April 29th, 2016

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Posted by Kate


This guy.

ECCC Overstock Book Sale!

For a very limited time, you can grab Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4 or Vol 5 of Widdershins for only $3 shipping within the United States, instead of the usual $11 I have to charge. That’s a pretty huge saving! There’s not too many of these going, so grab one while you can!

This only applies to Vols 2-5 individually, not the multibook pack or Vol 1. Cheaper shipping applies only to America, not Canada or other nearby countries, many apologies!

Relitigating the Golden Rule

Apr. 29th, 2016 09:41 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

Protect religious groups you admire by protecting religious groups you do not admire. Otherwise you're just trying to find a loophole in the Golden Rule -- trying to compel others to do unto us as we would have them do while exempting ourselves from any obligation to do unto them as they would have us do. And that's not good.

Chapter 3, Page 21

Apr. 29th, 2016 09:05 pm
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Posted by shingworks


Thrip is the kind of guy who will hold your hair back while you’re upchucking

Also this is not important to the story but Kalla is cooking on a piece of LEVi’s chassis. Rude af

[PS is anyone having any issues with the image loading? lmk if so]

This week is crazy Patreon fulfillment week, which means commissions going out soon and all these pages, these awesome pages. THANK OUR LOVELY PATRONS for allowing this blessing to rain down upon us. If you want to contribute to continuing updates you can always throw a buck or two into the fund! And… another page up tomorrow.

Today’s bonus art: Up close of a nice panel~



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Possibly the summary for this story should actually be "And the wacky hijinx won't stop until the Antichrist destroys the world!" haha

Whosoever Believeth (8780 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lucifer (TV), Damien (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer TV)/Damien Thorn, Chloe Decker/Lucifer Morningstar
Characters: Lucifer Morningstar, Chloe Decker, Damien Thorn, Trixie Decker, Dan Espinoza, Mazikeen
Additional Tags: Antichrist, Wacky Hijinx, Apocalypse, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, mention of past rape
Series: Part 2 of Only Begotten

It had been a month since Lucifer had brought Damien Thorn home with him like a stray kitten, and there was no sign he was planning to put him back out on the street anytime soon.

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Posted by Fred Clark

Several years ago I set up an RSS subscription for a Google News Alert for the word "Satanic." This has served me well by keeping me up to speed on the latest witches and enemies and such being accused of being Satanic baby-killers. But it's also led me to read hundreds of other articles simply because they popped into my RSS reader due to their containing the word "Satanic." Here's what I've learned from those articles.
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Posted by Fred Clark

We're told about all this debauchery and chaos not because our heroes encounter any of it, but because the authors want us to know that "Rayford was worried about his and Chloe's safety." Because Rayford was desperate to get himself and his daughter saved "before anything happened to them." That pretty much sums up the golden-ticket understanding of "salvation" that shapes Left Behind's version of Christianity.
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Posted by Fred Clark

Mychal Denzel Smith: "When your self-conception is centered on the idea of your own goodness, it prevents you from hearing any critique of your ideology/behavior. Thinking of yourself as 'good' allows you to justify harmful words and actions, since anything you do, in your mind, is 'good.' ... We will have to create new selves."

Concrit needed re photo description

Apr. 28th, 2016 04:03 pm
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Monroe Street Entrance

Here's what I have so far...

Photo: Photo shows entry of retail brick building sited at intersection. The corner store sits back from the sidewalk in a five by twelve foot rectangle (knocked out of the very corner). In this alcove, there's a recessed entry door swinging out, handle on right side, next to building. On the right of the door assembly is a two-foot wide vertical window (side light). A three-shelf display (topping out just at handle height) runs diagonally from the edge of the door frame to the outside wall, completely blocking access to anything aligned with the the handle side of the door. A narrow wooden bench extends from the wall's juncture with the shelf to the forward edge of the building. The display and bench combine to require a person to stay precisely behind the door to open it.

Chapter 3, Page 20

Apr. 28th, 2016 05:18 pm
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Posted by shingworks


Not going to lie, the only reason thrip exists is because I woke myself up laughing a few years ago with the idea of a giant insect that was trying to feed me.

This week is crazy Patreon fulfillment week, which means commissions going out soon and pages going out a lot, so check back again soon~

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Seems like a thousand years to go

Apr. 28th, 2016 04:58 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

I'm not saying that everybody needs to heap praise on Beyonce's new album "Lemonade," but if you're a married man and you're freaking out condemning it, then we're all going to have to assume you're cheating on your wife. Also: A Pennsylvania primary roundup; Bad Jackie in the news; the ignoble history of guns in church; and more.

PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist

Apr. 27th, 2016 12:54 pm
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Posted by M Harold Page

My name is M Harold Page ("Martin" is actually fine) and I don't really believe in Writers Block.

Yes, OK, it does describe a situation: "Oh look, there's a writer banging their head on the desk and weeping with frustration(OMG is that blood?)"

And that was me for the last couple of months. My productivity plummeted. The contract I was working on seemed complicated and hard to focus on...

Then I had a very overdue eye test and the optician regarded my current reading glasses and said, "I wouldn't be wearing those."

It wasn't my brain. It wasn't my Fickle Muse (Oh The Angst). It was my damned eyes.

Not getting around for my eye test had cost me weeks of productivity and even begun to trigger self doubt. Was I really able to hack it as a writer? Would it make me happy?

Stupid! Stupid! STUPID!

Except when I started talking to other people about this, they had similar stories. External stuff - illness, eyes, depression, RSI - seeps into our lives in imperceptible increments. We're like a lobster going, "Ooo. Seafood! Where is that nice smell is coming from?" We don't realise we're the one being cooked until too late!

