marycatelli: (A Birthday)
A list of everything I've published under Wizard's Wood Press, and where to find it, in a sticky posting.

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Mar. 20th, 2019 11:38 pm
marycatelli: (Cat)
Was philosophically contemplating more of the whole plane stuff and metaphysics in D&D.

One thing that it would curb even in social structure is philosophical differences. One school maintaining that souls are imprisoned in matter as punishment -- one school holding that souls are created with the bodies that they animate -- one school holding to reincarnation as a punishment or reward according to situation you are born into, and another that it is a way to give every soul a chance at every situation, so that no soul, in the end, will be able to complain of not being given the same chances as other souls. If you have the planes, all the other schools are just being stupid.

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marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 10: 1969–1970 by Charles M. Schulz

Peanuts, continuing. The red-haired girl moves away without Charlie Brown having the gumption to say Good-bye. Snoopy is a hockey player and a checkout worker -- hangs out with a bird who is finally named Woodstock -- is reported by Frieda to the Head Beagle for not chasing rabbits and has a stint AS the Head Beagle -- and we have the return of "A dark and stormy night" as Snoopy takes up writing entirely. Lucy pursues Schroeder and sees Charlie Brown -- and Snoopy, and Woodstock -- at her booth. And more.
marycatelli: (sunset)
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
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marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 9: 1967-1968 by Charles M. Schulz

Peanuts rolls on. The kite-eating tree finally appears, after all his adventures with kites. Baseball games with some interaction with Peppermint Patty -- she joins the team with a new character Jose, briefly -- and with the usual slew of loss. Linus tells his blanket-hating grandma that she has to give up smoking for him to give up his blanket, with the expected consequence. Camp -- actually that was more Peppermint Patty as tent monitor and her three charges. Snoopy as a flying ace, and a sequence with him skating and planning on the Olympics (until he tries to go and discovers there's an ocean in the way) and some as a vulture. He interacts with a single bird a lot -- still nameless, though. Linus's measles shot has him panicking. And more.
marycatelli: (Default)
So there's this super-hero world -- not the same world as Through A Mirror, Darkly -- and there are people there who have powers like resistance to radiation. Some with more interesting ones like flight, some with just that.

How would you know that?

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marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
Ghost in the Amulet by Jonathan Moeller

Ghost Night book 3. Spoilers ahead for the earlier books and for the earlier two series, too.

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
One advantage a novelist has over a DM is that the Gamelit characters that need to prepare spells can do so -- if necessary, retroactively -- to give them the right spells.

One disadvantage is that the novelist can thereby give them all the right spells. Players will not blunder into a situation unprepared or inadequately prepared. Which is where the drama lies.

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
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marycatelli: (Cat)
It's not just in alignment that D&D (and Pathfinder after it) has some -- interesting philosophy.

The planes are a host to a whole lot of issues, and rather fundamental metaphysical ones.

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marycatelli: (sunset)
The gray clouds lay across the sky in waves, rising and sinking, and cross-wise, a spread of ripples, like a breeze blowing over ocean swells. Then my route turns and the clouds look like a mass of intricate hills.

By night, the apple tree is a dark silhouette outlined in brilliant white after the freezing rain

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marycatelli: (Default)
Well, it depends on its use as a plot device in the story. 

This dragon, though ancient, powerful, and dangerous, is a plot device to get the main plot rolling, more important for something that happens while the dragon slaying is going on than for itself.  (Sometimes even dragons have to play second fiddle.)

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marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
Ghost in the Glass by Jonathan Moeller

Ghost Night book 2. Serious spoilers for both the first book and the prior two series.

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
So off and trundling along the revisions on a high fantasy tale.

The characters are about to talk about fairy tales.

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marycatelli: (Default)
There's a character, and in a scene, another character is contemplating what she, by name, would do -- if that's really her name -- it's probably not --

At which point I realized that the character thinking this can't be going by her real name.

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marycatelli: (Cat)
There's a character in a Gamelit who is something of a trickster.

So what class is she?

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marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 8: 1965-1966 by Charles M. Schulz

Peanuts rolling along. Charlie Brown goes to camp for the first time; later, so does Linus. Snoopy becomes a WWI flying ace -- and "A dark and stormy night" makes its first appearance, for a sequence of about a week, after which he, having dragged his typewriter to the doghouse in the opening, gets rid of it. Peppermint Patty is introduced taking over the baseball team. Linus evades his blanket-hating grandmother by mailing his blanket to himself, and it goes wrong.
marycatelli: (Galahad)
Lord, who throughout these forty days
For us didst fast and pray,
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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
D&D has its little spell lists.  The odds that any moderately realistic world would have them thus limited are very stiff indeed.

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marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 7: 1963-1964 by Charles M. Schulz

Old friends appear. The little red-haired girl, mentioned once in the last volume, here has a long sequence that turns her into the famous princesse lointaine. 5 appears, a bit-- the gag is a little quickly exhausted. Charlie Brown has trouble with his arm and so with pitching (but the status quo returns). Lucy tries to get someone to call her "cutie." Linus has varied adventures because of the blanket.
marycatelli: (Architect's Dream)
According to Herodatus, Thracians shot arrows at thunder and lightning.

A British legend held that ships sometimes heard the Christmas peals even though far, far, far out to sea. This was thought to herald good fortune.

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