Winter - A Garland Cinquain

Darkness, cold light
Freezing what life remains
Implacably it stalks the night

Crisply deceased
Crunching underfoot now
Russet hues fade to soily black
Dead leaves

Slowing, cooling
Spreads and thickens slowly
Hardens to true solidity

Sleeping, Curling
Hibernate or flee South
Rebirth seems but a fever dream
Long shot

Dormant, frozen
Chasing the sun, foolish
Hoping for a true connection

Crisply deceased
Spreads and thickens slowly
Rebirth seems but a fever dream

Book Quotes

To change things up from film quotes - book quotes! I'm counting graphic novels, poems etc as books for the purposes of making this list.

I have tried to limit reusing the same author more than once, but I have repeated a couple of my favourites as having more interesting things to quote from.

1) "And the zombies pushed up through soft earth

or erupted, shambling and dull-eyed, unstoppable,

Came towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran"

2) "He hated being thought of as one of those people that wore stupid ornamental armour. It was gilt by association"

3)"Drummer, beat and piper, blow

   Harper, strike and soldier, go

   Free the flame and sear the passes

   Till the Dawning Red Star passes"

4) "“I've met talespinners before, Jake, and they're all cut more or less from the same cloth. They tell tales because they're afraid of life.”

5) "Coming back from the dead can be rough."

6) "An inch. It's small and it's fragile and it's the only thing in the world that's worth having."

7) "I know it is a nearly human weakness, and it may be no more than ordinary sentimentality, but I have always loved funerals. For one thing they are so clean and neat,so completely given over to ceremony,"

8) "So you have come to kill the monster? A prince of nothing, descendant of a family too cowardly to take an empire for themselves? And a poor dead thing without the sense to lay down in her grave and rot? In whose name do you dare such an endeavour?"

Astonishingly, Detlef got his line out.

9) "He has his sword and his strength and the advantage of familiar ground."

   "That is so and [he] has nothing save his wit and his will. I find that fails to comfort me overmuch"

10) I laid my left hand on the rough, pebbled skin of my steed and willed it forward. The saddle lurched, and I clutched hard with my other hand to stay on.

  The first few steps were the worst. The saddle sat at a sharp incline not too unlike that of a rearing horse. But as mount gathered speed, the length of her body tilted forward, until her spine was almost parallel with the ground.

  I didn't know this before, but as it turns out, Tyrannosaurs can really haul ass.

11) “I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.”

12) “If you are a student you should always get a good nights sleep unless you have come to the good part of your book, and then you should stay up all night and let your schoolwork fall by the wayside, a phrase which means 'flunk'.” (I'll accept the name of the series for this one, considering...)

13) "Dare I say I miss him? I do. I miss him. I still see him in my dreams. They are nightmares mostly, but nightmares tinged with love.I still cannot understand how he could abandon me so unceremoniously, without any sort of goodbye, without looking back even once. That pain is like an axe that chops at my heart"

14) "I have made all the preparations necessary."

    "Hmph. You've been making them for *ages*. You just didn't let yourself know that was what you were doing."

    "If you say so."

15) "Yet if there's no reason to live without a child, how could there be with one? To answer one life with a successive life is simply to transfer the onus of purpose to the next generation; the displacements amounts to a cowardly and potentially infinite delay. Your children's answer, presumably, will be to procreate as well, and in doing so to distract themselves, to foist their own aimlessness onto their offspring.”

16) “Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.”

17) “Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

18) “Even with nougat, you can have a perfect moment.”

19) “People believe, thought Shadow. It's what people do. They believe, and then they do not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjuration. People populate the darkness; with ghost, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe; and it is that rock solid belief, that makes things happen.”

20) "You will pole this boat till WE reach that rat-man barge or I will RiP your arm off and beat you to death with it! Do I make myself clear?"

And the zombies pushed up through soft earth or erupted, shambling and dull-eyed, unstoppable, Came towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran, He hated being thought of as one of those people that wore stupid ornamental armour. It was gilt by association.

Mythica Obscura, Version 0.3
The above link takes you to the latest version of the zip.

