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Friday, June 24th, 2011
7:03 pm
D&D 3.5
So a while ago (a REAL while ago) I mentioned that I might be running a Tale of MU D&D campaign. That finally came together--we got players, we formed a party, and we played a couple sessions now.

I thought this would be a pretty tame, mundane little excursion. But they have now taken the plot and RUN THE HELL AWAY WITH IT!

So now I ask, are any of you MU fans interested in hearing about this? The way I've fit it in is that the game follows the weekly meetings of a delving class. It starts way back in the beginning of freshman year, and we just had week two. The party consists of a goblin, a half-elf, a kitsuyokai, and human twin brothers. Only one of the twins and the goblin has read the story outside of the game.

If you folks are interested in this, I'd love for some help as to how to continue forward, because... Well, they kind of took it away from the game's intended path already!
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
4:47 pm
Tales of MU wiki
A quick questionnaire for all - do you ever visit the wiki, what do you use it for, do you think it's worth the effort to try to keep it up, and what problems do you think there are with it?

I enjoy editing it in my very free time, but I don't know what the general consensus is on its usefulness.
Thursday, January 29th, 2009
1:29 pm
The forum software died and comments have been permanently suspended. What's a MUfan to do?

The all-new all-official Alexandra Erin story community for all AE works went live today....

Check it out at ae_stories . This is the new feed for stories and location for typo alerts, official-type story discussion, etc. We'll still be here for your MUfannish needs! But go check it out.

Monday, January 5th, 2009
1:57 pm
Want to Appear in MU?
The awesome alexandraerin  has decided to support the equally awesome s00j , singer of "The Alligator Song" of which TWO is so fond, who had a medical emergency before Christmas and is now facing $25-30,000 in medical bills. Her fandom came up with saveours00j , a fandom auction, featured today on LJ Spotlight, to help raise funds...donors are being offered all kinds of gifts tangible and otherwise by grateful fans, with some items being auctioned and others offered for a fixed donation. Alexandra came up with a pretty clever auction herself.

So tell me....how'd you like to have the Bardic building at Magisterius University named after you?

There's lots more to see (armwarmers! jewelry! short stories! cookies!) but I figured that might grab your attention. Check out the auctions today! The rest of the fandom won't see this announcement until the story updates for the day, so you have the jump on them.

Thursday, December 4th, 2008
10:21 pm
“Mack, I can’t just not look under your bed until tomorrow night!” Two said, exasperated. “I have other things that I need to do. I have jelly beans to sort and homework to do and I have to go to dinner and I have to go to class tomorrow…”

I smiled a big, loving smile for a good minute after reading this.

I left a D/s relationship that had gotten abusive rather than consensual back in March of this year. I still have a need to serve, but I've been having to learn different ways to channel it, because service in the context of a romantic relationship is not healthy for me. Watching Two as she's been learning to set her own boundaries while I've been learning to set mine has been inspiring. And nothing has quite struck me as strongly as this very simple response to a request from Two's Friend Mack.

It's hardest of all to say no to your close friends when they make a request of you. The request that Two thought Mack was making was absolutely unreasonable, but a less well-put-together Two would have fulfilled the request as she understood it anyway as little as (MU-time) two weeks ago. Two's immediate, exasperated response indicates a high degree of self-ownership to me, something that Two's been communicating for a little bit now, but something I hadn't yet seen her really put in to practice when it came to her best friend.

Way to go, Two!
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
12:21 am
Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
8:25 pm
This comm's been dead for a while.

Saturday, July 19th, 2008
1:45 am
MoreTales of MU-Missy
Since i noticed there wasn't a topic for this recent spate of chapters for Jamie's story, i figured, might as well. And since we have a topic like this for Marlot.

So, how's everyone feel about Missy?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
1:21 pm
What do you folks think is going on with Mack's pitchfork (dubbed "Pitchy" by the Zeta Channelers)?

Evil? Stalking her? Spooooooky cursed?

