The Snarky Psychopomp

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The Living Games Conference

Breaking my Lenten Fast to report about the Living Games Conference, the first Academic Larp Conference in the United States. Enjoy!

A slight case of catholicism

I’m giving up social media for Lent, so Tumblr, Fetlife, Twitter are going to be deactivated until Easter…or until I crack. Facebook and G+ will stay active since I actually do work through there.

Peace, Liches!


do you ever just realize


i really fucking love the lord of the rings

(via neurokinetics)






Fairy rings occupy a prominent place in European folklore as the location of gateways into elfin kingdoms, or places where elves gather and dance. According to the folklore, a fairy ring appears when a fairy, pixie, or elf appears. It will disappear without trace in less than five days, but if an observer waits for the elf to return to the ring, he or she may be able to capture it. They are soooooo beautiful!

fairy rings are usually caused by decaying organic matter, generally a tree stump. many types of fungi have symbiotic relationships with tree roots and mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of such fungus. So if a huge old tree was cut down, you’ll often find fairy rings. they can last for years and years as the earth  reabsorbs all the nutrients left behind by the beautiful tree.

sorry, didn’t mean to crush dreams - but i have a degree in horticulture and i was really excited when i first learned this.

maybe fairies and fungi are joining together to mourn the loss of the tree



From a writer’s perspective, it’s even more interesting to find out why they exist on a horticultural level, because it opens up a whole realm of fictional possibilities. Science doesn’t have to invalidate mythology or fiction, no more than mythology or fiction invalidates science.

For example, doesn’t that just essentially make this a tree grave? And if folklore has taught us anything, it’s that “fairies” and other spirits usually occupy trees, or have them as their life force. And that’s to say nothing of the folklore of trees being spirits in and of themselves, or kitsunes that live in tree hollows, or dryads, etc., etc.. So, if it’s disrespectful or feels like a slight to step on human graves, wouldn’t that logic transfer to stepping inside the Fairy Circle, AKA, the tree’s grave? It’s essentially giving more fuel to the story, not detracting from it, in my humble opinion!

Science doesn’t have to invalidate mythology or fiction, no more than mythology or fiction invalidates science.

(Source: oldmosswoman, via groundedbutfloating)


I DID meet a fake geek girl once. Turned out she was in fact an assortment of squirrels in a trenchcoat.

Those squirrels sure did know a lot about Batman, though.

(via ignotum-per-aeque-ignotum)