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She walks softly but she carries a big gun

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Sale in Ebooks Direct store now on: 50% off ebooks! Also, some more hardcovers

dduane:

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Two things in passing. First: there’s a sale on at Ebooks Direct: 50% off all our ebook stock until late Monday night, in honor of SDCC and various things that may be about to happen there later today. :)

Secondly: for those interested, we’ve turned up a very few copies of the hardcover first edition of A Wizard Alone, all in mint condition of course. These feature the cover painting that was used only on the hardcovers: the design changed with the paperback issue. Purchase price includes postage, packing&handling, and all books come autographed / personalized.

Enjoy!

ETA: for those who’ve been asking for an RSS/Atom feed to the listing of available hardcovers and paperbacks, click here.

I failed my Will save. Now you all have to roll, too.

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zeloswildeer:

blushyarmin:

lordofthescience:

royaltyspeaking:

How to tell if it was a gunshot or fireworks: gunshots don’t echo, fireworks do. 

thaNK YOU SO MUCH

the fact that anyone might commonly need to know this terrifies me

clearly you’re not from america

And that about sums it up.*

*Yes, there are other countries where you play the game too, but for such a supposedly peaceful and safe and enlightened country, OY.

*Yes, I know guns echo, I live around enough of them, my focus is more on the latter two comments.

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needstosortoutpriorities:

writerlyn:

Go sit down and write three lines of whatever it is you’re supposed to be writing.

Three lines done. I introduced an important character conflict!

Three lines in this code mages thing, because that was the first thing that came up.

(I really, really, really shoulod be working on White Lightning. Oops.)

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via bookporn:

Threats and Warnings on Bookplates
It was traditional, particularly before the invention of the printing press when books were all hand written manuscripts, to letter a curse into the book to prevent theft. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have worked very well, as the books also had to be chained into place. Even chains had limited effect. Witness the many ancient libraries where there are still chains in place… but no books.
Here are a few examples:
Thys boke is one
And God’s curse another;
They that take the one
God geve them the other.
He who steals this book
may he die the death
may he be frizzled in a pan…
This present book legible in scripture
Here in this place thus tacched with a cheyn
Purposed of entent for to endure
And here perpetuelli stylle to remeyne
Fro eyre to eyre wherfore appone peyn
Of cryst is curs of faders and of moderes
Non of hem hens atempt it to dereyne
Whille ani leef may goodeli hange with oder.
Steal not this Book my honest Friend
For fear the Galows should be your hend,
And when you die the Lord will say
And wares the Book you stole away?
A variation on the same theme:
Steal not this book, my worthy friend
For fear the gallows will be your end;
Up the ladder, and down the rope,
There you’ll hang until you choke;
Then I’ll come along and say -
"Where’s that book you stole away?"
From the Monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona, a blanket curse for the entire library…(I really wish this one existed, but unfortunately, it appears that it is apocryphal — there is no monastery in San Pedro. It’s so nasty though that I include it anyway.)
For him that Stealeth a Book from this Library,
Let it change into a Serpent in his hand & rend him.
Let him be struck with Palsy, & all his Members blasted.
Let him languish in Pain crying aloud for Mercy,
Let there be no Surcease to his Agony till he sink to Dissolution.
Let Bookworms gnaw his Entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not,
When at last he goeth to his final Punishment,
Let the flames of hell consume him for ever & aye.”

(source: Littera Scripta).

Lew Jaffe, from Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie, shared his collection of bookplate threats and warnings done by different artists.

1. Lloyd Douglas. 2. Marion Nutt. 3.  Stanley Dressler Lovegrove. 4. Malcolm M. Ferguson. 5. Philip Reed. 6. Artist unknown.

"I should warn you, however, that I have several volumes devoted to curses for people who don’t return books.” “I’d like to borrow those, too.” ― Steven Brust (Morrolan e’Drien, Vlad Taltos; Dragon)

Mmmm hmmmm

… suddenly I remembered that my Dad taught me to write in my books:

Steal not this book

For fear of shame

That [your name here]

Is not your name

For when you die

The Lord will say

"What made you steal

that book that day?”

And when you say

"I do not know."

The Lord will say

"Step down below…"

Wow. I haven’t thought about that one in ages.

