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Language posted 07 May 2005, 13:05 in Writing TipsLanguage by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I'd have to say that my biggest struggle as a writer is what to do about language. In a purely made-up world, how can you mention names of places/groups/peoples without coming up with a complete language? Or even multiple languages? I can easily create a myriad of names with their own unique sounds, but the difficulty for me comes when I have to rationalize them. ( Why is this city called such-and-such? Which part of its name means this or that..? ) So my question is, as a writer whose language skills are seriously lacking in the creative department, should I just wing it and be consistant? Or should I simply make statements such as "they spoke the such-and-such tongue", and let the reader assume? view post

Thanks posted 07 May 2005, 23:05 in Writing TipsLanguage by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Thanks so much. I found the links to that website in another post on this forum, and I bookmarked it immediately. heh. There are alot of awesome resources there. Thanks again for the answer! view post

How much is too much? posted 08 May 2005, 12:05 in Writing TipsHow much is too much? by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

When it comes to the scale of a story, just how much scale is too much? I'm sure this would depend in part upon the writers abilities, the flow of the story, and so on... For instance, what if the story requires upwards of 10 or more main characters? Each neccessary for the plot to advance properly? Is it better to change the story so that there isn't a need for so many main characters? Any random advice or pointers anyone could offer would be most appreciated. Thanks! - David view post

posted 09 May 2005, 11:05 in Writing TipsGreat News - and please post what work you are all doing. by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I've been moving from idea to idea for almost 7 years now. Ideas that range from horribly unoriginal to painfully impossible. At the moment, I have two ideas that are plausible enough and original enough for me to consider writing. I'll outline the one that's easiest to summarize. War. (Naturally. What is a good medieval story without war?) War between the Light and the Darkness. Two shapeless entities, void of intelligence. Opposite powers, opposite elements that war with each other simply because it's in their nature. The Light is no more good than the Darkness is evil. They each have servants. Creatures of varying degress of intelligence and power who wage wars against the other side. They draw their power from whichever side they choose. The story takes place within a world whose gods have perished... opening the door for minions from the Darkness and from the Light to enter their world and fight their endless battles. The story, as I see it at the moment, will cover subjects like the nature of Good and Evil. That neither force really exists, except in the actions of lesser beings. That there aren't any all-knowing powers that are purely good or purely evil. That the real forces behind good and evil are shapeless powers, whose servants are the ones who really do the dirty work. The harmony of the universe, of the cycle of existance between life and death. At the moment, I'm working on flushing our characters and plot possibilities with a writing buddy of mine. (Through roleplay, basically.) So it may be quite a while before I ever actually sit down and write anything concrete. But there it is. Sheesh... I really suck at explaining things... view post

Bah! posted 11 May 2005, 08:05 in Author Q & AA few questions . . . by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Not fair! Mentioning history that we're not privy to... I think we should riot. *Nod.* :D Heh. Sorry. I'm a big one for reading the history behind the story. ( Was a big fan of the Silmarillion. ) Maybe someday soon you can pile all the ancient history into a file and post it up on the board for us history nuts? Please please please...? view post

Eh posted 11 May 2005, 09:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionBad, bad book. BAAAD. by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck. The first what.. four pages of the book? Are about a flippin turtle crossing the road. And I know it was an analogy... but still... By the time the damn thing got hit by the truck my brain had fallen out. view post

About Nonmen posted 15 May 2005, 19:05 in Author Q & AAbout Nonmen by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Okay here's a question... if the Nonmen once warred against the Inchoroi and the Consult... then why are they now the "badguys" so to speak? Why do nonmen ride with the Sranc? view post

Some Random Thoughts on TTT posted 15 May 2005, 22:05 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSome Random Thoughts on TTT by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Firstly, did anyone, by about 2/3 of the way through W-P really start hating Kellhus? Or is it just me? Between everyone fawning all over him and him taking Esmi from Akka, I just... found myself wanting to strangle the dude. By the end of the book I can tolerate him again, but I still find myself hating Esmi and frankly every other character who goes all mushy eyed over him. ( Serwe included! ) Anyway, enough of ranting. My take on the Thousandfold Thought, is that it has something to do with connecting with the minds of those around him. Whether it has to do with sorcery or not is still a question in my mind... but I think it's just a further step in what Kellhus had already discovered about his abilities to influence the actions of world-born men. ( I'm betting that his father has also discovered this. Perhaps even that his father has done the same with the Cishaurim or even the Fanim. ) Remember that several times in the latter portion of the book, Scott mentions Kellhus speaking with other peoples lips. (Of course this may also just be my misinterpretation of a metaphor.) As far as my guesses about what will happen in TTT ... I doubt that the No-God will be awakened by the end of the book. So far, (As far as my memory serves), none of the consult has mentioned anything about being close to reviving him. And if they could already revive him, I'm betting they would have already. I think by the end of TTT the Fanim will have been defeated/subdued/converted... and Kellhus will have established his own kingdom/empire in the southern lands, possibly even in the northern lands as well. Remember that the next set of books, (which take place 20 years further on {Mr. Bakker said this himself}) will be titled (as a set) The Aspect-Emperor. Now, unless the Prince of Nothing ends with a big cliff-hanger or Scott has a brand new enemy in store for the next set of books, I'm doubting that the No-God will be awakened by the end of TTT. (Mainly because his defeat seems to warrant at least a fourth book to the set, and because if he isn't defeated... well... I doubt that there would be another set of books. Mwahaha. ) That's about it for my guesses on the future. Any comments? view post

Oh.. posted 15 May 2005, 23:05 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSome Random Thoughts on TTT by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I just want to say that while I don't think the No-God will be awakened, I do think that a major confrontation between the Consult and the world of men is likely. Whether it will be open war or simply sorcery is beyond me (again). But based on the events at the tail end of the W-P, I think at least one pitched battle is likely... But again, just a guess. view post

