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I've been thinking about giving it another go here and the newest wave of migration seems like as good a time as any. So I suppose it's time for a re- .

Fantasy author & grad student in PSU's book publishing program. My debut novel MOONSHINE came out earlier this year from Angry Robot.

Other interests include cosplay/sewing, D&D, and video games (been big into Stardew Valley lately, but just got Persona 5). I'm also queer and disabled. All pronouns except "it" are fine πŸ‘

Last week: finished editing a book
This week: finished drafting a book
Every day of my life until the end of time: "Why am I so mentally and emotionally tired all the time?? It's a mystery!"

Been having trouble getting into new books lately (stalled or DNF on at least 5 of the last 6 I've tried reading), so I decided instead to reread an old favorite. It's been useful in kind of rebooting my ability to immerse myself in the story.

Tried to order my Dublin WorldCon membership and my card declined (not surprising), and my bank asked me to verify approved purchases for that, dinner at the sushi place down the street, and 2 used video games.

A purchase from the past week that apparently /doesn't/ raise their flags is the $30-ish silver wig. They were fine with that one.

Every year the dragon landed outside the town, and asked for a sacrifice to volunteer.
Every year a young person stepped forth: hesitantly, resignedly, or even gladly.
Every year the dragon took the sacrifice away, and left them with a loving family far away.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

My favorite Tiper moment was when she went berserk after running afoul some chaotic magic (I failed a critical wisdom saving throw). Tiper's party members had to beat her down and tie her up.

Once the chaos magic was dealt with and she came to her senses, instead of letting my party members untie her, I rolled to have her flex her way out of the bonds. I rolled much better that time πŸ’ͺ

She is legendarily uncouth and unrefined, although she did once get the party into a bandit hideaway by politely knocking on the door when no one else thought to.

She's also yoked and carrying a whole armory's worth of weapons. She likes fancy accessories, though.

More about my character while I wait for dinner to cook:

Her name is Tiper Pigwrastle, a former pig farmer from the hamlet of Hamlet. 🐷 She's a halfling fighter who learned her combat skills from managing unruly livestock and chasing off wild beasts from the family farm.

In my &D game last night, my halfling fighter obtained an item called Cape of Bees, which has black and yellow stripes and a fuzzy hood (and can summon bees, ofc), and now apparently her new catchphrase is, "I'm a bumbly little beeeeee!"

Does anyone else here collect consoles? I'm trying to come up with a way to store my older ones where they won't be exposed to dust but can still be easy to dig up if I ever get the urge to play something on them. Any practical storage tips? Right now I'm just stashing them in paper bags in my closet πŸ˜‘

CW for gory implications 

Oh my goodness, these custom emojis πŸ˜„

:asexual_flag: :aromantic_flag: :genderqueer_flag:

I don't think those were here the last time I logged in.

I've been thinking about giving it another go here and the newest wave of migration seems like as good a time as any. So I suppose it's time for a re- .

Fantasy author & grad student in PSU's book publishing program. My debut novel MOONSHINE came out earlier this year from Angry Robot.

Other interests include cosplay/sewing, D&D, and video games (been big into Stardew Valley lately, but just got Persona 5). I'm also queer and disabled. All pronouns except "it" are fine πŸ‘

Some self-/non-self promo: There's now a Goodreads list of all published and upcoming that got deals through , including my book Moonshine. Check out the whole list! goodreads.com/list/show/117650

The playlist at my day job is really memeing it up today. Never Gonna Give You Up and The Final Countdown in the past hour alone.

Twitter, white supremacists, halfway decent news 

I see a lot about tabletop gaming in this instance. Are there many enthusiasts here, too?

My is the sequel to Moonshine. Exploring more of its world, introducing some new characters, giving minor characters from the first book a bit more focus, still plenty of Daisy & Andre getting up to nonsense.

Feels like it's coming along slowly, but I recalculated my progress yesterday and found I'm on track to finish earlier than I was expecting πŸ™‚

Gut check: Even if I keep profiles both here and on .social, this is the one I'm probably going to lean harder on. Local timeline here is much more geared to my interests.

TAZ Balance spoilers 

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