Now on Patreon!

Feb. 27th, 2017 09:50 am
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We’re excited to announce that Cat is now a Patreon creator, offering you exclusive content and goodies via Patreon’s flexible crowdfunding platform!

As our resident Mad Fiction Scientist puts it on her landing page, “… I want to put more fiction into the world. And I don’t just mean my own fiction. I want to help you guys write awesome books and stunning stories!”

Cat’s doing this by offering professional writing advice every month – in the form of comedic essays on the craft and business of writing. You’ll learn about characterization, dialogue, how to get a writing agent, and so much more. Beyond signing up to receive these exclusive Cat Valente essays, there are plenty of additional fantastic benefits you can score: sneak peeks at Cat’s works-in-progress, personal Skype calls, virtual writing dates, Tuckerizations, acknowledgements, and – well, see for yourself:

To get involved with Cat’s latest project and to support her work directly, just head over to Patreon: you can sign up for recurring donations, get access to the patron-only stream, interact with the Mad Fiction Scientist herself, and edit your pledge at any time. And remember: your support means the world to Cat, especially in these trying times. You get huge thanks from everyone at the lab, and we promise it’s pathogen-free. (Probably.)

Hurry on over! The Mad Fiction Laboratory awaits!

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Feb. 27th, 2017 08:43 am
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+ I had a lovely weekend and got to see a few friends, including [personal profile] samtheeagle on Saturday and [personal profile] sanj on Sunday

- I came home on Sunday to discover that there is no heat in my condo

+ [personal profile] sanj and I went out for Chinese food and there was heat there

+ and she was willing to come over and watch Top Chef afterwards, wrapped in blankets

- the night was, um, chilly (but survivable) - my house is currently 45 degrees Fahrenheit, which would be fine for the great outdoors but is kind of on the cold side for a dwelling

+ I do have hot water, so my shower this morning was sublime

- getting out of the shower was a sad thing indeed

+ someone will show up sometime today to fix the heat

+ and for now, I have hot coffee, and a wool sweater, and I am wearing my son's old Hello Kitty ski hat, which looks ridiculous I'm sure but is keeping my ears warm

This is a stupid system

Feb. 27th, 2017 01:19 pm
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I opened a form letter from my children's school this morning, informing me that "Frederick"'s attendance is at 90%, significantly lower than the government target of 95%. It included this particularly threatening paragraph:

"You should be aware that regular attendance is a legal requirement and the Education Welfare Officer may become involved if there is no significant improvement in Frederick's attendance."

Now, I am absolutely a stroppy middle-class parent, whose response to bureaucratic threats like this is "come and have a go if you think you're hard enough". I am not at all concerned about seeing this off myself.  But that this is the system, that letters like this will be going out to parents without my resources and confidence, that the very first contact to parents on this issue contains implied threats of legal action and bureaucratic interference - that appalls me.

On closer inspection, it is not actually possible for me to "improve" my child's attendance in the remainder of the school year: they've calculated that 90% threshold assuming he has perfect attendance between now and July.  He cannot physically have any better attendance than he does now, the way they've calculated it.  So that threatening paragraph is also setting me up to fail.

My child has a 90% attendance record, because I keep my children at home when they are ill, and he has been a bit more ill than usual this past school year.  It's stupid to pressurise parents to send ill children to school.  It doesn't benefit the sick child and it puts the rest of the school community at risk. Any children with lowered immunity will be much more at risk, and will then presumably have even worse attendance records. Lowered immunity is correlated with disability, chronic conditions, and poverty, so this is an access issue as well.

I know this is a system problem: government policy enforced under threat of poor Ofsted results.  I can't fix the system.  But I can try to make my local part better.  So I've got letters to write:
  • specific response about my child's attendance record 
  • letter to headteacher and governors about the wider issues of access, and the way parents are contacted
  • ... and then see what those result in, I suppose

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Feb. 27th, 2017 12:00 pm

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Feb. 27th, 2017 09:19 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] redsixwing!
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Since this was our fifth stay in a Landmark Trust property for the bloke’s birthday, I think I feel safe in calling it a tradition.

