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January 14th, 2018

07:19 am: Morality and the Seventh Commandment

For those just joining us: I have been pondering the following two comments by Mary Baker Eddy: 

To cure a bodily ailment, every broken moral law should be taken into account and the error be rebuked. (Science and Health 3921:4-5)


It is error to suffer for aught but your own sins. Christ, or Truth, will destroy all other supposed suffering, and real suffering for your own sins will cease in proportion as the sin ceases. (Science and Health 391:13)

Reading them led me to think: what might we think is okay today that would have been considered a sin 150 years ago, when these lines were first written. As part of this inquiry, I have been examining each of the Ten Commandments. Here is my examination of the Seventh Commandment: Thou shalt not commit adultery.

The Seventh Commandment:

“It doesn't, this marvelous Promiscuity, does not make you happy.”*

When I was young, I was taught that you should not have sex unless you loved the other person. I was also taught that it was a good idea to know someone very well for two years before getting married, and that it would be wise to live with them first, to check them out and make sure that you really know them.

Why was I taught this particular standard?

My mother is a moral person with a good heart, but she was trying to protect her daughter from the mistakes she had seen others make in her youth. She had several friends who married very young—Mom thought this was because they were eager for more physical intimacy—and some of those marriages had gone very badly.

So she figured it would be better to get the physical part of the relationship out of the way, than to make a stupid decision that might affect a person’s entire life.

Second, she had dated my father for two years, but she did not discover until after she married him that he had a terrible, explosive temper. This temper made life with this otherwise very fine man a difficult endeavor.

It was with the idea that I might be protected from such a last minute discovery that she advised that it would be wise to live together before marriage.

I grew up in a time of opening horizons for women. We were on the cutting edge female equality. The idea that science might solve all problems, that a new better way to live might be found, that living together first—checking each other out—all seemed entirely reasonable.

Maybe, we reasoned, it would lead to happier marriages.

The standard “you must love each other to have sex” is much less stringent than “you must be married first,” and yet, it was much more of a standard than was held by many women I grew up with. I hear things are even worse now. At least in my youth, most adults thought sleeping around was wrong and told us so. Now, many girls never even hear this idea.

Far from being told that they should be chaste and wise in their dealings with men, many young women are now often told quite the opposite: that sex without strings is the norm. That they are judgmental if they think otherwise. That they should be open to havinge sex with anyone: boys, girls, girls who take medicine to turn themselves into boys, etc.

Or even robots. Or animals. Robot brothels are a thing in Asia now, and brothels that cater to sex with animals have been opening in Germany.

For anyone who is an animal lover…there are no words.

Recently I read the blog of a girl who had declared herself asexual. She was 21 or 22. She said that she had tried all the types of sex that were expected. It wasn’t for her.

No one had told her even so simple an idea as: “Wait until you find someone you really like, much less: “Wait until you fall in love”, or, God forbid: “Wait until you meet someone so important that you want to share your whole life with him.”

Returning to the purpose of our inquiry: What were things like a hundred and fifty years ago?

Was all this unimaginable to them? Well, not exactly. The rights of women were under discussion, and the Free Love movement was all over the papers. Many of the things we see today polite society did not even talk about, but others they did talk about—particularly when they discussed what would happen if marriage did not recover from its “slippery footing.”

In fact, they warned that many of these very things would come to pass

A hundred years ago, marriage was still the social norm. This means that if you betrayed it, society would be against you, and if you were betrayed, you could count on your community to support you.

Not to long ago, a friend of mine was eagerly preparing to start having children. She was not pregnant yet, but they were getting ready to try. Eager to be a mom, she was taking prenatal vitamins and picking out items for her nursery.

My friend had married her childhood sweetheart. They had dated for seven years, and then they had been married for seven more. Now was the time to take the next step.

Then, suddenly he announced that he did no love her any more and would like a separation—to give him some time to think. She was devastated, but friends and family supported her in this time of need.


She found out about a month later that he was involved with one of her friends. She was, as any sane person would expect, triply devastated.

But not so society.

All those “supportive” friends and family members? They lost all sympathy.

“Hey, he’s moved on,” they said. “You should, too.”

14 years of her life, and because of our modern outlook—where no one supports and cherishes marriage—she is suppose to just smile and walk away.

My friend has not had a good year since then, but her experience is nothing compared to that of Mercedes Grabowski.

