Word of the Week #25: [Guest Post]

Juggernaut

NemeSis: 

Have you been to public places in Delhi? If yes, you have probably seen them.

Deceptively normal looking females with shopping bags in one hand and a huge handbag in another, walking at you… yes, at you. Even if you were a wall made out of solid steel, they would smash right through you and probably not even notice. Continue reading Word of the Week #25: [Guest Post]

Character Origins #6: Rolf and Carlos

Year 1276AD
Bleda

“—and now, we can all but pray that his soul finds, in his passing, the peace he sought through life.”

The words were met with an obscure murmur of approval, as he placed a flower on the nondescript grave by the side of an old tavern.

The two soldiers, standing towards the end of the crowd, looked at one another, wondering if attending this particular funeral had been a good idea. Despite the many reasons to not come, they had inadvertently ended up here. The ceremony had been brief, and the words earnest, and it was almost time for them to leave.

“Hullo, gentlemen,” a young man greeted them, his face lips into a weak smile. “How did you know Uncle Arnold, pray tell. I had not expected any soldiers here, today.”

“Ah, well,” Carlos begun, trying to piece together an answer, “we were just passing by—”

“You are not on duty, then?” he enquired, as the realisation dawned on his face. “You! You were the ones who arrested him! How dare—” Continue reading Character Origins #6: Rolf and Carlos

Book of the Week #24 [Guest Post]

The House of Hades

by Rick Riordan

Yashas:

Let me begin this post by saying that I have not read this book, and the chances that I will read it remain slim.

In fact, that was one of the major reasons why I asked Riya to write about it: No risk of overlap…

Okay, now, we should probably talk about Riya, before we start talking about the book…

Firstly, she is often referred to as TheEditorGirl’s little sister.
Secondly, if you ever refer to her as “little”, she WILL kill you.
And thirdly, she is actually nicer, and smarter, than you would imagine.

And now, after weeks of negotiation, deliberation and procrastination, we finally have a post to share. And to be honest, it could not have come at a better time.


Riya:

As his raft skimmed over the water, taking him back to the mortal world, he understood a line from the Prophecy better— an oath to keep with a final breath.

He understood how dangerous oaths could be. But Leo didn’t care.

“I’m coming back for you, Calypso,” he said to the night wind. “I swear it on the River Styx.”

Bob ruffled her hair. Smile lines crinkled around his eyes.

“That is good. Until then, my friends, tell the sun and the stars hello for me. And be strong. This may not be the last sacrifice you must make to stop Gaia.”

I’ll keep it short. I swear it on the River Styx.

The House of Hades is the penultimate book of the Heroes of Olympus series, hereafter referred to as HoO, written by Rick Riordan, a guy who claims it’s a children’s book but throws the protagonists in the bottomless pit that is Tartarus. Cruel, right?

For mortals who have no clue what Tartarus is: Tartarus is essentially hell— there, the air is acid, water is misery, and ground is broken glass— so in a nutshell, it is a nuclear blast zone.

Furthermore, I never found it to be an infantile series for if a reader understands the true depth in quotes like these, the reader is anything but a kid.

“But magic is neither good nor evil. It is a tool, like a knife. Is a knife evil? Only if the wielder is evil.”

Continue reading Book of the Week #24 [Guest Post]

Word of the Week #24:

Sabbatical

Okay, let us have a small post, today.

Not that I am being lazy, just… I am just so tired…

And I have been tired for a while, now. Most people seem to believe I could use a break. Continue reading Word of the Week #24:

Character Origins #5: Dorian

Year 1278AD
Torden

The scent of wet mud greeted Dorian, as his horse trotted towards the city. The mission had been long and arduous, across the dry, bleak plains to the south of Ostra. It was good to finally be home.

Home, he wondered. Do I even have one?

The sound of horse’s hooves on the soft ground, in conjugation with his own feelings of fatigue and relief, had lulled him into a drowse.

He heard a woman whimper, as she tightly clutched the hem of her gown, tears streaming down her face. The blood on her hands was definitely her own. He had seen this before. He knew.

“What are you looking at?” he heard the gruff voice of a burly man, followed by a smack to the head that sent him sprawling across the small room.

He could see the man advancing towards her.
He could see the terror in her eyes.
He could hear a dull thud, as her head bounced off the wall and landed on the cold floor.
He could see the blood spilling out, drenching her wispy auburn hair.
After that, all he saw was red… His hands, his tunic, the knife at his feet, the wall to his side…
They were all red…

The sudden change of sounds, as he entered the paved roads of the city, roused him. He wiped the sweat off his brow and adjusted himself in the saddle. He had almost arrived. Continue reading Character Origins #5: Dorian

Book of the Week #23:

The Time Machine,

by H. G. Wells

“We are always getting away from the present moment. Our mental existence, which are immaterial and have no dimensions, are passing along the Time-Dimension with a uniform velocity from the cradle to the grave.”

—The Time Traveller

Okay, let me start off by stating quite frankly that I am not very fond of time travel. I would not like to discuss its scientific plausibility; it is far beyond my realm of expertise.

However, if popular science fiction is any indicator, it would probably cause quite a lot of trouble. Just refer to Flashpoint, and you will see what I mean.

H. G. Wells is, along with Jules Verne, often considered the Father of Science Fiction, responsible for coining the term “time-machine”, and the subsequent popularisation of the entire concept of time-travel.

Considering the fact that it was published in 1895, the scientific and logical accuracy of his work makes it all the more impressive. Continue reading Book of the Week #23:

Word of the Week #23:

Buoyant

Simply put, this is the answer to the question I have encountered at least a hundred times, over the past month or so:

“So, how does it feel, now that you are a published writer?”

Quite frankly, I could not think of a better way to describe my current state of mind, even if I meditated over it for an hour… Continue reading Word of the Week #23: