February 6th, 2012


Horton, the Elephant Who Waited

When I saw Neil Gaiman read from "A Study in Emerald" at the Toronto Worldcon, he remarked something along the lines of, "I think it's deeply unfair that my favorite thing that I wrote last year was Sherlock Holmes/Cthulhu crossover fiction."

I'd say that it's deeply unfair that my favorite thing I've written this year is Doctor Who/Dr. Seuss crossover fiction, but since it's still only early February, it's possible that I might be able to top this before the year is out.
language, voyage

FOGcon Programming Sign Up

Over the weekend, I signed up for FOGcon programming: http://fogcon.org/programming-sign-up/. Sign-ups close Feb. 17, so now is a great time to go sign up. Even if you don't want to participate in programming, go tell us which panels you'd like to attend - we have lots more programming ideas than we have slots for, so it would be great to know what people actually want to see.
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Conversations We Didn't Have in Skyrim

So, if you've played Skyrim or read some of the reviews, you'll be well aware that the game's approach to dialogue and character development can be a bit...impressionistic? Haphazard? While initially this marred the game's immersiveness for me, as time goes on, I've found it's just encouraged my brain to fill in the gaps.


It's a Loredas night like every other Loredas night since I've come to Skyrim, which means that I'm standing back-to-back with my shield-brother, Farkas, down in the depths of some long-dead hero's tomb where we've come looking for some mythical artifact, facing down a ridiculous horde of undead. Like everything else that's happened since I was nearly beheaded thanks to a bureaucratic error on the part of the Imperium, I haven't questioned it much. But as I yank my sword out of the guts of what must be the hundredth draugr of the night and kick its dessicated body down the stairs, I wonder how this became my life.



"How come every weekend, we end up grave-robbing and brawling with undead?" Another draugr comes lurching at me out of the darkness, beating its sword against its shield and slobbering. Of course, my bound sword chooses this moment to wink out of existence, leaving me cursing and brandishing a fistful of nothing. Farkas swings round and knocks the thing back with a blow from his two-handed sword, and I resummon my conjured blade just in time to parry the return stroke from its war axe.

When that foe is safely despatched, Farkas answers. "In case you hadn't noticed there's not a lot of nightlife around Whiterun."

From the other end of the room, I hear the sounds of stone sarcophagi sliding open and the barking grunts of draugr as they scent prey. There's plenty of night life around here.

"Couldn't we just go down to The Bannered Mare and start a brawl or something?" I smack the next draugr I see with a flame spell, and he lights up like a torch, clearly illuminating three more behind him. Joy.

Farkas laughs. "No one there will fight with me anymore. And if they have any sense, they won't fight with you either."

The draugr charge, and we brace ourselves to meet them. There are worse ways to spend a Loredas night, I guess.