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My favorite panel on this page is the last one. Una’s so dang smug, because she’s realized she can get into a place that she’s not supposed to, but it’s still “within the rules” since Pakku technically has access to that place. And Pakku realizes that she realizes it, and there’s nothing he can do about it, and he’s going to have a heck of a challenge trying to keep Una from getting access to things she shouldn’t.

I finished reading “Akata Witch” by Nnedi Okorafor and it’s probably my favorite book of the year so far.

Sunny is a girl who walks between many different worlds. The world of “Lambs” (mundane) and “Leopards” (magic). The realms of the spirit and the body. Her dual nationalities of American and Igbo (Nigerian). Yet no matter where she goes, Sunny is always an oddball. An albino, a free-agent, and a girl, all aspects that make life difficult depending on which world she’s in. When she discovers that she is part of an ancient, and secret, magical tradition, she joins a team of four students discovering their unique talents. Each of them has something that makes them stand out, often linked to the very aspects that make them strange to others. Together, they form a Coven, one of the youngest in recent memory, and are soon tasked with tackling a foe that has plagued magical and mundane alike: The Black Hat Killer. Not only are their lives at stake, but if the serial killer continues his dark work, he might unleash an evil that will bring the world itself to an end.

The world building is delightful, the characters interesting, and it offered me a peek into a different culture than the one I’m used to. I thanked Nnedi on Twitter for the excellent read, and she informed me that a sequel is in the works! In the meantime, I’m eager to check out more of her award-winning stories.

Part of creativity is what one feeds it. The more varied the material, the more creativity has to chew on. One of the thing I’m enjoying the most about my book list this year is that I’m finally encountering narratives DIFFERENT than the ones that I’d gotten used to seeing replicated everywhere. It’s been really refreshing to read stories that don’t follow the same stale steps.


Children visit this site. Moderate your language accordingly.

Just so you know…you forgot the bandages or whatever under Una’s shirt in panel 2 ^_^() They should be visible given the placement in the other panels, but they’re now.

Nuuuuu I don’t need another book recommendation right now! XD I know I’ll probably hunt it down though. After I hunt down the remaining books in Twelve Kingdoms. Only having the first three has been driving me bonkers for awhile now…

Looking at that panel, it looks like I forgot her entire shirt! I probably forgot to ink in the “V” of the hem and missed it in the coloring stage. Making a note to fix that, thanks for the catch…

What would we do with ourselves, if we couldn’t always be on a hunt for literature? We’d have to take up…grammar weaving, or something.

Poor Pakku. That look of “Oh no! I made a mistake!” Una is a mistress of loophole abuse and she is totally willing to use it to get her way.

She’d be a terrifying lawyer, for exactly that reason…

Oh gosh, now I’m imagining her and the OTHER loophole master of the cast, Dream Eater, in some sort of legal drama as a tag-team of Scary Lawyers.

Una, you’re my forever girl. Are we ever going to get Pakku and Warren teaming up again, though? I’m really just pro “people messing up Pakku’s ordered universe.”

I’m loving all these book reviews! I’m hoovering up as much as I can since I’m unemployed, so I’m just going to hoard all your suggestions. Possibly cluck over them. Unemployment isn’t good for me.

(On an unrelated note, Ley Lines is showing up on my Chrome homepage as something I visit all the time again, and that makes me happy. I missed this comic so much.)

To be frank…I don’t know on how the Pakku and Warren team dynamic will evolve. Chapter 11 took a lot of my plans for the Secondary Cast and threw it up in the air like it was confetti. Everything with Renar and the Order wasn’t supposed to be dealt with until years from now, Pakku and Warren were going to be buddy cops, and I don’t think I’d ever even considered Una and Pakku meeting. Except, Warren and Pakku’s personalities just weren’t working together well in my drafts, and once I realized how much Una and Pakku had in common, it seemed so obvious that they’d be more interesting to write for. So who knows what directions Pakku and Warren will go? (I mean, I have some general ideas, and the overall plot is intact, but at these point Pakku, Warren, and Una are this close to becoming rogue agents in my plot.)

I’m glad you’re enjoying the book reviews! Here I was worrying (yes, yes, as usual) that they’d be boring, but I’m enjoying reading all these new stories that it’s hard to keep it to myself. 🙂

This is a way more interesting dynamic anyway. Pakku and Warren were great, and they might have things to teach each other, but it would take a lot longer. Una and Pakku are both strange enough that they can take each other seriously, whereas Warren has to learn to see Pakku as a person instead of a collection of quirks before they could appreciate what they have in common. Not that they weren’t a great buddy cop duo, but there are a million buddy cop duos. There’s nothing quite like Una and Pakku.

