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content warning etiquette 

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Once more for the people in the back:

Put content warnings on your politics posts. I come to Mastodon specifically to avoid the horrible things in the news.

I don't care how urgently you want me to see it. In fact, adding a content warning will make me *more* likely to care, because it will give me time to brace myself.

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a philosophy of life 

One of these days I'm gonna start a speech with "ladies, gentlemen, and higher beings"

A tool to simply "move" your Spotify end-of-year playlists to Bandcamp.

Paste your playlist URL and hit Find and it'll hook you up with the artists on BandCamp.

(This is your regular reminder that Spotify is awful for musicians and is destroying podcasts.)


The princess repelled down her tower, crept to the stables and freed her horse, not even bothering with a saddle nor reins.

She whispered a simple - to her at least - spell; trotting unobserved past guards and bandits alike.

At midnight she reached the cave and scampered in.

It was warm, dry and smelled vaguely of baked vanilla. She discarded her cloak and wriggled under a large, leathery wing.

The dragon yawned, "Bad dream?"


#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy


So this Facebook group admin has a whole cult of group members defending them and spreading the word, it's now widely held (but very niche) industry knowledge, and it's all a conspiracy theory from ONE PERSON based on a screenshot of a Facebook comment auto-translated from Dutch.

The admin said that Company A patented Cultivar A before Company B stole it, so Avery asked to see the original patent, since the patent system is meant to be publicly viewable so anyone can verify anything.

The admin didn't provide it, and described it as "quite elusive."

Living with a plant nerd (馃尶馃) means you get to hear about the really specific nerdy drama that happens within groups of species specialists, and this 馃嵖 is a GREAT one.

Also I love USPS Priority Flatrate. It's a little bit more expensive than first class package, but it's tracked and you can print postage at home without a scale.

And, critically, the (high quality) envelope/box is included as part of the price so you don't need to figure out your own packaging. You can pick up however many flatrate boxes you want at a post office and just wander off with them to use later.

Hey, if I may plug a website briefly, is really good for shipping stuff from home (via USPS).

Lowest commercial rates (cheaper than post office walk-in or USPS website), good UI, minimal required setup.

Also, best URL.

Galaxy brain play: ordering food for pickup when all your good masks are in the wash and you can't find your backups

Quick fix: that scarf I used for this in spring

caffeine, capitalism 

Is there a forest within comfortable walking distance from your home?

#poll #AskFedi :boost_ok:

This weekend, should I try to focus writing time on

COVID vaccine, false side effects, be ready for this news 

"Tell me a new story," my hatchling requested.

"A new story entirely, or something you haven't heard."

"Um, yes?"

"Once upon a time there was a dragon-turtle, like us, who didn't know how to make friends, 'cos he was considered big and scary. So one day, he sought the aid of the beloved princess of a nearby kingdom - surely she could guide him! But just 'cos he went about it the wrong way, a mean plumber threw him into lava!"


#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy

Good morning folk and friends from far and near!

Today I wish you the ability to take things in small steps 鉁

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The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.