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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has two posts about character morality and development.  "Hero or Villain?" looks at the moral spectrum.  "Build a Better Villain" shows how a villain's background influences their plot potential.
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 Here are some helpful tips on starting a publication.  The sample theme is feminism but most of the advice generalizes widely.
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This article explains how women's clothing is designed as a handicap (as in racing, to hobble ability, although it can cause physical disability as well) and how this manufactured helplessness is then marketed as "sexy."

I think it's a hell of a lot more sexy if a woman could rip your balls off, and chooses not to.

I almost always dress for comfort and practicality.  Not just because I might need to fight for my life, but because I am far more likely to be needed for pest control, crowd control, climbing into small or filthy places, digging holes in the ground, or doing other stuff that is not compatible with "fashion."  I have never been willing to hinder myself for the sake of appearances.  Even my dressiest clothes are almost all things I could maneuver in if I had to: suits with pants, dresses with close tops but roomy skirts, flat soles.  

But it's gender expression too; the way I dress is a clue that despite the hourglass figure I am not exactly feminine.  It's kind of like when you put homemade mayonnaise into the jar that used to hold marshmallow fluff -- you should probably write "mayo" on there so people know what's in it.  
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The Speculative Literature Foundation is offering a grant for working-class and impoverished writers.

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There is an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for a bilingual anthology, Castles in Spain / Castillos en el aire. It aims to bring the speculative fiction stories that have served as milestones in Spain to English-language readers.
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 [personal profile] helgatwb made an icon for [personal profile] chanter_greenie based on the mentally stressed medieval beasts I posted recently.  So [personal profile] chanter_greenie wrote this piece about spring, which I would class as creative nonfiction.  It is primarily about smells, so my vision-impaired readers should definitely check it out.
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I am rather a fan of exotic art techniques, including adult fingerpainting.  Check out this spectactular example, which like pointillism uses small dots but also adds lines and squiggles.  The sense of motion is tremendous and the colors are vivid.
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This article argues that the target market of superhero flix is actually women.  How many times have we seen Ollie climb that salmon ladder now?  Yeah that shoulder pr0n never gets old.  I am amused that this show caters to the assumed female gaze as well as the assumed male gaze.  :D  So maybe the producers of superhero entertainment altogether should consider catering more to women's interests.
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The Torn World Muse Fusion is running January 23-25.  Drop by and give us prompts, or claim prompts to write about!  You don't have to be familiar with the world to write, draw, or create other stuff for it -- although of course that helps, and there are oodles of articles, stories, etc. to get you started.  Fiction, art, poetry, crafts, demifiction, it's all good.

What I Have Written

"Broken Hopes" is a story about unexpected loss, the freebie for this session.  Northern relationship stuff.

"Brewing Beauty" is a story about Mirulani courting a beautiful young scientist.  F/F fluff romance with flirting and kissing.

A skykitten prompt inspired the story "Little Paws in the Licenses" and is a sequel to "Raining Kittens." Bai and Alikara go to the Licensing Office and find chaos.
1504 words, Buy It Now = $45.12
Now with an adorable illustration by [personal profile] ellenmillion!

From My Prompts

From [personal profile] ellenmillion: "I used The Lost Bead in conjunction with the Thimbleful Thursday writing prompt to get a flashfiction of 200 words: Icing on the cake. It will be publicly available once I give it a polish!"

Stark Trek

Jan. 23rd, 2015 01:57 am
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Stark Trek ...

I bet Tony's bedpost has even more notches than Jim's, of infinite diversity in infinite combinations. Also the ship/captain interactions would be even more awesome because of JARVIS.

Let's see now, obviously Bruce is the chief medical officer, but Hulk is security when he comes out. Steve must be the head of security. Bucky is Steve's second, recently recovered after being reported MIA, but now he's got a weirdly powerful metal arm and holes in his memory. Natasha is probably security too. Clint is so much a scout as well as an assassin, I think he'd be in charge of landing parties. (Ship's casualty rate goes down, enemy's goes up.) He might also man the weapons station on the bridge. Pepper would be the communication officer. Betty for science officer ... but she *transferred* from security and if you mess with her or Bruce, she will rearrange your face and ribcage. Phil has the helm, and never gets tired of using "don't distract the driver" lines when the bridge gets fractious. Engineering has some poor, henpecked redshirt because of course Captain Stark came up through that department and if the ship is really hurt, he delegates the bridge and goes down to fix the engine *personally*.  Also 50% of the crew should be female, the way God and Gene Roddenberry intended.

I would read/watch the hell out of this.  Anyone want to write me some?
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Someone made a list of medieval beasts who Just Can't Handle It. They are sad, funny pictures. I also think they speak to the experience of feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes it's easier to express a feeling with a picture than in words. So I started imagining them as different mental conditions, because it would be cool to turn them into memes and talk about those experiences ...

(Warning for angsty images and corresponding mindstates.)

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Check out these gorgeous Queens of Africa Dolls.  They are based on different ethnic tribes representing African heritage including skin tones, hair styles, and outfits.
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This essay makes it sound like this is no longer a problem.  Well, it got quieter for a while, but I see a lot of berserk white people and terrorized black people now.  Trying to convince a crazy white person not to beat or murder blacks if they feel like is much like trying to convince a rapist not to assault women.  They don't think it's wrong; they think they're entitled to it; and they will do it if they damn well feel like it.  You can try to fix the legal system to discourage it; good luck with that.  You can kill if them if they attack you, though it means you'll usually be punished for not being a pleasing victim.  You can hope you're submissive enough to be permitted to live in shame and fear.  Well, fuck all that.  It's the fault of berserk white people and asshole rapists, not their victims.  You can't do anything to "deserve" a criminal violating you.  It's wrong.  It's a crime.  Put the blame where it belongs.  And don't think it's "over."  It won't be over until we build a society based on community and equality, not racism, sexism, and all the other isms that should be wasms.
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Here are two short films animated by Mauricio Abril.  If you like my Polychrome Heroics, you'll probably like these too.

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 Part 5 brings us into new territory, if you already read the rough drafts on the Creative Jam.
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In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something fun you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

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