While I'm thinking about what to write next, I thought I'd share with you that I ran into George R.R. Martin today. For those who don't know, he's the author of the Song of Ice and Fire novels, aka A Game of Thrones. The saga takes place in a dark fantasy realm which is inspired more by the historical Wars of the Roses than The Lord of the Rings. There are no elves or dwarves, just men. Magic is much rarer and subtler. And, as the title of this post implies, any character you love or hate can die in the story at any time, by mundane or horrific causes.
I may do a write-up on the Song of Ice and Fire saga at some point as a reflection of our modern world's rebirth of interest in all things medieval (along with other things like Skyrim, etc.). In the meantime, here's my photo op of the day.