Tag Archives: stories

Fixing the geek archetype chart

I love charts and lists! I can’t get enough of them. Charts and lists about some of my favorites stories? Heaven. Although, I do feel the need to argue with them and correct them when they are wrong. This chart is … Continue reading

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Magic in The Lord of the Rings–Deus ex Machina Part II

In last week’s blog I wrote about how magic and the paranormal can sometimes become a cheat in modern fiction. This week, I want to focus on how Tolkien handled magic The Lord of the Rings. I know he is not … Continue reading

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The Supernatural–A Modern Deus Ex Machina

*I’m on vacation and reblogging this from a few years ago!*  Deus ex Machina—this phrase means “god from the machine” and was originally a stage device used by the ancient Greeks in which a god would be lowered to the … Continue reading

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The Saddest Story

Puff the Magic Dragon is the saddest story I have ever heard. Sadder than Shakespeare, sadder than a Greek tragedy. It’s the story of growing up and losing the magic in life. What could be sadder than that? A song … Continue reading

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The HUMANities

I was taken by surprise by how much David Bowie’s death affected me. Even days later, listening to certain songs, like my favorites Heroes or Ziggy Stardust, could make me choke up, bring tears to my eyes. I didn’t know … Continue reading

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Defeating Evil with Compassion

Recently I was telling a friend who practices Aikido and likes Lord of the Rings about my blog and that I like to write about both. A joke went around the table about Frodo doing Aikido. I laughed but it … Continue reading

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Thor in Drag

It’s Thorsday! One of my favorite stories of the Norse gods is the Thrymskvitha, the story of when Thor lost his hammer, Mjolnir. Thor woke one morning to discover that he’d lost his hammer. He looked everywhere and could not … Continue reading

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I Watch TV

“I don’t watch TV,” a woman said to me not long ago, a self-righteous tone in her voice. “Except Downton Abbey.” Wow. I didn’t know how to respond to this, other than a feeble, “I watch TV.” Of course, that … Continue reading

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Friday is Freya’s Day

Friday is Freya’s Day. Freya (“Lady) is the Norse goddess of love, lust, sexuality, war, and death. This beautiful goddess, along with her brother Frey, originally joined the other Norse gods that we know (Odin, Thor, etc.) as hostages. There … Continue reading

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Wednesday is Woden’s Day

Today is Wednesday, or Woden’s Day. Woden, or as he is more commonly known, Odin, is the most powerful of the Norse gods. But he goes by many other names as well: Allfather, Father of the Slain, High One, and … Continue reading

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