#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?
Crows roost communally. Crows can describe individual humans and inform other crows in their community about threats and friends. Corvids are highly intelligent and very social. Birds are dinosaurs.
Part of the fun of feeding crows is realizing that, as a direct result, real live dinosaurs are going to talk to each other about you personally.
No matter which social network you're on, following a diverse group of people helps you taking a peek at the other side of your personal filter bubble.
You don't have to agree with everything and everyone, but please, at least try to listen to people and their opinions.
It will help you appreciate your own life, and may just make you a little wiser.
Durability of media for playlists, from least to most
- Cheap CD-R
- Playlist from non-streaming app
- Playlist from streaming service
- Paper tracklist + access to youtube
- Expensive CD-R
- Pile of MP3s in user-friendly cloud storage
- m3u file
- pile of MP3s in a folder on a server somewhere
- pile of MP3s in S3
April is Autism Acceptance Month. Here's your periodic reminder to NOT donate to Autism Speaks. They're a pro-eugenics organisation masquerading as a charity, and they don't have any autistic people on their board of directors. They do nor speak for me or other #ActuallyAutistic people.
So I'm writing a story about a bunch of teens who discover the world around them is weirder than they thought. But none of the tropes quite make sense to me. Why _do_ teens treat teachers as adult authorities to evade? Why is sex fraught the way it is? Why do people segregate by gender? What motivates the weird shame-ridden behaviors people have as they figure themselves out? I've kinda been there? But not really.
- School has never been the center of my universe. That job is for libraries & the Internet
- My parents aren't controlling or protective. If I wanted to do something, I did it.
- I don't really care if other people are like me. The default for social groups to me is heterogenous.
- Gender's weird.
- No, really, gender is _super_ weird the way WASPs perform it. How does anyone live this way?
- Shame isn't really a thing I do.
- I've got really strong principles I tend to hold to.
It's really weird and interesting to write stories and think about how they'll be received when you're a queer, rural-raised, mountain hippie cyberpunk anarchist unschooler.
My whole life I've had this distinctly Different worldview. That part's normal to me. But writing has this way of making me think about how other people see it and then it suddenly looks weird.
It doesn't help that I'm writing something set around a high school.
liberals be like wow its really cool how i have created this completely value neutral communication platform where people are free to say whatever they want and none of their interaction choices are constrained or encouraged by any of our inherent design mechanisms in any way, i love making tons of money and not being seen as responsible for the culture i foster in any way, thats just human nature babey!
Writing a teen transgender urban fantasy. Ask me about it.
I study natural language processing, parsing, & graph theory.
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