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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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I loved this article about the ongoing evolution of regalia at powwows.  

As much as I love the traditional materials, I understand that novelty is a crucial indicator of cultural survival.  If people are only copying the past, then the culture is stagnant.  Tribal spirit depends on each individual finding their own dreamvision.  So if a person's regalia is exuberant and unique -- if they're incorporating current resources into their outfit -- then it's a healthy sign of a living, growing culture.  Then when you see the traditional work, it's about the challenge of keeping the old ways alive, taking a consistent set of materials and learning what you can do with those.  Innovation there looks a bit different.  And then there's fusion, where you might see someone making motherboard lines in quillwork and beads. 

Hints of this show up in my writing occasionally.  The Iron Horses are a superpowered, intertribal, motorcycle gang over in Polychrome Heroics.  Their uniforms are a cross between regalia and biker leathers.  That was inspired by something I've seen a lot of tribal folks doing, where they'll take their cultural background and look for a way to merge it with whatever their contemporary interests are.  It's not something that only exists in the past.  Native culture is still here, and it interacts with the mainstream, sometimes in breathtaking ways.

And you can see it in my aesthetic tastes: my favorite dances include men's traditional, men's fancy dance, jingle dress, and hoop.  A pretty even mix of classes that are straight historic and ones that have the most modern influence.  *ponder*  Though after having recently seen a white girl in a circus who did a brilliant hula routine with holographic hoops, I have to say I would really like to see what a native dancer could do with a set of blinged-up hoops.  Because fusion is awesome.  Traditional is awesome.  Modern is awesome.  Dance ALL the things!
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Here's an adorable Norman Rockwell-esque rendition of Captain America

Steve: "Loki, if you light the matchbook you just slipped under my left boot, you're not getting dessert tonight."
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[personal profile] ellenmillion has posted my demifiction "The Fashionable Licenses," about a series of mystery novels in Torn World.
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the demifiction "Pueblos de los Muertos" inspired by my Polychrome Heroics setting and also a  bingo card of demifiction prompts.  This newspaper article recounts a memorial ceremony honoring the tragic loss of one of the first towns that tried to incorporate people with superpowers openly among the populace.  It is bittersweet and beautiful.

This is the kind of side story that you almost never see in mainstream superhero entertainment, and it's exactly what interests me about the genre.  How would these powers change people's lives and history?  How would that resemble or differ from the experiences of other marginalized groups?  Demifiction is ideal for exploring these ideas.


Jul. 9th, 2014 03:38 am
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 Goldfish painting, lovely flowing lines.
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This fascinating fanvid imagines The Flash in a fit of existential despair.  Yes, my speedsters have problems like these. 
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 [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters will be launching a new serial soon, set in the universe The Devil Makes Three.  Read about where to follow it and how to support it.  There are perks for boosting the signal.


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