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@doc the grey:
Right now I'm still reading Francis Stevens, this time a short story collection. I recommend "The Nightmare" for its very Gygaxian features. Lost islands full of carnivorous giant plants and strange fungi? Yes, please!
Reviving (cloning?) the thread: I'd recently watched "Logan's Run" on TV so I had a lot of fun watching last week's episode. The way Jeff became a 5 was hilarious! Some of my favorite scenes in the show are between Shirley and Jeff, so I liked getting to see them spar once again. Joel McHale and Yvette Nicole Brown are my 2 favorite actors on the show.
What Kahn Zordlon said is unfortunately true. While in the U.S.A. we have the ADA and other laws to protect people with disabilities in the work place, oftentimes those laws get side-stepped or ignored. Don't lie about your ASD if asked, it's always best to tell the truth, but don't bring it up if you don't have to. Once you have the job, if you need reasonable accommodation ask for it discreetly through HR.
Feros's advice is also good. I'd also recommend if you get an interview to go over some practice questions the day before in the mirror, doing a self-interview. You should be able to find typical practice questions online, such as "Why do you want this job?" and "Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" etc. Answer each question until the answer is fluid and concise. It doesn't have to be the same each time, but it should roll off your tongue easily.
Before/during/after the interview phase, it's really important to network with people in your field; if there's a convention, meeting, or social gathering in your area go to it! I know this can be hard/intimidating for people with ASD, but keep in mind that even the most socially-minded people can get nervous meeting new people in big crowds. I don't do this kind of in-person networking often enough myself but some of my best job interviews have come from it. I still don't have a job in the field I've trained in (this is due more to cutbacks in my field than any personal qualities, I think), but my network contacts have been invaluable in getting me to the interview phase.
I ended up reading Julie Halpern's Into the Wild Nerd Yonder. It wasn't that good a novel; it had some cute/aww moments and an "after-school special" vibe about personal growth, "being yourself" and "not judging books by their covers." The representation of D&D was not inaccurate, but not really detailed enough to give anything but a hint of what a high school gaming group is like. A lot of the characters' personalities were underdeveloped.
I've decided to read some non-fic for awhile. Geoff Nicholson's "The Lost Art of Walking." And maybe some more Francis Stevens after that.
2 points: 1) who are we actually talking about when we talk about the ASD community "itself"? Sure there are some people with ASD who feel talk of a "cure" threatens their identity as individuals, that any attempt to negate symptoms is a negation of personality, but others on the spectrum actively wish that they did not have the social deficits they are all too aware they have. It's a lonely life when you can't be sure of others' intentions towards you, eh? Actively educating yourself on body language, etc., can only get you so far when the "natural ability" to read people regresses or fails to develop in childhood.
2) I agree that society needs to move from a "victim" mindset towards people with disabilities of all kinds, especially ASD; and that a good faith effort to understand people on the spectrum should also be met by an equally good-faith effort on the part of people with ASD to understand and accommodate the ways of the "neurotypicals" with whom we all must live.
I speak of the Aspie's good-faith attempt to accommodate "neurotypicals" because I personally had a bad experience: as a tutor to a student with ASD who annoyed me no end by treating "tutor" and "I don't need to put in any personal effort" as synonymous. Having had an IEP and accommodation myself in school, having taken advantage of tutoring myself, in good faith, I had equally high expectations for the person I tutored. I know his lackadaisical attitude isn't true of other people with ASD/disabilities, and his attitude was likely a symptom of internalized victimization/learned helplessness, but it still irked me. Taking advantage of a service is one thing, taking advantage of people trying to help you is another. [/end rant]
Full disclosure: I received a Title 9 IEP when I was a child. I actually don't know whether or not I'd take a "magic pill" to erase my disabilities - at my age, I've arrived at a more nuanced understanding of how my diagnosis has both hindered me and benefited me (in the "it builds character" kind of way). I don't think I'd be able to put myself in a "pro-cure" or "pro-spectrum-acceptance" camp since ASD really isn't like cochlear implants, where one device can change everything.
