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Difference and belonging

"No child should choose between having food, love, and a roof over their head or being their full self."

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I've had someone directly accuse me of choosing evil, of choosing to be possessed by The Devil, because I mentioned support to them of non-hetero sexuality. I was insulted and taken aback, but... I know that person to be mentally ill. Their opinions on such things can be taken with a grain of salt. The fact that such opinions are common among people who are supposedly not mentally ill is sad and disturbing.

It is sad and disturbing and all too common for those who do not Conform that we must go far from our families and familiar lands to find safety and welcome.

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Nope.

So I just wrote out a sketch for five or six books outlining a sci-fi series about an AI archaeologist who turns into an investigative agent.

And then closed the file without saving.

That's the sort of mood I'm in, and the world can just deal with it.

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Fiction: With an Edge of Honor

This post is brought to you by today's Crowdfunding Creative Jam, with the theme of manipulation. The relevant prompt is by [personal profile] alexseanchai, who asked for "handicrafts, art in physical media, mechanical work, baking, whatever so long as it involves dexterity and getting one's hands, if not dirty, at least involved", and also for "fantasy genre" as an additional option.

This piece features mention of various crafts (though not necessarily a specific focus), as well as a bit of people getting their hands involved in various things, both real and metaphorical, including the art of change.

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"With an Edge of Honor"


Maiya went to the water to cut reeds, carrying her new metal knife in its wooden sheath. Her pride, evident in her face, surely spoke of the work she was there for, and how well it fed her family. Sova was already there, cutting reeds also, his wooden cutter freshly faced with a thin bronze strip and polished to a good edge.

"Maiya, good to see you!" he called. She smiled, giving him a wave.

"And you, Sova. How is the work?" she replied. Sorrowful, she thought but did not say, to have no apprentice to cut reeds for you. At least his new child-to-be would be helping in a few years.

"Hard enough, but there are plenty of reeds. I'll be making papyrus tomorrow, for the new school!"

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Yeah, I could see myself there

The Psychic Sasquatch thing not so much, but this I think I'd want to attend:

My Wild Weekend at FairyCon
Greetings from the Fairy & Human Relations Congress, where the fairies may be pretend but the magic is real

This article was written from the viewpoint of a mundane reporter who comes across as a sympathetic, if skeptic, outsider.

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The Quest for Bio-Survival Tickets

Quote: Many governments have switched away from making laws that support communities, to making laws that support businesses, because they've absorbed the idea that money=survival=community. And because of that mind-warping concept, many people can't figure out how to support and improve relationships and communities that don't rely on money for transactions.

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My Keepers of Spirit

These are they whose words and works have kept me and promised to sustain me, the gods (and goddesses if you have to insist on gendered usage) of my spirit family who have promised me, as close to my face as I can perceive, that I will be kept and sustained and provided for at least through my next three years on Earth, and possibly many more. (I mix languages and cultures freely in this; it is personal, and I am a pantheistic animist Pagan godspeaker who will gladly honor the right to religious freedom, including the right not to believe, so long as the health and balance of individuals and society is not harmed thereby.)

They are:

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If you find offense at these sacred Names or their use here, I ask you to step away from this blog my writing-place, until you find in yourself the goodness to let others decide for themselves who will be party to them. I assure you, I have spent many years doing my best to assure myself of the propriety, goodness, honor, and healthiness of my association with these beings and the instructions they give, as I believe they have done with me.

I am the Dawnbringer Rainbow Star, Called in service of the Lady of All Stars and Skies. May all heavens and realms of good know that I am hers forever.

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Anyone into vocaloids?

I just started reading the TV Tropes page on vocaloids, and, well... I wanna play along, but being of limited means, is there any free software for someone on a cheap, old laptop? I want to make my own as well as composing things. I can get some free/Open Source software for the sound sampling, at least?

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