Heh posted 22 May 2005, 01:05 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSome Random Thoughts on TTT by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Funny how a random comment of mine can spark so many opinions. All really meant was that The character annoys me because she fawns over Kellhus so much. I'm a practical person, and unless there's some funny business going on with Kellhus using magic for his manipulations, I don't think I'd end up that way. I'd follow him certainly, but more from a sense that he knows alot more about what he's doing than I do. As for Esmi's betrayal... the fact that she let Akka go so easily without even being sure that he was dead, and in so short a time too... really just makes me lose respect for her. Whore or not... she moved on pretty quickly. It wasn't just a bid to keep her place among the high and mighty... she gave herself body and soul to Kellhus. Honestly, I just can't look past that. And I doubt Akka will be able to either. view post

Help! (Erikson Books) posted 22 May 2005, 02:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionHelp! (Erikson Books) by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I'm an american. Anyone know how I can get my hands on the other books in the series without having to wait for them to be published here? Any way to order them online without the shipping prices being catastrophic? I really don't want to have to wait for ever to read all these books! I was shocked to find out only two are published here... but there are 5 (?) already out! Anyway, if anyone has any helpful information, I'd really appreciate it! view post

A Question About Facts.. posted 22 May 2005, 03:05 in Author Q & AA Question About Facts.. by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I was just curious, Mr Bakker. Do you have most of your facts about your world already set in stone? I know personally, when I make up a world, alot of the things I come up with, such as the smaller details, I make up as soon as someone asks me. Which makes me greatly value questions. So my question is... are all your facts already set in stone? Or are there times that... when the right question is asked (probably by White Lord, heh)... that you make up a fact on the spot to answer the question? Maybe something you hadn't thought of before until someone asked..? (I hope that makes sense...) view post

Nevermind posted 22 May 2005, 03:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionHelp! (Erikson Books) by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I guess I could have checked first! Duh.... For anyone else who's curious about this... you can order the books through without having to wait for the US version. Or so I hope... view post

An Epilogue ( Critisism please! ) posted 29 May 2005, 03:05 in Member Written WorksAn Epilogue ( Critisism please! ) by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

( And be as mean as you want to be. I realize it's rather backwards to start with the epilogue, but it's what I have on hand. I may post more on this particular story as I write it, {I have alot that just needs to be rewritten}, but for now.. if anyone could give me their thoughts on my writing style..etc.. Don't be afraid to be honest! ) [b:mvkwvpj9]The First Spring - The Day of a Thousand Flowers As witnessed by Dhana al Goren, an acolyte.[/b:mvkwvpj9] Even now, years later, words fail to capture the beauty of that day. I can only pray that a lifetime is long enough to supply me with the right words to properly express my feelings, and to do justice to the events that I witnessed. We had won. And we were one. When the mourning had ended... When we'd buried the dead and healed the living, the celebrations began. Through every street of the ancient city, through every park and glen in Gardens, from the Silver Wall to the battle-scarred Throat, the people of the Broken Kingdom cheered. We drank water without care. We ate the fruit from the trees and harvested the crops that we'd sown. We roasted pigs and cows and gorged ourselves on pastries. The soldiers who had held the Throat until Jharin's arrival became instant heroes. Only one in ten of those who'd held that post had survived. Half of them were married before the sun hit noon. I confess to dancing with more than one dashing soldier flushed with the embarressment of sudden glory. There was no shame on that day. There was no shadow nor darkness. We were free from the doom that had sought us out. Only one thing remained. We were one... and we needed one leader. There was little question in anyone's mind who that leader should be. There was hardly room to breathe in the Hall of Flowers. So many had packed in so close to witness the crowning of the king. The Sisters were all there. Every surviving chieftain was in attendance. The Albalah stood beside her husband, fresh with the glow of a pregnant woman. Their son stood with them, and those gathered viewed the child with awe and wonder. The tale of his deeds at the Battle of the Throat had spread like wildfire through the tribes. There were some who accorded him as much honor for the victory as they gave to Jharin. The sun streamed in through the broken roof... and silence fell as Jharin knelt on the dusty stones. Nmir lifted the crown and held it above Jharin. As the Sunrose Circle settled about his head... the world rang like a struck bell. The earth trembled and the sun became so bright that we covered our eyes. A voice like thunder spoke for all to hear, booming from the lips of the Albalah. "As it was... it is. One prophecy is fulfilled while another awaits its time. One sin is forgiven... one blemish is cleaned. No longer will this be a place of sand and stone." The voice crashed in our ears and resounded in our souls. In our tens of thousands... we fell to our knees. We wept... we felt... we saw... and Sandraken bloomed. Within every border of the Old Kingdom, from north to south and east to west... lands that were once dry and barren became green beneath the sky. There were forests and rivers and sweeping grasslands. There were plants and beasts that we couldn't name. And there was rain... The King and his son were the only ones still standing. The Albalah had collapsed into the arms of the Sisters, and even Nmir was kneeling. We took a collective breath and waited for the King to speak. "One tribe, one people. We are a kingdom." Our cheers, like thunder, shook the sky. view post

Need Help with a Reading List... posted 30 May 2005, 01:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeed Help with a Reading List... by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Can anyone suggest any good books to read? On par with Bakker, Martin, Erikson? I've been doing some searching on, and I'm planning to go to a Barnes and Nobles soon to browse the shelves.. but if anyone has any good suggestions I'd really appreciate it. I'm also interesting in SciFi. I've been reading anthologies lately.. and I loved the Dune books. Although I do need to read all the ones written by his son. ( I'm not in a terrible hurry, since my Malazan books {3, 4, and 5} should be arriving any day now... but it would be nice to have worked up a good list of books by the time I run out of material again. ) Anyway, thanks in advance for any help! - David view post

On a side note.. posted 30 May 2005, 04:05 in Member Written WorksAn Epilogue ( Critisism please! ) by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

( I don't expect much in the way of advice, now that I think about it. heh. It's kind of hard to critique something when you're not really sure what you're reading. It might help if you read the epilogue as if you've already read the book... there are hints there about what sort of things happened and so on. Mainly I'm just looking for some random thoughts about style and use of metaphors.. ) view post

I have a random question... posted 30 May 2005, 04:05 in Author Q & AI have a random question... by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

And I'm sure there are probably a few people who know the answer to this already... but just out of curiosity... what does the R. stand for in Mr. Bakker's name? view post

Re: posted 30 May 2005, 05:05 in Philosophy DiscussionThings I will not accept in an argument by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I'd have to agree with what a few others said. Especially about taking things too personally. It really bugs me when I try to discuss something with a person and they either, A: Think that I'm trying to argue with them, or B: assume I'm saying that they're wrong. Another thing that bugs me.. When people try to repeat the crap they've heard before about a certain topic. As a christian, I hear this alot. Alot of people seem to want to take a stereo-typical stance on christianity. ... that we're bigots who hate homosexual's is usually the most common stereo-type. Or people that try to argue about christianity without knowing all the facts. ( Either they haven't read the Bible, or they've read and mis-understood. ) view post

A question about the Prologue posted 01 Jun 2005, 03:06 in Writing TipsA question about the Prologue by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Obviously there are certain elements that have to be present in the prologue. It has to be engaging enough to grab the reader.. ( or the publisher! ).. it has to introduce the reader to your world.. and give the at least a reasonable perception of what's going on. Now my question is... Is it okay to have an interesting, engaging character in the prologue that appears rarely, if ever again? Or would it frustrate the reader to get interested in a character only to be pushed on to another? I know there's a fine like to walk. For instance, in TDtCB, Kellhus appears in the prologue, but then isn't around again for quite a ways into the book. I can remember being somewhat miffed, but only until I started paying attention to what was happening. So, is it reasonable to assume that the reader will forgive the slight if the real main characters are just as interesting and engaging? Or should I try and make the prologue about one of the characters appearing later? Or should I just not worry so much? view post

It's true! posted 01 Jun 2005, 07:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionIt's true! by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Finally! George Martin is FINALLY done with AFfC. The announcement was on his sight two days ago.. So hopefully the book will be available for perchase soon. The downside is... all the best characters aren't even in it. He cut the book into two parts, and put most of the overflow (characters like Jon, Samwise, and all the northern characters... as well as all the characters from across the sea) into Dance with Dragons. Grrrr! But at least one of his books will be out. And between him and Erikson, and soon hopefully TTT, I'll be able to survive until Dance with Dragons. Yea. view post

More about Erikson books... posted 01 Jun 2005, 22:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionMore about Erikson books... by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Okay, I got Midnight Tides in the mail today. Now... I ordered 3 4 and 5, and I had to get 5 before the others. Sheesh. Anyone know if I can read the 5th one without it interfering plot wise with the other two? Or should I just wait the day and a half that it'll probably take for the other two to get here..? view post

Wow.. posted 01 Jun 2005, 23:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionMore about Erikson books... by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I'm looking over the Prologue for MT... and I think you're right. I really need to wait for the other books. In fact, I may need to re-read the first two before I start the new ones. Or at least scan random information. Alot of the facts have squirmed out of my head. Mostly, the stuff they mention about ancient races , the Warrens, and ancient history. The back of the book in itself confused me... "-a confrontation with the still-raw wound of an old betrayal and the craving for revenge at its seething heart..." Who or what was betrayed...? view post

My two cents.. posted 02 Jun 2005, 01:06 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Being a christian, my opinion on this matter is obviously black and white. Everyone already knows the judeo-christian stance on gay marriage and so forth, so I won't bother with the doctrine. My personal opinion on the matter however... is that if they want to get married let them get married. The only thing I have a problem with is ministers who agree to marry a gay couple or performing such a marriage in a church. For the simple reason that... without question... the Bible clearly says that homosexuality is a sin. Now, before you all start grabbing your pitchforks... that doesn't mean that people who make that choice for their lifestyle aren't human, or that christians hate them. And if anyone is of that opinion, you've obviously seriously misunderstood a fundamental truth about christianity. Either that or... as so commonly happens.... you've allowed yourself to believe that all christians are this way because of the actions of the most vocal among us. But either way... my answer is the same. I don't see why they shouldn't get married... but getting married in a church or having a minister say "by the power invested in me by God.." just wouldn't be right. Which... I don't see why that should bother homosexual couples anyway. Why would you want to get married according to the practices of a religious institution that considers what your doing to be a sin? view post

Eh..? posted 02 Jun 2005, 23:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionMore about Erikson books... by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Someone other than Erikson wrote a book set in his world? That doesn't make any sense... view post

Wow.. posted 03 Jun 2005, 00:06 in Author Q & ASigns of PoN Addiction by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I'd just like to say that that's about the funniest thing I've read yet on the board. I bet Scott's gonna bust a gut too. view post

Well... posted 03 Jun 2005, 00:06 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

The conservatists would argue that... this country was founded unquestionably on christian beliefs. Nine-tenths of our laws are based on the Ten Commandments. ( And for the record, I'd really like to punch in the face the IDIOT! who was offended by the Ten commandments being put up as a display in front of a courthouse. Some people in this country are just too friggin sensetive! ) But, as I said before, and as you said, it would contradict the ideals of our country to bar gay marriage. On the other hand, I still hold firm on the ideal that christian marriage shouldn't be an option. view post

Hm posted 03 Jun 2005, 08:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionMore about Erikson books... by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Wow. That's really interesting... And he publishes books too? Alric, are you sure about the correct spelling of that book and the author's name? I cannot find any sign of that book nor any books by that author on or on view post

Hm. posted 03 Jun 2005, 12:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionMore about Erikson books... by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Drat. Well, I'll have to make a point to try and get a hold on it sometime. As well as his other novella's. Thanks Murrin. And Alric, be sure and let us know how Night of Knives was. Wouldn't that be odd if this other guy turned out to be a better writer than Erikson? And why does Erikson seem to get all the credit for the series? Is that just a popularity thing, is he stealing the other guy's thunder, or did he come up with most of the material himself and thus gets to write the bulk of it? Anyone know? view post

Ah.. posted 03 Jun 2005, 23:06 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

