How To Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps, by Merc Rustad

In case you missed it on Twitter yesterday, I have to gush and squee right now about this story by my writing friend Merc Rustad.

I have a conflict of interest here because Merc and I beta (and alpha) read each other’s stories a lot, and are generally fans of each other, but this is my favorite story of everything I’ve ever seen from em, published or otherwise. I am glad Scigentasy picked it up, because it IS very much about gender identity, and about finding the people whose friendship and support will keep you alive.

There’s some other stuff in there. (Which is why it needs a Trigger Warning not just for gender/species dysphoria, but for suicidal ideation and a brief scene of psychological abuse.) If anyone is in a reviewing/discussing mood, I would love to see someone analyze the story from a mental health / social impairment / disability perspective, because I think there’s a lot about that hidden in the story, too. Due to my conflict of interest & general lack of distance, I don’t think that person should be me this time around.

The Mermaid at Sea World

So I installed a plugin to let me crosspost between LJ and WordPress, and I was going to think of something SUPER AMAZING to start off my WordPress blogging with, but then life happened and now it is March and oh, hey, I have published another poem!

How about that.

“The Mermaid at Sea World”, a short poem of mine containing a human sacrifice of sorts, is now not only published in the latest issue of Niteblade, but they named the issue after it! Which is super cool and flattering.

Note: there’s a preview available, but it’s not the whole poem; to find out what happens to our eponymous mermaid, you will need to pay for an issue. (Or wait for donations to rise above $50, at which point I believe the whole issue will be released as HTML.)


Testing the new WordPress postie thingy.

(Yes, I’m a computer science grad student and I still say “postie thingy”. Bite me. I can dig out the official name/version number of the synchronization plugin I am using, if anyone cares. 😀 )