Speculate away, my pretties! And tell your friends about MU and fans_of_mu too!
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
8:36 pm
I am smartee enough to play D&D
Okay, so I'm running a D&D 3rd edition game, based on MU. I've got three players who are willing to be patient with me, because I've never DMed. To make it easy on me, I'm going to focus on their teaching in a delving class.

If the game continues, would you guys want to hear about it?

And would you be willing to suggest modules?

Right now, the two main events I've got set up for them include the farm with the scarecrow, and the troll bridge. I have those already written up and prepared.
1:22 pm
Support MU: Support Marriage Equality
As a follow-up to my last post, I found a cool way to support MU (or any other thing you so desire.)

livelongnmarry is seriously neat: a fandom "auction" (of everything from crafts to beta services to translation services and fanfiction) in which bidders "buy" by making donations to various marriage equality charities. You should go check it out anyway.

technophile, of fandom_secret fame, has offered for $2 apiece links on fandom_secret's daily posts, which reach a ridiculously large audience here on LJ. You can promote anything, so long as it is fandom related: an LJ comm, a non-LJ site, a webcomic. Since main story is on a week's hiatus, I referred people to the new story, More Tales of MU, with my donation.

Here's the auction post with the MOARMU info I did. I bought five days.

Go ye, and buy something - whether more MU links or not - and support marriage equality!
Sunday, June 29th, 2008
9:29 pm
So, MU fans, I'm curious. Are you promoting MU on your LJ/MySpace/Facebook/other service? Have you told your flist about this comm?

(If you're on Facebook, you can join the fansite there, it's gotten pretty large since the last membership push.)

Have you handed out the MUmeme? Do you have cool MU icons? What's up?
Monday, June 16th, 2008
5:38 pm
Tales of MU made fandom_secret  today.

I admit I was the first to comment and commented negatively on the poster's desired fanfic subject. TWOsmut was not popular with most of the rest of the Anons who commented at the time of this posting.

There are serious informed/free consent issues with TWO. Nothing we've seen has showed any indication that "sex things" are something she wishes to do. She prefers cooking to "sex things". Then there was a spoiler!Collapse )

What do you think about TWOsmut, fans_of_mu ?
Saturday, June 14th, 2008
7:36 am
Callahan: Great teacher, or *the greatest* teacher?
Seriously though: I'd like to discuss The Teachers of MU.

So far we've got:

Cut for length, and spoilers through MU ch237Collapse )

Have I forgotten anyone? Any other thoughts on our Illustrious Faculty? Anyone else hoping we'll get to meet more teachers, or the same teachers from Jamie's perspective, in MOARMU?

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, June 13th, 2008
1:43 pm
to Pope Lizbet, about Steff

Ooops, did I miss comments on the other thread?  My bad.  I just did a cursory fly by, and dropped my two cents without paying attention.  Sorry, I'll check those out in a bit.

Steff has been getting less and less interesting ever since the Leda storyline started.  It takes more explaining than that, so I'll try my best.

One of the strengths of Tales of MU, for me, as a white boy from suburbia, was it's moral quality.  Mackenzie is a victim of repression and cultural bias, like women everywhere, black people in the USA, etc.  At its heart, the story is about letting people be people and find their own way.  Everyone should give everyone a chance.

Mackenzie's arc in the story is taking this on, as she faces the biases of the school and society at large, right now taking form as the lawsuit etc. with the school, and the prejudice in the school (human) paper.

Well, when Steff was originally included in the story, lo these many months ago, she was part of that morality.  Being transgendered, she was showing how personal choice can determine identity more than genetics or environment, and that it was her right to make this choice.  "He" was comfortable and happy as a "she," and loved Mackenzie for accepting her as such.  Me, as a reader, I felt I could finally understand something about the transgendered community, which was an insight I've never had.

I've had friends from different cultures, colours and religions, and sexual preferences.  But I've never encountered anyone transgendered, or had occasion to do so.  I felt like it was no big deal (when our culture seems to have problems with it) and felt good that I was on Mackenzie's side in the "accepting people" category.

