Monthly Archives: August 2013

Open Thread: Endings

(Posted by chris the cynic)

The month ends today.  The week ends today.  If you believe in “Don’t wear white after Labor Day,” then the summer ends this weekend.  The point is: Endings.

If all goes to plan (when has that ever happened?) some significant things in my life will end, hopefully being replaced by better things.

And apparently this is the second open thread titled endings so I guess we hit the end of my creativity as well.

So, the topic: Endings.  Good or bad.  In life or fiction.

Open Thread: Undervalued Sports

(Submitted by Silver Tyger)

What sports do you wish got more coverage?

Writer Workshop

(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: You

(Submitted by Silver Tyger)

How are you unusual? Alternatively, how are you average? (For some of us, the second question is shorter…)

Board Business, August 26th, 2013

(posted by chris the cynic)

Irregular Business

Ok, so I’m the kind of person who loses track of time and forgets to do things and procrastinates and then forgets that when I do that people have no idea what’s up and so forth.  And I’m sorry for not getting my posts (decon round up, Weekend Post) done and not so much as sending up a flare as to the fact it wouldn’t happen.

Hopefully we’ll be back on the regular schedule this week.  Of course, since the last weekend post was three weeks back it’s going to be more than “this week”.  If it had been one more week back it would be “This Month.”  So in theory it should be a big fat post since everyone has had plenty of time to add stuff to their blogs, in practice it’ll probably be about normal sized because most people don’t submit.  No matter how much I beg.

I’m putting this board business early so that people have time not just to submit, but also to figure out what they’ve actually done.  (It’s harder to remember what you did three weeks ago than it is to remember what you did in the most recent week.  Thankfully blogs keep a record of it all.)

Also I’m going to be scheduling open threads so that even if I forget them they’ll still go.  I know there are posts in the works by various people.  To those behind the curtain so to speak, if you post an article please delay the open thread for the day (unless it’s Wednesday Writing), and all subsequent open threads, by a day.  If you don’t know how to do that send an email to the group email saying so when you schedule the article.

Regular Business

There is no submission deadline for articles and open thread suggestions.  Send them any time.

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

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, 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.

Deadlines
Again, none for articles and open thread suggestions, 20:00 (8 PM) US Eastern time 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.

This can be used as an open thread, if you want.

Writer Workshop

(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: Two Truths and a Lie

posted by Storiteller

 

Editor’s Note: This was originally a writing prompt and then I realized when I wrote my own that it was too short to be a writing prompt.  So I’m turning it into an open thread instead.  Feel free to give your own description in the comments or guess other people’s.

One of my favorite games to play on road trips or other places where you’re with a group of people you don’t know very well is called Two Truths and a Lie.  The idea is to tell three stories, two of them the complete truth and one of them at least partly made-up.  The audience then asks questions and guesses which of the stories is the lie.  What stories would you tell for Two Truths and Lie?  Provide as much or as little detail as you would like.  Feel free to ask questions and guess which is the “lie” in the comments!

 

Open Thread: Character Types

(Submitted by Silver Tyger)

What’s a character type you’d like to see more of?

These two weeks in the Slacktiverse, August 11th, 2013

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

The Blogaround

Coleslaw wrote:

I have been on vacation, or as I sum it up, Nine States, Four Presidents, Three Hailstorms, Two Zoos, and a Wedding. I have lots of vacation pictures, leading to lots of vacations posts.

On a long trip such as this, it might be advisable to Go With God  or at least a GPS device. That leads to a short post on Traveler’s Tales, and one on The Wedding. And my husband insisted on a stop in Moline to visit with my older brother, so we wound up at the Pelham Museum, which, Oh, Brother, has a crocheted coral reef. After an out of sequence post on how Phone Tag Is Murder, I continue on to Sioux Falls, where the first of the Two Zoos is located. Finally, A Brief Geography Lesson as We Go on Our Way.

Next week, I’ll write about Wall Drug, Mount Rushmore, the Chief Crazy Horse Memorial, Devil’s Tower, Deadwood, fun with weather, and some museums we saw on our way back.

chris the cynic wrote:

Since last time only five things:
A proposal to have a TV series based around the same premise as the Poseidon Adventure movies and remakes.  Instead of one small group surviving in total, each episode would be about a different small group making their way out of the doomed ship to safety in a different way.
-In response to a twitter thing about what you might (allegedly) hear from a liberal I quoted the commie pinko leftist book of Acts.  (That Bible thing, it’s like the New Testament was written about a long haired radical socialist Jew and his followers.)
-I noted my birthday and I mentioned I was back on the medication that worked.
-I talked about some premises I thought were unfairly ignored by their own shows.
-I wrote a post about why .hack//Sign means so much to me.

froborr wrote:

I have couple of pony-related things, because when do I have anything else?

Equestria Girls Liveblog: In which I watch the My Little Pony movie Equestria Girls and comment in real time on what I am seeing. May not be that interesting without context, or possibly may be more amusing without context.

[Pony] Is My Waifu (Snowdrop): In which I assert that “Snowdrop,” a fan animation that at first seems blatantly manipulative and exploitative in a “Little Match Girl” sort of way, but which I argue avoids those sentimental pitfalls by giving its main character a way to express her own story.

In Case You Missed This

Firedrake wrote:

Shannon wrote:

As I know we have a couple of fans of the show Supernatural here and a number of people interested in crafty things, I thought people might be interested in this dress inspired by the show.

Also, this article on sexism and an all-female panel at ComicCon will probably be of interest as well.
 

Things You Can Do

No submissions this week but if you know of something please put it in the comments.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

Deconstruction Round Up, August 10th, 2013

(by the Slacktiverse and others; collected by chris the cynic)

Amarie: Amarie’s Dreamjournal

Twilight:

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Apocalypse Review: Apocalypsereview’s Blog

Multiple Deconstructions:

Erika M. and Will Wildman: Something Short and Snappy

Fred Clark: Slacktivist

Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

RubyTea: Heathen Critique

Multiple Deconstructions:

Justice_Turtle: ReadAllTheNewberys

Omskivar: Omskivar Reviews

Philip SandiferPhilip Sandifer: Writer

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 you have a financial solution for all of our problems that doesn’t involve a heist, or for more or less any reason really.