PIP, ukpol Show more
if you want to pretend that the PIP system is functioning perfectly well and everyone is being given the right level of benefits, it's probably best not to take away the support of someone as well-connected as, say, the guy who used to run the parliamentary watchdog...
in short: PIP is a complete fuck-up, from start to finish, and it's frankly a fucking miracle anyone gets disability benefits at all in this country.
Girls pulls a 1500 year old sword from a lake:
All hail Saga, the once and future Queen! Also, I love that Arthur has been recast as a female.
Interesting blog on Kobo Writing Life about academics self-publishing. I wish more would. This is mainly because trad academic publishing can be ridiculously overpriced, and as such it keeps in-depth knowledge out of reach for too many people.
The month of Halloween is also #Nano planning month.
I created a bunch of bonkers generators to help get your juices flowing, including this prophecy Generator: http://www.warpcoresf.co.uk/prophecy-generator.php and this one, that generates plots based on Anthropomorphic Personifications: http://www.warpcoresf.co.uk/anthropomorphic-personification-plot-generator.php
Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle's Moonstruck is so sweet, it's like the definition of comfort fantasy: http://www.warpcoresf.co.uk/moonstruck-volume-1.php #graphicnovel
Writers (and most other artists) put in their blood, sweat, tears, and -- most importantly -- TIME, for a reward that might never come.
So if you love the book, go ahead and show the writer some love.
It's not the thing that keeps us going. Most of us will be tapping away anyway. We're like word sharks -- we stop and we suffocate.
But love improves the experience greatly.
Amazon have disappeared my book for over a fortnight since I tried to migrate it from Createspace to KDP. Melody of Demons is still "on sale", but where they're getting the files from I have no idea - they're deleted from Createspace and not on my KDP dashboard. Nor can I upload another version, because they reckon they already have it loaded... somewhere.
I couldn't be more excited that this is a thing... http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2018/09/14/you-might-be-the-killer-the-movie/
politics, women councillors Show more
The Fawcett Society study on women in local government is out, and makes depressing reading. "Virtually no progress". https://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/news/womens-representation-in-local-government-stuck-in-the-past
Ladies, please consider standing. We need all sectors of society to take part in local government.
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.