I just finished Francis Stevens' Citadel of Fear. It was very 1918 H.P. Lovecraft-inspiring pulpy/racist (or is that synonymous?) entertainment. Features: vile monstrous creatures beyond mortal comprehension, evil idols, and women in nightgowns fainting hither and yon.
Now I am pondering reading
Some further thoughts on THoC:
The aspects of the novel that seem most D&D-like are:
Oh, and the contest the heroes are forced to compete in is a bit like some contest-based modules where the PCs need to use their own particular skills to succeed.
There's even a Thief character in the story who uses his pick-pocket skills to get around in alt-Philly, and is forced to compete against the Chief of Police in the "Hunger Games"-like contest.
If I were to borrow from THoC for my own role-playing game, I'd probably have Ulithia be a place, because the White Weaver is certainly cool, but the more satiric-alt-timeline stuff I likely wouldn't use. However, I could see someone else using it, especially if they like mixing in "real world" stuff with their fantasy, like the "Reign of Winter" Pathfinder book where the PCs get to kill Rasputin.
A review of Francis Stevens' The Heads of Cerberus:
The plot may be a bit hard to summarize so please bear with me. The premise of the book is that three normal people from 1918 (the modern day when the story was serialized) accidentally snort the "Dust of Purgatory" and travel to an astral-plane called Ulithia, where time flows backwards & forwards. The lady in charge there (The White Weaver) tells them to pass through the moon-gate, and when they do, they think they've returned home to 1918 Philadelphia...it looks just like the normal world they left! Almost...
It turns out the moon-gate leads them to another dimension, an alternate-dimension future (the year 2118) where they're stuck in a dystopian society, where the lower classes are known by numbers, not names and all knowledge is controlled by a corrupt elite. Because they're outsiders and ignorant of alt-Philly's laws, the good-guys are to be put to death! But! There's a chance for them to escape death by competing in a "Hunger Games"-like contest (only less "Hunger Games," more...Gulliver's Travels meets Star-Search). Action and adventure ensue. Guns and fist-fights are involved; two of the adventurers fall in love with each other in the course of fighting for their lives (hetero-style, because 1918).
Finally, at the very last minute, they manage to escape by ringing the big red Bell of Doom that EVERYONE says they Should. Not. Ring. (that part really does remind me of some D&D games I've played in). The alt-Philly timeline dissolves and they find themselves in the "real" Philadelphia they left, and discover that only several hours had passed in their world, while many days had passed in alt-Philly world.
The sci-fi part comes in when the guy who was trying to steal the "Dust of Purgatory" in the first place explains Star-Trek style that the dust is really a strange alchemical substance that allows people's "sympathetic vibrations" to vibrate in a pattern that leads them to become out-of-phase with the atomic structure of this world, and helps them visit the astral plane of Ulithia; that there are other worlds "within worlds" through the moon-gate and infinite-timelines, that they just visited one of them. The explanation reminded me of that episode of ST:NG when Ensign Ro Laren and Geordi LaForge are "out of phase" with normal matter because of a cloaking-device malfunction (ep: "The Next Phase"); only in this case, instead of the protagonists being able to see-and-hear the "real" Philadelphia, they're totally phased into alt-Philadelphia. When the Bell of Doom gets rung, the "sympathetic vibrations" of the bell knock their molecules back into alignment with the world they came from and they return home.
Okay! I read "The Heads of Cerberus"! Time for a review.
My preliminary thoughts, which I wrote on a secret map made of moonlight:
A more involved review to follow (spoilered for length/and-or you really want to be surprised!)
The Francis Steven books came! I got "The Citadel of Fear", but, more excitingly: "The Heads of Cerberus" in a 1st edition library binding, with illustrations and a foreword by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach! He describes THoC:
Of her works, only The Heads of Cerberus can be called science fiction -- though even in this story a strong inclination toward a wilder fantasy is evident.
More review will be forthcoming, once the novel is read.
