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Can we please stop having two different definitions of the term PTSD in common use?

The definitions in use seem to be:
1. A memory glitch in which a memory associated with fear and/or horror is not properly dealt with, causing it to come up vividly all the time, and sometimes this definition includes persistent dissociation.

2. A collection of loosely-related ways of thinking and acting that are adaptive in actively dangerous situations but maladaptive in some other situations, with none of the following strictly required but the more you're experiencing the more likely that someone will think you have PTSD: exaggerated startle response, general wariness taken to extremes, unwillingness to trust things that are mostly trustworthy, emotional numbing, nightmares, etc. Possibly having triggers will also contribute to people thinking you have PTSD.

This is really annoying because clarity, people! Clarity! )
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Someone finally complained about [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's use of the word handicapped, which got me thinking about something vaguely related: special needs. This is not a term I hear much if ever from disabled people into identity politics. This is not a term I hear much if ever from people who don't use it to mean "those poor, helpless charity objects" with the probable implication that ~special-needs people~ are there to teach us a lesson (where "us" is CNDs, since clearly PWDs are Not Us or something, fucking default in-group). "Special needs" has acquired implications of helplessness, and the implication that special needs children (adults just aren't cute enough, and/or disabled children disappear into a parallel universe on reaching adulthood) are put there for others to practice being good people by being nice to.

And that is precisely why I will use the phrase sometimes, under very specific circumstances. Those circumstances are:
-I'm speaking about children,
AND
-I'm speaking about ableist abuse,
AND
-I'm speaking about my own past self or people very much like the child I was,
AND
-I'm speaking to someone I don't think is familiar with the disability rights movement.

And here's why I think this is a good idea. )
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I've had jarringly eloquent narrators before, but only in third person. And I figure, with third person, I'm only conveying the substance of the character's thoughts, not the exact form that the character would use to describe them in words. This allows me to write extremely inarticulate characters like Sloth Fratelli without the narrative being Hulkspeak, or extremely patchy and cryptic and generally inadequate.

But the problem I'm facing now... )
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Genprompt bingo round 4 (no, I never did finish round 1):

genprompt bingo card )

And the second round of [community profile] ladiesbingo:

ladiesbingo round 2 card )
chordatesrock: Toph looking awesome (Toph)
Title: Whose Love Follows Still
Series/Universe Title: the Jotunheim Roadtrip verse, or Roadtripverse for short
Summary: No one's seen Thor's mother Jord in years. Thor and Loki set off looking. Well, Thor is looking for her. What Loki is up to, only Loki knows.
Notes: See notes on first part. Also many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ljlee for making sure my plot was something other than "go somewhere, do something, rinse, repeat" (though this fic was called the Jotunheim Roadtrip for a very long time for a reason). Choose not to warn. This is a work of fiction.

WLFS part 2

The end: in which I turn out to be directly adapting a story from the myths after all )
chordatesrock: Katara waterbending (Default)
Title: Whose Love Follows Still
Series/Universe Title: the Jotunheim Roadtrip verse, or Roadtripverse for short
Summary: No one's seen Thor's mother Jord in years. Thor and Loki set off looking. Well, Thor is looking for her. What Loki is up to, only Loki knows.
Notes: See notes on first part. Also many thanks to [personal profile] ljlee for helping me sort out my plot. Choose not to warn. This is a work of fiction.

WLFS part one
WLFS part three

More cannibalism, more sappiness, more adventures, now with stories within stories! )
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There's no way my current audience could fairly compensate me for Whose Love Follows Still fast enough to make ransom-model funding fair to early sponsors. Asking for a smaller lump sum would be unfair to me. That left three options that work for this project: traditional publishing, traditionalesque self-pub ebook, and posting it for free-if-you-want-pay-if-you-like. For various reasons, I ruled out traditional publishing. The last two seemed like they might both be worth trying and I couldn't try both at once (at least, not unless I had two projects completed at the same time, which I didn't). So: Whose Love Follows Still is free-if-you-want-pay-if-you-like. I have several ideas for other stories in the Roadtripverse, but am totally willing to forget all about them and devote my energies to other projects unless and until I get fair compensation for WLFS.

So if you like worldbuilding, Norse myth, sappiness, mothers, secret plots, adventures and Loki, then consider reading it. :) Parts 2 and 3 will be up shortly, within the next couple of days. And if you want even more of all of those things, or if you want to find out more about JRverse!Jord's life, consider telling me just how much.

And if not, that's okay, too. I put it up as a freebie, willingly and knowingly.
chordatesrock: Sokka paints his face for battle (Facepaint)
Title: Whose Love Follows Still
Series/Universe Title: the Jotunheim Roadtrip verse ;p

Summary: No one's seen Thor's mother Jord in years. Thor and Loki set off looking. Well, Thor is looking for her. What Loki is up to, only Loki knows.

Notes: This is the project I've been calling JR. Consider it a freebie; it'll be going up in installments (it doesn't properly have chapter breaks, but it's too long for a single post) regardless of whether I get paid anything for it, though you can pay me if you want and it will affect my choice of what to write in the future if you do. As usual, this is a work of fiction. I'm choosing not to warn fully; I will, however, mention that there is cannibalism.

