a wizard's dilemma

Books you need to read right now so some books, like Percy Jackson or Raven Boys have big happy fandoms and thats GREAT but here are some books I feel are just as good but never seem to have gotten the love they should

The Half Bad Trilogy (Half Bad, Half Wild, Half Lost) Bisexual main character, epic gay love story, Harry Potter by way of Raven Boys, go read them, cry.

Young Wizards (So You Want to Be a WizardDeep Wizardry, High Wizardry,  A Wizard AbroadThe Wizard’s Dilemma, A Wizard Alone) before there are a Harry Potter there was Nita and Kit, hispanic main character, a gay couple (in the 1980s no less!) magic by way of Star Trek

The Old Kingdom (SabrielLiraelAbhorsen) do you want Lord of the Rings with a bad-ass woman lead? and way more magic? okay go read this, maybe the richest fantasy world ever written

The Dark Is Rising (Over Sea, Under StoneThe Dark Is RisingGreenwitchThe Grey King, Sliver on the Tree) the classic of classics, one part Narnia, one part Lord of the Rings, and one part Harry Potter, weird and otherworldly 

Bartimaeus Sequence (The Amulet of SamarkandThe Golem’s EyePtolemy’s Gate) Steampunk magic, grubby Victorian London with demons and snobbish wizards and one sassy djinni

The Keys to the Kingdom (Mister MondayGrim TuesdayDrowned WednesdaySir ThursdayLady FridaySuperior SaturdayLord Sunday) steampunk clockwork weirdness, really I can’t think of a book to compare these too, a well realized and original world with lovable characters 

PC Peter Grant (Rivers of LondonMoon Over SohoWhispers Under GroundBroken HomesFoxglove Summer) With a mixed race main character and black goddesses it’s a diverse cast, Harry Potter as an all grown up police book, very smart and well written 

so go read them, now, come on what you waiting for? well I’ll be waiting, let me know if you do read any of them? 

This is a selfish post. I need a community right now, a connection, so this is me throwing a line out to tie to the dock. I know I have cousins in a similar boat.

I love y’all.

Edit: probably should link to the originals.

In triumph, Nita splashed and jumped in the flood gutters, like a kid, then finally ran right out into the middle of the empty times square and whirled there in  the wet glare and glean all alone – briefly half nuts with the delight of what she’d done, as the brilliant colours of lights painted the puddles and wet streets and sidewalks with the glaring electric pigment, light splashing everywhere like Technicolor water. 

- A Wizard’s Dilemma

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Cousins cousins cousins

Oh Powers in a bucket, I just made a connection (and once again I’m drowning in feels)

When were the two times Atlantis has been mentioned in canon?

DW: Discussing with Ed its destruction as a result of the failed Twelvesong

TWD: The Transcendent Pig telling Kit, “The last time someone asked me a question phrased that way (…) Atlantis sank.”

What if it was the same question as Kit’s?

How can I save her?

He wandered down the hall to his sister’s room, peered in. Carmela was not there, but the TV and the tape deck were, and from the earphones lying on the bed, he could faintly hear someone singing in Japanese. The VCR was running, and on the TV, some kind of cartoon singing group—three slender young men with very long ponytails—seemed to be appearing in concert, while searchlights and lasers swept and flashed around them.
— 

Sailor Starlights cameo in The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane, published in 2001. The SuperS dub was broadcast in 2000. Where is Diane Duane Carmela getting her bootlegs.
I can’t believe no one has ever pointed this out online.

Also Diane Duane is the best. Making a Japan-only SM reference in her kickass sci-fantasy series in 2001? Seriously.

paxfelis  asked:

Are there instances of a wizard adjusting a self-description in the name of "improvement" or "adjustment"? The temptation to describe away a fatal disease or a crippling mental state must be extreme.

Of course there are. This whole issue lies very much in the “wizard’s prerogative” area, and personal choice is (as usual) at the heart of it all.

When a probationary wizard accepts the offered Oath, one of the most basic understandings is that the wizard will be willing to accept not only responsibility for what they do with the power, but for the consequences. In this regard the Powers that Be are perfectly willing to treat wizards, even quite young ones, as if they know their own minds (jeez, what a concept) and are equipped to make their own choices. Those who consciously or unconsciously expect some kind of automatic protection or failsafe between them and something they really shouldn’t have done, or should have thought through more completely, will quickly discover that there isn’t one. The Powers have a whole lot of better things to do with their time than act as supernatural “helicopter parents.”

And 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.

Discover that you’ve got a potentially terminal disease? By all means, cure it! — assuming there are no complicating circumstances. Nearsighted? Talk your eyeballs longer. 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. Thinking about tinkering with the inner workings of your brain? Best do your research first — and it’d be smart to consult a physical- or mental-health professional who’s also a wizard. But at the end of the day, it’s your call, no one else’s. No one in the wizardly frame of reference is going to judge you for what you choose to do to yourself. (Though if you make a mess of things — if you jumped into some intervention without adequate research, without due care taken — you may hear some uncensored opinions from those you call in to help you put things right. And that too will be something you brought on yourself.)

