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Warning: The backstory includes serious abuse.
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"As Glorious Reminders"
" Whatever You Do to the Animals"
"Reaching Out to Rescue One Another"
"Cut With Our Own Dust"
"How We Correct Them"
"The Courage To Admit Them"
Right now, we're $40 short of being able to sponsor two more poems, "That Ability to Comfort" and "What Seems Like Surrender". "The Reality of Cruelty" is the stretch goal if more comes in.
I love reading. I will read the back of cereal boxes. But I hated reading in school because it was far below my level and almost all of it was very badly written. Now imagine that for all the kids who didn't go into school knowing that reading was awesome; they would conclude that it's always torture. Quite sensibly they cease doing it as soon as the force stops. That's the problem with force; you have to keep it up or people immediately bolt. And you can only force people to read while they're imprisoned in schools against their will.
I also designed and graded coursework for adult prison classes, where almost nobody can read. The skill caps out around fourth grade level. And yet I got a bunch of those guys absolutely hooked on reading -- by assigning them things by Langston Hughes and Lorna Dee Cervantes. Up until then, most of them had no idea that people like them could write things, or that anyone wrote about things they actually cared about. At least one or two per class would just catch fire with it. The others at least did the homework and learned something and had a not-terrible time exploring new things.
If you want people to learn stuff and enjoy reading, the only thing you have to do -- and the only thing that works -- is feed their interests. Give them books about characters who are like them, and ones who are different. Books about where they came from and where they ended up. If they love cars, give them car books. If they love flowers, give them field guides. There are books on everything under the sun and everything beyond it too. Books with pictures, with text, with pop-ups, with textures, with Braille. Something for everyone.
Don't waste it.
Use this post to discuss the aromantic spectrum, share resources, recommend favorite stories or movies, etc. You can talk about the aromantic spectrum, single lifestyle, nonsexual intimacies, or whatever else floats your boat. Here is a database of ace-aro characters in literature.
If you want to explore some of my writing on this topic, try browsing:
My QUILTBAG Characters
Sexual Orientations in My Characters
Romantic Orientations in My Characters
These series have aromantic characters and/or minimal sex/romance:
An Army of One
Clay of Life
Kung Fu Robots
The Origami Mage
Path of the Paladins
Polychrome Heroics: Dr. Infanta
These series have characters who are unmarried, with or without interest in relationships:
Polychrome Heroics: Calliope
Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra
Tripping into the Future
is learning that
not everything which
and fuzzy is a kitten.
but it's still better
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This image was the other inspiration for the poem.
I definitely want the hardcopy. I am considering whether I want to bump up to the next level and also get two signed prints of the artwork.
If you want there to be more acefic in the world, go check out this project. Fairytales are for everyone! And the author is right, some of those things were already ace as hell, it doesn't take much to highlight that.
This really makes me want to get into Terramagne and write about a character with depression and horse traits. Because ketamine's main use is, in fact, for large animals. It's safer for them than a lot of other drugs -- particularly for skittish prey animals who are otherwise prone to spook and bash themselves into walls or trample nearby humans. So it stands to reason that while antidepressants might work much less well on equine-human persons, ketamine might work quite a lot better. That doesn't necessarily mean it has no side effects, but it's probably a reliable way of damping down the depression. One of many ways in which soups, especially primal soups, can have very different reactions to stuff than ordinary humans do. And yet, truth told, it works well enough for humans that some stick with it like glue -- especially people for whom the usual stuff does not work. So then, an equine primal, and their human friends who also use ketamine, and their support group, because T-America doesn't bury this stuff under the rug near as much as here.
Or we could always go with Moon Door instead. You know some of the Women's Chronic Pain Support Group must have tried it, some of them are try-anything types. My money's on Soma.
What I have to say about this is ...
*dumps whole trunk of stuff*
Look, I have Celtic threes! Lakota fours! Sumerian fourteens! Chinese elements, Greek elements, that faerie set I got from some friends. Cherokee color symbolism, Japanese, European. Myths! Legends! Heroes out the wazoo! Don't drop the Aarne-Thompson Index on your foot, that fucker's heavy.
Analyzing entertainment is so much more fun when you have ALL THE TOOLS. There is no such thing as too many tools! You can have fun explaining the same show six different ways. \o/
If all you have is a hammer, then every story looks like a nail, which is ... really fucking dull, why would anyone keep watching. Oh wait, maybe that's why some people don't read books. 0_o
I'll just be over here enjoying my toybox of cultural everything.
There are four open epics. Here are your options:
"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask and needs $130.50 to be complete. Pain's Gray and Keane start cleaning each other up after the fight.
"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and needs $229.50 to be complete. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.
"Love Unflinching" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies" and needs $73.50 to be complete. An ethical consultant arrives in Easy City, adopts a buggle, and meets Stylet.
"So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv and needs $102 to be complete. Heron and Shiv are comfort-cooking, and not everything goes smooth.
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How do you want to distribute the $41?
ALL $41 into "Only If It Is Embraced"
ALL $41 into "A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life"
ALL $41 into "Love Unflinching"
ALL $41 into "So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors"
Divide the $41 about equally among the four open epics
This month, I’m hoping to reach a total of $65 in tips. If I do, I’ll immediately post the full story “Ripple Effects.”
Aida Finn is nowhere near Jules’ class when events transpired on Thursday, but she certainly sees (and feels) the after effects. She turns to Bennett for help coping with one particular surprise. The story is four parts, a total of 5900 words plus a bit, and is ready to post now.
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