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 "Nebula" is a short film about a girl and a magical creature.  Lovely animation, adorable story.
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This article talks about untapped potential in SF.

Untapped?  I've been banging it like a rented drum since I could hold a pencil.  So have lots of other writers I know.  So have my favorite shows.  There's a reason most of my favorites run high in diversity, and why I've taken to dicing up ensemble casts to make a good mix.  It's how I want to see the future.  Plus I have an increasing tendency to look at the cast first when considering a new show.  All white male?  Back on the shelf it goes.  Some female, multicultural, disabled, etc. representation?  Flip it over and read the back.  The higher the mix, the more likely I am to buy it.

Steampunk?  It's not just for white blokes anymore.  Superheroes?  Explosion in a paint factory.  Far-future SF?  All my diversity, let me show you it!

I also used material created by and for people of color to entice prison inmates to read poetry and fiction -- to show them that people like themselves could be writers, heroes, could have a future.  It's one of the most subversive things I've done, and it worked.

But every time somebody says "untapped" or the like, they are dismissing  decades worth of awesome accomplishments by all us folks who have been make this stuff.
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[personal profile] thebonesofferalletters is hosting Stories from the Crossroads with a theme of "LGBTQA themes and/or creators and creations."  Leave prompts, get ficlets!  There are perks for donations.
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There is a lovely mini-interview of [personal profile] dialecticdreamer by [personal profile] corvi about writing and entertainment.   Schrodinger's Heroes fans will get a big kick out of this.
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If you remember the group songbook Rise Up Singing, check out the sequel Rise Again
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[personal profile] zeeth_kyrah has written a gorgeous, complex story for The Blueshift Troupers.  "Finding the God in the Gate" features a traveler who wants to meet God.  It deals with identity, transformation, sex/gender, beauty standards, the search for enlightenment, mortality, medical ethics, and other deep stuff. 
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LJ user Lb_lee has written the story "Zombie's Birthday" based on my prompt, later sponsored by Cloudiah.  The system scapegoat finally gets appreciation for all the things it does to keep them alive and safe.
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 LJ user Lb_lee wrote "The Genie" based on my prompt, which has been partly sponsored.  It's an interesting twist on the genie trope.
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You may recall that several times I have mentioned a project called PoetTown, which has been in development a long time. It's still going! A GoFundMe campaign recently opened with a detailed description of many terrific features already developed, and that's not even all of them, just the highlights. Go check it out!
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The November Crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal.  Our theme is "salvaging and repairing people or ideas."  Come give us prompts, or claim prompts to inspire your own work! 


From My Prompts:

"Homesick Day" -- [personal profile] dialecticdreamer offers a bittersweet story about emotional first aid for homesickness, set in Onion City of Terramagne.

"Road Repair" -- [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written about stopping street harassment.  This is another Onion City story, featuring the return of her construction workers Rudy and Gideon, plus Amada Durante from my storyline about Danso's family.

"Learning to Correct Yourself" -- [personal profile] dialecticdreamer presents an adorable fluff story about a little boy trying to figure out the complex etiquette of asking adults about their personal relationships.  It's another Polychrome Heroics story, set out on the west coast this time, featuring her Finn family.

"A Good Mistake" -- [personal profile] dialecticdreamer made another piece related to the Finns, this time told from the perspective of family friends Jules and Mariset as they try to untangle an ugly bit of professional chicanery.

"Chaotic, Not Evil" -- [personal profile] dialecticdreamer wrote this oddly charming piece about an assassin rescuing a superkid.  (Warning for child exploitation.)

"White Cats Are Evil" -- [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written a crossover between Polychrome Heroics and Schrodinger's Heroes which directly follows "Chaotic, Not Evil."  This story has been continued, so look for the later installments in the thread on the Creative Jam post and in her DW journal.


What I Have Written:

"Mending Spirals" -- this session's freebie, about genetic ethics in Nine for the Nebula's Heart.

"In Dublin's Fair City" -- 224 lines, $112 (Polychrome Heroics)
Your chaotic prompt inspired the free-verse poem "In Dublin's Fair City." Instead of a Scottish referendum, Terramagne had an Irish one, and Backdraft got dragged into providing fire suppression service for the occasion.  
  
"My Greatest Source of Achievement" -- 168 lines, $84 (Polychrome Heroics)
From this I got the free-verse poem "My Greatest Source of Achievement." Danso deals with an unsupportive teacher, and Hannah suggests exploring church groups. 

"Wolf-Wind" -- 86 lines, $43 (Hart's Farm)
For an extended family, I wrote the free-verse poem "Wolf-Wind." Everyone in Hart's Farm pitches in to take care of the children -- even when there is an unexpected arrival. 

"Clipped" -- 387 lines, $193.50 (Polychrome Heroics)
This inspired the free-verse poem "Clipped."  When a runaway just turned 18 comes to SPOON for refuge, Groundhog struggles to deal with the challenges.  Then Granny Whammy drags Danso into the situation, hoping that he can help.

"Stretched" -- 232 lines, $116 (Polychrome Heroics)
"Stretched" is a free-verse poem that picks up after "Clipped." It shows what happens when Danso gets home after the fiasco at SPOON. Heavy duty hurt/comfort.
(Available for publication after "Clipped"  has been sponsored and posted.)

"Settled" -- 320 lines, $160 (Polychrome Heroics)
The third in this set is the free-verse poem "Settled." It picks up the morning after "Stretched" and shows how Danso feels in the aftermath, along with what Hannah and other folks have been doing to protect him. 
(Available for publication after "Clipped" and "Stretched"  have been sponsored and posted.)


See Also:

"Finding the God in the Gate" -- a Blueshift Troupers story by [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah  inspired by conversation between myself and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  A traveler wants to meet God by passing through a jumpgate.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has a post about universal motifs in storytelling, with an excellent example aspecting across variations on birth.
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Browse a detailed explanation of testicle attacks from a self-defense trainer who is also an EMT, helpfully illustrated by many agonizing videos courtesy of Mixed Martial Arts tournaments. 

This reference is useful for writing as well as personal protection.  Fortressa has a running experiment about how much more effective this is while wearing a battlesuit, and Buttons is trying to replicate her results barehanded.  Yes, you can break someone's pelvis with a groin strike, that's in one of the videos.
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted Part 1 of "Patchwork Families."  This story follows my stories "To Save Those in Peril Upon It" and "Trouble on the Line."  Aidan meets his new daughter Saraphina.  Lots of fluff with a few bits of chewier plot tension.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has a discussion about why we love F&SF canons, or hate them -- what causes people to maintain loyalty or abandon ship.  Go chime in with your turn-ons and turn-offs.
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Make sure that the people violating your rights KNOW that they are violating your rights with this handy Amendment IV t-shirt with metallic ink.  Notifications like this actually boost the negative karma for violators because it's the metaphysical equivalent of breaking and entering through a locked door.  No claim of ignorance or accident is possible.

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