Category Archives: This Week

This past month in the Slacktiverse, March 25th, 2017

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

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  • Storiteller has been juggling political rallies, handling the needs of two small people, and staying awake. Here’s what she’s been writing about:
  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • First off, sorry.  It’s bad enough when I miss a week of updating.  Missing two three in a row really sucks.
    • I had five bits of fiction:
      • Set in my superhero universe, a former hero meets her old team for the first time in her new career as a thief (partner to her girlfriend whom she left the team for.) This is extremely unpolished, in fact it’s an incomplete draft that’s been sitting behind the curtain of Stealing Commas.  There was a period when I couldn’t write, so I dug this up and posted it.
      • Sometimes I think of ways to explain game mechanics in-universe.  They tend to be a bit on the weird side.  This conversation is an explanation of health regeneration where low health fades to grayscale and full health returns all colors.
      • In a zombie apocalypse setting I had a thing which was hopefully heartwarming, but it required a lot of set up explanation before I actually got to it
      • Discussion at Ana Mardoll’s led to me writing a rough draft of the climax of Ash.  Ash is my trans* Cinderella in high school story.
      • It doesn’t really make sense for a small group at a single age level to be the only people in a Hogwarts-sized school that breaks rules and saves the day.  So, going on the theory that other groups are busy being the heroes of other stories, I had the canon heroes meet one such group in passing.
    • I proposed two video games:
      • My own situation and The Last of Us beginning with someone rendered immobile by what looked to me like an ankle injury had me thinking about a game in which the player character faces the zombie apocalypse on crutches.
      • I proposed a game where you play not as the action hero who saves the day, but the sidekick with a handheld video camera who is recording everything (and trying to get the very best shot) for the eventual documentary/exposé/whatever.
    • I had some miscellaneous stuff:
      • I didn’t want everything to be all ankle stuff (this is a month’s worth of stuff, remember) so I copied and pasted a comment about weapon durability mechanics and how irked I get by games dangling what would be better and more durable weapons in front of you and not letting you pick them up.
      • A poem I wrote came up in court.  I wasn’t there, but when my sister told me about she opened with saying I was a rockstar now.
      • I did my allegedly monthly finance post for the first time since November.
      • I wrote about a handful of things needed or wanted at the moment.  It’s sort of ankle-adjacent, but far enough that I’m not lumping it into that section.  Also the most recent want/need list.
    • And there was a lot of broken ankle stuff.
      • The first thing I had was ways you could help me, though it’s somewhat outdated by now.
      • A week after the break it turned out that I hadn’t been immobile or foot-above-heart enough to make the swelling go down.  Surgery was postponed and I was left to spend my time laying on the floor, foot on a chair, with controller in hand.
        • If anyone’s wondering, this is when I stopped taking my hormones because of surgery and post surgery risks which has resulted in a depression-like state.  I’m not allowed to go back on yet.
      • Two weeks after the break I had surgery, and was told to keep elevating my foot a bunch, but apparently my bloodflow was less or something because that worked out really badly, I wrote a post on all that was happening three days after the surgery.
      • I wrote a rather less out-dated things you could do to help post.
      • After my computer, which had also been broken, returned to me I wrote a general update on everything in my life, and by then the off-hormones pseudo-depression was really showing.  I had another update when my foot was free and I got some information on when I’d eventually be able to go back on hormones.
      • When I was feeling extremely useless, I did something extremely stupid (I wasn’t thinking), which hurt like hell.
      • After being away, I returned home, I wrote about the trip and homecoming.  It has a lot of things that amount to “I got exhausted, had to stop and drop to the ground to rest, people wondered if I might be dying.”

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This week in the Slacktiverse, February 26th, 2017

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

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In Case You Missed This

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These two weeks in the Slacktiverse, February 18th, 2017

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

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This week in the Slacktiverse, February 4th, 2017

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

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Storiteller wrote:

If you’d like a daily reminder of items you can call Congress about, sign up for Daily Action. To sign up, text DAILY to 228466. You can also sign up via their website. If you have anxiety and don’t like calling, this guide has some great suggestions to help!

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This week in the Slacktiverse, January 28th, 2017

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

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  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • I now have a Patreon account, the better to take your money.  So, I’ve got a post about having it, and another to point out that I am actually trying to follow through on the whole, “If you’re a patron of mine you get to see some stuff before anyone else” promise-thing.
    • Just to be clear on the previous, and save you the trouble of reading all three of those links, Patreon allows you to pay me, but you don’t need to pay me to get to read all my stuff.  Everything will eventually show up at Stealing Commas.
    • I gave the super person plotline I started last week an index and added three new installments:
    • I wrote a completely unrelated story, set in the same universe, about certain bad guys reacted when a hero mistreated a sidekick.  It’s called, “Evil has standards“.
    • I had a bunch of comments in conversation about villainous origins, so I collected them into a post.  Sure, sometimes super-villainy is all about the bottom line, or about having read too much Rand, but other times it starts when you want to make a world where no one starves, and then notice that the governments of the world are kind of an impediment . . . and it would be easier if you just ran the whole planet.
    • I had two things set in Kim Possible ‘verses:
    • Real life has sucked.  Really, really sucked.
      • I am really bad at coping with other people venting in my general direction.  Really bad.  So after that happened, again, I wrote about the pain of “fight or flight” when violence is uncalled for and you cannot flee.
      • Sometimes I make lists of things I need (e.g. shoes without holes in the soles), invariably I add things I merely want (e.g. a donkey).  I made such a list.
      • (Content note: at least one dead baby animal) I don’t even live at the farm, yet Bones’ not-merely-livestock classification is as real to me as it is to those who do live there.  Somewhere between friend and family, that goat is dear to me.  We only found pieces of her newborn kid(s).  Not enough to know if it was a goat-standard twin birth, just one, or triplets.  I wrote about that, how it might have been entirely preventable if not for other horrible bullshit, and how it affected me.

