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Hey Diane I was just wondering if Interim Errantry 2 would ever be out in physical form? Thanks!

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 11:39

Argh, yes it will! I was just getting started on that when we changed our book-publishing software, so a number of projects, including that one, had to be stopped in midstream and reworked. I hope to have it out during Q2 this year. Hang in there!

Did ideas related to animism inspire anything in writing the Young Wizards series? The theme of "everything is conscious to some degree" certainly exists in animism and your books. (which, to be honest, has probably been my favorite feature. I reread...

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 11:38

Before I started writing professionally I’d spent a decade or so reading aggressively about religions and spiritualities of all kinds, and animism would certainly have been something I knew (and know) about. It wouldn’t surprise me at all that some of that had/has snuck into the YW books here and there. :)

flintsthomas: solarbird: ayellowbirds: aswiftfooted: Monty...

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 09:43





Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979).

The story goes that John Cleese used to teach Latin, and drew upon that experience for this scene—leading to many of his former students howling with laughter in theaters.

On another note, i want to see this scene redone with other fandoms.

this is every Latin teacher ever including mine

I can confirm this is how latin is taught. 

Okay, how many can you rack up? I got 11 right off the bat. (No,...

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 13:25

Okay, how many can you rack up? I got 11 right off the bat. (No, make that 12, I missed “Money lovers” the first time around. …“LIARS” may also count as two for me, since I do it for money.


Sun, 04/01/2018 - 10:04

rin0rourke: rin0rourke: rin0rourke: rin0rourke: rin0rourke: rin0rourke: rin0rourke: rin0...

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 10:00










Someone dumped a bunny at a trailer park near my work, so I guess I have a new bunny.

He’s a Rue, he’s pure white but you wouldn’t know that from all the pee stains. Very friendly.

Say hi to Yucca everybody.

Settled in.

Yucca if they’re a boy. Lily if they’re a girl.

Feeling better today.

Look who redecorated.

So, list of ailments: urine burns, Sore Hocks, Ear Mites, Fleas, Fur Mats, and now that I’ve started treating her feet with Xenodine I’ve found a bite wound on her hind leg.


Setting a domesticated rabbit “Free” and expecting it to survive like a wild rabbit is like setting your chihuahua free and expecting it to hunt like a wolf.

We have a vet appointment on monday, fun fact Bunny safe flea medicine is hard to get, and Revolution needs a prescription. Also it’s $30 for a little bottle of ivermectin, the ear treatment, but I’m not trusting the go to alternative (drown them in olive oil) because her ears smell like something DIED. Hey, did you know ear infections in bunnies can enter the brain and kill them? Because they do.

Anyway, here she is limping around the yard, enjoying some free time since she’s been cooped up in her sick bed all day.

So Lily is either a girl, or a neutered boy, because she has no testicles, but her urine burns still have her vent so red and swollen I can’t be 100% positive if it’s an O or a l shape. Going with girl because a neutered bunny probably is less likely to be dumped.

My list of medications are:

Baytril, an antibiotic for her uti and infected leg wounds

Ivermectin, for her ear mites

Xenodine, for her urine burns and leg wounds

Revolution, for the fleas.

The Xenodine and Revolution need vet prescription, I have a bottle of xenodine on hand from previous rabbit injuries but it’s low so I’ll get another. However you can check my amazon list if anyone wants to donate an item, such as cornstarch dry shampoo, pet asprin, or food.


Raven the Pirate Princess is Sinking

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 09:56




I despise doing posts where I ask for help, but here we are.

About two years ago I started a new creator owned project.  It began as a spin-off of Princeless, but the reality is this - Raven The Pirate Princess is its own thing altogether.  I knew this from the first issue and if you’ve been reading, so have you.

