"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."
With a solemn magical nod, the means of a new family appeared in my hands.
"With unlimited internet access and airline miles."
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.
@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: https://rfc.ioc.exchange/seb/mastodon-on-the-fediverse-current-limitations
He climbed up there 45 minutes ago and now I’m trapped. #cats
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.
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.
I’m a programmer by trade. I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy, run, and play with fountain pens. he/him, Austin, TX
TBF I post about my cats a lot.
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.