Beneath the Family Tree is prehistoric fiction; it mentions people wandering and using makeshift shelters.
In Clay of Life, Menachem and Yossele are homefree, being itinerant blacksmiths who share a traveling wagon. They have helped other people who are homefree, homeless, or working poor. This is considered a normal and successful lifestyle in their culture. Also worth nothing, the Jewish community there is thriving enough to have a network of eruv locations, a "traveling commons" where folks can create a roadside household for Shabbat.
A Conflagration of Dragons is about what happens when multiple strikes take out all the major cities, making everyone homeless. Refugees flock from one city to another, while there are still cities, but mostly people wind up in tents, wagons, caves, etc. feeling very much not at home. It is neither normal nor healthy, but it's what everyone gets stuck with after the dragons burn down all the cities and eat the heroes.
Diminished Expectations has a lot of homeless characters, but that series is outright dystopic. Some have tents, or squat in bombed out buildings, and so forth. It is ubiquitous, but not very good for anyone.
Frankenstein's Family has the Căldărari caravan and assorted other traveling people who are homefree. The Căldărari have vardos in a caravan; others may have a wagon, but many of the traders and workers are on foot. The traveling zoo is a demonstration of how a dysfunctional home can hit the road. Opinions vary about how respectable any of this is.
The Godship Wanderers dwell in a living starship, who does not have a home but rather is one.
The Origami Mage, Path of the Paladins, and Sort of Heroes are probably best described as having homefree protagonists who travel. Reception varies, but seems more positive than negative.
Polychrome Heroics has a bunch. Cassandra ran away from home for valid reasons, and is currently living with a friend; not homeless in the sense of having nowhere to go, but also not having a home of her own. Danso and Family started out homeless but have since found a home with Hannah. Officer Pink features Turq, who starts out homeless and is trying to get to where he'd feel comfortable having a home again; he's currently staying much of the time in Ansel's gazebo. Nebuly is switching from homeless to homefree, having moved into a vardo with Amergin and Marjoram in their caravan. Doobie O'Donohue is homefree, rambling happily among his many relatives. Assorted other characters fall in various places along that spectrum. Terramagne-America is more supportive of homefree and more accepting of homeless people than local-America is.
Tripping into the Future has a protagonist who loses everything, winds up with a place to live, but probably does not feel "at home" there.
So you can see a pretty wide range of portrayals above. If this topic interests you, feel free to prompt for more of these characters, or suggest others. I am especially interested in getting such input from readers who are or have been homeless or homefree.
Note: This poem features detailed description of beginning sensory therapy for a toddler. It's almost entirely a positive experience for Nathaniel, but readers with sensory issues and/or crappy experiences of therapy may wish to consider their tastes and headspace before reading onward.
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“No, but really.” Talia followed Des into the lunchroom while Doria flanked him on the other side. “That’s a good question, Des. Where do the collars get their energy from? Is it from us? Oh…” Talia winced and her eyes went a little crossed for a moment. “My collar’s talking to me again…”
::We can take energy from the person who is wearing us, but it is considered a bit uncouth and, also, it causes problems for both us and the person in the long run,:: Desmond’s collar informed him. ::Talia’s collar may be going on about the uncouthness. Some care more about that than others. In the Old Times, when collars were only a punishment…:
“Oooh.” Des swallowed. “But - oh, there’s so many questions.”
::Save most of them for later, when the one who would abuse their collar isn’t around.::
“But where do you get food from?”
::You’ll see. I assure you, I will not let you starve me. Nor will that one’s collar let them do the same. We’re programmed with some control::
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Ctirad cleared his throat. “Sir.” he dropped to his knees on the soft, plush carpet.
“Ctirad.” There was the gentlest of chiding tones in Timaios’ voice. Ctirad fought the urge to duck his head and apologize. “When we are alone in my bedroom, at the very least, I expect you to call me by my name.”
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Published: February 2017 by Instar Books
Format reviewed: E-book (mobi)
Genres: LGBTQIA, erotica. Stories are a mix of contemporary and speculative fiction.
Available: Publisher (print and electronic) ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A trans woman watches her sleeping lover and contemplates the moment of his departure. A genderqueer sissy fantasizes alone about connection in their hotel room. A trans woman adjunct professor and sex worker is hired for a sex party held by her colleges philosophy department. A trans boy has a Craigslist hookup with a queen embarked on detransition. A bodiless AI announces its gender, takes a lover, and works to revolutionize the world.
Presented here are thirty stories edited and with an introduction by Tobi Hill-Meyer that offer revolutionary erotic fantasies by trans people, about trans people, and for trans people at the crossroads of history, biology, anxiety, and love.
Editor’s note:I acquired a review copy of Nerve Endings on the recommendation of a friend. I thought reviewing it would be a good way to boost trans voices. However, once I started reading, I quickly realised I wasn’t the intended audience. Furthermore, this thread on Twitter from Corey Alexander made me realise I could be doing more harm than good by reviewing it. So, I invited Anne Rowlands for an Own Voices perspective on the anthology.
