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  2. I tots stole some hand sanitizer and lysol spray from work to bring home because the stores here have been wiped clean for weeks and as soon as a new shipment comes in it's gone within the hour. Since I still have to be at the building, I can't follow delivery trucks lol I am a thankful to not work in customer service anymore - neither myself or my husband do. He works in metal fabrication and I teach. It's frustrating that I still have to report to the building though because that means my 3 year old is still going to daycare....that right there is probably the most 'dangerous' thing about our lives right now but his daycare is amazing and taking all necessary precautions, which helps my sanity a bit. I've been considering a WoT reread since it's been a few years as well; however, I have so many classics that I've always wanted to read that I plan on hitting up. I'm currently almost done with Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken. Also reading Kate Chopin's The Awakening (my juniors are reading it) and really need to finish Rice's The Vampire Lestat but I'm struggling through that one. Next up is going to be The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!
  3. Whole-heartedly disagree! The difference between good television and bad television is the way exposition is used. If you arbitrarily have Moiraine "briefly discuss" her absence when she meets back up with the others, that's an example of bad exposition; it's only there for the viewer's benefit and often makes very little sense in the context of the story. Why would Moiraine just blurt out that she learned a forbidden weave to people who she can't be certsin wouldn't go blabbing their mouths? It makes no sense, and it's completely against Moiraine's character. This is precisely what I was referring to when I mentioned "sloppy exposition" in my previous post. Furthermore, it's something she does not even do in the books. She does not explain where she was to anybody, at least not in any great detail, so you'd be adding scenes that simply never existed... as opposed to adding scenes that we know existed, but just happened off page. You tell me, which is a more faithful adaptation? Sure, and I agreed that episodically you can (and should) focus on a couple characters, but not for the entire arc of the book. Mat has a rather prominent role in Book Three to simply "cut" him from the story. His escape from the White Tower leads to Tear, where he breaks into the Stone to rescue the girls, and this event has a resonating effect later on in Ebou Dar that is a pivotal moment for Elayne and her relationship with Aviendha. Besides, viewers need to know how Mat gets to Tear because he needs to accompany Rand into the Waste. Are you just going to have him magically pop-up when the Shadow Rising story arc begins? That's another example of bad writing: chatacters just showing up wherever they need to be because the plot demands it.
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  5. Well, obviously, he'd be a she, first of all, but I'm assuming you're asking if he would still a) kill that guy for getting a dragon tatoo, and b) be hung for it. The Maiden's carry Rand's honour, so it seems more likely Mangin would thump the guy and drag him before Rand for judgment, rather than taking it upon herself. I won't speculate on what Rand's decision would be, that that seems the likely result. However, the Pattern might dictate otherwise. If Mangin was a Maiden, then some other Aiel would probably be forced into filling the role that Mangin fills. This unnamed Aiel would be the one to befriend Rand, and later break Rand's decree by killing the man, thus resulting in his hanging. The hypothetical female Mangin would just be another girl pestering Rand and laughing behind his back with handtalk (i.e., just another Maiden).
  6. The three oaths are not subject to the inconsistency of the narrative on the contrary. RJ is subconsciously very consistent here. Rather, they are the inconsistencies of the As Sedai inner values. What is something different.
  7. Morain's visit to Adelaas and Vandene is hardly essential. We just know that she spent some time studying there and that she was attacked. Most have taken place off-page, so it can easily take place off-screen. Morain can then briefly discuss this in the next section. I didn't write anything about Mat's absence in the third book. There is a difference between focusing on a character and ignoring others. My whole idea was based on the fact that Morain is presented as the main character in the present description of the WoT serial. I would like to keep this first book. Morain then has several acts in the second book, but nothing extensive. If she left space to Rand, it would be clear that the Books aren't about Morain. Rand is then most of the third book off-page. Viewers can find out that even though it is Dragon Reborn again, it's not just only about him.
  8. Today I am back to work for the first time in 2 weeks (so yay? haha) apologies for my absence you probably forgot I was visiting! so I figure I had best hang around a lil longer 🙂 Although, I have been busy with wot in another way, am totally addicted to making wot memes now. So if you are bored and want a giggle: https://www.instagram.com/memesedai/ How has everyone been? Has there been more action on DM with all the isolation or less?
