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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted the story "Guido" which comes between "Chase" and "Liquid Time."   It shows the perspective of a henchman who is a lot smarter than he looks.  <3
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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted the story "Liquid Time" in which the Ring Mistress explores the pros and cons of her new condition.  It is creepy but fascinating.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Midday Meeting" in which Heidi deals with challenges at work while flickering.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "The Last Straw" in which Warden Daley is harassing Shiv again.  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
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[personal profile] shiori_makiba is hosting "Thank Muse It's Friday" with a theme of "Friendship Is Magic."  Give prompts, get goodies.  Ficlets, poems, or demifiction are all possible.
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If you're looking for more stories in which Steve Rogers actually acts like himself, I highly recommend "Off the Map."  Steve's vacation goes astray into Latveria.  Do not read with your mouth full.
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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted the story "Surprise" in which Ashley deals with the unexpected. 

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has done "Monday Morning Rush" in which Heidi continues to poke around with her new empathic sense.  Part 1, Part 2.
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Posted late, because the heat has largely melted my brain: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday on the theme of "surprise." 
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Here is a great essay about people who aren't white, but are sometimes or always taken for white.  It focuses on how passing privilege is a fragile and shallow thing.  All privilege is, really, but the people who mistake it for solid are usually ones who have enough that they rarely fall through it.  They are then shocked by how fast people will dump them on their ass for not being pleasing.

This is relevant to me, because my heritage is eclectic.  It's easy to overlook at first glance, but if you know what to watch for the clues are there -- like how white girls don't have hair that breaks "unbreakable" combs.  Actually, the best description of my ethnicity is one bestowed by a black friend in college: "Yeah, you can pass for white -- until you open your mouth." Because I still have an affinity for various cultures and will stick up for them whether I currently look that way or not. Conversely I do not feel compelled to support evil people just because we bear a superficial resemblance.  This in particular got me in trouble throughout much of school.  I'm not against white people; I'm just as fond of my Celtic ancestors as my Cherokee or African ones.  But neither do I feel much affinity for modern American culture, and I don't think any culture is special just because I'm standing in it.  This sets me very much aside from others.

It means always being an observer, seeing things from multiple perspectives instead of just one.  It makes life more complicated.  But it also makes things more interesting, and I wouldn't give that up.
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted some new stories.

Read the story "Surprise Party?" in which Heidi visits Aidan and gets some unexpected help.  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

In "Another Surprise," there are also unexpected outcomes.
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[personal profile] ithiliana pointed me to this eloquent essay about metaphors of theory in academic writing.  The prevalence of building reflects a masculine perspective.  The addition of fibercrafts restores the feminine.

But genderfreak that I am, I immediately thought of cob building, which is done with clay, and a more quintessentially feminine medium would be difficult to find.  Fresh clay is slick and wet and red.  When fired, clay becomes strong, and fireproof, and lasts practically forever.  Even sun-dried clay is very tough stuff.  The nature of cob encourages curved, flowing lines rather than straight edges.
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Gifts in Kind" about Graham helping Verne prepare for an important visit.  Read Part 1 and Part 2
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[personal profile] shiori_makiba has written two lovely poems that follow my story "Rotten Fruit."

"A Good Man" shows Phil's musing about what makes a villain and what makes a hero, while waiting for rescue.

"It Ain't So" features Tony helping to clean up the aftermath, in which he and Steve explain about bullies.
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[personal profile] chanter_greenie has posted a lovely poem in Polychrome Heroics.  "Stones in the River" focuses on the Corey family from 1692 to the present, exploring how superpowers have affected them.  This is a great addition to the poems that touch on historic events and people who might have had superpowers.  And yes, the inciting incident is real.

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