But ever since the Leda thing, I don't believe that Steff is what she seemed to be in the start of the story.  She's not transgendered because she's happier that way.  She's not happy at all.  Steff is a victim looking to become an aggressor.  She's been victimized in elf culture for her human blood, she's been considered "faggotty" by humans because of her elf blood (an insight helped by Jamie's narration) and she's been raped.  Now, she's looking into necromancy and ogre society so she can do the same things to others.

That's not a moral choice.  I don't believe it's a choice at all.  I think Steff is no longer the victim of other people, I think Steff is a victim of her own mind and a pathology.  She's mentally ill.  That means her transgendered nature isn't a moral choice about identity.  It's a lie to protest her treatment at the hands of two cultures and who-knows how many sexual aggressors.  It's part of a death-wish, to gain negative attention.  Because she's not happy.

There are two types of characters in Mackenzie's life right now:  those who are attempting to find their true place in the world (like Dee and Two) and those who have illusions in their mind about what the world is like.  (Puddy, Amaranth, Sooni, Gloria and Steff).  The second group all see things from a certain set of preconceptions and are to a large extent misguided by that set.  Steff's original characterization belonged to the first set, those exploring the world for what it is, attempting to find their place in it.  Recent arcs have indicated she's just as delusional as Puddy or Sooni, and therefore more dangerous to Mackenzie, because she's closer to her and self-destructive.

I'm not interested in that storyline.  I'm not interested in the way she treats people.  I'm not interested in seeing how it turns out or how it affects Mackenzie.  Mackenize, Two and Dee all share something in common:  they're trying to overcome their backgrounds and the preconceptions others have about what those backgrounds say about your destiny.  Their stories are about the power of the individual against culture, systems of oppression, and judgement.

Steff could have been a character illustrating a similar journey, and (for me) a source of understanding for what transgendered lives must be like.  Well, right now, she's not really a transgendered character by choice.  It's part of the lies she's built up around herself.  I can't have an interest in Steff:  I have no idea who she is, and I don't think she does either.

I think AE is brilliant as a writer, and it takes something special to create so many characters with such rich psychologies.  But Steff's psychology is destructive, and there's nothing interesting about that.  Her one "breaking point" according to Viktor is how much she cares for Mackenzie.  Mackenzie is the only interesting thing about Steff:  Mack's the hope that people can care about Steff despite her flaws and problems.

Given that's the only thing, it means I care more about Mackenzie and her viewpoint.  It makes Steff seem hopeless without her.  And me as a person and a reader: if a character doesn't take their lives in their own hands, I don't have much interest in them.  She can't depend on Mackenzie to save her.  Then she's still a victim looking for a hero.  Mackenzie is just as much a victim, and fights back in brave and compassionate ways.  And, to paraphrase Dogma, she's "a fucking demon."  I don't need to see Steff's downward spiral to understand victimization.  Our world shows it every day.  I don't need to see her accepting it, or transferring it to other people through her aggression. 

12:57 pm
Speculation Thread: Steff
Steff got beat up.  There's no doubt been some after-effect of the potions she's taking, combined with the exertion of fight class, or something.  I don't really care, Steff gets less interesting as the story progresses. 
12:55 pm
Jamie Bowman is a new character and a new narrator of the new story "More tales of MU" -- there should be a link on the sidebar of the regular www.talesofmu.com website.  He's another perspective on the same school. 
Thursday, June 12th, 2008
8:00 pm
Am I missing something?
The profile for this group says in part...

"very different lives of freshmen Mackenzie Blaise and Jamie Bowman..."

Jamie Bowman? I thought I had read all the tales? I don't recall a Jamie. Am I only reading Mack's tales some how?

11:43 am
Welcome to fans_of_mu, the first evar ToMU fandom community on Livejournal!

This is an open comm. Moderation will be used sparingly. Please feel free to post about whatever you're thinking, MU-wise; please use LJ Cut to indicate spoilers for those who are reading the series and not up to the current entries. All members can post.

AE, for reasons of her own which IMHO are valid, keeps moderation fairly tight on the comments. I will be more lenient, as this space isn't directly linked to the site. Please do review the community userinfo, however.

Welcome again to fans_of_mu! Game on!

~Pope Lizbet
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