Wednesday Yardening

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:59 pm
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Today was sweltering.  We picked up two piles of grass, but that's all I had energy for.  It's raining now. 
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The July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get a free epic. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I'll keep it open until at least Thursday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may keep it open longer.

The following poems are available:

"Big Brother and the Cyberbully"
Summary: When a cyberbully does grievous damage, a supervillain makes a calculated counterattack.
106 lines, $53

"The Things That Money Can't Buy"
Summary: A tycoon with an excess of money and an absence of sense or compassion can cut a wide swath through life.
94 lines, $47

"No Power Like the Power of Youth"
Summary: When racist protesters try to invade a largely black neighborhood, they meet with some serious opposition.
142 lines, $71

Poll #18615 Free Epic for July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


Which of these should be the free epic?

View Answers

"Big Brother and the Cyberbully"
3 (33.3%)

"The Things That Money Can't Buy"
2 (22.2%)

"No Power Like the Power of Youth"
4 (44.4%)

Poem: "This Hazardous Business"

Jul. 26th, 2017 09:53 pm
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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "secret allies" square in my 6-16-17 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Kraken thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It touches on passing, bisexuality, multiracial heritage, activism, homophobia, transphobia, mistaken identity, prejudice against people with superpowers, a cat girl, prostitution, a dog boy, homelessness, and other angst. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more... )

Thngs that make you go hmmmm....

Jul. 26th, 2017 06:42 am
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I have been a massage therapist for seven years.  I've worked for several people, I've done business on my own, I've been in between.  This is the first time since I went to school for massage that I have done a career change.  Most of my clients are very understanding, but a bit put out that I am planning on leaving.  But I have to take care of me first, which means I have to go.  I have to take the opportunity by the throat and ride with it.  It's going to push the boundaries of my comfort zone, but I believe that the payoff will be so worth it. 

This is also a time of transition for me.   This will be the first time that I have chosen to live on my own.  This will the first time that I have chosen to walk my own path.  To walk and stand in my own power, and own my own life.  This is a game changer for me.  I am not quite sure where I am going, but I know that I am going.  I also know that there will be some people that will not be happy with the choice that I am making.  That it may indeed rock people's world.

My roommate said that most everyone that has come to this level in the circle has had some major life changing event.  That relationships have fallen apart, and things have changed radically.  While I hope that this particular relationship survives and thrives, I can only own my part of it, and rest is up to her.  Personally I believe that she can stand in her own power, and succeed in holding this apartment on her own, but she'll have to step out of her shadow and out of hiding to do so.

I am updating my resume.  I am manifesting a new job and career, as well as a new home.  It will come.  And a new journey for me awaits.
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You know life is returning to normal when I both have time to watch and to report on Anime;>.....
In this Universe witches go off to live on their own on their 15th b-day. Makoto, however, has "helicopter parents" and so has been moved to relatives in the country....delivering shocks to them and their neighbors(all the while supposedly keeping her "witchiness" undercover. Sort of a much sweeter 'Sabrina, the teen-aged Witch' using Japanese mythology. The most amusing bits in the earliest episodes are those with her youngest relation who DEFITELY is not blasé about the odd beings showing up at their front door;>...
A good series for me at present.
Cheers,
Pat
BTW: I must warn you that the themesong is pretty much an automatic "earworm";>
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Thanks to an audience poll for the general fund and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth chipping in the remainder, "A Hope and a Promise" is now complete.  Aidan and Saraphina explore the roof garden.

Good News

Jul. 26th, 2017 12:27 am
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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?

Tuesday Yardening

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:31 pm
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Today is sunny and mild.  I went out and picked a few blackberries.  My partner Doug mowed grass, and I walked around to see where it was done. 

EDIT 7/25/17: We went out and picked up a pile of grass.  Then I did some weeding in the septic garden.

EDIT 7/25/17: I finished weeding the septic garden.  *goflopnow*

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, August 1

Jul. 25th, 2017 02:47 pm
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "rites / rights." I'll be soliciting ideas for adolescents, parents, heroes, villains, fools, clergy and other officiants, explorers, travelers, ordinary people, outcasts, facing thresholds, questioning, debating labels, traveling, accepting the call, refusing the call, getting lost, losing everything, hiding in the closet, coming out, finding your power, speaking truth to power, telling your own story, discovering new places, bedrooms, classrooms, counseling offices, churches, government buildings, the wilderness, cliffs, trails, self-discovery, self-awareness, birth, puberty, getting a job, marriage, sex, parenthood, death, rebirth, radical transformation, the hero's journey, birth control, reproductive freedom, alien transitions, self-sacrifice, disruptions, adventures, legal rights, famous geographic passageways, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Rewriting the Narrative" (9 verses, standalone). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

New to the fishbowl?  Read all about it! )

Poetry Fishbowl Themes for Late 2017

Jul. 25th, 2017 02:13 pm
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The poll has concluded. These are the upcoming themes:

August 1
Rites / rights of passage

September 5
Families of Choice

October 3
Otherkin and Other-nesses

November 7
Outlandish Occupations

December 5
Hearth and Home

January 2, 2018
Do you believe in magic?

