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Dec 26, 2022Liked by Catherynne M. Valente

“ I am much better at hope than code. In fact, if I am any sort of a hacker (which I am not) I am a hacker of hope.” has gone into my quote book. What a great concept, and one I’d like to incorporate into my life as well.

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Dec 26, 2022Liked by Catherynne M. Valente

"I am a hacker of hope" I love this.

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The "viral" post was a cracking great read, and the referral by the incomparable Cory Doctorow was enough to me.

I haven't upgraded to paid (yet) but will soon.

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A hacker of hope you may be, but by Phoebus Apollo you are surely a hacker of words. And sentences, and paragraphs, and … I believe you took that third hit off the Hippocrene the last time you visited the Commonwealth, and all of us the better for it. There”s very little you could write that would not be interesting, if not illuminating, to a lot of people.

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Hacker of Hope … I hope you know the work of Rebecca Solnit and maybe even follow her on Facebook? Her Paradise Built in Hell is one of the most hopeful things I’ve ever read.

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The hope line is beautiful, joining in the chorus of others. I don't know if Hacker is the class I'd assign to myself, but Hope-Aligned?

Been saying that one for years now, so it's lovely to see the same in the wild

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Of COURSE I was glad to subscribe. Especially for crackerjack essays and the potential for Community. Thank you so much forn being Out Here fostering hope.

It has been one of my deepest regrets that I was utterly broke and unemployed when I heard about your omikuji project (on LJ, no less!).

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Yay, I'm so happy your essay went viral and hit so many people the right way and made people be nice. Heck, I'm also new here, and I think my comment on the essay has more likes than my stuff has views 😂 (this hope stuff tastes funny but lemme try a bit - ahem). So far, anyway! 🥳

I haven't interacted withyou for much more than a like and a retweet because I tend to want to hide if a comment/reply section is small enough that anyone might actually notice me... But there was that one time where I decided the start of the first lockdown was a great time to finally crack open ME:A Annihilation 🤷‍♂️

Anyway, I think it'll be fun to see what this turns into 🙂

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I love this, Cat. I'm so happy for you, and for us. And for Substack! May our reach ever rise to meet your grasp.

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Recommended by Cory Doctorow. High praise indeed.

Cheers.

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Thank you for this, Cat, and for remaining the awesome person and writer I’ve been following since LiveJournal. 🥰

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Pleased to meet you.

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Oh hey, we’re on the same continent! That almost never happens to me.

I just ate my own bodyweight in latkes and despite being after dark it’s somehow still too hot to be alive in the tropics, so I don’t have anything intelligent to add, but I really loved the essay, and I also love this post script. Growing up in rural Queensland, we didn’t really have internet access at home until... gosh, it’d have to be the 90s? I remember it being a Huge Deal when the local primary school started teaching kids about computers, and that would’ve been ‘96 or ‘97. But, though it was somewhat delayed, my experience of the internet was very much a bunch of zany little websites and forums, with absolutely no connection to each other, passed around by word of mouth... plus Neopets.

The essay was Relatable Content™️, is what I’m saying.

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Yep, hope. It's what keeps us breathing. More than food or oxygen.

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Dreamwidth still exists! Some of us are still there!

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