Tam Lin, and other momentary diversions

So I could reference it in a post elsewhere, I just posted a version of the Tam Lin story I wrote for a ritual over here (Complete with further explanation!)

I do have more posts with content in progress – the start of the school year always scrambles my brain and my free time a little, but I’m getting back into the swing of things this week.

Role of the High Priestess

To many people, the HPS is the one responsible for making sure the spiritual and religious stuff happens. My take is that there are three essential roles: anchoring the spiritual core, providing direction, and making sure the practical details fall into place. Continue reading

Ritual and context

I’ve been quiet for a few days, because I was busily off at the Fourth Street Fantasy Convention (I had a fabulous time and I am already looking forward to next year: many excellent conversations with interesting people about books and thoughts and the world in general.) It’s also sparked some thoughts about some things I really want to change in my life, and more on that in the coming days.

Today, though, a short post on something I was discussing else-net. One of the panels I was at this weekend was about the issue of message in a story: is it a good idea to be deliberately push buttons in your readers to make a point?

Emma Bull (one of the panelists, and one of my favorite authors to boot) made a comment I’ve been thinking about ever since: that all stories have your assumptions about how the … Continue reading