And, Robin, for the record, nothing that you’re legitimately excited about is ever boring. Because it makes other people excited. And if they act like it’s boring, that’s on them, because that means they’re actually boring.

On a related note to book reviews, I started reading tarot because I got my Pacific Rim tarot deck (idk if you like Pacific Rim or not, but this thing is SO AMAZING https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1889476893/pacific-arcana-a-pacific-rim-tarot-deck), and I was wondering if you had any tarot resources to share, since I know you’re into that.

Yay Tarot!!

Let’s see…when I first started out, what was immensely helpful and formative for me was learning The Fool’s Journey. The idea being that some feel the character of the Fool is actually present in the Tarot deck from start to finish. As I’ve no doubt mentioned here and there, my mind is really terrible at memorizing things, but for some reason narrative is something I can remember with ease. So having a story that connected all the Major Arcana gave me a window into their meanings that I could actually retain. From there, each of the minor arcana (1-10s in each suit) link to their corresponding Major Arcana in some way. They are “governed by” their Major Arcana counterparts. So once I knew the story of the Fool, and the meaning of the suits (their elemental aspects and what corresponding parts of life they linked to) I could start doing readings of my own.

As a general resource towards that purpose, my favorite site for specific information is Aeclectic Tarot, although it seems to have changed a little in the years that it’s been since I started.

My favorite book is an exceptionally esoteric one (what a surprise?) called “The Thursday Night Tarot: Weekly Talks on the Wisdom of the Major Arcana” by by Jason C. Lotterhand. The book goes in-depth with each card and links them to a variety of other traditions and observations, particularly Kaballah numerology, but also eastern philosophies and his own brand of personal experiences and humor. Each chapter is a transcript of the presentations he would do on Thursday nights, complete with question and answer sessions at the end, so it’s very conversational. As a result, even though the material is someone dense, it’s also fun and accessible.

Finally, the best teacher is simply experience. I’ve found that each deck is made differently, and each user will respond to different decks in different ways. We also develop our own ways of viewing certain kinds of combinations, or certain cards. For example, how people deal with reversals varies wildly. Some simply refuse to read reversals, and will flip them right-side-up and treat them as normal cards. Others view them as the exact opposite of the meaning they portray. Others will treat the card visually, and see if looking at it upside-down makes them see the image in a different light. I tend to view them as reflecting issues that are more heavily internalized and unconscious than others, so a normal card is “top of mind,” but a reversal is buried and might be harder to access.

Another example of how people view some cards differently is the Court Cards (King, Queen, Knight, Page). Some believe that they represent specific people in our lives. A King might be a father or boss, for example. Others consider them aspects of one’s self — an inner figure. For me, the latter interpretation made more sense, because I have a lot of inner figures, but due to my introverted nature my circle of friends (and thus actual important people in my life) is fairly limited. I still keep the other interpretation in mind, just in case.

Some cards I’ve had an instant, instinctive feeling about. Others, I have struggled time and again to discern their meaning. Often the effort itself is the point. I don’t believe that Tarot can tell us anything about the future, but it CAN be an excellent mirror into our own inner struggles. It’s a way for people to actually hear and take their own good advice. I’ve had a lot of “ah ha!” moments when I knew something was wrong, but couldn’t tell exactly what was bothering me, until I saw something in a card and my brain latched onto the image. It’s a visual way of bringing out those things that are bugging us, and through the structure of a reading, let’s us look at the problems from different angles and perspectives.

Also, if you ever want to talk about a card, email me! Often my greatest insights have come from other Tarot users, who have studied or connected to a card in a different way than I have. Discussing a card can be a great way to find new connections for both sides.

See, and that’s why I’ve started actually using the deck. I initially bought it because I just wanted to own some cool Pacific Rim art (and all the proceeds beyond the cost of making the deck and rewards went to charity), but I’ve found it’s a very useful tool to make sense of my thoughts, especially early in the morning when I’m prone to brooding.

If nothing else, the art is so pretty it makes me feel better, and that helps. I’ll have to check that book out tho.

(Now I’m just thinking about that one OCT round of yours. It was SO BOSS.)

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