This week in the Slacktiverse, September 20th 2014

(posted by chris the cynic, written by members of The Slacktiverse)

The Blogaround

  • Storiteller has been working through what it means to not live up to your own expectations.  In Rolling Somewhat Merrily Along, she talks about how although not as many people as she hoped have shown up to the family bike rides she’s organized, the reactions of the riders who have has provided her encouragement.  In Fear Makes Companions of Us All , she describes how last week’s episode of Doctor Who (“Listen”) and a church sermon helped her realize how much she’s allowed fear to control her.

  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • So, if you haven’t noticed yet, I’ve taken to talking about the histories of the months in my monthly reminder that I have a donation button, mostly because otherwise the reminder post would have no content beyond asking for money.  So this month go to learn about September, the history of how many days are in a short month, why the number-months are all off by two, and … stuff.
    • I’m kind of in a funk at the moment, so I did a post listing things I hope to do when no-longer-in-a-funk and asked if they interest people.
    • For what’s probably the first time this year I went over to Sinfest and caught up on the comic.  This prompted a post where I talked about what I like about Sinfest.  It’s not just that the characters pull through at times when they’re completely out of their depth and have no reasonable hope of succeeding, it’s how they do that.

In Case You Missed This

Tiny not-mushroom sea-mushroom-looking creatures discovered 28 years ago, but only now described, may completely change what we think we know about the beginning of animal speciation.  Cool.

Things You Can Do

No submissions this week. Contributions still accepted here, too.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

Deconstruction Roundup for September 19, 2014

(by the Slacktiverse and others; collected by Silver Adept, who is having a worry.)

The point of these posts is threefold:

  1. To let people stay up to date on ongoing deconstructions. (All ones on our list, including finished and stalled ones, here.)
  2. To let people who can’t comment elsewhere have a place to comment.
  3. To let people comment in a place where people who can’t read Disqus can see what they have to say.

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

  • Currently on hiatus due to bridge-dweller interference.

Amarie: Amarie’s Dreamjournal:

duckbunny: Sensical

Erika M. and Will Wildman: Something Short and Snappy

Fred Clark: Slacktivist


Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

Mouse: Mouse’s Musings

Philip SandiferPhilip Sandifer: Writer (formerly TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue)

Ross: A Mind Occasionally Voyaging


Silver Adept: Here on The Slacktiverse

Dragonquest: Trigger Warning

Last time, Thread fell on the Southern Continent, but its effect was entirely blunted through processes not yet completely understood. This only added to F’lar’s worries that everything was spinning out of his control.

Dragonquest, Chapter IX: Content Notes: Rape

Chapter IX is, mercifully, short. That said, please consider your own health and spoons before proceeding.

Chapter IX returns us to F’nor, still healing, but now very interested in how the vegetation survives Threadfall so robustly and also interested in the various philosophical differences between Hold, Craft, and Weyr.

Weyrmen insisted they were superior to commoners even while they consistently exhibited the same appetites as other men for material possessions and nubile women. Yet they did indeed refute the Crafter contention that dragonriding was a skill no more exacting than any craft on Pern, for in no other craft did a man risk his life as a matter of course.

Except, of course, when Thread falls. Or if one is working with agenothree, or Fandarel’s chemical reactions, or is mining firestone. Our many other crafts that pose a risk to life.

F’nor raises to contemplate the idea of death for himself or Canth, and is summoned by Brekke for a checkup. Which leads to Brekke complaining about the feeling that violent upheaval is coming – not a mating flight, though.

“It’s just that everything is going away – disorienting, changing…”

“Is that all? Didn’t I hear you suggesting a minor change our two? Letting a girl Impress a fighting dragon? Handing out fire-lizards to placate the common mass?”

“That’s change. I’m taking about a disorientation, a violent upheaval…”

Something in her candid gaze disturbed him deeply.

F’nor again tries to get her to accept outside bronzes for Wirenth, which Brekke rejects, again, and F’nor expresses his irritation that she’s not fighting for herself. Brekke gives F’nor a withering look as he recites her virtues, and then finishes his sentence for him.

“Useful, worthwhile, wholesome, capable, dependable, the list is categoric, F’nor, I know the whole litany…I know what I am.”

To erase that self-deprecation, to make amends for his own maladroitness, F’nor leaned across the table to kiss her on the lips.

First and foremost, no matter how intimate you are with someone, a kiss is not an apology. Especially without any context, like maybe, apologizing.

Second, F’nor, Brekke is giving you “back off” signals. Back off.

The narrative, on the other hand, has other ideas. He only meant the kiss as an apology, but Brekke leans in to it, and into him, wholeheartedly. The innocence trips F’nor’s radar and he correctly surmises that Brekke is still a virgin, and that she’s been letting everyone assume T’bor has had sex with her on Wirenth’s mating flights. You see, she loves F’nor, ever since he came for her on the search for queen candidates, and she didn’t know that only bronzes get to fly queens, so she had been saving herself for him.

F’nor makes a hash of it, blithely assuming that Brekke will adapt to Weyr culture’s more sexually libertine attitudes.

“I’m not weyrbred. I don’t have that kind of – of – wantonness in my nature. I’m – I’m inhibited. There! I said it. I’m inhibited, and I’m afraid I’ll inhibit Wirenth….I never saw any man I wanted to – to have -…Not that way. Not until I saw you. I don’t want any other man to possess me.”

