Discord and Accessibility

Apr. 23rd, 2017 11:38 pm
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[personal profile] mirrorofsmoke has a detailed post complaining about the inaccessibility of the popular chat program Discord for vision-impaired users.  It's not just inaccessible, the company is being obnoxious and basically doesn't feel that it should have to accommodate people with disabilities.  Please nag Discord to make its program accessible, and spread the word.

Homeless and Homefree Characters

Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:53 pm
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I have a number of homeless or homefree characters in my writing. It's a perspective I try to include where relevant.


In Clay of Life, Menachem and Yossele are homefree, being itinerant blacksmiths.  They have helped other people who are homefree, homeless, or working poor.  This is considered a normal and successful lifestyle in their culture.

A Conflagration of Dragons is about what happens when multiple strikes take out all the major cities, making everyone homeless.  It is neither normal nor healthy, but it's what everyone gets stuck with after the dragons burn down all the cities and eat the heroes.

Diminished Expectations has a lot of homeless characters, but that series is outright dystopic.  It is ubiquitous, but not very good for anyone.

Frankenstein's Family has the Caldarari caravan and assorted other traveling people who are homefree.  Opinions vary about how respectable this is.

The Origami Mage, Path of the Paladins, and Sort of Heroes are probably best described as having homefree protagonists who travel.  Reception varies, but seems more positive than negative.

Polychrome Heroics has a bunch. Cassandra ran away from home for valid reasons, and is currently living with a friend; not homeless in the sense of having nowhere to go, but also not having a home of her own. Danso and Family started out homeless but have since found a home. Officer Pink features Turq, who starts out homeless and is trying to get to where he'd feel comfortable having a home again; Nebuly, who's switching from homeless to homefree; and assorted other characters along that spectrum.  Terramagne-America is more supportive of homefree and more accepting of homeless people than local-America is.


So you can see a pretty wide range of portrayals above.  If this topic interests you, feel free to prompt for more of these characters, or suggest others.  I am especially interested in getting such input from readers who are or have been homeless or homefree.

Poem: "A Realm of One's Being"

Apr. 23rd, 2017 03:14 pm
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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "sensory" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Note: This poem features detailed description of beginning sensory therapy for a toddler. It's almost entirely a positive experience for Nathaniel, but readers with sensory issues and/or crappy experiences of therapy may wish to consider their tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Desmond's Climb: Collar Food

Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:56 pm
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First: Slaves, School
Previous: Cataleb


“No, but really.” Talia followed Des into the lunchroom while Doria flanked him on the other side. “That’s a good question, Des. Where do the collars get their energy from? Is it from us? Oh…” Talia winced and her eyes went a little crossed for a moment. “My collar’s talking to me again…”

::We can take energy from the person who is wearing us, but it is considered a bit uncouth and, also, it causes problems for both us and the person in the long run,:: Desmond’s collar informed him. ::Talia’s collar may be going on about the uncouthness. Some care more about that than others. In the Old Times, when collars were only a punishment…:

“Oooh.” Des swallowed. “But - oh, there’s so many questions.”

::Save most of them for later, when the one who would abuse their collar isn’t around.::

“But where do you get food from?”

::You’ll see. I assure you, I will not let you starve me. Nor will that one’s collar let them do the same. We’re programmed with some control::
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Take it Off, more Beauty/Beast

Apr. 23rd, 2017 06:17 pm
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After M/m Keeper/Kept and Keeper’s Interview and Needs a Title and Bad Titling is Catching and More M/m, when I’d given up on titles and The Driver Weighs Inand Sal’s Questions and Claws and Monsters and Weapons and Impressions and Masks and Tim Kaprinsky's House, Timaios' Bedroom.

Ctirad cleared his throat. “Sir.” he dropped to his knees on the soft, plush carpet.

“Ctirad.” There was the gentlest of chiding tones in Timaios’ voice. Ctirad fought the urge to duck his head and apologize. “When we are alone in my bedroom, at the very least, I expect you to call me by my name.”

“S- Timaios?”
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Nerve Ending, Tobi Hill-Meyer, transgender erotica, Anne Rowlands, Earl Grey Editing, books and tea, tea and books

Published: February 2017 by Instar Books
Format reviewed: E-book (mobi)
Genres: LGBTQIA, erotica. Stories are a mix of contemporary and speculative fiction.
Source: Publisher
Available: Publisher (print and electronic) ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A trans woman watches her sleeping lover and contemplates the moment of his departure. A genderqueer sissy fantasizes alone about connection in their hotel room. A trans woman adjunct professor and sex worker is hired for a sex party held by her colleges philosophy department. A trans boy has a Craigslist hookup with a queen embarked on detransition. A bodiless AI announces its gender, takes a lover, and works to revolutionize the world.

