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Quotes from Terry Pratchett

Here are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between October 23 and October 29, 2014. All but the last are from Mort, by Terry Pratchet.

Mort cover“Lonely, dedicated drinkers always generate a mental field which insures complete privacy.” Especially when the lonely, dedicated drinker is Death.

“Death must be the loneliest creature in the Universe.” Mort realizes this when Death has disappeared.

“Funny thing about eyebrows. You never really noticed them until they’d gone.” Cutwell has been trying to create fireworks.

“DEATH IS WHOEVER DOES DEATH’S JOB.” Mort, as he finds he is taking on more and more of Death’s attributes, including the VOICE.

“When you step off a cliff, your life takes a very definite direction.” Mort, when he challenges Death for Keli’s life.

“YOU COULD HAVE HAD ETERNITY.” Death to Mort, after the battle is over. Mort’s reply? “I’ve been very lucky.”

“He may know himself better than you know him.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Marna, speaking to Lai about Roi.

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Untitled“And he made it sound so reasonable. Like it wouldn’t be anything but a threat, and the Horizon government would respond to the threat by paying its levies. Well, it isn’t. In fact, it’s voted to leave the Confederation—only you pushed through that rule that they couldn’t.”

Roi hadn’t had to push very hard, and he’d had good reason. Another planet, Rakal, had voted to leave the Confederation five years before. As far as Roi was concerned, the Confederation existed primarily to prevent wars between planets—but that wasn’t why the ancestors of modern Humans had set it up. Humans shared space with a number of other species. Most had preferred different types of planets than those suitable for Humans, so relationships generally involved trade rather than hostilities.


Again, this snippet is from Rescue Operation, continuing from last week.

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Year 54 Day 30

The first group in this year was one of the three descended from Storm Cloud’s old group, the one headed up by Wind Storm. She came to see me almost at once.

“You pass part of your power to the male shamans through their mates,” she said. “Could you not pass it directly to the female shamans?”

I didn’t believe I was passing anything on but they clearly did. “No reason I can think of, “ I said. Mentally I was counting up the shamans. “But no more than one a night. And those to whom I have not yet transferred power come first.”

She bowed, and her expression was positively smug. “Then I shall come to you at moonrise,” she said.

Wind Storm is a very determined woman.

Quotes from Mercedes Lackey

These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between October 16 and October 22, 2014. All but the last are from “A Tangled Web” by Mercedes Lackey, a story in Harvest Moon.

Harvest Moon cover“Having Aphrodite on your side was almost worse than having her as an enemy.” Persephone’s thought as she weaves (reluctantly.)

“Oh, the curse of being able to see clearly, both sides of everything!” Still Persephone, annoyed that she can see her mother’s side as well as her own.

“So much power seemed coupled with so little forethought.” Demeter’s reflection on the Olympian gods as a whole.

“If godmothers are so good at keeping things from getting out of hand, why are gods so bad at it?” Here the reference is to the gods of Olympus or Valhalla.

“Mortals, given the choice, would rather not think too far ahead, or even think at all.” Brunehilde to Leopold, suggesting that the reason these gods are as they are is because they owe their existence to the mortals who worship them – thus they have mortal failings.

“All mothers are like that, I think.” Brunhilde, after Persephone complains that her mother still considers her a child.

“A self-trained esper is always cause for worry.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Derry is just beginning to suspect what he may be facing in Roi.

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Weekend Writing Warrior and Snippet Sunday. Maybe I’ll get home this week.


NGC 5189 Henceforth, he’d suggest to the Council, any councilor who had to leave Central to untangle a sticky situation beyond one-ended teleport range would take an aide who could anchor a return teleport. For the few member systems beyond two-ended range, they’d set up a chain of anchors. And members in the field would keep in touch with Council decisions.

“Good idea,” Mako said when Roi’s office had become a temporary meeting place for the eleven that the regent trusted. “But it wouldn’t have stopped this vote. Zhaim may have been—must have been—lobbying those who voted for it. The rest of us had no warning at all.”

Year 53 Day 112

I had no idea WildDog’s idea would be so popular.

Not that I wasn’t ready to ease my own sexual frustration! In fact, the women of the People have been looking more and more attractive to me. My night with WildDog’s wife proved that the likeness was even closer than I supposed. We fit in every way possible. It’s just as well that offspring are impossible, or I’d be tempted to settle down with a local wife.

At this point, with the People getting ready to leave on their annual migration, I think about half of the shamans have insisted I sleep with their women, to pass the “powers” on to them. Truth to tell, I’m getting a bit exhausted.

Quotations from Tolkien

Here are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from October 9 through October 15, 2014. All but the last are from The Two Towers, by JRR Tolkien.

Map Rohan“Oft evil will shall evil mar.” Theoden, quoting a saying to Gandalf as they discuss the palantir.

“Perilous to us all are the devices of an art deeper than we possess ourselves.” Gandalf, discussing how the palantir may have led to Sauruman’s downfall.

Map Mordor“If it must be, let’s get it over.” Sam, when Frodo has decided to climb down the face of the Emyn Muil by rope.

“If we kill him, we must kill him outright.” Frodo, after they have captured Gollum.

“What he means to do is another matter.” Frodo, still considering what to do with Gollum.

“Now that I see him, I do pity him.” Frodo, replying to his memory of Gandalf’s words about Gollum, back in the Shire. (It was the Shire in the book, though the speech was moved to Moira in the movie.)

“Just try and stop me.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Marna’s response to Lai’s suggestion that they take in Roi.

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None of the other three had really finished the jobs they had left Central to do, but Derry had an answer to that. Is Cory around? he asked. If he is, boost him out—I’ll anchor. Then he can anchor for me to get me back here.

That’d work for them all, Roi realized—and for him, next time he needed to leave Central. He’d already decided never again to leave without setting up regular contact with someone he trusted. Any High R’il’noid could anchor over the distances usually spanned within the Confederation, and there were generally a few working as aides to the Inner councilors.


 

Sorry for the old photo today, but I’m still in the hospital fighting this laptop. At least I’m back in Fairbanks, but as those who read this blog know, I went back the the emergency room Saturday when I couldn’t keep food down. They diagnosed pneumonia and were ready to take me  to Xray when I had a heart attack. The heart attack apparently did no damage to my heart, but was due to my blood magnesium being so low it wasn’t getting the right electrical stimulation.

The whole thing can probably be traced to my ovarian, and possibly my breast, cancer  going metastatic. Yeah, even the right lung may be cancer rater than pneumonia. So far there’s no pain, but my doctor came by yesterday afternoon and said probably 6-12 months.

So I’m looking for beta readers and possibly a literary executor of the Horizon War trilogy: Rescue Operation, Both Sides Now, and War’s End. Any volunteers?

 


 

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“You want me to do what?” I gasped at WildDog.

“To sleep with my wife,” he said calmly, “that some of your power may pass to her, and through her to me.”

I gulped. These People were very like the R’il’noids in many ways, but I was sure our DNA was so different that no offspring could come from such a mating. And if it reassured WildDog, why not? Face it, I’m lonely.

These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted between Oct 2 and Oct 8, 2014. All but the last are from Mansfield Park, by Jane Austin. This book is 200 years old this year.

Mansfield Park Cover“My intentions are only not to be poor.” Edmund’s continuation of his response to Mary’s fixing on a large income as a recipe for happiness.

“A woman can never be too fine while she is all in white.” Edmund, speaking to Fanny before the ball.

“Fraternal love, sometimes almost everything, is at others worse than nothing.” The author is using the love between Fanny and her brother William to contrast with other sibling relationships in the family, such as between Aunt Norris and her sisters, or between Julia and Maria. Note that in this case “fraternal” is used to refer to any pair of siblings, regardless of sex.

“I can never bear to ask.” Henry is in some ways almost a stereotypical male of modern times: he won’t ask for directions when he is lost.

“Poor Fanny, not allowed to cheat herself as she wishes.” Edmund, perceiving that Fanny would much rather that her brother William won.

“The possession of what she had so much wished for did not bring much satisfaction.” Fanny’s thoughts after accepting the necklace from Miss Crawford.

“Maybe your body knows what it needs better than you do.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Flame, speaking to Roi, after she has found him wracked with nightmares.

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