On Friday last, we gingerly loaded up our newly repaired car and crossed everything in the hopes that it would make it through the 200-odd mile drive from our house to North Yorkshire to stay in The Old Grammar School.

Kirby Hill is a beautiful grey old stone village, set around a green. The Old Grammar School [TOGS] was such from its establishment in 1556 to its closure in 1957. An average of 30 local boys aged 10 to 18 were taught there, though many departed aged 14 to go to work. The ground floor schoolroom was converted into the village hall, while the first and second floors were converted into the flat that one can now book through the Landmark Trust [LT] for holidays. LT properties are carefully furnished and kitted out with libraries that are specific to the property and to the history of the place. For instance, I read Goodbye, Mr Chips, which is a heartwarming fictional biography of a schoolmaster, while we were in TOGS. LT properties also deliberately don’t provide televisions or WiFi. In fact, my phone signal was so bad that I couldn’t even get the 3G to work.

We arrive late in the afternoon and were pleased to find that the previous occupants had left us sufficient firewood for that evening.

Our first thought on entry was “tea”. Thoughtfully, the housekeeper had left a complete tea service ready for us and a small jug of milk in the fridge.

The bloke pouring some milk for Keiki, who’s standing on a dining chair. The window seat, which features in subsequent photos, is to their right.

+12 )

Up next: visiting the Kirby Hill church (St Peter and St Felix).

Quick note about the photos: I have come to rely on Aviary in Flickr to do colour correction on my photos. It’s quick and convenient and its algorithm seems to be pretty good. Except at the moment, it’s not working. To those who care about white balance, my apologies.

Baking: Nigella Christmas

Feb. 27th, 2017 09:12 am
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The children and I decided to try to make the “Christmas wreaths” on Saturday morning. These are essentially marshmallow treats except with cornflakes instead of Rice Krispies. We made zero attempts to create wreaths as I have no idea how you manipulate the crunchy gloop before it becomes impossibly sticky. It also didn’t help that Keiki accidentally dumped out the entire tube of sprinkles on the first blob I put down on the baking parchment. There was a delay whilst we salvaged as many as we could from the kitchen counter. By then the marshmallow gloop had partially set.

It didn’t matter what they looked like anyway. We made twelve of them at 10:30. They had set by 12:30.

There were three left at 15:00, in spite of the bloke declaring that they were a little too sweet for him. (He ate three.) Photographic evidence of the remainder is below. Keiki's sprinkle-bonanza treat is the one on the lower right, in case that wasn't obvious.

We then revisited the chocolate biscuit recipe from the bloke’s birthday. Because they were just that tasty. Hopefully those will keep us all in good spirits this week.

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Feb. 26th, 2017 08:56 pm
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I'm in a foul mood because I'm behind on job applications and paperwork, and generally just feeling like an incompetent. Also the main mouse button on my laptop wore out, and I have to remember to use the one at the top of the touchpad, just below the spacebar and alt key. It's incredibly vexing and trying.

I keep meaning to blog about church and the church ladies and stuff, but I just feel too gross and anxious tonight.

Requiescat in Pace

Feb. 26th, 2017 05:38 pm
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[tech] Host in which country?

Feb. 26th, 2017 08:22 pm
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In which country should one host a website, for maximal privacy and free-speech rights?

Obviously, there are different pros and cons – one country may have very free speech but the government reads everything, another country may have no government censorship but a civil law that makes it trivial for randos to intimidate your hosting company into dropping your site – so it would be interesting to hear in more detail what precise social/legal advantages different countries have for website owners. (I'm ignoring for the moment, "Great sociolegal environment, but the whole country's internet connection is a T1 with a kink in it.")

Is there some handy reference for concerned prospective site owners, shopping jurisdictions to plant their servers in?

linkspam on a sunny Sunday

Feb. 26th, 2017 03:35 pm
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I don't know about you all, but I have had the hardest time concentrating for the last few months. Funny, that. ;-)


In case you need some distraction, I cannot recommend strongly enough [profile] ursulav's Summer in Orcus, which is a simply lovely portal fantasy in which birds engage in Regency banter and you will never think well of "house-hunters" again. It's on the children/YA boundary, but with rich characterizations and sensible psychological underpinnings. Plus Vernon's brilliantly creative world-building. Run out and get it!


