Musical Corner: My Own Home

Posted December 2, 2016 By John C Wright

I had been a big fan of Disney, as an adult and as a child, for so long as I can recall. Out of all the many Disney songs I love and remember, this one is perhaps my favorite, albeit no one else seems to remember it.

If I ever had to explain to a Man from Mars what it means to be human, what mean the sorrow and the joy of turning from boy to man, the poignant loss of leaving the junglish tangle of childhood behind, and the strange, siren song of romance, chivalry, and civility into which the youth grows, I would show him this clip at the beginning of my explanation.

At the moment when the Man from Mars could understand why Mowgli shrugs just before he disappears into the man-village, no more explanation is needed.

(I am saddened to read in the comments section below the clip how few in the modern generation understand what it means to be human. They grok less than the Man from Mars.)

For those of you who want to hear it in the original Hindi as transcribed by Rudyard Kipling:

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Swan Knight’s Sword (Green Knight’s Squire #3)

Posted December 1, 2016 By John C Wright

The next book in my duodecology MOTH AND COBWEB is now for sale!

Here is the Castalia House announcement:

SWAN KNIGHT’S SWORD by John C. Wright

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Christmas has come early for John C. Wright fans, with the publication of the third and final book in THE GREEN KNIGHT’S SQUIRE trilogy, SWAN KNIGHT’S SWORD.

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Superluminary, Episode 29, War Dysons

Posted November 30, 2016 By John C Wright

Superluminary, Episode 29 WAR DYSONS, is posted on Patreon:

Episode 29 War Dysons

In this exciting episode, the World Armada is subjected to a barrage of nova-strength interplanetary beam weapons, and seeks escape in an unexpected location.
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Six Degrees of Sarah Hoyt!

Posted November 29, 2016 By John C Wright

So I am listening to one of the ‘Members Only’ videos from Bill Whittle’s ‘the Right Angle’ program where he, Scott Ott and Steve Green are discussing the recent attempt by leftwing sites like Google and Facebook to label conservative news as ‘FakeNews’ in order to justify excising them from their newsfeeds. This, Bill Whittle opines, will harm the reputation and damage their sales of the leftwing sites, since they will be sacrificing their primary product they sell (communications, networking and websearch) in order to promote political correctness.

At four and a half minutes into the program, Bill Whittle says that there is an idea he had from a female science fiction and fantasy writer about the fact that the industries turn hard left whenever they are dying of Leftism, which is to say, the admins in any industry dying from an overdose of political correctness will increase the dose rather than return to the core mission of the industry, because while killing off the company is bad for the company, it makes them personally martyrs for the cause of Leftism and allows them personally to find another and better job in any Left-leaning company.

He apologized that could not recall her name, but Steve Green chimed in that this was the theory of his good friend and neighbor, Sarah Hoyt.

She, of course, is one of the founding members, along with yours truly, Larry Correia, and Vox Day, of the Evil Legion of Evil Authors.

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Theology Corner!

Posted November 28, 2016 By John C Wright

Since I have forsworn commenting on politics under after Advent, I thought I would share a letter I wrote in reply to some questions from a reader on a theological matter:

Once we are convinced that men have free will, and that the supernatural must exist if the natural order exists, this leaves us with three impending questions:

  1. What is a god?
  2. Is there only one?
  3. Is Christ God?

To answer the first question first is simple for anyone familiar with pagan writings: The God is not a god.

I am someone who has read myths and believes of ancient or primitive peoples all my life, so to me, even back when I was an atheist, the answer is quite painfully obvious.

The God, the one God of monotheism, claims to be the eternal, all knowing, benevolent and all powerful sovereign creator of the universe as well as being the source legislating and the legitimate authority enforcing the universal moral law. He is, in short, the Supreme Being.

A being is called Supreme when there is none equal to him in age, power, wisdom, benevolence nor authority, and none above him.

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HONOR AT STAKE for Today Only!

Posted November 28, 2016 By John C Wright

An announcement from our friend Declan Finn:

The Dragon Award Nominated Honor at Stake is now available, for Cyber Monday only, for $.99 on Kindle.

This Catholic Vampire novel managed to … um… stake… its claim for originality by using Catholic theology and natural law philosophy in the development of its vampire lore (with some microbiology thrown in for fun).

As the description says…

One is a heartless, blood thirsty monster.

The other is a vampire.

College freshman, Amanda Colt knows few people and wants to know fewer still. She enjoys fencing and prefers facing a challenge every once in a while. She is beautiful, smart, and possibly the most interesting person on campus…and most people stop after the first adjective.

Then she finds Marco Catalano in her fencing class. He is tall, attractive, and very intense. With a mind like a computer and manners of a medieval knight, he scares most people. Except Amanda. They both havesecrets, for they are both monsters.

