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

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

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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

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

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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

(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

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

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This week in the Slacktiverse, February 4th, 2017

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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.

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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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