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And in this case, I definitely don't know how things will play out for the fictional main character! And the material culture culture is fascinating. And Bede nicely prepared me for the notion of British and English as separate peoples. (My long-ago medieval lit classes covered very little history.)
These are actually issues we can address pretty immediately (going forward, though, not changing existing products)—I'll add them to the check list. And could you PM me examples of products with insufficient contrast in B&W? It'd be helpful to have some specific examples.
Celestial Healer wrote:
Lucky for her they're apparently no longer available. ;-)
And onya, Masked Maiden—good luck with your journey!
Freehold DM wrote:
1. I love me some happy endings! I just hadn't realized that was a requirement to be considered a romance instead of fiction. :-)
2. You CAN do these things in the Northeast! Or rather, YOU can! Tracy Timmons-Gray, the organizer, put this together herself from scratch in her free time after reading local writers' wistful comments about wanting to meet all their online writer-friends—canvassed people to gauge interest, found a time and a venue, and spread the word. Just have to get out there behind the idea and PUSH! (Of course, it helps to have someone like Tracy, who does event planning as part of her day job, doing part of the pushing.)
Brief aside form this convo: I want to put in a plug for the 2015 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, which has events in Seattle next Friday (Hugo House) and Saturday (Central Library, Hotel Monaco, Neighbors). It's for both readers and writers, and includes writers and stories with happy endings* that span the QUILTBAG spectrum. The Central Library portion of the programming costs $25, but is free to volunteers (I can put you in contact with the organizers); the other readings, the bookfair, and about everything else is free (except maybe the Banned Books drag show?).
Even if you can't attend, the lists of attending authors on the site may give you new people to read. :-)
* Apparently this is a requirement to be considered romance—the ending has to be happy, or at least happy for now.
Just got back from Gen Con—it was awesome to see so many folks wearing "gaymer" or "ally" ribbons on their convention badges. Thanks for helping us LGBT and allied gamers increase our visibility and build a sense of community, Tabletop Gaymers!
[Edit: Fixed the link.]
Usual Suspect wrote:
Who is going to make it to Gen Con this year? I look forward to actually meeting some of my fellow LGBTQA Pathfinders. I will be GMing most of the weekend (I volunteered for Tier one just to experience it once in my life).
I'll be there as part of the Paizo contingent—stop by the booth or Paizo's Diversity in Gaming panel and say hi!
Paladin of Baha-who? wrote:
That's the video at the top of the article. ^_^
Note too that the city of Indianapolis is on the same page as Gen Con—the mayor has issued an executive order affirming that businesses that receive city funds must serve LGBT customers and calling on the state to re-add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in Indiana, and the city has had workplace protections for LGBT employees for a while.
And let's us attendees do our best to be welcoming and treat everyone with respect. ^_^
The 2015 World Cup—the most out yet—came to a close last night. The US team won, but both teams played very well and it was a lovely game to watch. And the pause just before the trophies were given out was also wonderful, especially, amid all the celebrations on the field, star player* Abby Wambach's sweet moment with her wife! (FEELINGS!!)
* She has more international goals than any other soccer player ever!!!
Therefore, a couple with a bi member is more likely to be interested than a straight couple. Doesn't mean they are, but the lack of desire to do sex stuff with someone of the same sex isn't the factor it would be with a straight couple.
I'd maybe rephrase that as threesomes being less complicated to satisfactorily negotiate for interested couples that include one or more bi/pansexual folks than for straight couples.
Anyway, I hear your frustration, Ruik! It's creepy and gross when other people try to declare what you "really" want.
Cold Comfort Farm parodies the style of Hardy et al. gloriously—the author, Stella Gibbons, even asterisks the sections she considers most "literary" to call attention to them.
