Thank You Volunteer Vet Clinic!

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My wee Mjolnir had to have her foot amputated yesterday. We were so afraid that they’d have to put her to sleep because we couldn’t afford the surgery she’d need. At the last minute, the vet came in and said that they were going to go ahead and give her the surgery she needed and all they asked me to pay was $100! They even gave me the take home medicine and follow up visits at no charge. I was so happy and relieved that I cried and didn’t think I’d ever be able to stop. Thank you thank you to the amazing vets and techs at Volunteer Veterinary for saving my hedgehog’s life!

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Thaumaturgy Special Feature: Gender Identity In Demons

Gender Identity In Demons of the Thaumaturgy Book Series

So tonight we’re discussing gender identity amongst demons in my Thaumaturgy series. Demons are unique throughout the series in the sense that they are the only species that has no set gender. Even amongst the incorporeal species like the Egregore and the Coronets, male and female are distinct. This creates an interesting duality for any demon since they can chose whether to be male or female. As Paimon states in Thaumaturgy, many demons tend to have a preference one way or the other. The lack of preference on Paimon’s part marks the emissary as a singular individual even amongst his/her own kind. Eliann Graison, the technomancer, briefly struggles with which pronoun to use to refer to the politician (and Paimon’s unhealthy interest in his necromancer colleague). He settles on calling Paimon a she when the demon is a she and a he for when Paimon chooses his male form, a pattern that is used throughout the series.

There are demons who do have a preference for male or female, though they can choose to be either. Elder Vasendre, for example, chooses a male form most exclusively and even fathered a child with his close ally, Paimon, many centuries previous. This is Alejandre who, like his father, prefers a male form most of the time, a fact that his sister Yaiyai, who laments her singular form as she is only half-demon and thus cannot choose her gender like the rest of her family, appreciates. As Paimon explains during their visit to the Triune in Thaumaturgy, his reproductive systems in both male and female forms are perfectly functioning. He has fathered and mothered several children over his long life, including fathering a child named Ashai with the semi-incorporeal Eliah from the Aidoma Plane. Ashai, however, along with all of Paimon’s children save for Alejandre who escaped with gruesome scarring and Yaiyai who her mother was pregnant with at the time, were murdered when their home was burned to the ground during the Albigensian Crusade.

So when a person can chose which gender they want to be at any given point how do they decide which to be? When whether to be male or female is based solely on whim, it’s no different than deciding to chose a burger or chicken nuggets from your favorite fast food store. Much to Eliann Graison’s dismay, as he expresses on several occasions throughout the Thaumaturgy and Antumbra (work in progress) books. Demons feature heavily throughout the series, especially our favorite UnderEarth Representative, Paimon, who plays a large part in every book of the series except for the short story The Void.

How to make boys happy: A Recipe

A breakfast tutorial! I know, rather different from my usual mein, isn’t it? Lol, this is a picture tutorial for his to make these fried baloney and cheese pancakes that I make for my brother. I call them “fleischen”. They are a combination of fried baloney, cheese and pancake.

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I served these with brown sugar-cinnamon toast, a favorite in our house. 🙂

Thaumaturgy Series, Book Three Sneak Peek

Hello! With the publication of Thaumaturgy, I bring good news for all of you interested in reading it and maybe even more! Thaumaturgy is going to be a series! With Thaumaturgy as the main story, I have four books total planned and one short story/novella. 🙂 So, in light of this great news, here is a sneak peek! This is a rough piece of dialogue from book 3. Enjoy and as always, let me know what you think! 🙂

Sascha and Paimon from Thaumaturgy Series, book three: Antumbra

“What was it like to have children of your own? To have a small person depend on you? To… To lose them?”

“It was painful. A famous writer once said that to have a child is to have your heart go walking around outside of your body. Even still it has been the keenest pleasure I’ve ever known.”

“Even though it hurt?”

“Especially because of the hurt. The pain that I feel everyday is a reminder that they existed. That they were real and not simply a dream of a dream. I thank the Mother for the pain because it helps me hold them close to me always, no matter how many years have passed or will pass.”