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In the sixth game podcast of Unfamiliar Heroes a Seattle grocery store is plagued by mischievous spirits with a special resentment toward lederhosen. Meet the Cat’s Paw Ghost Control team as they tackle this challenge together.

Tabitha the space alien cat, Jake the fake TV psychic, and Lalla the plant talker botanist are the paranormal detectives of Cat’s Paw Ghost Control. Join them as they solve supernatural problems with cat-themed technology, a shady network of contacts, and plant power in a tabletop game that uses the InSpectres role-playing system!

I’m super excited to have finally finished this episode for you. There is a lot of laughter and silliness in this episode, which includes character creation and a complete, stand alone adventure.

Listen now!

This illustration depicts three characters, each from a different genre of story, and each with a disability. On the left is a black gnome archer riding in a chariot pulled by a large brown dog. The chariot has a chair in it so that they can sit instead of stand. In the middle is a Latina woman manipulating a tech device on her wrist as she begins to go invisible. She is wearing an air filtering mask of the type that people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity sometimes wear. On the right is a white muscular superhero wearing a very gay, blue superhero outfit. He has lightning crackling between his two hands, which are shaped atypically. This beautiful work of art was created the amazing Rose Adare!

This illustration depicts three characters, each from a different genre of story, and each with a disability. On the left is a black gnome archer riding in a chariot pulled by a large brown dog. The chariot has a chair in it so that they can sit instead of stand. In the middle is a Latina woman manipulating a tech device on her wrist as she begins to go invisible. She is wearing an air filtering mask of the type that people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity sometimes wear. On the right is a white muscular superhero wearing a very gay, blue superhero outfit. He has lightning crackling between his two hands, which are shaped atypically. This beautiful work of art was created the amazing Rose Adare!

Unfamiliar Heroes is a podcast series in which people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or diverse minds together create stories about characters with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or diverse minds using tabletop role-playing games. In its core values, this project centers the experiences of people living at the intersections of oppression. Unfamiliar Heroes is part of the Writing Alchemy Podcast.

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Super Power Baby Shower is a project I’ve been quietly been doing in the background for a while, and now they are printed delivered! Super Power Baby Shower is children’s book I co-wrote with Tobi Hill-Meyer. It is about a three parent family of superheroes inside a diverse and loving community. Janine Carrington brought our story to vivid life with her dynamic illustrations.

Roark flies, Nova can make fire, and Victoria can talk with her mind. Now, they’re also having a baby! At the baby shower, an urgent call comes in to Granny Awesome for help at the wolf sanctuary. The guests fly off to give their assistance and return to a wonderful surprise.

Photograph of a stack of Super Power Baby Shower books fanned out on a sunset colored carpet. The title is in bold yellow letters, with “Written by Tobi Hill-Meyer and Fay Onyx, Illustrated by Janine Carrington” in smaller white letters at the bottom. Below and on both sides of the title are a dynamic collection of fourteen characters who are all doing different things (most of them are smiling). The group is centered around a young child who is looking at the viewer. The is great deal of diversity present (include disability, diverse races, cultures, gender, sexual orientations, and ages).

Photograph of a stack of Super Power Baby Shower books fanned out on a sunset colored carpet. The title is in bold yellow letters, with “Written by Tobi Hill-Meyer and Fay Onyx, Illustrated by Janine Carrington” in smaller white letters at the bottom. Below and on both sides of the title are a dynamic collection of fourteen characters who are all doing different things (most of them are smiling). The group is centered around a young child who is looking at the viewer. The is great deal of diversity present (include disability, diverse races, cultures, gender, sexual orientations, and ages).

Here are the details:

Super Power Baby Shower is part of a six book bundle published by Flamingo Rampant. This bundle is a collection of racially diverse books featuring LGBT2Q kids and families with celebratory, joyful story lines. There really aren’t enough of these kinds of books in the world and I am overjoyed to part of this project. Right now their website is being redesigned, but you can purchase the books here. Continue Reading »

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This second anniversary special episode includes behind the scenes updates, outtakes, and six very silly bad poems that were composed for a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Vogon poetry competition in which the goal was to make poems that were as terrible (and funny) as possible.

I thought I’d do something special for the second anniversary of the podcast. I hope you all enjoy this bit of pure silliness and humor (plus the behind the scenes discussions of the projects I’m working on).

Listen now!

Photograph of a round chocolate cake with glossy frosting and a group of lit pink, yellow, green, and blue spiral shaped birthday candles burning on top.

Photograph of a round chocolate cake with glossy frosting and a group of lit pink, yellow, green, and blue spiral shaped birthday candles burning on top.