This example didn't even rate:
"Amos looked at her, as though seeing her for the first, or perhaps the second, time. His huge body, rude as a wind-tortured thorn, was printed darkly against the thin mild flame of the declining winter sun that throbbed like a sallow lemon on the westering lip of Mockuncle Hill, and sent its pale, sharp rays into the kitchen through the open door. The brittle air, on which the fans of trees were etched like aging skeletons, seemed thronged by the bright, invisible ghosts of a million dead summers. The cold beat in glassy waves against the eyelids of anybody who happened to be out in it. High up, a few chalky clouds doubtfully wavered in the pale sky that curved against the rim of the Downs like a vast inverted pot-de-chambre. Huddled in the hollow like an exhausted brute, the frosted roofs of Howling, crisp and purple as broccoli leaves, were like beasts about to spring."
But fear not! She readily drops out of such overblown prose to move the plot and dialogue along, using the contrast in styles to play up the absurdity of various situations. (In the movie, they made the main character an aspiring author, and preserved some of these excerpts as voiceovers of her writing.)
In other news, sailed through White As Snow, now working on When Women Were Warriors.
Judy Bauer wrote:
Just started What We Left Behind. Not bad so far, but I think I've been spoiled by Mira Grant.
Final verdict: Not as good as Mira Grant, better than the terrible Allison Hewitt Is Trapped (see spoiler). There are some clumsy moments that I suspect a content editor might have nipped in the bud, but overall enjoyable and surprised me at times.
But now, oh yes! I have As White As Snow from the library! Read the first 84 pages on the bus ride in this morning. Must work on book-rationing. <_<
a friend is turned by zombie squirrel because author didn't understand that outside of Seattle windows have screens, yet zombie wildlife is never an issue in all their subsequent roadtrip/camping; people blog about the zombie apocalypse but inexplicably don't try to organize online, just post comments; token lesbian PoC sidekick inexplicably doesn't know what a blog is 2008; all religious people are violent cultists; author believes the life of someone unskilled and self-centered would be way more important for the survivor cause than a surgeon...
*checks list* Laundry, sweep deck, weeding, cook food for the week...
Judy Bauer wrote:
At the same time, women's soccer faces many challenges, and Fifa remains a super problematic organization.
1. Whoops, the swearing filter broke the link on "many"—the article I linked to was "At the World Cup, FIFA's Sexism is in the Spotlight," but a search on "sexism FIFA" is also plenty productive.
2. Sundhage's on the list!
There are 17 publicly out* players competing at this year's World Cup!
Blew through As Red As Blood—Finnish YA crime fiction with fairy tale allusions. Loved the moment where the anti-feelings heroine is forced to accept a grateful hug and is horrified that her life might become a nightmare pit of friendly hugs from then on. My only aviso is that it includes constant references to how cold it is—have extra blankets handy if that sort of thing bothers you.
Now I'm reading Skim while I wait for my hold on As White As Snow to come through.
This was answered much earlier in another thread, but by all means, stop on by regardless of materials, crafty people! We'd love to see a finished sample of your projects—or photos, if your luggage is full of game books or your craft is space-intensive, like building art cars or cozying whole rooms.
At the same time, for those with more room in their luggage/car trunks, is anyone interested in a yarn swap? If your stash has lots of lovely yarn you know in your heart you'll never use, bring some to trade or give away! (I'm lookin' at you, sari silk. And you, mohair. And some of you handspuns, too!)
My wife's go-to foods are quesadillas and Japanese curry (hamburger + chopped veg + packaged sauce); mine's chili (hamburger + cans of beans, corn, tomatoes, etc.) or tomato soup + cheese toasties. And now that it's warming up, noodles with shredded/julienned veg and nuoc mam or a vinegar-soy dressing.
M-i-l makes big batches of empanadas and then freezes them, so if she needs food fast she can just reheat a few. It's a good idea that we keep forgetting to implement.
The Seattle International Film Festival's linup is live!
And if you're going to visit EMP, check out the Folk Life Festival, which has tons of free performances at Seattle Center over Memorial Day weekend: bluegrass, hip hop, brass bands, klezmer, bollywood dance, Hawaiian music, Celtic music—you name it.
Ross Byers wrote:
Likewise, you can't really have an eBook autographed.
My wife gets around that by having authors autograph bookplates that she applies to her Kindle. (Of course, the maximum number of autographs a Kindle can hold is limited compared to the number of books, but for casual fans it may be enough.)
