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Doctor Appointment and Hospital Tests May 23, 2017

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Just got home from seeing the doctor (a scheduled appointment) and then going to the hospital for some x-rays.

The news is not good.

Due to the allergies and the asthma attack that I’ve been suffering from, I’ve injured my larynx because of the talking and the coughing (mostly the latter). Probably didn’t help it at all by going to CanGames 2017 this past weekend. *sigh* In addition, my throat is partially swollen shut because of the allergies and possibly made worse by the asthma attack that is persisting.

In addition, there is a serious problem with my left shoulder, made worse by my having forgotten not to use my left arm when I threw a small, plastic footstool in a fit of anger last night. 😦

The doctor sent me for x-rays of both the shoulder and my chest, and I also am waiting to hear on an appointment for an ultrasound of my shoulder (and it may be followed up with some other tests as well). He thinks I’ve got an infection in the chest now as well (bets are on con crud…anybody?). In the meantime, he prescribed for me an antibiotic and a strong anti-inflammatory. And I am not to talk for several days.

This should be fun.

And I’m just going to try and rest for the rest of the day and into the evening.

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming May 7, 2017

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It’s late Sunday morning. The rain appears to have stopped finally, though the sun’s not coming out, and it’s somewhat cold outside.

I’m getting ready for this afternoon’s gaming session with SteveR and Tammy. The group will be foregoing it’s session of Coriolis – The Third Horizon today, instead doing some playtesting of the Tales From the Loop. Actually, doing some character creation, and a quick scenario so that I can get some practice in running the game once more before I run the game at CanGames. So I’m looking forward to the game.

In the meantime, I need to go upstairs and make some lunch.

Have a good afternoon, folks. 🙂

Happy Cinco de Mayo! May 5, 2017

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Today is celebrated in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla). It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.

Here are 11 Facts You Need to Know About Cinco de Mayo.

And in the meantime, have a great day!

Books Read in April, 2017 May 3, 2017

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I meant to post this yesterday, but I got a bit busy with other things. Anyway, as is my standard usage of my blog space at or near the beginning of the month, I present the listing of my April, 2017 reads.

Books Read in April, 2017

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

1984 by George Orwell (r)

The King’s Bastard by Rowena Cory Daniells

March, 2017 Locus

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

April, 2017 Reader’s Digest

Behind the Throne by K.B. Wagers

Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens by Eleanor Arnason

Blood Song by Anthony Ryan

May, 2017 Reader’s Digest

Coriolis: Atlas Compendium by Martin Dunelind, Nils Karlen, Kosta Kostulas and Adam Palmquist (RPG)

April, 2017 Locus

The Wreck of the Marissa by M. Harold Page

So that’s my reads for the month of April. I was actually quite suprised and pleased at the number of books that I read in the month, as I hadn’t thought that I’d read that much, but 8 books (not including the RPG stuff) was pretty good, and is about my normal consumption of books for the month. The books I enjoyed the most were:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – This book was a true marvel and wonder to read, and was a faerie tale for all ages (but is quite suitable for younger readers, and is a YA book after all). Ostensibly the story of Luna and her “mother”, the witch of the local (volcano area) woods, Xan, it’s a tale of a child growing up with a magic that she gained by happenstance, and is about growing up. The writing in this book is magical, faerie tale-like as already mentioned, but is also about the magical versus the mundane, and social organisation. There’s more to the story than this, of course, but to say more would spoil it for readers. An enchanting, delicious read. I highly recommend it to readers of all ages.

Behind the Throne by K.B. Wagers – Quick, sarcastic, and lethal, Hailimi Bristol doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She has made a name for herself in the galaxy as a gunrunner, for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. That is, until two Trackers drag her back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir. Some may argue that this novel is a “chick” book, but to be honest, I enjoyed it a lot. While the Indranan Empire is largely influenced by Indian culture, the characters in the book are interesting, have personalities that are distinct, and the writing is relatively crisp with action sequences that I liked, but didn’t reduce the space opera feel, though it doesn’t actually live up to the blurb in that regard on the back cover. That said, an enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens by Eleanor Arnason – Eleanor Arnason is one of the finest writers of anthropological science fiction, on a par with Ursula K. Le Guin, and one of my favourite writers. This is a book of alien folk tales translated for humans, set in the same universe as Arnason’s Ring of Swords. These were all excellent tales of “transgressive” people who went outside of their society’s norms and behaved in a fashion that was shocking and disturbing. However, in a society where heterosexual sex is held solely for procreation and bartered between families, where romantic love and passion are strictly same sex only, where women rule families and men are kept only for their strength and ability to fight, well, the transgressions don’t seem that remarkable and thus the characters shine far more than just through their actions. Arnason’s alien world is incredibly well developed, and the stories are written true to form, sounding exactly how you would expect folk tales that have become legend, translated by humans for humans, to be. An excellent book in the author’s series, and definitely a collection of stories that I would recommend.

