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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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Sunday’s Wisdom #172: Practice Makes Powerful

“I’ve always hated practicing. But that’s how you get to be better. That’s how you become smarter and tougher than the people who will want to harm you.” – Borbador, The Autumn Republic By Brian McClellan I’m not sure there’s … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #171: All We Can Do

“All we can do is all we can do.” – Akira, The Wind and the Void By Ryan Kirk A very simple saying, and very true. Akira first learned those words as a boy, from his father, and they have … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Wisdom #170: Friendly Disagreement

“Moriko was fascinated by how the two of them could disagree on such an important topic and still be friends.” – from The Wind and the Void, by Ryan Kirk The exact details surrounding this quote are pretty complicated, involve … Continue reading

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