I'm so evil and... skanky. And I think I'm kinda gay.

Willow ,'Storyteller'

The Great Write Way, Act Three: Where's the gun?

A place for Buffistas to discuss, beta and otherwise deal and dish on their non-fan fiction projects.

Gudanov - Oct 04, 2022 9:18:40 am PDT #6633 of 6674
Coding and Sleeping

I've steadfastly avoided running my own mail server because it is such a PITA. They were lucky to be able to lean on you for so long.

Karl - Dec 03, 2022 3:35:19 am PST #6634 of 6674
I adore all you motherfuckers so much -- PMM.

A draft of something that may become a blog post, or worse, the header to my LinkedIn profile:

Ok, here's the thing. If you're a white man, don't assume I'm going to agree with you because of what you can see of me when I appear on the Zoom call. If you're not a white man, I already expect that you will rightfully ignore any "statements of allyship" and pay attention to what I do and who it benefits; I don't have to tell you how all this works.

"My people" are not all people who look like me. And not all people that I recognise as "my people" recognise me as theirs. That's ok.

I shouldn't have to disclose to you which communities are "most" important to me. I shouldn't have to disclose to you what my mother did for a living when I was a teenager to "justify" my feelings about cops. I shouldn't have to refer to any religious basis when I tell you that my people are the widow, the orphan, and the stranger.

If your space is visibly dominated by white men with beards, it won't be welcoming to me even though I am, in fact, a white man with a beard. Yes, even if most of them are queer.

If your space isn't welcoming to GNC folks (non-binary people or anyone else who doesn't perform gender "appropriately"), it won't be welcoming to me, even though my gender presentation is about as Silicon Valley-typical as you can get.

If your space isn't welcoming to Black trans women, it won't be welcoming to me. And if your organization is claiming to want to do good in the world and you don't have a single Black woman in leadership, I am going to side-eye you and your organization forever. This is table stakes, people.

These all apply whether your space is online or off.

I have always felt most comfortable, most welcomed, most valued as a colleague, when in the company of furries, queers, trans folk, and self-described freaks with their own self-described 'freak flags.'

And finally, though I can't believe I actually have to say this: I am not interested in "winning hearts and minds" of people who want my people and me out of their sight or dead. This includes the vast majority of US Republicans and right-wing Europeans. The rich and selfish are not my people; they mean harm to me and mine.

Beverly - Dec 04, 2022 4:58:34 pm PST #6635 of 6674
Days shrink and grow cold, sunlight through leaves is my song. Winter is long.

(Stands to applaud)

Laura - Dec 05, 2022 6:51:28 am PST #6636 of 6674
Our wings are not tired.

I'd love to see that as a LinkedIn header, or really anywhere.

erikaj - Dec 06, 2022 1:05:46 pm PST #6637 of 6674
I'm a fucking amazing catch!--Fiona Gallagher, Shameless(US)

Reminds me how often I am told awful things about people on benefits or who are poor...how long it took me to complain(Because I was Special at being special..) and how much I've had to brush aside "I didn't mean *you*--which, incidentally, sucks as a compliment,

Tom Scola - Feb 21, 2023 1:16:16 pm PST #6638 of 6674
Mr. Scola’s wardrobe by Botany 500

Legendary Sci-Fi Magazine Halts Submissions Amid Deluge of AI-Written Stories

-t - Feb 22, 2023 10:32:32 am PST #6639 of 6674
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

Argh. I don't know why that takes me by surprise but it does.

-t - Feb 22, 2023 4:09:43 pm PST #6640 of 6674
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

I am really going to have question those $1.99 or less books that I have been buying with very little reflection from now on.

I have not played around with any of these chat thingies, but the samples or whatever that I have seen posted on occasion do not read like publishable fiction to me. That anyone is happy enough with the results they get to put it out in the world seems pretty bizarre. But I guess low effort for even a little bit of money can be attractive.

My poor indie authors are going to have a harder time than ever being taken seriously now, aren't they? That's very upsetting.

Anyway, my original repulsion was mostly based on this idea I have that SF writers are wanting to explore some idea or other and this seems like the opposite of that. But that's probably very reductive of me. And maybe SF fans are exactly who would embrace any kind of AI assisted anything, given half a chance. People have always gone around saying things like they have this great idea and someone else should write it out for them, maybe this seems like a way to make that happen.

Amy - Feb 22, 2023 5:01:09 pm PST #6641 of 6674
Because books.

I had no idea the AI stuff had gotten that far. That really is concerning.

Toddson - Feb 23, 2023 7:03:28 am PST #6642 of 6674
Friends don't let friends read "Atlas Shrugged"

I saw, somewhere, that you can't copyright material produced by AI. Not sure if that's for real, but it might give those submitting pause.

Ha! I found the information.