And now on to the linkspam:

Courtesy of Linda Holmes at PCCH: this essay on hiking the Appalachian Trail as a black woman. Just lovely. A thing I found myself repeatedly explaining to hikers who asked about my books and my experience wasn't that I feared them, but that there was no such thing as freedom from vulnerability for me anywhere in this land. That I might be tolerated in trail towns that didn't expect to see a black hiker, but I'd rarely if ever feel at ease.

I know Reddit can be a sty, but every once in a while you find something like this summary of all of the Trump-Russian issues.

Here’s a guide from Wired about US Customs and digital privacy. And another essay on the same issue.

Holy crap this is awesome.

I believe this is a church-related group working to protect immigrants.

You’ve probably already seen this link: Welcome to the America black people have always lived in.

This migrant workers’ rights group does good work.


This is some deep subtweeting: how to identify the Hunger Games districts by using federal government statistics.

Noted for later reading: an essay on the political philosophy of Winter Soldier.

This potato-leek soup looks really tasty.

Old-school X-Files folks may find this Tumblr entertaining. I have to admit that I mostly subscribed to it to see if I was ever going to get recced there (I was, eventually :D ), but it's also fun seeing both classics from old friends get name-checked, and work from relative newbies I'd never heard of. If I were much into fic these days, I'd be reading (and re-reading) a lot of this!


I've been doing a lot of baking recently. Two successes: a batch of Mexican-chocolate-and-cherry brownies, and a batch of ginger oatmeal cookies. One only moderate success: yet another attempt at macarons. These were both flat and undercooked, although they tasted fine. I'm now 0 for 4 at macarons: I may give them up and try my hand at choux pastry instead...

Happily, the rain appears to have stopped for a bit, so I may be able to get some more running in, which will be healthier than baking.

adventures in bad poetry

Feb. 26th, 2017 05:49 pm
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[personal profile] nineweaving recently gave me John Julius Norwich's Christmas Crackers, which is a commonplace book filled with the quotations Norwich has, for many years, collected and typed out as Christmas cards and crackers (the store-bought ones don't say much interesting, usually). It's a very good commonplace book, distinguished by being funnier and more impressive than those usually get, and I am treating it as one should treat commonplace books, i.e. opening it occasionally at random, giggling, and putting it down again. In no circumstance do I intend to read it straight through, because then what would there be to boggle at when I pick it off the shelf and open it randomly in a few years or decades?

Anyway, as good commonplace books do, it collects bad poetry as well as good, and I opened it to something so thoroughly appalling that the selection has been stuck in my head for more than a week. I truly think this belongs in the annals of terrible verse with William Topaz McGonagall and Julia Ann Moore, for the comma splices if for nothing else (and there is else). I showed it to Ruth, and spent the next five minutes desperately wishing for a video camera; I really thought they were going to throw the book out of the window.

Abandon hope, etcetera. )

January booklog

Feb. 26th, 2017 09:31 pm
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1. Clariel - Garth Nix ) Sad but also an interesting different angle on this world.

2. Across the Wall - Garth Nix ) A fairly forgettable collection, though the Old Kingdom story is good.

3. Complications - Atul Gawande ) Fascinating - I will be reading more Gawande.

4. A Tangled Web - LM Montgomery ) Very Montgomery, but not in a terribly enjoyable way. Once you lose the likeable protagonist, the rest of her worldbuilding is less fun on its own.

5. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet - Becky Chambers ) Not at all bad, and I'll probably read the next one.

6. Stand We At Last - Zoë Fairbairns ) I really wanted to like this book, but its insistence on being endlessly miserable defeated me.

