Hypercronius Resurgens

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About 10 years ago Southern Dave and I set out to write a fantasy. It was a comic fantasy, a la Discworld. We got about halfway through before we abandoned the project. No poor achievement as we wrote 21 chapters and forests died for our printouts. I would write half a chapter and mail it to Dave in Invercargill. He would type it up, add another half chapter and post it back to me in Dunedin.

The conceit of Hypercronius is that if the world is flat and surrounded by Ocean, then Ocean could be potentially infinite and populated by unknown worlds. As a poet put it, ‘Simply by sailing in a new direction You could enlarge the world’. (Curnow, Landfall in Unknown Seas.)

My reason for mentioning this is that I have posted Presters1.html, the introductory chapter, on my website, A Hobbit’s Delving. You may find a link to my homepages from this journal, although I have yet to post a link Hypercronius to my front page. The reader should be clever enough to find the address. It’s rough material, unedited, and being derivative, unlikely to be published anywhere else.

Maybe some day I will put together a group of people and see if I can run a GURPS campaign there.

Christmas Day Downloads

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Hogfather: Auntie Beeb’s first attempt at doing live-acting Pratchett. Unfortunately the first episode is dull, full of pauses as the camera lingers over the characters in their settings. Part two picks up and sets a good pace. Marc Warren as Mr. Teatime is a creepy performance. Joss Ackland embodies Mustrum Ridcully, he deserves special mention.

Heroes: watched eleven episodes of this during the day until midnight. Curiously addictive. Miniseries characters suddenly find out they have comic book hero abilities: flight, telepathy, regeneration, etc. I was distracted by figuring out which X-Man mutant ability was emerging in each character: the guy jumping off a building turned out to be Rogue; his brother seems to be Northstar; the cheerleader is Wolverine; nobody’s noticed that the little kid is Forge; I also think I saw Shadowcat. No sign of Cipher/Douglock (pity). I noticed at least one comic book creator listed in the executive producer credits (Jeph Loeb).


The best song for Christmas

When the lights go down in Georgia, and the band begins to play…

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Off to Invercargill to spend Lithe (Summer Solstice) with family in the morning. I plan to stay with them for the rest of the week and be back to see the statutary holidays in at Opoho Church.

Enjoy the Celebration!


The local vicar and minister were in one corner of the party talking shop when the good hostess came up to them with a tray of wine glasses. The vicar quite happily took a glass.

The minister was indignant. He reared back and flared his nostrils. “I would rather commit adultery!” he declared.

“Oh,” said the vicar, and put the glass back:

“I didn’t realise there was a choice!

And since I’ve used this one on a couple of people without it getting old:

Did you hear about the Vegetarian Zombie?

“Grains! GRAINS!”

We sang the Hallelujah Chorus at church today as part of the children’s end-of-year service. No practice, just everyone got a song sheet with their order of service and was invited to sing along. Harmony attempted to assert itself, and I came close to getting all the words in. Of such things traditions deserve to be made!