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Could someone who wants to serve Life, but is uncomfortable with the idea of swearing themselves to the godlike Powers, still be a wizard?

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 01:38

The Wizard’s Oath is sworn to Life / in Life’s name (or to the One / in the One’s name, if you prefer), not to the Powers. The Powers are just your colleagues. Very senior and powerful colleagues, yeah. But the Oath is not sworn to them.

You know how They (tm) say to write what you want to read? Well, is that how your Young Wizards series came about, because it was a story you'd read but it wasn't written yet?

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 22:42

Mmm, no, not as such. I was quite annoyed at another YA writer at the time – about issues surrounding the way some character business had been handled o their books – and set out to see if I couldn’t do it better.

This isn’t an unusual creative mode for me, BTW – getting angry about something and then writing something to see if it can be done better. That was how I got into professional Star Trek writing. There was another Trek book that annoyed me so that I said (to at least one person then, probably more), “I could eat a ream of typing paper and BARF a better Star Trek novel than that.” …Nine Trek novels later, apparently some people agree with me. :)

You wrote for My Little Pony?? :o

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 22:37

Yep. This one:


…It’s a thinly-concealed version of O. Henry’s “The Ransom of Red Chief.” The bad guys kidnap Megan’s little brother. This turns out to have been a Bad Move. :)

Do u ever plan to have adults wizards get their wizardry back

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:13

If you’re talking about the events occurring during WIZARDS AT WAR, then the answer is that they got wizardry back fairly quickly thereafter: there’s evidence of this in the final chapters.

hypnovoyeur: I miss you, Space Mom.

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:39


I miss you, Space Mom.

bluandorange: writerlymagic: writing-prompt-s: The zombie outbreak started 2 years ago now you...

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:38




The zombie outbreak started 2 years ago now you find yourself cornered by a decaying zombie when you do the unthinkable and bite it first when it falls to the floor and grows its skin back and sits up and asks what is going on

This may be the best subversive idea for zombie apocalypse stories i think I’ve ever seen.

“How the fuck did you know that would work?”

“I didn’t, dude, I just fucking panicked.” 


seananmcguire: lynati: I don’t think there’s an applause gif big...

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:31



I don’t think there’s an applause gif big enough to properly convey my reaction to this.

Also, I love that if anyone tries to say that you’re just “another hack fic writer with no ideas of her own who is jealous of the “real” writers out there”, they could quite literally be crushed under your catalog of award-winning original writing as a response. They can’t dismiss your stance on this topic the way they do to so many unpublished / fanfic writers because you’ve already met all of the standards that they insist someone has before they’ll accept their opinion as worth listening to.


“Well, fanfic authors never win awards, so–”
“That’s basically, it’s, you know, the People’s Choice, so–”
“That’s a science fiction award, it doesn’t really–”
“…well you wrote porn.”

More attention to this, please. :) From yet another of the I Wrote Fanfic First And I Decline To Feel Shame About It brigade.

(And I also wrote for My Little Pony, which means I may have inadvertently contributed something to Seanan’s state of being. [Which I will file under the “Quiet Unholy Glee” heading.])


alexiadraws:trying to learn about animating fire + compositing...

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:27


trying to learn about animating fire + compositing in AE  ╮ (. ❛ ᴗ ❛.) ╭

hymnsofheresy: stoneandbloodandwater: fromchaostocosmos: fromchaostocosmos: cutecreative: hymnso...

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:25











when christian artists change the line in hallelujah from “maybe there’s a God above” to “I know that there’s a God above” >:c

#idk why i’m so unreasonably angry#maybe cuz it’s my fav line

it’s also because Leonard COHEN (!) was Jewish and this is a quintessentially Jewish line, and changing it to that level of Annoying Certainty is stripping it of its Jewish meaning and imbuing it with that particularly American smug evangelical Christian attitude that makes me tired, so very tired


I don’t think I’ve heard any cover artist sing my favorite verses

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

um woah

I will always hit the reblog button so hard for Hallelujah but ESPECIALLY mentions of the elusive final verses which are just about my favorite lyrics ever. Why do people always omit the best part of the song??

In Yiddish

In Hebrew

In Ladino

Yeah, I wonder why the verses that reference specific Jewish mystical and chassidic concepts that aren’t readily understood by American “I love Jews, you know, Jesus was Jewish!” Christians never get any airtime. Funny that.

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

These are specifically about Chassidic Jewish theories of the holy language, how each letter and combination of letters in Hebrew contains the essence of the divine spark and if used correctly, can unlock or uncover the divine spark in the mundane material word. And of course, there are secret names of God which, when spoken by any ordinary human would kill them, but if you are worthy and holy and righteous can be used to perform miracles or even to behold the glory of God face-to-face. The words themselves have power. Orthodox Jews often won’t even pronounce the word “hallelujah” in it’s entirety in conversation, because the “yah” sound at the end is a True Name of God (there are hundreds, supposedly) and thus too holy to say outside of prayer.