7. Seconds - Bryan Lee O'Malley ) Better than I'd remembered.

8. The Wild Shore - Kim Stanley Robinson ) The most satisfying of this trilogy, for me.

9. Americanah - Chimanda Ngozi Adichie ) I really liked this - thoroughly enjoyable mainstream literature! It's possible!

10. Toad Words and other stories - T Kingfisher ) The unusual story collection in which I like absolutely everything.

11. Cyberpunk Malaysia - ed. Zen Cho ) It's fun to read some cyberpunk that isn't all entirely American - and these were just good stories in general.

12. Spirits Abroad - Zen Cho ) These are funny, and smart, and different, and I like them a lot. So far I like Cho better at short-story length than novel, but I'm waiting to see where she goes next!

13. My Friends the Miss Boyds - Jane Duncan ) ultimately this didn't quite win me over; I'm not sure I'll read any further.


Feb. 26th, 2017 08:46 pm
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During the week, the Blake/Collister My Favourite Loaf, wholemeal/white spelt/khorasan flour, a shake of mixed seeds. Nice one.

Saturday breakfast rolls: adaptable soft rolls recipe, 2:2:1 strong white/wholemeal/buckwheat flour + sour cherries.

Today's lunch: dried ancho chiles stuffed with black turtle beans and baked in a tomato sauce - this time I toasted the chiles and soaked them and then deseeded them, which I think worked somewhat better; served with buttered spinach, chicory quartered, healthy-grilled in avocado oil and splashed with elderflower vinegar, and padron peppers.

Bread tomorrow, I think.

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Feb. 26th, 2017 02:38 pm
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follow up to last:

have since donned the dreaded trousers + bra, acquired coffee, and made a trip to target for toothbrushes, gatorate, lunch things, toaster waffles, a bday card for the almost-7-yo, and a housewarming card. have also added bug juice to my car.

is done adulting now?

3x The Good Fight Icons

Feb. 26th, 2017 10:34 am
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I'll probably make more of Maia, too (I do like easily flustered but smart'n stubborn), but for now, 'tis Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, and of course the latter's amazing Lucca Quinn on The Good Fight:


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This is the fifth and final chunk of data and analysis from the 2016 Novelist Income Survey.

This is where I look at all the other random and miscellaneous data points that either didn’t fit elsewhere, or else I couldn’t figure out quite what to do with them. After this, I’ll be pulling everything together into a single downloadable report for folks.

Who Lost Money in 2016?

One thing I found interesting — of the 371 people who provided gross income and expenses data, 63 ended up with a net loss in 2016. In other words, roughly one out of six published novelists lost money last year.

17 of these identified as full-time writers, with the other 46 being part-time. Looking at the overall number of full- and part-time respondents, the part-time authors were disproportionately more likely to end up in the red.

How did those 63 authors break down in terms of indie/small press/large press?

  • Indie: 36
  • Small: 19
  • Large: 8

Comparing those numbers to the overall breakdown of indie/small/large press gives us the following graph:

Breakdown of Net Losses

We can also look at the percentage of novelists who lost money in each category, which is perhaps a little more illuminating.

  • Indie: 17%
  • Small: 37%
  • Large: 7%

As always, be careful about drawing too many conclusions from this.

Genre Breakdown

I messed up on this part. I asked people what genre(s) they published in during 2016, and let people check as many boxes as they liked, with an additional field for “Other.” This meant I got pretty accurate data, but a lot of folks selected multiple genres, which made it harder for me to do much with the data. In the future, I think I need to ask people to choose their primary genre instead.

Looking at which genres were chosen, we can see that the data are slanted toward SF/F and Romance.


As a SF/F person myself, it makes sense that my outreach on the survey would bring in a lot of my fellow SF/F authors. Basically, what this means is that the results and conclusions may not apply as strongly to, say, religious fiction as they do to fantasy or romance.

When Did You Publish Your First Book?

What happens when you plot net income against the year the author published their first book?

I removed one outlier — an author who made close to five million, and whose first book came out near the middle of the range. The results were not what I expected.

Income vs. Year of First Book

That trendline is pretty much horizontal, suggesting little to no relation between how long you’ve been publishing and how much money you make. Running the correlation function in Excel gave a correlation of 0.01.

