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"I wish for a family."

"Don't you already have one?" asked the genie.

"I wouldn't mind a better one..."

"Do you wish for your current family to be..." the genie made a grim gesture.

"No! No I mean... I guess I like them but I have to be someone very specific for them."

"Understood."

With a solemn magical nod, the means of a new family appeared in my hands.

"A laptop?"

"With unlimited internet access and airline miles."

"Yesss."

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy

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Just realised I can post this pic of wilma again, so angelic 👼

Was a bit fuzzy headed while grocery shopping. Got home and realized I’d forgotten to eat breakfast. Not a mistake I’m normally prone to.

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"We've got something. 22 degrees, about six hundred meters out. Biometrics look feline."

"Visual confirmation?"

"Uh... no, nothing."

"..."

"Just a blep on the radar."

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The cauldron bubbled.

It was a comforting sound, but rare to hear these days. Sound-Generators just weren't the same, most looped poorly or had clearly just recorded a pan of boiling water.

Whatever was brewing smelled amazing too, and that certainly helped. It filled the air with a sweet yet spicy aroma.

Not a love-potion, and not stew, hmm... I was behind on my studies... what WAS it?

"Hug-in-a-mug," she answered, reading my mind.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy

Freezing weather means the night critters showed up early last night (before dusk) and have stayed late this morning. Fox being a lazy lump is not weather dependent.

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Pics of me!!! Very gay! Minimal eye contact boosts!!!!! 

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@Gargron @thegibson @leah @mike Dear valued Admins, I wrote down some thoughts gained from my experience around starting a new instance and added an idea at the end that might have been discussed before: rfc.ioc.exchange/seb/mastodon-

I’ve just spent the last 3 hours sitting out in the back yard enjoying the nice weather. Now the sun goes down and the temperature drops. For once the good weather came on the weekend and the cold crap is for the weekdays.

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I hate it when I crack a geode and there's a note inside that lists the time, place, and method of my death

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Mike's one piece of advice for new Mastodon users - dive into that Federated column and follow ANYONE and EVERYONE who looks like they've posted anything at all interesting to you. Just hammer the button. There's no penalty for mistakes. Go wild.

Later, when your Home timeline is buzzing, go in and unfollow people you decide you're not enjoying so much now.

Then do that again a few times. Then some more. Forever.

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I guess it's another intro time:

Hi, call me Haf. She/her pronouns, please. I'm Chicana, queer, cis and partnered.

I live in the northwestern US, where I work at a startup I co-founded that aims to reduce the cost (both environmental and monetary) of solar panel production and make solar farms possible across the US and beyond.

I write a ton of spec fic and am pretty bad about consistently using capitalization.

I know a little about a lot. Nice to meet y'all.

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Every leader needs an Asker of Awkward Questions at their side.

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And then I looked at my desk and said "I really should clean this up", and the problem is solved.

Hearing that you'll have every other Friday to work on whatever you want is really great, but then when the time comes I'm frequently at a loss for what to work on.

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The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.