This author's not makes no sense?

Jul. 28th, 2017 01:29 am
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Posted by mazikeenlove33

So...I was looking on AO3 for fics of one of my favorite characters. I ended up finding a story that I didn't read. And this was the summary: "THIS IS A NON-CON. I'm against rape, but this is the subject of this story. People involved are not virgin schoolgirls. People involved are not the usual characters from the books and tv series. In fact, Character B in the tv series is not gay or bisexual and Character A wouldn't have sex with someone who is not Character C
When you read about rape, you think of a normal person being raped. but this is not a normal story, and characters are not normal people. Keep your mind open to a different reality, keep your mind away form your everyday life and personal experiences.
This story is not made to show how rape should be punished. To write about a normal girl being raped by a bad boy who gets a punishment for his crime would be very boring. If you want to read a conventional story with a conventional ending, write it yourself.
Another wrong way to see things: if Character A has sex with a demon in order to obtain a favour, he's betraying Character C. NOT TRUE. Character A's heart only belongs to Character C."

This makes no sense to me, tbh? I mean....if people complained about the fic, the person probably didn't warn for things at first. Beyond that, the author's note seems very annoying and with it and the title being "Don't read if you don't like Non Con", I doubt the author will have many fans. I'm mostly mentioning this because I've never seen an author's note like this before? Especially one before you even click on the story...


cut for mentions of rape

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Glasgow slang, common phrases

Jul. 26th, 2017 04:38 am
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Posted by shaniwulffe

Hey, all! I am writing a story in which one of the main characters is from Glasgow and has been living in London for the past 12 years. She's in her late 20s, and I'm looking for some slang or phrases that I can throw in every now and again. One I'm looking for specifically is a word or phrase that means that she's playfully teasing someone, but I would love to have some other words and phrases in my back pocket for later on in the story, especially any that her Londoner girlfriend might tease her for.

And two quick questions about some phrases I've found in my research:
1. is the term "roister-doister" actually used?
2. would she greet a woman she fancies by saying "awright, darling?"

I have been looking at Scottish slang dictionaries online and watching YouTube videos of slang, but I'm worried that I will pick some that are severely out of date or uncommon. Any help would be majorly appreciated! Thanks a bunch!

FMK #18: Writers of Color

Jul. 25th, 2017 07:11 pm
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Last week's F win was a tie between The Dragon and the George and Goblin Quest. I am waffling over which one to pick. Goblin Quest had discussion in the comments, but on the other hand, reading it would break my unbroken streak of not having read any of the many Hines novels I own.

K winner was the Callahan. I am going to keep Callahan's Crosstime Saloon but this may be the nudge I needed to just drop the rest.


Anyway, this week's FMK theme is SF by Anglophone Writers of Color. We will pretend the reason it was tough to get a set of ten together for this is that when I get one of these it doesn't linger as long on the to-read pile. (Actually, it was tougher than I expected because finding out race for a lot of SF writers - especially older and more obscure ones - is not simple. There does not seem to be an easily accessible and accurate masterlist of SF Writers of Color out there. And at some point, for some of then, I found myself thinking that if they aren't interested in making their ancestry part of their public bio, I need to not be looking this hard. I never did figure out if Philip Jose Farmer is actually in any way Hispanic.)

How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)

Poll: Butler, Delany, Hamilton, Hurston, Martinez, Mosley, Reynolds, Takei, White, Wilson )

FMK: Discount Armageddon

Jul. 25th, 2017 07:25 pm
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Poll post coming soon! But first, I have finished Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire!

It was fun! I enjoyed it! The characters were great! Much like the other McGuire I have read, I felt like the more I thought about it, the less there there was there! (I can't think of a single piece of internal evidence other than Verity's word that it took place in Manhattan instead of, like, Columbus, Ohio. The Price-vs.-Covenant thing really doesn't work with the logistics that are set up in the book. Verity's main character note is that ballroom dance is the most important thing to her, she tells us this at least every fifth page, and yet at no point does she ballroom dance, even as practice. Etc.)

