January 20th, 2011


And another thing…!

If you want a signed copy of “Black Dogs” or “Black Dogs 2,” both will be available in highly limited quantity at Sofawolf Press tomorrow! (There are also lots of the unsigned, but if you want the signed…ya know.)

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Discussion (35)¬

  1. TekServer says:

    Wow, what a great metaphor.

    Er, simile. Whatever.


  2. TekServer says:

    (oh, and FIRST! I get that so rarely … )

  3. jaynee says:

    Am I second or third?
    I’m voting for simile.
    Ummm, I guess the bell had been ringing for the whole of the 2nd-sighted ones’ lifetimes. Urrk. Permanent psychic tinnitus.

  4. jaynee says:

    And now for your favourite voting link: http://topwebcomics.com/vote/10180/default.aspx

  5. Jack Munroe says:

    You dang elder gods get your crummy bells and get off my metaphysical lawn! I know your dad’s number, Cthulu, and I’m not afraid to call him!

  6. BarGamer says:

    If you accept that all seers are blind, and that your other senses get more screen-time if you lose one, having a bell that was constantly ringing in your sensitive ears suddenly go quiet would be a pretty big relief.

  7. Korlee says:

    That really stinks. .-. Don’t think I could live my whole life with one long annoying ring like that.

  8. L Gore says:

    From what i remember from my high school English classes, (50 + years ago) its a Similie, because its describing something by analogy.

  9. L Gore says:

    correction; 40 + years ago

  10. Jessica says:

    I was always taught that similes use “like” or “as” and metaphors describe something as being something else (e.g. “That god was a killer case of tinnitis.”) Thus this would be a simile.
    I could be off on my definitions, though. *is a science nerd*

  11. Moogy says:

    I don’t think it would have been for their ENTIRE lifetime, but starting when Digger came into the picture. She was needed to connect the temple to whatever elsewhere He-Is/SGV was imprisoned in, after all. That, and Ganesh (ha! “Our statue” made me chuckle) seemed unaware of what lay beyond the hole at first – though I suppose you could make a case that they knew there was SOMETHING, and didn’t know what.

    Several years of that is still an awfully long time, though. :<

  12. TekServer says:

    Ha! Didn’t think that comment would actually spark a mini-debate.

    Yes, in fact, this is a simile, because of the presence of “like” or “as” (” … It was as if a bell had been ringing endlessly in one’s ear … “).

    Oh, and as someone who suffers from tinnitus, I can assure you that you cannot BEGIN to comprehend how much this sucks unless you’ve experienced it for yourself. To have someone suddenly turn that ringing off? Yeah, I’d kiss that bristly little wombat butt for that …


  13. TekServer says:

    Okay, the anti-spam system must be freaking out about the links in my last two comment attempts, so I will leave them out. (Moderator/admin types can delete any or all comments as they see fit, to remove any redundancy … )

    The Facepalm Count has been updated to include yesterday’s facepalm, which mark’s Digger’s 100th facepalm. Yay!

    (Click my username to see the Facepalm Count page … )


  14. TekServer, learning of the existence of your list made me facepalm. Albeit only mentally, but still. XD

  15. wombat32 says:

    L Gore, let me guess…. A in English, C in math? 🙂

  16. Faranior says:

    “as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.”

  17. Hawk says:

    In relief, not terror. SGV wasn’t really beloved by its followers, I imagine.

    Also, I am so glad that Digger begins to get a glimmer of the positive side of all she has been through. Just by being who and what she is, she has impacted an enormous chunk of these people’s lives. She’s changed the hyena tribe, possibly forever; she’s forced the Veiled (or at least Jhalm) to reassess themselves. Even if only a wee bit, that’s more than the Veiled seem inclined to do as a rule.

    Also, I chuckle at the above debate over simile vs metaphor.

  18. The_Rippy_One says:

    Gosh darn downstairs neighbors with all thier bell ringing and evil raisin’ and hoot’n’nanny goings on…I’m’a…I’m’a-

    Gane! Gane! What in tarnation are you doing?!

    I’m’a gettin’ my wombat, and I’ m gonna stick her down there, and we’ll see how they like them apples, by george!

  19. L Gore says:

    Actually, C in both and A in Art. Go figure.

  20. Lindale says:

    I think I’d prefer regular tinnitus over ‘undead-god-tinnitus’. They’re both annoying, but at least one doesn’t have that extra side order of creepy. O.o;
    (And of course, silence after either would be very welcome).

  21. PerfesserBear says:


    Permanent psychic tinnitus.

