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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?

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. 🤪

I'm presently on an airplane and wow do I miss when web pages were kiloytes


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*


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)

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

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I just finished "The Lives of the Monster Dogs" and well THAT sure is a weird as hell book

“Christianity didn’t become a world religion because of the quality of its teachings, but by the quantity of its violence.”


there should be no guilt in unfinished projects. you can always go back to finish it later. and even if you never do, it was still good practice for the next project!

Ugh why do I struggle to write recognizable archetype characters so much? They keep fleshing out and then not being recognizable anymore.

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:

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."
"Other Humans."
"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?

i read a thing recently that blew my mind a little.
went something like:

people can imagine time travel to the past and one little act making massive differences in the timeline

but in their present they think even the greatest effort they can put in will not make any difference to the future

With epic fantasy, there is a tendency for it to be quintessentially conservative in that its job is to restore what is perceived to be out of whack. - N. K. Jemisin

Write a Star Trek: Discovery Eurovision AU in the form of a series of notes left by the characters.

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