There Was Some Wind

I haven’t posted yet this week and I feel like I should.

Did you notice that there is a unwanted block of white space above the header image? I did. It’s not supposed to be there. I went into the customization options but was unable to get rid of it. I may have to dig into the set-up a bit deeper to figure out why. It wasn’t a thing prior to the latest WordPress update. Annoying.

We had some wild weather roll through last night. Tornado sirens, Lady Ronn got sent to the basement at GRCC, the animals were freaking out, and lots of lightning. It was pretty much the biggest storm I’ve seen in a long while. I ended up having to check on power outages and clean up branches for a bit this morning at work, the storm made a mess out of a couple of my properties on the north side of town.

clean-up in aisle five

In other news, I picked up a treasure from 1987 while at the bookstore earlier this week. Just looking at the latest additions to the used book section led me to believe that someone with very similar tastes to my own had recently cashed in their collection. There were a lot of familiar paperbacks on the shelf, but the one that I walked out with was Shadow by Dave Duncan. I’ve actually read this three times. It’s not part of a trilogy or a series or even part of a larger world. It’s just a cool story about a guy who rides the wind on the back of a giant bird. I thought it was cool back in 1987, and I still think it’s a pretty cool premise. Here’s the promotional blurb.

Shadow by Dave Duncan
Sald Harl would like nothing more than to soar on the wings of his noble eagle, but his youthful rides in the sky are cut short by an appointment to guard the prince. Sald watches his dreams of flight fade with his name and independence as he takes over his bodyguard duties. During a perilous journey to the edges of the kingdom, a dark secret comes to life. Now the great Prince Shadow is accused of treason, and Sald must orchestrate a desperate plan of escape or he will lose the one thing he has been ordered to defend. His only option for freedom is a dangerous flight that no one has ever survived. Once again Sald hopes to feel the freedom of soaring though the air unshackled from servitude.

Much like my music, I tend to like books that are a bit on the obscure side of the aisle. Dave Duncan is one of those authors of whom i’ve not read a lot, but have enjoyed the half-dozen or so books that i have read.

After watching the Eye of the Beholder documentary about the art of Dungeons & Dragons and enjoying it quite a bit, one of the suggestions was World of Darkness. Which is a documentary about the White Wolf game company, the Vampire RPG, and the history of each. It was well done and interesting, but as I never got invested in their game line, I was less enthralled with their documentary. Still, if you were a role playing gamer or LARPer in the 90s, you’ve heard about, seen, or played Vampire: The Masquerade, the World of Darkness setting, or it’s spin off products. I’d give it a recommendation to it’s intended audience, not sure about it’s wider appeal. Check it out on Amazon Prime.