See, you fall into the category of people who've misunderstood. The random collection of laws you just mentioned, most of them from Paul's letter's to the churches of old europe, are 1) Solutions to problems those specific churches were having, 2) His personal opinions on the matter as a man of God, and 3) outdated. Now, you may think that this is proving your point about us picking a choosing our laws... But christian's are supposed to follow the Ten Commandments strictly. I can't say anything for divorce, although the Bible does outline when it's okay for a married couple to separate... I believe that divorce is wrong, because if you've screwed up and married the wrong person then that's your problem not the state's. As far as sex before marriage, that is a sin, and I'm sure there are an abundance of ways you can deal with that. But the fact remains that our religion is built on forgiveness, not on harsh punishment. And as for slaughtering all the Cannanites... Alot of things happened before Grace. And if you don't know what grace is, I recommend Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. All very good books. view post

More.. posted 03 Jun 2005, 23:06 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Thought I'd add more, since there were a few things in your post I didn't adress. Randomly, the Ten Commandments predate any philisophical works by the athenians. And our legal system was based on christian laws for the simple reason that our country was founded by christian men. Not all of them, but alot of them. And you can't make laws about honoring your parents or adultery... unless you want to infringe on people's rights. And as far as judging other's is concerned... I can't vouch for what everyone else does. I can only keep an eye on myself. view post

Quote posted 04 Jun 2005, 01:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionMore about Erikson books... by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Q: "How would you compare your writing style to that of Steve's?" ICE says "Oh man – this is the big thing I’ve been dreading the most. Firstly, let me say that in my opinion (unbiased as it is) there is no one writing today in fantasy who can be compared to Steve. Period. It was his undeniable talent that pushed Malaz through all the barriers that stood in its way and made it real. " Obviously this guy hasn't read any of Scott's books. While the Malazen books are unquestionably more complex and on a larger scale than PoN, Mr Bakker is still a better writer than Mr. Erikson. Granted I haven't read books 3 and 4 of Erikson's series... but so far Deadhouse Gates is the only one that can compare to TDtCB or WP for style, ability, and pacing. view post

Well... posted 07 Jun 2005, 01:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionMore about Erikson books... by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Well, I'm not saying that Erikson is a bad writer, nor that his series isn't good. To the contrary, the more I read of Midnight Tides, the more I like it, and I truly can't wait til the other two books arrive in the mail. (Curse the US Mail!!!) But frankly, I think that, for two authors who started writing in the same melding pot of role-playing, I think that Scott has more successfully drawn away from alot of the habits that role-players get into. Namely, short choppy sentances without pronouns to begin them. Not that this fully encompasses the way that Erikson writes.. but he seems to use these idioms of role-play alot more than does Mr. Bakker. view post

Heh.. posted 07 Jun 2005, 09:06 in Philosophy DiscussionThings I will not accept in an argument by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

First off, thanks to Sciborg2 for the defense. As to the statements of Tellner... I haven't heard of half the sources you've mentioned there. I've been planning to read the "extra" parts of the bible that have been found over the years to decide for my own beliefs whether they will effect me or not. Frankly, though, I don't see how anything can add to what has already been said, besides adding further historical insight. The base laws are already presented.. and the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament finish out what any christian would need to know. As for homosexuality, as Sciborg2 said, I already said I have no problem with them getting married, as long as it doesn't cross over into the bounderies of christianity which clearly views homosexuality as a sin. Whether it is or not is not something that I'm willing to debate, for the simple reason that it's beyond my depth. I feel that the bible does make it clear, and for that reason alone I refuse to accept it as anything other than an unnatural practice that goes against the laws of nature. Does this mean I hate anyone who is a homosexual? Of course not. That would go against my beliefs in the most basic way, since the core of Jesus's teachings are to love one another. Not to mention that sin is universal and color-blind. One sin is no more worse than any other, in which case I have no right to judge anyone but myself. Something I try very hard not to do. But there it is. Thanks again Sci for having my back. view post

Hm. posted 07 Jun 2005, 09:06 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Well, I have to admit that alot of that went over my head. But then, it is very late where I am. I admit to an ignorance on matters of history. Until recently, I had no idea that many of the founding father's were members of the Free Masons, who are a satanic cult. Regardless of whether or not the country's laws were founded on philosophy or what have you... my opinion on the matter of marriage still stands. I also agree with your assessment that perhaps marriage should be separated into religious and secular institutions. Something which would, I think, take alot of the wind out of the debate against gay marriage. Unfortunately, given the particulars of the christian faith, there will always be a very vocal group that will be against gay marriage. I can't say anything for those people, obviously. But the rest of us, hopefully, will be content to turn a blind eye and let people make their own decisions. As I said in my post on the other topic, none of us has any right to judge anyone except ourselves. A lesson that Jesus taught... and a lesson that, admitedly, more than one christian should take to heart. As to the influence of christianity on the government... If I tried to make any statements here I'd be speaking without knowledge. (Something I'm really trying to cut back on. ) I can only say that this country still has a very strong moral backbone which is based greatly upon christian ideals. Whether the liberal's like to admit it or not, it's still true. Granted, that backbone is getting smaller by the year... but it still exists. Now... if we could only get people to understand that having moral's and being narrow-minded aren't the same thing..... view post

Well.. posted 08 Jun 2005, 04:06 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Your statements just go to show how hypocritical the United States is. I've heard it said before that our country can easily be related to the Roman Empire. A fact which frightens me. The Roman Empire was probably one of the most corrupt nations of its size and influence. I have little doubt that the decay of its moral fabric eventually led to its downfall. As to specific morals within our country that I see as reflecting christian roots... The biggest one is, like you said, that all men are created equal. An ideal that was not fully realized until well into the latter half of the 20th century when african americans were given equal rights. Beyond that... I'd have to bone up on my history and knowledge of the law to give a better answer. And I'm sure people like Tellner would argue that any law I might give as an example was equally influenced by philosophy. Which may well be true. Moral's, after all, are universal. Inherant in human's for a number of different reasons. We human's are born with the ability to tell right from wrong, whether or not we admit it or recognize it. Thus, we have laws against stealing, taking another life, there are statutes within marriage laws about cheating... and so on. I do still stand by my reasoning that the laws of the 10 comandments predate the philosophy of ancient greece. Not that it really matters. No matter which human's said them first.. the laws are still part of our moral backbone. Something which we get from our creator, whoever you might hold that to be. view post

