#introductions time :)
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?
i once saw some article that went "older people are turned off by personalized advertisements because it feels like someone is spying on them. But in fact it's just based on data from your credit card transactions!"
that IS the creepy part
"It's just the algorithm!"
yes, and a ransom note is just a bunch of letters arranged on a document. 🤪
Human risk assessment is optimized for running away from a tiger, not for years-long sieges. Safely handling long term danger requires making rules based on observable reality *and following them even after your internal sense of danger acclimates* https://twitter.com/hellozeik/status/1561089801113067520
Google Books PDFs cannot be trusted. https://www.circuitousroot.com/artifice/resources/texts/jb2-jbig2/index.html
One of my writing mentors and all around great guy M. Todd Gallowglas is going to be talking about his time in MFA programs tomorrow night on Twitch (7 PT / 10 ET) https://www.twitch.tv/mgallowglas
Should be a great conversation
even a query as simple as "give me all songs in Playlists A that are tagged as post punk, goth or darkwave AND have bpm below 120" is not doable with any music player I know of
it's fucking 2022 how are we so far behind. there's whole dedicated databases of music metadata but music players either don't implement integration for them or don't support actually doing anything useful with that data
“Christianity didn’t become a world religion because of the quality of its teachings, but by the quantity of its violence.”
Patricia Wrede's writing advice is some of the best I've ever found on an author's blog. Never prescriptive and she actually understands that different people work different ways.
Beware emerald green books. The Poison Book Project seeks to identify books dyed with toxic pigments: https://www.iiconservation.org/content/poison-book-project
The aliens watched the cleaning robot known as 'Stabby the Roomba' work its way past them.
"The Humans named it."
"Exemplifying the Human propensity for seeing Humanity in, well, anything."
"With one curious exception."
"Historically. They learned."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
Imagine #libraries don't exist, but there's this person who thought of them and is trying to convince everyone else about them.
-Borrow books for free? People are going to steal them!
-You can just come in to use a computer? Well that's just going to be abused by freeloaders.
-Staff? Who is going to pay them? Why should my taxes be wasted subsidising access to books for people who haven't saved and bought their own?
How many amazing things do we dismiss? What is our society missing out on?
Writing a teen transgender superhero urban fantasy. Ask me about it.
I have a deep loathing for most writing advice articles. Show me the good ones.
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.