Valar Morghulis

I’m not in the habit of sharing stuff from social media, especially when I’m not entirely sure where it came from or whether it’s true or not, but I saw this one this morning and I had to talk about it. 

It’s probably fake, because it’s just too awesome to be true, but a guy can dream, right?

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Finding Balance

Recently, a friend of mine was talking with me. He told me he’d been reading stuff here and he was concerned.

I asked him why, and he responded, “Because the stuff you’re talking about, it can build up in someone. Over time, they can become too aggressive and you’re not talking about ways to ramp that down.”

It’s a fair point. I haven’t been.

So, I need to step back and fix this. After all, I can tell you all day long that despite being Barbarians, you still have to play by society’s rules, but if you don’t know how to ramp things back (and most of you actually do), then you’re screwed.

You need to have a way to find balance between the naked aggression many of us feel in our very souls and the need to step back and let things either unfold as they must or just fizzle out.

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The Fault In Others

Recently, a bit of news has been flying around with some of my friends on social media. It seems a fairly unknown science fiction and fantasy author is making the case that J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” books are racist.

Now, not to get into science fiction and fantasy author politics, but this bothers me.

Why? Because it’s another example of our culture’s deep desire to find the fault in others.

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Perfection In The Little Things

One of my many flaws is a tendency to do things half-assed. The problem is that I get worked up and want to finish the task, and as a result, I make mistakes. Then, my impatience wins out yet again and those mistakes are left. I’m not good at perfection.

Granted, we’re all human. Few of us are. 

But some of us actually strive for that perfection, and it pisses me off that I’m not one of them. Especially when some of those have created things like this:

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Taking A Break Today

I’ve been posting pretty much every day for several months now, with the occasional weekend off. The only time I haven’t really written was immediately after the hurricane, and to be honest, I’m kind of tired.

I don’t really have a topic in mind for a blog post, and I’m feeling my brain squish down into my toes because it’s kind of melted, so I’m going to take a bit of a break today.

I should be back tomorrow, though, so check back then.

Our Disposable Culture

I know that yesterday, I brought up hobbies and crafts, and I’m going to talk a bit about that again today, but I’m going to do so from a different perspective. You see, there’s a reason I’m going to bring up my interest in woodworking against today.

You see, the reason is that I got interested in woodworking because I was disgusted with our disposable society.

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Can Hobbies Teach Life Lessons?

As some of you may know, in addition to all the other stuff I write, I’m something of a novelist. I haven’t put a book out in a while, but I’ve published four full-length novels so far, so it’s something I’ve done.

Anyway, I’m working on another and during my planning, I hit on the idea of the teacher of great warriors insisting his students learn various crafts (occupations of the day, hobbies today, by and large). Mostly, it was because the characters need to earn money, but I needed to come up with another reason.

When I stumbled upon it, though, I realized it doesn’t just apply to fictional characters. It applies to all of us.

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