I am Grateful: 7/24/2017

Jul. 24th, 2017 08:53 pm
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I am grateful for and love myself.

I am grateful for and love my affirmations.  I am already starting to see a difference in how I am interacting with people, and how they are interacting with me.

I am grateful for and love my days off.  I get so much done on days off, or I can just blah.  It's all good.

I am grateful for and love being in the "tuned in, tapped on" zone.  I had a project that needed doing, and I changed gears a little bit, but once I sat down, and started working it came together quite beautifully.

I am grateful for and love my cat.  I get to play with her with my shadows.  She tries to catch my shadows kinda like the red laser dot.

I am grateful for and love the metro transit.  When I want to take things slow, read a chapter, and take things easy going some where, I take the bus.  Because you not going really fast when taking the bus.  Well most of the buses I've been do speed, but we have to stop.

I am grateful for and love McDonald's.  I really wanted some comfort food, and I went and got comfort food, and it was SOOOOO good.

I am grateful for and love my home.  I love the fact that I have hardwood floors, lots of natural light, and odd dreams of my landlord in the nude (that happened last night. weird).

I am grateful for for and love my location.  Seriously, there's a whole foods in bike riding distance and 3 co-ops, work is 4 blocks away.  I can get to several shopping areas by one or two buses, and wow, it's nice.

I am grateful for and love my bed.  It's soft and comfortable, and sighs.

I am grateful for and love the fact I currently don't get internet again in my room.  I get more things done, when I don't have access.

I am grateful for and love Fan Fiction.  There's a Rough Challenge going on right now.   I am enjoying the NCIS, SG1 stories being written, though I'm waiting for the NCIS Harry Potter to be updated.

As you can see, awesome day, and I got to bed before 12 midnight. AWESOME!  It smells like Earth and Rain this morning.

Many Faces

Jul. 25th, 2017 03:56 am
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Many Faces of Harry Potter, Chapter 34 is published!

Archive of Our Own isn't working for me right now, so just these two options for now:

EDIT: Finally got AO3 to publish the latest chapter.

AO3 version

FF.net

BigCloset


Start at Chapter One: "Feeling Sic" = AO3, FF.net, BC
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The general fund currently contains $85. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open at least until Tuesday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

Read and vote! )

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Jul. 24th, 2017 08:04 pm
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"Aloha oi oi oi?"
"How about a nice Hawaiian punk?"

Monday Yardening

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:42 pm
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Today we picked up three piles of grass and some sticks.  It is pleasantly cool this evening, but there are sweat bees everywhere.  >_<  I do not enjoy being licked by insects. 

Poem: "Bulletproof"

Jul. 24th, 2017 04:47 pm
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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "gay" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains historical atrocities which many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features the Holocaust, acts of genocide, the Schutzstaffel, mass murder, loss of families, yellow stars, ghettos, a gay man and a straight woman getting married and raising a family together, some awkward family dynamics, gay-related bashing, unplanned (but welcome) lesbian pregnancy, and other challenges. But the good guys mostly win. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. It is not a plot-relevant part of extant storylines, just an interesting piece of Terramagne history.

Read more... )

Monday Update 7-24-17

Jul. 24th, 2017 02:32 pm
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Boston Pride"
Moment of Silence: Maryam Mirzakhani
Poem: "Chipped"
Effects of Father Loss
Listen to the Trees
Tiger Swallowtail
Gender in Comics
Hard Things


There is currently a poll for Poetry Fishbowl themes in late 2017. Vote for your favorites. I'll sort the most popular ones into a schedule tomorrow so I can post the advance announcement for the August fishbowl.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  "The Order of Their Stars" belongs to An Army of One.  Astin takes V shopping.

Weather has been sweltering and intermittently rainy here.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia.  Corn ears are thickening.  I picked blackberries yesterday.  Jalapenos are getting bigger.