And I did really like the variety of cryptids and the cryptid community, but the "cryptozoologist" thing still bothers me, in that a cryptozoologist is a very specific thing situated in a very specific time and culture - it is not something like "witch" that has enough meanings with enough history you can basically go with whatever - and I would really really love to read an urban fantasy about cryptozoologists - and Verity Price is really really not one. (I mean, you could make a cool backstory about how the Prices and allies adopted the terminology ironically in the 60s to further distinguish themselves from the Covenant - or that Sanderson got himself in WAY over his head with a Price girl at some point and came out very confused, which is a fanfic I would definitely read - but she does not seem to be doing that.)

But! It is a urban fantasy in which ALL OF THE SEX IS UNAMBIGUOUSLY AND EXPLICITLY CONSENSUAL, and I didn't even know that was a thing that existed, so I will forgive it A LOT for being that. (I would also enjoy the fanfic about how Price family sex education includes a unit about how part of their mission is to introduce the urban fantasy community to the idea of "affirmative consent" which it had previously lacked entirely.)

I have Down Among The Sticks and Bones on its way from the library, but I have learned it is NOT about the Skeleton Girl (with that title how is it not about the Skeleton Girl?) so I find I am not that excited about it coming.

Mod note- prompt delay, part II

Jul. 25th, 2017 10:48 pm
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 Yeah, sorry, guys, this isn't going away in a hurry. What do you say we take a break and reconvene next Monday? Cool? Cool.
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Sometimes you look at a belly dance clothing vendor, admiring the beautiful clothing and considering a purchase because you need a new pair of pants (well, "need" is such a strong word, but "budgeting for a vanity purchase" is longer), but you notice some things:

You say to yourself, "Huh. All those models are really, really, REALLY thin."

REALLY thin.

You notice there are a couple of pictures of slender non-model dancers, and that's pretty cool, and a troupe of slender-to-average non-model dancers, and that's also cool.

Then you keep scrolling down and see that picture of the one non-model dancer wearing their clothes who might be considered larger-than-average has been cut off at the chest. You pause. You click. You see she's got a belly.

She's not fat. She's not plus-sized. Just larger-than-average. With a beautiful stomach, but one that's a little bit bigger than any of the other pictures that are actually visible on the site.

There aren't any plus-sized belly dancers on this site either. AT ALL. Which is weird. Because there are plenty of plus-sized belly dancers who are happy to buy dance wear. Especially custom-made dance wear.

That's when you realize that this clothing vendor doesn't want lardasses like you sullying their goods with your impure body.

So you close the tab and remember the name of the vendor, because you won't sully their bank account with your fat-stained money either.

(Edit: I don't have to add an "ALL body types are beautiful" disclaimer, do I? Or mention that the issue isn't that there are thin models, but that the one person on the largest size of the bell curve was CUT OFF below her chest in the picture. Let's face it, belly dance is a hobby where most of your customers aren't going to be model-thin.)
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Posted by rainbows_

Nina Turner is not hard to describe. She’s that other black woman on MSNBC and CNN talking about workers rights, fighting back and pushing for a progressive agenda, even during President Barack Obama’s administration. A former Ohio state senator and secretary of state candidate, she’s straight out of hardscrabble Cleveland, with the political scars to prove it.

Despite being on the edge of Generation X, Turner has the “Ain’t nobody got time for that” political attitude of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), the inherent badassery of ’70s Pam Grier and the inside knowledge of Olivia Pope without all the drama.

After years of making Republicans tuck in their chains, and snatching wigs from Democrats who want black votes but not black power, Turner has been placed in the most interesting of positions: head of Our Revolution, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to continuing the Bernie Sanders revolution of 2016. The Root spoke with Turner about what it’s like to become one of the most powerful women in American politics, and whether or not Bernie bros can ever get over their race problem.

The Root: Sen. Turner, congratulations! You’re now head of Our Revolution, replacing former Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver. What are you going to do to keep that revolution going or, hopefully, add to it?

Nina Turner: Stoke that flame to empower the grass roots. Too many people think the power resides in elected officials. No! They serve us. The power resides in the grass roots. Medicare for all, criminal-justice reform; these are the issues that matter to the people, all people of all colors.

TR: So how exactly does Our Revolution work? Do you just give money? Do you make phone calls? What’s the process?

NT: Well, we have 49 affiliates (out of hundreds) across the United States, including D.C. and Puerto Rico, and basically candidates have to seek Our Revolution out. The candidates actually have to interface with the local affiliate and the voters. Imagine that?! It’s not just filling out a questionnaire; we’re looking for progressive candidates.