And that's the wider experience. Writer's block always turns out to be either some issue with skill, or else some non-writing specific issue revealed by the attempt to write.

So, inspired by the Checklist Manifesto, here's a checklist to get you out of the cooking pot. I've listed the most common issues first, but they are, alas, not mutually exclusive...

1. Is your literary skillset broken?

In aspiring and new writers, "blocked" usually just means, "stymied by some deficiency in craft". I got some evil looks when I declared this on a panel recently, but it's true and it's the embarrassing story of the first decade of my serious attempts to write.

Do you actually know how to write your story? Really? Some of it you can learn on the job, but if that's not working you need to look at similar published books with an analytical eye, and perhaps read some good writing books*. 

*This is obviously the moment to pimp my book on writing, as praised by Hannu Rajaniemi and Ken McLeod. However if you are penniless and send me a nice email, you can have one of a limited number of free copies; it was written in part as a letter to my miserable younger self, so sharing it gives me some sense of closure.

2. Is your story broken?

If you're going round in circles with a chapter or scene, something else is usually wrong.

Typically, the problem is either (a) further back - you need to add things to Chapter 3 to make Chapter 7 work (don't rewrite at this stage, just make a note) - or (b) further up, at a higher level of abstraction, which is a nice way of saying that your plot doesn't have enough interesting conflict. (Yes, see above for a link to my book.)

3. Is your writing setup broken?

If you put in a lot of hours writing, there's a good chance that the real reason your writing is grinding to a halt is that your typing chair is uncomfortable or that you need new glasses (blush), or that your monitor needs replacing, or your space is badly lit, or wrongly lit or... Gradually you become reluctant to sit down and work, or quickly exhausted when you do.

So check your ergonomics, have your eyes tested, update your writing machine, be realistic about your writing space. Whatever it takes.

4. Are you broken?

It's hard to work creatively when you are operating below par, e.g. because you are ill, depressed, stressed by work, or in need of a holiday.  This is all miserable stuff, but approached pragmatically (rather than sympathetically), it divides up into the following:

Temporarily Broken - Work sucks at the moment. Your granny just died. You have flu. You just became a parent... None of this will last. It's time to take a break and sort yourself out. In the mean time, feed your creativity by reading books you enjoy, or by researching around your storyworld. 

Forcing yourself to write can just result in spewing out drivel that you subsequently delete or waste days untangling and then delete anyway.

Long Term Broken - You have ME or MS... You are in an ongoing battle with depression or cancer... Or you're just trapped in a dysfunctional work or domestic situation... Whatever it is, it's nothing that you can just fix. (Nor can you just buck yourself up and get on with it or [insert unthinking crass advice here usually relating to diet or copper bracelets].)

People do write successfully despite this kind of thing. You don't have to - perhaps you have enough on your plate? - but assuming you want to...

The people who manage it appear to work around rather than despite whatever the problem is. This takes discipline, opportunism - working when you can! - but also help from other people. It means relying on partners to give you space when you need it, and on beta readers to boost your productivity by acting as a second brain. And it can mean doing a mental judo trick where the writing becomes a refuge. 

5. Is your mental approach broken?

This is the one that people leap at because it's what writers are supposed to do: angst, wallow in self doubt, agonise about single sentences.

I left this until last for a reason. There's this bug in humans that we misattribute feelings;  we bond when drunk or high, we fall in love on holiday, we think our life is crap when we have flu. So your crippling performance anxiety, your imposter syndrome, your fear of exposing your inner self to the scrutiny of the reading public? They might all be spurious explanations for not being able to work - go recheck points 1-4.

Then again, these feelings might be entirely real.

Though not unique to writing, writing has a unique way of pinging them. And perhaps there's something about writers that tends to make us vulnerable. People who want to sit quietly in private and type stories aren't necessarily thick-skinned extroverts and "just do-it" extreme life hackers. Often we don't have much experience of putting ourselves "out there" and writing being a private thing, we don't have many role models to hand.

There's lots of advice around on how to deal with what Steve Pressfield calls "resistance". To my British sensibilities, it all sounds like what you'd get if Rambo became an evangelical preacher; it goes against the grain to Make A Fuss. However, a Stiff Upper Lip won't help much because that means giving mental real estate to these unuseful feelings. Instead, let me offer two suggestions that work for me:

First, try not to do the angsting and creating at the same time. Make a deal with yourself that nothing goes out the door until you've thought about. Do the writing for fun and make the quality control a different task entirely. I call this "hiding behind the next draft".

Second, try to get a realistic handle on what competent writing looks like in your chosen genre. If you have an objective yardstick, your writing won't feel so sucky...

...which takes us back to #1 Is your skillset broken?

M Harold Page is the sword-wielding author of books like Swords vs Tanks (Charles Stross: "Holy ****!") and is planning some more historical fiction. For his take on writing,  read Storyteller Tools: Outline from vision to finished novel without losing the magic (Ken MacLeod: "...very useful in getting from ideas etc to plot and story." Hannu Rajaniemi: "...find myself to coming back to [this] book in the early stages.")

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Posted by Fred Clark

Usually, this is stated with a polite euphemism. We don't name all of these things specifically but, instead, we just say that white evangelicalism arose in response to "the social upheavals of the 1960s." That allows us to pretend that this is about something else -- about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, rather than about the backlash to increased legal equality for people of color and for women.

Chapter 3, Page 19

Apr. 27th, 2016 05:00 pm
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Posted by shingworks


Nice work all, plundering the garbage can

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