Writer friends! Here's a thing you might be interested in: I'm helping behind the scenes with an online literary plot and structure course, run by my friend Anaea Lay. Anaea is a writer, developmental editor, workshop instructor, and all-around witty pedant.

We're putting out newsletters with the course content. About half the content of the newsletter will be free, so there's plenty to sink your teeth into. There's also still room in the class (over skype), so let me know if you're interested.

One thing I always admired about pirates was the pirate code. The part I care about the most is how booty is shared. For example: "The Captain and Quartermaster to receive two shares of a prize: the master, boatswain, and gunner, one share and a half, and other officers one and quarter." ☠️ Just think about this! What if a CEO only ever got twice as much as everybody else? Twice as much was good enough for Captain Bartholomew Roberts!

The Dream Foundry does a media exploration club where we pick a theme, and then analyze different works across media for the theme. Our theme right now is "Found Families" and this month we're looking at the first two episodes of Firefly, and next month we're talking about Dragon Age: Inquisition. All these conversations are led by professionals.

I'm really enjoying geeking out about Firefly right now. If this sounds like a thing you might enjoy, come join us!



Trans Lifeline (a very good organization that I can personally vouch for) is looking to hire a full-time remote volunteer coordinator for their microgrants program. $17+/hr w/full benefits. Can be worked from anywhere.

This is an administrative position focused on recruiting, managing and training volunteers. What they're asking for is any community organizing experience. If you need work, apply!!


Hero does not learn his name until after first adventure.

Fairy transforms herself
into a monstrous being
with head
of an ape,
thin legs,
sharp claws,
fish scales
and bristles.

Look who finally made it to a Cubs game!

The visiting partner who is the reason I'm here is being a total sweetie about my absolute ignorance concerning this game, because wow have I seen the experience of going to a ball game portrayed on more episodes of The Simpsons than I have attended actual baseball games.

But, dang it, Chicago is all welcoming of weirdos like me, so I'm going to try to appreciate its normal human pastimes!

I've been thinking about how to describe the Old Powers of the Earth (from the Earthsea books) that gets across why they sort of fuck me up, and maybe the right comparison would be to the Black Lodge?

Except of course Le Guin is more for understated seriousness than surreality.

After rewatching the Madoka movie yesterday I've realized I do want another season of that show. Show more

@millenomi I specifically think you might enjoy this book, fwiw. (Though, I'm also aware that you sometimes have pretty exacting taste when it comes to media, so I can't promise that this is the case.)

I hear it's maybe good that _Empress of Forever_ was the first Max Gladstone I read, as he doesn't usually write rolicking science fantasy adventure, yet that's totally what it was.

I think it did a good job at being that? It felt like an anime, including a sorta surreal ending.

I also felt that it managed to be about trendy The-Singularity-adjacent topics without descending into wankery / fumbling the details. Which is worth something to me.

And also, the main character is a useless lesbian.

Prompted talktotransformer.com to complete a short list of things from my book and here's what it did.

Struggling to articulate what about this is so disturbing.

I was near to a Container. I take no pleasure in this.

— Lòr Fathidok, hammerer

A fucked up thing that I realize every so often-- and that I need to tweet already before the former's movie comes out and makes it no longer true-- is that Steven and Utena are the same age.

This is a really good interview with Rebecca Sugar: polygon.com/sdcc/2019/7/26/893

It focuses more on worldbuilding, craft, storytelling constraints, and influences (including Utena!) than on the representation-y aspects that most interviewers like to ask about. (I like what Rebecca Sugar has to say about those things, too, but I feel like y'all are more likely to have already run across those than to have heard them talk about the theory of the sublime in art.)

Text summary: love-takes-work.tumblr.com/pos

I've been on Instagram for a few months now, I think, and it's sort of like two social networks at once?

Like, you have this rather sedate world of permanent posts. And then you have the friggin' stories, where I don't even know what's going on half the time.

For people looking for an alternative to Facebook events that isn't spammy like evite and the like, I recommend checking out gath.io

It requires no login, basically you provide an email address, you get a unique editing URL, you make a nice looking event form, and people can RSVP there. Your event and all related info is deleted from their DB 2 weeks after the event is over.

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