Spending some time today re-working our 'about us'.
We're basically going back to the drawing board with our marketing/website/etc.
it's been fun and interesting to really look at what we're here for, what our goals are, etc.
The rough draft for a new take on our 'about us' is a lot more... *active* is probably the best word... than our old self description.
Need's some work before we debut it, but keep your eye out. 😉
~Woman Forced to Remove Dying Tree, Turns It Into Tiny Library Instead~
First post of the New Year and some big news.
We're in discussion with one of the authors who subbed to us during pitmad and have a few others we intend to offer contracts to this week.
If all of them accept, we'll probably need to close submissions for a while.
Really, really, really excited and looking forward to sharing these amazing stories with everyone!
Apparently there was a transformer meltdown in New York last night. The whole sky lit up bright blue and social media went straight to aliens - when my wife showed me the video I started gibbering "Ooh, big fault! Arcing! BIG FAULT!"
So to understand this news, and to understand why this is so rare, and to understand the post-19th Century world in general, how DOES a transformer work, anyway? Well...
Honestly, like 90% of "should we treat robots like people?" sci-fi narratives are almost inexcusably lazy, because they're willfully ignoring the much more uncomfortable reality.
How can we be willing to acknowledge whether or not robots should be treated like people, without acknowledging the reality that people are already being treated like robots.
Had a thought, if folks like maybe other #amwriting folks will join in?
Throughout the day tomorrow, I'm going to post pieces from one of my stories. (haven't decided which yet).
Folks who are spending the holiday alone OR are dealing with family stress can pop on through out the day to see the new updates and enjoy the story. If other folks do this, the Fediverse will be filled with interesting stories to read on a day when lots of folks need some fun and selfcare.
Hey. I'd like to get a little fediverse support group doing for writing more in the next year.
It can be blogs, long posts on here, fiction, non-fiction, thesis, uni work, etc. etc.
But I want us to band together and support and motivate each other.
I'm suggesting #AmWriting (capitalized for screen readers) as it's an already established hashtag, which I don't think would suffer if it was used more.
Still, don't give unsolicited advice, obviously.
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Whether you love or loathe the holiday‘s it can be overwhelming for us all. Don't forget to give yourself some selfcare!
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Don't think we've seen this shared here -- Uncanny Magazine will be accepting submissions Jan 15 for their Disabled People Destroy #Fantasy issue. An issue that will be entirely by #ownvoices #disability authors.
If this is something you'd like to submit to, details here.
If this is something you'd like to read, maybe follow Uncanny on social media.
Very excited. One of the submissions from #pitmad is very much what we've been looking for. Gonna put the contract offer together and send it out in the next week or two.
Still several promising submissions to take a closer look at. *happy bounce*
The cat sneezed.
Healers were summoned. The cat sneezed more.
The awful truth was realized; it was allergic to humans.
The queen wept, for she had grown fond of the fussy creature.
But for the sake and comfort of her beloved pet, she gave it to a Noble Elven family, who promised to regularly send sketches, paintings, poems and tales.
The cat didn't really notice, it just wanted food, chin-scritches and a warm place to sleep.
Whilst I'm a straight/cis/white guy, this nonetheless speaks to a lot of the reasons 40K never clicked with me as a setting:
Making the Imperium "the good guys" is done too often & wholly rips the soul out of 40K as a setting IMO. The Imperium are absolutely fascists - they should be a rotting, horror-show broken hulk of a culture that people only cling to for fear of something worse (which is where the T'au can get really interesting).
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"Why you should pay to boost content
As organic reach continues to decline, boosting content is an essential tactic for social media marketers."
Just spitballing here, but maybe we should be looking at WHY organic reach is declining. Maybe the fact that people already feel inundated in non-consensual advertising might have something to do with it?
It's way off our usual topics, but tempted to do a blog post 'Shitty marketing advise and why it's shitty'
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