Papers, Please: November ’19 Roundup

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Carole and Tuesday (2)

At the very real risk of repeating myself, it’s been a busy month (I’m feeling a little like Carole in that image up there). But a productive and rewarding one! I failed miserably at my attempt to do a pseudo NaNoWriMo, but I did get all my grading done… finished writing a presentation on Tricksters… travelled to a conference and presented said paper to positive reception… and hey, I had some great conversations about the creative project I’d intended to add to every day, it just didn’t grow as many new words as I wanted it to. But there’s still time. NaNo was definitely invented in a timezone where November isn’t the end-of-year crunch time.

Oh, and I entered something akin to a berserk state and bought far too much manga/YA at a giant bookstore. That’s productive and creative, right?

On the blog:

Personal Space: Carole & Tuesday and…

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Headcanons, Queer Readings, and the Art of “Reading Too Much Into Things”

This is some thought-provoking stuff here.

The Afictionado

this cat

The nature of media is that we will all look at it a little bit differently—we all have different brains in our heads, after all, and we’ve all had different life experiences that will frame and shape the way we perceive things. A result of this may be that you’re watching a TV show with your pal and you spot what you see as the blossoming of a beautiful queer romance, but when you mention it to your friend they blink in surprise and say they hadn’t noticed that at all. “Are you sure?” they ask, sincerely but bemused. “They just seem like good friends to me.” Maybe they’ll suppress a sigh, maybe they’ll laugh it off. “Not everything has to be gay all the time. You’re overthinking it.”

Damn, you think, suddenly unsure. Maybe they’re right. Maybe I am reading too much into this—maybe in my hunger…

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#Article: This Week In Action September 30th-October 6th!

HSHTG レスリング

Here’s whats going down across the UK this week…

Monday 30th…

Tuesday 1st…

Wednesday 2nd…

IPW “OMG!” (Unit Nine, Milton Keynes)
– IPW Tag Team Championship match – Champions, The Anti-Fun Police (Chief Deputy Dunne & Los Federales Santos Jr) Vs Pretty Deadly (Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley)
– IPW Women’s Championship match – Champion, Bobbi Tyler Vs Veda Scott
– IPW World Champion, Rob Lynch Vs Andreas Corr
– Chief Deputy Dunne Vs Joe Nelson
– Corey McRae Vs Mike Bailey
– David Starr Vs Simon Miller
– James Castle Vs Tate Mayfairs

Thursday 3rd…

TNT “Cold Day In Hell 2019” (Fusion, Liverpool)
– TNT World Championship Ladder match – Champion, Mark Haskins Vs David Starr
– TNT Tag Team Championship match – Champions, The Kings Of The Noth (Damien Corvin & Bonesaw) Vs The UK Hooligans (Roy & Zak Knight)
– TNT Extreme Division Championship Three-Way match –…

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Some D&D5e Magic Items

Dyson's Dodecahedron

I’ve wanted to post these items for some time, but keep trying to illustrate them first. But my illustration skills remain weak, and I’m finally posting them to get them out of my “to do” list. These are magic items I created for our last D&D5e campaign that is now over – I believe some of them were never found or were not used after being found.

Esturk’s Amaranthine Blades

Require Attunement
These leather bracers with silver buckles and edging allow the wearer to attack with any number of darts (limited by the character’s attacks per round). These darts are created as the wearer “draws” them from the bracers. The darts exist for 3 rounds once drawn, and shed a white light with the intensity of a torch. They are treated as magic weapons, but gain no attack or damage bonus. The bracers must be worn as a pair to…

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Sharing My World — 1-17-17

It’s been a while, but here’s my entry for this week’s Share Your World!

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?


Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?


What is your usual bedtime?

Usually between 11-11:30.

Do you like to use post-it notes?


When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?

I dunno. 🙄

Any phobias?


How tall are you?


Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Not sure about this week, but I’m thankful my area didn’t get as bad an ice problem as what the middle of the country got.

Nice set of questions this week!

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The Hero’s Journey, Abridged and with Gifs (Part One)

The Afictionado

A while back, a dude named Joseph Campbell wrote a book called The Hero with a Thousand Faces where he presented the idea that most myths, legends, folk tales and stories are all inherently dealing with the same themes and telling the same tale. He drew this up in a map of The Hero’s Journey, which has been adopted as a nigh-essential tool for story mapping and writing ever since, and details the archetypes that run through a lot of powerful stories from all around the world. It ties nicely into the screenwriting Three Act Structure, which is also a really useful tool for writing stories and character arcs effectively, so they’re both worth studying if you’re interested in knowing what, by tried and true practice going back many thousands of years, seems to make a good story. This archetypal map is the foundation for my thesis, so this post…

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Christopher L. Bennett: Written Worlds

The word has been out for a little while now, so it’s high time I mentioned it: My next Star Trek novel after the upcoming The Face of the Unknown will be Star Trek: Enterprise — Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference, the fifth book in the ROTF series. Here’s the blurb:

The time has come to act. Following the destructive consequences of the Ware crisis, Admiral Jonathan Archer and Section 31 agent Trip Tucker both attempt to change their institutions to prevent further such tragedies. Archer pushes for a Starfleet directive of non-interference, but he faces opposition from allies within the fleet and unwelcome support from adversaries who wish to drive the Federation into complete isolationism. Meanwhile, Tucker plays a dangerous game against the corrupt leaders of Section 31, hoping to bring down their conspiracy once and for all. But is he willing to jeopardize Archer’s efforts—and…

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Field Notes: Junior Innovation Camp

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Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer.

Today I’d like to share some experiences we had during the Junior Innovator Camp that was part of the Wonder Women Tech conference earlier this summer. I was joined by my colleagues Marjorie Asturias (who also spoke), Sarah Blackstock, Erica Varlese, and Anne McCarthy.

Wonder Women Tech, where Automattic was a sponsor, is a conference that highlights women in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), and provides a forum for discussing important topics around diversity. The two-day event drew over 150 speakers, all of whom were successful entrepreneurs or business leaders, who shared their triumphs, failings, and learned lessons. The conference offered educational opportunities to a number of area students who were attending on scholarships.


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