(posted and compiled by chris the cynic, written by members of The Slacktiverse)
If everything were as it should be there wouldn’t have been a long hiatus, this would have been posted on Saturday, two out of the last three days wouldn’t have been Hell, Monday would have had pictures of cute wombats, and so forth. But this post isn’t about me.
In fact I want to take this opportunity to say how very much not about me things are. I’m not the only one behind the curtain, I’m not the only one in the comments, and I often wish we had more people getting in the bylines because having my name there over and over can, I think, overshadow that this place has always, since Fred created it by giving his typepad site to the community when he left for a new home on patheos, been about the community. No one person, us as a group. A group that changes with the time and whatnot, so no one member can truly represent it. Which is why I wish we were seeing more names in the byline, more links in the blogaround, and so forth.
Even if you think your blog posts are crap (and to the one person likely to think I’m singling zir out: I’m not) they were good enough for you to put out there once. Share with the rest of the class. Look at the crap I sometimes submit for [profane expletive of choice]’s sake.
Rant over, now to your regularly scheduled, except not on it’s regular schedule, post:
chris the cynic wrote:
In Case You Missed This
Brin Bellway wrote:
Here’s a few links people might find interesting, Silver Tyger wrote:
Gender’s Giving Sci-Fi and Fantasy the COOTIES!
– “I wasn’t just a no-frills kind of girl. On school picture day, I rocked a pair of boys’ Transformers sandals. There was more to me than met the eye. True, I was born with certain genitals and I wore my hair very, very long until I was an adult. But no matter how hard people tried – and sometimes they tried with fists and guns – nobody was able to convince me that my crotch defined my self.” Discusses writing varied heroes. With cites! (From I like a little Science In My Fiction). CN: discussions of gender essentialism, minor mention of gender-based threat)
Reactions to My Gender – reactions to different types of cis-sexism (from Nerd is my Gender). I’ve had too many of these happen to me.
The sickening grunch – “Anyway, I was talking with another young woman about Irish monastic penitentials or something like that when a couple of guys in a big ol’ car started the wolf-whistle-leer-and-comment-suggestively bit, with particular reference to my breasts. There it was-the sickening grunch as I landed involuntarily back in my body-and not my entire body, either, but specific parts of it. The conversation was ruined.” (from Caveat Lector)
chris the cynic writes:
Things You Can Do
Often Things You Can Do is for some other, a stranger or a group you can’t place a face on. This is good and right and proper and such. When we stop caring, or at a minimum making ourselves act like we care/remembering we should care when we are unable to actually care, about those we don’t personally know we lose a vital part of what makes up morality. But we also have people here who are not others. That’s what a community is. It was up to me (chris the cynic) to decide whether the following submission belonged here. No special authority, the submitter didn’t know; I’m compiling the post. So it falls to me. I say it does.
I got diagnosed with asthma last week and the meds expense has kicked a nice hole in my budget. I’m offering to write fiction on commission, semi-pro per-word pricing. Details and Paypal
. My preference is that all these stories be fantasy focused on marginalized people (women, people of color, queer people, people with disabilities…), but I’m willing to take a crack at about anything. I also have jewelry for sale
and a book for sale
(and keep an eye out for another this autumn!) If you can’t, won’t, or don’t want to pay me for art but you do want to give me a hand, signal-boost me and/or leave appreciative comments on the poetry and flash fiction on my Dreamwidth, the master publications list is here
–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community