love stories about monsters are THE BEST because the idea of conceptualizing love in a way that is not human and fundamentally cannot be human and is AN ENTIRELY SEPARATE LEVEL FROM THE HUMAN is so great.
made better when one half of the relationship is human and suddenly we’re dealing with a) a human learning to love like a monster or b) a monster learning to translate their love into human terms and that’s
the best thing
which often goes hand in hand with MONSTER TRYING TO HUMANIZE THEMSELVES but that’s.. not necessary, don’t worry monster, you don’t need to do that. your capacity for love does not need to be whittled and softened into a human shape. it’s okay. your heart can be brutal and all consuming. you will learn to cope and you will learn to funnel it, pieces at a time, into something conceivable and measurable to the human mind.
and i don’t strictly mean monster monsters because there’s room here for divinity (alpha and omega, first and last, holy terror OF THE HEART. apocalypses OF FEELING.) or ghosts, or non-human, non-monster outliers (superheroes, androids, idek), or even human beings who are self-made monsters and whose expression and understanding of love is two steps removed and two shades off.
but, you know what i mean.
love stories about monsters.
It’s the third weekend of the month… so the Antidiogenes Club is running this weekend!
Here are the (copy-pasted) rules:
- Write as much as you can over the weekend.
That’s basically it.
For my own personal convenience, I am defining “the weekend” as going from Friday, May 17, at 6 pm Pacific (see what time that is in your timezone, or check out the countdown) and Sunday, May 19, at 6 pm Pacific. At 6 pm Pacific on Sunday, I will post a wrap-up/word-count-submission post right here, on The Antidiogenes Club, and if you submit your word count via reply or reblog on that post, it will get included in our weekend tally.
If you want to play along, here is what you can expect:
- The chat! As I’m sure you all have heard, we had minor IRC disasters in… February? I think that was February, and have updated our chat procedure: we now have two main rooms—#antidiogenes for general chat, and #antidiogenes-warroom for quiet writing and word wars; most people have been staying logged into both and swapping tabs as needed for their own personal purposes. Both rooms are invite-only, so we, again, are strongly encouraging people to register their nicks and request self-invite privileges before the official writing weekend formally begins. (More info here.)
Our landing lobby is #crosskeys. If you need troubleshooting help, please send in an ask or log on to #crosskeys and prod a mod. If all you need is a single-time invite, you can request one in #crosskeys by saying the name of a mod who is currently logged in, to get their attention (for example, my client is set to alert me on “gins” and “greywash”). I will be logged on in the evening today and for part of the day tomorrow, but am not this morning because ~LIFE~.
- We will be running word wars (20 or 30 minute intense writing blasts!!) over in #antidiogenes-warroom every now and again. There’s no schedule for these; it’s pretty much someone says “hey anyone want a word war?” and then if enough people say yes someone scrounges up a timer. But these are a quick way to get super productive, super fast.
- We’re also queuing up hourly reminder posts on firstname.lastname@example.org, to ask how it’s going. Feel free to reblog or reply to let us know, and to commiserate with your fellow sufferers.
Last time we ran a full round, we collectively wrote 84,913 words in our forty-eight hours of writing. That is longer than The English Patient! It is more than we wrote all but two of our nine 2012 rounds!!
Any and all wordcounts are of course welcome, and if you participate at all, you will win both bragging rights and the official right to post a hideous sparkly word count graphic like this one (from the last round):
…all over your blog/apartment/pets/children/et cetera. \o/
This weekend, I am joined in Tumblr modding by Ally, HBBO, Lacuna, Lux, and Penny, with extra help in chat from Aria! We do have a few North-American-nighttime slots where we may be running without an official chat mod, but Antidiogenes is a friendly place and you hardly need the supervision, and we always encourage people to jump in with a timer if no official-timer-wielder is on deck.
Hope to see you there!
Maybe I will finish chapter one of the new and improved robots? HERE’S HOPING.