Presented here are thirty stories edited and with an introduction by Tobi Hill-Meyer that offer revolutionary erotic fantasies by trans people, about trans people, and for trans people at the crossroads of history, biology, anxiety, and love.

Editor’s note:I acquired a review copy of Nerve Endings on the recommendation of a friend. I thought reviewing it would be a good way to boost trans voices. However, once I started reading, I quickly realised I wasn’t the intended audience. Furthermore, this thread on Twitter from Corey Alexander made me realise I could be doing more harm than good by reviewing it. So, I invited Anne Rowlands for an Own Voices perspective on the anthology.

 


 

Transgender people are not a plot twist: the introduction of Nerve Endings reminds us of this essential point. It is a point recently discussed in Liz Duck-Chong’s essay on the play The Trouble with Harry and is also often used in more erotic novels in a way that is not only dehumanising but out-and-out stupid. A person who is transgender wants not to be treated as a special bit of “spice” or worse a surprise. They want to be wanted, loved, cared for, or just simply not to be told they are playing pretend.

The central idea of Nerve Endings is to help us realise and capture this in a way that keeps transgender stories present in our minds when we, the transgender audience, are at our most lonely. These stories keep us remembering that our lives are worthy. That we matter. Nerve Endings never shies away from being written by trans people for trans people. Anyone else who likes it, that’s fine, but it’s not for them, it’s for us. This was so clear as I read that I really understood why I was asked to write this review.

Nerve Endings is proud in its erotica and its kink, its few polyamorous tales. It is never there to shame, or to make readers feel less (or more) than what we are: a part of society, transgender or not.

Each story brings us into a universe that we can almost imagine is real. Even when the characters are a Demon and his summoner, or an AI and their partner, or just a simple trans woman, man or boi trying to make their way in the world.

I’m always a little left wanting with short stories anthologies. Each tale is almost always slightly less than perfect, ending bitter-sweet, or offering only a brief glimpse into the life and emotions of the characters. Almost every story left me wanting more. More of the characters. More of their love. More of the things they do to conquer their fears and anxieties. More orgasms. The unashamedly erotic, the consent, the kink, the characters and their needs and desires. It’s too much and not quite enough at the same time. I was left with a profound sense of needing–not just wanting–more. I really hope this is just the first serving of a new genre of positive, consensual stories about transgender people told in erotic, loving, caring and knowledgeable ways.

4 out of 5 stars.

Anne Rowlands

 

Anne Rowlands is a transgender woman librarian, in her spare time she is also an artist and poet. You can find her on Twitter as @anne_rowlands.

Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.

Sunday Yardening

Apr. 23rd, 2017 01:50 pm
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Today is beautiful, sunny and warm.  I started by planting the contorta hazelnut.  :D

White spirea and nannyberry are blooming.  The peonies have buds, and something in the white garden has put up one big bud -- probably the allium.

EDIT 4/23/17: Round 2, Doug put together the plant tower, and we placed it on the septic cap.

EDIT 4/23/17: Round 3, I put protective covers over the contorta hazelnut, and planted the kousa dogwood.

EDIT 4/23/17: Round 4, I put a spiral cover over the kousa dogwood, mulched around it and the contorta hazelnut, and watered plants.

EDIT 4/23/17: Round 5, I put weed killer on weeds in the septic garden.

EDIT 4/23/17: Round 6, I picked up fallen wood in the ritual meadow.  Didn't get it all done, but moved most of the medium-sized pieces, some of which I used to refresh the border around the wildflower garden.  There is still one really big branch that will take more hands to move.

Poem: "You Who Have Fed the Hungry"

Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:45 pm
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This poem came out of the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "habits and routines" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Clay of Life series.

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Poem: "Her Wilderness Like Eden"

Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:46 pm
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This poem is from the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "memories" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Clay of Life.

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The subject line is a chant from Chicago's March for Science. This photo is from this morning's march in Nashville:

March for Science Nashville

It was taken by a woman whose mother had knitted the hats; she was there with her grandson, who worked toward getting a selfie with the dog as we chatted:

boy at March for Science Nashville

I've posted a cross-section of photos to my Twitter account (@zirconium). I'll add some more later, but I actually do have a grant application deadline to meet.

Poem: "Define Your Own Reality"

Apr. 22nd, 2017 05:35 pm
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by the "abuse" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. While trying to process past abuse, Turq has a graphic meltdown. Ansel does his best to comfort him. There is angst, overwhelm, flashback and intrusive thoughts, stabbing a worksheet with a pencil, trivial damage to an already beat-up rug, vigorous crying, guilt, difficult conversation, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Apr. 22nd, 2017 07:18 pm
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How can we create coalitions with disillusioned former Trumpists and Trumpistas? We need to find some way to help them put their disillusionment to good use, without losing our own path or principles. On what points do we see the same way?

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