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Instead, they made a decision, because the world can be blamed for your pain but not for your cruelty, and that small and cold spirit inside them still longed to do and be better than what had spawned them.

They turned hunger into hibernation. Pain into transformation. And they embraced the cold because it was beautiful even if it was terrible, and waited for warmer days.

Thus was the Regent of Winter born, and their reign was characterised by hope.

They hungered. Not just for food, though they needed it. Not just for shelter or love, though they wanted it. They were hungry because their spirit was being starved.

The world had taken from them again and again and they were fast becoming a husk. Something thin and twisted and locked away from sun and sanity.

They could feel it happening. It would be easy to become a hag, like so many before them. To take that hunger and turn it into miserable, malicious power.


Good morning worlds, good morning Planet.
Hello to the swirling and the twirling and the spinning.
Hey to the circling, rotation, revolution.
Here it comes again, cycling, repeating.
Hello to my friends, hello again, Hey y'all.

I've made more money books on than I have on any other platform.

This is in spite of the fact itch is primarily a games platform and that discoverability there is presumably much lower.

It was a pleasure to publish on, too, with customisable product pages, and very easy-to-set-up sales.

I might start to promote my links from there a bit more?

Love to hear from other folks on how they've found it as a book publishing platform.

Well, hello short story I have stalled on due to deadline shame.

I am going to finish you this week.

Today I have to write a blog post for a writing challenge (my mother runs it and and is asking me to pad out the month's line-up 😅 ).

Do any of you have any suggestions for a writing or publishing related post you'd like to see from me? I am ... very bad at coming up with blog post ideas.

Yesterday he was WAILING for an early dinner and I told him 'no yelling' and carried on with my work.

He quickly ran up to me, braced his paws on my arm so that his face was almost level with mine, and started SILENTLY MEOWING, opening and closing his mouth right in front of my face.

... I fed him early. XD

Cats are clever communicators and sociable animals. If they can't get you to do what they want one way, they will learn another way.

Also, they are very, very funny.

He's also not allowed to hit or scratch us because he's impatient to be fed or whatever. (It's all the same training method of telling him NO firmly and then ignoring him/sending him away.)

So instead Merlin started gently tapping us on the arm. After he's tapped my arm A LOT I tell him to go away.

So he'll reach out with a paw so gentle it trembles and slowly slowly reach it out to hover it over my arm.

This is both hilarious and audacious.

Merlin is not allowed to bite us when he's mad or wants something. (When he was little and he bit us, we would say OW! and tell him no.)

Merlin never bites people now except accidentally during play and when someone is deliberately annoying him and ignores his warnings.

But what he DOES is he'll bite *near* our hands and feet. Snap his teeth shut a centimetre from skin. Sometimes you can feel his fur brushing your skin.

'Not touching you, can't get mad!'

It kind of struck me yesterday that my cat follows the letter of the law and not the spirit. He rebels in odd ways.

(Of course, he's a cat -- he's not rebelling, he's following instructions and still trying to communicate with me, but it's pretty funny nonetheless)


Good morning wanderers and tootfriends!

Today I wish you a moment of calm ✨

It's only been 36 hours, but my ZineQuest kickstarter for Snake People: A Game of Anticipatory Grief is already backed. One of my players said:

Some things that this game is really good at:
1. get to know your game play group better
2. deal with tough issues together
3. build a world collaboratively - you could go adventure there in other games?!


Do you wish to become a lich? It's very easy, my friend. Simply find the heart of a lich, combine it with the tongue of a dragon, and cook it with the flesh of a well-ridden horse. M'aiq is certain this combination will make you undead.

YES! First full-length black velvet dress since I fell ill weeks ago.

I feel 100% more myself and I love it.

Now I can sweep dramatically everywhere. And curious bees think I'm some kind of giant shiny hole and come invesitgate me which makes me feel a bit like if I was both Maleficent and a disney princess.

Going to work on TINKER & TERROR some more.

Veritas is having feelings and he's not used to it and doesn't like it, and that's my absolute JAM. 💀 🖤

If you're new to Mastodon, please visit -

or if you'd like to invite new people to Mastodon, please ask them to visit -

my Increasingly Less-Brief Guide to Mastodon, which (in addition to being a Hitchhiker's Guide reference) will tell you many things that are useful to know about Mastodon, and also some other things:

In these moments I should remember the Bone Pharaoh’s words

buy a book, save a struggling indie author 

I often wish I could meet my online friends, but I *always* lament that I can't meet their cats

You folk have some truly charming kitties.

The opposite of Open Office is Closed Playground.

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