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♥ joy is contagious ♥

Inspiration for Project Happy Memory: The Shorter Version
by Christina

A few months ago, I was reading an article online about retrospective happiness. It explained that many of us experience happiness well after the fact, never realizing in the moment how happy and joyful we are. The article was good, but I don't remember much beyond that. What I do remember, nearly word for word, are the comments left by random strangers. Inspired by the story, a few took it upon themselves to write briefly about some of their happiest memories. The stories weren't long, eloquent, wild or shocking. But they were happy. I obsessively refreshed the page, day after day, hoping to find another. Eventually, the stories stopped coming, and I missed them.

But I realize now that the stories don't stop coming. They exist all around us, in every living body in every room, house, on every block, in every town, in every country, on every continent. It's just that no one has ever asked.

So, please. I'm asking. And I really hope you'll say okay. Write to me at projecthappymemory [at] gmail [dot] com or click "submit" and tell me one of your happiest memories. An instance that has made you smile or laugh. A time in your life that you thought was miserable but, looking back, was magical. You can be brief or prolific, silly or profound. You can give background details or you can leave them out. You can focus on the minute, the hour, the weekend, the year. Spend a little while thinking (it'll be fun, I promise) and then just start typing. It doesn't have to be perfect, you can submit anonymously (or use a pseudonym), and you can do it more than once.

Please share this website with the people you love.

Together, I think we can create something beautiful.

Thank you from the very bottom of my heart.

This entry was originally posted on Dreamwidth. Comment here or there, as you fancy.
catvalente = one of my favorite writers and one of my favorite people, for a reason.

I would like to announce that the November issue of Apex will be an entirely Arab/Muslim issue. It will be beautiful. It will showcase writers of Arab descent and Muslim writers. (I am aware that many folk not of Arab descent are Muslim, that's why I'm structuring it this way, so that writers from either culture or both can be part of the issue.) It will show how Islam is as much a part of the human experience as any other faith or story system that writers of the fantastic draw from. It will be a small thing, in the grand scheme. It will not save the world. But it will exist, and perhaps in its own way can stand beside the recent ugliness in the SFF world as something bright and good.

I am looking for material, but most especially poetry, from Muslim authors and authors of Arab descent. Let's make it easy: if you think you might "count," then you do. Southeast Asian Muslims, yes. American Muslims, yes. Anybody with a connection to the cultures of Islam, yes. The subject of your works can be anything you like, but I am only looking for authors with connections to Islam and/or the Arabic world. Please do not send reprints, we have that covered.


"I'm not a ripper. ...

... I pull up a corner a little at a time and then I run it under warm water and I pull it a little bit more. It's a process!"

Dear daily_pace,

What would I do without you?

Oh, that's right, nothing.

I didn't sign up for this early on because I was entirely unconvinced that I could be much help, but now I'm sleep-deprived and that makes me wild!

I've put my services (such as they are) up for auction at help_haiti.
I am offering: 500+ words of original fiction or fanfiction, or a beta read on a fic no longer than 3000 words.
Starting bid: 5 USD
You can bid here.
Thank you, noblealice. This made my day.
Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work!

1. Don't put drugs in people's drinks in order to control their behavior.

2. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone!

3. If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!

4. NEVER open an unlocked door or window uninvited.

5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON'T ASSAULT THEM!

6. Remember, people go to laundry to do their laundry, do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.

7. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public.

8. Always be honest with people! Don't pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. Consider telling them you plan to assault them. If you don't communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to rape them.

9. Don’t forget: you can't have sex with someone unless they are awake!

10. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone "on accident" you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can blow it if you do.

And, ALWAYS REMEMBER: if you didn't ask permission and then respect the answer the first time, you are committing a crime — no matter how "into it" others appear to be.
OMG it's the NON-CREEPY version of yesterday's meme. Thanks, catvalente.

If I came to visit you and you had my undivided time and attention for 24 hours, what would you like to do together? Be specific--you never know, it might be possible!

"I must be on another planet."

Sometimes I can't resist memes. Ganked from a_white_rain.

If you had me alone, locked up in your house for twenty-four hours and I had to do whatever you wanted me to*, what would you have me do?

All comments will be permanently screened because it's a secret. Then repost this in your LJ. You might be surprised with the responses you get. Feel free to answer anonymously if you'd prefer.

*As long as you weren't causing me any permanent damage. I think this is an important point.

P.S. Oooh, and I just found a pretty excellent blog post from Bitch Magazine on disability!fail in speculative fiction:
These aren't condemnations of the characters (my love for many of them is strong), but observations of a common trope: "Let's have a disabled character, but with a magic device that means we don't actually have to deal with disability! Ooh, and let's be edgy and give them magic powers!"

Which is oddly enough giving me anti-disability!fail story ideas. *_* MAYBE THERE SHOULD BE A FICATHON. MAYBE THERE ALREADY IS(??)!




ETA: Also, this whole wedding is giving me a Wonderfalls flashback. ANYBODY ELSE?? :DDDD

[spruced-up Halpert/Beesley wedding photo courtesy imaclanni]


We celebrate peace. Yet we pay no attention to the ways of curing aggression in human beings. And when one sees in psychoanalysis hostility disappearing as people conquer their fears, one wonders if the cure is not there.
The Diary of Anaïs Nin; August, 1945