Happy New Year from deus ex magical girl

Featured image: “new year magic” by mauroz.

I stand between the years. The Light of My Presence is flung across the year to come—the radiance of the Sun of Righteousness. Backward, over the past year, is My Shadow thrown, hiding trouble and sorrow and disappointment.

Dwell not on the past—only on the present. Only use the past as the trees use My Sunlight to absorb it, to make from it in after days the warming fire-rays. So store only the blessings from Me, the Light of the World. Encourage yourselves by the thought of these.

Bury every fear of the future, of poverty for those dear to you, of suffering, of loss. Bury all thought of unkindness and bitterness, all your dislikes, your resentments, your sense of failure, your disappointment in others and in yourselves, your gloom, your despondency, and let us leave them all, buried, and go forward to a new and risen life.

Remember that you must not see as the world sees. I hold the year in My Hands—in trust for you. But I shall guide you one day at a time.

Leave the rest with Me. You must not anticipate the gift by fears or thoughts of the days ahead.

And for each day I shall supply the wisdom and the strength.

—A. J. Russell, God Calling

  • Roffles Lowell

    Happy New Year’s. As a heads up I’m still teaching myself to use some new mobile art apps using Jake & the Dynamo… My ambition is to be first one in on Sukeban Tsubasa. I’ll email you about that if it’s cool.

    Re: the role of the boyfriend in a super powered girl story
    I’ve been thinking about this for the last few days. What i keep coming back to is that the boyfriend is as important as becoming a wife/one true love/etc is important. If this is the zenith of things for the heroine, we’ll spend time getting to know the guy and he’ll develop sufficiently that a reasonable viewer could support her in this goal. If the gal has other mountains to climb, he’s really just a distraction, a plot detour, so it makes no sense to invest time making him more than perfunctory. Certainly no point establishing whether or not he can keep pace with the heroine. You can see it play out in Sailor Moon as Tuxedo Mask does all his character developing in the first story arc, the miracle romance…. And then afterward, once Usagi is the regent of the solar system, he’s reduced to scenery. By the third season she’s spending less time being a princess in love and more time admiring lesbians… factor in that she’s getting drama from expanding her friend group past the point where everybody gets along, and you can see some parallels here with the modern college age female experience.
    Boyfriends don’t get very far in superhero girl stories because nobody wants girls to contradict the current feminist narrative… housewife bad, schizophrenically juggling job/ family/ relationship good.

    (Wonder Woman doesn’t for this mold because DC superheroes don’t get a denouement and thus you’ll never get to know what the point of these characters are)

    • Sukeban Tsubasa art would be fun. I didn’t know if she had any fans. Nobody’s really mentioned her, and I don’t think she got any votes in the poll.