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Sunday’s Wisdom #190: You Are What You Are

“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones Season 1, Episode 1, “” Several seasons in, and … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #186: Proverbs of Ice and Fire

I have finally done it. I have read the entire series, to date, of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. I officially join the throng which waits in demanding anticipation for the next novel in the series, … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #184: They Took an Oath

Todder watched them retreat through the mist. The small crew of the Watch looked to him for counsel. “Their just leaving us?” Brendan said. “They can’t–” “They can,” the sergeant spoke. “What’s so different about them?” Brendan tossed his crossbow … Continue reading

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Hero in a Halfling: Not so “Epic”

I vaguely remember back when Shrek first came out, with the trailers declaring something like, “The prince isn’t charming, the princess isn’t helpless, and the ogre is the hero.” It was a funny, clever subversion of the classic fairy tale … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #183: Strong Women

“That was what men wanted, wasn’t it? Soft, helpless women that they needed to protect?” – From A Feast for Crows, by George R.R. Martin Before I say anything else, let me just say, with absolute clarity: no, that is … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #177: Fear Kills Joy

“When people live in fear, they hardly live at all.” – Gabriel Epiman Banksy, Hero in a Halfling By William Tyler Davis It would be so much more heartening if this were coming from a hero, rather than a particularly … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #176: Becoming Brave

“Sometimes I think everyone is just pretending to be brave, and none of us really are. Maybe pretending is how you get brave.” – Grenn, A Storm of Swords By George R.R. Martin When Grenn, a secondary character in Martin’s … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #175: Expect Victory

“Expecting defeat will surely bring it.” – Field Marshall Tamas, The Crimson Campaign By Brian McClellan I seem to be getting a lot of quotes from McClellan’s Powder Mage trilogy. 🙂 Field Marshall Tamas is not exactly a stranger to … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #174: A Peace Pipe and a Tomahawk

“I hold a peace pipe in one hand and a tomahawk in the other.” – President Touches Clouds, Wearing the Cape By Marion G. Harmon And there you have effective personal and international relationships in a nutshell. 😉 In the … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #173: Honorable Honesty

“You’ll follow through on your word.” “Or what?” “Or no one will ever respect you.” – Tamas & Taniel, The Autumn Republic By Brian McClellan Skipping all of the spoiler-filled details this late in McClellan’s Powder Mage trilogy, I will … Continue reading

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