seven more roles have been cast
for the A Song of Ice and Fire pilot: Jaime Lannister, Theon Greyjoy, Arya, Sansa, Dany, Robb and Ser Jorah Mormont.
Call me shallow, but I am SO glad they found a good-looking Ser Jaime - give him a blond wig and I think he could totally play the part. I'm so looking forward to this... Maybe I should reread the books until next year. :)
Speaking of books:
28.) Fiona Patton - The Silver Lake (Warriors of Estavia 1)
29.) Fiona Patton - The Golden Tower (Warriors of Estavia 2)
The Silver Lake is actually a reread, as it took three years or more for The Golden Tower to come out, and when I finally picked it up a couple of weeks ago, I could remember absolutely nothing, not even the characters, so I went back to book 1. With the second book, this series has really started to grow on me, as everything becomes clearer, the motivations of the characters and especially those of the Gods. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one, but who knows how many years that will take.
What I especially love about this is how fluid sex/gender is in that universe - bi-gender people are common and can change their sex to their preference, and people born as one sex can petition a God for that ability.
Gender has always been one of the themes I'm fascinated by, and though this is not truly one of the themes of the series but more a part of the background of that world, it's still really refreshing after the conservatism of fandom when it comes to the portrayal of gender. The way that "He acts like a girl" is one of the gravest insults that can be made about a slasher's characters, and the "Real men don't cry" that gets bandied about all the time annoys me like nothing else.
If Real Men don't cry, then I guess that Real Women do cry? Pity I'm not a real woman, then. In any way, I have long since decided for myself that I am not interested in writing about Real Men. I have very little interest in perpetuating conservative gender roles, and while the sex of my characters might be male, their gender is something different alltogether - a third gender maybe, as there are so many guides out there to tell us misguided women how to write Real Men.
Anyway, the purpose of the post wasn't really to rant, but more to rejoice at surviving yesterday's heat - without going to the ocean, or a lake, but instead I sat outside in the shade and wrote. I had two glasses of wine in the evening and continued to write until it got dark and the promised thunderstorm came with the 10°C temperature drop... And at long last, I finished the CE chapter. I feel really guilty that it took so long, but I think it's a good chapter, though all happy-fluffy. Legolas is full of ideas about how to make up for the fluffiness in the next chapter, which is a welcome change, as usually it is Glorfindel who gets ideas. ;)