In Case You Missed This

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Things You Can Do

Fred Clark shared this from HIAS* while adding the comment in brackets:

Donald Trump has issued a number of executive orders targeting vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers, which means your voice of opposition is more critical than ever.

History has taught us the deadly consequences of slamming the doors of this country shut on people just because of who they are and where they are from. We must prevent this administration from repeating the mistakes of the past. Here’s how you can help: [click that link, please, it’s a good list].

* The letters stand for “Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society”, but the turn of the millennium marked them expanding the scope of their mission from Jewish refugees to all refugees.  It’s still a Jewish organization, though, hence the advice to make sure your rabbi is involved.

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This week in the Slacktiverse, January 22nd, 2017

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

The Blogaround

  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • I’m still mostly in a super person setting frame of mind, and will likely to continue to be for a bit since I had the good fortune of getting an inspiration dump.
    • Not in that arena, I wrote about an idea I’ve long had about a story where they just call the plot device the plot device and called it “The Meta Story – A not-at-all worked out idea” and I had a short silly post called “Excerpt from the findings of the Tri-Rodent Commission on the recent inexplicable events“.
    • In the super person frame of mind, first I had Page (hero) and Mishap (villain) meeting over coffee.
    • Then I got the inspiration dump, and have two installments of that.  First, someone meets with Corv, away from her team, about a family matter.  Second, that someone is introduced to her team, which finally gave me a chance to have the other members of Corv’s team appear “on screen” as it were.  Next up will be the character sharing what they know (already mostly written).
    • In real life I had the misfortune of being present (specifically well within hearing distance) when my sister vented for an extended period over the phone, and thus was caught in the exhaust from that venting.  As one might imagine, the post is me venting about being subjected to someone else venting.  So much venting going on I worry that someone might shoot a proton torpedo down the vent to blow up the Death Star.

In Case You Missed This

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Things You Can Do

chris the cynic wrote:

Ana Mardoll has a patron account now.  So if you have money to spare (I know most of us don’t) and would like to help a wonderful person, you might want to head over there and become her patron.zz

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The last two weeks in the Slacktiverse, January 14th, 2017

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

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  • Storiteller has been contemplating ways to resist fascism while also raising two kids and not letting her anxiety get the best of her. Here’s what she’s been writing about:
    • What Parents Can Do To Help Love Trump Hate was written the week after the election, but it holds more true than ever. While it is written for parents specifically, it also has a lot of tips for folks who want to resist but don’t have much in the way of time or resources.
    • Sharing Values with Family Stories tells the stories that taught Storiteller much of what she believes now, such as the power of hope, adventure, and letting kids be kids.
    • Storiteller has to be one of the few parents ever to actually look forward to The “But Why?” Phase, even if it didn’t quite go as she anticipated.
    • So much of society sees our kids as a reflection of us as people. But this is Why Our Kids Are Not Our Accomplishments.
    • In Scenes from a Christmas Vacation, she recalls the good, bad, and adorable of the last Christmas at her in-laws house and the first Christmas for her younger son.
  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • Sorry, again, about not getting a “This Week” post last week and about this one being days late.
    • In my super-person universe, I have two things.  The first is part of a larger project I envision about characters who had been turned to stone, stayed that way for varying amounts of time, and then are turned back.  Said larger project is called “The Petrification Chronicles”.  While I’m doing the story of Ge first, said story begins with Des being present to magically observe the attempted depretrification of someone else.
    • The second started as a thing about super-names, but when I needed a reason for the two characters to be talking in the first place I decided to add a giant ooze monster to the beginning.  The fragment is still called, “Lots of people have code names, it’s not that weird,” and it has the now-solo Mishap meeting a non-yet-named fire elemental.
    • I wrote about how I’m interested in the “almost” part of “almost always”, with the post focusing on my thoughts upon learning that mules are not, in fact, always sterile.  Just almost always.
    • I wrote about various not-ready-for-posting things sitting in draft form on the behind the curtain section of Stealing Commas.
    • In real life I ran out of heating oil and, because of time away from home, didn’t notice until the house was already well on its coldward journey.  Then I got oil and was warm again.
    • I wrote a bit about the impressions I was left with after my first day at Arisia.  (Not just my first day this year, my first day ever.)

In Case You Missed This

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Things You Can Do

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