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Kill All Motherfuckers
Seven girls from the team had come on the trip. By seventh day, three of them were dead, three of them were killers, and one sat in the middle, surrounded by death. Alda had to wonder how Kathryn felt now. Did she still trust them? Would she fight for them if she had to?

She had to believe that she would. They were a team. Maybe all that was left of it, since Andi probably wasn't feeling too friendly after Iselle killed her deadbeat boyfriend. The team might be all they had, now.

Alda stared up at the ceiling as the other girls woke. She'd barely slept that night, but that wasn't really a surprise. Kathryn was right, the rain had broken sometime late last night, and now the sun was spilling in through their windows.

"Good," she grumbled from the floor, "maybe people will stay outside now..."

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I'm really swamped with papers and end of the year assignments right now, on top of being sick. For the next week or so I'm going to be operating at a reduced capacity whenever possible, so it might take me a little longer than usual to post.

Doc's Gender In Writing Interviews
Alright, the script is getting finalized some time tonight due to a few delays! I should be sending out interview set-ups in the next couple days. We're still a couple people off of the minimum sample, so if a couple more people wouldn't mind doing interviews, I'd be very grateful!

Kill All Motherfuckers
Kathryn's joke forced a slightly nervous chuckle out of her. That, combined with Iselle's confidence, anchored her a little more firmly. It was okay. They were still a team, and none of them had gotten hurt. They still had each other.

She shivered again, now purely from the cold, and followed Kathryn's pull. "Fire sounds pretty good right now. Any ideas where to start?"

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Doc's Gender In Writing Interviews
Hey all!

As some of you know, I'm a Sociology major interested in going into identity and technology studies, and right now I'm working on establishing the base of an ambitious project I'd like to carry from now in my sophomore year into basically as long as I can still find new data and new participants for it while still getting funding. The basic thrust of this project is to expand the dialogue on the topic of gender in popular culture, due to a hole in the literature I'm finding: There is a great deal of textual or content analysis to see how gender is represented in various skews of popular culture, and there is a lot of demographic and ethnographic research into how content consumers both view gender and the representation of gender in popular culture, but there is very little research on how content creators themselves view the issue of gender and how that influences their work and the inspirations for their work. My pipe dream for this project is to eventually work up to interviewing professional creative teams within industries ranging from music, to film, to novels, and more, while also expanding the topics from gender into ethnic and racial identity, sexuality, ideology, and other traditionally "core" aspects of identity.

That sort of project is a long, long ways away, but if it sounds like the kind of research you'd want done, or something you'd have an opinion on, then you can help! Right now, I'm developing a test case of this study for my research methods class, and I'd like to use SotF writers as my initial testing sample. Ideally I'm looking for a sample of about 10-15 writers to sit down and do a single, one-on-one, text interview with me on the topic of gender in writing. If that sounds interesting, then allow me to set down the general guidelines and sort of questions you can expect!

ANONYMITY:

This is an important detail that requires a little bit of work from both the interviewer and the interviewee, and I want to make sure everyone who agrees to interview has their anonymity assured. The first point I must stress is that if you are interested in being interviewed, do not post in this thread. PM me with your availability and we'll work it out from there. I'll bump this thread on my own occasionally to keep it fresh and visible, but I don't want to risk compromising your anonymity by confirming you are part of the process.

During the interview, only my name will be used. You will be referred to as Participant N, with N=a number drawn by RNG. This is what I can do from my side to make sure you remain anonymous. From your side, when we enter the section on how you as a writer incorporate gender into your process, it would be beneficial if you did not refer directly to any characters or scenes you have written. You can reference them, and any other characters or scenes that you view embody your position, but basically don't say "I wrote this," since that throws anonymity right out the window and I can't use that section of the interview anymore. This is to ensure that you feel free to say whatever you like without fear of backlash.

CONFIDENTIALITY:

I take the professional guarantee between interviewer-interviewee very, very seriously. This guarantee includes the promise that nothing you say will ever be attributed to you personally, either publicly or privately. In all records of the interview you will only be listed by your participant number. While demographic information(Age, Gender, Racial/Ethnic identity) will be part of the initial set of questions, your specific demographic information will not be tied to your specific answers. Everything in these interviews will be stated in confidence, and it will be kept in confidence. This is a guarantee I make on both my personal and professional integrity, and there would be serious professional ramifications for me if I broke it.

