The pigeons of Westeros

November 10, 2014

There are many ASOIAF AUs roaming the interwebs but this Pigeon AU by Thrumugnyr did make me smile. Until I realised that the ridiculous Lannister pigeons are real breeds:


As the post says:

Cersei and Jaime are both fancy pigeon breeds. Jaime is a Cropper and Cersei a Jacobin. Yes these breeds actually exist. 

I’m pretty sure I’ve ranted before about how dog breeds are pretty fucked up and while pigeon fancying doesn’t look like it’s quite as cruel it’s still bloody weird:


Humans don’t half do some weird old shit with animals.

Khal Drogo Haka

October 19, 2014

Jason Momoa performed the Ka Mate Haka for his Khal Drogo audition:

God I hope he performed “Under the Sea” to bag Aquaman.

A geek for something

September 1, 2014

I came across that previous quote looking for this video, it’s a panel from this year’s Comic-Con about fantasy writing and world-building featuring GRRM, Joe Abercrombie, Diana Gabaldon, Lev Grossman, and Patrick Rothfuss.

It’s got some great insight into their respective worlds and processes, plenty of map talk, and some good book recommendations too, but running through a lot of their answers was the idea that you should write for yourself, you should do things because they’re what you’re interested in and what you enjoy, which is something that carries well beyond writing.

If you’re a geek for something, if that’s herbology, or the nature of the night sky, or plate tectonics, revel in your geekery, roll around in it, and make that a part of your world, because that will be really interesting to the people reading it because you’re interested in it. Whereas if you try to do something because you feel like you’re supposed to… I don’t think that’s the best way to really enjoy yourself and make a vibrant world.

– Patrick Rothfuss

The minute you start to write to some kind of imagined taste, some audience that you imagine is out there somewhere you’re doomed.

– Joe Abercrombie

GRRM also makes some comments about trying to hop between genres that are in vogue and (almost) all panelists talk about writing for themselves first and I think it applies to any creative endeavour. My current creative output is only marginally greater than zero but I definitely spend too much time worrying excessively about whether people will like something I make to the point where I don’t make it. I should worry about whether I like it.

I also learned that:

The full panel is about 50 minutes and well worth it (I’ve watched/listened to it now three times already).

GRRM’s Favourite Character

September 1, 2014

(Tyrion is my favorite character. Okay?  OKAY?  Can we PLEASE put that one to rest??  I love all my viewpoint characters, Arya and Sansa and Bran, Jon Snow and Brienne, Arianne and Cersei and Jaime, Theon, even Victarion and the Damphair, ALL of them, but I love Tyrion the bestest.  Tyrion son of Tywin, the Imp, second son of Casterly Rock.  How many bloody times do I need to say it??  I swear, from now on, whenever anybody asks me, “who is you favorite character,” I am going to start naming characters from other people’s books.  Cugel the Clever.  Flashman.  Gatsby.  Hotspur.  Solomon Kane.  A different one each time… )

It is known.

Like, seriously, it’s incredibly well known. Ask him a different question.