, there are plots afoot -- on both sides -- and the line between Light and Dark is blurring.

As with most Russian literature, the Night Watch series feels distinctly Russian. I know that sounds oxymoronic, but hear me out: Russian literature has a distinct feel that isn't captured by American or British or Spanish or any other kind of literature. I don't think a story like this would feel at home quite as much as it does in Moscow. There is something about the bleak attitude of Russians that seems to be expressed in their literature. No other country has really had to deal with such a complete, major political overhaul in the last fifty years as Russia has*, and it's obvious in the literature. After communism and bread lines and all the other stuff they've had to deal with, that attitude seems apparent in the literature. And it works.

The story is multi-faceted, and you don't sympathize with one side or the other: you can see what it is that each side is attempting to accomplish, and how they may think that it's for the betterment of their cause (which is better than the cause of the other side). And often, these causes overlap and Light and Dark are forced to work together, in a twisted sort of way. And as often as the plot is unfolded before you, it will frequently take a drastic left turn, and leave you with a desire to read more.

That being said, I have finished Night Watch and Day Watch (books 1 &2) and am about to go start Twilight Watch (and need to order Last Watch because I don't own it already for some reason), and I love it. Now I have to go take a bath so I can start Twilight Watch.


*Yes, I know that there are other countries that have experienced political upheaval and the like, but I think that only Russia has successfully made the transition from one form of government to the other; especially without the 'help' of outside, international forces. Because everyone knows you should never get involved in a land war in Asia."

Monday, July 19, 2010

Status Report Monday (oh, hey, it's monday)

Forgot that today was Monday, therefore, I apologize for the late nature of this post.

Nothing new to report. Had a small brainstorm for Anomaly but haven't done anything with it yet, as I'm currently avoiding that project like especially obnoxious in-laws. Harem has also been getting some brain-time, but no writing time, so, perhaps I will actually accomplish something this week. I almost got something done today, but I had to deal with elder care attorneys instead, and lost all my writing time. Huzzah.

In other news, it rained today. Absolutely poured. By far, my favorite type of weather.

Also, I got my official letter for EMT school, which I will be starting in October. I'm really excited.

And now, I must away to bed for I am exhausted.