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March 2017



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bear by san

Love is the plan. The plan is death.


Actually, I kind of liked this one.

I am the Pacific Ocean!
Which Extremity of the World Are You?
From the towering colossi at Rum and Monkey.

Amazon apparently restocked before we could sell them out, drat them.

cpolk blogged a recent chat conversation we had regarding One-Eyed Jack and it's possible connections to Egyptian myth. (spoilers)

This is my master plan, by the way. Leave stuff ambiguous, allow people to come up with clever explanations, and call it "literachur."

Now you know.


In my very best work, my mind weaves stuff together and doesn't tell me about it. That's why instinct is vital when writing. Just because I don't know about it doesn't mean it isn't there.
I got one of those babies before they restocked, heh! (As I didn't get to the indie as I'd planned.)

12 Stations of Ra

Regarding the chat transcript...

The "12 Stations of Ra" are also called the twelve hours, the twelve gates, or the twelve pylons. In Egyptian mythology, you had to pass each of these gates, one for each hour of the night, on your journey through the underworld. Specific gates/hours had specific functions, say like at one point you had to answer specific questions correctly and remain unmolested by local demons, or you might have your heart weighed and be compelled to give the "negative confession" proving that your heart was free of sin. That heart weighing bit was the big test. If your heart weighed more than the feather of Ma'at (truth) your heart was too heavy with sin and the Ammit Beast would devour your heart (and hence your soul). You would become nothing, be doomed to haunt your loved ones, etc. -- different dynasties had different interpretations.

-- Your Friendly, Neighborhood Egyptology Freak

Re: 12 Stations of Ra

It's not inaccurate to mention Ra in this context. Ra is supposed to pass through the tweleve gates every night in his solar bark, then through the sky the next day at dawn. Sounds like a boring job, if you ask me.

Inanna... I'm trying to remember. Sumerian? I seem to remember Inanna from the Gilgamesh tale.

Re: 12 Stations of Ra

She gets some play in Campbell, too, I think.

Re: 12 Stations of Ra

Innana seems to mesh up nicely with Isis. Another goddess-who-goes-into-the-underworld-and-is-stripped-to-save-her-man.

I actually riffed on this a bit in another book, but I knew I was doing it.

Having been raised pagan, I find that the symbolism is pretty ingrained, and tends to seep into my work whether I intend it or not.

You guys are hereby designated my official mythologizers, anyway. *g*
I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive -- it's bundled with a book taking 1-2 months to ship. (Apparently Sandman isn't popular enough to keep continuously in stock.)

...wow. Really?
Really. Apparently this guy Gaiman's career isn't as hot as reputed.


Adventures in Buying Bear's Book

I went up to the counter at our local B&N and said, "I need a book called Hammered by Elizabeth Bear." The clerk said, "Bear, is that...?"

And then in unison we made growly faces and paws at each other, said, "Not," and then mimed flashing each other.

So okay then. One for us and one for timprov's mom.

Re: Adventures in Buying Bear's Book

Marissa K. Lingen, I think I love you.

Re: Adventures in Buying Bear's Book

Oh, well, that's okay, then.

She said Midwesternly.