Apr. 17th, 2021


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FIC: Broadside 2/3 (The Eternal Dungeon: Forge #2)

AO3 FICTION

Chapter 2/3 of Broadside (The Eternal Dungeon: Forge #2).

"He was not yet ready to part with his memories of Vovim."

His past is his future.

A half-breed left over from a wartime conflict, Toler had long ago abandoned all thought of his sordid origins. But a bureaucratic stumbling block will set Toler on a quest for his past, which will in turn bring him to a fork in the road to his future.

Rated T. Boilerplate warning for all my stories + my rating system.

Coming next: The final chapter of "Forge #2: Broadside."

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READING: "The Making of a Hardrock Miner," by Stephen M. Voynick (1978 memoir)

This was one of those books I hated to finish.

What makes this memoir of a Western miner in the 1970s so vivid is its people: The shift boss who cracks wry jokes and then watches over his men with serious eyes. The safety inspector who is loaded with awards, yet gives the mine only a cursory glance for safety violations. The administrators who are far more concerned with PR than with the lives of miners trapped underground. The miners themselves, who spend their lunchtimes casually making comments that are sexist and racist and homophobic, and then equally casually return to a workplace that is likely to kill them.

"In the mines," Mr. Voynick says, "I learned what the real work ethic was, reduced to its simplest terms. . . But the greatest thing the mines gave me was an acquaintance of the finest people I have ever met, people who were willing to judge a person because he was a person, and who measured merit and sincerity and not the artificial trappings that play such a major role in so many avenues of American society today."

By "person," he clearly does not mean women, who receive passing mention in passages such as this: "[Wyoming cowboys, roughnecks, and miners] have a basic untempered earthiness, a quality which is dwindling in the West, and a contentment with the simpler things in life, those diversions which offer immediate rewards, tangile or intangible. In Wyoming these are taken to be women, guns, trucks, grass and booze . . ." As a portrait of traditional male culture, this 1978 memoir offers a delicate balance between bigotry and bravery.

Conversation? What is there for two men to say? Their whole world has been reduced to the simple passive act of waiting. A few words of encouragement, maybe. And wait. In the darkness, and the silence, and the slowly building heat.



In the end, for me at least, it is the raw courage of the miners that wins out - that, and Mr. Voynick's well-timed humor and ear for dialect. The author's mixture of drama and humor and Western culture is pitch-perfect, right down to the final paragraph, which left me breathless with hooting.

Stephen M. Voynick at Goodreads.

Stephen M. Voynick at Open Library.

Apr. 10th, 2021


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FIC: Broadside 1/3 (The Eternal Dungeon: Forge #2)

AO3 FICTION

Chapter 1/3 of Broadside (The Eternal Dungeon: Forge #2).

"He was not yet ready to part with his memories of Vovim."

A half-breed left over from a wartime conflict, Toler had long ago abandoned all thought of his sordid origins. But a bureaucratic stumbling block will set Toler on a quest for his past, which will in turn bring him to a fork in the road to his future.

Rated T. Boilerplate warning for all my stories + my rating system.

Coming next: The next chapter of "Forge #2: Broadside."

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WATCHING: Superbowl commercials 2021

Here's this year's commercials. I collected the ones I especially liked. (Only realizing afterwards that the reason I haven't done this before is that my eyes shouldn't be watching videos at that time of year. But the commercials were fun to watch!)



Serious:

As One. CW: references to the coronavirus.

Jessica Long's Story.



Fuuny and serious:

ScissorHandsFree.



For fandom:

Alexa's Body.

Defy Logic. Be sure to read the credits. Which led me to this, which somehow I had totally managed to miss before now, yes I am totally out of touch.

(Also, I found this a tad bit frightening, but hey, if he's got the younger generation wearing technicolor cowboy hats, I'm all for it.)



From a past Superbowl:

With Dad.