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I've had this account for a while, but since I'm repurposing it and will actually use it, an seems in order!

I'm Robbie (@Alamantus), and I like and stories. Brandon Sanderson is my current favorite author, and I'm always trying to find new stories to enjoy. I mostly read via audiobook or text-to-speech, so if I misspell a character or place name, that's what I'll blame it on. This account will mainly be for and -related posts. はじめまして!

Truckers Against Trafficking is holding a special live streamed Dungeons & Dragons #fundraiser campaign on September 25 (Tomorrow!), 26, and 27th, and I'm going to be a player! If you're able to donate, you can affect the story and characters in different ways! But even if you can't donate, you can watch the live stream on the TAT Facebook page (I know, Facebook, bleh, sorry).

Check out the fundraiser page for all the links and details:

truckersagainsttrafficking.net

#DnD #5e #liveStream

Hey, I haven't finished it yet, but everyone needs to read So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. I'm listening to the audiobook version, which is read by Bahni Turpin, who also narrated for Binti and Children of Blood and Bone, and she's great and the book is very important!

Truckers Against Trafficking is holding a special live streamed Dungeons & Dragons #fundraiser campaign on September 25, 26, and 27th, and I'm going to be a player! If you're able to donate, you can affect the story and characters in different ways! But even if you can't donate, you can watch the live stream on the TAT Facebook page (I know, Facebook, bleh, sorry).

Check out the fundraiser page for all the links and details:

truckersagainsttrafficking.net

#DnD #5e #liveStream

:blobCatPeek: psst hey

I wrote a book. It's a light-hearted, fast-paced fantasy about ... necromancers? *checks notes* Yep, that's it. Light-hearted necromancer story.

Also shapeshifters and sprawling necropolises and secret libraries!

It would be cool if you wanted to take a look. Or share this toot. Or both!

💀 👻 📚 ✨ 🖤

Info, Sample, & Buy Links: victoriacorva.xyz/books/books-

:blobCatPeek: ok bye

Which behavior do you like best when displaying details and various reviews and statuses for a book after clicking "More Details" in the search results?
Also, how might screen readers handle each?

I'm aiming for a good solution between #accessibility and usability.

This behavior will likely be used on both search results and items on shelves.

#UX #design #boostsWelcome

Nnnnnooooooooooo!!!!! A cliffhanger!!!!!!!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Archaeologists believe that in the early 21st century, every person had a 'true name', an odd string of letters, dots, and the symbol '@' within it. We believe the '@", given its similarity of shape to a spiral galaxy, was a sacred symbol of the cosmos, the world, or power. It was used almost exclusively in words of power.

While these 'true names' appeared everywhere, the ancients avoided writing them down and would often remove the '.' and '@' glyphs. Our current theory is that the ancients believed in a malevolent deity made of pork whose attention they did not wish to attract.

I just finished the Legend of : Ocarina of Time ! Wonderful and beautiful. I love the fact that they gave Link a voice, and I love the voice and personality they gave him!

Also, while many of the sequences from the game were somewhat rushed, I really liked how they gave Link a companion for each one. Also, some of the supplementary stories were very welcome and added some interesting perspective on the story!

🧶 @DialMforMara

"Sorry for the intrusion," said the man, who clearly wasn't. "I'm looking for some data which may be hidden here."

"And so you just come barging into my home?" She raised an eyebrow behind a pair of half moon reading glasses.

"Do you have any data storage media?"

"You're welcome to look." She shrugged, returning to her knitting.

It didn't take him long to leave. There were no hard drives in her cottage. He never noticed the binary pattern in her knitting.

#microfiction

I just heard about The StoryGraph, which is currently in beta. Tt's apparently a non-Amazon Goodreads alternative (without being social media), founded by a Black woman. Link to the beta site is at the bottom of this page: thestorygraph.com/

So the best advice in this "friend wrote a book" situation seems to be this:

Don't read your friend's book,
and if you do, don't review it,
and if you do, don't give your honest opinion,
and if you do, only focus on the things you liked,
and if you can't, find something (anything) you can like about it so you can.

This will help keep feelings from being hurt, friendships from being damaged, and ambitions from being shattered.

Do/have any of your friends ever write a book and you feel obligated to read it? I've got a friend who's the author of 2 books with more on the way, and they're good but not really /gripping/. They're fantasy with lots of borrowed tropes like fantasy races and whatnot, but the characters and world are unique and interesting. I don't know. I just wish I enjoyed them more... is that bad? I can't pinpoint why I don't like them as much beyond "I'd rather play a D&D campaign of this than read it."

(The Japanese there was just because I was running out of characters for the post and it was a more letter-efficient way to say "nice to meet you!" Sorry for any confusion lol)

I've had this account for a while, but since I'm repurposing it and will actually use it, an seems in order!

I'm Robbie (@Alamantus), and I like and stories. Brandon Sanderson is my current favorite author, and I'm always trying to find new stories to enjoy. I mostly read via audiobook or text-to-speech, so if I misspell a character or place name, that's what I'll blame it on. This account will mainly be for and -related posts. はじめまして!

Spoilers for Black by Ted Dekker 

Spoilers for Black by Ted Dekker 

I don't want to get into spoilers, so I'll leave it at that, but suffice it to say that this could have been a much better story if more time was put into building out the world and giving more time to the characters in it. After all, the time flow between worlds is split—why rush things so much in the other world?

If I had the time, skill, and inspiration, I would love to make a fan rewrite of the story that improves these things. I have some ideas of how to do it, but no real reason to write.

I couldn't stop thinking about why exactly I didn't like this book as much, and it turns out, it's really NOT just because of the lazy allegory work. It's because the parts in the other world are just not very good! It tries to do too much in too short a time and with minimal explanation; it pushes a dangerous stereotype of love and jealousy that doesn't make any sense; and the outcome of a mistake doesn't make any sense, among other problems.

Also, in a culture that values pursuing and rescuing your mate in reference to how their god loves them, Elyon does a shit job rescuing the people he claims to love so much when they get in trouble!

That's the main problem with the story. It has this amazing idea and some stellar storytelling for the thriller part, but the ham-handed allegory from an Evangeical Christian idealist point of view just makes the whole thing less good. If the other world was just a regular fantasy world with a well-developed world, then most of the things that happen could be perfectly acceptable in terms of that constructed world's culture, but it's not, and that makes all the difference.

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