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thewritersramblings asked: CAN WE TALK ABOUT MIDDLE EASTERN WITCHES AND WIZARDS THOUGH. AND HOW THEY'RE SPELLS WOULD OBVIOUSLY NOT BE LATIN, GREEK OR ANGLO SAXON, BUT INSTEAD LIKE ANCIENT PHOENICIAN, OR SOMETHING. AND THAT THEIR TIES BETWEEN SPELLS AND MAGIC WOULD BE STRONGER SINCE THEIR WORDS ARE MORE ANCIENT AND FAR OLDER SO THEY'D BE WAY MORE POWERFUL???? SORRY FOR THE CAPS?????

adsartha23:

lannamichaels:

animatedamerican:

lannamichaels:

animatedamerican:

amarielah:

bramblepatch:

shiraglassman:

avatar-trisana:

thejewsareinspace:

thecompleteillustrated:

petrichorlore:

petrichorlore:

NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR CAPS. PHOENICIAN SPELLS. ARAMAIC SPELLS. LANGUAGES MUGGLES DON’T KNOW ANYMORE THAT HAVE BEEN PRESERVED THROUGH WIZARDING SPELLS IN LITTLE POCKETS OF THE WORLD. SOURCE LANGUAGES NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO ADAPT OR CHANGE ANYMORE BECAUSE THE LANGUAGES HAVE DIED AND PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO CAUSE LIKE, A NUCLEAR FALLOUT. IM SO EXCITED THANKS FOR THIS.

 (the-writers-ramblings

Witches in secret pockets of Morocco who’ve been casting spells with ancient spices long before wands came about. Warlocks in Egypt who knew the double, magical, meaning behind hieroglyphics. A dead language? Latin and Ancient Greek have NOTHING on hieroglyphs. The veritable cacophany of ideas and spells and magic that the trading routes brought in. The Phoenecians with their many-striped sailboats proudly displayed Persian potion ingredients alongside spelled fishing nets woven by Palestinian wizards. Syrian magical folk meet Greek ones, and realize they can best communicate in the Ancient Greek all serious magical students learn. Curly heads bent over ancient spellbooks, and people stare as they converse in a language not spoken for hundreds of years.

Excuse you but can we not forget the jewish lore masters, poring over their tomes in hebrew and aramaic, preserved from their exiled homeland into the diaspora.

And the development of a syncretic magic in yiddish that mixes the subtle lore and subtle word power of the exiled levantines with the raw brute force of germanic magics. — how else did the golem?

DIASPORA SYNCRETIC MAGICS

jewish wizards offering house elves clothes in accordance with the slave laws

jewish wizards using golems as grunt labor

JEWISH WIZARDS

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Yes to the Yiddish spells, too ;-)

Jewish wizards offering clothing to house elves and then constantly debating among themselves whether using a golem or other magically-created entity with some semblance of sentience for manual labor for years or decades is essentially the same thing as keeping a magical being for the same purpose.

See also: endless debates about whether one can use magic on Shabbat, and what sorts of magic qualify as “work”. Like, does it count if you enchant an object ahead of time?

Also debates over the extent to which Divination counts as the “witchcraft” detailed in the Tanach. Actually, I bet there’d be scholars compiling detailed tractates about which spells are kosher, using extensive biblical commentary.

JEWISH WIZARDS HAVING THEIR OWN EXTENDED TALMUD. HOW HAS THIS NEVER OCCURRED TO ME BEFORE??

YES PLEASE HERE FOR ALL OF THIS

Tractates about which spells are kosher and what ingredients one can substitute in certain potions, particularly the ones that call for any sort of blood; debates about whether it is forbidden to brew those potions for someone else’s use

At least one prevailing opinion that all forms of Divination must be avoided, since we don’t know which ones are the ones forbidden by the Torah; this is one reason why Divination is an elective rather than a requirement at so many wizarding schools

Many, many disagreements about what sorts of magic constitute “work” on Shabbat, especially with regard to instantaneous travel; Floo powder is out because it involves burning something, but Apparition might not be?  And does it count as     travel (which is prohibited on Shabbat past a certain distance) if you’re not actually traversing the miles between you and your destination?

Fuck if it counts as traveling, IT COUNTS AS CARRYING. Even if you keep it within the eruv (and are sure you will never make mistakes),  wands are likely mukzah.

Also, I see the need for serious questions about transfiguration in general. Do not ever transfigure ANYTHING that might come to be involved in food prep. Ignore all the issues about transfiguring an animal and shecting it and if you transfigure a pig into a chicken, because that gets into the issues of what is life and can you create it or are you just mimicing it, but THINK ABOUT THE TOVELING AND KASHRUS ISSUES. THINK ABOUT THEM AND WEEP FOR THE GEMARA YOU WILL NEVER STUDY.

(I am just sitting here going “yovel for house elves” and wanting allllll the fic.)

Ah, but!  BUT!  Does it count as carrying if you’re going from a private residence to another private residence without passing through public property on the way?  Surely eruv chatzerot is a precedent here?

(And wands are only mukzah if you assume a priori that there’s no shabbat-permissible use for them, which there easily could be!  Like knives; you can’t use one to kill a chicken on shabbat, but you can certainly use one to cut up cooked chicken.)

… oh god though, transfiguration, you are SO RIGHT.  o.O

But there is a distance in between! Unless you assume apparition bends space all Dune-like so that you are just stepping from one place to another without traveling in the in-between spaces. *imagines the machlokeses about maris ayin with glee*

I wonder if your wand/your magic would be considered a category of thing that would have to rest on shabbos, though. …I just had one of those “this logic train MAKES SENSE TO ME*, but the end result of which is: I NEED WIZARD BETZALEL.  CAN YOU JUST IMAGINE.