Transgender people are not a plot twist: the introduction of Nerve Endings reminds us of this essential point. It is a point recently discussed in Liz Duck-Chong’s essay on the play The Trouble with Harry and is also often used in more erotic novels in a way that is not only dehumanising but out-and-out stupid. A person who is transgender wants not to be treated as a special bit of “spice” or worse a surprise. They want to be wanted, loved, cared for, or just simply not to be told they are playing pretend.
The central idea of Nerve Endings is to help us realise and capture this in a way that keeps transgender stories present in our minds when we, the transgender audience, are at our most lonely. These stories keep us remembering that our lives are worthy. That we matter. Nerve Endings never shies away from being written by trans people for trans people. Anyone else who likes it, that’s fine, but it’s not for them, it’s for us. This was so clear as I read that I really understood why I was asked to write this review.
Nerve Endings is proud in its erotica and its kink, its few polyamorous tales. It is never there to shame, or to make readers feel less (or more) than what we are: a part of society, transgender or not.
Each story brings us into a universe that we can almost imagine is real. Even when the characters are a Demon and his summoner, or an AI and their partner, or just a simple trans woman, man or boi trying to make their way in the world.
I’m always a little left wanting with short stories anthologies. Each tale is almost always slightly less than perfect, ending bitter-sweet, or offering only a brief glimpse into the life and emotions of the characters. Almost every story left me wanting more. More of the characters. More of their love. More of the things they do to conquer their fears and anxieties. More orgasms. The unashamedly erotic, the consent, the kink, the characters and their needs and desires. It’s too much and not quite enough at the same time. I was left with a profound sense of needing–not just wanting–more. I really hope this is just the first serving of a new genre of positive, consensual stories about transgender people told in erotic, loving, caring and knowledgeable ways.
4 out of 5 stars.
Anne Rowlands is a transgender woman librarian, in her spare time she is also an artist and poet. You can find her on Twitter as @anne_rowlands.
Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.
White spirea and nannyberry are blooming. The peonies have buds, and something in the white garden has put up one big bud -- probably the allium.
EDIT 4/23/17: Round 2, Doug put together the plant tower, and we placed it on the septic cap.
EDIT 4/23/17: Round 3, I put protective covers over the contorta hazelnut, and planted the kousa dogwood.
EDIT 4/23/17: Round 4, I put a spiral cover over the kousa dogwood, mulched around it and the contorta hazelnut, and watered plants.
EDIT 4/23/17: Round 5, I put weed killer on weeds in the septic garden.
EDIT 4/23/17: Round 6, I picked up fallen wood in the ritual meadow. Didn't get it all done, but moved most of the medium-sized pieces, some of which I used to refresh the border around the wildflower garden. There is still one really big branch that will take more hands to move.
TODAY, SUNDAY APRIL 23: ACLU People Power is holding deportation solidarity events outside regional ICE offices at 3 p.m.
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.
It's been quite quiet in the comm this week, but here are some reminders of ongoing or future actions
Public Participation in EPA's Regulatory Reform - Deadline: 15 May 2017
April 29: Peoples Climate March - see these posters for National Parks in 2050 if climate change continues for inspiration and slogans.
June 11: LGBT+ March
Other news to know
There's been a steady drip feed of minor new revelations about the Trump Campaign's Russian links, the situation with North Korea rumbles on, and Syria is still a mess. For a catch up to the major developments each day, What the Fuck Just Happened Today usually provides good links to the key stories.
French voters go to the polls today to pick the two candidates for the run-off on May 7, and the UK government has called a snap general election on June 8. (I'm in the UK and this just makes me want to cry, because our opposition parties are so dysfunctional at the moment. I think my main hope is that the early signs the centre/left are figuring out how to build the kind of resistance movements, like Indivisible, that you've seen in the US will bear fruit -- if not for this election, for the long term.)
So, what have you all been up to in the last week or planning to get involved in next week?
This week, I...
called my one senator
called my other senator
called my representative
called my governor
called my state reps
sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
attended a town hall
donated money to a cause
went to an in person activist group
participated in a phone or online resistance training
went to a protest
signed up for alerts
took care of myself
not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
did something else
committed to action in the coming week
Story: Empty Sky
Colors: Cloudy Gray
Supplies and Styles: Saturation, Graffiti
Word Count: ~450
Notes: another set of poems, these are for the City
( lost in an unfamiliar alley/and drawn like a moth to the neon )
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I know there's one in Boston, and a quick check found others in New York and Seattle. (The website isn't set up to search for events by date or time; I found those two by searching based on my old NYC and Bellevue, WA, zip codes.)
The Boston event looks small so far: 121 of us have signed up to attend, so I figure I'll be more noticeable there than I would be if I'd made it to the March for Science today.
Note: this was originally announced for April 22nd, and then rescheduled a couple of days ago.