May. 8th, 2017

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Terramagne-America has a much wider selection of drinks aimed at adults than just alcoholic ones. Their mixed drinks get really interesting. This batch relies on some ingredients -- especially the Aromantic Bitters -- that tend to produce blue to purple drinks.

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Here is the first batch of photos I took on Monday.

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This poem is from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "Cosmic Cobalt" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows fest.


"Celestial Dehiscence"


The last of the sun's children
forms so far out on the fringe
that there is no keeping her:

she flies away into the endless night.

The sun thinks of the life inside her
secreted in small green seeds that
may someday, in a better space,
find the resources to sprout
into festoons of cells.

The rogue planet goes her own way,
a pod of celestial dehiscence,

and the sun smiles.

* * *

Notes:

In botany, dehiscence refers to a method of seed dispersion where the seed pod splits open to release the seeds, or in some cases, catapult them a considerable distance.

Panspermia is a theory which posits that life can be transferred from one solar system to another, therefore meaning the galaxy does not have to reinvent the wheel every time.  The fact that we've found algae growing on the outside of the International Space Station lends weight to this possibility.

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This poem came out of the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] callibr8, and [personal profile] librarygeek. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.


"Hidden Histories"


War warms itself . . . at Surtr's heinous hearth;
ignorant interlopers . . . burn books by the bundle.

Hypatia's handmaids . . . come to keep them safe,
favored of Odin Fathergod . . . praiser of poets.

Liminal libraries . . . house hidden histories
covertly curated . . . by counter-culture custodians.

When Surtr's sending . . . finally falls into ash,
we will be waiting . . . to recover what they cultured.

* * *

Notes:

Surtr is a fire giant in Norse mythology, a being of creation and destruction.

Hypatia of Alexandria was a Pagan librarian and scholar.  In Terramagne, the Order of Hypatia rescues threatened manuscripts during troubled times, and later returns them.  This is why they have many volumes that did not survive here. In this poem, a Viking nerd is composing poetry to the act of defiance entailed in smuggling books to safety before they can be destroyed.

Odin is the god of wisdom in Norse Mythology.

Old Norse poetry relies on alliteration.  It uses colorful language in kennings (like "Hypatia's handmaids" for "librarians") and heiti (like "liminal" for "edgy").  Lines often feature a caesura, or break, in the middle.

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This poem is from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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The general fund currently contains $40. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open until at least Tuesday midday. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open longer.

There are three open epics. "A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $140 to be complete. "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra and needs $205.25 to be complete. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $322 to be complete.

Poll #18341 General Fund for May 2, 2017 poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 22


How do you want to distribute the $40?

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ALL $40 into "A Hope and a Promise"
7 (31.8%)

ALL $40 into "Essential for Human Survival"
3 (13.6%)

ALL $40 into "The Inner Transition"
3 (13.6%)

Divide the $40 about equally among all THREE epics
9 (40.9%)

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "The Habit of a Midwinter Festivity"
Sunday Yardening
Poem: "Split Between Two Lands"
Poem: "Miasmas of the Past"
Poem: "Battles and Wars"
Today's Adventures
Friday Yardening
Garden for Wildlife Articles
Hard Things

Three Weeks for Dreamwidth
Antimatter & Stalwart Stan Recipes
Cuoio and Chiara Recipes
Native Plants I Want
Native Plants I Have
Pain's Gray Recipes

The poetry fishbowl last week generated a lot of poems, including many sub-epics, but didn't sell much.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Saraphina enjoys a first aid lesson.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra.  Groundhog and Cassandra talk about whether to set aside dangerous things for a while.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Stylet turns himself in to Valor's Widow.

Weather has been soggy most of the week and just starting to dry out now.  There is still standing water in some fields.   The birdfeeders have attracted doves, grackles, and some sparrows.  Currently blooming: violets, dandelions, honeysuckle, spiderwort, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, chives, white globe allium, firecracker plant, white poppy, yellow poppy, foxglove.


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Here is an analysis of the septic garden in progress, with attention to survival of herbivore-resistant plants.

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Today is warm and partly sunny.

Round 1, I weeded and then planted marigolds in the corner of the cistern herb garden and started planting some in the strip garden. 

A considerable amount of time and energy (today and yesterday) went into helping Doug assemble the very large and heavy tool cabinet.

Round 2, I did more weeding to plant the rest of the marigolds in the strip garden, then I planted some impatiens in the purple-and-white garden.  I had a 4-pack of white and another of pinkish-lavender.

Round 3, I filled an oblong planter with yellow-and-purple torenia, a purple daisylike flower, and some other purple-and-yellow thing.  I also watered all the plants that I put out today.

Round 4, I pulled a ton of weeds around the forest garden and planted a columbine under there.  

As it is now dusk, I'm done for the night.
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The May 2, 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 Tuesday afternoon. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may keep it open longer.

The following epics are available:

"Dinner at Donnie's"
Summary: Danso and family enjoy a culinary adventure.
342 lines, $171

"Insha'Allah"
Summary: Buraq receives an astonishing assignment from an unusual source.
249 lines, $125

"Pebbles in the Path"
Directly follows "Ruts in the Road"
Summary: Jules and Mariset get a private lesson in rescue work.
270 lines, $135


Poll #18342 Free Epic for May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
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Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 21


Which of these should be the free epic?

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"Dinner at Donnie's"
7 (33.3%)

"Insha'Allah"
10 (47.6%)

"Pebbles in the Path"
4 (19.0%)

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This poem came out of the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "I Will Survive" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] alexeigynaix, bartered in trade for "Wind the Labyrinth."

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The May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl made its $300 goal, so there will be a half-price sale from Monday, May 15-Sunday, May 21.  According to my records, Shiv's thread in Polychrome Heroics has a sizable backlog, so that's what goes on sale. Currently there are six poems, all epics, totaling $1253, on sale for $626.50. 
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This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] kyleri. It also fills the "sleeplessness" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo 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 warnings, some of which are spoilers. Despite being in a much better situation now than he was recently, Nebuly is stressing out over the changes. There is insomnia, depression, awkward personal history, guilt, fatigue, and other angst. On the whole, though, Nebuly is making great progress and has awesome family-of-choice. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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