That said: there will always be some wizards* who — presented with a physical or mental challenge — will elect, rather than removing it, to “play the hand they’re dealt” — if only to see, when the endgame rolls around, what the heck the point was. Or if there even was a point. This is their prerogative: a judgment call that no one else is entitled to make.

So, in short: it’s complicated. But what’s worthwhile that isn’t?

*And even some nonwizards. Cf. Nita’s mother at the end of The Wizard’s Dilemma.

keybladewyvern  asked:

You answered somebody's not-question about killing Ed earlier. I own every YW book that's ever been printed except the anthologies (and not all the NMEs, working on that) and I have to say, out of all the people you've killed off, I think the only one I 'never forgave you for' was Nita's mother. Now that I'm older, I understand her choice intellectually, But I've still never read WD a second time. I think I'm giving you a compliment, or trying - you touched me very deeply in that book. It hurt.

Well, it hurt me too, if that’s any consolation.

A lot of people will have guessed (correctly) that while writing The Wizard’s Dlemma I was dealing with the fact, and aftereffects, of my own mother’s death when I was sixteen. And, more specifically, dealing with something that can be quite difficult to cope with: the death of a parent in circumstances when they have moved on into acceptance, but you most emphatically have not.

God knows there’s no way to tell someone how to cope with such a thing: the laws of physics (let alone the imperatives of the mind) mean that no one else will ever be in quite the same place. All one can do is say “Here is where I was. Maybe it’ll help.” If I was useful to you somehow in that regard, that’s all I can ask.

naside  asked:

Is it strange to be nervous about how the casting for the Young Wizards series on television? I'm wondering since just while browsing around the thoughts propped back into mind about the series on television and wondered about things like casting and my thoughts dipped around The Wizard's Dilemma and A Wizard Alone. I have faith in how everything will go yet, though I still get nervous around those thoughts.

I wouldn’t say it’s strange, but I would say offhand that it’s way too early to start getting concerned about this. I certainly won’t be concerned about it until the ink is dry on the contracts (and we’re a long way from that).

Casting, whether for film or TV, is always a delicate business in a production. There are highly skilled and knowledgeable people who’re specialists in that job, and who should be left alone to get on with it. But the casting director does what the producers tell him or her (as they’re the ones paying his/her salary). And as I’ve said before, I will be one of the producers, or there will be no project.

This is not to say that there won’t also be a lot of other producers involved, with various degrees of influence. On, for example, a miniseries project, there routinely are: look at the credits on Game of Thrones. …Or that those producers might not gang up on one of their number and overrule them from time to time. But when the producer in question is also the licensor of the property, this becomes a whole lot more difficult. (Lest anyone get confused about this: I am the sole owner and licensor of the YW creative property: no publisher has any control over any media content in that universe, and I have no plans to relinquish any of that control in the future.) A smart TV or film production company listens carefully to the licensor’s wishes and does not go out of their way to provoke him or her. 

That said: my main concern over the YW casting would be to make sure that any company I signed on with would understand, from the outset (or again, there would be no deal: this is the kind of thing you talk out in detail long before the paperwork’s signed) that there will be no whitewashing of characters of color, and that characters with specific contextual challenges (autism, for example) are treated correctly. (But the latter’s a script issue, and therefore my business.)

Beyond that, though, I’m willing to listen to all kinds of opinions on casting. The only concrete images we have of the characters so far — beyond those created in fandom — are the ones on the book covers, and I don’t necessarily consider those definitive. My concern would be for the casting to mirror not just the looks of the characters as described in the books, but their look-and-feel — the sense of personality — and for the actors involved to be sufficiently skilled to pull off the challenges inherent in their parts. That’s where the casting people work their own magic: they’ll be way better at finding those people than I ever would. (And I’m definitely not counting here the kind of “fantasy casting” that any writer’s likely to do while, well, fantasizing. Any young actor I’d have considered in this mode would very likely be either too old or too busy to cast by the time preproduction was getting started.)

I’d certainly hope, if logistics made it possible, to sit in on the auditions and see the “top picks” read for their parts. But beyond that, my proper place would be to voice an opinion on the major roles, and then walk away and let the final decision go forward among my fellow producers, the casting people and the director. Just because you’re a property’s owner doesn’t make you all-powerful in a film or TV production derived from it. Which is just as it should be. The minute the ink dries on a film or TV contract involving the YW universe, this turns into a cooperative effort with a lot of other insanely talented people who’re going to be putting their own time, money and reputations on the line… and at that point I demote myself for the duration from God In My Universe to Very Senior Among Equals. (Which is frankly a lot of fun.)

…Anyway. Too early to be worrying about this. Relax and let’s see what happens.