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The April [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Identity Crisis."  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written

"Faces in a Mosaic Mirror" is the freebie.


From My Prompts

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(Trigger warning for mishandling of disabilities and twisted assumptions.)

While looking for something else, I stumbled across this helpy article on people who go nonverbal sometimes. It's horribly intolerant, and reminds me of when Deaf people were abused for using sign language because hearing people demanded speech from them. It just pissed me off, so I decided to kick the skeletons out of the closet.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday today with a theme of "Questions." Leave prompts, get ficlets!  Boost the signal to get longer fills.  There are bonus perks too.

If I can earn $65 in tips for the event, I’ll post a Strange Family story of at least five thousand words. First, I’ll have to figure out a title for it… Talk about a tough question! Note that the next planned story is NOT gentle fiction; it focuses on the raids Hatter has organized and will have a list of warnings so readers may decide when or if to read the story.
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Rock-Paper-Scissors is widely known, and Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock (watch original video) is spreading.

Of course, nerds are nerds, and apparently, Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock wasn't nerdy enough. The RPS-101 website details additional versions with 7, 9, 11, 15, 25, and 101 variables. I am in awe. O.O

Now for some observations ...

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March 31 is the International Transgender Day of Visibility.  Here are some ways to celebrate it.

Scan a list of my QUILTBAG characters for some of my transfolk.  Of these, Calliope has her own thread, and Victor Frankenstein leads a series.

Have you posted anything trans for this holiday?  If so, comment with a link and I'll add it below.

Blogroll:

"Small Troubles" by [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah -- main character is trans
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From Jewish tradition, a prayer for transformation:

תפילה להפך – מאבן בֹחן | Prayer for Transformation, from the poem Even Boḥan (“Touchstone”) by Rabbi Qalonymus ben Qalonymus ben Meir (1322 C.E.)

---8<---
Father in heaven
who did miracles for our ancestors with fire and water
You transformed the fire of Ur Kasdim so it would not burn [Avraham]
You transformed Dinah in the womb of her mother [Leah, to a girl]
You transformed the staff [of Moshe] to a snake before a million eyes
You transformed (Moshe’s) hand to (leprous) white
and the Sea of Reeds to dry land.
and the sea floor into solid and dried-up earth
You transformed the rock into water,
hard flint to a fountain.[15]
Who would then transform me from a man to woman?
---8<---

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Mar. 30th, 2019 04:02 am
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 Blackbird painting.  I am charmed by the use of warmer colors like a spotlight near the center of the picture.
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Feathering the Nest today, focusing on nonsexual intimacies. Leave prompts, get ficlets! Boost the signal to extend the wordcount, or sponsor stories for everyone to see.

To get even more words, I’m aiming for $65 in tips for the event. In addition to posting the stories the sponsor selects, that will ALSO post a longer story in the Strange Family arc, which (SPOILERS)-- well, it’s five thousand words, and a massive change in the family dynamics. I’m hoping that readers will enjoy it!
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A genogram, like an egomap, uses geometric symbols to mark relationships between people.  A handful of symbols cover the most common relationships.  But there are a LOT more, and for some people, skipping those is incomplete to the point of misleading or abusive.

This is a basic set with a few useful additions

This one is more multicultural.

Here is an extensive QUILTBAG set.

There's a lot of overlap but they don't use all the exact same symbols.  That's okay.  What matters is finding a way to diagram the relationships that are useful in a given context.  That can vary because these things are used in psychotherapy, genetic counseling, genealogy, sociology, linguistics, and so on.
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 The crowdfunded anthology Common Bonds about aromantic characters is fully funded.
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I've been talking with some friends about archiving asexual material.

One mentioned that my "Nonsexual Intimacies" got cited in the article "Asexual Resonances: Tracing a Queerly Asexual Archive." Since that talks about nonsexual activities rather than asexual/aromantic people, I added a note pointing to my lists of actual ace-aro characters. It's a fascinating article.

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