Antenna (antennapedia) wrote,

  • Music:


Just finished re-reading The Bird-Bone Flute, and am once again feeling utterly inadequate as a writer. However, in the spirit of the story, I have decided that my reaction is going to be to work harder and become a better writer, knowing that this will require Work.

Also on tonight's reading list: a book on the fighting with the longsword in the German style. My theory of the Council says they would have had to preserve a very old swordfighting technique for the Slayer's use, from before the sword mutated into smallswords and rapiers and fencing foils. While it's very sexy to see Giles fencing with Wesley, learning to fence with a foil would have worse than useless for Buffy. Maybe saber. But even so, modern tournament fighting is just stylized bunkum. A Roman legionnaire would chop a fencer into little shreds. Buffy would need to cut off vamp heads, so she would need a slicing sword. Edges, not point. Kendo would work, but the Council is a European institution, not an Eastern one.

The N-LBS version of Giles prefers a fighting style with a light single-handed sword in his left hand and a wooden dagger in his right. Slicing and staking are possible, and the dagger can be used defensively. Plus it looks cool. The dragon-sword Giles, however, probably learned something like the German school of Liechtenauer.

Geekery. Only be sure always to call it please, "research".

I have a very small dog snugged up alongside me as I read. She wanted up next to me for some doggy reason. No fireworks tonight, so I cannot guess why she wanted me and not her Lord and Packmaster Mr Pedia.

In closing, I leave you with the lovely APOD image from Sept 6: green aurora over Lake Superior.
Tags: recs

  • FIC LINK: The Wedding Tree (Twelve/Clara, teen-ish)

    Title: The Wedding Tree Rating: PG13 Pairings: Twelve/Clara Tags: fluff, accidental marriage, friendly bickering, wedding night Wordcount: 17K…

  • oh dear

    I seem to have 3 stories in progress and a new-ish fandom. Are any of you into the Twelfth Doctor at all? Does fandom still exist here or has it all…

  • Finally watched the Christmas special, and...

    Hello. I need all of the Oswin/Doctor fic there is now please. It must exist already, yes? "It's smaller on the outside." "That's a first." Also:…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded