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"She told me that she didn’t call herself an anarchist because she didn’t feel that she deserved to—she didn’t do enough. I asked her if it was OK for us to call her one. She said she’d be honored."

Happy birthday, Ursula Le Guin.

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Your digital companion for detecting misinformation is now available for testing 🎉

You can now head over to to sign up for the first public #EUNOMIA pilot!

While technology is marvelous, one of the disadvantages of having email in your phone is that you can have a short story rejected before you've even got out of bed. It doesn't make tearing yourself out of the quilts any easier, let me tell you.

How's everyone else's morning going?

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The British press might not like it but the Gentle/Radical art collective from Cardiff have received a nomination for this year’s prestigious Turner Prize.

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Perhaps my instance would care for a new hashtag we can play with...

For example, the 'unreliable narrator'.

Anyone know of any books where first-person narration has fallen afoul? I suppose this is largely a thing with fiction. Can you say narration in a biography, for example, is validly unreliable?

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When I was 13 and just starting to explore my sexuality I read a book called "Everything you wanted to know about sex but were afraid to ask."

For the most part it was the usual 1960s-1970s era sex-ed book but the chapter on homosexuality was ... criminal.

It was *incredibly* homophobic. No hope, everything was terrible. It said things like queers will molest anyone they can, spend their lives masturbating in the back of porn theaters, etc etc etc.

Based on that description I *knew* that couldn't possibly be me so I must not have been gay, right?

It set me back *years* in acceptance of who I am. It wasn't like I had any counter-examples. This was the late 1970s and we had no good role models.

This is one of the reasons I'm out now, so kids can see someone who is successful and not living the way that book says. Being a counter example is very important to me.

When the book was reprinted in the early 2000s, they updated everything else but left that chapter pretty much intact.

*If* you share this book with a younger or questioning person, make damn sure you discuss the reality Vs what that book says. Better yet, don't share the book with anyone else.

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lol. UK gov wants to build a floating trade fair and diplomacy cruise ship, then shoehorn 'security' measures into it to get around WTO international tendering. Can't make this shit up.

250 words of horror this morning, 500 words on THE NOVEL this afternoon - work progresses, but slowly. There's something not quite right with the novel section that I'm working on at the moment, but I can't put my finger on it, and it's very frustrating. OH WELL, tomorrow is another day etc. etc.

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If anyone's wondering what's actually going on, a lot of working class kids hang out around here. It's basically the last place on the wye you can guarantee getting a boat up to so it used to function as a wharf and then because of that general swimming/socialising spot. It's getting gentrified (as much as floodplains can get gentrified) but there is a lot of pushback via things like graffiti

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Creepy Horror fiction! 

OK, so this one's really creepy (or I thought so, anyway), so maybe make sure all the curtains are closed and the lights are on and the doors are locked before reading this one.

A Case of Alienation

Henry finds a strange, but familiar, face at his window, one night...

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illustrated haiku, CW for mildly grotesque 

chattering jawsteps / gnaw the manor’s grounds into /
tacky chewing gum

#mastoart #art #illustration #poem #poetry #haiku

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horror fiction 

Horror flash? You got it. Jane Eyre as horror flash? Really? Well, sure, go on then.

The Red Chain of Communion

"Then she awoke, in the middle of the black night, her doorknob gently rattling as someone tried to enter. The septic light of a torch lanced from the gap beneath the door."

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@cassolotl Hi! Can I follow you, please? I'm following you already from an account I've just moved from - @kungfool

Btw; I don't use mastodon very often (or I haven't in the past, anyway), but when I do, your posts are consistently interesting or informative. That review about Trans & Material Girls that you posted was *very* good, and I'm about to dig into the UN Gender reports, too. So, thanks!

Hello,! I'm Sam. I recently fedi-migrated from @kungfool

I'm currently working on a fantasy novel called 'Halo of Flies', as well as a few other on going bits and pieces. I've written 31 prompts for every day of October and I'm trying to write 500 words of horror fiction every day. Look forward to getting to know you all!

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October Photoblog Seven 📷

[spice] - suggested by @ronguest

(Bonus points if you can decipher the hidden message)

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