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June 14th, 2019

Poem I wrote.

"Lilium."

The sun is setting on an already twilight world,
And the moon just fell out of the sky,
Leaving the world a little darker.
The earth misses her tides,
Her people miss her light.

Ahriman the incompetent sits upon the throne,
Reincarnated less than a hundred years after his last defeat,
His poison and darkness infecting the land that vanquished him before.
I weep for the moon,
I fumble in the darkness.

Her light, so bright, filled the sky.
All who knew her, loved her.
She was joy, she was love,
She was laughter, she was hope.
The world needs more like her.

I would walk straight into Hades and take Persephone hostage to get her back,
Were she not in the Elysian fields.
I would quest as hasn't been done since the era of Homer,
Searching every afterlife until I found her and returned her,
If I wasn't certain she was too busy making friends with Jesus, Buddha, Brigid, and others.

All I can do is hope the sun will rise soon.
In the mean time, I shall carry a lantern in her honor.

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I'm reading "Middlegame" by Seanan McGuire. It's an awesome book, but readers should be aware that there's a scene with really heavy suicide attempt description. I had to stop reading in the middle of that scene. I'll likely be back, I want to find out what happened, but it was just a bit intense for me, as descriptions of blood and innards stuff makes me feel really icky. I had to counter it with A-Teens music.

I highly suggest reading the audiobook version read by Amber Benson. (Yes, Amber Benson from Buffy fame.) The different voices she uses for the characters are amazing. I can't decide which voice I like better: Dr. Reed's or Dodger Cheswick's.

If I had to describe this book, I'd say it's like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, but the monster was made by a woman mad scientist / alchemist as a tool to achieve godhood, and the monster creates his own artificial life forms. Two of them, children, are the main characters of the story - Roger and Dodger.

I especially love how Roger, the boy, is the word genius and Dodger, the girl, is the math genius. The tale deals with a lot of the harsh realities of being a girl geek in this world.

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