May 27th, 2011


Torn World: Snagtooth

You can now read my article "Snagtooth" over on Torn World. It features a dolphin-shaped, armored sea monster with large, curling rear teeth.

If you like this article and want to see more like it, please consider sending me credits or karma through Torn World's crowdfunding options.  Not a Torn World member, but still want to support the work? I have a permanent PayPal button on my LJ profile page.

Read About Sexuality & Asexuality

 I found some good gender studies articles by LJ user swankivy:

"Are Asexuals Queer?"
This one depends on how you define "queer."  I use that as the umbrella term for "everything to do with sex and gender that is not the middle of the bell curve and makes it difficult or impossible to use cultural motifs right off the shelf."  So, I count asexuals as queer.  The discussion in the article, however, is unusually good at examining the different perspectives people have on the issue.

"Asexuality Is Not Antisexuality: Sex-Positivity in a Negative World"
Here is a good look at society's mixed-up ideas about sex and sexuality, with attention to  how this affects both sexual and asexual people.

"Sexual Attraction vs. Romantic Attraction"
This article addresses a difference that has been prominent in some cultures but is usually conflated in the modern mainstream.  Those of you with a taste for historic literature may recognize the stark divergence from Courtly Love, which is all about romantic attraction as separate from sexual activity (and usually sexual attraction or sex in general).  There's a very good discussion about the fullness of love, its expression, and its acceptance in ways that don't involve sex.


Torn World: "Blimpfish"

I have a new sea monster article on Torn World today, "Blimpfish."  This is a medium-size herbivore that thinks boats look sexy.  IF you thought a dachshund humping your leg was annoying, wait until a sea monster tries to make out with your sailboat.  0_o 

By this point you may have noticed something interesting about the way I design sea monsters: they all have at least one reason  for their conflicts with humans.  Some think of humans as prey, some are territorial, some compete for similar food sources, etc.  That affects when, where, and how the mayhem starts -- which of course influences the plot in stories about sea monsters.  This is what happens when biology underlies speculative fiction.