Version changes:
Changes for 0.2 to 0.3:

Added change log viewer
Made ability/image location buttons and labels more descriptive
Added Import/Export Mechanism for data to pass between users
Added generic attacks for characters
Added duplicate Follower add/remove roll buttons to dice roller panel for characters

Changes for 0.1 to 0.2:

Fixed bug where Epic Wits would determine the available of all knacks types
Fixed display problem for smaller screens

MythicaObscura - The Scion Character Creator and Dice Roller

Right, I've been working on this for the last couple of weeks

The above links to the zip file, which extracts to a runnable jar file.

If you don't have Java installed on your system, you'll need to do so before being able to run it.

It should be pretty obvious what everything does but I'll run over the main options quickly:
Launch Dice Roller - this is a simple dice roller not linked into any of the data stored elsewhere
Launch Knacks Browser - Launches a window which lets you see, edit, add and remove knacks
Launch Boons Browser - Launches a window which lets you see, edit, add and remove boons
Launch Birthrights Browser - Launches a window which lets you see, edit, add and remove birthrights
Create New Character - Creates a new character and saves the character data to disc.
Delete Character - Deletes a character from the data files.
Launch Characters Browser - View and edit a character, make rolls on their behalf and that of any followers or creatures

As a rule, data is only saved out to the disc if you tell the program to - if you edit a boon and shut everything down, you'll lose the changes. It's still stored though, so if you only closed the boons browsing window you could open it up again and your changes would still be there. If you then save to disc, it'll be there the next time you open up the program too.

As the tool stands I'm more or less done for the time being - so if you have any requests for features let me know and I'll consider them.

I'm quite proud of the health boxes system, which is fun to just watch as you run epic stamina up and down

Anyway - comments, tips, requests below

Update over lack of updates

So yeah, I haven't updated here in a good long while - since the end of January - so what's happened?

Well, not much. I've been back to the parents for a very brief bit of Easter. I've failed to get back into swimming. The main problem is that NOT swimming is now routine, and trying to break out of it in the mornings requires me to overcome the laziness of sleepybrain. And the afternoon is not a good time to go swimming in the university pool, it's just too busy a lot of the time, and many days you'd only have lane swimming available then which doesn't gel well with me not kicking off the sides on each length.

I've gotten a preventative asthma inhaler, and now that I'm taking it, a lot of what I've been feeling over the past year or so - weariness, depression and generally being a bit of an antisocial grump - goes into a whole new light. The doctor hasn't put me on a repeat prescription yet, but considering the massive spike my peak flow chart's taken since I started taking it I'll probably get it.

I was hoping that I would magically have all my energy back and dart back into swimming, but that didn't happen. As ever it's a matter of willpower that I'm not sure I have anymore.

I think I need to channel more of myself into projects to keep my interest up, so I've been working on Mythica Obscura (my long running Scion dice roller and character keeper program project), indexing my DVD collection so I can try and organise it a bit more efficiently and I'm starting to think about actually doing something with my two Nanowrimo novels.

Kitchen Meme

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of. There are additions.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives, crepe makers, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, pie funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners, sugar thermometers, food processors, stand mixers, mincers, bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers, pestle-and-mortars, gratin dishes, apple corers, mango stoners and sets of kebab skewers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

Technically the garlic crusher belongs to and is used by Mike, but whatever. Picked up some kebab skewers a while back, haven't got around to actually BBQing yet. Apparently I just have a boring set of stuff when it comes to kitchenware

Witching Hour (Or What My Mind Is Like Past 12)

There's a time past the hour of twelve
That's known as the witching hour
When dark thoughts blur and delve
Into black of mind's flowers

There's a call from the dark of the beast
And a cry from the angel inside
Expression and cries will not cease
And drag truth along for the ride

There's a witch standing court in a tower
Stirring nightmares and prophecies too
Potions kept boiled with her power
Fire forth to affect me and you

There's a man who constructed a prison
With bars made of lies, almost true
He's constantly found indecision
To be his choice, through and through

There's a hope at the heart of the madness
There's a beauty that ugliness masks
There's a heart held back by the sadness
Of a world that can't do as you asked

There's a tragedy waiting to happen
And a joyous occasion to stage
The coin that spins, fruit or barren
To write the truth onto the page

Take heart from the stories of gladness
Take note of the sad ones and see
Through facets gleaned from this madness
Yourself in all colours can free

So find the way 'cross night's canopy
Stumbling, ever onwards with dread
A truth revealed by insanity
The genius, found whilst abed