Someone actually really needs to write this book. (And it will not be me, godfuckingdammit. It will not be me.)

I… do not have the Jewish scholarship to write this but OH MY GOD HEY JAG I FOUND YOU A THING AND I KNOW WHERE TO GET THE SCHOLARSHIP.

HEY VIK HAVE YOU SEEN THIS THING YET.

EXTENDED TALMUD. EXTENDED TALMUD.

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Who knew making the bed was such a polarizing subject?

unfuckyourhabitat:

Well, I did, because I hear people piss and moan about it every single day. There’s been a significant uptick in posts about bed-making all over the internet lately, mostly in response to Admiral William McRaven’s commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin. And the comments on…

Blah blah you should ALWAYS MAKE YOUR BED BECAUSE REASONS.

1) Demanding X specific task as a condition of showing your functionality and how much you have your shit together and are an adult is bullshit. (I do think you should have a couple specific tasks that prove to YOURSELF that you have your shit together. Mine is keeping my radius and kitchen clean, and keeping the laundry where it’s supposed to be at any given stage.)

2) There is literally, with the opposite shifts we work, someone in the bed 18-20 hours of the day. I am not going to make it so it can be made 4 hours out of a day, when no one’s going to see it, it contributes nothing to the cleanliness of the bed (tidiness, yes, cleanliness, no, there is indeed a difference), and there are so many other things i’d rather do. Exercise. Eat a healthy breakfast. Exercise my mind with my language study. Shower. Feed cats. Water plants. Coordinating all that shit does, in fact, take time. I do not need to coordinate bedmaking on top of that when someone’s going to get in it in 45 minutes anyway.

Sanctimonious old so-and-sos.

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Anonymous asked: I'm currently feeling a lot of stress. I'm working on a cosplay for my next comic con, and I'm already doubting myself. I don't feel like I am pretty enough and I am not too good at costume making. This is my first cosplay ever. I don't feel like I can do this, and I am losing my motivation really quickly. Can I please have some calming brits and irishmen to try to boost my motivation again?

calmingbrits:

Cosplaying is supposed to be fun. FUN! Yes some people are incredible talented and you just look on in awe of what they were able to create, but we all have various levels of skill. You should be enjoying this, not stressing out. 

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What is with this pretty enough? First off exactly how pretty does one have to be to be allowed to cosplay as something she loves? Because last time I checked there was no rule for this, because to paraphrase that quote going around pretty isn’t a rent you pay on a place marked female cosplayer. You don’t owe pretty to anyone, and if they judge you by their idea of attraction (which is completely subjective) I say 

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and they can 

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As for your skill, doesn’t that improve upon practice? You need to start somewhere, so don’t expect your first ever attempt to be up to the same skill level as someone who has been doing this for years. It isn’t a contest. Well it is if you enter one of the contests, but if not, then you are doing this for you. No one else. You don’t need to impress a single soul. If you want to cosplay, then do it for yourself. Wear it with pride and have fun with it. 

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I have never cosplayed, but my daughter decided she wanted to do it. Last year she was admiring all of the costumes and mentioned that she wanted to participate. She loves Doctor Who so I suggested we do Clara or Amy. She asked why she couldn’t be The Doctor, proving that she is so much smarter than I am. So it took us a bit, but we worked on it all year until we had a costume for her to wear. trying to find a tiny Eleven jacket was no easy task and I can barely sew on a button. But finally we had a complete costume. Right after that, they announced that Matt Smith would be at the convention. My daughter was beyond excited. 

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Now when we she finally approached Matt Smith at the autograph line she was like an adorable deer in headlights, frozen and so still and quiet. Yet I could see the excitement there, simmering, but she is a quiet girl. Guess what? Matt Smith reached over and signed her fez and told her she looked cool. This is a moment she will never forget. The fez has a place of honor in her room and she has a memory that makes her smile from ear to ear every time she thinks of it.

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Was her costume perfect? Not even close. She even got chocolate all over her shirt before the photo op, but she had so much fun. People stopped her and asked her for a picture. She embraced it and had a blast. 

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So embrace the fun and cosplay your little heart out and stop worrying about the opinions of others. Also if you want to send us a picture after, we’d love that. You can let us know if you want us to publish it on the blog or if you just want to send it to the admins and we will keep it private, but we’d love to see your costume. I guarantee the only judgement you will get from us is a hearty approval for getting your geek on.

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So two last things, the reblog that preceded this is my daughter. The other, I may have chased a cosplayer halfway across the con floor because she was dressed as Belle and I needed to tell her how awesome she was.  Luckily  I didn’t frighten her too much. 

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A thing I will never forget: Burn Gorman telling me he wanted a pic with me in my Cheetara costume. It was blotchy because I’d badly dyed it and my wig was askew and I had to fix it and I was hot and sweaty already and he was the most bouncy fanboy ever. 

It was amazing.