Mercedes Grabowski was a young Canadian woman who worked in the porn industry under the name August Ames. She appeared on film performing acts of sex with both men and women, so she had established that she was not adverse to gays. However, when asked to appear on film with a man who had performed in man on man porn, she said no—because he had not used protection, and there was a danger of illness.

When she tweeted about this, she was attacked. She received messages like this one:

On December 5th, 2017, she killed herself.

She was 23.

This young woman was hounded to death by the public—not for lack of chastity, not for breaking her marriage vows—but for not wanting to have sex on camera, for money, with a man who has sex with other men, on camera, for money.

Is chastity so terrible? Is self-restraint so abhorrent that we want our children to live like this? Or, in this case, to die like this?

We seem to have forgotten about the Seventh Commandment entirely. Maybe it is time to reexamine whether, just maybe, it still matters.

As to my own life—Just a few weeks ago, I was discussing this subject with my mother. She was explaining some of her thinking on how she had used her best wisdom at the time to advise me.

For the first time, I thought to ask her a question I had not asked all those years ago. “Mom, if you had known about Dad’s temper, would you have married him anyway?”

My mom looked utterly surprised at the question, “Of course! There was no one else like your father!”


* — with apologies to Molly Grue of The Last Unicorn.


This is a Last Crusade article. If you are not familiar with the Last Crusade, you can find the articles here and here. It is a new movement devoted to Christ, Constitution, Chivalry.

Previous articles in the Morality and the Ten Commandments series in order:

The Importance of Virtue:Introduction to an Examination of Our Modern World in Light of the Ten Commandments

Morality and the Tenth Commandment

Morality and the Tenth Commandment, Part 2-A

Morality and the Tenth Commandment, Part 2-B

The Nineth Commandment: Bearing False Labels

Morality and the Ninth Commandment Part Two–Spiritual Thoughts

The Nineth Commandment: Tear Off Those Labels

Morality and the Eighth Commandment: Thou Canst Not Steal


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January 9th, 2018

03:59 am: Fantastic Schools and Where to Find Them

Hello, All! I am involved in a new blog called Fantastic Schools and Where to Find Them. The blog is maintained by myself, indie author and homeschooler Cedar Sanderson, and top-selling indie author Christopher G. Nuttall.

Here is the opening post:

Welcome to Fantastic Schools and Where To Find Them, a discussion of all things scholarly and magical. Many people mistakenly believe that the magical school experience begins and ends with Harry Potter. Stick around, and we will introduce you to whole new universes of the scholarly fantastic.

Here you will find articles on enchantment, schooling, and other topics of interest–plus reviews, signal boosts, and others news about series and shows that contains schools of magic.

Regular posts will be by your hosts, Christopher G. Nuttall, Cedar Sanderson, and L. Jagi Lamplighter, with guest posts by other luminaries in the YA fantasy and related fields.

Welcome one, welcome all, to Fantastic Schools and Where to Find Them, the new home of magic!

Visit Fantastic Schools and Where to Find Them!

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December 25th, 2017

03:25 pm: Merry Christmas!

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11:31 am: Merry Christmas!

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December 24th, 2017

08:47 pm: Yule Eve at Gryphon Park


Yule Eve brought their yearly journey into the forest behind Gryphon Park Manor to find next year’s Yule Log. This was followed by smearing butter on the outer lintels for the returning sun to melt—so the sun would have the sustenance it needed to burn more brightly again—and the moonlit Yule Buck procession, as Rachel and the other children from Gryphon-on-Dart paraded from house to house carrying the last wheat stalk of the harvest. They sang songs that honored the returning sun and the god Thor; while the houses they visited rewarded them with candied fruit and mulled cider.

 Upon coming home, the duke and duchess threw three burning coals into a barrel of water, and nobles and servants alike washed hands and feet there. Then, they all donned new garments, never before worn—ensuring that neither troll or trow would trouble them during the year to follow. And, of course, they played snapdragon and, as always, Rachel singed her fingers trying to steal raisins from the blue flames of the burning brandy. She recalled Gaius scoffing that no one ever burnt their fingers at snapdragon and smiled sadly.

Then deep into the night came Candle Dark, when every light in the mansion must be extinguished. This period of darkness was one of Rachel’s favorite times all year. After the hour of Candle Dark, the winter lamps were lit and placed in windows, where they would keep burning until the spring equinox. Candle Dark was the one hour all year when the Vestal Virgins extinguished their fires.