A note about pronouns: I found standard English pronouns to be the most useful for reducing ambiguity and sounding natural, but it's generally accepted that which of those pronouns to use is determined by whether the person being referred to is a man or a woman (they don't work well for anyone who doesn't fit either category), and most (though probably not all) of you reading this define gender as a person's subjective experience of being male or female or whatever. Thor is the only character in this story who has such an experience. (Others base it on primary sexual characteristics; those change-- the characters are shapeshifters-- and the viewpoint characters don't always know, anyway.) I based pronoun use on the preponderance of observable secondary sexual characteristics (i.e., body shape, voice, fat distribution, facial hair or lack thereof, etc.). Some characters' pronouns change. This is a story about genderless shapeshifters, after all. English isn't set up to handle the situations depicted; I made a decision with pros and cons, and I'm willing to discuss the topic because it is fascinating, but please be aware that I have noticed that this isn't a perfect solution and I did think about other options.

WLFS part 2

here be Norse gods, parents of various sorts, possibly disturbing humor, sappiness, and teenage Thor who thinks he knows everything )
chordatesrock: Serious-looking Azula with flames (Azula)
I've been working on several projects of varying degrees of difficulty, doneness and length, and more than one draws on Norse myth. In some ways, this is similar to fanfic, but there's a lot more invention required in crafting the characters and world. What this means is that two universes both "based on Norse myth" can be radically different from each other, much more so than two writers' fanfics based on the same canon. So I've been wanting to say something about that, to keep the several universes straight.

Additionally, I've been thinking for a while that I ought to at least try to point out where I've gotten the ideas I use-- Prose Edda, Poetic Edda, my own invention, logic everyone else ignores, popular culture, LJ's suggestions-- because people might possibly find that useful with things like this.

So I've decided I might as well say something now instead of waiting till I have a confusing number of Norse verses going.

All the Norse verses, most of which you won't have seen yet. )
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Someone else always has it worse. But people shut up about things and suck it up and deal with things when they're consistently bad, but that doesn't mean that you need to not do anything about things being newly bad.

Frankly, this is one of the reasons some spoonies can be toxic to interact with. )
chordatesrock: Toph looking awesome (Toph)
And yet, I have opinions about Frozen! All of which I am keeping to myself, in favor of looking at all* the translations of Let It Go. In fact, I'm not even going to look at the whole song. I just want to look at "the cold never bothered me anyway" and (some of) its various translations. I have varying degrees of knowledge of the languages involved, so sometimes I'm just relying on other people's translations.

This is mostly a list of things )

*Read: a few of. I do know there are other translations out there. I've even heard some of them.
chordatesrock: Damas looking like he's just jumped out of the bushes to go OOGABOOGABOOGA (Damas shouting)
This is preaching to some combination of the choir and people who have no interest in what's being preached, but have you considered not forming troll religious groups? And have you considered not denying any obligation to help others?

Don't just say "yay, Satan!" if that's what appears to get you what you want right now. (I wish this were a strawman.) Someone who claims to be opposing evil in that name should be a giant red flag. There's no such thing as working from the first principle of absolute autonomy and concluding that you should be exerting yourself to save people from other people because, for one thing, the people doing the bad things are exercising their own right to act however they want. I hope this makes some sense outside my head. )

(To the person who posted the thing that I'm reacting to-- you probably know who you are-- yes, I want to talk if you have thoughts on the matter.)
chordatesrock: Hena the fisherman (Hena)
This is going to be a review of The Downfall of the Gods, by Villy Sorensen. It's an adaptation of Norse myth stretching on from the kidnapping of Idun to the end of Ragnarok. And it's a mixed bag. (Spoilers follow!)

Reading it was more fun than being on an airplane for five hours but less fun than reading a nice fanfic. )
chordatesrock: TP Link riding Epona, sword drawn (Epona and Link)
Title: The Dragon We Feed
Series/universe title: I haven't thought of one yet, and this is probably a standalone.
Notes and warnings: Freebie for the [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam, for [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's prompt, the wolf we feed. Choose not to warn. I'm beginning to think Creative Jams are never going to be more than a fun exercise for me. Which is why I'm not terribly concerned that all my CJ stories are fast-paced tell-don't-show flashfics that live or die by the strength of the core idea rather than the execution, this one included. Also, as usual, this is a work of fiction.
Summary: Once upon a time, there were two dragons: one kindly, and one greedy...

The Dragon We Feed )

Editing

Jul. 18th, 2014 04:22 pm
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I'm about to dive into the second round of edits on JR, which will create a third draft, which should be the final draft but I might create a fourth, just to smooth out some phrasing and toy with issues I might introduce by adding things.

And I wanted to talk about it, because, while there's a surfeit of writing advice out there, there's much less editing advice. To be honest, I don't have any advice, but maybe this will be interesting nonetheless. (With less reservation than usual for her stuff, if you're really interested in comprehensive information about editing, look into Holly Lisle's courses. She's a terrible technical writer and sometimes she mistakes a way for the way, but she does know how to write fiction and edit it. Try her relatively less expensive seven-day revision course if you're really interested. It's not an arm and a leg and it's not a huge time commitment.)

Anyway, now I get idiosyncratic. )
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So by way of explanation: I'm halfassedly following along with the [community profile] artistsway challenge, and one of the challenges was to list things other people can do that you're jealous of, and then do those things yourself. So I will be doing a writing book review, like [personal profile] ljlee.

This book is Room to Write, by Bonni Goldberg, and the first thing I need to explain is that it's not a how-to-write book. It's a book of exercises to play with. Each page is a new exercise, with a quote, a musing related to some aspect of writing, and a challenge to practice incorporating an awareness of that into your writing.

Just know what you're getting into. )

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