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
What is OHB?Edit: nevermind. I just figured it out.
Kirth Gersen wrote:
Zeugma, do you have a review of Stevens for us? Please do share!
Not yet. I actually haven't gotten around to looking because I have a tower of to-be-read books on my nightstand and it's starting to look like a Jenga game.
Edit: And now I have 3 more books (all Francis Stevens) added to my lengthy "holds" queue in my library account. Thanks, Kirth! [/sarcasm]
So, I'd never played a barbarian before, and I am a very casual gamer. The sort of gamer who is generally okay letting the other people at the table and the GM check my character sheet. Some people have to have the GM check their sheet because they try to cheat-with-math. Me? I wouldn't know HOW to cheat. I'm one step above the player who lets the GM make and level up their character for them. It's because I have a hard time with the rules. Individually I understand them, but once modifiers start getting stacked I tend to get confused. e.g. Did I already add that bonus? Do I add the bonus or modify the ability for that other bonus first? Oh wait, is this a 2-handed weapon? Am I using my off-hand to attack?...etc.
So I am happy to announce that I have finally, after 6 levels, figured out all my damage modifiers for my barbarian. I had to reread the rules about four or five times but I think I've finally got it.
This is a place to share your similar triumphs in learning the ropes of Pathfinder. Where's your learning curve? What parts of the game/a new class have you struggled to master? I know I can't be the only one!
Any of you read anything by Jane Yolen? 'Cause I was sorting through my file cabinets, and I found one of her books, and I said, "I'll just read a couple of pages," and suddenly it was dark outside, I was really hungry, and I had to go to the bathroom really badly. Anyhow, she's a really terrific author.
I read Briar Rose (1992) and some of her short fantasy fiction. She is a good author, although she tends to write a particular kind of female character that sometimes I really dig, and sometimes I do not. I should check out some of her more recent work as it may be different from what I remember.
Edit: I also read Wizard's Hall, which is a kid's story that I really loved.
I would have gone with Infernal bloodline, but it doesn't have that "destructive" aspect of the divs, and I felt it was too closely tied to devils. I like to keep my enemies guessing. Still, if I were to really optimize and stick with the theme, I'd probably go with the Infernal bloodline, provided I'm playing with a well-rounded party.
Can people play as Fabricants? Are they and the Forgecursed both player races or are only Fabricants a player race? Are they in opposition to each other because of their different origins? Are there any limitations for them? I am imagining they are equivalent to the Warforged in the Eberron setting, but I don't want to make assumptions.
Umbral Reaver wrote:
I hear you on the terror of finishing work.
When I was seriously depressed, I couldn't write, and such end-goal work didn't help me. I found that playing an instrument helped. I didn't derive joy from practicing scales, but it was something that I could do and keep improving at, with audible progress, and that never had an end-goal; you can't ever really "finish" practicing scales and there's never a point when I could say "I can't get any better at Minuet in G."
I don't know if that will help you manage your depression because I don't know if you play an instrument, but possibly you could take one up? The recorder is pretty low-barrier to getting started.
Another thing that helps me with winter depression (SAD) is getting as much sunlight as I can during daylight hours. Eating lots of turkey and other tryptophan foods also helps. I don't know if you have SAD, but it's possible such a condition can intensify existing depression and it can easily go unrecognized.
Found a new/old Weird/Proto-Sci-fi pulp author (Francis Stevens) on the Kirkus Reviews website.
I am inclined to ask, if Francis Stevens were so influential, why have I never heard of her? But why ask why when she had a story about
Andrew Liptak wrote:
a would-be rescuer caught in a deadly labyrinth run by a madman.
I think I have some New Years reading ahead of me!
I'm reading Maryrose Wood's The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series, which is like a funnier Jane Eyre meets "The Wolfman" for 12-year-olds. I've seen the series compared to Lemony Snickett's "A Series of Unfortunate Events," but I actually think Wood's series is better written, with more literary allusions. I'm on book 3, "The Unseen Guest," so far.
