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this thumping in our chest said there is no there is no there is no rest

More horrible teases for the secrit projekt! (a preliminary version by stillsostrange.)

Here's the two completed ones again, in case you missed them the first time:

Chaz.

Lau.


Could I be more excited about this stuff? I THINK NOT.



Just a couple of notes: fantasy reader received wisdom/convention that's just plain wrong?

Yes, women can work around and ride stallions. Really. I've done it.
Yes, you can pivot on your heel rather than on the ball of your foot. If you are wearing stacked-heel boots, it's actually pretty easy to do so.

Interesting discussion of what exactly choosing the right word means, and how I go about it, here. (in comments.)



So far, I have 1500 words of Bone & Jewel Creatures tonight, and a little bit on the minotaur story. My plan is to stay up late and work on the novella, and see how much I can get done.

But first, I am making popcorn,. So you get progress notes.

Tyop: Of curse not.
Mean things: Zombie apocalypse. Jackals.



I heard from someone you're still pretty
And then
They went on to say
That the pearly gates
Had some eloquent graffiti
Like 'We'll meet again'
And 'Fuck the man'
And 'Tell my mother not to worry'

--Iron & Wine - "The Trapeze Swinger"

Comments

Somebody said it once, and twits have been repeating it ever since....
I've worked around stallions, too, although at that point I wasn't a rider any more. Other than their shameless exhibitionism, I didn't have any problems with male horses. ;-)

oooh.

Chaz pretty. Had not seen.

*anticipates, whateverthehell this is*
Hee. Chaz needs a sammich.

But then, Chaz *always* needs a sammich....
Hi, am new, had to chime in on the incorrect received wisdom: why yes, with a broad/longsword, you do lift it above your head with both hands and chop straight down. Really. It's what the medieval manuscripts written by people who trained knights tell you to do. It's the easiest and most effective thing to do.

(I keep hearing that one float around, and as a western martial artist, it pains my soul)
What do people think that weight is FOR?
Yes, women can work around and ride stallions. Really. I've done it.
Say what?
I had never heard that one...
What was the supposed reasoning?
Stallions kill and eat girls?

OT

Just wanted to say I bought & read Dust yesterday, and very much liked it. (I've been looking forward to it since I read the excerpt in Undertow.)

Thank you so much for sharing your work with us!

Re: OT

thank you for reading it! And liking it, too!
Yes, women can work around and ride stallions. Really. I've done it.

dancinghorse is living proof, too. I *love* her stories about her stallion, Pooka.

Yes, you can pivot on your heel rather than on the ball of your foot. If you are wearing stacked-heel boots, it's actually pretty easy to do so.

Stompy boots, too. *G*
Stompy boots, too.

Yes indeed. I tend to do a heel-and-ball pivot[1] (heel of front foot, ball of rear foot) while waiting for the subway and/or train. Or navigating through crowds.

[1]: And ye gods did that give a bad mental image...
Huh. I think it's easier to pivot on the heel. Even in ballet shoes.
I once saw Peter Mulvey (former Boston street performer, now out in Wisconsin) perform a cover of The Trapeze Singer at Club Passim.

And I cried like my heart would never be whole again. I have no idea what came over me, but time and place and Peter's voice and words and suddenly I couldn't stop the tears. I wasn't even sobbing, but there was just no way I could put an end to them streaming down my face.
Peter's like that.

(You will find many fans of Mr. Mulvey's here.)
Heels might be easier but balls are more stable.

The whole stallion thing . . . sheez. Like a male horse is interested in a menstruating woman.

Yes, you can pivot on your heel rather than on the ball of your foot. If you are wearing stacked-heel boots, it's actually pretty easy to do so.

in fact, that's how most people do it naturally - makes sense, that's where the weight is. one of the more difficult things that some people have to learn in martial arts training is how to transfer the weight to the balls of the feet and pivot there - they either pivot on their heel (wrong mechanics for an effective kick) or don't pivot at all (wrong mechanics for maintaining healthy knees).
I have not read the 50+ comments you already have, so I apologize if this haas already been said, but--

In broad strokes, one of the main differences between (most, if not all) Japanese martial arts and (most, if not all) Chinese martial arts is that the Japanese arts require pivoting on the ball of the toe, while the Chinese ones require pivoting on the heel. And the thing one notices when one studies Japanese arts is how hard a time people have learning not to turn on their heels, because so often it seems to be exactly the obvious-to-the-body thing to do. There are reasons for the ball-of-the-toe shift in terms of the subsequent stances and ways of moving,but that doesn't make it feel natural.

Moral of the story: not only is it possible to pivot on the heel, in many circumstances it feels awkward or counter-intuitive not to.

Meta-moral of the story: hello, people! Notice what your body actually does for a few days, in varying circumstances, before making generalizations!