June 15th, 2015


Late Transitions

Some people transition later in life.  They may not realize they're trans* -- they almost always know something  is wrong early on, but may not understand what.  Or they may know exactly what's going on, but they've been told they "have to be" their assigned sex so they try to until they can't sustain the lie any longer.

This is precisely the kind of thing that happened to Hyperspaceman -- living en femme, getting married, getting pregnant, having a daughter, and eventually realizing that this was not working.  Thus began the transition to male.  He is much happier now.  But his daughter is pretty much the only relative still speaking to him. 0_o
schrodinger's heroes

Half-Price Sale: Schrodinger's Heroes

This week, the sponsorable contents of Schrodinger's Heroes are on sale for half price from Monday, June 15 through Sunday, June 21.  (That applies to MY work, by the way, not anything by other creators in this shared world.  The pieces on the Sponsorable Works page are separated accordingly.)  This series is quantum science fiction.  It features themes of heroism, diversity, identity kink, teamfamily dynamics, friendship, tolerance, and science saving the day.  Sale prices range from $2.50 to $63, so hopefully there will be something for everyone.  There are three open epics at present, so I'd rather not start a new one unless you really-really have your heart set on something you can't afford in a lump sum.

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Monday Update 6-15-15

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Things You Never Imagined Climate Change Could Change
Arguing Over Isness
Recent Yardening
Lewis & Clark Miniseries
New Crowdfunding Project: "Sexploration"
Selective Eating Disorder
Canes and Tables
Genprompt Bingo Card 6-10-15
A 40-watt Laser Gun

This week there is a half-price sale in Schrodinger's Heroes.  Go check it out!

Poetry in Microfunding:
"These Tiny Little Steps" belongs to Frankenstein's Family.  When Adam is seven and a half, he's a handful for his fathers to keep up with.  "Never Laid Open" belongs to Polychrome Heroics, in the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread.  It follows their adversary Shiv as he struggles to adapt to prison life.  "The Injury That Provokes It" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  (Former officer) R. Andrew Tanner faces his injuries after a firearm accident.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes," "Broken Hopes," "Brewing Beauty," "Little Paws in the Licenses" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders," "Raising the Future" "Beach Pies" "Unsolid Ground" "Riding from the Rescue" (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).

Weather here has been warm and wet.  Sweet alyssum, torenia, blue lobelia, petunias, portulaca, ice flowers, clover, and daylilies are blooming.  Mulberries have ripe fruit.  Black raspberries and apples have green fruit. I am currently engaged in replacing the old half-barrel with a new one.

Favorite Minions

Just idly musing, it occurred to me that I have a real fondness for great minions. By this I mean minions who are not just highly competent, but also very dear to their villain. These aren't faceless mooks who go down after one hit. They are capable opponents that heroes must work hard to overcome, whose strengths significantly add to the villain's ability to manipulate the plot.

One of my favorite examples is Owen Burnett from Gargoyles. He's the personal aide of David Xanatos. He has a great deal of power, but it's more based on ingenuity and finesse than raw strength. This makes even more sense when he is later revealed as the fey Puck. Also I rate the stone fist incident as one of the best sacrifices I've seen.

Another is James Wesley from Daredevil. He's the right-hand man of Wilson Fisk. He creates a lot of obstacles for the heroes, arranges crimes regularly, and shields Fisk from trouble. When he kidnaps Karen Page, however, she kills him. Fisk is distraught over his death. It's probably the best villain-mourning-minion scene.

In my own work, I think I have to hand Best in Show to Socket.  Recruited by Fortressa as a mechanic, Socket quickly develops a crush on her boss.  But Fortressa has sworn off love!  So Socket demonstrates that true love is when you put the other person's happiness ahead of your own.  She shifts her energy into developing a strong friendship, because that is the kind of relationship that Fortressa can accept.  And it works.  They're great together.  They're adorable.  Socket is one of the main things keeping Fortressa from running completely off the rails.  Just being around Fortressa and taking care of her makes Socket happy.  D'aww!

So who are some of your favorite minions, and why?

The Need for Role Models

My partner Doug found this article about a trans* and a trans* actress.

Young people need older role models and mentors who are "like them" in whatever way feels important.  This is especially true for kids who are queer, trans*, or otherwise exceptional in ways that make them targets.  For them it's not just about encouragement or inspiration.  It's about survival.  It's living proof that someone with this trait can actually grow up and have a successful life.  They need that.

This is why Stan and Lawrence have Hefty.  Hefty is a significant reason why Stan and Lawrence manage to patch up their relationship instead of staying at each other's throats for decades on end.  (Charles/Erik: "All those years wasted, Charles.") Of course another part is The Joy of Gay Sex and all the other helpful references that Lawrence enjoys.  (Clark/Lex: "All I every wanted from you was the truth!")  Role models matter.  Information matters.  Understanding yourself and other people matters.  Nobody should have to stagger through life being miserable, trying to live up to a standard they're told is the only option when it is not who they are, because they don't know how to fix it.

Believe that you can fix it.  Believe that  you have options.  Dare to be yourself.

And if people pick on you for that, well, then they're villains and you shouldn't count them as role models.