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... is this.

1) DO NOT watch with your mouth full.

2) So, the cartoon part is basically canon for Terramagne. This is the kind of wicked thing that young supervillains do before they're powerful enough to rip bridges off the moorings.
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Caparisoned Friesians perform with masked riders.  Wow.  

Now the Undertaker is lusting after that fancy tack.  I swear, he is a literal clothes horse.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the short story "Training Exercise" for Schrodinger's Heroes.  A friend of Pat's alerts him to the Army approaching the Teferact compound, but this time it's a little different.
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Sharon Lee discusses the warning labels that apply to different writers.  Here is mine:

WARNING: May cause permanent damage to narrow minds.

That's humorous, but it's also true.  People have hurt themselves on my writing, and on my personality.  It's really better for everyone's safety and sanity if rigid, small-minded people stay far away from me and don't read my words.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written a long, involved, utterly fascinating piece of demifiction for P.I.E.  "Conserving the Habitats of Unusual Species" starts with bigfoot and ends with werewolves.  Read Part 1 of 3; subsequent parts will post on following Sundays.  This is trade for "Favorite Flavors."
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 [personal profile] helgatwb is helping me figure out how Easy City developed from New Orleans, Slidell, and other cities hooking together into a metroplex ... when people in southern Louisiana don't actually get along all that well.  Read the first discussion post, and chime in if you know this area.
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All 7 parts of "Keeping Warm" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer  have now been posted.  If you've been following this story, or waiting for it to conclude so you could read it all at once, now's the time to finish it.  This is a wonderful look at how superpowers and gizmos work in everyday life, and the way folks in Terramagne are just a little more serious about taking care of each other.
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These Chinese book covers for The Lord of the Rings are some of the most breathtaking stylized art I have ever seen.  There is more on the artist's DeviantArt gallery.
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Here's a wonderful article that explains character agency.  A majority of stories that suck have a problem with absent agency; the characters get railroaded.  This is not fun.

I on the other hand like characters who can get into trouble on their own, and audiences who can suggest exciting trouble into which characters can get.  Nothing is more entertaining than having someone say, "Hey, there's a six-foot-wide mud puddle over there," and the main character goes, "Nah, I'd rather burn down the barn instead."  Or whatever.
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July has no theme.

Fiction: The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 113th continuation) has Quiar and Peric talking about the nature of souls.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 114th continuation) shows Lucille and Bertram discussing the fae.

The World Walkers: Athare: Riordan: Making Worlds? (part 3) is about Emrys and Riordan talking about the fate of the worlds.
The World Walkers: Athare: Electra: Meeting a Rabbit (part 6) has Electra helping the life clay creatures.
The World Walkers: Athare: Lucille: Becoming a World Walker (part 2) is about Lucille getting her last tattoo.

The Donor House: Melody: Becoming a Vampire (part 3) shows Rex and Melody talking about the Donor House.
The Donor House: Ethan: One Careful Owner (part 2) features Ethan talking with other captive donors.
The Donor House: Katie: The Offer of a Vampire Loan Shark (part 2) is about trying to find a way out of a desperate situation.
The Donor House: Linnea: Living with a Vampire? (part 3) has Linnea and Gage discussing whether they can live together.
The Donor House: Taryn: Rescued? (part 3) shows Silver and Taryn trying to form a plan to stay safe.


Other Fiction: The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Joel: Stepping Onto Taithmarin (part 2)
The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Matt: Arriving (part 6)
The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Luna: The Book Portal (part 5)
The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Siobhan: Stepping Onto Taithmarin (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Mab: Mab’s Story (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Bronwen: Plans
The World Walkers: Athare: Bryn: Talking to Emrys
The World Walkers: Athare: Oscar: Talking to Emrys
The World Walkers: Athare: Ianto: Talking to Mab (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Piaras: Talking with Mairin (part 3)
The World Walkers: Athare: Sibeal: Looking Back
The World Walkers: Athare: Lorelei: Travelling Through Time (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Frane: An Uncomfortable Landing (part 3)
The World Walkers: Athare: Glyn: A Door to an Unexpected Place (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Jetta: Saved by Cough Medicine (part 3)
The World Walkers: Kankirin: Elodie: Recording Souls (part 2)

The Fae World: Eorith: Luke: The First Arrival (part 2)
The Fae World: Eorith: Kristen: Waking Up (part 6)


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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written a charming bit of demifiction, "O'Fallon Journal: Community Events Calendar."  It describes a safety demonstration hosted by the Activity Scouts (formerly known as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts) to teach people what to do if they spot a supervillain.  Given the politics in Terramagne, large-scale official responses tend to be unfeasible and so the slack has been taken up by smaller, nongovernment organizations.  Why this one?  They're scouts:  they always go first to find the way for everyone else.

Also brilliant and worthy of note: people can request a sticker for those who prefer to avoid audience interaction.  Ever go to an event and sit in the back where you couldn't see, so you wouldn't get picked on?  This neatly avoids that problem, and is a cheap easy solution that any event organizer anywhere could implement.  Don't want to play for whatever reason, get a sticker, and you could safely sit anywhere.  I've spent years blocking for my friends who didn't want to be approached, and this is so much better.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is doing the Creative Jam as a volunteer writer, guaranteeing a response for anyone who leaves a prompt.  If you're enjoying her fiction, demifiction, and poetry then grab it while it's hot.
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This sounds fun, but I doubt I'd last ten minutes before running off to go write. 
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Meant for a 3D printer, this free universal construction kit consists of connectors for interfacing 10 popular children's toys such as Legos and Tinker Toys.  SO MUCH WIN.
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Apt for the current story "Keeping Warm" (which is up to Part 3 with a huge discussion underneath) and for this week's half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted a demifiction video, visible on YouTube as "Confronting Supervillains."  It's based in part on some materials I worked up regarding interactions between supervillains and ordinary police, with statistics inspired by the similarly risky technique of high-speed car chases.  [personal profile] dialecticdreamer added some personal experience about how law enforcement works and some nifty photo illustrations.

How do you deal with supervillains who may be armed with way more firepower than a handgun?  Who handles them?  What options are more or less safe and effective?  Why?  How do you enforce laws in a world with superpowers?  How do you protect innocent bystanders, first responders, and property (in that order of importance)?  What happens when things go wrong anyhow?

Society has had about 70 years to work on those questions, after some efforts to pretend that everything was normal.  SPOON has done most of the work in compiling, collating, and analyzing data to produce evidence-based recommendations.  This is how far they've gotten.

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