What's the equivalent of the word 'unpatriotic' when talking about team spirit?

@balrogboogie Haha proof right there that not ALL unions are forces for good, some still uphold capitalism real bad :D

@iarna Absolutely. It's also basically the only framing that keeps "the system stays working" as a parameter, rather than "the system is not attacked"

I'm in ur internet developing parasocial relationships with ur authorz

You know why so many microfiction stories cut so sharp?

They change the relationship between things.

You don't have to fade to black at the edges. Twist the knife.

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You don't have to write a vignette. Write a scene. Write a denouement. Write a twist, a turn, write how that image started, how it ended, who it changed. Write why. Explain it. Write who it mattered to.

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

The MICE Quotient episodes (writingexcuses.com/2021/08/29/) 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"

new post at aiweirdness.com!

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)

@iarna Whoa I had no idea. I figured it was some long-known thing that someone finally decided to "invent" in the anglosphere

I made a horrifying tool! github.com/aredridel/rtf2md

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.

@Rowyn Ugh, I hate the design ethos that leads to this! Give people tools to empower themselves, don't just offer another kind of manipulation!

"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 coherent-paradox.tumblr.com/po)

I am super looking forward to this (free!) stream series about Point of View starting tonight twitter.com/MGallowglas/status

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.

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