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Thinking about how the mid 2010s gave us both Eleanor Shellstrop and Rey, who represent a pretty wide spectrum of relatable outcomes that might result from growing up in a shitty desert without decent people in your life.

TFW you start writing a jokey and vaguely porny story and end up doing 6 hours of research into astronaut training and the details of potential mars missions.

OK so what if the proportions of representation in the House were based not on the census but on how many people voted in your state’s elections last time 🤔

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Millennials have killed 'millennials are killing' headlines

I’ll never forgive the internet for training a generation of artists and writers to call what they make “content.”

Boxes have contents. You’re a fucking ARTIST. You make ART. Own it.

How frustrating would it be to read a whole novel written in the present tense?

She grasped at the words, most of them unfamiliar. It had been a long time since she had used the language, really. The conversation about the bread in the market and the price of pears had not kept them sharp, anyway.

Every one of them was poetry, dripping with half-remembered meanings, the picture they painted all the richer for her lack of memory.

Her fingers traced the words until she remembered, banishing the ghosts with each fingertip, chasing them to the next hazy word.

Been thinking about interspecies communication and diplomacy a lot lately...

"So this is your alphabet. It has 26 glyphs in current use, it fits on a business card, and it makes no sense at all."

"No arguments there."

"This is your international phonetic alphabet. The alphabet of the human speech system. Can you memorize this sheet of paper?"

"Uh... Sure, yeah, if that's my job."

"Good." *phonebook-sized thump* "This is the intergalactic phonetic alphabet. We'll work up to that."

If you could have cast one magic spell and had it work in high school, what would it have been?

Tonight's writing task is chasing down weasel words. Let's see how many instances of 'she felt' I can tear down and make into something not tedious.

My new "serverful" architecture uses next-generation noChain databases to run advanced containerless apps.

This character is _fascinating_

She is caught between:

* making her parents feel like giving up so much for her education was worth it
* staying true to herself, since she and her parents believe so deeply in that being important
* figuring out who she is, and whether that’s who her parents think she is.


You see three figures dart into the woods at night outside your house. You're not afraid, you're curious, so you follow them

You realize they're witches, casting a spell.

What do you do?

I had no idea but petty awful people are so much fun to write. And such low-stakes conflict for a story!

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