Morning all.

This was a nice surprise to wake up to:


Only 8 days left to get the African Speculative Fiction Storybundle! The most comprehensive collection of African speculative fiction authors ever assembled, nearly 100 authors and over 145 works.


If you have an individual letter that takes your own angle on a case, especially if it asks for comment on specific points or issues that matter to you, it makes it vastly more likely that the person you are writing to will see your letter and will mentally log it as another person writing to them. Template letters get a single reply written and duplicated, and will only need to be seen once. For the psychology of a representative gauging constituent interest these things are just worlds apart.

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A general PSA on writing to elected officials about things: if you can put things in your own words, always do rather than using template letters. I think there's a temptation to use template letters to make sure you're saying it "the right way", but the scale of impact is just vastly different.

like, y'all. even outside of needing to support black authors for solidarity reasons, black authors are writing some of the most innovative and just plain fun stories out here right now. legit like. if you need something different from the standard fare, you NEED to pick up more black fantasy and ssf authors. sarah raughley, justina ireland, rivers solomon, kacen callander, kwame mbalia, like...

im sure the same is true of asian authors and polynesian and so on, anyone non-white, but i havent read much besides latinx authors lately lol

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winter morning
a sparrow pecking
but good luck abounds

I designed a new lake themed dress for her and I had to draw her next to a lake
#art #drawing #lake

CW Request 

Please try to use CW's liberally.

Everything's fucked right now, and I think everyone could use a break. We need to get back to it soon, because shit is fucked, but we could use a break, too.

UK Pol thoughts, a question: 

A question that springs to mind as of interest because I genuinely don't know the answer is what people who don't think of themselves as liberals (that is, given I'm asking on Masto, people who think of themselves as socialist or anarchist as in opposition to liberal) think liberal activists and members are like and what they're motivated by? Like if you got dropped into a rural Lib Dem party activist meeting what would you expect it to be like?

Unless you’re on the ground, are donating, or are a Black person affected by police, shut the fuck up about how we all should be burning shit down right now. Think about the Black Panthers and the causalties of Fergusion and other act Black resistance before you fix your mouth to suggest what we, “should” do.

Furthermore, riots do not make COVID-19 a hoax, nor are people who are concerned about infecting loved ones, “domesticated” for wearing masks or observing other ordinances.

Thank you.

The mermaid had no voice to sing and so no song to bewitch with.

Her sisters felt sad but could do nothing for her.

"Poor thing," they would say, "How ever will she manage?"

And the mermaid would swim alone, collecting shells, gold beads and bones. She would pick threads from pirate coats and she would weave them all together into beautiful tapestries.

Many a ship dashed itself upon the rocks trying to obtain her woven treasures.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #MerMay #Fantasy

Thoughts of today:

Childhood was dreaming of growing up and being a wizard.

Maturity was realising this was never going to happen.

Self-knowledge was realising that the reason it was never going to happen is that my character concept has just become more and more obviously "bard with badly optimised statline" over time.

I don't really get what's going on with my strawberries. The few fruits they've tried making so far have all looked really odd/wrong, but the plants otherwise seem happy and vigorous. Odd.

Other than that, the basil I planted seems to pretty much all be dead, but most other things are managing OK. The tomatoes need yet another de-aphid-ing quite badly though, they're being a real menace :/

I met a snake yesterday! I think it was an aesculapian, which is nice as it's not a species I grew up with (we don't get them in the UK).

If you have $4 and like cyberpunk, help me put some food in my kids' mouths!
"This is secretly the greatest and also funniest cyberpunk point and click adventure game on Steam. Very low-fi art style but the gags are just too good to pass up, and a lot closer to a "real" cyberpunk dystopian future than most favorites of the genre."

Wrote a song about a semi-professional dire eel wrestler who got Charm Person-ed by one of our party and then went off and fought crocodiles with us and somehow survived despite being a 4HP nobody fighting multiple bouts with huge albino cave crocodiles.

The author of the whole scenario saw it and said it made his day, so that's probably the best thing I've done today :)

So yeah, Taplisperi, the wine merchant who passed through death and tricked a demigod. Solid guy. I hope he got to find a seventh level cleric and a good sum of money, got raised properly, and then went and lived a happy life of profitable wine trading with his niece.

Next week I'll be working out my next character...

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Taplisperi had in fact died at this point, being gutted by a catfish-corpse-pirate (there's an explanation there but it's long). But due to that happening inside a dungeon that was metaphysically also the body of a demigod, he got kinda magically returned to his body, but bound to the temple, until he communed with the river spirits and persuaded them he needed to get home (nobody here knowing his culture's burial rites), and got a magic river-water bottle which kept him alive with daily sips.

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