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This month's theme was "Is there a word for that feeling?" I worked from 12:15 PM to 6 AM, so about 15 hours 45 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 9 poems on Tuesday and another 16 later in the week, for a total of 25.

Participation was a little higher, with 38 comments on LiveJournal and another 45 on Dreamwidth. Please welcome new prompter [personal profile] society_of_antisocialites.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"FARBLONDJET"
"The Home I've Never Been"
"Let's Call It Dyrkle"
"More Hurtful Than Anything That Bleeds"
"A Wise Man's Smile"
"With the Gravity Off"

"The Cat Blanket" (Frankenstein's Family, 6/7/16 Fishbowl)
"Some Are Silk and Some Are Leather" (Walking the Beat, 4/5/16 Fishbowl)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for July 5, 2016. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems from this session have been posted. This time there were four donors: [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony and Shirley Barrette, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Some Are Silk and Some Are Leather" is the free epic. That's the third tally for the $250 goal.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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Here's a photo-essay showing the evolution of classic to modern cars.  Some show very little change, mostly a more streamlined form for less wind resistance.  Others are completely different.  That's a problem if you liked and could drive the earlier versions and now can't get a vehicle you can drive.  Same with the rush to electronics; people with a more mechanical approach are out of luck, as are people with low skill at computers and machines in general.  Earlier cars were much simpler. They didn't do the gee-whiz things but they were often more durable and easier to operate.  One of the few innovations I really like is automatic transmission.  Outside that, I have found that the drawbacks of new technology usually outweigh the benefits in cars.
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Another thing I didn't realize that humans didn't know: the gravitational pull of moon and sun influence earthquakes quite a bit.  You have a giant ball of mostly-molten rock with a comparatively thin crust, a slightly smaller ball of probably-solid rock and a humongous sphere of flaming gas yanking on it.  How would you NOT connect these with the crust sometimes wobbling?  I can't remember how many SF stories I've read about tidal earthquakes, and especially, the uses of tidal energy on a planet for making it hot when a star isn't close enough and/or for powering earth-engines.  And let's not forget reams of folklore about high-tide earthquakes.  0_o
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Based on an audience poll, there are 9 new verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice."  See Irene pull several thousand dollars of totally awesome zoo toys out of a bin.  See all the cetaceans go bonkers.  \o/
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently?
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 If you've been following the solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2 just completed its flight around the world.  \o/
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This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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Here's a look at how history can predict the future.  It's not true that "nobody" ever sees it coming.  Somebody always does. The problem is that the people who can't see the obvious ignore the ones who can.  By obvious, I don't mean that an individual situation looks obvious; it's often obscure.  I mean that the pattern  is obvious, because human history contains many cycles, which makes it very predictable in certain ways.  So when you have studied history and you know the patterns of it, and you start seeing the early moves of a cycle, you know with pretty high accuracy what is going to come next.  If you are a sane person, you will try warning others, and they will either ignore you or punish you.

Welcome to the Cassandra club.  >_<
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Thanks to an audience poll, there are 22 new verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice."  This covers the remaining part of telepathic cluewhacking, followed by Irene's idea of how to help the whales relax.
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This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from the Duchess via [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "weather" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by the general fund, based on an audience poll. It belongs to The Ocracies series.

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Today we picked up sticks in the backforty part of the yard.

I also stopped to watch the honeybees to-ing and fro-ing in front of their hive.  :D 

Round two: picked a handful of blackberries.

Two new flowers are blooming in the prairie garden.  One is a black-eyed susan.  The other I don't recognize: very tall with large jagged leaves and small yellow daisylike flowers at the top.  It might be a cup plant.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "unexpected SCIENCE ensues." I'll be soliciting ideas for scientists, assistants, random bystanders, curious people, first responders, robots, aliens, other explorers, *frobbing, experimenting, inventing, reading, exploring, goofing off, crossing the streams, working the problem, garages, science fairs, laboratories, classrooms, libraries, secret lairs, kitchens, outer space, starships, alien planets, theories, science kits, lectures, lab equipment, tool kits, pop bottles, time machines, and poetic forms in particular.

*I've only heard "frobbing" used as "broad motions upon a device to determine what the components do," which is not the "aimless manipulation" described in the sources I could find, although they do match it with "twiddle" and "tweak" as intermediate and fine manipulation.

I have a linkback poem, "Changing Relations" (19 verses, The Moon Door). 

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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This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "soul bonding/soulmates" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes a bond gone awry, relationship problems, boundary violations, severe communication trouble, domestic violence in its more controversial mutual mode, injuries significant enough to require a trip to the clinic, messy medical details, social disapproval from various angles, ignoring sound medical advice, grudging assistance, acute stress response, and other mayhem. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Brixx, which I have mentioned before in April and May, continues to be a favorite pizza place. The last time we were there, we tried the 4x4 meat pizza.  This time we got the Hawaiian, which was bumped up a notch by the addition of fresh cilantro; that makes a surprisingly large improvement in an already good concept.  :D  Worth noting, they now have more desserts besides the s'mores pizza, which is excellent hot but doesn't reheat at all well so is only good when you have enough people to eat it all at once.  The sundaes are terrific -- we got a chocolate one, with a very complex sauce.  

Also, they're very responsive to feedback.  They've added NA beers.  We discovered this when my partner Doug spotted the St. Paulie Girl's on the menu.  They were out.  And instead of being either completely out of NA beer or offering a crappy version like O'Doul's, they had a replacement: Kaliber, one of Doug's other favorites.  Turns out one of the staff has been working hard to build a really top-notch selection of craft beers, not only the alcoholic but also the NA ones.  Since they already have a perfect-10 craft root beer -- which is my go-to beverage there even though I rarely get anything but water at a restaurant -- I also pointed out that there are a few small brewers catering to NA celebratory beverages with fancy sodas or sparkling fruit juices.  It was nice to see people who aren't looking at restaurant work as just a job, but as a passion, presenting edible art and hanging out with people.

It's kind of like a little slice of Terramagne.  \o/
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Based on an audience poll (and including some backchannel votes) the themes have been chosen for late 2016.  Next up will be August 2: "Unexpected SCIENCE Ensues."
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Today's yardwork was picking half a baggie of blackberries.  They're past their peak, so there aren't as many left now, but still some red ones on the bushes.

I also watered plants. 
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Just a reminder, today is the last day to buy poetry from the July 19 fishbowl if you want it to count for that tally.  I've still got one or two things left to post that have been sponsored. 
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This poem came out of the July 2016 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] shiori_makiba. It also fills the "experiments by evil scientists" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and fills the "mad scientist" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. Turq has a horrifying past, and thus, horrifying nightmares. This batch of nightmares features child abuse and neglect, medical torture, and related mayhem. He wakes up terrified and miserable, very much in need of comfort, but unable to seek out human contact. So he finds something else which is sort of soothing. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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I noticed this poster about autism.  It lists inappropriate laughter/giggling as a symptom.  That is so iconic of the fey -- laughing at funerals, for example -- that it's in a number of fairytales.  It's often one reason a human husband slaps his fey wife, and she leaves him for it.

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