Just for Quin posted 12 Jun 2005, 16:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionBakker Biography Material Unearthed! by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

ROFL LMAO Had to give you that one. I swear I bust a gut reading that. If you haven't already, be sure to give Scott a head's up about it on the Q&A board. I'm sure he'd giggle at the very least... Does Scott giggle? Hm. Be sure to find out for us, Quin! Start perfecting your tickle-methods... view post

Dupee dupe posted 14 Jun 2005, 15:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionTop 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

That's too funny... Okay, how about this? You started throwing rocks at a girl because she had a tattoo on her hand.. You wonder if being an evil face spy would be an even trade-off for unbelievable abilities with women.. view post

Ah posted 14 Jun 2005, 15:06 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Ah, but dear Sciborg...You're forgetting the fact that we're imperfect. And any christian who uses sinners as a scapegoat has seriously deluded themselves if they think they're a real christian. After all, even christian's are sinners. I'm curious about your statement having to do with gay animals. The transgender one about animal's is valid because there are species that can switch their genders... (frogs, I think..).. but saying that gay animal's exhist in the wild is... a stretch. For one thing, instinct is a powerful thing in the animal kingdom. And for another thing... ( and I'm sure this will have people wanting to lynch me )... I think there is a neccessary level of intelligence needed for such a thing. Animal's are just animal's. They only know instinct and their instincts wouldn't tell them to try breeding with another creature of the same gender. Of course, if you have scientific evidence of homosexual animals in the wild... I'll be happy to refute my claim. view post

Memories of Ice - Steven Erikson posted 19 Jun 2005, 03:06 in ReviewsMemories of Ice - Steven Erikson by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Wow. Between this book and Deadhouse Gates... if any book could make me cry it would be one of these two. Erikson just manages to attach so much tragic emotion to these stories. All centered around the Malazen soldiers. The Bridgeburners and the Chain of Dogs both are just... He spends the whole story making you love these characters. In the case of the Bridgeburners.. two stories. And then he starts to tear into them and writes it so beautifully that you just want to weep. I swear I could feel my heart breaking right along with Dujek and Duiker for their fallen friends. And at the end of Memories of Ice.. the last words by Duiker just... sent chills up my spine knowing the story he would have to tell. I swear that's one of the most awesome endings for a book that I've read in a while. Right up there with Mr. Bakker's ending for the W-P. Erikson has a supreme talent for weaving stories. Taking so many random events and points and then pulling them all back together at the end to form a tapestry of a story. It was just... wow. view post

Hah posted 21 Jun 2005, 07:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoT by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I went with "Attend a 'get rich quick' seminar." Who knows... at least I'd get a nap in. view post

Neither posted 24 Jun 2005, 22:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionPrince of Nothing Film by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I'd vote for either Mel Gibson (gotta love Braveheart) or M. Night Shaymalan. view post

The Devil is in the Details posted 08 Jul 2005, 17:07 in Writing TipsThe Devil is in the Details by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I'm flowing smoothly with my world-creation, but the further I get and the more details I create (especially where the metaphysics are concerned), the more I'm starting to worry about one thing. How do I explain the complex metaphysics to the reader? I'd really rather not have to go with the cliche of creating a character who knows nothing of said metaphysics... I'd really like to write a story that doesn't have to hold the readers hand. But then, I run up against the problem of... if I don't use the old method... What method do I use? So far, my only ideas have been to 1) Put most of the information in the prologue somehow, 2) write some sort of essay on the metaphysics and have that be the forward (an idea I really don't like, although I am good at writing essays)... or 3) just letting the reader fend for themselves and trying to explain as I go along as several other authors have done. The problem with the third method is that the metaphysics of my world are drastically different from the norm. The only series I've read so far that seems similar is the Roger Zelazny books... ( And he used the cliche method)... My world (or rather, my universe) is your basic multi-world theory... but with alot more random tiny details than Zelazny put into his books. A different mythology... different rules... There are really only a couple of ways that my idea is similar to his, now that I think of it.. but that's neither here nor there. Anyway, back to my problem. How do I get the reader to understand what the hell I'm talking about without diverting from the flow of the story with lengthy explainations, and without using the Jordan method? Any helpful suggestions would be very welcome. If anyone would like more details about my metaphysics, just say the word and I'll throw something up here. I'm still working out the rules and the randoms. Thanks in advance! view post

Just to toss in my two cents on an old thread.. posted 07 Aug 2005, 14:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

As far as Kellhus is concerned... I really think they could pull of the naration. First thing that comes to mind is the naration style used in the original Dune. view post

Narative Styles posted 22 Aug 2005, 03:08 in Writing TipsNarative Styles by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Gah! More problems from me. ( Since my first post on this forum, I have switched book ideas three times, and finally settled on one that I think I'll actually stick to.) So! My latest area of need.. Points of view. I've discovered through writing that I'm not very good at writing a decent pov for a character. I'm fairly good at describing their surroundings and the characters around them, but I fall short in that, I usually forget to write the character's thoughts and emotions. And even when I do, it doesn't turn out quite right. It's not that I don't know what the character is thinking or feeling. On the contrary, I know all of my characters, (even the minor ones), inside and out. Where I run into a snag is when I try to write that character's thoughts and emotions from their pov. I find when writing that usually tend to write autonomously (sp?). I describe the action, the dialogue, even characters emotions and expressions... but I write it as if I'm an outside observer who isn't particularly attached to any one character. ( As opposed to focusing on one character pov. ) Does this work as a writing method? Or will people not feel as connected to my characters if I don't ever "get inside the characters head"? view post

Question! re: Advance Reader Copy posted 09 Nov 2005, 05:11 in Author Q & AQuestion! re: Advance Reader Copy by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I found an advanced reader copy from (an ebay site). ... 1372188229 Just wondering if this is a legit copy. If it's going to be (roughly) the same material as the actual book being published. If it's going to be terribly different, then I won't bother getting it. Jut curious if anyone knows. Thanks! view post

