Okay, I now need to research maritime trade in Northeast Asia and beyond in the Little Ice Age period, because our heroes are going to have a lot to do with the water. Yes, land adventures are a go, but they’re also going to have to deal with mermaids, water monsters, and inevitable sea trips to go rescue people. (Not what I expected from the original idea, but… yeah.) Continue reading
Month: September 2022
Some Thoughts on Global Crisis, by Geoffrey Parker
I’m about halfway through this book. (It’s over 700 pages, not counting another about 150 of footnotes and bibliography, and info-dense enough it needs to be read in small doses.) But there’s a recurring pattern in the history here I thought people looking at current events might appreciate.
Never underestimate the ability of people in power to double down on stupid. Continue reading
Current Events: Writing Rewards
Like many of us, I am Very Disappointed in what comes out of Hollywood these days. So instead of turning on the TV I poke through YouTube for subtitled foreign shows with settings of interest and languages I’m trying to pick up bits of; generally Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. Which is how I stumbled onto a neat show from 1978, “The Yoshimune Chronicle: Abarenbo Shogun”. Continue reading
Worldbuilding: Points of Divergence
All right, Russia. For the sake of a good alternate history, your Empire is going down.
Er. Let me explain. Continue reading
A Long Road Chapter 16 Ficbit – Different Paths
Looking back, most of what had happened by the river had gone contrary to orthodox cultivation techniques. And on sober reflection… he was not unhappy with that result. Continue reading
Indy Horror Movie Idea: The Ticket
Ran across a movie summary for The Ticket, which is apparently a thin-plotted drama about a blind guy regaining his sight (“like winning a lottery ticket”) and then getting caught up in the superficial things instead of the Important Things in Life. Reaction: “Bah. A title like that should be a horror movie set at an amusement park….”
Well. Why not a horror movie set at an amusement park? Continue reading
A Frog in My View
Not sure how many of you have seen these little guys before….
TV Series Review: Liu Yong Pursues the Case
I’m only about half through; there are 45 episodes total. But so far I’d give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. If you’re looking for an older lead than most in a series that still has plenty of just-slightly-fantastic wushu action, definitely check this c-drama out!
Liu Yong himself is like what Lt. Columbo might have been like in the Qing Dynasty. And any character that successfully evokes the disheveled detective is worth watching. Continue reading
Earring Tales: Rise from the Deep
So I wanted some tropical colors!
A Long Road Chapter 16 Ficbit – Faith
“A Ghost-Speaker’s testimony is only hearsay in court.” Queen Selenay’s eyes narrowed. “Unfortunately.” Continue reading