piscespaul said: Congratulations on a terrific first issue! Absolutely wonderful. Question: Have you or anyone else written down the "rules" of phonomancy as a magick system? Keep up the amazing work!
That’s a tricky, and probably doomed task.
Phonomancy is a literary metaphor, which while presenting itself as fantasy genre fiction is more like magic realism in its approach to the topic. Stories are built around how how music does translates into the metaphor rather than vice versa.
In world, there’s an implication that while there’s concepts people grasp (at least in the schools of people we meet) many people basically build their own magic. It’s very postmodern in approach. It’s about how these individuals see pop and what it does for (and to) them.
I mean, could Laura do what Penny does? I’m not sure. It may just not be in her, no matter how hard she tries - which is Laura’s tragedy, and one of the reasons she goes the way she does.
I do have some notes for a more codified system of Phonogram, as I was playing with a pen and paper version of Phonogram. Obviously that would involve something a little more rule-based for gaming purposes. But that would be a different *version* of Phonogram’s magic, not book-Phonogram’s magic.
And thank you! For the record, WicDiv’s magic is a lot more structured and genre than Phonogram.
And one of my favorite writers answers my VERY nerdy question :) !