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Charles Stross had a guest-post on his blog recently, about magic system and the world-building process. In it, the author raises several questions they ask when doing the world-building.

I'd like to put forth another question to ask when considering a world with parallel magic and scientific systems:

Is the magic industrializable, or restricted to handi-crafts?

Because that's the difference between having levitating trains and mag-lev trains with enchanted room-temperature super-conductors as a key component. Really changes how the world looks.

If magic is restricted to handi-crafts, it means it's either The Secret Knowledge and isn't involved with science at all, or is used in industrial process in places were a bit of enchantment can do a lot of good. As in, streamlines the production of cell-phones, not used in cell-phones. That kind of thing.

talkswithwind: Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) getting her zappy-zappy on (CarolZap)
I've mentioned several times that I started questioning my gender identity in the wake of realizing I wasn't straight. There were a couple weeks of deep introspection after that realization, and it was during that introspection that I noticed something in my attractiveness reactions.

When having OMG-Hot reactions towards girls, there was a frisson of something at the end. My introspection revealed that the frisson was ennui over not being able to match that level of hotness.

Hm, interesting. Maybe... I'm not all male? Does my attraction to boys possibly stem from that female part of me? Must think on this.
22 years later, and I have the answers to that:


In which I go into some detail about gender identity, sexual desire, and other questionable topics )



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