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."
"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?
@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"
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.
Writing Excuses is seriously some of the best writing advice I've ever been given.
The MICE Quotient episodes (https://writingexcuses.com/2021/08/29/16-35-what-is-the-m-i-c-e-quotient/) 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 by James Gurney"
new post at aiweirdness.com!
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
Writing a teen transgender superhero urban fantasy. Ask me about it.
I have a deep loathing for most writing advice articles. Show me the good ones.
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