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Ari Marmell
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Got a seriously geeky question for you all. (And it's a completely public post, so anyone, not just backers, can answer.)

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Asking for questions and feedback today, to help shape the first of my videos. Take a look and let me know what you think. :-)

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Well, we're coming up on the end of launch week. If you've already elected to participate, or just shared the link, know that I'm grateful. If you haven't, maybe take a look and consider it? I think there's something there for anyone who's a fan of, or curious about, my work. :-)

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BTW, did I mention that the not-yet-published short story already available to backers of a certain level is also a sneak peek at the Lost Citadel project? ;-)

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Okay, everyone. It's time.

Want to see/discuss my thoughts on writing, publishing, and the like?

Want to shape or even participate in occasional Q&A videos with myself and other authors?

Want early access to unpublished and sometimes in-progress works of mine?

Take a look. I think you'll find something you like.

(And whether or not you elect to participate, if you could share this to help me spread the word, I would be very much obliged.)

Thank you all so much for your help and support. :-)

Advance notice: I will be launching a Patreon in the next few weeks. There will be coolness offered for them what backs it. :-D

So, various people and sites--such as the Kotaku in Action sub-Reddit--are upset over Green Ronin's call to add women to the Lost Citadel RPG design team.

As one of the three people who developed the LC property and writer's bible for the anthology, as someone who has a deep personal connection to the property, and as a man, let me just say this...

Thank you for identifying yourselves. Because if you're someone who's genuinely upset by this, I don't WANT to work with you on Lost Citadel--or anything else. Feel free to rant and scream and cry into the void of the Internet as the industry you only pretend to love leaves you far behind.

You won't be missed.

Humans are a social species. For good and for ill, our behavior is influenced by what beliefs are considered acceptable.

Which means there is no such thing as a "small" prejudice.

When you tell a rape joke? You are making it just that tiny amount more likely that a potential rapist will convince himself his actions are acceptable.

When you argue for trans bathroom laws? You are divorcing trans people that much further from society's protections.

And when you argue against gay rights, you are making it just that little bit easier for the people who would commit horrors like what's happening in Chechnya.

Like it or not, see the harm or not, when you "other" people by demographic, you encourage those who would do far worse than look down on them. You may not have made the horrors happen, but you granted permission for them to happen.

Own it, and then for pity's sake, change it.

Twenty years.

I've only just realized that if you count up all the years that George and I were not romantically involved--both before I ever met her and for the year-and-change we were friends but not a couple...

Well, as of this anniversary, we've been married (not just together, but actually married) for for an equal amount of time.

I mean, maybe not exactly--it could be off by a couple of months--but for all practical purposes.

In that time, there have been a lot of ups and downs, some extreme (and I was at fault for more of the downs than I'd like to acknowledge). But we got through them all, in part because George has been inhumanly patient and supportive, and in part because I've fought harder for it than I have anything else in my life.

We wouldn't have made it without a lot of work (and I don't think I would have made it if we hadn't), but it was worth every bit of effort. Because things are good, and I only see them getting better. I can barely remember life before her, and can't even imagine life without her.

I love you, George. Happy anniversary.

Since our anniversary is this coming week, and we can't do anything too major on a weeknight, I've gotten us movie tickets appropriate to the occasion.

Uh, the traditional 20th anniversary gift IS giant carnivorous primates, right?
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