    That’s most apt.


    A simile compares objects or concepts using like or as.
    A metaphor is a virtual substitution of one item or concept for another.

    As (another) one who has lived with tinnitus for decades (I’m tired of explaining to people that I talk to myself because I can’t hear my own thoughts) you’ll get nothing but sympathy from me. Now if I could just keep other peoples thoughts out of my head…


  22. Old Prof. Otter says:

    I wonder what other Gods etc are sending out signals that they have to ignore.
    They need a psychic spam filter.

  23. @Faranior. I was reading through the quotes and saying, “No one has said it, no one has said. I shall claim it as my own.” Good job at any rate.

  24. Dusty668 says:

    I would cheerfully try to stop the heart of an elder god if it meant my tinnitus would end. I wouldn’t knowingly sacrifice an Ed to do so, but myself-

  25. slywlf says:

    It really is good to see Digger getting positive feedback, to show that all she has been through had an up-side. As a low-grade tinnitus sufferer I can appreciate the relief of sudden blessed silence!

    We’re moving up in the ratings – 21 as of my vote just now 😉

  26. Sorry to all you tinnitus sufferers first for your pain. Second for that fact that I was not reading that word right at all. Says to himself, “Put on your glasses son!” I was reading it as tinny tus. I was wondering, “What horrible thing do these people have?”

  27. wombat32 says:

    Faranoir, +3 for the Star Trek reference…

  28. Faranior says:

    @Duckwhisperer: That was exactly my thoughts to and felt it missing. ;P

    @wombat32: Thanks, but it’s Star Wars Actually ;P

  29. PerfesserBear says:


    My first thought was also Star Trek, the Original Series, the episode The Immunity Syndrome. Of course, it is from Star Wars: Episode IV.

    “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”


  30. Hawk says:

    *blinks at the geekiness*


  31. BunnyRock says:

    @Hawk: I know… it’s all so… Beautifull!

    @Duckwisperer: I have a Tinny Tus AND what’s more every time the doctor tells me how to treat it I can’t hear him over this this godawfull ringing in my ears! I joke but seriously kids: wearing ear protection at Prog-metal Gigs does not make you less of a man (Liking Prog-metal or prog rock over cooler forms of music might, but that’s nether here nor there). Had I known that at eighteen I’d still be able to hear the note that Emperor hit at the climax of the last song they ever played in the UK, but now that note is gone forever, lost, like tears in the ocean (okay, I’m getting into the end of Blade Runner there, but seriously, if you are hearing tinnitus it means that the part of your ear that can detect note you are hearing is dying, and once the tinnitus is gone you will be permanently deaf to that frequency. So wear ear protection. Wear HUGE PINK FLUFFY ear protection and wade into the mosh pits and DARE people to comment).

    So remember Kids, what we are talking about is a permanently disabling affliction, and once it gets you, it gets you for life: Prog-rock, there is no cure! It starts off with listening to a little bit of Yes, or thinking that Shine-on-you-crazy-diamond was Pink Floyds best work, and before you know it you’re stone deaf, have a shelf full of Camel CD’s, you’ve spent sixty quid on a limited edition transparent vinyl of Anyway by Family and you’ve used the customisable content on Rock Band to make your own version of Hocus Pocus by Focus and melted your flatmates controller. Just say No!

  32. Mishal says:

    …. I… I honestly don’t know if you read these comments Ms. Vernon. But if you do, perhaps you could drop Sofawolf a line and let them know that they have no help email on their website, and some of us would *love* to order some signed copies of your book, except there’s a little snafu in their website in regards to mailing directions. There doesn’t seem to be any recourse except not being able to buy a signed copy from there. (You don’t mind maybe tossing a couple up on ebay, do you?)

  33. Barry says:

    “Hocus Pocus” is fun, but “Happy Nightmare (Mescaline)” is better — though maybe not in Rock Band.

  34. Exindiv says:

    It is both a simile and a metaphor as a simile is a type of metaphor.
    It’s one of those “a duck is a bird but not all birds are ducks” deals.

  35. Ellemerr says:

    After having read this section of the comments, I suddenly feel very differently about those boxes marked “tinnitus” in that quiz/test-thingy I helped scan as a side-job. O_o (I was mostly bored at the time.)

    … Although, since the quiz was only for the elderly, I also have this really interesting image in my head of my ol’ granny going to a prog rock concert with huge, muffly, pink ear protection. It kind of sweetens the deal.

    And as a lover of silence, I… still really can’t see how the oracle could ever have its eyes sewn shut. O_o