Ender Wiggin experiences abuse at the hands of his brother Peter even before he ever enters the Battle School. Largely ignored and emotionally neglected by their parents, Peter terrorizes both Ender and his sister, regularly threatening to kill them both. According to Graff, it is this sociopathic quality that prevents him from being chosen for … Continue reading Empathy as a Weapon in the Ender Saga Part II: Abused and Abuser in Ender’s Game
I just finished reading Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card. I can’t say these are books I like. But at the same time, they are not easily dismissed. They are books that some people absolutely hate, and which are deeply meaningful to others. Let’s begin with Ender’s Game. The novel … Continue reading Empathy as a Weapon in the Ender Saga Part I: The Empathetic (Sympathetic) Monster
1.In a shocking twist, it turns out that Jaime is not the father of Cersei's baby--it's the Mountain! Their monstrous human/zombie hybrid baby will kill Cersei by tearing its way out of her abdomen like that scene from Alien, and strangle the attending Maester Qyburn with its own umbilical cord. It will continue its murderous … Continue reading 10 Absolutely Ludicrous Conjectures about the Final Season of Game of Thrones
A Thursday Response to Wednesdays Writing Prompt:
Shaking hands—a trembling finger
Resting lightly on the trigger
A second passes in a hundred years
Blood-drums pounding in your ears
Bead of sweat trickling down your brow
Sneering lips—you’ve got her now
Heat in your chest a rising fire
Vicious sensation of vengeful desire
Eyes open wide and cold with fear
The face of someone you held dear
A chance was given—she did not move
And now you’re left with something to prove.
Shaking hands—a trembling finger
Presses lightly on the trigger
Noise and smoke and shock pulls back
Eyes clenched shut turns vision black.
And silence comes, and hovers there
In tiny whispers a three-word prayer—
But a deed like that can’t be undone.
It’s over now, you’ve made your bed.
The song has ended—the singer’s dead.
George R. R. Martin is often credited with describing his writing process as being more like a gardener than an architect. In other words, he prefers to discover a story as he goes, editing it here and there like a gardener tends his plants, but mostly allowing the process to unfold naturally, rather than planning … Continue reading Lessons from GoT Part 3: This is the Way the World Ends
One of the most common tropes used in a fantasy series is to begin with a young, naïve hero who is scooped out of his sheltered, mundane experience (usually by a mysterious bearded wizard) into some kind of grand adventure. In The Rivan Codex (a great read for anyone interested in the mechanics of very … Continue reading Lessons from GoT Part 2: Building the Sandbox
Have you ever read the credits on a movie and find a long list of “Bartender”, “Soldier A”, “Drug Addict,” “Man with Hilariously Large Penis” etc? Characters who appear only for brief moments with few, if any speaking lines and whose names remain unknown because the script writer never bothered to give them a name? … Continue reading Lessons from GoT Part 1: When Every Bleeding Grain of Sand has a Name… [Spoilers for Book 1 below]