Carnival of Aces, April 2022: 200 Words

Hey all–I’m hosting the Carnival of Aces again this month! For more information on this project (or to volunteer to host it), see its masterpost here. In short: I’ll propose a prompt for conversation, and those interested in responding to it can do so. At the end of the month, I’ll put together a post that links to everything submitted.

Submissions can be anything I can link to in a blog like this one: other blog posts, images (drawings, edits, etc.), videos, creative writing (poetry, drama, etc.), music/sound files, whatever. Comment below with links to what you’d like to submit, or email me at! (If you’d like me to post your response for you–whether because you’d like it to be anonymous or for another reason–email me your submission, and I can post it here.)

You can find last month’s call for subs here and its roundup post here. The topic was asexuality and law!

This post is also on Tumblr here and Twitter here if you’d like to share it around!

April topic: 200 words

This topic’s less of a theme and more a structure thing, but I’ve been finding it to be an interesting/helpful writing exercise, so adapting it for this month’s topic! For this month’s topic, write exactly 200 words. Write about anything you’d like (related at least tangentially to asexuality)! There are a few prompts in the section below this one, though, in case you’re looking for more specific ideas.

The goal here is to see what happens when you’re made to condense everything you’re trying to say into a smaller space–what words best describe what you’re trying to say? It’s kind of fun to just write 200ish words and then go back and revise them–usually revisions are kind of a pain, but they can feel more approachable when it’s just 200 words.

As an example (and some further thoughts on this prompt), see the paragraph below! (I wrote it back in November.)

If I intend to write something only 200 words in length, what will I delete when I revise? I already don’t like the end of that first sentence; there’s a spot. (Deleted the beginning instead.) I don’t have a plan here. It’s technically fall break for me now, but I’ve got things due yesterday to finish first. What’s something smart to say here? How would Judith Butler summarize Gender Trouble in 200 words? 200 is a tight squeeze, but it feels so approachable. It’s hard to get my students into revision; I don’t do it enough myself—200 feels revisable, though; I can see it all at once. What could you do with that in a classroom? What would you discuss changing? If my students and I each wrote 200 words of something, we’d have 4000—I haven’t seen published work like that, but it’d be badass as shit. Could we all get published together? How could I facilitate that activity so that my own creative decisions didn’t take priority over those of my students? What would I offer as prompt? I like the idea of us writing one by one, responding to the 200 above our own blank space, asking questions.

Some prompts

A few questions/prompts/words/works in case one of these sparks your fancy:

Hope this post finds you well!

19 thoughts on “Carnival of Aces, April 2022: 200 Words

    1. Thank you; I love this! Pride really is an interesting term to use, and I hadn’t thought about that much before–maybe there are other words that’d work in similar ways to that one? Feelings of not just ace pride but ace safety or comfort, maybe? Ace maybeness/possibility?

      And then again, maybe there really isn’t anything wrong with being proud of something like a/sexuality? It does kinda seem though like when we talk about ace pride it’s like,,, less proudness than okayness or comfort with ourselves and our a/sexuality? Contentedness? Like I think I’d say the same about me being trans; it’s not that I’m proud of it so much that idk it’s comfortable and feels very me or something

      Thank you, though; I’m going to be pondering all of this for a bit lol!


      1. Pride is in contrast to shame, and it can be a journey from being full of shame to being extra proud of your identity to sometimes becoming more toned down and closer to just content. But if someone were to try to shame your identity either directly or indirectly, contentedness isn’t going to cut it. If one desires to fight back even if it’s just internally fighting the negative messaging and not letting it get to you, often you need a stronger, more “pride” based reaction. If that makes any sense? That’s my two cents anyway.

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      2. I just heard someone talking about ADHD said they want to be a part of a journey for people “not just accepting ourselves, but celebrating ourselves” and I think that is a better way to also frame what I was trying to say in this comment. Lol. Pride is about celebrating what makes us unique and special and stuff like that. It’s like how lots of people know there’s a difference between “tolerance” and “acceptance” but there’s also something bigger than even just acceptance. There’s genuinely being actively glad for the things that make this person who they are. There is a genuine gratefulness people can have for learning from people with a really different experience from them and true deep allyship where they too are excited on your behalf when they see ace rep in the wild kind of a thing lol

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