None of this is to mention how David’s sin in sleeping with Batshevah (the subject of much of the song, with a brief deviation to Shimshon and Delilah) is considered the turning point in the Tanach that ultimately dooms the Davidic line at the cosmological level and thus dooms Jewish sovereignty and independence altogether. From a Christian perspective this led to Jesus, the King of Kings, and that’s all very well and good for them, but for the Jews, the Davidic line never returned and is the central tragedy of the total arc of the Torah. Like, our Bible doesn’t have a happy ending? And that’s what this song is about? There’s no Grace - you just have to sit with the sin and its consequence.

Of course, Cohen is referencing all of this ironically, and personalizing these very high-level religious concepts. Like the point of this song is that Cohen, the songwriter, is identifying with David, the psalmist, and identifying his own sins with David’s. The ache that you hear in this song is that the two thousand year exile that resulted from one wrong night of passion and Cohen feels that the pain he has caused to his lover is of equally monumental infamy. Basically, in a certain light, the whole of Psalms is a vain effort for David to atone for his sin and I think Cohen was writing this song in wonderment that David could eternally praise the God who would not forgive him and would force him and his people into exile. But he ultimately gets how you have to surrender to the inexorable force of God in the face of your own inadequacies and how to surrender is to worship and to worship is to praise - hence, Hallelujah. You can either do the right thing and worship God from the start, or you can fuck up, be punished, and thus be forced to beg for His forgiveness. It’s the terrible inevitability of praise that’s driving him mad.

Like honestly, I identify with this song so strongly as an off-the-derech Jew, I sometimes wonder what Christians can possibly hear in this song, as it speaks so specifically to the sadomasochistic relationship that a lapsed Jew has with their God. It’s such a different song from a Christian theological perspective it’s almost unrecognizable, man. This song continues to be a wonder of postmodern Jewish theology and sexuality from start to finish. Don’t let anyone give you any “Judeo-Christian” narishkeit. This is a Jewish song.

(Sorry about the wild tangent it’s just 2AM and I love this song so dang much, you guys.)

holy shit. woah.


Is there a role-playing game based on the Young Wizards and Feline Wizards universe? I would love to play something like that and I think it would make a great rpg!

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 11:50

Various people have worked on various YW RPGs over time, but none of them have ever been interested in making them publicly available. (shrug) Maybe one of these days…

Hi DD! I recently wound up rereading Madeleine L'Engle's novel A Ring of Endless Light for the first time in a long while. It struck me that there are some distinct similarities to Deep Wizardry: in particular, a poem in ROEL ends with the lines "Every...

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 11:49

I’m sure I’ve read it, as over the past few decades I’ve read everything L’Engle has written. I have to say, though, that ROEL didn’t strike me as one of her better or stronger books, and I don’t think I’ve read it more than once or twice.

Meanwhile, can’t argue the connection, though it wouldn’t have been intentional. I was probably harking back to McCaffrey there, as Annie uses that formulation, too.

I have been trying your “choose your own bread” recipe and I think it came out well this last time! I used a proper bread pan and I still get scared when I have to chuck in the water but it’s so fun. Thanks for making that post!

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 11:45

Hey, it’s a pleasure. Bread is one of the best things. :) …Partly because it’s always reassuring to work with a life form that knows what it’s doing. Yeast has been turning long-chain sugars into CO2 and booze for at least three hundred million years and it’s got the drill down pat.

lemonsharks: jomp: jomp: i’m browsing amazon and this fucking shows up Neuter him Immediately...

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 13:11




i’m browsing amazon and this fucking shows up

Neuter him Immediately this is terribly irresponsible pet ownership

"But... but Darth Vader isn't real!" "He isn't in our universe. Be glad." Those lines from High Wizardry has stuck with me for years. So, if in YW, some or all "fictional" universes exist as alternate realities (if that is indeed what that conversation...

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 15:15

Well, yeah. 

Briefly: the Crossings is an *intercontinual* gateway. Access to other continua is normally tightly limited to those who can be trusted not to meddle with their interior verities. (And there are other safeguards in natural law, less obvious and more powerful.)

The waste of energy is always to be avoided. Yet there are times when, in consideration for services rendered, or just for the refreshment of the soul (as my old friend Jacksie put it), the Powers say “Oh go on, get it out of your system…” …and look the other way.

We get into this in some detail in YW #11.

nateswinehart: You gotta have a plan…

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:24


You gotta have a plan…


Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:21