So doing research for Wanderlust, a new story I am working on, has led me to start crushing on the city of Mendoza in Argentina. I has wine, mountains and looks like a beautiful city. I need to visit there some day.
when you finally finish reading a 200 page fanfiction and you stumble out of your room and don’t know what’s canon anymore
I live to write that sort of thing… just saying.
So I’ve been seeing a lot of tumblr posts involving anacondas and puns and various wants lately.
And I figured that Sir Mix a Lot’s “Baby Got Back” had experienced some kind of 21st century renaissance among all of tumblr.
But then it turns out I guess that Nicki Minaj is involved?
Basically, I learn about new popular music via punny GIFs.
I am right there with you. I am 46 years old and I have learned so many new and interesting things thanks to tumblr that its ridiculous. I think it helps keep my thinking young-ish. I absolutely love this site.
"And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for those meddling hobbits."
So… no responses on my posting of the story blurb for The Amulet of Adventure. I guess people just sort of slid on by when they saw all the text or something. I love the story, the whole fricking huge mess but if it doesn’t connect to readers than I guess I need to dump it and try something else. I mean I have been trying to get an agent with this YA story for over 2 years and I’m tired. You hear what I’m saying?
I am sure I will keep writing but that book and the series connected to it… I guess I should let it go and try to find some other story. I have bits and pieces but nothing that takes me away like that one. Le sigh…
So I just started playing Dragon Age: Origins. The story is really interesting. The character interactions are fun. I am really enjoying this. The combat system is odd but it didn’t take me too long to figure it out.
A major concern in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones is power. Almost everybody – except maybe Daenerys, across the waters with her dragons – wields power badly.
George R.R. Martin:
Ruling is hard. This was maybe my answer to Tolkien, whom, as much as I admire him, I do quibble with. Lord of the Rings had a very medieval philosophy: that if the king was a good man, the land would prosper. We look at real history and it's not that simple. Tolkien can say that Aragorn became king and reigned for a hundred years, and he was wise and good. But Tolkien doesn't ask the question: What was Aragorn's tax policy? Did he maintain a standing army? What did he do in times of flood and famine? And what about all these orcs? By the end of the war, Sauron is gone but all of the orcs aren't gone – they're in the mountains. Did Aragorn pursue a policy of systematic genocide and kill them? Even the little baby orcs, in their little orc cradles? In real life, real-life kings had real-life problems to deal with. Just being a good guy was not the answer. You had to make hard, hard decisions. Sometimes what seemed to be a good decision turned around and bit you in the ass; it was the law of unintended consequences. I've tried to get at some of these in my books. My people who are trying to rule don't have an easy time of it. Just having good intentions doesn't make you a wise king.
While these are all excellent points and do indeed point out their differences, I think Martin missed some of the ideas behind The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien was writing medieval mythological fantasy. His writing is steeped in medieval philosophy and ideology. Its everywhere. So yes, according to that point the goodness of the man reflects on the land. He was dealing with these mythological themes with characters so far beyond life that it is stunning. Galadriel, is thousands of years old, so is Elrond. Gandalf, Radagast, and Saruman are all practically angels. Very much beings that have little relationship to reality.
Tolkien is purposely not writing that story. There are moments where you can see that Hobbits deal with that stuff as well as Theoden but there are a lot of characters who aren't concerned with the practice of rule. But yes, Martin writes political and power fantasy while Tolkien is writing medieval philosophy fantasy. And they both do it well.