Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dickbag, or Other Slang I Wish I Said

The Smart Bitches have the best slang!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mr M says

Mr Musacha:
I've run out of things to read on the internet.
I've run out of things to read on the fucking internet!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Spread the Word

Why don't more people know about this?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Not Even the Like

Ever have one of those things that everyone loves and you don't? Even better, it's so very much like something you would normally like so everyone suggests it for you? And try as you might you just don't like it? Mentally making your list? Yeah, thought so.

In this case, for me, it's an author. I am not at all a fan of Bill Bryson. It's weird because I love travel and humorous portrayals of people and places. If I'm not mistaken (and I couldn't be since he's been recommended to me so many times) that is exactly what Bryson writes. But holy hell I can't even finish one of his books! I believe I've tried three at this point.

Lucky for Mr. Bryson most people do not feel the same way I do. In fact, I've only met one other person that does not enjoy his writing. Lucky for me there are way more books than can ever be read in a lifetime. No need to dither about on authors I don't enjoy.

And so adieu, Mr. Bryson. I am not trying any more of your books. You certainly will not miss me, your book sales are doing just fine. Wishing you success in all you write!

Link to Love

More news on A Conspiracy of Kings.

(hat tip: Sounis (of course:))

Saturday, July 11, 2009

How is this helpful?

Hello!

I am looking for a room, arriving 15 August and departing 18 August. Do you have any available?

Thanks for your help.

kind regards,
sgwordy


Hi sgwordy,

Unfortunately we can only offer you a choice of August 14,15 or 16th.
A full choice of our three rooms is however available on each of these nights.

Should this be of interest to you, please email us asap, as we are experiencing a very high demand for rooms and would not like to disappoint you.


kind regards
XXX

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

He's So Dreamy!

I feel I have been misleading with all the Altair chatter here at sgwordy. I must say that it was not Altair that drew me into the Assassin's Creed world (apparently never to escape) but the excellent graphics and marketing by Ubisoft. Yes, that's right, a video game trailer sealed my fate. But my one true video game love was discovered courtesy of Mr Musacha in my own living room.

I thought Mr M was playing a game but when I looked at the screen it was more like an animated movie (think Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within). Cool, I thought, let's see what this business is all about. And that's when I first saw Leon. He's driving around in this jeep looking a bit dejected (but oh so dreamily determined) with a couple other guys and then bad shit starts to happen. But it was totally cool bad shit and I was immediately sucked into the game. So much so that Mr M was kind enough to not play the game unless I was around to watch.

Regardless of how awesome Leon is (or how much better I would be for him than Ashley or the lady in the red dress) Resident Evil: Leon is the best video game ever made! and that's coming from someone whose played Tales of Symphonia!

Enjoy:





btw, is that a balrog?

Implied History

Sometime in the past year I had a eureka moment in reading. It was the moment I recognized the genius of what I'm going to call Implied History. Often it's quite obvious why a book is so remarkable. But then, just as often, I don't have the words to describe what makes a book so exquisite. I know it is exquisite, I know I can't stop reading, and most importantly I can't stop thinking about the characters. Often it's an excellent premise that sucks me in but when I am drawn back to the same book time and again it's almost always because of the characters. A good plot will only hold up so many times but a character to love becomes a lifelong romance.

This eureka moment was recognizing a great tool in developing characters. It's a tool I can now identify immediately when reading and one I am trying to incorporate into my own writing. This tool is Implied History. Rather than getting a laundry list of characteristics the Reader is introduced to a character through the character's interactions with her peers and surroundings. And it's the character's peer group that can be such a window into her personality.

Learning about a character through the responses of her peers can be a rich and illuminating experience. I enjoy it much more than a random thought tangent by the character or simple narrative. As with all the tools of writing the technique must be applied judiciously and with an eye to craft but oh the joy when it is done well.

I am now exploring this idea of Implied History in my writing. It's harder than it sounds but very rewarding when I feel I've got it right.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Fun for the Fourth

While wiling away my days outside the Motherland it's become apparent that I am marking America's birthday with videos, both of the youtube and iTunes variety.

Lest you think I have forgotten Altair, here's what Ubisoft brought to E3 2009:





And if all airlines did this I might actually start watching the safety videos again!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tree Porn

I have neither read nor seen Twilight. I have no plans to read or see Twilight. I may be one of only five people on the planet that have no opinion on the work. Though I must say, well done, Stephenie Meyer, way to make a shit-ton of cash.

I saw one 'review' of the movie and it was described as tree porn. Apparently trees are an intricate part of the movie landscape and if one were inclined to a love of trees than Twilight is the tree porn for you. I am not sure there is a lot of competition in this department but there ya go: Twilight is tree porn.

*snicker*

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tribute?

Am I the only one that can't listen to Lily Allen's "Fuck You" without thinking it's written for George W. Bush?

Look inside, look inside your tiny mind, then look a bit harder
Cause we're so uninspired, so sick and tired, of all the hatred you harbour
So you say it's not OK to be gay, well I think you're just evil
You're just some racist, who can't tie my laces
Your point of view is medieval

Fuck you (fuck you)
Fuck you very very much
Cause we hate what you do and we hate your whole crew
So please don't stay in touch
Fuck you (fuck you)
Fuck you very very much
Cause your words don't translate and it's getting quite late
So please don't stay in touch

Do you get, do you get a little kick out of being small-minded?
You want to be like your father, it's approval you're after
Well that's not how you find it
Do you, do you really enjoy living a life that's so hateful?
Cause there's a hole where your soul should be
You're losing control a bit
And it's really distasteful

Fuck you (fuck you)
Fuck you very very much
Cause we hate what you do and we hate your whole crew
So please don't stay in touch
Fuck you (fuck you)
Fuck you very very much
Cause your words don't translate and it's getting quite late
So please don't stay in touch

Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
Fuck you

You say you think we need to go to war
Well you're already in one
Cause it's people like you
That need to get slew
No one wants your opinion

Fuck you (fuck you)
Fuck you very very much
Cause we hate what you do and we hate your whole crew
So please don't stay in touch
Fuck you (fuck you)
Fuck you very very much
Cause your words don't translate and it's getting quite late
So please don't stay in touch