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Oct. 26th, 2014 07:30 pm
lb_lee: Rogan drawing/writing in a spiral. (art)
Hello! Welcome to the writing site and blog of LB Lee, AKA Loony-Brain.  We're a multivarious entity who makes mental health comics, draws pretty pictures, and writes about reality melting.

This is the sole site we use for social purposes; if you want to keep tabs with us outside of Dreamwidth, use email.  Due to a massive drop rate, we have had to disable private messages.  Sorry!

Quick Links For New Folks on Dreamwidth:
Quick Links for Our Work
  • The Big Ol' Story Index: All the stories, organized by series
  • healthymultiplicity.com home page: Multi resources!  Links to our homepage, which contains our shop, our info, and our comics for free reading.
  • Our filters and intro post: What our opt-in filters on this blog are, also a quick intro to us as a whole. (This post is locked; introduce yourself and ask to have access.)
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lb_lee: LB's vessel flexing their muscles and declaring, "Queer trans multi proud!" (pride)
This code was for soulbonders! (That is, folks who felt emotional resonance with media characters.  This ranged from feeling like a character "wrote itself" to said character being a fronting system member like any other.)

Quick Details

Created By: Amorpha
Time Created
: 2001
Location: http://soulbonding.tripod.com/sbcode.txt

Read more... )
Neither the Soulbond Code nor the Multi Code have been really updated in fifteen years or more!  I found myself wondering, maybe it'd be neat to try and smoosh them together and overhaul them into a plural code! @_@ What do you think?  Do people even use those codes anymore?  I guess it'd just be for fun...

lb_lee: LB's vessel flexing their muscles and declaring, "Queer trans multi proud!" (pride)
The Multi Code was a goofy little old-school meme that allowed multiples to condense an immense amount of information about their system into a string of esoteric nonsense.

An example: MuC N- [f] S.H+/Hf+/Uz&Uv;/Sa/Sg+/Sh/Rg A(b+ r---!/++) Os/c Wm+ Cc- OF- Pspi!/pre Fxb/s/pc^/a T+ Jm Dg R(--/+) C+++ S--

Quick Details

Created By: The Consortium
Time Created: 2001
Location: https://web.archive.org/web/20020802012204/http://disenchantedforest.com:80/code/ 

Read more... )
lb_lee: LB's vessel flexing their muscles and declaring, "Queer trans multi proud!" (pride)

the original version of ouregaiya's multiplicity pride symbol, showing four interlocking, equally sized ovals inscribed by one larger one, along with the words "Living Multiple" and "Many minds... One body."

Quick Details

Created By: Tracee of ouregaiya and/or Iris of Astraea
Time Created: October 2011
Location Created: The Plural Activism group on Yahoo? (citation needed)

 

More details, doot doot doot! )
lb_lee: LB's vessel flexing their muscles and declaring, "Queer trans multi proud!" (pride)
Hey guys, Sylvans System wrote a big critique on the book the Haunted Self, by Van Hart, Nijenhuis, and Steele!  I haven't had a chance to read the book yet (and everything I've heard says that I will find it a miserable slog), but if you're curious about it and how it frames medical multiplicity, might be worth a read!
lb_lee: M.D. making a snarky face. (oplz)
Also, okay guys, the alphabet soup for Multiple Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, Otherwise Specified Dissociative Disorder, and Unspecified Dissociative Disorder is just way too much of a fucking mouthful. (And that's still not including the trance disorders and crap.) MPD/DID/DDNOS was still somewhat manageable to say, but MPD/DID/DDNOS/OSDD/USDD is absurd.

I vote we just call it all medicalized multiplicity and give up.

--Mori
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (Default)
Man, so, my shoulder has been bothering me a long time. Sharp, twangy pain, and all my efforts to rest the muscles, stretch them, and massage them weren't working. The pain was getting worse, and the twangs were getting more and more frequent. So finally, I went to my doctor to get a Rx for physical therapy.

My doctor is on the oppsite end of town, so kind of a bear to get to. But I forgot how nice she is. She said she'd happily give me a script, but she'd recently done a seminar on exactly the kind of issues I had, and would I be willing to be a test subject for the technique? I can't remember what it was called, something starting with "fascia," but it involved poking my shoulders very hard.

Bodies are fascinating, she said, and I agree with her. )
lb_lee: The Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, doubled over laughing. (bwa-hah-ha)
This is a chipper tune to sing to your roommate the morning after she had one too many drinks at the office party, when she is too incapacitated to murder you for it.  It is sung to the tune of Steven Universe's Giant Woman:

It's okay, we have the roommate relationship where this behavior is acceptable. She likes to say GOOOOOOOD MORNING SUNSHINE as loudly and cheerfully as she can when I drag myself out of bed. )
lb_lee: LB's vessel flexing their muscles and declaring, "Queer trans multi proud!" (pride)
Hey guys, Renny of [personal profile] polyfrazzlemented made a post about the origination of tumblr-specific plurality myths, including, "DID can only set in between the ages of 6-9 [or whatever]," and also apparently the idea that system members can't die, and certain anecdotes about how to tell "fake" multiples from real ones.  It's worth a read!

