Slayers 5 update

Remember how I told you I wouldn’t tackle any big projects until Slayers 5 was done?  I just want to show you the project I’m ignoring.

This is my new desk I’ll put in my office, once that bedroom is  painted so that it no longer looks like a shrine to the Odd1sOut.

 

So right now I have a huge desk in my bedroom that does a fair job of blocking the bathroom, and it’s been there since oh, December. It’s already gathered it’s share of clutter. But at least I’ve stopped bumping into it in the dark. Just wanted you all to know that I really am trying to get this done.I need to so I can put together my office.


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Slayers 5 update — 4 Comments

  1. A curious question, and 1 which just occurred to me when I was re-reading the series.

    How do dragons mate in the wild? I noticed that in 1 of your books that Vesta and Jupiter were openly hostile to each other, despite being members of the opposite sex. Most male animals that I know of would actually be rather accomodating to females, and only openly aggressive to other competing males.

    Do they temporarily put a pause on their aggressive instincts for the moment? And then do they part ways completely after that?

  2. This is where watching all of those episodes of Wild Kingdom as a child paid off for me. (It came on after Disney so it was a family tradition to watch it.)

    Many predator species will fight with one another unless the female is in heat. Then they’ll get along for a bit. This year, there was a tragic example of this sort of aggression happening when a London zoo introduced two tigers together, hoping to mate them. The male ended up killing the female.

    I probably meant to say something about that somewhere in the series but apparently never did.

    • Ah I see, that makes sense!

      Another curious question, with all the centuries of breeding and domestication, why is it that dragons are still so aggressive in your series?

      I would’ve thought that after such a long time they would’ve gone down the route the wolves did when we slowly turned them to dogs over time through centuries of domestication XD

      Or is it just with Overdrake’s dragons cuz he breeds the aggressive varieties or something?

      • Again, I looked to nature to decide the temperament of the dragons. Although humans have been able to domesticate a few species (cats, dogs, and farm animals) we haven’t had much luck with large predators. Elephants, lions, tigers, and bears have been kept as pets/work animals/zoo attractions for thousands of years and yet aren’t domesticated at all. (and for that matter crocodiles too–because Egyptians had a crocodile god, so they kept crocodiles at one of their temples and actually bejeweled the things.)

        People try to domesticate these animals, but you frequently hear about people being attacked and even killed by their animals. In Arizona, our zoo had an elephant that killed it’s trainer. Roy from Siegfried and Roy was bitten in the neck and dragged from the stage by one of his Tigers. And then there was that tragic case of a trainer being killed by Shamu. There are many more of these stories.

        So it seems like there is something written into the genetic code of large predators that prevents them from being domesticated. I think the only reason we were ever able to domesticate dogs is that they are pack animals so they are used to fitting in to a group.

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