Awesome posted 11 Nov 2005, 12:11 in Author Q & AQuestion! re: Advance Reader Copy by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Hey thanks! I'll say it's a bargain. And a good way to get the rest of the story almost 3 months early. I purchased another ARC for a different book and it seemed the same, except there were alot of spelling and grammatical errors. Well, I'll go ahead and buy the cheap one, and buy the one that comes out in Jan. too! After all, I'm sure the other one is much prettier. And yea.. aren't there rules against selling out ARC for a profit? If there aren't, there should be. view post

About AFFC - (Minor spoilers) posted 11 Dec 2005, 09:12 in Author Q & ABattle of Titans by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Having read the book, I think most of the problem people might have with it is that Feast and the next book, Dance with Dragons, are set in the same space of time, each taking place in different locations. Like it says on his website. The downside being, of course, that most of the best characters are hardly mentioned at all. Jon is only in one scene that isn't even his POV, Arya appears in a few chapters that are really interesting but the last one ends in a pretty large cliff hanger (of course), and there is no mention of Dany and her dragons whatsoever except for what people have been hearing in rumors. But as for the story, I thought he pulled it off very well for only using some lesser known characters. Cersei finally screws herself and gets some of what's coming to her, Brienne gains alot more depth, although her fate is in question by the end of the book, and of course Samwell Tarly gets some spotlight time as well. The most amazing part, IMHO (To steal a phrase from Entropic_Existence), is the way he can turn my opinion around about characters just by writing their POV. The most dramatic case being, of course, Jaime the Kingslayer. By the end of the fourth book I really am rooting for the guy. Anyway... I don't know if this helps anyones opinion out at all. This thread is a few days old and many of you have probably read AFFC already... but there it is. view post

About TTT - Where can I get one? posted 31 Jan 2006, 08:01 in Author Q & AAbout TTT - Where can I get one? by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I'm one of the poor schmucks who still hasn't gotten the book. Anyone know where I can get a hard-back? I know has paperbacks, but I really don't want to buy a paper back and then have to spring for a Hardback... and I need the Hardback to complete my set! Any help will be greatly appreciated. view post

A Question about the Glossary (Spoiler Warning) posted 03 Feb 2006, 22:02 in Author Q & AA Question about the Glossary (Spoiler Warning) by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Or more accurately, a question about a particular entry. Under the entry "The Cuno-Inchoroi War" you repeatedly mention the Inchoroi having "weapons of Light"... Seeing as how they descended in a space-faring vessel from the stars... is it safe to assume that these weapons.. and by extension the Heron Spear... are energy weapons on par with lasers? view post

Not much posted 11 Feb 2006, 02:02 in The Thousandfold Thoughtfuture of PON by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Scott has said before that there will be further books. I think there's going to be another trilogy... I know the next book and/or series will be called the Aspect-Emperor.. and will take place some years after PON. That's the sum total of my knowledge on the subject. heh. view post

An Answer to "Happy Endings" posted 24 Feb 2006, 13:02 in Author Q & ASpoilerful question about the trilogy's end by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Now, granted, I don't have even half the literary or philisophical background of most people on this forum, but here are my two cents anyway. I saw a few people mention how disheartened they were by the dark quality of the PON series. Personally, I love the fact that there are no happy endings. When alot of other writer's in this genre flirt with the faery-tale formula of "love, and happy endings", it's great to see a few author's who are willing to break away from that flow and risk alienating their readers. When I say a few, the three I have in mind are Martin , Bakker, and Erikson. There may or may not be other's. If there are, I haven't read them yet. And of the ones I have read, these three are the best. I can't speak for everyone else to reads these stories, so I will briefly outline why I enjoy these three authors so much. Tragedy just seems to resonate so much more powerfully than a happy ending. Even with Tolkien, I found myself enjoying the Silmarillion with its tragically heroic figures and its tales of falling iconic cities, more so than I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings trilogy itself. It was that sense of pain and loss that really drove the story for me, and helped me to identify with the characters that were swept up in it. I feel this way about the PON series. For me, all the other characters don't matter. I didn't connect in a meaningful way with anyone except for Achamian. And even though he didn't "get the girl", I still love the end of the book. For me, it opens up a whole horizen of possibilities for the future. So, even though the story didn't have a happy ending, I don't think it really matters. Frankly, if you were hoping for even the smallest bit of sunshine, you're in the wrong genre. And as for the world seeming so harsh and cruel, it seems to me that the question of whether the Inchoroi SHOULD be allowed to destroy most of humanity, just might be what Scott is shooting for at some point. Who knows. Alright, I've babbled enough on an old thread. view post

Hm.. posted 02 Mar 2006, 16:03 in Literature DiscussionNeeding some good suggestions. by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

You may have already read some of these, because they're the obvious choices. (In my mind anyway.) George RR Martin's series - A Song of Ice and Fire Stephen Erikson's - The Malazan Book of the Fallen The Dune series is also very good, even though it's SciFi and not Fantasy. Dan Simmons Hyperion series is pretty good as well. Also SciFi. The series A Crown of Stars by Kate Elliot is decent, but I'd recomend borrowing those books from a library, not buying them. They aren't worth the money. Those are my favorites anyway. Hope they help. view post

Quotes I made up posted 05 Mar 2006, 14:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionQuotes by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

"Religion is the bane of human progress. Through religion we are force fed the outdated delusions of our forefathers, and made to toil beneath the belief structure of a long-dead society. Relgion makes us slaves, and forges our chains from the emotions that drive us. Belief in any higher power must transcend religion. Belief must be an open-ended progression toward enlightenment. No man or woman must be given the power to say 'I speak with the voice of God'. No soul can be trusted with the authority to condemn a fellow soul to damnation. For these reasons above all others, religion must be stamped out wherever found, and replaced by the clean reasoning of Belief." "Truth is many things. A whore on the lips of a liar. A knife to the weak minded. A weapon to a cunning noble. But no incarnation of Truth bears as much power as that which takes shape on the tongue of a prophet. It becomes a fire, which soon sets a thousand hearts ablaze." -- The last one goes hand in hand with PON. view post

