#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?
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?"
"It's like that sometimes. Got a huge slug last night!"
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)
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.
Writing a teen transgender urban fantasy. Ask me about it.
I study natural language processing, parsing, & graph theory.
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