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Writing Alchemy Episode 3 Summary

Community-organizer and media-creator Tobi Hill-Meyer returns to join Fay for the reading of the second half of “Tala and Godmother Death,” followed by a discussion that focuses on gender exploration in trans literature, the importance of depicting forgiveness with consequences, and the humanizing potential of humor.

Tala and Godmother Death: Inspired by the Grimms’ fairy tale “Godfather Death,” this story follows Death’s three godchildren and explores what happens when the most selfish and clever one comes across the trickster Tala.

Story: Tala and Godmother Death
Guest: Community-organizer and media-creator Tobi Hill-Meyer

This illustration is meant to be suggestive of the underground cavern full of candles. It depicts eight abstract candles surrounded by darkness. There is one candle close-up in the foreground with a pool of wax pouring from it. The other candles are less detailed and farther away. The flame of each candle is behaving in a different manner, with some blowing to the left and some blowing to the right, while others are still.

This illustration is meant to be suggestive of the underground cavern full of candles. It depicts eight abstract candles surrounded by darkness. There is one candle close-up in the foreground with a pool of wax pouring from it. The other candles are less detailed and farther away. The flame of each candle is behaving in a different manner, with some blowing to the left and some blowing to the right, while others are still.

 

Show Notes:

Today’s story
Tala and Godmother Death: http://writingalchemy.net/fairy-tales/tala-and-godmother-death/

Fay’s Links
You can become my patron on my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/WritingAlchemy
The RSS feed of this podcast is: http://writingalchemy.net/feed/podcast
Beyond the Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology: http://www.beyondanthology.com/
The specific story referenced is “Optimal” by Blue Delliquanti which centers on the character Sulla. Sulla is also a main character in Blue’s webcomic O Human Star: http://ohumanstar.com/

Tobi Hill-Meyer’s Links
Call for submissions to her anthology of trans erotic fiction: http://handbasketproductions.com/call-for-submissions/
The author Tobi referenced who was told by her publisher that no character was allowed to be queer and happy at any book’s end was Marijane Meaker: http://everything.explained.today/Lesbian_pulp_fiction/

Music Credits:
Intro: Kickin’ in the Turbo (Alasdair Cooper) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Transition 1: Another Version of You (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY 4.0
Feast music: Minstrel Guild (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
More direct link to Minstrel Guild: http://www.incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?collection=003
Underground cavern: Gentle Whispering (Lee Rosevere) / CC BY-NC 4.0
Tala-Death Romance: Onistwave (P C III) / CC BY 4.0
Transition 2: The Place Where I’ll Return To (Alasdair Cooper) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Outro: Everybody’s Got Problems That Aren’t Mine (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY 4.0

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