So happy to share with you: the first scifi story I've ever sold, appearing today in Strange Horizons!
- cryogenic exoplanets
This is five years old, but, real interesting (to me) take about how kudzu got a foothold in the American South, why it was never nearly the danger peopIe imagined it to be, and also why it looked like such menace: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/true-story-kudzu-vine-ate-south-180956325/
I found this a while ago and have been meaning to share it already: https://medium.com/@CassieLaBelle/gender-dysphoria-isnt-what-you-think-6fdc7ae3ac85
Dysphoria's a great concept for sorting your past and present feelings once you've figured out you have gender going on, but before that? It's a generalized misery amplifier, not something you can look for.
Rather, the thing is to ask yourself if you're being a kind of person you can enjoy being. Because it turns out cis people are not, as a rule, just resignedly dealing with their familiar old gender!
New profile picture: the sketch version of the most femme of my panels in @rhea's forthcoming graphic novel FINE, for which I did an interview!
I may or may not update it with future previews from later in the process as they become available, and I will definitely let every dang social media site know when that book is out. Y'all can read the tiniest sliver of what I was like as a babytran!
speculative snark re: cops
Where I grew up (small, white), we had these stupid urban legends about Crime. Of course there was the "razor blades in Halloween candy one", but there was also plenty about Big City Gang Members coming to small towns and killing anyone who does [thing].
They often started with "[name]'s uncle, who's a cop, says...", which I always took as just something added to punch up the story. But it seems the stories cops make up about being "threatened" sound just like this...?
COVID-19 last-ditch travel planning as a trans person question
Any idea, if a person has to make a day-long drive (in the middle of the Eastern half of the United States) during this pandemic, where to find bathrooms that are reliably open? I'm specifically looking for options less trans-hostile than "just pee outside".
(Yes I'll have masks and hand sanitizer; no I wouldn't be doing this if it weren't important.)
*at the support group:*
"Gene therapy gone wrong. How about ny'all?"
"Magical girl contract."
"HRT side effects."
"My witch girlfriend needed a familiar. How about you, newbie?"
"Bitten by a catgirl."
"That's… not supposed to happen. At least, I didn't know it could happen."
"That's what they told me at the doctor's office, RIGHT BEFORE THEY REFERRED ME TO A VET 😤"
Good story to send to people who might think police "reform" is still a viable answer, so they can appreciate that they might be asking the wrong question.
When an AI is trained on words, weird things can happen to the physical domain.
I asked the OpenAI API about horses.
If you're in the UK, do its trans people a massive solid and fill this in.
(It's set up by trans rights group Gendered Intelligence, before you ask)
hot tip for searching/sorting the itch.io Racial Justice bundle
Use this website!!! It even sort by date added by default so you can just browse the games added since the last time you looked. Also be sure to click "Show more filters"
I've been previewing the new @OpenAI API, and honestly despite myself I was a bit nervous when I typed "go ahead and try it." It's that good.
USpol, masculinity in the USA
Something about the current iteration of the #BlackLivesMatter movement that only just struck me? The number of men--young and old, of all races--who have told the press that the video of George Floyd's death made them cry. Now, AMAB folks who grow up in the USA are trained from birth that "men don't cry", and indeed, that most emotional expression is "unmanly". But seeing a real murder? That broke things open.
Normalize men expressing emotions in healthy ways.
Free ebooks about policing, first expires June 5
Free ebooks for ppl who want to learn how the nature of policing dragged us all into this situation.
This ebook is free until June 5
protest report screenshot, police aggression
a personal account from a friend who was present at a Saturday protest at the governor's mansion in #Atlanta. Shared by author's request. first 4 of 8 screenshots. remaining screenshots and then transcript will follow in thread.
Queer trans dork into type systems, feminist scifi/fantasy novels, the ancient world, and 🌺.
Mostly cross-posting (non-RTs only) for now.
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