Read continue reading in The Awful Truth About Forgetting

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December 19th, 2017

10:42 am: Free! December 19th to 21st — The First Book of Unexpected Enlightenment!


What if there were another school of magic…

Nestled amidst the beauty of New York’s Hudson Highlands and hidden from the eyes of the Unwary, Roanoke Academy is a place of magic and wonder. It offers everything a young sorceress could desire—enchantments, flying brooms, and the promise of new friendships.

On her first day of school, Rachel Griffin discovers her perfect memory gives her an unexpected advantage. With it, she can see through the spell sorcerers use to hide their secrets. Very soon, she discovers that there is a far-vaster secret world hiding from the Wise, precisely the same way that the magical folk hide from the mundane folk.

When someone tries to kill a fellow student, she investigates. Rushing forward where others fear to tread, Rachel bravely faces wraiths, embarrassing magical pranks, mysterious older boys, a Raven that brings the doom of worlds, and at least one fire-breathing teacher.

Described by fans as: "Lovecraft meets Narnia at Hogwarts", The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin is a tale of wonder and danger, romance and heartbreak, and, most of all, of magic and of a girl who refuses to be daunted.

Curiosity may kill a cat, but nothing stops Rachel Griffin! 

"Lamplighter introduces many imaginative elements in her world that will delight…" VOYA

The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin on Amazon


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December 13th, 2017

09:58 am: The Last Closet — the truth about Marion Zimmer Bradley and her Child-Molesting Husband

This book was written by a friend. Even the excerpts have been painful to read. I am definitely buying it to support her. Whether I will have the strength to actually read it, I don't know.

How very brave of her to write it.


Marion Zimmer Bradley was a bestselling science fiction author, a feminist icon, and was awarded the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement. She was best known for the Arthurian fiction novel THE MISTS OF AVALON and for her very popular Darkover series.


She was also a monster.

THE LAST CLOSET: The Dark Side of Avalon is a brutal tale of a harrowing childhood. It is the true story of predatory adults preying on the innocence of children without shame, guilt, or remorse. It is an eyewitness account of how high-minded utopian intellectuals, unchecked by law, tradition, religion, or morality, can create a literal Hell on Earth.

THE LAST CLOSET is also an inspiring story of survival. It is a powerful testimony to courage, to hope, and to faith. It is the story of Moira Greyland, the only daughter of Marion Zimmer Bradley and convicted child molester Walter Breen, told in her own words.


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December 6th, 2017

12:38 am: Christmas Choices for the Reader!

Here find all things Wright and Lamplighter from this past year. 



In just over a year, John has written six Moth and Cobweb books!  The Green Knight's Squire trilogy and the Dark Avenger's Sidekick trilogy. These stories follow the adventures of young half-elves as they try to protec humanity from the cruel whims of their supernatural relatives. Gil, who talks to animals, strives to become a knight–in the modern day, and the second trilogy is Tamlyn with ninja! 


The Prospero's Children trilogy has been reissued from Wordfire Press with beautiful new covers by Dan Lawlis. For five hundred years, since the end of the events chronicled in Shakespeare's Tempest, the dread magician Prospero and his children have guarded mankind from the ravages of the supernatural world. Now Prospero has gone missing, and it is up to Miranda to gather her siblings and save him–if she can just get them to believe that someone as powerful as their father could really be in trouble. 


The fourth Book of Unexpected Enlightenment is finally live! When otherworldly forces conspire against those she loves, Rachel Griffin must face her most desperate hour. This on top of winter fairies, lost friends, undeniably attractive older boys, and, oh, a rampaging ogre.  

There is a book trailer, The Students of Roanoke Academy, with a song written by poet Ben Zwycky and sung by the lovely and incomparable Sarah Koolbeck.


At long last, the final episode of John's Count To A Trillion is here! And it may be the most vast, most awesome, most mind-blowing science fiction book I have ever read! 
Will Montrose finally get his wife back? Will Blackie kill him first? Will they finally have a duel that nobody interrupts? Find out in this last chapter of Menalaus Montrose's epic saga: Count To Infinity!


Read the beginning of Nowhither, the sequel to the Dragon Award winning Somewhither in Astounding Frontiers "Give us ten minutes, and we'll give you a world."


Monster Hunter!

A collection of stories set in the background of Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International books, Monster Hunter Files includes a story by John set in England. 

