#introductions Hi, I'm Choco, and I spend an inordinate amount of time wanting fictional characters to smooch. I write fanfic, mostly for video game fandoms. I'm a multifandom mess but at any given point I am likely to be extremely into Fallout, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Dishonored. Plus whatever else catches my fancy.
When it comes to writing with kids, I'm a huge fan of word sprints. A nice solid 20 minutes of writing with a 10 minute break to check on folks.
If you actually check on them between sprints, they will learn (eventually). Most things an older kid will get up to won't be emergencies within the first 20 minutes.
For younger folks, I'm a fan of standing stations in their play area. Little ones want to see you're still there, and playing at your feet is better than mashing keyboards.
oh, btw, recently the wonderful hosts of the #HistoryIsGay podcast started putting episodes out again. so if you're interested in learning about erased-from-history non-straight people & culture, definitely give it a listen
some facts about putting pronouns in profiles (247 words)
- Some people put pronouns in their profiles.
- Some people get misgendered a lot when they don't put pronouns in their profile, and put pronouns in their profile so they get misgendered less.
- Some of those aforementioned people are trans people.
- Bigots like to pick out things that the subjects of their bigotry do as "weird" to justify their harassment and abuse.
- When cis members of a community put pronouns in their profiles, harassment for listing pronouns becomes less. Anti-trans bigots are more hesitant to do it because doing so feels less socially acceptable; pro-trans people are emboldened to speak out against any such harassment that does occur. Further, trans people feel safer putting pronouns in their profiles.
- Not every cis person is comfortable or safe putting pronouns in their profile. (Not every 'cis' person is cis.) For that matter, not every /trans/ person is comfortable or safe putting pronouns in their profile. For some people, it's a no-brainer to include them or not; for other people, it's a hard choice, and they're the only ones who can make that choice.
- We talk about putting pronouns in profiles because we want people who've never thought about it to realize that it's possible. We can't make a choice for them, but they can't make the choice if they don't know there's one to be made, or what they're choosing between ... so we talk about it.
Had to design a vinyl for a class assignment and this is the cover! I turned Medusa into an alternative artist 🐍
A #drawthisinyourstyle that I did for @\GDBee on Instagram! This has always been one of my favorite drawings even if the hands are silly looking. I am never consistent with hands 😭
My Kimbalina longfic for Red vs. Blue is up! https://archiveofourown.org/works/20062144/
Agent Carolina's adventures in self-sabotage, and a relationship that might even work out despite her best efforts. Or, how they got to that shoulder-touch, and what happened after.
Stop fake apologizing.
Don't apologize out of guilty reflex. Don't apologize for someone else's feelings. Don't apologize conditionally. These fake apologies cheapen #apology itself, which is a weighty thing that should never be given cheaply or insincerely. You apologize for something you know you did wrong, will make up for as much as you can, and will take steps not to do again. Otherwise don't bother, because not only is insincere apology a dishonest act, it is morally corrupting.
There are no good people, just good actions
That isn't to say I think they're "bad people" and can do nothing but evil; no, I want people who did wrong and racist things to genuinely learn and change. I believe growth is possible for anyone if they so choose. But that's not going to happen if they're going to hold onto their selfhood as a "good person." You have to realize that your selfhood, to the extent it means anything, is defined by your ACTIONS and you have to commit to change.
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