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January 11th, 2015

The Seaearth. [Jan. 11th, 2015|09:02 am]
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A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.

This is my treat for the holidays. Last December I discovered, thanks to fordmadoxfraud picking it for Eleven-Books Club, The Dispossessed & The Hainish Cycle; I decided to save Earthsea for the next year & well, here we are now, next year! UKLG! So these are her YA books. You can certainly tell-- they are far less dense-- but it is hard to me to pinpoint how, in any detail. Le Guin is too good of a writer. So these are great, I've been bad at keeping track of my reading & blogging in general, so here is a quick series of comments.

The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Having struggled with irrational anxiety after my surgery-- I know, will I ever shut up about that-- I can't help but see that in all of Le Guin's stuggles. Climbing through the irrational dark oppressive world, made suddenly dark & oppressive by magic & your mind, despite being normal just a second ago. This one reminded me of M.A.R. Barker's Tekumel; the Kargad islands would slot into there without confusion, though the cause & effect is probably vice-versa.

The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin.

This was a weird one. What is this, Ged fights death & we exalt the monarchy? Or more like, Ged plays Gandalf while fighting Jesus, that's the actual story. Seriously, I can't be the first to make that comparison; the bad guy is totally Jesus, right? He's all gathering disciples, promising them rewards in the afterlife, a bridge to eternal life? & the people's responses an implicit condemnation of religion? Maybe that's just me. It's weird for him to play Gandalf & Aragorn, too; kingship is a surprising direction to go in for Le Guin. I think this is the last "Ged" Earthsea book, right?
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Agony! [Jan. 11th, 2015|09:20 am]
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We went to go see Into the Woods last night, the Roundabout deconstructed one. I knew nothing going in. I mean, I knew literally zero a while ago: I thought Into the Woods the movie was new, was a Disney attempt to cash in on Wicked, thought the fairytales were overtly the Disney versions. Midway through, Jennifer was like "you know this is just intermission" & it "clicked" that I knew a little bit more about it, that I'd heard about the second act before. Also, we were late thanks to treasonous GPS, & were in the back row for the first half, then our tickets were actually for the front row so we saw the second half from there. So, I mentioned that the stage & performance are deconstructed; from the back, you could see the big picture, see them shuffling around & playing secondary parts & doing foley work. Up close you couldn't, the illusion became entirely different without being able to see behind it. A fun perspective switch. The Baker's Wife, Jessie Austrian, was the co-artistic director, along with Noah Brody, who played the Wolf & Prince Charming & was the other artistic director, were the best parts. I caught 'em eyeballing each other throughout the play & was like "they are either method acting or totally doing it," & lo & behold they are married. Aw, now that is a fun behind-the-scenes love secret. Oh you know what, I'm lying; as much as I liked them, Andy Grotelueschen was the show-stealer. He played the cow, Milky White, & Rapunzel's Prince. Super duper funny, & I kept thinking I've seen him in Twelfth Night in some park production or another...but I'm pretty sure I'm lying about that too. Maybe I just recognized him from The Good Wife. Did I mention Jenny mainlined that show so I saw about half of it?
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Oubliette Session Twenty-One: The Goblin-Fox's Masquerade. [Jan. 11th, 2015|05:29 pm]
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So now that I'm sleeping again-- there is a whole saga there, & when I say sleeping again I mean "at all," basically, not "normally" or "healthily"-- I am getting ready to start re-dedicating myself to creative endeavors. I kept up with my weekly Korra recaps & RPG blogging for Tor.com, but that was just about the limits of how I could get my act together. The last couple of meet-ups for my Oubliette campaign have been "non-sessions" where we talked about character stuff & did some role-playing, but I didn't advance the story. This time it might have helped that we were a little tipsy, a little late starting, & have our Secret Santa, or Gongen Tengu Festival. See, in the Shogunate, the Winter Solstice holiday is dedicated to the goddess Amanozako, queen of plagues & thunders, the Tengu Queen. To celebrate, adults dress up in bird or long-nosed masks & playact as Tengu with wooden swords & paper fans, & many small presents. Children barter with & cajole them, try to outwit them or flatter them, sort of like the ritual trickery of the Passover afikoman, in order to get gifts. Silissa was my Santa, & she got me two boxes of minis. I opened them in front of the group; normally I would be coy, but I figured it was like poker: they paid to see those cards. I was Nicole's Santa, & I remembered when Ron got me Spider Clan L5R dice, & I knew Nicole could use a set, so I got her the green Mantis clan set. She's got a snake thing (Relationship Status: It's Complicated) going on, so the green fits, & she's an agent of the Kin zaibatsu, her technical title being "Mukade," a gold-seeking centipede. Sort of fits with mantis, anyhow...like her pet terrordactyl kind of fits with the serpent thing. Anyhow, see that cool skull container above? Jennifer got it for me for Xmas-- I owe a rundown, at least in photos, to be posted here-- & I've decided it is the best place to keep my d10s. Now when I run Oubliette I have a cartoon skull to pull from. Ware, PCs!

First thing was did was spend XP, when we finally got going. Nicole's zaibatsu cyborg Keku no-Kin bought a second dot of Intimidate after putting the fear of god(s) into the Kitsune trio last session, & she also shuffles a point around from Status: Junk Queendoms to Mariko, her terrordactyl Familar. She uses the downtime to shop for animal trainers & to craft an optimal diet. Silissa's former mummy, former zaibatsu alchemist The Royal Physician buys a third dot of Persuasion. Crafty, that one. Then it was time to figure out how long Luke's blood mage courtier Haru o-Kitsune-- soon to be Haru o-Kitsune no-Lung, since his wedding is next-- & his blood mage warrior cousin Amina o-Kitsune, newly married, Lilly's character. Haru, in preparation for his upcoming nuptials, is informed that his in-laws are strictly religious according to the cult of Shojo, the Monkey King. He sends money (& his reputation) ahead of him to prepare. The good news: Haru's bribed vassal, the former mercenary Mifune, lives nearby, so they can impose on his hospitality; the bad news is Haru only rolls so-so. He'll get the polite & proper greeting for someone of his stature, but not the crowds he was hoping for. Then after that...we just kind of started screwing around in character. See, Amina has a pet fox...& it would be more accurate to say Amina has a kitsune familiar. Relationship Status: It's Complicated. Kreacher, the goblin-fox, seems to have a relationship to Haru & the Royal Physician as well, & considers Keku a kind of peer. So yeah, for a few hours my players just improved about a missing mask & the Uncanny, it was really lovely & fun.
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