Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Convention aftermath and the Sandman Overture

Home from the biggest gaming convention of the year since a few days back. I had a splendid good time, as I usually do. To not be able to walk into a room without someone waving at me wanting to hug me or ask me to join a game. That feeling of being surrounded by awesome people who wish me no harm, it's like coming home. And even apart from the lovely people I've had a lot of fun with the boardgaming and roleplaying.

The downside of it all is that I seem to have been smitten with the traditional convention-pestilence. So I've spent the past couple of days in a coughing and sneezing fever-daze. Oh well, totally worth it. I've tried being at least a little productive, but my brain cannot seem to handle focusing on scientific papers right now, not to mention thesis-writing. So instead I've gorged myself on the Sandman Overture, while drinking copious amounts of ginger milk (vegan, of course) and listening to David Bowie.

... it is the nature of Dreams, and ONLY of Dreams, to define Reality.

I'm not sure what to say about this latest Sandman episode except "wow". What expectations I had were widely surpassed by its beauty and fantastic storytelling. It didn't take me long to fall head over heels in love with it, especially after having re-read large parts of the series fairly recently. Some questions were answered, and some new ones were raised. Just as it should be.

I'm also reading my way through a collection of Irish folk tales I brought home with me from the trip I made there over the holidays. Also very interesting and entertaining, especially as it is very obvious that modern fantasy is inspired by them to a very large degree. Also deep musing such as this one:

“He shrugged and raising his hand high above his head began to work the enchantment. But the spell seemed to take longer than usual to work. Perhaps, thought Brian, the power of the Dagda and Danu is not so strong in these foreign waters where none worship them. Do the gods live by the faith of men? he wondered.”

There is one thing which confuses me, though. What in all the world is orchilurum? Apparently something which the king of Greece had in his treasury. Google and all my dictionaries have failed me in explaining exactly what it is, though. Anyone?

That's enough ramblings for now. I'm feeling better, and I think after a day like this I'm ready to face the world tomorrow.

Love and Dreams,


  1. Might refer to orichalcum?

    1. Seems plausible. Thanks, now I got to learn something new.