(posted by chris the cynic; written by members of The Slacktiverse)
Storiteller has been quiet on here the last few months but busy over at her own blog. Here are some of the most interesting or popular posts at her blog in the last few months:
- In the ongoing but very occasional Book Club series of reinterpreting children’s books from overly literary or political points of view, she looks at Why Richard Scarry’s Busytown Has the Worst City Government Ever.
- In Defense of Scary Stories, she talks about how terrifying children’s literature, TV, and movies are essential to help prepare kids learn how to fight real-life monsters.
- A Walk through My Bookshelf provides a look into how the books she recently selected (and didn’t) to get rid of reflects her values and nostalgia.
- After a tumultuous year at her church due to continuing issues with its building and financial difficulties, she reflects on the frustration and fear of having their beloved pastor leave in Losing my Religious Community.
- Songs to Grow Up With: Alice’s Restaurant looks back at Storiteller’s experience growing up with this song as a Thanksgiving tradition and how its influenced her activist as an adult.
- Always Be Yourself. Unless You Can Be Santa; Then Be Santa explores how Storiteller is walking the fine line between cultivating an appreciation of the magic of Santa during Christmas in her child and “tricking” him.
- What I Gave Up for Christmas details how Storiteller already started keeping her New Years’ resolution to simplify by cutting out some of the nice but less-than-necessary obligations for the holidays.
- The Highs and Lows of Christmas Vacation walks through some of the best and worst of spending two weeks with extended family over the holidays, including presents, injuries, toddler meltdowns, and more.
- chris the cynic wrote:
- I spent most of the end of last year trying to get six chapters of a revised Life After written. I managed two. So I had Chapter 1: Time Changes, and Chapter 2: Dying Light. While I’m mostly satisfied with the revisions, which is why I posted them, I’m still iffy on the last third of chapter two. I’m just not feeling it in the same way as the other two focus points.
- My other big fiction thing was getting some The Horse And His Boy rewrites done. First I had three different versions of the part where Aravis is advised on how to walk like a slave, based on three different possible of types of slavery the former slave might have encountered. Second I had a a version of Aravis and Shasta reacting to being in Tashbaan where they weren’t dismissive of each other.
- In response to seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens I wrote a spoiler filled more or less point by point reaction to it, I wrote about stories suggested by it (and the other movies) that ought to be movies (again, spoilers), and finally I had a spoiler free post where I talked about the fact that the only plausible explanation for leaving the main character out of the merchandising was sexism, and why inclusion in the merchandising really matters.
- Still on movies I wrote about why Apocalypse really isn’t an interesting or credible villain (and hasn’t been for thousands of years.) Short version he’s been at this far too long and accomplished far too little for his failure to be anything but farce at this point. I also wrote a proposed alternate ending to The Cabin In the Woods because I agree with Will Wildman’s analysis that the blame is placed in the wrong place. Actually there are two versions of the ending there.
- I want more diversity in my games in general, this particular time I was talking about how FPS games put you in the role of someone with four standardly-abled limbs and that’s pretty bullshit.
- I asked if anyone knows of Germanic or Scandinavian traditions about food in the afterlife, and also for help working out a magic system for a separate setting.
- On general life and finances stuff I did a general update on stuff at the start of the new year, ran out of oil, got oil, and found my camera.
- Articles, open threads, and such on the Slacktiverse itself:
- Regularly scheduled threads on the Slacktiverse:
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