As someone who was never actually much involved on plurality circles on tumblr (people knew US but we didn't know THEM, if you get my meaning--we mostly followed artists and colleagues), it seemed like suddenly we were just inundated with these weird ideas about plurality all at the same time, but we never knew where they were COMING from.  The very specific (yet vague) age limits, the sudden OBSESSION with all the variations of OSDD (diagnoses that only started EXISTING less than ten years ago) and a very specific interpretation of structural dissociation... it was all weird, and Renny's post gives some clarity.

Hopefully we'll learn more as time goes on!

--Rogan, ish

lb_lee: LB's vessel flexing their muscles and declaring, "Queer trans multi proud!" (pride)
Hi guys! Sneak again, doing pluralwiki work! I always thought that "singlet" (a word to describe non-plurals) was so intuitive and obvious that it cropped up in many places and that finding a source would be impossible, but apparently not so! As I dug through archives of websites and old BBS records that Astraea gave us, I was able to find that actually, "singlet" had one source and it disseminated outward over the course of twenty-five years!

Quick Details

Created By: "B.C." (Astraea's ex-husband)
Time Created: between 1987 (Astraea, 2007 June 26, paragraph 7) and October 5, 1992
Location Used: Everywhere

 

More details! )
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (Default)
In case you wonder what I like to do for fun, asides from art and research, here's one thing:

I really, REALLY love scavenging stuff for my friends.  Comics, books, VHS box sets of Xena: Warrior Princess.  As a forage rat, I really like finding things that make other people happy.

Anyway, I have a few zines I have no more need of, which I thought folks here might like.  Let me know if you'd like them!  I can mail them to you.
  • Greenzine #13 by Cristy Road (those of you who get sketch postcards from me, Cristy Road did the punky queer ones).  Personal zine.
  • BirlZine #1 and #2: the zine of the old birls community on Livejournal, by and for "androgynous/boyish/masculine females"
  • shortandqueer #5 and #8 by Kelly Shortandqueer: queer/trans personal zines.
lb_lee: Sneak smiling (sneak)
EDIT: I realized I never gave the definition of endogenic, and am so embarrassed!  An "endogenic multiple" is a system who sees their multiplicity as inborn, rather than coming from other sources. ^_^

Hi everybody, it's Sneak again, and I am on a plural history Wiki roll! ^_^ Today I learned when and how the word "endogenic" got created! :D Coincidentally, it's also right around the same time as the first citation I can find for the urban legend of "'multiple' and 'system' are DID-only words and other plurals aren't allowed to use them"! Score!

Seeing how the "endogenic" term got created to try and be a completely separate form of language from all existing plural terminology at the time to avoid spurious claims of "cultural appropriation," only to then be claimed as cultural appropriation anyway, I think this helps prove just how bad-faith the original argument is.  DID plurals, we can do better!  We SHOULD do better!

Quick Details

Coined By: Alnilam
Date Coined: 2014, August 8
Location Used: tumblr

How the word Endogenic came to be! Comparing endogenic plurals to the Confederacy behind the cut )
lb_lee: Sneak smiling (sneak)
Hi guys! While digging around for info for the plural history wiki, I discovered a surprising bit about how the term "median" was coined, and what it was used for! It's intertwined with the history of a plural group called Pavilion Hall--ostensibly it was a plural activist group, but it never really did anything. <_< Zyfron and us used to make jokes about it.

That was about ten years ago, but a little while ago, I found out that Pavilion Hall hadn't done much of ANYTHING after its first six months in existence... back in 2002! And even those first six months didn't really get a lot done! It was like a Potemkin activist group! It was so weird!

The only thing Pavilion Hall ever seemed to achieve wasn't activism at all; it was coining the term "median," and even that was kind of mean and gross! So I thought this was a weird bit of plural history trivia worth talking about!Let's goooooo! Oh gosh this is long. )
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (Default)
Hey guys, I ran across this book in the library, Freshwater. It seems to be a (semi-autobiographical?) book about a plural from a Nigerian cultural framework. The author IDs ogbanje, same as the book's protagonist, and discusses how it affects their gender in an interview here: https://www.thecut.com/2018/01/writer-and-artist-akwaeke-emezi-gender-transition-and-ogbanje.html

Needless to say, I really want to read this book... but everything I've seen says I am unable to handle it right now, like so many other books. *sighs and looks longingly at all the others* So instead, I'm telling you guys about it, in hopes one of y'all have/will read it and be able to give me the Cliff's notes and tell me if it's any good!
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (Default)
Treat Yourself: The Commodification and Misuse of Self-Care
Series: Essay
Word Count: 3000
Notes: This essay won the reader poll this month and was sponsored by the Patreon crew! And just so y’all know, I am not going to be discussing any modern self-care products in this essay. This is not the place to take potshots at jade rollers.