I really do need to find that book by St. Clair. I was totally blown away the first time I read about the "Shaver mysteries" (without taking them seriously, of course) and am someone who likes Lucius Shepard's Griaule stories. So, yeah. I like a little Weird in my fantasy. Despite all the ragging on the Tor critics, I think it has been a worthy series of critiques, and I've gotten to add to my ever-growing "To Read" list.
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
That singer sounds like a pack-a-day smoker. I like the lyrics, but that poor singer needs a throat lozenge.
In other news, Knode reviews Leigh Brackett. Not the BEST review IMO, because I wanted more about the story and less about Leigh, whom we all know and love, amirite?
Because of the title, I'd been expecting someone...not white on the cover? That said, the lady on the cover is wearing an AWESOME outfit I'd love to cosplay! (I probably would NOT be the best cosplayer EVAH, but I'd be willing to try!)
Kirth Gersen wrote:
I've seen the movie! This one!
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
One obscure dude who has just won the Grand Master award.
Confessions: I have an excerpt of Atlantis: Model 1924 in my Anthology of African American Literature (Henry Louis Gates. Jr., ed.) and I have never been able to get through it...I've decided Delany is not "bedtime" reading.
His short story "The Star Pit" is in my copy of Modern Classic Short Novels of Science Fiction (Gardner Dozios, ed.)
So, maybe you'll be able to find him in the library in someone else's anthology. The problem as I see it is that oftentimes a poor front-end LPAC doesn't capture all the info provided in a catalog entry. Good luck.
John Woodford wrote:
Who hasn't run for the California State Assembly? Srsly.
In my opinion Asimov becomes a better writer as the Foundation series progresses. What he loses in swashbuckling derring-do he starts to make up for in better characterization and plotting. It's like I can see his evolution as a writer as I read.
That said, I must agree that Foundation didn't meet my preconception of what it would be about. I was told it was "hard SF" and when I started reading it, it didn't strike me that way at all. Yes, there is the concept of an advanced psycho-history/sociology, but the way it plays out (at least in the first three books Asimov wrote) is not at all what I would have expected.
I finally finished Norwich's Shakespeare's Kings. Now I can treat myself to watching the plays on TV and laughing at the anachronisms and chronological liberties! I'm thinking of expanding the series with Chris Marlowe's "Edward II" and Shakespeare's other plays; "King John" and "Henry VII", which Norwich doesn't really discuss at all. But first I need to find movies of them, and I doubt Netflix has them.
I think it had to do with our loot-per-level being too low.
Spoiler:Either that or it was a random encounter. [shrugs]
It was a young dragon and, although it was a challenge to beat, we did get a small hoard out of it and discovered what happened to some members of another Knot who went missing (they became dragon chow)
I usually try to avoid reading these threads since I'm playing in this campaign, but I just wanted to say that my party has just started "Call Forth Darkness" and we had a great time this past weekend.
We are on the trail (if that's the right word) to the Horn of Abaddon and
we just slew a green dragon!
It's been great fun so far and I am looking forward to more Fire Mountain Games adventures.
In other news, I'm onto Henry VI, Part II in Norwich's Shakespeare's Kings.
They've killed Joan of Arc, and then lost their lands in France (except for Calais).
Oh, also, Henry VI has gone insane and then recovered.
Now the Lancasters and Yorks are gearing up for the War of the Roses. Stuff is getting confusing but I'm sticking with it.
Aaron Bitman wrote:
Because of this thread, I got curious about P. G. Wodehouse, so I read 5 early "Jeeves and Wooster" stories, and then took "The Inimitable Jeeves" out of the library. I'm most of the way through it, and I'm not nearly as impressed as some other readers were. I will admit, though, that I laughed out loud at the pearl story, several times.
I really liked "The Code of the Woosters," but Wodehous's later stuff I find a bit of a rehash, wherein he relies less on madcap plotting and falls back on Wooster's verbal tics and gags that reference previous works.