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT:

During the interview process, you are free to say whatever you like. For the most part, unless I'd like to follow an interesting response further, I will be sticking to a pre-set script of questions(examples of which will be provided further down) and acknowledgements such as "I see." or "Excellent." While this can create an uncomfortable environment of impersonality, it is to limit the effects of priming, or tinting and influencing your ideas with my own expectations or interjections. Basically, you are the star of this interview, and everyone wants to hear from you. I'm just here to record your insight!

You also have a distinct set of rights as an interview subject. The primary right is that I cannot and will not force you to answer a question you do not want to. If you're uncomfortable answering any of the questions asked within the interview, or if you feel you do not have a strong opinion, you can say so and the question will be dismissed without any further pressure. I am also making it my personal guarantee that there are no "trick" questions within this interview, nor are there any "right" answers. My research is interested in your honest, untinted opinion, and I do everything I can to create a safe, clear environment for you to express it.

QUESTIONS:

Questions for this interview will be broken into three sections: Demographics, Reading, and Writing.

Demographic questions will include things such as: How old are you? What is your gender identity? What is your racial/ethnic identity? How long have you been writing?

Reading questions include things such as: Does the gender of a character influence how you read them? If so, how? Do you perceive a difference in characters who share their writer's gender identity as opposed to characters who differ from their writer's gender identity? Are you more inclined to read characters that share your gender? That differ from it?

Writing questions include things such as: How would you define the genre you write? Do you view writing as a hobby, a profession, or something else? Do you write characters who differ from your gender identity? Do you find it is more, less, or just as difficult to write characters that differ from your gender as it is to write characters who share it? Does a character's gender identity come before their personality, or afterwards in your process?

WRAP-UP:

So here's what you can do if that all sounds like something you'd be interested in: PM me your availability and your preferred method of contact (Gmail chat, mibbit, Skype). Within the next week I'm going to finalize the interview script, and start scheduling interviews with those interested. I'd like to start interviewing within the next two-three weeks and have all interviews finished by the first week of May. However, as long as we can finish before May 10th, I'm more than willing to work with your availability. Thanks for reading, and I hope to hear from some of you!

Kill All Motherfuckers
Iselle was directing her away, towards somewhere warmer and drier and less morbid. It wasn't until she mentioned the fire that Alda realized she was still soaked from the rain. She started to let Kathryn lead her up the stairs before freezing in place.

"Wait."

Her eyes found Iselle below them. Expressing vulnerable emotion had never been easy for Alda. Normally she'd soften it with a joke, or an insult, or anything to take the raw edge away. Now, though, shivering and spent, all that came out were two soft words.

"Be careful..."

She couldn't lose anyone else.

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Kill All Motherfuckers
Alda stood frozen, just barely cradling Meera's limp body against her chest. A gentle touch from Iselle just barely kept her anchored in reality as she let the dead girl fall out of her arms to the floor. Her eyes stayed locked on the pale, lifeless face in front of her, blurred by the stinging mixture of water and chemicals burning through her vision.

"They knew..." she whispered quietly, though whether she was talking to the rest of the team, herself, or no one at all was hard to tell. The words just needed to get out. "They knew about Paulo, and they still...f-fucking stupid, I didn't..."

Her hand instinctively lifted up to clasp over Iselle's, and gave in to the drained, tired feeling riddling her muscles. The furious passion that had kept her going the last six days had finally burned itself away. She turned away from Meera's body to the familiar, stabilizing gaze of her captain.

"It wasn't supposed to kill the stupid psycho bitch..."

She didn't know if that was true. Maybe, caught up in all her hatred, she really had wanted Meera to die. Maybe, when Meera was waving her knife around like a lunatic, killing her might have seemed like a good idea. Now though, as the realization that the dead girl in front of her was all bark and no bite sunk in, she really wanted to believe that this wasn't how things were supposed to turn out.