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Folks here in Tobago seem to be masters of boredom. The man who ru s the bar at the hotel has been doing so for 15 years. He comes and goes.  Sits and watches the waves. Pays himself for the beer he drinks. Lives to travel everywhere else a few times a year. There are a few hustlers we’ve met, tour guides mainly (not hustlers as in con men, but as in always working, always looking for the next way to earn), but most of the island sits or stands around in a form of permanent non-waiting.

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Lovely place, here. Drinking more than usual, which is fun (though fattening). Though, Mrs. JMack and I are such occasional drinkers, that “more than usual” means we each had two pina coladas the other day.  8)

Met a couple from Manchester, who’ve travelled all over the world. Planning to do the round trip of the island with them tomorrow. The husband will drive on the British side of the road, while I navigate. The ladies will be chauffeured.  ::)

Just finished “The Bear and the Nightingale,” which I enjoyed quite a bit. Ordered the next two books, of course.

And trying to do a bit of writing this morning. I like the story, but have no motion where it’s going.

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We’re here and enjoying the low key vibe. @Eclipse, have reached chapter 19.
Thinking of doing some writing, but things are soooo laid back.

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Well, we’re off to Trinidad and Tobago for a week. Never been there; little nervous because it’s new, but should be lovely. Flight leaves 5 am. Transfer in Miami and then Port of Spain before taking a puddle jumper to Tobago. Land around 7 tonight. Hooray for all day in airplanes and airports.

Should be internet just fine, so I’ll check in and let you know how it’s going.

Have you took the book club read with you, have a lovely time.

Definitely! Read the wolves chapter on the first flight.

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Well, we’re off to Trinidad and Tobago for a week. Never been there; little nervous because it’s new, but should be lovely. Flight leaves 5 am. Transfer in Miami and then Port of Spain before taking a puddle jumper to Tobago. Land around 7 tonight. Hooray for all day in airplanes and airports.

Should be internet just fine, so I’ll check in and let you know how it’s going.

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: The Rise of Skywalker
« on: January 13, 2020, 11:26:10 PM »
I watched it today, it was fun.
I think in the beginning I was getting slightly annoyed at all the inconsistencies/worldbuilding decisions, but once I decided to park my logical mind, it got better ;D

Definitely a lot of logic parking required.  ;D

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Do we already know who (or what) the bear is? And the nightingale? Intriguing so far.

Konstantin is a demagogue and his God thinks a bit too much like himself, doesn't he? I hate self-righteous people.

And as it's getting darker, I don't want to see Vasya suffer. She is so innocent, strong and always tries to make the best out of a situation. I fear the second half of the book won't be kind to her...

Lois McMaster Bujold: Create characters you love. Imagine the worst thing that could happen to them. Write that.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The F-F book club
« on: January 13, 2020, 01:53:04 AM »
In honor of our Threadomancer, here is some bibliomancy.  :)

Nominating master of SF and Sword & Sorcery genres, CJ Cherryh’s “Gate of Ivrel”, first in the Morgaine cycle.
Out of print, but available used or through Kindle. Published in the 1970s, a mash-up of SF and Sword & Sorcery. Cherryh was/is a trained anthropologist, so her books almost always deal with people from different cultures trying to understand each other’s differing values and standards, and so often getting things horribly wrong.


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Introductions / Re: Ye Old members of Lore
« on: January 12, 2020, 12:41:09 AM »
Yes, @Arry; feeling obligated and stressed about our hobbies is no way to enjoy them.

Meanwhile, my godawful year was May18 thru MAY19. I’m enjoying a respite from life sticks and stones. I hope that’s this year for you, now.

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@Lady Ty, it’s so good to hear from you and valuable hear what you are sharing. People do bond together in the face of horrible events. I try to imagine my beloved Brightwater summer community of woods and cabins gone in a day from fire. Heartbreaking heartbreaking heartbreaking.

Did I see something about people setting fires in Australia and arrested?
If so, I can only say wow.

Meanwhile over here, we presented the movie “Free Solo” at our local arts center tonight. (Mrs. JMack and I volunteer there.) Amazing film. If you haven’t seen it, put it on your list.

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Hi, @tebakutis! We need you in the monthly story contest!  ;D

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You might just have to retire to a nonery to avoid this type of worldly frustration.

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Need suggestions other than Imgur for hosting photos I can then post on F-F. Thoughts?

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Continued lovely writing and the story deepens. Really enjoying it. Yes, I hate Konstantin; I’d like to see what the second son, the monk, makes of him. I hope that’s a thing, later.

It is quite a long set up, though, to get to the core conflict. I do t know if we’ve gotten there yet at all.

On to the next section!

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Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / Re: Dune, 50 Years On
« on: January 08, 2020, 12:42:51 AM »
Wow, @NedMarcus , what a great bit of threadomancy. And what a pleasure to see @Raptori’s name as the previous poster!

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