All the (other) books that I read in April, 2017 were pretty good, but the ones above are the stand-outs for the month for me.

Overall, I managed to read 8 novels, 1 RPGs and RPG products, 4 magazines, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels in April. This brings the year total for 2017 to a set of numbers that look like this: 37 books, 7 RPGs and RPG products, 9 magazines, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels.

Anyway, thoughts and comments are always welcome. 🙂

If Thou Didst Live, ‘Twould be Thy Birthday April 23, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Yes, today is the birthday of the Bard. Well, sort of, since he is, of course, dead. Which makes today moot from the point of view of it being William Shakespeare‘s birthday.

In any event, folks, to celebrate today’s being the Bard’s birthday, go and read something by Shakespeare. I am reading “Romeo and Juliet” today in appreciation of the Bard. Wonderful play. A Passion Play, you might say (and if you know the reference to that one, give yourself 25 bonus points).

Happy Earth Day! April 22, 2017

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Happy Earth Day, everyone! 🙂

Today is the day when we celebrate Gaia, Mother Nature, and all that goes along with that. While it’s fine to celebrate today and all that, please remember to treat the planet right. It’s the only one we’ve got.

Sick at Home March 27, 2017

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Definitely feeling ill today.

Woke up around 3:11 am with a case of mild acid reflux. The stuff must have started causing problems with my air passages, because when I woke up again at 5:45 am, I was hacking and coughing away, and was having definite problems breathing.

At 7:00 am, I called the office and told them that I wasn’t coming in to work for the day. Donna told me she barely recognised my voice, so that wasn’t a good sign.

Suffice to say, I’ve got left shoulder pain, arm pain, neck pain, and head pain. I’m hacking away, and there’s lots of discoloured phlegm, my chest hurts something fierce, and I’m feverish. Taking the rest of the day off, and going to try and sleep and relax.

Good thing I’ve got a doctor’s appointment for tomorrow.

Back to bed. Going to take some Ricola throat drops, and have a cup of tea. Then bed.

Happy Cupid Day February 14, 2017

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I just want to wish everyone who is celebrating Valentine’s Day today a very Happy, Happy. Be good and especially kind to your loved one today, and make the day special and something to remember for the both of you. Not that you shouldn’t be doing that for your special and loved one every day, of course. As experience has taught me in the past, sometimes one may end up with just the memories of a good Valentine’s Day to remember.

Ah, well, such is life… *sigh*

Movie Review: Passengers (No Spoilers) January 20, 2017

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I went and saw Passengers last night, the science fiction-cum-romance movie that left me feeling…flat. What can I say about the movie that won’t include spoilers? Hmm…

Well… Passengers starts off with a bravura opening sequence of the interstellar ship Avalon (it’s a sleeper ship at best, not a generation vessel) passing through an asteroid field on the 30th year of its 120-year voyage to the galactic hinterlands, and to tell the truth, while the opening bit is impressive visually, the plot of this movie lets the film down. The film is so proud of really boasting its star power (Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence) that it takes a while for the viewer to notice that the romantic sub-plot of the movie is quite…lame. I can’t go into details on the plot here at all, but to be honest, the first act of the film had my attention, and was quite solid; the second act of the film is about the romance between the two leads, and that was all right to some extent. The third act, however, was a disappointment and almost unwatchable in so many ways. While it’s one thing to have the ship malfunction, my problem was that the absurd amount of reveals designed to make the viewer/audience gasp wasn’t warranted or necessary. There is a plot device that’s utilized throughout the third act that could easily have been removed from the entire film, without changing the film’s conclusion.

Having said that, I will say that overall, the film is one that I rather enjoyed, and it definitely doesn’t deserve the flack that it’s received, but the final product could have been great – and it wasn’t. It has some terrific space visuals, an interesting set in the Avalon, and two interesting, well-acted main characters in Pratt’s Jim Preston and Lawrence’s Aurora Lane. Director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) impresses with how easily he translated his visual prowess into the realm of large-scale science fiction, and the set design by Guy Hendrix Dyas (Inception) was immaculate, and had me really wanting to visit as many of the Avalon locations as possible.

If you have had high expectations and have yet to see this movie, I still recommend checking it out on the big screen, but I would definitely suggest lowering your expectations. Rating: 6.5/10.

Happy New Year! January 1, 2017

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Happy New Year!

I would like to wish each and every one of my LiveJournal friends (and all my friends in other media who might be reading this) a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. May the Goddess bless you with health, prosperity, safety, and good cheer for the coming year.

Happy New Year, one and all! 🙂