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I'm setting this as a writing challenge to myself, but y'all are welcome to join in if you like. 27 prompts. Use them for flash fiction, microfiction, or whatever else you feel like. And have fun!

Plain text version of the prompts list is available here: wordsmith.social/invaderxan/27

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The thing that I have done throughout my life is to do the best job that I can and to be me. - Mae Jemison

There are just three days to go on the Gender Census, and here's where we're at:

- 43,000 participants 😲
- 12% are age 31+
- 68% are from Tumblr, Twitter or Discord

Can you share the survey link anywhere new, or with people over the age of 25?

Survey: smartsurvey.co.uk/s/GenderCens

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In case anyone's wondering, I found this because, well, if you're writing stories which characters who are immortal and/or time travellers, you need to consider that they might know how the rest of this poem might go!

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In other words, if not for this poem, we wouldn't have the words sapphic or lesbian, and violets wouldn't be a wlw symbol.

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This parchment, from around the 6th century, is the oldest surviving copy of the poem Sappho's Confession. The one she wrote to an ex lover.

For many crowns of violets
and roses ...
and many woven garlands
made of flowers
around your soft neck

And with sweet oil
costly
you anointed yourself
and on a soft bed
delicate
you quenched your desire

Apparently, because things are messy, this genre may also be known as futuristic realism, literary futurism, or slice of tomorrow. So I guess it'll depend on which I prefer and/or whether or not I have character limits.

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Compare, if you like, with magical realism where, instead of a full-on fantasy or urban fantasy setting, you have a character oriented story with fantasy elements. Same thing, except with sci fi instead of fantasy.

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I've been thinking about genres, and I'm not sure if "hard science fiction" is really a good name for the kind of sci fi I write.

Hard sci fi tends to have a heavy focus on technology and setting, while my focus tends to be much more on the characters. I like my background scientific, but I like it to stay in the background.

Maybe sci fi realism is a better umbrella for me to hide under.

If you're a book collector, you may find all sorts of dusty old tomes. But some of them might not be quite what they seem.

vocal.media/horror/arcane-8zzx

Claim the reward or take the money? Would you do the right thing, or the easy thing?

vocal.media/humans/reward-whzr

Jingyi giggled. A different giggle this time. Lighter. Happier. “You know, maybe that’s what we all need.”

“Hmm?”

“Seeing yourself through someone else’s eyes, so you can see all the things which they like about you,” Jingyi played with her wine glass as she spoke. “Maybe that’s what a good relationship is.”

Shanti leaned in, with a wide grin. “So you’re saying we’re in a relationship now?”

vocal.media/humans/face-to-fac

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. - Anne Herbert

[distant sound of ominous chanting: "We like to party. We like, we like to party."]

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⚠️ Attention: The Vengabus is coming.

Please be advised that the wheels of steel are turning and traffic lights are burning.

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