Also Question on the Crafting Circle: My Embroidery is done with a Machine not a hand needle and thread. I don't think I want to bring my Embroidery Machine there as it's expensive so what else can I bring if most of my Craftyness is done with the Embroidery and Sewing Machine? I can't knit or crochet.
You don't have to bring anything—much of the fun is having a relaxing time to hang out with other crafty folks, see what kinds of things they do, and maybe show off a current project you're working on or a finished object are particularly proud of.
Life permitting, though, we may also have stamping materials for people to try, and potentially spinning materials. And any number of people would be happy to teach you to knit or crochet and recruit you to the cause. :D
Do not take the bus from Seatac to downtown.
This, 100%. Take the light rail. Once you get into Seattle, bus coverage is decent, but from the surrounding cities to Seattle is not great.
For those planning to take the monorail, it's cash only and doesn't interface with the Orca card system, so plan accordingly!
And for those planning to sight-see on Monday, also be aware that the transit schedule is different on holidays! (Light rail will be on Sunday schedule, still every 10–15 minutes, monorail will be unaffected.)
Diego Valdez wrote:
Can I get a copy too, pls? ^_^
What We Do in the Shadows: A delightfully awkward and oddly adorable mockumentary about a group of vampire flatmates in Wellington, NZ, with a bunch of the people from Flight of the Conchords and Eagle vs. Shark. As special bonuses, it explains all the weird medieval art of animals with human faces, and includes a coming-out-as-a-vampire scene between two people who're terrible at having feelings in public!
The answer depends on whether the characters are still in combat. If they're in combat, where you're tracking turns carefully, then.. maybe. (See page 54 of the Hero's Handbook for actions in combat.)
Quickly ransacking of a body is a standard action (not specified in the Beginner Box rules, but the devs reckon that's what it works out to), and picking up an item is a move action, so doing both would use up a character's entire turn—you couldn't do both during the same round you killed the creature. However, picking up the weapon that falls from your dead foe's hand is only a move action, so your character could strike a creature dead with its standard action and then grab the creature's weapon as its move action.
Unlocking a chest requires a full-round action (Hero's Handbook 36), so unlocking and looting a chest in the same turn is out. (Characters probably shouldn't be unlocking chests in combat for this reason—it's dangerously slow!) Opening an unlocked chest is a move action, though, so you could still grab an item from inside during the same turn.
BUT! If the characters are NOT in combat, you don't have to be tracking turns, and the players can just work out who takes what through roleplaying and negotiation. Normally they should wait to loot until after combat, since it's much safer.
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Have you seen Legend of the Tsunami Warrior (also known as Queens of Langkasuka)? It's a Thai pirate film set in 1580s Malaysia, and features an international pirate coalition, colonialism, and heroes and villains with quasi-druidic (in the Pathfinder sense) powers. Recommended! (Esp. if you're playing through Skull & Shackles...)
For women that do play tabletop games without the encouragement of their significant other, what got them to the table?
Back in jr high, when I found out that friends played, I asked to join their game. (My dad had a lot of D&D books, though, so even though I'd never played before I had basic knowledge of RPGs.) I got hooked, and when each group eventually dissolved, I kept seeking out more. Since then I've had wonderful experiences gaming with strangers who treated me like any other gamer, but I've also had enough bad experiences with people who talked over me/talked down to me/decided we were dating because I'd made small talk with them/tried to flirt with my through sexual violence against my character/etc. that I strongly prefer to play with people I know.
When recruiting players, I've generally invited friends who I know enjoy board games to try one-offs like We Be Goblins!; a couple who I thought were long shots have loved it, and some who were initially excited tried and decided they weren't—often because they're used to computer games, and find the slower speed of play frustrating.
It may also help to bring in more than one new player start at a time—being the one newcomer in a group that's been playing together for years can be pretty awkward, even as an experienced gamer.
So an idea. What if there was an Amazon River/Rainforest type thing, only the rainforest was a singular living organism? Something that was geniunely alive. Or even better, a genus loci that covers a massive part of the continent?
I'm late to the forest-as-entity party, but you might also want to take a look at Le Guin's "Vaster Than Empires and More Slow."