F’nor takes this idea into account, thinks about the Southern riders, and decides that he’s going to take Brekke before they can, thinking they’ll brutalize her.

Last chance. After this, it’s triggers all the way down.

He held her tightly as she seemed to shrink with revulsion from him as well as the imminent event….Still holding her, he carried her out of the weyrhold, smothering her protest against his chest as she realized his intention….He wanted to be gentle, but unaccountably, Brekke fought him. She pleaded with him, crying out wildly that they’d rouse the sleeping Wirenth.He wasn’t gentle but he was thorough, and, in the end, Brekke astounded him with a surrender as passionate as if her dragon had been involved.

Cocowhat by depizan

(Also, the original Simpsons of the following clip involving a large profanity – this one uses Bleach characters instead – Homer: (angry monotone voice) Kids, could you step outside for a sec?

(Bart and Lisa run out of the room)

(Homer takes a deep breath, then shouts) FU-

(Homer’s profanity is cut off by a pipe organ. Shocked neighbors look in the Simpsons house)

Ned Flanders: Dear Lord, that’s the loudest profanity I ever heard!)

Fuck you, F’nor. Fuck you and your brother and your rape culture and your rapist behavior. I want new protagonists right fucking now.

Brekke gave F’nor all the back the ever loving fuck off signals he needed to avoid this choice. To be that dragonman that she adored and feel in love with. So now, he’s broken her image of him as the perfect gentleman, he’s raped her for her first time, and even by his own admission, he wasn’t gentle about it, either. Rather than send him off to die by having Thread eat him alive, the narrative will deliver it’s promised punishment to Brekke by having her stay in love and stay with him. We can already see the hints in this – F’nor is now ready to break with tradition (tradition. *spit*) and have Canth participate in Wirenth’s mating fight. So that he can keep Brekke to himself.

And he uses every underhanded trick he’s learned from “a hundred causal encounters” to seduce her again and bring her over to his way of thinking by exciting her body.

The last few pages of the chapter is Kylara finding renewed purpose in her quest for revenge…and adding F’nor and Brekke too her revenge list by discovering their love nest without being seen. Because clearly F’nor should be sleeping with pretty Kylara instead of plain Brekke.

Fuck. This is only going to get worse, isn’t it.

Writer Workshop September 17th, 2014

(Posted by chris the cynic)

Those of you who also frequent Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings will find this somewhat familiar.  Here, as there, it was requested that there be a regular post to talk about writing projects (and other artwork-creation). Thus this post exists.

Pencil by Elisa Xyz

What are you working on? How are you feeling about it? What thoughts and/or snippets would you like to share? How does your activism work into your art? What tropes are you hoping to employ and/or avoid? Are there any questions you’d like to ask or frustrations you’d like to vent?  Writing workshop below!

Open Thread: Things lost to time

(posted by chris the cynic)

The past is badly recorded (the present isn’t much better.)  You can’t even see The Return of the Jedi as it originally appeared in theaters.  That’s a mere 31 years ago.  If you want to know about the Minoan Civilization (≈ three and a half thousand years ago) you … have foundations.  No literature, no stories, no idea what it was all about.

What poorly preserved/understood things intrigue you?

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[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

This week in the Slacktiverse, September 13th 2014

(posted by chris the cynic, written by members of The Slacktiverse)

The Blogaround

  • Storiteller enjoyed hanging out with her friends this past weekend, both the folks with and without kids.  In Faire Thee Well, she talks about visiting the local Renaissance Faire with her family and friends of theirs.  She loves how these fairs can both cultivate imagination and potentially break down stereotypes.  She also discusses how she and her husband have worked to see their friends without kids as much as possible after their son was born, offering some suggestions to fellow new parents in We Do Still Want to See You – Seriously.

    While not on her blog, she also had a guest post on the Children and Nature Network.  They asked her to rework a post from her blog, resulting in Valuable Lessons: What I Want to Teach My Son About Nature.
  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • I posted the first chapter of a story in which a handful of people awaken to find themselves in an abandoned cryogenic prison on the moon.  It is a Kim Possible fan fiction, but one shouldn’t need to be familiar with the show to understand it.  It’s called “Forgotten Seeds”.
    • I talked about my financial situation and picking up another form of blood sucking parasite (not a metaphor) in “School, oil, money, and stuff“.

In Case You Missed This

No submissions this week. Contributions are still welcome!

Things You Can Do

No submissions this week. Contributions still accepted here, too.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

Deconstruction Roundup for September 12, 2014

(by the Slacktiverse and others; collected by Silver Adept, who knows very little about anything.)

The point of these posts is threefold:

  1. To let people stay up to date on ongoing deconstructions. (All ones on our list, including finished and stalled ones, here.)
  2. To let people who can’t comment elsewhere have a place to comment.
  3. To let people comment in a place where people who can’t read Disqus can see what they have to say.

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

  • Currently on hiatus due to bridge-dweller interference.

Amarie: Amarie’s Dreamjournal:

duckbunny: Sensical

Erika M. and Will Wildman: Something Short and Snappy

Fred Clark: Slacktivist


Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

Mouse: Mouse’s Musings

Philip SandiferPhilip Sandifer: Writer (formerly TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue)

Ross: A Mind Occasionally Voyaging


Silver Adept: Here on The Slacktiverse

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