Today the Dragon Wins

"Today the Dragon Wins" offers information from Fantasy Author and Professional Editor Sandy Lender. You'll also find dragons, wizards, sorcerers, and other fantasy elements necessary for a fabulous story, if you know where to look...

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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Word of the Day
Friday, June 1, 2007
(17 days until the Duran Duran concert in New York City)
Magicked (noun or adjective) — A slang and derogatory term used in the fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods to indicate a Geasa'n (see yesterday's WOD for that definition); If a person is using this word, assume he or she is either being facetious or is a bigot who is going to get his or her comeuppance sooner or later; It is a word that actually makes the fantasy author Sandy Lender cringe the way certain rude derogatory terms out here in the real world make her cringe—there are just certain words parents should teach their children never to use, and, in the world of Onweald, magicked or the abbreviated form 'jicked is one of them. It's an abomination. Sandy uses this concept to illustrate the need for tolerance and acceptance in the novel.

Etymology: Sandy Lender just lifted the word magic from our real language, stuck the "ked" on the end and made it a "bad word" in the fantasy world where her characters live.

Word in a Sentence (from the high fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods, page 300, Mister Farrier is speaking): "I know the likes of you 'jicked people and we ain't interested in having your kind around here."

Your turn! Do you have any sentences that either illustrate this kind of close-minded bigotry with the word magic or that refer to magic in its fantastical state? (Please note: I'm not asking to see any real-life derogatory words. There's no need to share those.)

"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."

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