Gaming: The Magic Avatar (Part 1 of 3)

Gaming: The Magic Avatar (Part 1 of 3)

It began with little soldiers and bright books in a shopping mall. I was 14 and hated life. Smart, reclusive and what would later be called dyslexic, I was living with my dad in Springfield, VA. My family had just split, and I spent my after-school days wandering around town or holed up in a tiny room painting models and listening to classic rock. (1) I had few friends, and they all lived near Mom. At the cusp of adolescence, I had no idea who I was, only that I was miserable. And then, while looking for new model kits, Read more »

Some Writerly Advice/ The Four Questions Approach

Some Writerly Advice/ The Four Questions Approach

When a fan asked me this morning if I had any advice, I dashed this off. Thought it might be of interest to other folks as well. Enjoy!  ___________________________________________ Write. Read. Polish your work, and always look to improve it. Write and format your material to professional standards. You’d be amazed at how few people actually do that. Speaking personally, I am a habitual voracious reader. I read EVERYTHING, and I read all the time. I also keep index cards in my pockets, with at least one pen. My first mass-market publication (“Elynne Dragonchild,” in the anthology Sword & Sorceress Read more »

Bare Feet, Sakti and Litte Bits of Madness

Bare Feet, Sakti and Litte Bits of Madness

Of course, this is integral to the wisdom of indigenous people everywhere to pray by dancing, to pray with one’s feet.– Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men People who habitually go barefoot and expose their bodies to the sun, as they do in many parts of Asia and Africa, have an intuitive awareness of the powers, the sakti in Hindu terms, in the earth, in the air, in the water and in the fire of the sun. They experience those forces of nature acting upon them and have an instinctive knowledge of the powers of nature… The idea of ‘thinking Read more »