crystal_sun396: (our witch)
        “I told him that to endure oneself may be the hardest task in the universe.”
        She shook her head. “That’s … that’s …”
        “A bitter pill,” he said, watching the guards run toward them across the roof, taking up their escort positions.
        “Bitter nonsense!”
        “The greatest palatinate earl and the lowliest stipendiary serf share the same problem. You cannot hire a mentat or any other intellect to solve it for you. There is no writ of inquest or calling of witnesses to provide answers. No servant – or disciple – can dress the wound. You dress it yourself or continue bleeding for all to see.”

Duncan and Alia
-- Dune Messiah
crystal_sun396: (laptop)
What's really frustrating me about the Atreides men (early on - they're so much less important later) is their lack of transparency. I don't know that women aren't equally never-talking-about-important-things. It may just be that they don't have any Dire Revelations to share.

In the bit I'm reading now, Leto II is being secretive with Ghani about his plans, which are now *their* plans, which she might like a say in. ("You never mentioned the Trial of Possession!") I can't tell why he doesn't just tell her everything. His one partner in crime - what on earth does he think he's doing? Ghani isn't hiding things from Leto because she thinks he can't handle it.

And Paul especially. My gosh, just tell Chani! What is the problem except that she might have more worry and be unable to do anything. Worry is her perogative, isn't it? She doesn't ask him stuff because of Fremen politeness or whatever, but way to communication fail, man. Although Chani... never tells Paul they're having twins. Do they never talk about it? All it would take is "they're restless today" or something to have that conversation.

He doesn't really talk to his mom. After a while, he doesn't really talk to his sister. If he'd given more of himself (his concerns or thoughts or time) to Alia instead of imagining her as a part of the universe forcing/"forcing" him to do things, it might have saved everyone some trouble.

Duke Leto... actually, he's cool, if only because Jessica can read him like a book anyway. It's the other way around in this pair, I guess. My only issue with him has nothing to do with transparency and more to do with: where did Jessica get the idea that having a son instead of a daughter would be such an OMG Big Deal to him in the first place? He didn't seem like that kind of guy, you know?

In Dune, it's like everyone (important) can read everything from everyone else's nervous tics. They can use sign languages and ancient languages and even mind-talk (sort of). And yet they all still completely fail at communication.
crystal_sun396: (workworkljwork)
this is actually just a sketch of a stock image from google
Grown Sheeana dancing. I guess. I mean, that's what I was going for.
For [livejournal.com profile] tsunderrorism. I stole [livejournal.com profile] ilumeen's pencil for this.


I had one class today. It was not even an hour long.

It was extremely boring.

...

Er. But not this boring. (I just felt like complaining.)
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So. Watching the Mists of Avalon miniseries. And there is Edward Atterton.
* Sword swinging: check
* Period dress: check
* LOL dialogue: check
* Getting the ladies (or just, y'know, Lancelot): check

But one new addition to what I'm (prematurely?) thinking of as standard Atterton. This time, he's blond. He's blond. Sort of curly, really artificial, and just, just, LOL.

It's so distracting. I kind of can't stop laughing every time I see it. ...him. It. His hair. I love it, even while I feel it's a little... hideous? Hair in this miniseries is awesome, guys.

... OMG Arthur/Morgaine OTP! SHUT UP I CAN'T HELP IT. OH EM GEE. CUTEST. EVER. From 5:58 on. Poor Lancelot. Poor Gwen. "But I am sworn to Arthur." "As am I." Honour ruins everything for everyone. Honour and love. So much suck, guys. Sigh.

I don't think there's a KevinMerlin in this miniseries. Too much trouble to explain. I am not yet in love with mini Mordred. Oo, or older Mordred.

Let's get these Avalon priestesses to meet the Bene Gesserit because I think they are distantly related. "Witchcraft" and political meddling and bloodline manipulation and crazy self control and so on. The only major difference I can think of is their official stance on religion, and that depends on how Merlin-esque you take the philosphy of Avalon. Also, uh, birth control.
crystal_sun396: (laptop)
Appendix I: The Ecology of Dune
Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. This is as true of humans in the finite space of a planetary ecosystem as it is of gas molecules in a sealed flask. The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive.

-Pardot Kynes, First Planetologist of Arrakis

The Effect of Arrakis on the mind of... )
crystal_sun396: (zombies)
Dream: Big fuzzy white monster, random Animorph cameo, get myself eaten for the greater good.
I didn't oversleep this time! Even woke way early. I don't know why this happened. )



On a happier note: Gah, cutest sandworm ever!. ... It's more of an earthworm, actually. But it's still cute.

I can start focusing on my finals and final projects now! Or I can as soon as my next class is over. as;dlkfj;lkjasf I am sure that I am a failure as a student. I want my cousin. :<

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