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It's sweet nothings in the wind, it's boldness and dreams.
It's sweet nothings in the wind, it's boldness and dreams.

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How do you find people to write with? Once you find someone… how long does the partnership last? Finding someone you click with is a hard task, but when you do sync with that perfect writing buddy it’s the best experience any active RPer could wish for! You plot and are on the same page, your characters mesh as well as your writing styles and you communicate over everything, not just RPing - it becomes a friendship and one you value highly. In an age where writing circles are as much online as they are offline (arguably more online) it is important that we do not take for granted these buddies and that we treasure the relationship. It is not often we get to share a hobby like this on this level, after all. If you need help in finding RP buddies contact us and we’ll try and help!
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So, the holidays come and everyone suddenly posts away messages. They all promise to be back in January and you are crossing everything and biting your nails hoping you don’t lose too many to the “December Slump”. My question is, what are you doing now? As an RPer and member of a game are you back to your normal rhythm of writing? As a game runner have you returned and are you sparking activity with your return? What can we do to infuse our games with new life in this new year? How can we get over the “December Slump”?
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The Uncanny Valley - by Mobydoll

The Uncanny Valley harbors the horrors that sink into our minds, the visual equivalent of subtly raised dramatic musical tension. We may not even realize why, at first, but the Valley’s inhabitants raise prickles on the backs of our necks. They horrify in a base, instinctive way: revulsion.

Some horror movies these days lean towards a more overt revulsion, but this isn’t about thirty minutes of hearing screams and watching people flayed alive, like some cheap-travel-accommodation themed flicks that shall remain nameless. This is different. This is revulsion that causes horror—not revulsion that causes revulsion.

Inhabitants of the Uncanny Valley are almost human. This might be something that looks only a twinge different from humans: an android walking with a broken leg, a black-eye demon on Supernatural, Joan Rivers. Equally, it might be something that looks only a twinge too human: the Frankenstein monster, a skeletal metal robot with seeming human emotions, left-behind eyes of living plastic. Basically, they unnerve us for how like us they are or how like them we are.

Many horror movies feature human villains. Somehow, these are different. Maybe it’s easier to separate from one bad person. This is reality, there are bad people—just ask Sharon Tate or Mary Kelly. The Uncanny Valley is not so much humanity as humanness. It relies on a once-needed ability to recognize one’s same-species kin. What separates us from dogs, lizards, and primates is common between us and members of the Uncanny Valley. They are not reality but an all-too-plausible possibility.

And so the horror lingers, perhaps because it shows something we prefer not to see. It shows us not what we are vulnerable to but what we may be capable of. The Uncanny Valley is subtle, an art form at its best, and deeply unnerving.

We would like to thank our glorious founder Heather for everything she has done for DF. She is moving on to new projects and we wish her luck in this and hope all the best for her.

We will miss her dearly and we promise to keep growing and looking after her legacy.

An English professor wrote the words "a woman without her man is nothing" on the chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate it correctly.

All the MALES in the class wrote: "A women, without her man, is nothing."

All the FEMALES in the class wrote: "A women: without her, man is nothing."

Punctuation is powerful.

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The nominations are in for RPGA! Did  your favourite sites get honoured? If not, make your voices heard on Oct 1st for the next round of nominations! http://ow.ly/AUIHk

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Distant Fantasies will be inviting it's members to contribute to this g+ page. If there are any topics you would like us to cover please feel free to comment and let us know!

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From their first field experience, the first time the would-be X-Men believed in promise, a trade: their childhoods were behind them. One day, mutant children could grow up in safety. One day, teenagers wouldn't have to be warriors.

...right?

Now the Xavier Institute is no longer a school, leaving its students to attend public school alongside human chlidren. A rising group, Fischers, offers to help mutants. What could be more helpful, after all, than taking away their debilitation condition?
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From their first field experience, the first time the would-be X-Men believed in promise, a trade: their childhoods were behind them. One day, mutant children could grow up in safety. One day, teenagers wouldn't have to be warriors.

...right?

Now the Xavier Institute is no longer a school, leaving its students to attend public school alongside human chlidren. A rising group, Fischers, offers to help mutants. What could be more helpful, after all, than taking away their debilitation condition?
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