Then the local affiliate reports to the national office about which local candidates they might want to support. Then we ask them, “What do you want to do? Are you willing to knock on doors? Are you willing to make phone calls?”
I know it’s a process, but we want to make sure the local office is committed to the candidate in some real grassroots ways before committing more money and resources.

The story of Our Revolution’s resources is interesting. They have exclusive access to a donor list of 2.8 million people who gave over $218 million to Bernie Sanders in the 2016 cycle alone. Now, the only way for the Democratic Party or any candidate to get to that list is through Nina Turner, making her one of the most powerful people—black, white, Latino, Asian, male or female—in American politics.

With Donald Trump in office, progressives are engaged and enraged. So the list is like art in Turner’s possession, and it becomes more valuable every year. That list could be 4 million by the 2018 midterm elections. That list could be 8 million by the 2020 presidential election. But Our Revolution ain’t trying to give that list to their children, let alone share it with the Democratic National Convention.

NT: We definitely recognize how important that [donor] list is, but it’s not something we think about every day. We know our list is important and our donors are important, but that’s not something we take lightly, and not something we’re just gonna give away.

TR: A lot of black folks have criticized the Sanders campaign and, by extension, Our Revolution for the lack of engagement with black folks. Bernie did terrible with African-American voters in the South, and his economic message, to many people, lacked an important racial component. How do you plan to address that now that you’re head of the movement?

NT: I’m glad you asked that; really I am. When I talk about working families, I’m talking about black people; when I’m talking about health care and a living wage, I’m talking about black families. For me, we still have a lot of work to do, but we are the base of the Democratic Party, so there is no integration of black people; we are a part of this. That’s part of why I’m here.

But also, we have to demand more from our leaders, and we have to talk about system. The system of racial oppression in this country. The systems of abuse in government. That’s what I think the senator didn’t get enough credit for. He talked about systemwide problems, and that’s where black people suffer the most. Black folks catch more hell than anybody in this country except for our Native American brothers and sisters.


TR: What about hiring, though? Last fall, half the staff of Our Revolution quit over the organization’s initial leadership and lack of diversity. How do you plan to change that? Are you hiring more African-American staff? Hiring more African-American outreach and consultants?

NT: Yes, sir. We have a small staff but a very diverse board. The staff is mostly women of color. Mostly black and Hispanic women. I don’t rubber-stamp anything, though. It’s a process, and I’m there making sure every step of the way we’re including the base. This is personal for me as well.

We are unapologetic about our support of progressive candidates across the board, and many of them are African American. Look, it matters to us, black people. We can be socially conservative, but we are forward-thinking, forward-moving on issues that face this country. We all want a better quality of life. We supported [Chokwe] Lumumba running for mayor in Jackson, Miss. We endorsed him. We’re working with the mayoral candidate Randall Woodfin for Birmingham, Ala. We have an unapologetic progressive agenda.

TR: Some Sanders supporters are still mad, claiming that the entire 2016 election was a farce, and that the Democratic Party is essentially the enemy. Do you have a position on the DNC fraud lawsuit in Florida right now, where supposed Sanders supporters are suing the party to get back their donations (not to mention other, more outlandish claims)?

NT: I believe you should do everything to win, but not anything to win, you know? That’s what we want to do as well. We’re going to go, we’re going to work, but some of the things that happened [in the 2016 primary] just aren’t the way we should be doing things. Our Revolution has no formal position on the DNC fraud lawsuit. That doesn’t mean that some of their complaints don’t have merit, but we don’t have a formal position.


TR: Any last words to make sure the audience knows about your new leadership style that they don’t already know?

NT: I want people to say: “That’s a bold sista out there. She’s authentic. She is who she is and she speaks the truth.” Our Revolution is committed to transforming this country at the grassroots for all ethnicities.


by Jason Johnson

Mod note- prompt delay

Jul. 24th, 2017 08:22 pm
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 Hey y'all, sorry, but I've come down with a case of mild food poisoning and have no oompf to update the community today. If I'm feeling better tomorrow I'll update then; if not, well, we'll talk about it then.

Apologies, and take care.

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