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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted the story "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to New Orleans," which runs concurrent with his ongoing story "Blight" in the Berettaflies thread.  This introduces FBI Special Agent Daniel Kincaid, who is awesome at solving problems.
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This month's theme was "pet peeves." I worked from 12 PM to 5:30 AM, so about 15 hours 30 minutes, allowing for breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and another 5 later in the week, for a total of 12.

Participation was dramatically lower, with only 16 comments on LiveJournal and 24 on Dreamwidth. A total of 16 people sent prompts. Please welcome new prompter [livejournal.com profile] cflute.

Read more... ), [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony & Shirley Barrette. Please welcome new donors [personal profile] pocketnaomi and Melanie Goldmund. Despite the low turnout, donations were very enthusiastic; I sold almost everything I wrote. \o/

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Through Infirmity of the Flesh" is the free epic. That's the second tally for the $250 goal.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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It rained last night and earlier today.  During a sunny patch, I went outside to plant more bulbs.  Five minutes later: more rain. *sigh*  But at least the ground is softer now.
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Someone has evidently named a daylily Here Lies Butch.  It is pink, purple, and pale green with ruffled petals.  Like most fancy flowers, it's expensive, and also sadly out of stock already.  But daaaamn.  I am so tempted to put that in the yards of my lesbian characters.  Dale and Kelly would love it.  Fortressa probably would too, and imagine that greasemonkey lair of theirs with frilly purple flowers  by the door.  LOL
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This performance is probably the best communion of natural and technomagic shamanism that I've ever seen.  Even I cannot make all of those animal sounds.  Oh, and that's not just "techno beat" music.  Some of those sounds are for spirit and technomagical elementals.  The iron horse toward the end is pretty iconic.  
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I found this documentary about homelessness in Anchorage, which is one of the worst places in the world to be homeless due to environmental hazards.  They have some social services that try to buffer the dangers, but a lot of people still die.

The first solution to homelessness is simply to put people in homes.  Society needs to guarantee people a place to stay, if it doesn't want them camping out and perhaps freezing to death.  Shelters don't count, and neither does any other kind of monitored living.  Those interventions drive people away from help.  They need their own apartment or house with the same freedoms and dignities as everyone else.

The second main thing the homeless need is income.  That means jobs for those who can work, which is a lot of them; or some kind of public assistance for those who can't work.  This is much cheaper than leaving them on the street to subsist through begging, stealing, or emergency services.

The third thing they need is resources.  That includes everything from supplies to health care.  Most homeless aid focuses on very small, short-term things like food or emergency medical care.  That might keep people from dying right in front of you but it does not solve the problem.  You have to make it possible for them to build up the components of a healthy life.

And you have to do all this in ways that the homeless population will find attractive because it meets their needs, and not shy away from due to strings attached.  People don't risk death from exposure for no reason.  If they're sleeping in the snow, it is because there are not enough shelters and/or those places are literally worse than death.

It's something I write about, periodically, because some of my characters are homeless.  Danso and his family were homeless for months.  Turq has been on the street even longer, and it's hard for him to accept help even when the offerings are safe and not judgmental.  So I keep an eye out for ways to address these kinds of problems.  How do you meet the emergency needs, how do you give people a route back into society, how do you get people back into homes, and especially how do you fix the root causes that drive people into homelessness in the first place?  Solutions exist, a few places are using them, but most just can't be arsed.
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Today I planted 10 Minnow Daffodils around the witch hazel bush near the driveway.  These are small white daffodils with yellow trumpets.

Earlier I saw a squirrel with a nut in his mouth, running around trying to find a place to plant it.  That was adorable.  We got a little rain last night, so the ground is slightly softer today but not by much. 

Round two: I planted 10 Grecian Windflowers in the wildflower garden.

We are likely to get more rain tonight, so that's promising for soil texture.
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Today I planted five Showinner tulips.  There's no photo online, but the label says they are red tulips that bloom in early spring.

I was planning to put out the Minnow daffodils too, but the ground is hard and dry.  As we have several chances for rain later in the week, I'm hoping some of that will materialize to soften the soil. 
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My birthday present arrived!  Bought in spring, to plant in fall, to bloom in spring.  :D  10 Minnow Daffodils, 5 Showinner Tulips, 12 Pickwick Crocus, 15 Snow Crocus, 10 Grecian Windflowers, 18 Early Snow Glories, 12 Blue Grape Hyacinths, 18 Early Stardrift.  Billed as a Wildflower Garden, although only about half of these actually are wild flowers.  The others can go into some of my other gardens, and the wild bulbs will go into the wildflower garden.  \o/
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 [personal profile] technoshaman sponsored the remaining verses, so you can now read "Bearers of Witness with Justice" in full.  Watch the Japanese whalers get theirs.

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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?
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The audience poll routed $18.75 into "Bearers of Witness with Justice," which now has 10 new verses.  Enjoy a discussion of compassion, and prayer time.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "monsters." I'll be soliciting ideas for werewolves, vampires, mad scientists, Frankenstein's creature, dragons, chimerae, sea monsters, mythical beasts, lovable monsters, heraldic beasts, the misunderstood, monsters as disability pride, outcasts, nemeses, bullies, abusers, oppressors, slavers, psycho bosses, troubled relationships, supervillains, superheroes, monster hunters, fleeing in terror, questing for the beast, fighting monsters, resisting oppression, facing your demons, feeding the right wolf, genetic engineering, lairs, lonely mountains, the forest primeval, the dark, oceans, liminal zones, mad science labs, government buildings, The Tower, battlegrounds, graveyards, other mysterious areas, preternatural biology, special weapons, unusual vulnerabilities, radical transformation, wings, tails, horns, scale, fur, tentacles, the moon, cthonic symbolism, the unspeakable, the inescapable, the indestructable, things man was not meant to know, the nature of humanity (or lack thereof), what makes a monster, when the monsters are scared of the humans, hubris, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "E Meglio Star Solo" (14 verses, Fiorenza the Wisewoman). 

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! )

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 Corporations are leaving their names off the logo.  Part of it is just a shell game in hopes of deluding consumers that the product isn't really corporate.  (Hint: most products that aren't corporate don't have a logo.)  But mostly what it does it make it harder to connect the logo to the owner, if you don't already know whose it is.  You see a logo on a thing you like and you want more -- how do you find it?  You see a logo on something that pisses you off -- how do you know who to blame?  Search "thing with a red circle and yellow circle on it?"  Yeah, right.
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This poem is spillover from the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by the "gathering courage" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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I have posted a general fund poll for $18.75 into open epics, left over from the half-price sale in The Moon Door.  If you're not on LiveJournal you can vote in a comment.
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Two types of beetles cause whole twigs to fall off of trees.  Some cicadas have a similar effect.

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