Of course I have room to obsess over multiple questions.

I need someone to discuss this with me.

I was re-reading Jaime’s last couple of chapters in AFFC last night because I need to take detailed notes for the last section of my Jaime essay, and something popped out at me.

The Freys assume Raynald Westerling (Robb Stark’s brother-in-law in book version) died at the Red Wedding, but they can’t verify having seen his body. The last anyone saw of him, he was wounded and hopping into the Green Fork. At the time, Raynald was not aware that his mother was making a deal with Tywin Lannister, so he was fighting for the Starks, not knowing they’d been screwed over with help from his own family. It’s an awkward situation for Lady Westerling, shall we say.

I think Raynald will turn up in TWOW, very much alive. And not loyal to the crown. The first assumption of where he’ll be is with the Brotherhood Without Banners, which means he may have interacted with Brienne off-page, but surely we can some up with some ideas aside from him running around with Lady Stoneheart?

Did anyone else pick up on this? I don’t see anyone else talking about Raynald Westerling, but I’m pretty confident he’s still out and about. Who’ll talk with me about him?

Also: Jaime Lannister would bitchslap Trump until his golden hand broke in half. It is known.


Miss me?

O HAI, everyone!

In case you’re wondering, I am following the leaks for Game of Thrones Season 7, but I’m not hanging on every word like I did for Season 6. I definitely see some interesting things happening, though.

For a brief digression, I had a birthday a couple weeks ago, and as a present to myself, I decided to get a new friend. I spent the midday of our holiday Monday at PetSmart, and this one came home with me:

This is Ser Purrion Lannister of Catterly Rock, but mostly I just call him Kitty, Baby, Honey, or Furry Little Weirdo. He is completely indifferent to treats and catnip, and he’s not interested in sitting on my lap, but he loves belly rubs, being held and hugged like a baby, getting all over my feet, and sleeping next to me. I watched Gods of Egypt on HBO Now yesterday because I had to see its awfulness first-hand, and I found the movie wasn’t nearly as compelling as watching Purrion go ballistic on his new tassel toy.

(They were all out of tan-colored long-haired kitties who like to get drunk and antagonize the neighbors’ Husky pups, so I got the little tuxedo guy who enjoyed cuddling and shoving his face into my elbow.)

I’ve only had him for a couple of weeks, and I’m already finding that having a pet is like having a tattoo: once I have one established, I’m already thinking about getting another.

In other news, I have another big writing project for ASOIAF fandom! It’s not quite finished, but I’m posting it as I go. Let me present…

The Cloak Soiled Him: the Life and Times of Jaime Lannister.


Why do these guys keep hitting themselves?


someecards.com - The cat woke me up, I saw a man climbing through my open window, so I jumped out of bed and broke his face. No biggie.

One of my WIPs is a dystopian LGBT novel called Fait Accompli. The setting is the District of Columbia in the not-too-distant future, in which, due to the unforeseen environmental effects of a poorly planned geo-engineering project, the U.S. has an 18-year span of population whose birthrate is only 12% female. This makes life especially difficult for a wide range of people, particularly single women.

The protagonist is Claudia Bowen, a social worker and TKD champion who is recognized as the best martial artist in the city. She was born into fabulous wealth and is rather embarrassed about her old-money roots, but not embarrassed enough not to let her parents pay her rent. She has two brothers, whom she adores, but isn’t interested in having other men in her life.

The project is currently on the back burner while I work on Suicide is for Mortals, partly because the latter is so much more fun to write. Maybe I’m just wired to write fantasy more than dystopian. I’ve had some insight into where the book needs to go since I put it aside, so when I’m ready to get into it again, I’ll be more prepared. In the meantime, I do have some snippets posted at The Monster’s Ink. I will begin cross-posting them over here shortly.