Archive for April 3, 2013


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These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted between March 28 and April 3, 2013. The first six are from Fortune’s Fool, by Mercedes Lackey.

“People who thought they were in love were not noted for rational behavior.” Sasha has induced a Rusalka (the ghost of a betrayed girl who drowned herself) to scare young people into behaving – but he has some doubt whether it will always work.

“Being madly in love wasn’t always a good thing.” Sasha decides to sing about a contented couple rather than a love song.

“Quiet does not make for stories and songs.” The Tradition does not like peace and quiet.

“Small corrections, made early, rendered the powerful magics unnecessary.” The sentence starts: “Songweavers worked in small ways, not large ones, and yet”

“I do this because … I have to. I have to, or I wouldn’t be true to myself.” The quotation continues: “I can make things better, one day at a time, for most of the Kingdom. We’re given a choice in our lives, to make things better, or worse, or merely endure like sheep. I choose to make things better, as much as I can.”

“An emotion as powerful as love tended to get all tangled up in the magic, and make complications.” Part of the explanation of why magical creatures and humans tended to have different moral codes.

“Most people are convinced that it can’t happen, so they don’t let it happen.” Sue Ann Bowling, Tourist Trap. Roi’s explanation of why teleporting another living human being is extremely difficult.

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Homecoming coverCoryn K’Derik Tarlian is Derik’s son and head boy of the 12th year at Tyndall, a boarding school where most of the students are R’il’noids with esper abilities. Cory is a secondary character in Homecoming, is mentioned in Tourist Trap, and because he is non-aging, will still be around in the upcoming trilogy. Here he is speaking from the first section of Homecoming.

(Incidentally, the R’ and l’ are palatalized, as in Russian. An alternate spelling of R’il’noid would be Ryilynoid.)

I’m not sure why Kim asked me to tutor this Roi. Oh, the older students are always expected to tutor the younger ones, but a paralyzed youngster who everyone says is my father’s catamite? I know he’s dad’s slave. I saw him once on a visit, though he wasn’t paralyzed then. Beat me riding, in fact. But what is he doing here? Dad’s a practical joker, sure, but he doesn’t play that kind of jokes.

Anyway I took him on, though I expect it’ll be a real challenge even if Kim’s right in thinking he’s pretty bright. He’s been a slave; he can’t have learned anything. But Xazhar K’Zhaim, the 10th year leader, is bound and determined the kid’s going to fail. Xazhar’s a bully. If I have anything to say about it, he’s not going to get his way this time!

I’m doing my A to Z blogs from my books, both characters and background information. For characters I’ll introduce them quickly, say what point of time they’re talking from since their situations change drastically through the books, and let them talk. Background information will vary according to what I’m talking about. All of these blogs will be scheduled to go live just after midnight Alaska time.

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