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Here's a selection of mixed drinks from Terramagne, mostly alcoholic although there's a virgin version of one.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Catastrophe and Confusion."  It belongs to her original series Voices of the Engines and features some fascinating gender and ethnic dynamics.
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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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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 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 $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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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
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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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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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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 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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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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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by the "festival / fair" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.


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This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.

Warning for extremely racist history.

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Today's visit to the bookstore was frustrating.  They have removed the entire "new books" section from speculative fiction and shuffled everything into the shelves.  There are still new books on tables and racks but not sorted by topic.  Apparently, this move is very popular.  It also means the bookstore is dying.

Why?  Because the people who shop that way -- looking at everything, and especially hunting for a bunch of stuff by the same author to buy all at once -- tend to be people who visit a bookstore once or twice a year, in which time the turnover will be high.  For those visiting once or twice a month, they've already seen everything except what arrived the last week or two. It's extremely tedious when you have to dredge the whole damn place every time looking for a needle in a haystack, even if you love books.

We complained.  I pointed out that if you make a bookstore unappealing to me, that is painfully bad service.  But it also means the store no longer appeals to major bookworms, that so many have quit coming it means the remaining customers are dabblers who apparently like it this way.  I pointed that out too.  But it's probably far too late to fix.

*sigh*  The past is a foreign country, and right now I'm homesick for when bookstores were soft quiet places full of BOOKS and didn't come with a hunk of electronics literally blocking the path into the store so it has to be sidled around.
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This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.

WARNING: This poem contains graphic descriptions of violent history and current malfeasance that many readers may find disturbing. It includes references to the Holocaust, Nazism and its sympathizers, trench warfare, rotting flesh, lying about historic facts, and other mayhem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

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This poem came out of the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "criminal intent" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This is the kind of history I grew up reading, and sometimes got kicked out of class for mentioning; so if you like the way I write this stuff, thank my father.


"Battles and Wars"


George Armstrong Custer
was a man who told his own tales,
tall ones, inflating his deeds and his ego.

He had a white wife and a Cheyenne mistress,
who shouted and whispered his history.

He did whatever he wanted,
often with criminal intent.

He lost the battle but won the war.


The Lakota honored the Paha Sapa,
the Black Hills, more than they cared for gold,
and fought to protect their sacred lands.

The Cheyenne, too, followed them
off the empty prison of the reservation
to make their stand at Greasy Grass.

Among them, his Cheyenne woman
was left to speak her truth.

They won the battle but lost the war.

* * *

George Armstrong Custer is most famous for his last, fatal mistakes in the Battle of Greasy Grass (Little Bighorn).  For a native account, see the illustrations by Red Horse.  According to oral tradition, he also had a son by a Cheyenne mistress. You can read more about his shabby reputation here.

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These recipes have appeared in the references for the Cuoio and Chiara thread of Polychrome Heroics. They're Mobsters in the classic sense, thus most of these are Italian or Sicilian.

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There's a lovely little e-newsletter with links to new articles about gardening for wildlife

"Growing a Better Birdfeeder" discusses the importance of using native species of caterpillar host plants, not just to benefit the insects, but also to attract more birds.  Someone is building a database to list plants by the number of caterpillars they host. This is a level of sophistication that not even I had thought of, which doesn't happen much anymore, so I am really geeking out about it.  :D  I waaaaaant that list.  I looooove not having to make the damn thing myself.  And they're building to run on your zipcode so the plants will automatically be local-to-you.

EDIT 5/3/17: [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron found the image-hidden link to the plant database.  \o/  You can look up plants to see what butterflies and moths they host, or look up insects to see their host plants.

Be a Butterfly Hero!  Because butterflies need saving too.  And these ones don't sting.  ;)

"Weedy to Wonderful" has ideas for making a wildlife garden look nicer.  Yes, we bought a sign for exactly the reason listed.  Also my favorite tip is to put your caterpillar host plants in a less-visible spot if people will be annoyed rather than excited by holes in the leaves.  Me, I see chewed plants and think, "Aww baby butterflies!"  But then I am weird.  When planting herbs beloved of the winged peoples, I plant extra parsley or dill for them and just move the caterpillars there.
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These are some recipes that appear in the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. The two major clusters are: Pain's Gray makes elaborate pastries, and Thriver cooks comfort food. Most people will not have the skill to make what Pain's Gray makes, but it's fascinating food pr0n. Thriver's recipes are easy enough that most people could make them.

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I've posted the linkback perk poem for the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. Link to the fishbowl, comment below this post, and get a new verse of "Lead Us in Peace." 

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