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December 2021



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sf doctor who meant to be?

Moss-troll problem.

What do you call "labradorite" in a second-world fantasy setting?


*calls it labradorite.*

It's not like they're speaking English anyway. We'll just assume the translator made the substitution when the book came through the time/space-warp.**

If you're maybe noticing that you're older than you used to be, and are feeling sad/angry/confused/worried/frustrated that you haven't accomplished as much as you/other people in your present or past/annoyingly critical voices inside your head think you should have, and if you're maybe feeling something like "I'm not a real grownup like everyone else," and if you're maybe also feeling sad/angry/confused/worried/frustrated that your body isn't working the way it used to, and you're maybe thinking, "if that's true then how am I going to DO all those accomplishments that I/other people/voices in my head think I ought or want to do?", and maybe you're also wondering how are you going to dig out from under the accumulation of habit and procrastination and self-doubt to some sense of satisfaction in your life again, then post this same sentence in your journal. (via elisem)
**I am so naming a fantasy city Far Yttrium one of these days, though. I suspect it will be in the same world as the bustling deep-water desert trade port of Messaline.


labradorite= aurora stone.
However, it is apparently also sometimes called Sunstone.
Moonstone. If it's got striations call is banded or streaked moonstone.
Actually, not, though there is a type of colorless labradorite which is commonly called "rainbow moonstone." Labradorite itself, though, displays the property called labradorescence, which is that interesting flash of colors that may range from yellow-green through green into blues and deep blues. (I have in rare cases seen true yellow flash, lavender flash, orangey-yellow flash, and I have a piece with an almost rose flash.) The stuff called rainbow moonstone has labradorescence, which only makes sense, because it's actually labradorite and not a moonstone at all.

True moonstone, however, displays a different sort of effect, one that is not a flash of color at all, but rather a shimmer. It looks like a moon seen through clouds, and it doesn't have colors in it. The name of that effect is adularescence.

Someone in another comment here mentioned sunstone. While sunstone isn't labradorite either, it's a feldspar like labradorite (or at least there is a kind of feldspar which is called sunstone and displays a sunstone effect -- there may be other minerals exhibiting a sunstone effect as well). Moonstone is a feldspar as well (or, at least, there is feldspar which is moonstone -- again, there may be other minerals displaying adularescence). Oddly enough, I just bought a string of the most astonishing feldspar which displays both sunstone and moonstone effects. (They show up at ninety degrees to one another, more or less. Most curious!)

Anyhow, there may be somebody out there calling labradorite "banded or streaked moonstone" or just moonstone in general, but it's not technically accurate -- though "rainbow moonstone" is a use-name for the colorless lab. (I tend to keep that in quotes, because it confuses people about what moonstone really is, and then they might buy things and be not happy about them, but that's just me.)
But... but.... you've accomplished!
But not enough. And dude, I'm a one trick pony. It would be nice to have two skills.
Yeah. The problem is, it's not the thing itself: it's a metaphor, so I need one word that evokes the image.

With any luck, 99 44/100th percent of readers will read right past it and never think of Soviet Canuckistan.

And the half of the other .66% are all fantasy authors anyway, and they will laugh ruefully and go "yeah."

And the last .33% should be reading engineer porn. *g*
Dear me. I can imagine that it has. But... dear me.

Personally, I'd be more tempted to use that with larvikite, but oh, well.
is 24 too young to agree with that remarkable sentence?

(and I seriously just had to sit here and spend about 30 seconds trying to remember if I was 23 or 24. going senile in my, um, lack of old age?)

And I keep thinking I'm thirty-six.

What's with that?
Spectrolite? Or is that like saying "Kleenex?" I can't quite figure it out, frankly.
Spectrolite is a trade name referring to a particular colourless labradorite from, um, I want to say Finland. It's only Spectrolite if it comes from that place.

*runs to get GEMOLOGY, 2nd edition, by Hurlbut & Kammerling, from the workshop*

Yup. "The Spectrolite type of iridescent labradorite comes from Finland...."

So some labradorite is Spectrolite, but not all of it is.
...and I'm not certain it's always colourless. But the bit I saw was.

*thwaps self for generalizing from one sample*
Labradorite. Hee. I feel your pain. Several weeks ago I found myself thinking "Where the fuck IS Labrador, anyway?" It was more or less where I thought it was, only, who knew it was part of Canada... I think I had some idea it was a *country*.

I'm not posting that quote because if I did there would be no reason ever to post on my LJ again. It says it all. sigh. I suspect, from the number of comments noted, that it struck a major nerve out there.