Last year, I found myself on a panel at Arisia called "Internalizing Creative Suppression" about impostor syndrome, self-sabotage, and how to deal with or overcome it. It was a great panel, and towards the end, when we were taking questions, a hand went up. When called on, the person said that they had the problem of, they were dealing with depression, and sometimes, they'd wake up and decide that self-care was staying in bed all day and watching Netflix. How, they asked, could they tell whether this was legit self-care or just depression?

What self-care is, what the brand is, and how to tell the difference. )
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (Default)
[personal profile] armaina  made an insightful post on the cost of free services.  I especially appreciate the part she made about financial instability has made us more marketable, so I thought I would share!
lb_lee: Raige making a horrified face. (D:)
Today I learned about how spontaneous combusion actually works.

Guys.  I think the reality is more horrifying and fascinating than the vague mental idea of human bodies just bursting into flame at any given time.  SCIENCE IS WEIRD AND SCARY.

Basically, you become a human candle. IT'S NASTY. )
lb_lee: LB's vessel flexing their muscles and declaring, "Queer trans multi proud!" (pride)
You know, I kinda wish there was like a Fanlore.org for plural history.  Because right now, a  lot of our history is:
  • MPD/DID books (which is a very narrow subset of only ONE plural community)
  • Academic articles (same problem, double the inaccessibility)
  • The Many Voices newsletter (again, only MPD/DID)
  • Hard-to-find online plural communities which may or may not exist any longer
  • Hard-to-find online communities devoted to MOCKING said plural communities, which may or may not exist any longer.
  • Individual downloaded hard copies of all of the above.
  • A few old fogies chortling about that time all the Sephiroths in the SB comm had a fight.

Of course, I say I want this, but I don't actually want to have to herd the cats to do it myself.  Maybe a wiki or something, that'd be awesome.
lb_lee: Rogan drawing/writing in a spiral. (art)
Hey everybody, it's that time again: time to vote for which story/essay gets the Patreon money this month! (After this, we're reverting to the usual of having the poll at the start of every month; last month was just thrown off by the book stuff.)

As always, anyone can vote, but patrons get double weight for their votes.  If you'd like to be a patron and get bonus content, please consider joining up on Patreon!  And if you want to see the blurbs for any of these stories, those are here!  If you don't have a DW and so can't do the poll, that's okay; just leave your vote in the comments below; anon comments are turned on.

Which writing gets the money, and thus posted this month?  YOU CHOOSE, readers!

Poll #21482 March Patreon Writing Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13


Are you a Patreon patron?

View Answers

Yes
4 (44.4%)

No
5 (55.6%)

What writing gets picked this month? (Pick one or two)

View Answers

The Binding (Reverend Alpert)
1 (7.7%)

The Unbinding (Reverend Alpert, Dorothy Ives-focused)
2 (15.4%)

Ana, Chronistic (time-travel)
2 (15.4%)

Madame Farsoud's Matrimonial Assistants (Princess and Her Monster, NSFW)
1 (7.7%)

I ♥ My √x, x<0 Friend (essay, in-system relationships)
8 (61.5%)

Treat Yourself! (self-care essay)
7 (53.8%)

Frankenstein's Nostalgia Monster (geek media essay)
4 (30.8%)

lb_lee: Rogan drawing/writing in a spiral. (art)
My friend and colleague Laurel Lynn Leake drew us an adorable anniversary piece! :D Thanks, Laurel! 
lb_lee: A glittery silver infinity sign with a black I.S. on it (infinity smashed)
We Are the Clan of Bones
Series: Infinity Smashed
Summary: Armor Alone works as a salvager, gathering dimensional junk all over Silver Fern, and it finds some very, very unusual (and hopefully valuable!) salvage.
Word Count: 3500
Notes: This story won the Patreon poll and was sponsored by the Patreon crew!  It takes place early in Book One, when M.D., Raige, and Bobcat find themselves in Treehouse for the first time.


For whatever reason, Silver Fern seemed a dumping ground for other faraway worlds. This included not just living beings, but inanimate objects as well, few of which were completely useless. At worst, most could be stripped to base materials and repurposed, while others were useful or beautiful just as they were. A precious few gave people access to a whole new technology.

But Armor Alone didn’t care so much about the grand ideals. It was neither technician nor naturalist, certainly no philosopher. It was a scavenger, and (if you asked its opinion) the best in Silver Fern. Its job was to find, gather, carry, and sell.

This was no minor proposition. Rare was the otherworldly object so considerate as to fall through a world-hole right at Armor Alone’s feet, hitting nobody or nothing along the way. Most items fell from all sorts of heights, hitting all sorts of obstacles until they finally crashed into the ground, usually at a speed detrimental to their structural integrity. And as with altitude, so with location; the detritus fell randomly into the swamps, forests, and mountains (and presumably the waters, but Armor Alone couldn’t be induced to go there). Those were the wild places, the dangerous places. People in the wilds followed their own rules, submitting to nothing but their own urges. Many were predators, hunters, and hungry.

That was fine. So was Armor Alone.

Read more... )
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