Those days miss you, too. I recently found a yellowed letter under one of the floorboards, and it was addressed to you and signed by those days with a tear-stained kiss of lipstick.
Meanwhile, in the present, those of us who work in the industry and who are—amazingly—able to consider more than one idea at the same time, will continue to create good games about worlds you can explore AND occasionally talk about inclusivity.
If you are feeling compassion fatigue, I think it might be okay to sit out those discussions, at least until you get your strength back. While it will be tough not having you available for close consultation, somehow we will soldier on.
Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride
I follow Margaret Atwood on twitter because she interacts with really funny nature accounts (she’ll rt something like @DucksIncorporated or @Birdwatchersunited and the tweet will be like, “The beautiful spring feathers of the meadowlark.”) Anyway. It’s easy to forget that she’s also a very dank writer.
You are a woman with a man inside watching a woman.
This line, oof.
Been spending a lot of time lately trying to untangle how a lifetime of patriarchy has fucked up my own sexual agency. Nothing like getting derailed inside your own head by worries of how you look in the moment, whether you measure up to some external standard…
Another pair from Fabeville:
Phillip: Volks SD17 WIlliams on Crobi B-line; default faceup; Leeke wig; 16mm EDs (temporary; his eyes are hazel); clothes by Volks
Archer: Luts 08 Man on Crobi M-line; faceup by me; Crobi wig; 16mm Gumdrop Ember; Clothes by Crobi
Phillip and Archer have known each other (and been in and out of love with each other) for centuries. Phillip is hotheaded and knows it, but he is very dedicated to his role within the community. He does not like unnecessary rule-breaking. He is aware that he is extraordinarily handsome, as he has had multiple careers as a model; he has an eclectic love for fine clothing and will dress to the nines, yet has grown bored with being judged by his appearance. Archer could not care less about his looks, having been convinced long ago that he was unattractive and worthless; he lives very selfishly, yet enjoys helping others. He does not respond well to authority (outside of the bedroom).
Perhaps we should let snuggling mages lie … ^^;
Fabian: Volks SD13 Maki T. on SD17; faceup by me; wig by LUTS; 18mm Mystic YellowPink; clothes from Tata’s Paradise and LUTS
Mason: Volks SDGou Yukinojou on Crobi B-line; default faceup; wig by nDoll; 16mm Mystic Ltds; Clothes by LUTS and Freedom Teller
These two are from a quite old story of mine that I keep working and reworking ^^;
Fabian: Fabe is an idol singer working for an oppressive corporation. He can be quite needy as well as impulsive; however, he wants to do right and he has a lot of compassion and strength.
Mason: An ancient mage who would rather be left out of things, but knows too many powerful people to be let be. He hesitates to make connections because of past losses. He can be practical to the point of cruelty, but to those he cares for, he is attentive and tender.
Apparently some folks are wondering where they are. I’d like to present three of my romantic m/m couples:
Villam and Luke, from Storms and Stars (in a post-novel state)
Villam: Crobi Elias on LUTS SSDF; faceup by me; 16mm Gumdrop Chills; LUTS wig; Sweater by AChanceAcquaintance on Etsy
Luke: Crobi M-line Nao; faceup by me; 16mm ED #28?; can’t remember the wig but I suspect Crobi; shirt by Y!J dealer
Villam is a complex blend of cold, hard military man and starry eyed lover of poetry and philosophy. Luke has spent his life suppressing urges and emotions, so often comes across as impenetrable or prickly; he is deeply spiritual and always observing the world around him.