This week in the Slacktiverse, April 19th, 2014

(posted and compiled by Silver Adept, under the generally watchful eye of of chris the cynic, written by members of The Slacktiverse)

The Blogaround

In Case You Missed This

Things You Can Do

  • No submissions this week; feel free to comment with things you think fit.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

Deconstruction Roundup for April 18th, 2014

(by the Slacktiverse and others; collected by Silver Adept, while chris the cynic discovers new alternate dimensions of reality.)

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

Multiple Deconstructions:

Erika M. and Will Wildman: Something Short and Snappy

Fred Clark: Slacktivist

Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

Mouse: Mouse’s Musings

Omskivar: Omskivar Reviews

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

YamikuronueRaven Wings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Please comment or e-mail us if we’ve forgotten anybody or you have anyone to add. Or if any links are broken, or if you’re linked to and don’t want to be, or if [insert thing that does not sequit here], or for more or less any reason really.

Board Business, April 17th, 2014

(posted by chris the cynic.)

Regular Business

There is no submission deadline for articles and open thread suggestions.  Send them any time. Please. They do not have to be Srs Bzns topics, either. The Eternal Dilemma Of Hot Dogs versus Hot Dog Buns is a perfectly good open thread topic.

The Submission Deadline for the weekend post is 20:00 (8PM) US Eastern Time (UTC-5) Saturday.

Anyone who has submissions for the weekend post should send them in.  Some people wonder if they really deserve to be in the post.  The answer to that is always the same: You do.  So try not to be afraid and do try to send in submissions if you have them.

The sections of the post are as follows:

The Blogaround

Any denizen of the Slacktiverse who has posted an article to their own website since they last submitted to a weekend post is invited, enticed, strongly encouraged, and cajoled to send a short summary of that article along with its permalink to the group email. That summary and link will be included in the next weekend blogaround. This will help to keep members of our community aware of the many excellent websites hosted by other members.

Remember, this is since you last submitted to a weekend post, not since the last weekend post. For example, if the last time you submitted was a month ago, everything you wrote since then is fair game.

In Case You Missed This

Readers of The Slacktiverse can send short summaries of, and permalinks to, articles that they feel might be of interest to other readers.  These should be sent, as you might expect, to the group email.

Things You Can Do

Anyone who knows of a worthy cause or important petition should send a short description of the petition/cause along with its url to the group email.

Again, none for articles and open thread suggestions, 20:00 (8 PM) US Eastern Time (UTC-5) Saturday for the Weekend post.  Also, if there’s a deconstruction you feel should be in the roundup, you can suggest that at any time.
In case the links don’t work: the group email is SlacktiverseAuthors (at) gmail (dot) com.
It is perfectly acceptable to use this as an open thread, should you so desire.

Writer Workshop for April 16th, 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: Articles we want

(By chris the cynic)

It’s that time of [arbitrary unit of time here] again.  What kind of articles would you like to see in this space?

For whatever it’s worth, I think there are only four articles that are in some stage (all in the earlier stages, I believe) of creation right now:

  • On women in classic video games
  • On how something can be full of parts that you like while still being something you dislike overall
  • On how people who think they’re being helpful can be incredibly hurtful to people with depression
  • Something, I don’t even remember what and it’s possible the author doesn’t either so maybe I should have said, “three,” above, on modern (Norse?) Paganism

There has been discussion of the possibility of an article about the article writer’s experience learning fiber art in order to live a more eco-friendly and charitable life.


[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.]

We have a forum; do we actually care about that fact?

(by chris the cynic)

A notification recently went out that, unless someone did something, our forum would be deleted due to inactivity.

It won’t be deleted, because I told it not to delete the forum, but the fact that it was completely inactive raises the question of whether or not it really matters.  We’re not using it at the moment.

When the Slacktiverse at Typepad was closing things were both uncertain and rushed.  One thing that wasn’t clear is whether the Slacktiverse should continue as a blog or instead become a forum or maybe mutate into a Centaur.  Actually, I don’t think the last one was discussed.

So we did both, and we did it in a hurry.  The forum software used, like the blog software used, was chosen for no reason other than the fact that Ana was familiar with it and was therefore able to set up the new forum, and blog, quickly.  It turned out that the blog platform (blogger) wasn’t the best for the Slacktiverse which is why were’re at wordpress now.  I don’t think we ever really had a discussion of whether or not there was a better forum platform for the Slacktiverse.

The truth is that we never discussed the forum much at all.  So this is for discussing it.

Should we just leave it to disappear? Should we keep it around?  Is there something that could be done to make it more useful?

This week in the Slacktiverse, April 12th, 2014

(posted and compiled by Silver Adept, under the conductor's baton of chris the cynic, written by members of The Slacktiverse)

The Blogaround

  • Storiteller went through some ups and downs in parenting the last few weeks. In The Acceptance of Rejection, she talks about the worries she has with breastfeeding her baby and recognizing that it will need to come to an end eventually. Of Board Books and Bibliophibians was inspired by the fact that her husband “caught” their baby flipping through one of his board books. In the post, she describes why she’s grateful for old-fashioned physical books for kids rather than e-readers. Reading parenting blogs often inspires some rants, so she got out her anger by writing An Open Letter to Parenting Philosophers, in which she describes why she hates it when people couch parenting advice as a moral framework.

In Case You Missed This

  • Storiteller has a suggestion for a new deconstruction for the Slacktiverse to follow and index. Suggestions for appropriate trigger warnings and commentary on whether to take up the deconstruction are welcome:

    We should probably include Libby Anne’s deconstruction of the Pearl’s books on Love, Joy, Feminism. They’re not fiction (they are respectively a “parenting” and “marriage” book), but I think a lot of people would be interested in them. Here’s her listing for Created to Need a Helpmeet ( and To Train Up a Child ( However, because both of them involve methods of relating to people that border on if not march straight into the realm of abuse with absolutely no shame, we’ll need some serious trigger warnings / content notes.

Things You Can Do

  • No submissions this week; feel free to comment with things you think fit.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community


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