Shadows of Dooooom! – part 22
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August 1st, 2010

Shadows of Dooooom! – part 22

Life goes on without Princess Christi and her friends. Other people are still having adventures and facing off against other evil foes. I learned the word usurper when I bought a book with that name, part of a gamebook series called Way of the Tiger. The books were like choose your own adventures but you used dice for fighting monsters and you were a ninja. I got fed up with the series when I bought one that hadn’t been edited properly. When it told me to turn to section 56 (or something) and it wasn’t the right entry I was lost and frustrated. It’s the kind of error you’d think they would have tested for thoroughly. Also, I lent my first book in the series to a friend at school and he never returned it.

Thinking about Usurper! is bringing back a wave of mild inconvenience. I think at the time I was mad. Discovering Seneca’s philosophy on anger was pretty inetersting. He says that anger is what we feel when the real world doesn’t meet the expectations we have in our mind – so, to be less angry we should be more realistic in our expectations. If you’re interested in the basics of some important philosophies, the BBC did a series called Philosophy: A Guide To Happiness that included an episode on Seneca as well as other fascinating thinkers. If that link dies, a You Tube search should bring them up. I like listening to audio books and documentaries while I colour and ink my artwork.

6 Awesomes Comments!

  1. nina

    Life goes on without Princess Christi…. there will be a new innstallment next week???

  2. RavenBlack

    The expectations theory doesn’t really work though – I have low expectations of the world and it still makes me angry that they are consistently met.

    Though maybe he’s just using the word “expectations” differently, because I do think the world *ought to* suck less. I just don’t expect it to happen.

  3. admin

    Nina- Next week we’re back to Christi and the gang.

    Raven Black – yes, there could be some semantic difficulty in the translation from Roman.

  4. Golux


    It’s more about not building unattainable air castles and less about what the world is. Kind of along the lines of the Buddhist tenet that desire begets unhappiness.

    Heh, guilt assessment and the King’s realistic answer to it… ;^)

  5. Ribusprissin

    I guess the usurper sorcerer didn’t like Mophead’s flag ideas either.

  6. Steve

    I personally dislike the whole idea that wanting things leads to unhappiness. I think its more about how maturely you deal with not getting what you want. I want a lot of things, and take reasonable action to get them, but for the most part I can just shrug and move on if I don’t get them.