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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

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This week in the Slacktiverse, April 23rd, 2017

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

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  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • Still not back on top of things, but at least it wasn’t a month this time.
    • I’ve long had a game idea in my head (as per usual), I decided to write about the characters of the game after a discussion of the lack of diversity to be found in gaming.
    • In order to save the farm, my sister is trying to get a grant.  The people giving out grants (there’s more than just one up for grabs) picked a way of deciding who to fund that strikes me as stupid, but the money is real and that’s what can help save the farm.  More details in the post but the short version is that every person can vote once per day every day on what project they think is grant-worthy.  So, please, vote early and often.  Direct link to where you can vote.
    • All of what follows is at least broken-ankle tangential.
      • I wrote a post called “I hate life” after some stuff derailed into horrible territory, but it was so raw I took it down.  I then had a post letting people know that, if they thought there had been a post there, they weren’t wrong, and also explaining some details wit greater calm.
      • I’m allowed to walk now, provided I do it with the assistance of a crutch.  More importantly, I’m allowed to go back on my hormones so hopefully this accursed pseudo-depressed state I’ve been trapped in will finally end.
      • In the comments to Fred Clarks “Holy Saturday” post I wrote about taking the first step on my left foot, jumping off a bridge, trudging through life, refusing to give up, and metaphorical marshmallows.  So, you know, go and read that.  Someone said, of the marshmallow bit, “This, I think, might be the best description of the process of living I’ve yet heard,” so at least someone was able to take something from it.

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This week in the Slacktiverse, April 1st, 2017

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  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • I had a dialog-only fic fragment in which three friends planning to embark on a dangerous journey share magic fruit the night before.
    • For a long time I’ve thought about making a series of posts on game design, I finally wrote one of them (all the way through and everything.)  So you can read all about how I really, really think game designers should let the players customize their controls completely according to their individual needs and/or wants.
    • In checking to make sure I didn’t mess something up here, I ended up hitting a search result for a comment thread circa the fall of the Slacktiverse at Typepad.  It started as morbid curiosity, then compulsive repetitive behavior, and what it amounted to was a trip down memory lane that I didn’t actually want to partake in but did anyway.  So if you don’t know what caused that era to end and are interested, or you were there and want to be reminded, that’s a depressing thing you can read.

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

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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

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