Sure, the first few issues of Raven: Pirate Princess had that heroic lady feminist banter for which Princeless has become known both among its fans and detractors.  I mean, Raven had this scene:

and issue 1 had this scene:

But perhaps much more importantly, the first issue of Raven had this:

but that wasn’t where that ended.  This is a book about a community of diverse queer women actively claiming their place in the world and taking what’s theirs.  It’s about Raven, who is desperately in love with her childhood best friend Ximena

It’s about Ximena, a girl who was held captive for years by a pirate king who pretended to be her liberator.  Who fell in love with the pirate’s daughter, only to be left behind by that father when she outlived her value.

About Sunshine, the thief that chose the wrong target and ended up falling in love with a woman already hopelessly in love with somebody else.

It’s about Katie, the bisexual second in command who’s motivated by honor…and occasionally beating the snot out of a dude or two

Oh and in case I forgot to mention, Katie is also incredibly muscular:

And Jayla, the asexual science genius who’s tired of being treated like a little sister

and Cid, the deaf engineer who quietly keeps the ship running

and of course, these two:

The socially awkward poet and the angry sword fighter who couldn’t stand her who have somehow become these two:

But here’s the thing: this comic is failing.  It has a very dedicated and exuberant but at this point SMALL fanbase.  Today I had a hard conversation with Action Lab about the reality of the numbers on this book versus what it costs to produce this book and, suffice it to say, Action Lab isn’t ready to cancel the book, but they aren’t ready to greenlight year 3 either.  After Year 2 #13, Raven is set to go on the shelf until numbers can support continuing it.

This is where I need your help

If you care about this book full of queer pirate ladies and you want it to continue, we need to find a way to spread the word about it.  We don’t need to sell single issues (it would be nice) but ultimately we need the trades sales that back up the continuation of this big YA Pirate/Revenge/Adventure/Romance thing.

Digital copies can be bought instantly right on Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/Princeless-Raven-The-Pirate-Princess/comics-series/46971

You can buy the physical volumes on amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B01BF7U91Q

In fact, if you’ve already purchased volumes 1-4, volume 5 is available for preorder there right now! 

Maybe you’ve bought all the issues already.  Thank you!  If you still want to support Raven, you can review the books on Amazon or other retailers, you can share, reblog or retweet this post.  You can tell a friend about the book! 

If you have a comics review site or, say, a blog where you talk about LGBT media, contact me for review links or interviews.  Please, help us save our ship.

@owlcats @audaciouslyfickle

hey yall this looks cool as heck!!

la-catharsis: Arthur Hacker - The Cloud (1902)

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 09:52


Arthur Hacker - The Cloud (1902)

gallusrostromegalus: prince-atom: gallusrostromegalus: screami...

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 09:51





Hey @gallusrostromegalus i feel like you could math this out because, bread Jesus

That is amazingly confident of you to think I can do math, but let me try.

So, according to the nurtritional info on the back of Broadman Church Brand commuion wafers, a singer wafer/serving is 0.32 grams or 0.0007 lbs.  We therefore need 10,000 communion wafers to make about 7lbs.

The Challah loaf on my counter weighs pretty much exactly a pound, so I used that to measure me, and I am about 6 loaves high and 2 wide, but given I’m a short little gremlin, we’ll assume Bread Jesus was about 7 loaves high, making his mass a total of 14 loaves, or 14 lbs.

Therefore, one Bread Jesus is about 20,000 individual communion wafers ($317.40 if you were going to buy the 20 1000-ct boxes)  I can’t offer nutrition facts on that mass in communion wafers becuase since the nurtitional value of communion wafers is measured in single servings and thefore legally don’t have measureable calories, but 14 loaves of Challah is about 17,920 calories.

HOWEVER, that’s not what this person is asking.  They’ve resumably never heard of the Bread Jesus, and proably want to know how many wafers it takes to consume an Actual Jesus.

So the average height of a Man in Modern Isreal is about 5′9″, but accounting for better nutrition in the modern era, Jesus was probably closer to 5′7″.  The “ideal” male BMI for a 5′7″ man is 135lbs, but given The Dude was suffering from ye olde timey malnutrition and starved prior to his death, I’m gonna ballpark him closer to 120.   
Huh, jesus is smaller than I thought.

