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Michelle Lyons-McFarland
Purple-haired, easily confused, literature focused, video-game playing woman of writerly extraction
Purple-haired, easily confused, literature focused, video-game playing woman of writerly extraction

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So, somehow I hadn't realized I hadn't joined this yet. Hello! :)

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Five months later....
Here, it's a picture of a cute pig from the Internet. Enjoy. So, Dear Reader, the last we saw of each other was when I got that amazing survey back and could not figure out what the heck I was going to do with it. (I am much closer to doing something with i...

+Meguey Baker: I have another fabric question for you, if I may. In Eliza Haywood's 1751 novel The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless, the main character is at a mercer's buying material for a dress. She says it was a "rich green Venetian satin" for a riding habit. Now, I would assume that it's a silk given that it's a mercer, but everything I've found says it might be a cotton. Would you have any input or a suggestion for a source that could clarify it for me? Thanks!

I just wanted to thank everyone at the con for the warm welcome, fun games, and excellent conversation. The green chile was a bonus. :) Matt and I had a wonderful time, and we'd definitely like to come back again. 

+Meguey Baker -- As the resident expert on historical clothing, I was wondering if you might be able to point me to a source. I'm currently working on She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, and at one point one of his characters talks about a "ventre d'or waistcoat" with the French italicized. His companion says he shouldn't wear it, as he doesn't think brown and yellow go well together.

What would a ventre d'or waistcoat look like? Is it a type of fabric, or a type of embroidery, or a certain cut or embellishment or some sort? Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. 

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I think the thing I liked best about it was that the monster/demon/whatever was always just a person. Just a person, largely just walking (with the exception of crawling through the door, and then in the pool scene). It doesn't sprout fangs or any serious monster-y special effects. It just keeps coming. It was really well done, even if the low-frequency sounds did a number on me.

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Somebody got elected, and that somebody is me. :) New officers for the IGDN, woo! 
Hey look we have a new leadership team, and I'm on it, along with some really great people.

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So that happened, or the 2016 Women in Gaming Survey
Last week I thought to myself, "Self, you need to do a blog post." In trying to think of what this blog post would be about, I thought that maybe covering stuff that had happened in gaming last year from and by women would be a good topic. The problem, of c...

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So I made a generalized survey regarding women in gaming in 2016. It's my first, so it might be a bit rough, but it's not for any rigorous academic study so I think it's okay. Feel free to pass it around -- I'll be doing a blog post about the results later. Thanks!

Hey friends,

If I'm writing a survey and I have a question about gender, is the phrasing "What is your presented gender?" all right, or is it a terrible idea? 
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