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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?

Writing Excuses is seriously some of the best writing advice I've ever been given.

The MICE Quotient episodes ( are super great right now.

I don't agree with literally everything, but it's such a useful framework.

Pretty striking the difference that a byline makes when asking CLIP+VQGAN to generate images.

"Internet infrastructure"
"Internet infrastructure by James Gurney"

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Hey fiction folks, does anyone know of a space-exploration story, with the treatment of alien-to-us 'natives' that treats them with care like they're people and not falling into xenophobic colonial tropes? (or who reckon with the fact that the explorers are doing a colonialism?)

I've somewhat on purpose coded one character in my novel as ADHD; another I entirely accidentally coded as autistic, in ways that are more familiar as autism in women. I worry, though, that since neither is a viewpoint character at any point in the story that that will serve to other them — though they have close friends and the whole book is built to give them intimate space as a group, with plenty of opportunity to not be a stereotype.

I'm curious to know: has anyone found any good essays or research on the effects of using a neurotypical character as the viewpoint character observing an autistic or ADHD character? What oppressions and distortions result? Benefits? For what audiences?

How does it feel as someone autistic to read those stories? (or ADHD, though I've a view there)

This has such a long history — Watson and Sherlock Holmes are an example.

(not interested in absolutive moral 'you should not' responses)

I made a horrifying tool!

Converts RTF (as I write it in Scrivener) to markdown so I can publish it on the web easily. Wired up to some other tools with a horrifying amount of nerdery, I can go from 'save file in scrivener' to 'appears on the web' entirely automatically.

I'm staring at the coffee mug, tea mug, wine glass and water glass around my writing spot and thinking "When our powers combine..."

Oh this is exciting. I wonder if we'll see some more kishotenketsu rather than hero's journey structured stories. I'd love to see more variety of pacing in Star Wars tales.

Write an Iron Man fic with fancy dinner in the style of a farce.

"As this is an emotion which was caused by a man, I can only assume this must be that ‘love’ thing I keep hearing about as being inevitable between men and women."

Lol. (from

I am super looking forward to this (free!) stream series about Point of View starting tonight

I'm so glad that writing is not like iron, capable of being overwrought by mere reworking. To be sure, it can be brittle or more florid and ornate than is useful, but we get so much more freedom to change things. Such is our peril too.

The clock maker studied the plans.
"This is... Not right."
"Can you build it?"
"Of course! But I can't promise it will work."
It worked, if you were close. Every hour had 61 minutes, every minute 61 seconds.
"48 minutes per day. What will you do with the extra time?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Anyone have any scifi from before 1985 that they think still holds up?

Dear past imperfect mood, will you kindly HAVE BEEN FUCKING OFF ALREADY. I am trying to write pithy prose here.

The anthropological study of writers giving writing advice and the communities they form would be _fascinating_

Don't get me wrong, I love a good flavorful protagonist and PoV character, but it's really hard to build relationships where you root for everyone involved that way. You can flip flop for a duo, especially if there's antagonism, but once you get a few more people involved it's damn hard.

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Writing third person omniscient is so hard, but I can't figure out another way to make a fantasy story with an ensemble of characters who are rarely apart work right. I see why so many authors use third limited, but have a bland character to make the PoV, so you can get the world and other excellent characters in focus rather than the PoV character sometimes. Not gonna lie, I'm struggling hard here. If anyone has tips I'm all ears.

Everyone tries to manage extracurriculars, 'cause you "have to" to make it. And then you have the kids who feel like failures because they can't keep up. And then you have the few kids who seem to make it easily, have all the support they need, and don't care enough about how hard it is for everyone else. Self-centered in the way their blind privilege of a sort works.

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