  9. What if Mangin was a Maiden of the Spear?
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  11. Hi there! I thought I would sign up and say hello, which I've done. I don't know how many times I've read through the series - fewer now that I'm an aged and withered old person - but me and the series have a long history together. I used to post on the now extremely defunct wotism site, even before it moved to a forum. Anyway, hello, hello, and again. Hello. This was awkward.
  12. Blood calls Blood could the Andoran episode as he's royalty, even if no one but readers know that. Even though it's a call back to the dark prophecy, I hardly think one has anything to do with the other as it's too early.
  13. My thoughts exactly! At some point in the story, one of the Aes Sedai (I forget who) balks at the way people are now treating them and says the Aes Sedai must always "stand apart" from the rest of humanity and maintain an air of "mystery." I read that and I'm like: but don't they see that that looks like the Aes Sedai have a superiority complex (which they certainly do!) and can breed distrust as often as it does awe? It's the main reason I have so much difficulty liking the AS on the whole. They are written very two-dimensionally. They're presented as having this ageless wisdom and experience, but they're always dropping their jaws or bulging their eyes when someone backtalks them; or fainting and vomiting when things surprise them or don't go their way. It shows a considerable lack of self-control from people who expect (if not demand) self-control and civility from everyone else. I suppose that's an intentional flaw the readers are supposed to see in them, but I just don't like the way it's presented. The term "Aes Sedai serenity" is used frequently, and everytime it reminds me of "Bene Gesserit stoicism." But unlike the Bene Gesserit, this "Aes Sedai serenity" is easily shattered by things that their multiple decades of experience should be accustomed to. The impression I gleen from it is that the Aes Sedai are deluded by their own self-importance, having grown complacent by a world that has cowtowed to them out of some misplaced reverence because of what they represent, not because of what they have accomplished. The modern-day Aes Sedai are simply riding the coat tails of their predecessors, but (from what I've seen) have done very little to add to that legacy. So when people start treating them as equals, rather than the demi-goddesses they apparently think they are, the mask slips and they reveal that they are really nothing more than simpering, spoiled brats. ____ But back on topic... Yeah, I think you may be right. The Three Oaths seem to be more like "guidelines" than a strict set of tenets. Jordan may have wanted to concentrate more on developing the interactions between characters than worrying about the minutea of technicalities. However, I don't think the goal was to send some messege about the dangers of constraint, as that doesn't come through as a theme. As I said before, it doesn't ruin the story, since the inconsistencies are largely inconsequential, but because I'm a pedant these things tend to bother me. 😄
  14. I had a bit of a meltdown yesterday. I didn't realize just how much of a people person I am. I don't know why I didn't realize it, but I didn't. I am falling apart, not being able to see my clients and coworkers. At the same time, I'm grateful that I still have a full-time job. Even in essential industries, many people are getting hours cut. Last night, I went to the grocery store, partly because I needed things, but partly because I just needed OUT! The grocery stores here are so depressing. I had to go to two stores and still didn't get a lot of the things I wanted. Tomorrow, I'm going to try the Walmart in my old city in the morning. Maybe I'll have better luck. AND, we are about to run out of TP. So, I'm really struggling right now. To be honest, yesterday was an especially bad day at work. I didn't find many people answering their phones, and left a lot of voicemails. That was frustrating.
