Category Archives: This Week

Trying to restart the weekend posts, also I could use help

(posted by chris the cynic)

I’m not going to look it up, but I figure it’s been at least six months since we had a “This Week” post, and before that I was doing such a bad job of getting them up consistently that I drove away all contributors months before that.

That said, there was never a problem with the idea, instead it was that I really screwed up the implementation.  So we’ll see if anyone submits anything, and then see where things go from there.

Here’s a reminder of what it’s all about:

The short version is that you can share things with everyone else by sending links and descriptions of the Slacktiverse Authors group email.  What things?  Well, there are three sections:

  1. The Blogaround
    • If you done something somewhere online and want to share it, it goes here
  2. In Case You Missed This
    • If you read something and want to share it, it goes here
  3. Things You Can Do
    • If you know of a person or cause who/that needs support, it goes here.

When things are up and running consistently submissions for 1 and 2 should be things you’ve made, posted, or encountered since the last time you submitted (even if it’s been way longer than a week) while submissions for 3 obviously need to be current (because otherwise they’re things you can’t do.)

The traditional version, on the other hand, goes like this:

The Submission Deadline for the weekend post is 20:00 (8PM) US Eastern Time Saturday.  (It’s not exactly enforced, but getting it in by then assures that it’s seen when the post is being made.)

Anyone who has submissions for the weekend post should send them in.  Some people wonder if they really deserve to be in the post.  The answer to that is always the same: You do.  So try not to be afraid and do try to send in submissions if you have them.

The sections of the weekend post are as follows:

The Blogaround

Any denizen of the Slacktiverse who has posted an article to their own website since they last submitted to a weekend post is invited, enticed, and cajoled to send a short summary of that article along with its permalink to the group email. That summary and link will be included in the next weekend blogaround. This will help to keep members of our community aware of the many excellent websites hosted by other members.

Remember, this is since you last submitted to a weekend post, not since the last weekend post. For example, if the last time you submitted was a month ago, everything you wrote since then is fair game.

In Case You Missed This

Readers of The Slacktiverse can send short summaries of, and permalinks to, articles that they feel might be of interest to other readers.  These should be sent, as you might expect, to the group email.

Things You Can Do

Anyone who knows of a worthy cause or important petition should send a short description of the petition/cause along with its url to the group email.

As noted in the title, I do need help.  It’s actually what got me to finally make a start toward reviving the weekly post after months of thinking about it but never doing anything.  It made me think of the fact that if the weekend post were still a thing, I could have just put this in “Things You Can Do”.

Apparently that thought was the push I needed.

As is generally the case when I need help, it’s about money.  (Paypal link.)

Things were actually looking unusually good (my high interest debt is now under $8,000) because of help from friends of friends, but then my food money was in limbo for a while, and (if I did my math right) I’m going to fall $731.43 short of paying the bills that are due this month.

Apparently it only takes a couple months without food money to make everything go from, “I’ve never been this hopeful about money,” to “I don’t know how I’ll manage to stay in my house.”

This forever in the Slacktiverse, December 10th, 2017

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

The Blogaround

In Case You Missed This

No submissions this week

Things You Can Do

No submissions this week

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

These two weeks in the Slacktiverse, October 29th, 2017

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

The Blogaround

In Case You Missed This

Just a reminder that you can submit via the email SlacktiverseAuthors [at] gmail [dot] net and if that doesn’t work throw a comment up here so we know something went wrong.

Things You Can Do

No submissions this week

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

This month in the Slacktiverse, October 16th, 2017

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

The Blogaround

  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • Apart from utterly failing to get any Slacktiverse posts done, I’ve got two things
    • First, a bit of world building in my super-person universe.  The House of Iaso wants to be a really good (in all senses of the word) mental health facility that uses well researched methods with proven results which are applied with compassion and kindness.  Unfortunately those in power want it to be Arkham Asylum.
    • The other was me thinking that the world we live in does, in fact make perfect sense, if it is given the appropriate context.  These thoughts came about after looking up a bunch of Twilight Zone stuff.

In Case You Missed This

No submissions this week.