I can see several ways of thinking about this. One is that you can spend 30 years writing books, and it doesn’t mean you’re more likely to be financially successful. Which is depressing as hell. But maybe it just means financial success can come at any time. Or maybe writers who broke in a long time ago aren’t as prolific these days, which is why their income was comparable to newer authors who might be more active?

I honestly don’t know, and I suspect you’d need a lot more analysis — and probably a lot more data — to draw any firm conclusions here.

Almost Finished

That’s pretty much everything I can do with the data. All that’s left now is for me to pull it all together into a single report. I’ll be incorporating some of the feedback and suggestions from the comments as well, thank you. I’ll also be anonymizing the data and sharing that for folks to play with.

I hope this has been helpful and illuminating for folks!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Feb. 26th, 2017 12:33 pm
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things I need to do:
cleaning of some sort

things I want to do:
go back to bed
snuggle a [personal profile] shadowspar
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Second of the Magic ex Libris series. Pretty much like the first, but with different things, words and stuff. But if you liked the first, you'll probably like the second. If you didn't like the first, you're unlikely to like the second. And if you swap "second" and "first", I think the previous two sentences are equally true.
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  1. food )
  2. Also food. )
  3. Still food! )
  4. I am still chewing over last week's Elementary, and redemption arcs and chosen family and boundaries and necessities and narrative imperative in tension with multiple kinds of emotional satisfaction, and the things I find myself wanting -- superficially -- from the story, given points-of-view, and the odd and bittersweet relief at instead getting what I need. The murder plots make no sense, but then they mostly didn't ever; I am still very much here for the characters.
  5. My new CEA card arrived in the post yesterday, which means I will stop feeling faintly guilty about "wasting money" every time I go to the cinema. This is a Good Thing, given how much I'm looking forward to Hidden Figures.
  6. I'm having a really tough time writing an abstract this week, for a variety of reasons, but in the face of that I got a draft in more than 18 hours before the deadline that I was actually reasonably happy with, via the iterative-improvement approach to writing. It needs substantially rewriting, but I've demonstrated that my techniques work, and I've got reasonable confidence that the substatial rewriting wasn't in fact me wildly misinterpreting what was going on.
  7. I said no to someone, and it was fine. (And indeed several other someones, which was less fine but which left me feeling better than I would've if I'd stayed silent.) I told someone I'd screwed something up, face-to-face and more-or-less straight away rather than stewing for six hours over sending an e-mail, and it was fine. Both were really difficult, and I did them.
  8. I appear, via UCH, to have found a sustainable set of strength-building exercises to do that are resulting in measurable improvements. I'm dealing with a lot of complicated Feelings about this pretty well.
  9. Some stripy tulips were much reduced in the supermarket last week; they've been sat in a glass jar on the dining table slowly drying out and turning interesting shapes ever since, and they make me feel soothed and safe and at home.
  10. I am forever gently amused by the thing where, when A is around, we sleep under a single lightweight duvet and are frequently too warm. When he's away, I end up nesting in a pile of that duvet, my three-season much-larger covered-in-dinosaurs duvet, a weighted blanket, and a big soft non-allergenic stripy blue blanket -- and I end up comfortably warm, and with a lot of weight on me, and it's very nice to have occasionally.

Interesting Links for 26-02-2017

Feb. 26th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Feb. 26th, 2017 11:11 am
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For the benefit of the few people who are friends of mine here but not also on Facebook, [ profile] aviva_m and I got engaged on Saturday a week ago.


Hidden Figures

Feb. 26th, 2017 09:16 am
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Tony and I were planning to see this last weekend, but every screening we could get to had sold out by mid-afternoon on Saturday!  So I was a bit more organised this week and got us tickets several days in advance to see the Saturday evening screening at the Arts.

