Jack Vance, Andre Norton, and Plot Hooking

September 18, 2018 Bushi 0

Last week, back at the Bushi homeland, Gita wrote a piece about plotting, and Jordan of Anachronistic Robot posted an essay about short story structure. This got me thinking a little. You see, I’ve never given all that much thought to plot or story structure. I’m sure it’s important for […]


The Witcher and the Tower of Mice

September 17, 2018 Bushi 13

It’s been a while since I played The Witcher 3 for PC, and I imagine it’ll be some time before I’m able to go back to it. Was a beautiful game, though, and a lot of fun. Since I was recently talking about inspiration Sapkowski may have drawn from Michael […]


The Word-Hoard: Wain

September 14, 2018 Bushi 1

Wain n. A wagon or cart.   “Wain” seems to come from the old English wayn and the Dutch wagen. There are only so many words for “wagon” or “cart,” so when you find a nice, uncommon one like “wain,” you store it away for future use! As a matter of fact, […]

The Word-Hoard: Danae’s Shower

September 13, 2018 Bushi 2

Danae’s shower phrase A rain of gold.   So this particular entry in our lexivault actually isn’t a dictionary word or phrase, but I came across it while reading a story by James Branch Cabell and it struck me as a wonderful little turn of phrase. Danae (there should be […]

What’s the Rush?

September 12, 2018 Bushi 0

I can’t recall where it was that I first came across the concept of “rushes” being strewn about the floor of a lord’s castle. It may very well have been in one of George R. R. Martin’s Fire and Ice books. I know I’ve seen it since then as a recurring […]


The Word-Hoard: Aureate

September 11, 2018 Bushi 3

Aureate adj. 1. Golden or gilded. 2. Brilliant; splendid. 3. Characterized by an ornate style of writing or speaking.   “Aureate,” which derives from the Latin aurum, for “gold,” means just that – golden. Its definition has expanded over time to include “resplendent,” “ornate,” and the like. I’ve got to admit, […]


The Word-Hoard: Sward

September 7, 2018 Bushi 3

Sward n. 1. A portion of ground covered with grass. 2. The grassy surface of land.   Truth time – I’m a little embarrassed that I didn’t know this word three years ago. The first time I came across it in a Conan story, I did a double take, wondering […]

Red Planet


September 6, 2018 Bushi 0

In the 3021st year of Zan, in the Century of the Great Boral Worm, in the Year of Holy Winds, the Blessed Lord of Space and Matter, keeping his own counsel, ordered a purge of the third planet orbiting the red star known as Pendula. The world was ravaged first […]

Witch World

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Witch World

September 5, 2018 Bushi 9

Recently I’ve noticed HP over at Every Day Should Be Tuesday doing these “Can’t Wait Wednesday” post things. Turns out it’s a weekly, multi-blog festival of a sort, hosted by the Wishful Endings book blog. Back when I used to run a blog about Japanese language and culture these sorts […]

Disenchantment: Another Netflix Near Miss

September 5, 2018 Bushi 3

When I saw that Matt Groeining, creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, was working with Netflix to release a fantasy-themed cartoon called Disenchantment, I was cautiously optimistic. Optimistic, because The Simpsons was a great show for many seasons and Futurama was all-around excellent. Cautiously, because The Simpsons fell into suckage […]