"I Sexually Identify As an Attack Helicopter" clarkesworldmagazine.com/fall_

This might be among the best stories I've read in a while. There are some seriously erudite bits buried in there. Just :chefkiss: delicious rebuttal to everything and a damn good story too.

question for people in the US 

question for people in the US 

question for people in the US 

I wrote a blog post about how I cputer, and where I am running in to limitations.

I'll update a few more times on this topic this month, and post some pictures. ajroach42.com/reaching-the-wor

Job interview pro tip: when the interviewer asks if you have any questions, ask what the company's five-year plan is. Where does the company want to be in five years?

The answer will tell you a *lot* about whether you want to work there.

I'm inordinately proud of the intro scene for my antagonist. (lachesis.netlify.com/untitled/)

The worldbuilding in this thing has taken so many turns from where I started. This story is weird, going to stay weird, and I've decided to just roll with it. Teenagers-with-powers superheroish A side vs magical but cyberpunk post-collapse dystopia B side. Two worlds collide.

What would your character give up to to try for freedom?


John Cook's blog — feeds.feedburner.com/theendeav
Julia Evans' blog — jvns.ca/atom.xml
Assaf Arkin's "Labnotes" — labnotes.org/feed.xml
Bad Conlang Ideas — badconlangingideas.tumblr.com/
Jasika Nicole's more personal blog — sugarbooty.tumblr.com/rss
Leah Neukirchen (the gal who invented the tumblog!) — chneukirchen.org/blog/index.at

Steven Universe is super even-handed about doing this to every character who appears regularly, but even so there's some who persistently have storylines around how they don't fit in.

Amethyst. Peridot. Lars. Pink. It's one of the themes of the show to a huge degree.

But interestingly, these groups don't overlap very much. Arguably Steven is in multiple, but mostly the groups are discrete.

Buffy is interesting in that there aren't a lot of separate groups until S4. It's always the Scoobies vs the current Big Bad.

But in a given season, I bet seeing who is 'in' and who is not fitting in would show a lot of the structure of the show.

I wonder what other stories would yield insights when analyzed this way.

And Alison is sometimes too much of a neutral point of view, I find. So I need to find where she has conflict and show it. Turns out she _wants_ to be part of the martial arts crew and have a home in the dojo. A home that feels like a home at all would be amazing but she's not finding it there. It's too complicated, the friendships and camraderie. There's her conflict.

But she's a bilingual witch with a temper. She's _not like_ the others, and until someone changes, she won't fit. That's a story. Someone changing.

In this case the nerds grow up some and Michele softens some and they realize they have a mutual antagonist. Oh hey. PLOT.

Going back to the story I'm writing though I'm using it to find characters that need more aspects to them, or the natural alliances with an interesting story.

The comic book reading game-playing nerd crew are the heart of the story, but Michele doesn't fit with them despite being maybe the most ubernerd of the bunch.

And so too, the sheer amount of conflict within the First Order/Empire in Star Wars always seemed like an unacknowledged weakness. It wasn't usually the rebels being amazing that won the day, it was the conflict within the Empire. Just look at that backstabbing!

But some of the classic Star Wars characterizations show here. Han is ill at ease in the rebel base. C3PO is not at home on a desert outworld. Rey is. Finn and Rose's stories are both of not just conflict with but active rejection of the group they were a part of.

Luke's arc is one of finding and then turning away from a group.

Some of this is very satisfying, and the places I find it not so are the places it should have been done more.

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