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This is a very silly bad poem that I composed for a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Vogon poetry competition. For those who don’t know, in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy the poetry of the Vogon people is ‘the third worst in the galaxy.’ The goal of this competition was to create and perform hilariously bad poetry.

The audio of a live performance of this poem, along with the five other Vogon poems, can be found in the second anniversary special episode of the Writing Alchemy Podcast.

Clip art of a white quill outlined in black that is on top of a purple splatter of ink. Behind them is a black rectangle with rounded corners (a frame) that both the quill and ink splatter are slightly sticking out of.

Clip art of a white quill outlined in black that is on top of a purple splatter of ink. Behind them is a black rectangle with rounded corners (a frame) that both the quill and ink splatter are slightly sticking out of.

 

Stone Version 2

(This poem is designed to be read by two people. The bold text is read by a person doing a melodramatic delivery. The regular text is read by a person doing a calmer, explanatory delivery.)

 

Stone!

I look at the stone

It is round!

 

Round

Adjective: shaped like or approximately like a circle.

Noun: a circular piece of a particular substance.

Verb: pass and go around (something) so as to move on in a changed direction: “the ship rounded the cape and sailed north”

 

But not exactly round

It is more of an oval, really

 

Oval

Adjective,

Having a rounded and slightly elongated outline or shape,

Like that of an egg.

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This is a very silly bad poem that I composed for a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Vogon poetry competition. For those who don’t know, in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy the poetry of the Vogon people is ‘the third worst in the galaxy.’ The goal of this competition was to create and perform hilariously bad poetry.

The audio of a live performance of this poem, along with the five other Vogon poems, can be found in the second anniversary special episode of the Writing Alchemy Podcast.

Clip art of a white quill outlined in black that is on top of a purple splatter of ink. Behind them is a black rectangle with rounded corners (a frame) that both the quill and ink splatter are slightly sticking out of.

Clip art of a white quill outlined in black that is on top of a purple splatter of ink. Behind them is a black rectangle with rounded corners (a frame) that both the quill and ink splatter are slightly sticking out of.

 

Beach stone

(In the performance of this poem I use different pronunciation and emphasis with each repetition.)

 

Beach stone

Beach stone

Beach stone

Beach stone

Beach stone

Beach stone!

 

Stone

Stone

Stone

Stone

Beach stone

 

Round

Round

Round

Oval

Ellipsoid

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This is a very silly bad poem that Tobi Hill-Meyer composed for a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Vogon poetry competition. For those who don’t know, in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy the poetry of the Vogon people is ‘the third worst in the galaxy.’ The goal of this competition was to create and perform hilariously bad poetry.

The audio of a live performance of this poem, along with the five other Vogon poems, can be found in the second anniversary special episode of the Writing Alchemy Podcast.

Clip art of a white quill outlined in black that is on top of a purple splatter of ink. Behind them is a black rectangle with rounded corners (a frame) that both the quill and ink splatter are slightly sticking out of.

Clip art of a white quill outlined in black that is on top of a purple splatter of ink. Behind them is a black rectangle with rounded corners (a frame) that both the quill and ink splatter are slightly sticking out of.

 

How do I love thee, Part Two

(An important part of the humor of this poem is the terrible delivery Tobi did. Note that this poem touches on a bit of sexism and ableism.)

 

How do I love thee, Part Two

Let me count the ways

My humble words simply aren’t enough

I must quote from other stuff

 

How do I love you

Well let me see

I love you like a lyric loves a melody

(“Wrapped up in your” by Garth Brooks)

 

I love you baby like a flower loves the spring

And I love you baby just like Tina loves to Sing

(“River Deep – Mountain High” by Tina Turner)

 

I love you like a love song, baby

and I keep hitting re-peat-peat-peat-peat-peat

(“Love you like a love song” by Selema Gomez)

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This is a very silly bad poem that I composed for a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Vogon poetry competition. For those who don’t know, in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy the poetry of the Vogon people is ‘the third worst in the galaxy.’ The goal of this competition was to create and perform hilariously bad poetry.

The audio of a live performance of this poem, along with the five other Vogon poems, can be found in the second anniversary special episode of the Writing Alchemy Podcast.

Clip art of a white quill outlined in black that is on top of a purple splatter of ink. Behind them is a black rectangle with rounded corners (a frame) that both the quill and ink splatter are slightly sticking out of.

Clip art of a white quill outlined in black that is on top of a purple splatter of ink. Behind them is a black rectangle with rounded corners (a frame) that both the quill and ink splatter are slightly sticking out of.

 

Ode to a Cumulus Cloud

 

Is that a cumuliform cloud I spy?