  15. I was right. It's very boring. But it's only 4 more weeks.
  16. I think the second example could be seen as Verin interpreting that action as breaking the Third Oath because of what she believes was Egwene's intent, regardless of Egwene's actual intent. Your third example is actually harder to justify because I agree it counts as a weapon by most definitions, but again I think it all comes back to how Adeleas sees her own intent. She probably views it as a teaching tool or at worst a prank. Mental gymnastics could get her around the Three Oaths in this instance. In my opinion, Dumai's Wells is the best example of the possible inconsistency with the Three Oaths, because I'm pretty sure they don't have to wait for one of their number to be injured/killed to defend themselves any other time. We could probably come up with some sort of justification, but I don't think anything will sound believable. Personal interpretation of your own actions and the intent behind them is everything to the Three Oaths and I think that actually does make the Three Oaths worthless. Only the Aes Sedai, of all the channelers we meet in various societies, are seen as scheming and untrustworthy, and the Three Oaths are the main reason. I think that must have been Jordan's intent with the Three Oaths, to show that following the letter of the law rather than the spirit, or even having a personal moral code that you hold yourself to, is not good enough and will ultimately lead to efforts to circumvent your own laws. Perhaps that's why he included these seeming inconsistencies, to highlight the flaws in that system. Then again, he could have just had a hard time applying the Three Oaths consistently. It would be hard enough to live like that, imagine having to write a story where a huge chunk of your characters have these rules they absolutely cannot break. Limitations are good and make a story interesting, but I imagine the Three Oaths were a nightmare to write around...
  17. *Sends glitter bomb to explode then scurries back to work*
  18. I am much interested with writing about games. The war games characters really love to write.
  19. Helike - Archers Other than the fact that I had to furlough 2/3 of my staff because very few people are traveling and my hotel feels like The Stanley in midwinter, my life has not changed a bit. You caught me. I'm a hermit.
  20. Cairos - Gray Sitter and Brother as a nurse in the hospital and especially in the ER in California, we aren’t getting many people coming in. They are staying away which is good. Those in NYC have it worse off. They don’t have enough equipment. I’m okay with talking about it lol
  21. Like a support thread, we're all going through it but we don't have to see it everywhere. XD
  22. @Jeannaisais I feel like I'm hiding in my office. Every time I come out, I am wiping something down. There's a HUGE bottle of hand sanitizer on the desk for guests, one in the back office for staff (there's only 5 of us as I had to furlough all my shuttle drivers, breakfast hosts and all but one housekeeper) and a full spray bottle of quaternary sanitizer that all of us seem to be using excessively. My hands are so dry, skin is peeling off in chunks. And suddenly, it feels like every single bloody guest wants to pay with cash. I DON'T WANT TO TOUCH YOUR DIRTY MONEY, PEOPLE!!! This is what I get for working in an airport hotel. On the plus side, I am still working. It's ridiculously slow and besides sanitizing, I have very little to do besides continue my WoT re-read which I haven't done for several years.
  23. Can it be both? Mostly thriving to be honest. I already teach for an online public school. My son attends said online public school. So this is our 5th year doing full time productivity from home. My husband has done 'some' work from home over the past couple of years, so him coming to full time from-home is not a huge adjustment as a household. (Just for him, because he's the only extrovert and he's going a bit stir crazy even with work). Most of my social circles have jumped on finding virtual ways of meeting up to talk, and I've managed to talk to people I almost never see more in the past two months than I do when we meet up in person. That said I'd rather have my packed weekend schedule of SCA events that I normally have in April instead of 'everything is cancelled or postponed.' Completed two large long-term SCA scribal commissions while school was closed. Then when they reopened us on Monday (again, we're 100% virtual so it was the state catching up with who can do what), I caught up on all my grading. School 'really' kicks in Monday, and then it will be business as usual out of necessity for the next 6 weeks until the end of the semester. We've been doing a lot of cooking: old faves and new experiments. I've made Challah, (We had so much corned beef and cabbage we are STILL eating cabbage...which has amazingly not gone bad yet. Our refrigerator is amazing), green curry split-pea soup (new experiment, my recipe), black-eyed peas with ham and onions (slowcooked), and a variety of other things: mostly vegetable and meat dishes in bulk without heavy sauces, so pretty healthy all things considered. Though I'm probably making cookies tomorrow. I have some butter that's going to expire that I need to use. 🙂 Stressed out about everything going on in the world - yes. Worried? Yes. Cleaning everything that comes into my house like it's covered it cat litter - YES. But so far we are all healthy and I intend to keep us that way. So we're spending family time watching movies, playing games together, chilling with the pets, cooking, and generally doing okay for now.
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