As they draw closer, they must find the line between how much they can trust each other, and how much they can care for each other. Each carries a secret that can destroy the other. They must come to grips with their personal drama soon, because a darkness is rising. Bodies are turning up all over New York, and an army of vampires is closing in on all sides.

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A Grateful Thank You

Posted November 25, 2016 By John C Wright

Hey all, Jagi here.

For Thanksgiving, I wanted to take one more opportunity to thank you all for your wonderful generosity during our hour of need this fall. God has been incredibly gracious to us in His bestowal of kind and generous fans.

It is such a blessing to have light in the kitchen again–we used that when cooking our Thanksgiving dinner last night, and I am particularly grateful to you all every time I take a step…a non-painful step.

Last time I wrote a thank you here, two of you sent enough money for me to buy new shoes! Now, a woman buying shoes might sound frivolous, so perhaps I should explain.

Not counting winter boots and ballet slippers, I own four pairs of shoes. One is a $7 pair of black dancing pumps that I haven’t worn in years. One is my trusty pair of sandals that I wear from May to October. That left a pair of leather mocs (moccasin style shoes) and a pair of running shoes.

I have had the mocs since 2011. They are the wrong size. However, they were a present from my mom and my daughter. I was so touched that the two of them colluded together to buy me shoes that I have worn them, even though they really hurt.

The running shoes were also a present from my mom. I picked these myself. They feel amazing when you put them on, like walking on air. Unfortunately, I did not realize until I got them home that they are not appropriate for walking over the earth. They can only really be used reliably on a flat track.

About a month ago, we went out on a Boy Scout outing. None of my shoes were appropriate, but I wore the mocs, and limped around until they literally split open.

So, thanks to you all… I now have a really nice pair of new, Land’s End black suede mocs that fit my feet and don’t hurt, and I can actually walk around without thinking about every step…which is a true joy.

So, today: I am thankful for family. I am thankful for friends. I am thankful for loyal and generous readers, and…I am thankful for each un-painful step.

God bless!

Mrs. John C. Wright

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Superluminary, Episode 28 The Unholy Light of Ara A

Posted November 23, 2016 By John C Wright

Superluminary, Episode 28 THE UNHOLY LIGHT OF ARA A, is posted on Patreon:

Episode 28 The Unholy Light of Ara A

In this exciting episode, the World Armada transits to the hypergiant star Ara A, to discover two score submerged Dyson Spheres equipped for war lying in wait for them.
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The Tortoise and the Hare

Posted November 23, 2016 By John C Wright

It is not yet advent, so I have room for one more political screed:

I have been waiting for decades for the Left to push the Right past the tipping point. Maybe the giant will wake again, and, this time, stay awake long enough to fend off the Left.

Perhaps with the election of Trump, the giant has stirred in its sleep.

We often liken the Left to rabbits, because, like rabbits, they are cowardly herd animals who thrive in the abundant seasons. In truth, they are the tortoise, and the Right is the sleeping rabbit. Step by slow and plodding step, for decades, the Left has made plans and carried them out. Anyone who uncovers those plans is denounced as an hysteric, a paranoiac, or a Nazi. But the school system, the news media, the popular entertainment, the law schools, the courts of law, were all taken over completely and thuroughly by a slow, steady, calculated plan which was a century in the making.

Now, as the fleet of foot, we on the Right can make up for lost time quite quickly: but we must make it up.

The election of Trump prevented the very last nail from going into the coffin, and the coffin from being thrown off the sea cliff into the sea, but we are still in a coffin.

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Sixty Five for the Eighth Circle

Posted November 22, 2016 By John C Wright

I still have a few days before my Advent vow kicks in, and I will stop writing harangues and screed on the topic of politics.

So I am glad this came in before the threshold date. It is simply too delicious for words. This is a lovely time to be alive, and be conservative. Rejoice all ye who delight in the beauty of truth!

As you may recall, according to Dante, that foremost poet and otherworldly explorer, the Eighth Circle of Hell is reserved for the fraudulent.

Here in separate concentric trenches of endless pain suffer the shades of Panderers and Seducers, eternally scourged; Flatterers floundering in sewage; Simoniacs interred head-downward in baptismal fonts suffering a bastinado of fire; Diviners, Fortune-tellers and Pollsters (I made up that last part) heads facing backward and eyes ever weeping; Grafters and Barrators, submerged in boiling tar; Thieves by serpents tortured, burned, and of human form deprived; Counselors of Fraud tormented by tongues of flame; Schismatics and Scandalmongers lacerated, dismembered, and sliced in half; and finally are Counterfeiters, Alchemists and Falsifiers of Words, scabbed with poxes and scales, scratching and tearing their scabby flesh without cease.

I am not as wise as Minos, Rhadamanthus and Aeacus, so I do not know to which specific malboge of the Eighth Circle our current generation of  journalists are most justly doomed, if they repent not.

But now we know their names.

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