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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted a new shared world, Heliodrax.  Read the basic parameters and the beginning of the worldbuilding material.  Particularly of interest to me is the compensation model.  The worldbuilding information is visible to everyone.  If you're making content to release for free, then using the core materials is free.  If you want to sell your work, you can subscribe for $5.20/year.  Eventually the idea is to build a website funded by the proceeds, to organize the content.
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Here's a mostly tongue-in-cheek post about describing fair skin in some of the ways that dark skin is often described.

I have actually used "marzipan" as a skin tone. Also cream, peach, toast, porcelain, bisque, alabaster, grub (as in insect, not food), and uncooked bread dough. (Some of the descriptions were from a less-than-positive perspective.) Also in the white-people range are the pinkish-fair tones that are not copper, so things like ruddy, flushed, coral, and rosy apply.

Kay in Schrodinger's Heroes is Hispanic, but has fair skin, which I have described as vanilla latte: a dark cream or the palest possible brown.

Then there was the time I spent over an hour hunting around for synonyms and metaphors of "brown" that were based on things NOT associated with the slave trade, preferably things relating to African culture. Kola nut was a favorite. Ebony, which is dark brown to black, is a sacred wood in Africa and thus legit.

My desertfolk often have two or three colortones combined: rose-gold, rose-mocha, toasted-peaches-and-cream.  It's very rare to see truly pale skin or very dark skin in the Whispering Sands, but they cover an enormous range in between with subtle and complex variations of ruddy, shadowy, and tawny hues.  Very beautiful.  Oh, and to them "melon" is specifically the color of ladyparts and they make jokes about it.

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 [personal profile] chordatesrock has posted "Whose Love Follows Still," a story based on Norse mythology with genderless shapeshifters.  While free to read, it has a donation button up for folks who want to leave tips.
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Looking for something concrete you can do about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri?  Mary Engelbreit has created a picture and is selling prints, all proceeds going to Michael Brown Jr. memorial fund.  This is art as social awareness, a vital part of a culture's conversation with itself.  

Facebook took down the artist's original post, calling it "offensive."  You know what I find offensive?
* killing an unarmed man for Existing While Black
* leaving his corpse in the street for hours to terrorize the neighborhood
* using weapons banned for warfare against civilians
* assaulting and arresting journalists and protesters for exercising their civil rights
* censorship

Make news.  Make noise.  Make art, and sell it, and buy it.  Slip a caltrop under the jackboots of oppression.

I'm really glad to see other creators making cultural material inspired by this fiasco.  Mine was "Safety Rails," which is free for everyone to pass around in protest.


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 Mashup trailer.  Hans, you creepy creeper who creeps a lot, you are sooooo busted.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer wrote the story "Brittle Words" based on my prompt from the Creative Jam, set in Polychrome Heroics.  It's about dealing with a lack of superpowers when your siblings have them.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written another piece of demifiction for Polychrome Heroics.  "Demonstration Closes Mill Road Mall" follows "O'Fallon Journal: Community Events Calendar."  Not everyone approves of the supervillain safety training offered by the Activity Scouts.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted a fascinating essay about rights management, collaboration, and crowdfunding.  Try not to get completely lost in the Helidrax  example and do think about the creative rights situation.

But yeah, now I want me some Helidrax.
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 [personal profile] clare_dragonfly has written the story "Lettered" about Morgan learning to read and write, and the community of scholars in a monastery.  It's based on a prompt I gave for the Creative Jam, and belongs to the Ursulan Cycle.
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 [personal profile] aldersprig has a giraffe call open for one week on the theme of "Animalia."  Leave prompts, get ficlets!
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 [personal profile] bookblather has written a villanelle, "The Holy and the Broken," about helping each other.  It is beautiful and deep.
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 Creepy little predator.  Now imagine if it were big enough to threaten your characters ...

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