Wherefore do you come?

Wherefore do you go?

Wherefore your atmospheric suspension of liquid droplets?

 

How much moisture is in the air parcel

that forms your puffy, cotton-wool like appearance?

I can tell from your low cloud base that

the air must be significantly moist.

For you are no cumulus humilis or cumulus mediocris,

Oh, no!

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This is a very silly bad poem that Tobi Hill-Meyer composed for a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Vogon poetry competition. For those who don’t know, in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy the poetry of the Vogon people is ‘the third worst in the galaxy.’ The goal of this competition was to create and perform hilariously bad poetry.

The audio of a live performance of this poem, along with the five other Vogon poems, can be found in the second anniversary special episode of the Writing Alchemy Podcast.

Clip art of a white quill outlined in black that is on top of a purple splatter of ink. Behind them is a black rectangle with rounded corners (a frame) that both the quill and ink splatter are slightly sticking out of.

Clip art of a white quill outlined in black that is on top of a purple splatter of ink. Behind them is a black rectangle with rounded corners (a frame) that both the quill and ink splatter are slightly sticking out of.

 

How do I love thee?
(The dashes inside some of the words are used to indicate the pronunciations used to force those words that wouldn’t otherwise rhyme to partially rhyme.)

 

How do I love thee?

 

Let me count the ways

One,

Two,

Three,

 

I could never get passed three.

Still, though, I love thee.

I may need some help.

Ahem

 

I love you like fish loves wa–ter.

I love you like philosophy loves being ob–scure.

 

I love you like the plague loves rats.

I love you like a fly loves craps.

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Vogon Poetry 1: Stone

This is a very silly bad poem that I composed for a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Vogon poetry competition. For those who don’t know, in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy the poetry of the Vogon people is ‘the third worst in the galaxy.’ The goal of this competition was to create and perform hilariously bad poetry.

The audio of a live performance of this poem, along with the five other Vogon poems, can be found in the second anniversary special episode of the Writing Alchemy Podcast.

Clip art of a white quill outlined in black that is on top of a purple splatter of ink. Behind them is a black rectangle with rounded corners (a frame) that both the quill and ink splatter are slightly sticking out of.

Clip art of a white quill outlined in black that is on top of a purple splatter of ink. Behind them is a black rectangle with rounded corners (a frame) that both the quill and ink splatter are slightly sticking out of.

 

Stone

(This poem is read in an exaggerated, melodramatic manner.)

 

Stone!

I look at the stone

It is round!

 

But not exactly round

It is more of an oval, really

But not exactly oval

It is a bent oval

 

Except that an oval is not a three dimensional shape

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It is finally the day of the Full Moon Ritual, but as the heroes prepare, they discover that something isn’t quite right. This episode is the conclusion to the first game of Unfamiliar Heroes.

Underneath the facade of ordinary reality lies a hidden world of monsters and magic. At Sylvan Community College a secret program teaches supernatural teens to deal with this dangerous world as they struggle with the mess and confusion of their own lives. Welcome to the First Responders Training Program, a tabletop game using the Monsterhearts 2 role-playing system!

As the seasons change I’m really excited to be wrapping up my first Unfamiliar Heroes game!

Listen now!

This illustration depicts three characters, each from a different genre of story, and each with a disability. On the left is a black gnome archer riding in a chariot pulled by a large brown dog. The chariot has a chair in it so that they can sit instead of stand. In the middle is a Latina woman manipulating a tech device on her wrist as she begins to go invisible. She is wearing an air filtering mask of the type that people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity sometimes wear. On the right is a white muscular superhero wearing a very gay, blue superhero outfit. He has lightning crackling between his two hands, which are shaped atypically. This beautiful work of art was created the amazing Rose Adare!

This illustration depicts three characters, each from a different genre of story, and each with a disability. On the left is a black gnome archer riding in a chariot pulled by a large brown dog. The chariot has a chair in it so that they can sit instead of stand. In the middle is a Latina woman manipulating a tech device on her wrist as she begins to go invisible. She is wearing an air filtering mask of the type that people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity sometimes wear. On the right is a white muscular superhero wearing a very gay, blue superhero outfit. He has lightning crackling between his two hands, which are shaped atypically. This beautiful work of art was created the amazing Rose Adare!

Unfamiliar Heroes is a podcast series in which three disabled, neurodiverse, and/or chronically ill players and a game master play story-focused tabletop role-playing games where all of the player characters have disabilities, diverse minds, and/or chronic illnesses. In its core values, this project centers the experiences of people living at the intersections of oppression. Unfamiliar Heroes is part of the Writing Alchemy Podcast.

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