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I'm Aria, I'm going to use this account for some of the writing I've been doing lately. I'm working on what I keep saying is a teen transgender urban fantasy.

I read a ton of science fiction, and have a complicated relationship with fantasy. I'm hoping I can build a world I like. Other people too, we'll see.

So who likes magic systems, video game references, ensemble casts, and thinks teenagers are actual people?

Funny how "phone" is now "insanely powerful portable computer with access to the world's knowledge and emojis" instead of "chonky analog device hardwired to a network once hacked by cereal whistles."

politics, middle school 

unfiltered but probably okay 

This happened in Nuremberg, Germany today. The organizers expected 400, but we were over 5000 people that came together in solidarity with the protesters in the US. But also because of our own racist mess and police violence against Black people here in Europe and Germany in particular.

So many young people came with their friends, but also some older people and families all together with their kids.

international day of appreciation for cis and/or cis-ish people with complicated relationships to their genders

Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either. - Meg Cabot

I have decided that all writing advice involving 'show not tell' is anti-helpful and entirely designed for literary fiction writers writing hyper-realistic stories, not genre of any sort and certainly not humorous narrative.

" One of the functions of art is to give people the words to know their own experience. There are always areas of vast silence in any culture, and part of an artist’s job is to go into those areas and come back from the silence with something to say. It’s one reason why we read poetry, because poets can give us the words we need. When we read good poetry, we often say, ‘Yeah, that’s it. That’s how I feel.’ "

— Ursula Le Guin

"I Sexually Identify As an Attack Helicopter" clarkesworldmagazine.com/fall_

This might be among the best stories I've read in a while. There are some seriously erudite bits buried in there. Just :chefkiss: delicious rebuttal to everything and a damn good story too.

I wrote a blog post about how I cputer, and where I am running in to limitations.

I'll update a few more times on this topic this month, and post some pictures. ajroach42.com/reaching-the-wor

Job interview pro tip: when the interviewer asks if you have any questions, ask what the company's five-year plan is. Where does the company want to be in five years?

The answer will tell you a *lot* about whether you want to work there.

I'm inordinately proud of the intro scene for my antagonist. (lachesis.netlify.com/untitled/)

The worldbuilding in this thing has taken so many turns from where I started. This story is weird, going to stay weird, and I've decided to just roll with it. Teenagers-with-powers superheroish A side vs magical but cyberpunk post-collapse dystopia B side. Two worlds collide.

What would your character give up to to try for freedom?

Steven Universe is super even-handed about doing this to every character who appears regularly, but even so there's some who persistently have storylines around how they don't fit in.

Amethyst. Peridot. Lars. Pink. It's one of the themes of the show to a huge degree.

But interestingly, these groups don't overlap very much. Arguably Steven is in multiple, but mostly the groups are discrete.

Buffy is interesting in that there aren't a lot of separate groups until S4. It's always the Scoobies vs the current Big Bad.

But in a given season, I bet seeing who is 'in' and who is not fitting in would show a lot of the structure of the show.

I wonder what other stories would yield insights when analyzed this way.

And Alison is sometimes too much of a neutral point of view, I find. So I need to find where she has conflict and show it. Turns out she _wants_ to be part of the martial arts crew and have a home in the dojo. A home that feels like a home at all would be amazing but she's not finding it there. It's too complicated, the friendships and camraderie. There's her conflict.

But she's a bilingual witch with a temper. She's _not like_ the others, and until someone changes, she won't fit. That's a story. Someone changing.

In this case the nerds grow up some and Michele softens some and they realize they have a mutual antagonist. Oh hey. PLOT.

Going back to the story I'm writing though I'm using it to find characters that need more aspects to them, or the natural alliances with an interesting story.

The comic book reading game-playing nerd crew are the heart of the story, but Michele doesn't fit with them despite being maybe the most ubernerd of the bunch.

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