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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?

Sure would be nice if my life context stopped changing faster than I can write my novel.

Anyone got any ace romance stories they can recommend? The ones I've read seem... much more sensible (familiar? comprehensible? not sure the right adjective) than the more conventional romances I read.

Already enjoyed (and recommended!) are Books and Bone by Victoria Corva, Our Bloody Pearl by D. N. Bryn, and a couple of the Toronto Connections stories by Cass Lennox.

"Sir," the dragon said, "why do you seek to kill me?"
"You're a dragon! You hoard wealth, and eat women!"
"Old dragons do that. Us young dragons don't. Kill the old ones."
"They're too strong to kill!"
"They'd be dead by now, had you let younger dragons live to challenge them."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

"Almost", a short story.

(tragic, maybe hopeful, themes of terminal illness; lesbian; not explicit)

this is a first draft, feedback welcome, particularly structural or about understandability.

"Look, I get you like to hunt. I saw you with the birds the other day - a bit embarrassing to be honest - and those mice, but --"
The cat crouched, wiggling just a tiny bit.
"No wait! Seriously. Look. Pointy bits. You will get stabbed. Not worth it."
The hedgehog raised a paw, vaguely indicating it's entire self. The cat relaxed, dejected.
"What should I do, then?"
"…Nice day we're having?"
"Rubbish hunting."
"It's like that sometimes. Got a huge slug last night!"


And when a mix doesn't put me in the right space to write that character, it might be something wrong with the characterization or the playlist. 50/50 which but it's a neat tool to find it.

One is totally the kind of kid who'd listen to dubstep remixes of stuff and super emotive stuff like Lindsey Stirling, another is totally the kind of kid who listens to punk and nothing but. It's so good to find the headspace.

I must say, making character playlists for getting inside a character's head before writing has been a superb idea.

So you've got a show with a cosmology of species growing toward their own transcendance, a show with no cosmology at all but the trappings of Christianity turned plural, and a show whose cosmology is a speculative and ultimately Humanist take only the real that we know here and now. They're such different takes.

I'd compare it to Star Trek, but Star Trek's religion is its humanism, and its cosmology is science. It's remarkably backward-looking for a show set in the future, but it doesn't ever set a vision for its own future, just ours, the viewer's. I love it, but its touches on religion, on meaning and long term ideas were always light if they existed at all. (Roddenberry famously did not want religion at all — it wasn't until DS9 that religion was portrayed, and that against his wishes)

Where BSG is always focused on tomorrow. Or today. It's got such a remarkably _short_ time span, which gives it a real immediacy, but makes its flashbacks seem out of place — but necessary to give it any scope.

And the writing. The coherent story of B5 is remarkable — it was written largely by one person and that shows — but more than that, it leaned on story and character to the exclusion of most else. It built a mythos and a rich world out of nothing. And it has a cosmology. Billions of years in the past. A million years into the future. A religion with its recent events a thousand years in the past. A projection of religion into a space age.

BSG is such a better production value show — costumes, sets, CGI (and a decade later on that front). It was an expensive show.

B5, in its cost-controlled glory leaned on character hard. Wooden acting at first was, I think, lack of re-takes, under-resourced. But the cast gelled into something really solid, the way a sitcom cast does after a couple years on the sound stage.

When it comes around for the long scale payoff, it misses, where B5 nails the mark several times over.

Just in general, BSG (2003) is a much more aesthetically centered show, and its trying to repave the original leaves some real holes for worldbuilding.

BSG on the other hand uses them aesthetically, and doesn't really build its religion so deeply. It's interesting for a show that has so many philosophical conceits how few of them really come through there.

B5 takes its religions seriously as character's worldview, more deeply than I've seen in any other show, and even more so, the religions in B5 have bases in their world's history and actual events.

I'm thinking a lot about theology and cosmology in scifi and fantasy right now. After watching Bablyon 5 for the first time, and now rewatching BSG, religions are so _present_ in both shows.

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