Hmm.. posted 15 Mar 2006, 08:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionTop 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

- You tried to comprehend the Thousand-fold thought, and they had you commited. - You were going to give yourself a swazond, but chickened out at the last minute. ( or alternately, you actually went through with it and now you have to meet with a therapist.) - You purchased "Whelming For Dummies" and ended up with 3rd degree burns. --- Heh. That's it for my creativity. Maybe I'll think of more later. view post

... posted 15 Mar 2006, 08:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionMindless Amusement: Type your Username with your elbows by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

kidfrjuhhikl, lancerf Hmm... Well the word is there, buried under all that gobbledeegook. view post

posted 15 Mar 2006, 08:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtAnasurimbor Maithanet? by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

So far as Kellhus and Esmenet's child is concerned, Kellhus could probably care less whether or not the child is a "bastard". All he cares about is mixing his bloodline with someone strong. If he does decide to marry Esmenet and make the child "legitimate", his only motivation will be to further manipulate public opinion. view post

Ha! posted 16 Mar 2006, 08:03 in Off-Topic Discussionyou have to hear this! by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

That is probably the funniest thing I've heard all week. Seriously. view post

Well... posted 16 Mar 2006, 08:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionAM I ALONE? by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

You're not alone in one aspect. I'm a christian too! Who also doesn't have any problems with the series... or Harry Potter for that matter... although the books don't appeal to me on a literary level. And yes, The Da Vinci Code was a good book. The only annoying thing is all those people who freak out about what it implies... How many times does the author have to say "This is just a book!" "I made most of this up!"? view post

Ha! posted 16 Mar 2006, 08:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionKellhus: dog or cat person? by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I'm the only person to vote dog? Sheesh. Well here are my reasons. Honestly I think Kellhus would care more about loyalty and usefullness rather than how smart his pet is. Dogs are far more useful than cats... unless of course you have a Lion or a Tiger... view post

... posted 16 Mar 2006, 08:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionTop 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

- You bought a scottish kilt and started sewing fake shrunken heads onto the bottom of it. ( If you have REAL shrunken heads, then you've got problems. ) view post

Oh.. posted 16 Mar 2006, 09:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Aspect Emperor, Inrithism, Fanimry, and the Schools by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

And I'm fairly certain we can expect resistance (not much, but some) from the Empire, and the imperial Saik. A few random emperor's might pop up here and there... although the real question there is... Why the hell did the Consult kill the emperor? view post

Another question about the Glossary posted 16 Mar 2006, 10:03 in Author Q & AAnother question about the Glossary by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Hey Scott. I know there have been quite a few questions about about entries that should have been in there and weren't. And even you yourself have admitted that you left some out.. I may not be the first to suggest this, but why not post the entire glossary ( left-out parts included ) on here or on a website? Now that the first trilogy is finished, you won't have to worry about the spoilers from the first glossary... and it would give you the chance to post any random information that you like. There is alot of random information floating around the Q&A board that could be compiled. And naturally, you wouldn't have to do a thing except approve which things go up and which stay in the shadows. And if you're wondering who could head-up the whole project... I'm sure that would be a chorus of volunteers... White Lord I'm sure would probably drool at the chance. Anyway, just a suggestion. view post

Eh.. posted 17 Mar 2006, 09:03 in Literature DiscussionWhy read fantasy? by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I got the Lord of the Rings trilogy for my 15th birthday... and it was all downhill from there. Song of Ice and Fire was my first adult experience with this genre though. view post

Well.. posted 18 Mar 2006, 08:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get your username? by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Quite obviously, I took mine name from the books as well. Gotta love the cavalry. view post

"100 People who are screwing up America" - Bernard posted 27 Mar 2006, 03:03 in Literature Discussion"100 People who are screwing up America" - Bernard by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Anyone who is even the slightest bit political needs to read this book. Seriously. This guy is a former news anchor for CBS... and he's done his homework. Even if you don't agree with everyone on the list, you still should read it, because he makes alot of really good points about the state of the US. view post

So... Anyone know where Scott disappeared to? posted 15 May 2006, 01:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionSo... Anyone know where Scott disappeared to? by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I was just curious. He hasn't answered any questions on the Q&A in quite a while. Should we be worried? view post

Websites! Show yours off! posted 01 Jun 2006, 05:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionWebsites! Show yours off! by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I didn't see any place here to showcase our websites, so I figured I'd start a thread for just that purpose. For those of us who have them. Anyway, here's mine! [b:1xlu49pr][url=]A Writing/Role-playing Site (Not quite finished yet.)[/url:1xlu49pr][/b:1xlu49pr] view post

posted 03 Jun 2006, 00:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionIts not just Scott its the ancient boarders to by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Seems to me, by your post count, that you're well on your way to being an ancient yourself. Watch your back my friend! EDIT *Stops, turns around.* Good lord, I've been here longer than you! How did you manage that many posts? view post

posted 13 Jun 2006, 12:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Scott, then the rest of us... by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

*Dies laughing* view post

posted 14 Jun 2006, 11:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionIts not just Scott its the ancient boarders to by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Hell yea. Let's hope we can get the two of them into a ring so we can see that pompous Mystar get his head kicked in by Bakker's superior intelligence. view post

posted 14 Jun 2006, 11:06 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Bravo Aldarion! Be sure to give those of us intently following this debate a link if he decides to take up your challenge. view post

posted 14 Jun 2006, 14:06 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

What a bafoon. I did not see a single "derisive flame" in anything Aldarion has said so far in this thread. And frankly, I think Aldarion's slight (and I repeat SLIGHT) sarcasm, is extremely justified. view post

