February 15th, 2006

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"We Are One"

The universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice.

The language is not Narn, or Human, or Centauri, or Gaim or Minbari. It speaks in the language of hope It speaks in the language of trust It speaks in the language of strength and the language of compassion. In the language of the heart and the language of the soul.

But always it is the same voice It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, and the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says, "We are one. No matter the blood, no matter the skin, no matter the world, no matter the star: We are one. No matter the pain, no matter the darkness, no matter the loss, no matter the fear. We are one."

Here, gathered together in common cause, we agree to recognize this singular truth: That we are one and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another.

Because each voice enriches us and ennobles us and each voice lost diminishes us.

We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future.

We are one.

We are one.

Declaration of Principles
G'Kar, Babylon 5

Andreas Katsulas, 18 May 1946 - 13 February 2006

The words were a gift from B5's creator, J. Michael Straczynski. But it was G'Kar that gave these particular words voice, and memory. I can think of nothing more suitable as an epitaph.

(My thanks, to both the extraordinary writer of these words, and the equally extraordinary actor and the character which he created who gave them life)
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Writerly stuff

For those who might not yet know, there's a useful new newsblog out there:


Just added a post about my March convention schedule. Useful site. Thank you, Cheryl!

And, for those who were waiting for it, writing update: chapter 4 done (with minor tweakage ongoing). Things now look a little bit like this:


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28,877 / 95,000


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4 / 16

Coming along nicely.

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Yeah, I know I'm jumping the gun here, but...


According to Those In The Know, here's what's coming up in 2007.

Let's divvy them up a little bit, here.

Those I know absolutely nothing about:


Those I am kind of looking forward to:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Ender's Game
Indiana Jones 4 (possibly, although Harrison Ford is getting a little too long in the tooth now to play this kind of gay adventurer. On the other hand, if they bring back Papa, I'm there...)

The "don't they know when to stop?" department:

Fantastic Four 2
Batman Begins 2
Spider-Man 3
Shrek 3
Alien vs. Predator 2
Terminator 4
Wolverine (this would be X-mwn, um, four?...)
Jurassic Park IV (maybe)

(As in, what's wrong with this picture? Isn't there an original idea left in the house? And most of the immediate predecessors of these particular sequels were apalling to begin with - one review of "Alien vs Predator" that I saw asked plaintively what the film-makers had against both those creations - they might have been monsters but they didn't deserve the treatment they got - and now they're getting it AGAIN?)

Possibly in the same category is

Young Hannibal

(Okay, enough already. Hannibal Lecter kind of grosses you out the first time, but after that... it's just liver, dammit.)

The "okay, but why?" department:

Wonder Woman

The "WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!!!" Department:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

(didn't they kind of shuffle off into the sunset a VERY LONG TIME ago? The original audience are now adults with vastly different obsessions, and I don't think the new generation is going to embrace the quartet with quite the same fervour. At any rate, they might have been cute, but they're kind of *weird*, dude. What's next, a Teletubbies movie?)

Looks like it'll be a year for renting videos...