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These two weeks in the Slacktiverse, July 16th, 2017

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

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  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • Sorry for the lack of post last week, I knew I wouldn’t be around to make it, and wanted to do something about it, but never actually did.  I’ve actually got less than a week worth of stuff to share because for more than a week I didn’t write a damned thing.
    • The only fiction is from more than a month ago, I just only recently got around to posting it on Stealing Commas.  The thing is, it won’t make sense if you haven’t read a post at Ana Mardoll’s first (link on the fic page.)  It’s set in Narnia and involves a bow that will not easily miss.
    • I wrote about how I want to be able to recommend the game Starlight Vega but . . . a post’s worth of things.
    • I said I was sorry for the fact that I haven’t being writing much of anything worth reading, because I am.
    • And my monthly financial update came round, which has all of the explanation you could want of why I’m too stressed out to function right now.  Short version: while it’s spread out over four and a half months and presumably won’t actually kill me, the total amount is such that the only time I’ve ever been more financially screwed was when I had to get a new $6,000 boiler in the middle of winter.

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These two weeks in the Slacktiverse, July 2nd, 2017

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  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • I haven’t written any fiction, but I did move an episode of my HHB rewrite over to Stealing Commas, so I can share the part where Shasta doesn’t leave the donkey behind as something from the last two weeks.
    • Turns out that so many people got nominated for those KP awards that there’s a pre-vote winnowing going on.  Thus now I can beg you to vote (in this much easier process) for me to make it into the final five in each category I was nominated for.
    • The eye exam came way sooner than expected.  Good news: I now have up to date info on what my prescription should be.  Bad news: my insurance covers the exam, but not a cent of glasses.  I can’t afford glasses.
    • I failed to make a weekend post last week and there hasn’t been an open thread for at least two weeks, you can probably guess about how well I’m coping with life.
    • The post I wrote about real life was called “I’m not doing well“.  In the comments it was noted that it sounds like untreated depression.  Yup, it does.  It isn’t, but those patterns are well entrenched in my brain meaning that even with treatment, if I’m knocked down too far they take over.
    • And, finally, I have a new and different reason to beg for money.  Short version: I usually use my credit to help buy stuff for kids at the SCA’s Great Northeastern War and then get paid back by adults not long after (because money never becomes available until after you need it.)  Right now my credit is completely maxed out.  I can’t do that.  So, won’t someone please think of the children?  No, I don’t seriously expect anyone to help on this front.

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I am selling fiction to raise money for moving expenses. Details, and stories already thus created, at the link.

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This week in the Slacktiverse, June 19th, 2017

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

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These two weeks in the Slacktiverse, June 12th, 2017

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

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  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • Sorry about not having one of these last week.
    • I had three story things:
      • Shasta reflecting on being sold in my The Horse and His Boy rewrite.
      • I’ve long had the idea for this fragment, but never did get much work done on finishing it, then someone talked about some cis-normative bullshit in Wonder Woman (which is, for the most part, a good movie that is worth watching) which provided the impetus I needed to finish writing the fragment and post it.  The fragment has nothing to do with Wonder Woman but it does have to do with (a lack of) cis-normative bullshit.
      • I had an exposition dump that describes the setting I tend to imagine whenever there’s a thing where something is said to mutate much of the human population into mindless monsters.
    • I wrote a description-outline-thing of a story where someone tried to sell their soul, but they’re in a mental space so bad it precludes meaningful consent, and since the demon can’t buy the soul without informed consent, the demon has to work to help the human on a mental health front which is a long and involved process.
    • I asked if there were anything for simulating the effects of an extreme ice age.  “Shy of snowball earth, but still with 2/3rds-ish covered” extreme.
    • I gave a general update on things going on in my life.
    • I am still begging people to nominate me for meaningless awards in the Kim Possible fandom, this time with a much more streamlined post on how to do that.

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This week in the Slacktiverse, May 29th, 2017

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

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  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • I made an index for my retelling of The Horse and His Boy, and almost everything I have to share this week is part of that retelling.
    • First I had another fic fragment that goes along with what Ana Mardoll’s The Horse and His Boy deconstruction is currently covering.  In it Shasta asks Corin where Susan is and finds most of what Corin says incomprehensible (for good reason.)
    • Then I went back to the beginning and wrote the start of my story with no gaps between fragments:
    • Finally, on a non HHB front, I wrote the set up to a stupid Kim Possible idea that’s been in my head for a while.

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These three weeks in the Slacktiverse, May 21st, 2017

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

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  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • I had two trans* related story ideas:
      • The Pink Paladin is about the replacement for an injured hero in a power rangers-esque setting with a hero team in color-coded armor while fighting and the same color civilian clothes when not.
      • The Spear of Athena is about the quest for a magic weapon which . . . didn’t actually belong to Athena because it was always intended for a human woman chosen by the spear.
    • I’ve suggested a couple times that we could view The Horse and His Boy as the result of multiple similar stories being bashed together.  I collected those couple times Ana Mardoll’s post that inspired such thinking into a post.  Then I started writing that was explicitly part of the core Susan-Era story onto whose skeleton the other stories were bashed.
      • First I had an introduction which mostly discussed other stories before promising to tell this one properly.
      • Then I had the explanation for why Susan didn’t ride with the army, but Corin –someone the Narnians should be looking to protect not fling into battle– did.
      • Then an interlude where Shasta notices the carrion birds gathering.
      • A lot of my existing HHB stuff will be retroactively fit into this idea
    • The post “The time has come again for me to beg you to nominate you for meaningless awards related to Kim Possible fan fiction” is two things.  One is exactly what it sounds like.  I can’t nominate myself so if I want to be nominated someone has to send in an email nominating me, instructions in the post.  The other is that since eligible works are ones that were added to in the 2016 calendar year, it starts with a linked index of everything Kim Possible fic related I did last year.
    • Bad stuff has mostly ended here are some posts about that:
      • Help me I am a hostage and they demand pizza – The day before court the people who had no cause to claim my nephew’s father couldn’t be trusted around him decided they didn’t want to lose in court again and so wouldn’t try to win.  This somehow resulted in me not being able to go home until things were made official the next day.  My captors, noting that they were holding me hostage, told me to use my blog to deliver their ransom demand of pizza.
      • I’m free — (followed rambling update and recap and such) – I noted that I did indeed get to go home eventually and gave a recap of what had been going on for the 8+ months of Hell.
      • And then my computer languished for three days – Malware got passed my security, quickly screwed over everything that could deal with it, and made it so I couldn’t install or run anything that might help in extracting it.  It took a while to deal with.
    • Other stuff:
      • I had my Monthly Financial Post.  Short version is that the sky won’t fall this month, but things look bad the more months one looks forward.
      • I had a post about what I’d like to do going forward.  Things that require money probably won’t happen, ones that don’t hopefully will.

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This week in the Slacktiverse, April 29th, 2017

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

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