posted 15 Jun 2006, 05:06 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

You know, for all that Mystar keeps going on about school yard bullies and childish behavior we and other sites seem to exibit, I've yet to see him provide a single shred of evidence. Give us some links, Mystar. I will admit that in a few places on this board we've said some maligning things about Terry Goodkind, but then we say the same things about Robert Jordan. Yet the majority of the people on this website do not take part in these threads, they merely read and shake their heads. Maybe share a laugh. I see nothing childish in this at all. Although I do find it childish that you came all the way over from your own message board to answer the school yard comments of one random guest, who isn't even a member of our board. And then you continued to stick around even after the guy stopped talking. Let it go. Seriously. All you're doing is encouraging this endless conversation about Terry Goodkind, when we'd all rather get back to discussing the author we ACTUALLY came here to talk about. I won't say anything at all about Terry Goodkind except to say that I didn't care for the first book, and I had no desire to read any of his subsequent books. Honestly, Terry Goodkind isn't the issue here. And even if a few people on this message board have brought him up in a negetive light... Who cares? I doubt very seriously that TG cares, and neither should you Mystar. If you are so convinced of our childish behavior, then go home and leave us to it, because frankly all your high-and-mighty preaching is getting tiresome. As is the fact that you continue to ignore the well-worded and mature invitations from Aldarion. Who, regardless of what he's said in other posts on the message board, has been very open and honest and mature in this thread. So please, Mystar, do us all a favor and let it go. We've heard your point and your opinion, and you sticking around is only going to encourage further debate until the whole thing breaks down into name calling. At which point we all might as well be back in first grade. view post

posted 15 Jun 2006, 12:06 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I'm sorry, o mysterious O, was that last post meant for Mystar or Aldarion? view post

Any Webmasters out there? posted 16 Jun 2006, 15:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionAny Webmasters out there? by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I was just curious how many of us are fluent or at least familiar with html and related things? *Shifty eyes* Not that I plan to bombard them with questions or anything... I would never... view post

Modern Soldiers posted 21 Jun 2006, 10:06 in Philosophy DiscussionModern Soldiers by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

So, I work at a hotel. And I just finished checking in a guy who's in the marine core. Now, we do give lower rates to active military. The rate that I quoted, however, didn't seem good enough for this gentleman. So, he gives me this line. "Come on, I know you got a lower rate for a guy who's been to Iraq twice." My question is... Why should a soldier who 1) volunteered, and 2) isn't fighting a necessary war get special treatment? I respect that he's a member of the military, and I even respect that he's seen combat. I just don't feel that going to Iraq entitles him to any special treatment above and beyond what a normal military officer gets who [b:1c98uyst]hasn't[/b:1c98uyst] gone to Iraq. It would be different if Iraq had attacked us, or if we were fighting for our lives, but neither of these is true. We didn't even have a good reason for going into Iraq. Even if Sadam HAD weapons of mass destruction.. so do several other countries who don't like us. The treatment of the Iraqi's isn't even a good reason when you take into account the much worse treatment of African people in the war-lord ruled countries like Somalia. Anyway, I just wanted to get some opinions/reactions to this. view post

posted 22 Jun 2006, 05:06 in Philosophy DiscussionModern Soldiers by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

All very good opinions. And I'm all for giving soldiers respect for being in the military, and even for seeing combat. I was just making the point that he shouldn't get special treatment for being in combat when compared to other soldiers who haven't seen combat. And I responded (as per my employee script) by telling him that the computer wouldn't let me give him anything lower than the rate he was already getting. *Snickers.* view post

posted 22 Jun 2006, 14:06 in Philosophy DiscussionModern Soldiers by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Okay. Wow. Setting aside the hostility, our military discount is actually much better than AAA or AARP. (73.26 for AAA compared to 60.50 for military.) The only way he could have gotten a lower rate was if he was a commercial truck driver (we give lower rates to them because they supply 60% of our business.) And the reason I played dumb was because it was 2 in the morning and I didn't feel like getting this guy pissed off. There really was nothing I could do for him as far as the rates go. He had the lowest rate available to a non-driver. And I wasn't saying anything negative about soldiers as a whole. As I said, I have no problem with them getting respect and a discount. view post

posted 22 Jun 2006, 16:06 in Philosophy DiscussionModern Soldiers by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Okay well, the comments about the war weren't actually going through my head at the time I checked the guy in. They were mostly unrelated comments based on my opinion of the war, rather than my opinion of the guy checking in. And I really would have helped him if I could. (I'm not really sure where the *snicker* came from.. but it was probably inapropriate.) But the fact remains that he was getting a pretty low rate, and I couldn't go any lower without getting in trouble. I agree with your other points though. I think we (the hotel I work for) has a fairly good military discount, and frankly other businesses should follow the same path. It's certainly not right to make someone pay MORE for being in the military. That's just crap. view post

posted 28 Jul 2006, 02:07 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

Honestly speaking, I don't vote. *Pause to let those who want to scream do so.* All those ad campains about "vote or die" just piss me off. Voting itself pisses me off. I live in California, which means regardless of who I vote for, the state is going to swing for whatever hippy open-minded morally bankrupt candidate the Democrats decide to regurgitate. So I figure, what's the point? I don't consider myself to be a member of either party. I think of myself the same way Alhana does. (I even used the same term in private conversations. hah! *High five*) I think the liberals (I'm speaking of politicians here, not citizens.) are all reactionary dip sh**s, who are so obsessed with being open minded and tolerant, that they've lost all sense of perspective. While the conservatives obviously don't have enough of an open mind. As for Bush... Yes, the man has made stupid decisions. What pisses me off more though are the dumb asses who scream for impeachment. The man hasn't done anything illegal! A presidant can't be impeached for making foolish decisions, unless those decisions compromise the safety and integrity of the nation and the office. Which they haven't. The whole political system is screwed up these days. Neither party can field a decent candidate because they're both so obsessed with defeating the other that they've lost site of the point of the whole process. However I have to say that I'm more afraid of what liberals would do to this country than I am of conservatives. Standing still or moving forward slowly is better than rushing forward off a cliff face. In my honest opinion (which may very well be wrong, but I have done some reading on the subject.), liberals (Again, speaking of the parties/politicians, not citizens.) have done more to hurt this country than conservatives have. You just never hear about it because they have better PR. view post


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