Things You Can Do

No submissions this week.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

These weeks in the Slacktiverse, September 19th, 2017

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

It’s been long enough since I made a “this week” post that I figured it was better to get it on the wrong day than just do nothing.  Thus, here it is.  For those wanting an open thread, please direct your attention to this month’s mid-month check in.

The Blogaround

  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • I returned to my shared super person universe to write a story in which someone tells the story (yes, story in story framework) of how it came to pass that death doesn’t stop her from walking and talking.
    • I returned to The Horse and His Boy rewriting to show a conversation between Aravis and Aslan after the battle of Anvard.

In Case You Missed This

Just a reminder that you can submit via the email SlacktiverseAuthors [at] gmail [dot] net and if that doesn’t work throw a comment up here so we know something went wrong.

Things You Can Do

No submissions this week

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

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

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

The Blogaround

  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • I had the opening chapter of a new work called “A New Path Forward.”  The short version is that it’s a story set in the Equestria Girls universe (the earth-like human-verse of the current My Little Pony multiverse) which follows Sunset Shimmer after the canonical relationships have collapsed and, therefore, whatever happens next can be nothing like canon.  (Hence the name.)
    • The long version has a post of its own, but if I’m doing the whole “writer” thing right then it shouldn’t be necessary because the story should explain itself in the telling.
    • This is the last week to vote for the Annual Kim Possible Fannie Awards so of course I’m still plugging my work and myself.  I’m like that.
    • I wrote about the nine realms/homeworlds/things of Norse myth again.  The fact that we know how many there are but don’t have a list really invites speculation and I find myself thinking about it a bunch.
    • I asked if anyone has readings of The Canterbury Tales they recommend.
    • I noted that I love the universe (in general; some of the particulars I dislike.)

In Case You Missed This

No submissions this week.

Things You Can Do

No submissions this week.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

This week in the Slacktiverse, August 19th, 2017

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

The Blogaround

  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • So there was this thing about ways in which we might seem strange to aliens that touched on how earth might be other species versions of an uninhabitable death world, and how we do things that don’t make sense like responding to lethal failure by trying the same thing again.  (And again.)  I wrote up a conversation between a human and an alien regarding the Bay of Naples and why there are still people there after Pompeii (and all the other times.)
    • That’s all I’ve got for this week.  It’s better than nothing, I think.

In Case You Missed This

No submissions this week.

Things You Can Do

No submissions this week.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

This month(ish) in the Slacktiverse, July 17 to August 13th, 2017

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

The Blogaround

  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • I’ve been so inconsistent about getting the weekend post done weekly that I think I drove away all of the other contributors well before this unplanned month long hiatus.  Sorry everyone.
    • I wrote an exposition dump for a setting where the apocalypse isn’t a result of one type of creature (see: “apocalypse, zombie”) but rather an entire invasive ecosystem.  Said exposition dump takes the form of an introductory lecture given to people who have signed up to fight the monsters of the invasive ecosystem.
    • In Hasbro’s Equestria Girls movies it’s taken as a given that, regardless of whether someone has lived as a human or a pony, someone put in a human body will instantly be attracted to other humans and someone put in a pony body will instantly attracted to other ponies.  “Species Dissonance” is a short piece that doesn’t exactly hold to that.
    • Chatlog -or- Not that kind of necromancy” is a log of an inter-dimensional conversation.
    • I wrote my thoughts on how vertebrate flight originated.
    • Those Kim Possible fanfic awards that I’ve kept on talking about? They’ve reached the final round of voting. So I am naturally shamelessly asking for people to vote for my work and me. I have a post with everything one needs to know about how to do that.
    • I had a birthday, I got new glasses. I finally admitted to myself that my depression is back. Not the unpleasant after effects that can be very depression-like, full force depression has come out to play. I admitted it in the form of a checklist of a signs I’m suffering from depression.

In Case You Missed This

No submissions this week.

Things You Can Do

No submissions this week.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

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

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

The Blogaround

  • 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.

In Case You Missed This

No submissions this week.

Things You Can Do

No submissions this week.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

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

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

The Blogaround

  • 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.

In Case You Missed This

No submissions this week.

Things You Can Do

AlexSeanchai wrote:

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

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community