Teaser for Book Hive, an amazing interactive installation at Bristol’s Central Library from British art collective Rusty Squid – the best thing since this photographic love letter to public libraries.
360+ full color pages of awesome. The Firefly Role-Playing Game is being crated for safe shipping as we speak! Huzzah!
Or should I say… SHINY!?!?!?!
My friend Monica Valentinelli noted that a bunch of us writer types shared our homes with black cats and that we needed a logo for our “Black Cat Society”. Check. Feel free* to use this logo if also you like and support adopting black cats from shelters.
(*If you’re a for-profit organization, please contact me for permission!)
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I’m drawing a personal boundary on certain conversations, because I have other things to consider currently.
The truth I’ve been keeping off of this particular blog has been that I have had to call the police and make reports for stalking, harassment, and threats four times in the last 6-8…
This writer has a popular Tumblr outlining people of color from medieval times…and has received harassment and death threats because of it. Absolutely and totally unacceptable. Even if you *don’t* agree with the content on a blog, there is no excuse for threatening someone’s life for posting it. Absolutely zero.Source: medievalpoc
[A team of neurobiologists found that] “if social conformity resulted from conscious decision-making, this would be associated with functional changes in prefrontal cortex, whereas if social conformity was more perceptually based, then activity changes would be seen in occipital and parietal regions.” Their study suggested that non-conformity produced an associated “pain of independence.” In the study subjects the amygdala became most active in times of non-conformity, suggesting that non-conformity—doing exactly what we didn’t evolve to do—produced emotional distress. From an evolutionary perspective, of course, this makes sense. I don’t know enough neuroscience to agree with their suggestion that this phenomenon be titled the “pain of independence,” but the “emotional discomfort” being different—i.e., not following or conforming—seems to be evolutionarily embedded in our brains.
Good solid thinking is really hard to do as you no doubt realize. How much easier is it to economize on all this and just “copy & paste” what seemingly successful people are doing?"
Yes, because conformists constantly badger those of us who innovate and think outside the norm, until we’re on the flip side in a position of leadership and success so they can idolize us. Every non-conformist is aware of the social pressures that come from being different, so OF COURSE there is pain for this. It’s called self-awareness.
That said? I don’t care how painful it is, I can only be myself. (And, if you fall into this camp? I encourage you to do the same. And I support you mightily. GO FORTH AND CONQUER YOUR WORLD.
Ayup, this is me! We changed the cover, so that shiny illustration is on the end pages, and it’s out now in digital. Happy to see folks are excited!
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Good morning! There’s lots and lots going on, so I thought I’d pop in and give you an unfiltered brain dump this morning. Mind you, I don’t always like…
It’s a REALLY long post… Too long for Tumblr, unfortunately.