Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
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My story, "Adventures in Dog-Walking in Downtown Philadelphia," is now live at Strange Horizons. Hope ya like it.

BTW, I hear from drkshadow03 that my story at Fortean Bureau last year, "Clockwork Dragons Must Die!" got an honorable mention in this year's Datlow/Link/Grant Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. Zooks!


Back from World Fantasy. Got to see and talk with my Clarion 2004 homies, webpetals, Trent Hergenrader, Al Bogden, Andy Wolverton, and Nikki Kimberling, also Clarion 2004 faculty Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Kelly Link, 14theditch, and Gordon Van Gelder. Saw filomancer, missed frostokovich; were there any other members of The Nameless Ones there whom I missed as well? filomancer's new novel Bear Daughter was getting a lot of chatter. Must read it, but my copy's been lost somewhere in Amazon Free Shipping Land for two months. Waved to matociquala, mmerriam, jaylake, leahbobet, truepenny, and katallen. Went to many panels that were interesting, but... And I should have known the 'Scared Hot: Sex & Horror' panel would prove to be little more than an hour of tipsy double-entendres.

And spent three days fighting circadian rhythms that were 12 hours out of sync. Owww. There are advantages to working the night-shift, but being out of sync with the rest of the New World isn't one of them.

Didn't go to parties. In retrospect, probably should have gone to parties and skipped the panels. Got spanked by Nina for not going to parties so she could introduce me to people. Ack. I'm no good at parties. They make me perspire.

Probably some brief panel thoughts tomorrow.


SAI

kuda(ku), kuda(keru),
meaning: break, smash

粉砕 == funsai == (noun which can take する to act as a verb) pulverization, smashing, demolishing
玉砕 == gyokusai == (noun which can take する to act as a verb) honorable defeat, honorable death


Left radical is 'stone/rock' (石). Right radical was origiinally 'soldier' (卒), which acts phonetically to express 'break/smash'. Thus, the original meaning of this character was 'to smash rock'. Henshall suggests taking the right radical as 'nine' (九), 'ten' ( 十), and as a mnemonic: 'Smash rock into nineteen fragments.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

 

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