lizcommotion: Pile of books (book)
I had complete sensory overload last night so I found a few random books available on Overdrive and checked one out. The first I was going to try had all these "what a great Christian fairytale!" things in the beginning and I went...OK NOPE not my jam. So I read Soundless, which I was hesitant about because it had the capacity to be so very bad if the author didn't do her research.

(She did her research, as far as I can tell. But if you disagree, please lmk.)

Soundless
is about a small mining town high in an Asian-inspired-fantasy-setting. The town is completely cut off from outsiders, and their only communication is a zip line: they send minerals down, they get food back. (Their soil is too poor to grow any food.) Other than miners, those who work the supply line, and servants, the other main job is as an artist/calligrapher. Everyone in the town is Deaf, and has been for centuries, so they have artists observe the day's events, record them meticulously on scrolls every evening, and put them in the town square every morning so everyone knows the day's news. Then the scrolls are kept for future generations.

Everyone has forgotten what sound is, and everything is completely designed to be accessible to those who are Deaf, and there's no stigma about it. However, some people are beginning to lose their vision, which means they can't work in the mines. As there are less minerals to trade, this is creating a food shortage for the entire community.

The main character mysteriously regains her hearing. There is a good bit of time dedicated to her having complete sensory overload, and wondering why their ancestors ever wanted hearing in the first place. However, she might be able to save her people, because it's always been too dangerous to climb down the mountain when you can't hear avalanches.

The author avoids tropes like "hearing is better" and "people regaining their hearing is the only happy ending." Also, vision loss is only tragic because there's resource scarcity (and prejudice against those who can't work). There's some pretty great stuff when the MC interacts with hearing people along the lines of "UGH why don't they understand these BABY SIGNS they are so obvious" and also when meeting other people who have lost their hearing some "look your sign language is not exactly the same as mine let's figure out what this sign is." Also, "learning the words for sounds."

It also doesn't romanticize the mountain town as being full perfect magical disabled people: there's injustice and mean people, too.

A fun book to get me through sensory overload that did not make me shouty and was a good example of "hey look at the social model of disability in action" for YA lit. Also, yay for "not another generic European fantasy setting." Planning to get it for my nephew once he can deal with a het romance plotline.
lizcommotion: word "Hi!" surrounded by all the hi signs from the game Glitch (glitch hi)
so if I have been posting sporadically of late, that is because Stardew Valley has eaten my soul free time.

It is a farming sim game a la Harvest Moon/Animal Crossing, but combines the best of a lot of games! general game thoughts )


I will give this warning: if you get visual seizures, this may not be the game for you? at least not on days when it snows/rains. the graphics there are very...well, they are close to being too much if I were to have a migraine day, so I would advise against the game if seizures are an issue, because there is a lot of blinky black/white contrast. :/

personal feelz about playing this game as a queer person )


So, uh. Yeah, I'm having feels with this game. Actually the feelz started with the intro, which was more related to feelings about capitalism and labor. You may want to play the game yourself to see it, but here is a screenshot from the intro to give you an idea:
cut for image and minor game spoiler related to image )


Oh, did I mention also that female characters can have beards? Yes. Yes they can. (I imagine there are not restrictions on male characters accessories, either. But.

Also you can have dinosaurs in your Big Coop once you upgrade. Yes. You can have dinosaurs on your farm.

I'm not sorry if this eats your life also. I have not loved a game this much since Glitch.

ETA: I am totally cool with you sharing this entry! Though prefer not too much bookface sharing, etc.
lizcommotion: a drop spindle and the products of my first week of spinning (7 balls of yarn in various colors) (spinning week 1)
Someone in my circle linked this, and then I opened the tab and forgot who linked it. Whoever it was, thank you!

Be Friends with Failure by Stephen McCranie. Because failure is what teaches us how to create. Gorgeous short comic.
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
  • 10 hours in the car. Four hours of stops. OMG. OMG. But at least interesting stops? Even if my hips want to retire from service now because of all the time my delightful dog spent in my lap. (But really, gotta savor that right now, so I shan't complain too much.) Am home from [beach] now.
  • I made a bracelet in the car using some handspun leftover from when I made the hat. Note that there is STILL yarn left.
    Celtic twist knit bracelet
    Celtic twist inspired bracelet, i.e. a knit cord of white handspun yarn twisted around a knit cord of green machine spun yarn turned into a bracelet (for the curious, I knit a bobble on one end and made a loop on the other for the closure. Probably a proper tutorial to follow later. And I might put this or something like it on Etsy when I have the spoons.
  • There is a box of THREE POUNDS of wool waiting for me, and I haven't opened it yet because I don't think my hips will let me spin today. Knitting it is!
  • I am supposed to rest but there is All The Unpacking and lots of other shit and I don't wanna rest I wanna do. But given that every time I stand up, I faceplant unless I have my walker...I think resting is called for. Dammit.
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