I am so so glad we went to see it.  It's a really great film, with the excitement of SPACE and MATHS and ENGINEERING against the clock, clever use of contemporary footage, heartwarming scenes of family and friendship, dramatically climaxing with John Glenn's flight orbiting the earth and returning safely.  (I spent half the film thinking Chris Evans' looks had gone off a bit, but it turned out John Glenn was being played by a completely different handsome blond man.)  Also, because the film is focused on three black women working as computers for NASA during this period, there is a great deal of matter-of-fact depiction of racism and sexism.  I appreciated that it was so matter-of-fact, that the film is not about Overcoming Racism, it's about Getting Astronauts Into Space, and the racism and the ways in which it made Getting Astronauts Into Space harder is just part of the story.

I also cried a lot, because it is an amazing film, and I have come out with a burning wish to learn more about Dorothy Vaughan, who is shown teaching herself FORTRAN from a textbook, and spoilers )

I'm hoping to take Charles to see it, if I can make the time to do so before it leaves cinemas.

Moonlight (2016)

Feb. 26th, 2017 10:20 am
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Thank to everyone who commented on my last post. I don't think I can respond to those comments (work drama is still ongoing) but I really appreciate them, and they were a little ray of light through somewhat difficult days.

Last night I was finally able to see Moonlight (and delighted to know it had a packed screening at a mainstream theater here) and it was so, so wonderful, and I haven't been recording any of the things I've watched and liked lately, so, I'm going to try and break that pattern.

Also - as usual, I'm terrible at reviewing things I like, and I'm happy to say Moonlight isn't exactly esoteric, so I'm basically just going to flail and vomit feels and various thoughts under the cut.

Moonlight )
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Especially after the last episode, I feel the need to give a thumbs-up to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. once more -- Season Four has really been firing on all cylinders. Robbie Reyes' arc was a great kick-off; this second half is different but just as intriguing. The show has flaws *coughCoulsonscentralitycough* but continues to surprise and delight me with its major storylines.

I made a STRONG STATEMENT in this little thread on Twitter about AoS. ;) (I know. It's unfortunate to use a microblogging service for macroblogging.)

Cooking diary

Feb. 26th, 2017 01:52 pm
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Monday: Spaghetti aglio e olio with rocket & prawn meat

Tuesday: Chorizo & penne salad.

Wednesday: Moussaka. Tried to make a quick one by cooking the eggplant in the microwave. The end result was edible but watery; I really needed to cook the tomatoes down a lot more before adding. I guess moussaka just can't be rushed.

Thursday: Cheesy sausages, grilled corn, leek in cheese sauce (ok, maybe it was just the drippings from the sausages stirred in).

Community to follow

Feb. 25th, 2017 01:54 pm
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Many of you are probably already members or are actively avoiding it, but just in case: For news on Dreamwidth about The Resistance, there's

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Some years ago, in the midst of what was then called "the warnings wank" or "another round of the warnings debate" [personal profile] melannen stated "I warn for 'Old People Sex' when one of the parties is over 55 or so."

I was not at the time 55 though I was within spitting difference of that age. Nevertheless, I felt ferociously angry on seeing that statement. "Trigger Warnings" surely are things that one puts on content because the mere thought of what is warned for is supposed to provoke PTSD. That's what warnings are for, is it not?


I am still having sex.

Which leaves me in something of a dilemma. I am told, according to the best social justice theory going, that this makes me -- dread word -- "problematic".

Which is where we come on to the life and death of Helen Bailey.

Whom no-one came to help, because she was over 50 and therefore her sex life must be considered "problematic". The fact she was in the hands of a psychopath by then was exactly what she deserved for wanting to have a sex life after 50 in the first place. At least, when it comes to the opinions of people who assume over-55 sex needs a trigger warning.

The sheer waves of suicidal ideation which rise up ever time I think about "Frankly, I warn for 'Old People Sex' if the parties are over 55 or so" are so hard to combat, one might really welcome a serial killer, know what I mean? Bit of attention, at least.

Of course, wanting attention is terribly problematic. And requires a trigger wanrning.


Miscellaneous. Eclectic. Random. Perhaps markedly literate, or at least suffering from the compulsion to read any text that presents itself, including cereal boxes.

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