Political Anthologies:

Two anthologies with an political edge. Forbidden Thoughts features stories that venture where Political Correctness fears to tread, while MAGA 2020 & Beyond features upbeat stories and articles showcasing a happier tomorrow. Both include works by John and Jagi

Christian Anthologies:

Two anthologies of science fiction tales written by Christian writers. Mythic Orbits 2016 is a "best of" for 2016 that includes my "HMS Mangled Treasure: The Rescue of Mr. Spaghetti" story (a story set in the background of the Prospero Books, starring Mab Boreal.) Victorian Venus is tales of a terraformed Venus peopled with Victorians. It includes a tale by me called "Gaslight Jungle" which features Charlie Fairweather, from the Books of Unexpected Enlightenment, before the Raven brought him to Roanoke. It features a character based on the real Victoria Woodhull–first woman to run for President of the United States, a fascinating character!

Note: while these are tales by Christian authors, the stories are not necessarily specifically Christian.

Other Anthologies:

Lyonesse is an interesting new e-magazine with its own unique format. This anthology contains some of the first stories published. My story "Four Funerals and a Wedding" appears here. It is a story about a young woman who is trying to do something very unexpected at funerals without getting caught by the crusading reporter who is searching for the person responsible. 
Tales of the Once and Future King is something very new also! It is an anthology where the stories appear as tales inside an overarching story where elements of the interal stories show up in the overarching one. Quite intriguing. My story concerns a character who Rachel Griffinwill someday meet. It is a Cthulian King Arthur in Hell story.

And one more!  With a story by John!


And…The Wright Stuff store at Zazzle:

Unexpected Enlightenment gear is features in the picture above, but the Wright Stuff store also carries Moth and Cobweb gear, Prospero gear, Somewhither items, and much more!


Selected Older Works:

 Somewhither — tale of pure awesomesauce

Awake in the Night Land — tales of eerie wonder

Iron Chamber of Memory — what if you lives a whole life you could not remember?

 In the Lamplighter — stories of wonder and delight


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November 20th, 2017

08:34 pm: Come One, Come All and Share the Wonder!

Come join us on Facebook on November 21st at 2:30 to celebrate a new Book of Unexpected Enlightenment: The Awful Truth about Forgetting!

With fun and games and giveaways from many fine authors including: 
Nick Cole, John L. Monk, Declan Finn, Jane Lebak, Dave Butler, Marina Fontaine, Steve Johnson, Virginia Johnson, Kacey Ezell, Ben Zwychy, Scott Huggins and more!

Plus a number of anthologys, bookplates, an Audible version of MONSTER HUNTER FILES and, grand prize, object of the winners choise from The Wright Stuff Roanoke Collection on Zazzle


Bookplates — for the winner of the Spoiler question:

Two of choices for the Grand Prize:
(See the rest of the collection)

Also, Book One is on sale today for .99 and Book Two for $1.99.

  $.99 — See on Amazon

  $1.99 — See on Amazon

For Nov 21 and 22 only, the third Book of Unexpected Enlightenment, RACHEL AND THE MANY-SPLENDORED DREAMLAND is available in a set with eight other books, for the low price of $2.99 — that is nine books for the price of one.

   $2.99 for nine books — See on Amazon


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November 18th, 2017

10:47 pm: A Book Launch of the Wise!

Coming from Wisecraft Publishing, the YA Imprint of Superversive Press, the fourth Book of Unexpected Enlightenment: THE AWFUL TRUTH ABOUT FORGETTING

The launch will take place on Tuesday, November 21st on Facebook from 2:30 to 5:50. There will be games, giveaways, a video reveal of the book trailer made by Superversive's own Ben Zwycky and lovely singer Sarah Koolbeck, and conversation with Rachel Griffin and Sigfried the Dragonslayer.

There will also be a Spoiler reveal, so get your questions in early!

The invitation reads:

Come one, come all and join in the wonder!

Rachel Griffin and Sigfried the Dragonslayer invite you to a Facebook Launch party for the fourth Book of Unexpected Enlightenment: THE AWFUL TRUTH ABOUT FORGETTING. 

Festivities will included: games, giveaways, meet the characters, guest authors (TBA), and one Spoiler in response to reader's questions (the person who submits the winning question will receive a set of four Unexpected Enlightenment bookplates signed by the author and illustrator. )

Grand prize winner may choose one item from among The Wright Stuff Zazzle store's Roanoke Alchemical Shoppe.




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