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Mark Does Stuff

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5 hours ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Monstrous ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Hello, Discworld friends! Just a couple important notes as we move forward. As I noted, I did not choose to edit this beyond a few spelling errors and one egregiously terrible sentence, as I'd written this review before I caused a mess a couple weeks back. I wanted to let folks know that I will be doing my best to participate in comments, but I am super booked up all day today, from a haircut to a meeting and then dashing to the airport to catch my flight to San Diego for Comic-Con. So, if it seems I'm around less, that's why; I am not trying to ignore being called out. (Hopefully wi-fi on the plane isn't too bad or expensive.)

Secondly: Posts will start going up on Patreon on Sunday, but I am pleased to say that as of this comment, I've almost completed a re-read of Monstrous Regiment. There will be five long (very, very long) posts going up starting next Wednesday, running up until the following week. I spoke to Phoenix privately a couple weeks ago about the possibility of doing this; I wanted to make sure I could pull this off AND that I could get it done BEFORE the Discworld convention, as I'm sure that's something that folks would want to discuss. Many folks reached out publicly and privately to express that they felt I was disengaged during my reading. They are not wrong. I go into it a little more in the first post, but suffice to say: I think this book deserved more attention from me, and so I'm giving it a second go as a way to give back to all of you for following along.

Thank you! I appreciate it.

Finally, we had talked on my apology post about having specific threads for intra-community discussions, and if anyone wants to try that out here, you are more than welcome to. Just make sure your first comment is JUST identifying what is in the thread and is not the content of what you want to say. For example: "Positive discussion of trans depictions in this thread" means that folks are having a specific conversation within. It doesn't mean there can't be crossover or that there can't be discussion of the topic, but that those who might not know as much or are outside of the community can take a step back rather than jumping in at first. I imagine we're going to have to figure this out together, so please have patience with your fellow commenters. <3

20 hours ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Book o... · 1 reply · +8 points

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20 hours ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Book o... · 1 reply · +7 points

Is there an afterword to this book? I usually don't read them because I'm not really told they are there. But remind me on the last review, and I'd love to know what you're referring to!

20 hours ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Monstrous ... · 0 replies · +2 points

Yep, I think you're spot-on, too.

1 day ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Weekly Shenanigans · 0 replies · +7 points

Spoilies!!!! Videos are now up, including the new page for STEINS;GATE. ❤️

1 day ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Monstrous ... · 1 reply · +11 points

No one said you had to silently disagree, and again, my point isn't that you had to never say anything at all. About halfway through this, this stopped being about "speaking up" and became about insulting. I am warning you so that we avoid getting to that part. Please, feel free to speak up, but do not take it this far again.

1 day ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Monstrous ... · 1 reply · +15 points

I'm sorry to hear this, and I genuinely sympathize, particularly as someone who just went through a severe, month-long depressive episode, one in which I *also* lashed out at people. I am going to recommend taking a step back from commenting because it is not fair to other people, but understand that I hear what you're saying.

1 day ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Monstrous ... · 4 replies · +12 points

Oh, come on, I am not saying that you should not have disagreed with them or have engaged in a debate, but you did not need to continue to say EVERYTHING that you have said or bait someone even further and further like you did.

Again: please use the report function. That's literally what we are here for.

1 day ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Monstrous ... · 3 replies · +12 points

If you are having difficulty explaining something or feeling flustered, I would recommend actually saying that. Just posting, "Hey, I want to respond, but I need to gather my thoughts." I would rather you take a moment than post the first thing that comes to mind.

1 day ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Monstrous ... · 1 reply · +5 points

Rural, white Americana is so, so strange. Boise wasn't that big of a city back in the mid 80s, and we lived on the outskirts of it, and that culture's relationship with patriotism will always perplex me. I remember once being asked to say the Pledge of Allegiance a second time in 1st grade because my teacher was worried that I did not understand it.