Author has written 8 stories for Lord of the Rings, Warhammer, Halo, Mass Effect, Left 4 Dead, StarCraft, Doctor Who, Naruto, and Fable.
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Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. - Ronald Reagan
Kites rise highest against the wind - Winston Churchill, Battle of Britain
"No. Listen, explosions are God's gift to man. Big explosions, little explosions, fiery explosions, concussive explosions... Each and every one is beautiful. There is no problem that can't be solved with an explosion of the right size, in the right time, and the right place," - Alex Mercer, From Unfamiliar by Cpl_Facehugger
A man can't ride your back unless it's bent- Martin Luther King Jr.
When things are put into conjunction in a way never before seen, that is when one can truly glimpse the mechanics of the universe! The results of logic, of natural progression? Boring! An expected result? Dull! An obvious next step? Pfui! Where is the fun in that? We want to see to see the unexpected! The strange and terrible! A dream merely soothes - but our nightmares make us run! - Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius.
Joker: Pay me one billion dollars, and I'll kill Superman!
"I'm sure there's nothing to fear in letting Admiral Thrawn examine our works of art."
They told (us) to open up the Embassy, or " we'll blow you away." And then they looked up and saw the Marines on the roof with these really big guns, and they said in Somali, " Igaralli ahow," which means " Excuse me, I didn't mean it, my mistake".
"No fortress, no matter how thick its walls or how zealous its defenders are, is impervious to a mule carrying a sackful of Gold." - Engineer Trilogy, by K.J. Parker. Added on recommendation of Quirel from FF.net
How to counter: A combination of Battleships, Dreadnoughts, Ion Bombers, and prayers to your deity of choice. -From the Astro Empires Wiki entry for Death Star.
Yea verily, though I charge through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am driving a house-sized mass of "fuck you." - Mammoth Tank driver, from the fanfic Tiberium Wars.
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." GEORGE ORWELL
"An old family recipe:
“Win and you get to rewrite the rules so that it was fair retroactively. Then laugh at the fools who complain about this.” Shinji Ikari on cheating from the fic Thousand Shinji.
If it dosen't matter who wins or loses, why do they keep score?- Vince Lombardi
Courage is knowing you're screwed but being a stubborn bastard anyway - anonymous
Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Europae vincendarum
"Sometimes it is entirely appropriate to kill a fly with a sledge-hammer!" Major Holdredge USMC.
"Why don't I get any competent henchmen? I offer excellent health benefits, educational opportunities, even a direct share in the enterprise. I even have a catchphrase! How does he manage it with just inspirational speeches? Emotional logic is barely any logic at all...!" - Kaworu Nagisa's line, from Charles Bhepin's story Shingi and Warhammer40k.
For those who seek perfection, there can be no rest this side of the grave - anonymous
"We've run into scorpions the size of battle tanks, three men have died from Eyerot this week, I've sweat enough to fill a lake, my boots got sucked into a sink-swamp, and the trees are thick in some places you can't squeeze through them. Emperor help me, I love this place! It's just like home! Captain Rock of the Catachan III " Green Devils" on Varestus Prime.
Your job, is not to die for your country. Your job, is to make the other poor dumb bastard die for his country-General George S. Patton, Circa WWII
Only one creature could have duplicated the expressions on their faces, and that would be a pigeon who has heard not only that Lord Nelson has got down off his column but has also been seen buying a 12-bore repeater and a box of cartridges.
Nature abhors dimensional abnormalities, and seals them neatly away so that they don't upset people. Nature, in fact, abhors a lot of things, including vacuums, ships called the "Marie Celeste", and the chuck keys for electric drills.
The sergeant put on the poker face which has been handed down from NCO to NCO ever since one protoamphibian told another, lower ranking protoamphibian to muster a squad of newts and Take That Beach.
"Multiple exclamation marks," he went on, shaking his head, "are a sure sign of a diseased mind."
"Slave is an Ephebian word. In Om we have no word for slave," said Vorbis.
"That's why it's always worth having a few philosophers around the place. One minute it's all Is Truth Beauty and Is Beauty Truth, and Does A Falling Tree in the Forest Make A Sound if There's No one There to Hear It, and then just when you think they're going to start dribbling one of 'em says, 'Incidentally, putting a thirty-foot parabolic reflector on a high place to shoot the rays of the sun at an enemy's ships would be a very interesting demonstration of optical principles.
In fact, the mere act of opening the box will determine the state of the cat, although in this case there were three determinate states the cat could be in: these being Alive, Dead, and Bloody Furious.
Sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.
It is the fate of all banisters worth sliding down that there is something nasty waiting at the far end.
“Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.” -Voltaire (on his deathbed in response to a priest asking if he renounced Satan)
“Maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.” - Chuck Palahniuk
John Montagu: Sir, I do not know whether you will die on the gallows or of the pox.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake - Napoleon Bonaparte
Every great oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who decided to stand their ground-anonymous
"Are you guys ready? Let's roll."-Todd Beamer, Flight 93, shortly after 9/11 WTC destruction. Beamer and 39 other passengers overwhelmed the 4 armed hijackers. In the struggle, the plane was crashed into a field near Shanksville Pennsylvania.
There are many stories that are nothing more than... pastiches, written by unimaginative copycats and lazy writers, repeating word for word events in other stories and wasting the time of the one reading it.
And then there are many stories that are written by shallow and greedy men pandering to their audience, not daring to break out of the cage they have built for themselves, to surprise them, to create something new.
And then there are those who blindly follow what is known as the 'canon', not daring to break out of the mould that the original Creators gave us. Yet if they gave us such great gifts of imagination and the ability to exercise our free will, is it not a travesty for us to cling to stringent and arbitrary conventions, to write stories that make no effort to create something new, something inventive, something different
And that is why, Author, realize the truth of these words.
Where other men blindly follow others, fearful of creating something entirely their own, remember: Nothing is true.
Where other men are limited by the fear of their audience's backlash, by mainstream demand, terrified of breaking the mould and example set by society and their peers, remember: Everything is permitted.
To write what is right, and right what is wrong.
Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.
Rise, Author. Join the ranks of your countless brethren, and go on to enchant your readers, horrify them, make them laugh and cry and fear and feel
Then you will surely have changed the world for the better.
George Orwell's Opinions about Writing
(i) Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
(ii) Never us a long word where a short one will do.
(iii) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
(iv) Never use the passive where you can use the active.
(v) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.