Today, thanks to Twitter, I came across this podcast episode, called “Race Swap”. It’s about ten minutes long, and the description of it is as follows:
Whether you think the internet is a great or terrible place is partly a reflection of which parts of the internet you choose to visit. It’s also a reflection of who you are, and how people online react to you. Mikki Kendall is a writer who deals with an extraordinary amount of trolling and vitriol online. Mikki is a black woman in real life, and she created an experiment to see how her online life would change if she were a white man.
Since the interview was done on the 17th, I’m a little late to the party with this one, but nonetheless I highly recommend that you go listen to it. I’ve followed Mikki on Twitter for several months now, and I think she’s an absolutely brilliant writer, activist and all-around lovely person. The fact she gets such abuse hurled at her on the regular sickens me. To me, the experiment is a very telling one. Continue reading
For about three years now, I’ve wanted to start a silly, purely-for-fun fiction project for my blog. And about two years ago, I first had the idea for a series involving the noir-themed adventures of a hard-boiled Maine Coon named Detective Meow, a curious cat looking to use up his nine lives solving crimes and rescuing dames. (Or, more likely, trying to con them out of their catnip.) The whole thing kind of came to me in a rush, as a result of a silly conversation with a friend, but as with many projects I kept putting it off and putting it off.
Well, no more. The time is now. The world could definitely use a few more laughs these days, and I want something that’ll keep me writing on days when tackling my bigger WiPs is a bit too daunting. I’d also like this to involve a lot of reader participation–I’m using writing prompts and my own imagination to craft my narrative at the moment, but I welcome comments and suggestions for What Happens Next. I want this to feel like a story we’re all a part of. So please, feel free to leave a comment with your own writing prompts or ideas for hilarious plot twists. The sillier, the better!
And now, without further ado, I give you…Detective Meow. :)
As some of you may or may not know from my constant stream of squee on Twitter, my family is getting a cat this weekend! :D I am SUPER excited, not only because ZOMG, KITTEH, but also because I hope the cat’s presence/smell will chase away whatever strange creatures have been hanging out in my walls lately.
Because my family doesn’t have a lot of money to burn, I really wanted to make something for Kitty that will help keep it from scratching on our furniture. I also happened to have a lot of empty, unused cardboard boxes lying around..my brain put two and two together and this little DIY project was born! :D
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably seen a lot of the new fun and cool-looking scratching posts, beds, and other nifty things that are available these days. But a lot of them can be a bit pricey, and while I’m not saying they aren’t worth the money, who wouldn’t want to recycle and save a few bucks in the process?
Remember, you can click on the pictures to embiggen!