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For two days, we surveyed the fan presence for the narrative podcast Welcome to Night Vale here on tumblr. Commonplace Books’ horror/mystery series follows the broadcasts of Cecil Palmer, a radio host in the town of Night Vale. Cecil’s dynamic with his boyfriend Carlos is a frequent feature on the show and has been a point of contention with homophobic bloggers on the site before, but now it seems WTNV’s diverse cast and progressive stance has attracted a new kind of scumbag attitude. 

So, is the WTNV fandom community racist? 
We asked the tags if they thought the community that formed around Night Vale had turned unwelcoming towards people of color and interpretations of figures on the show as characters of color — and, specifically, if they’d seen accepted white supremacist and overtly racist attitudes in what should be safe fan spaces. For a show as progressive and accepting as Night Vale is, the results were upsetting. 
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smashsurvey:

For two days, we surveyed the fan presence for the narrative podcast Welcome to Night Vale here on tumblr. Commonplace Books’ horror/mystery series follows the broadcasts of Cecil Palmer, a radio host in the town of Night Vale. Cecil’s dynamic with his boyfriend Carlos is a frequent feature on the show and has been a point of contention with homophobic bloggers on the site before, but now it seems WTNV’s diverse cast and progressive stance has attracted a new kind of scumbag attitude. 

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So, is the WTNV fandom community racist? 

We asked the tags if they thought the community that formed around Night Vale had turned unwelcoming towards people of color and interpretations of figures on the show as characters of color — and, specifically, if they’d seen accepted white supremacist and overtly racist attitudes in what should be safe fan spaces. For a show as progressive and accepting as Night Vale is, the results were upsetting. 

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The other thing I occupied myself with while mostly internet-less last week was fantasy world building, for fiction, and I’ve reached a point where I’m not sure if the ideas are fresh and interesting, or if I’m just being horribly and hilariously pretentious.

The most prosperous and fairytale-like of the human kingdoms has undergone its own version of the French Revolution and is knee deep in a bloody decade-long “la Terreur.”

The mystery of the continent’s vast mountainous and thickly forested interior, with its odd ruins, hidden treasures and myriad beasts warped by magic and more so captivates the population that it has become an international industry, with sponsored adventures and rival academical institutions competing to produce the most respected (and popular) Almanacs and Compendiums of beasts and locations.

The Great Dragon and its at-a-glance stereotypical totalitarian regime and armies of evil that might in reality be anything but.

The secrets behind the City Of Mazes, the City Of Spires and The Banewall. The horrifying truth of the origins of modern magic. The realisation that the entirety of modern civilization could be a lie.

Ugh. I write passable short fiction (decent enough to get me paid in the past) but long term solo projects just elude me. I could build a world and tell you tales of it, but I couldn’t write you a novel with a coherent and structured long narrative.

I’ve been away for a week, with family. As some form of validation here’s my niece, Amelie (yes, named for the film), wearing the Easter Bunny outfit I got her.

In my absence I’ve also been working on hella fitness and slimming down, which is going awesome, and mygrizzlysavant will be delighted to hear that I took a “How Canadian are you?” quiz and came out “Kind of Canadian” despite being British.

I’ve been away for a week, with family. As some form of validation here’s my niece, Amelie (yes, named for the film), wearing the Easter Bunny outfit I got her.

In my absence I’ve also been working on hella fitness and slimming down, which is going awesome, and mygrizzlysavant will be delighted to hear that I took a “How Canadian are you?” quiz and came out “Kind of Canadian” despite being British.