(120/7)10,000= 171,429 wafers (rounded up to a whole wafer, you’re not going to be taking halfsies) 
Which would cost about $ 2,720,578.23
and take you 3287.7 years to eat, if you take one wafer a week at communion.

Sorry, Gallus, you’re off by a factor of 1,000 on the price – it’s going to cost about $2,800 to buy that many wafers in lots of 20,000.  That’s assuming you’re leaving part of the last box.

Yeah I figured I’d mess up somewhere, I haven’t had a formal math class since high school and barely passed that. Still, good to know that consuming an entire Jesus is more affordable than I’d thought!


mikeyjamesk: Ye gods.

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 17:26


Ye gods.

Tbh I'm a 20 yr old girl but I used to buy every single one of your Star Trek novels from the half-price book shop and read them during high school because they were The Best Ones. Thank you so much for writing them; they're probably a large part of...

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 16:00

As a (more and more occasional) coder, I’m torn between “There is no higher praise” and “I feel your pain.” :)))) Go forth and save the world with better software, because DAMN, we need some of that right now.

As a kid I loved your YW books, and, having rediscovered them as an adult, I still love them. One thing I've been wondering is if the oath would allow transgender wizards. Personally, I think it would, because it's changing an organism (yourself) in a...

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 13:22

Well, since today is the 2018 International Day of Transgender Visibility, it’s certainly a good day to get explicit about this. :)

I touched briefly on the subject in a post some years back, but briefly the answer to “would the Oath allow transgender wizards” is: yes, of course! The pertinent bit:

…As far as whatever changes a wizard wants to make to their own physicality, the Powers are just fine with that too. They do however expect the responsible practitioner (as a matter of course) to do the necessary research to find out if the changes are necessary, workable, useful, or wise. (The Troptic Stipulation is rightly negative about unnecessary change to a system. There is some wiggle room in the evaluation of necessity, of course: see Tom’s discussion of the Stipulation in practice rather than theory.) How you enact the changes are your business. And if you somehow damage yourself or screw up something vital while working on yourself? That’s your business too. Repairs will be your responsibility. But ideally you will be expected not to do things that will adversely affect your effective performance as a wizard. That’s what you were given the power for, after all. [italics added after the fact]

Discover that you’ve got a potentially terminal disease? By all means, cure it! — assuming there are no complicating circumstances. Nearsighted/farsighted? Talk your eyeballs into a different shape. Broke your leg and don’t care to spend six to eight weeks in a cast? Have a word with the bone in question; just make sure you can explain your sudden recovery away if you need to. Want to adjust your body chemistry and physical structure to better reflect your gender of preferred identification? Your business — again, keeping in mind what effects this may have on those around you who matter to you, and how this will impact your practice.

…Additionally: someone asked me re: representation, whether there was likely to be a trans character in YW canon at some point. The answer at this point is that yeah, it’s likely. Though not immediately. First of all, I have only scorn for the box-checking, let’s-see-how-relevant-we-can-be thing (and suggestions/assumptions by some parties that that’s what I’ve been up to, especially in the wake of Games Wizards Play, are among the very, very few things that make me cranky enough to walk around the house kicking stuff).  …But also, I am still in the process of listening to and learning from people who know far more about the subject than I do. …Anyway, the longer response about that (with some discussion about how characters in my work do “get diverse”) is here.

Nothing much more for me to add except to say, to everybody who reads my stuff and for whom transition (or the prospect of it) is an ongoing issue: …I see you.

I'm assuming there are wizards who specialize in therapy for other wizards. Will Kit and Nita ever get some help for some of the things they've seen? I'm remembering a passage in A Wizard Abroad where Nita sees red stuff on the ground and knows...

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 12:44

If they need help, they’ll get it (or it’s likely to come get them), one way or another. But those episodes are ones to which we won’t be privy.

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Sat, 03/31/2018 - 12:21


1905 London Tube

oldshowbiz:Angry Young Muppet

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 12:21


Angry Young Muppet


Sat, 03/31/2018 - 11:33

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.