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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Discord and Accessibility
Homeless and Homefree Characters
Poem: "A Realm of One's Being"
Sunday Yardening
Poem: "You Who Have Fed the Hungry"
Poem: "Her Wilderness Like Eden"
Poem: "Define Your Own Reality"
Saturday Yardening
Poem: "What You're Living For"
Friday Yardening
Today's Adventures
Thursday Yardening
Hard Things
Wednesday Yardening


The bonus fishbowl went modestly well, and I have posted a few poems from that.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Saraphina makes a new friend.  "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 variable.  Today is warm and sunny.  The birdfeeders have attracted doves, grackles, some sparrows, and two blue jays.  Currently blooming: forsythia, daffodils, tulips, blue grape hyacinths, violets, anemones, lilacs, dandelions, white spirea, honeysuckle, spiderwort, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias.  Onion chives and peonies have buds, and so does something in the white garden.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poetry Fishbowl Report for April 4, 2017
Unsold Poems from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
Poem: "Twisted Wind"
Exploring Your Hair
Friday Yardening
Meet Julia
Thursday Yardening (with photo)
Thursday Yardening
Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, April 18
Wednesday Yardening


The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this past weekend. Check out the action.

"The Harrowing of Hildeburh" is the last of the Six Poems of the Fall, so the core of A Conflagration of Dragons is now complete. \o/ It was commissioned by [personal profile] nsfwords.

There will be a Bonus Fishbowl on Tuesday, April 18 featuring Clay of Life.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 10 new verses.  Saraphina makes a new friend.  "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 variable.  Today is warm and cloudy, still damp from yesterday's rain.  The birdfeeders have attracted doves, grackles, some sparrows, and a brown thrasher.  Currently blooming: forsythia, daffodils, tulips, scilla, blue grape hyacinths, violets, pear, anemones, crabapples, cherries, redbud, lilacs, dandelions.  Asparagus is sprouting.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Discovering the Rose Garden"
Poem: "This Has Always Been Me"
Read "Building New Connections" by Dialecticdreamer
Poem: "In the Cracks of Climate Change"
Poem: "Until You Saw into My Cracks"
Refugees and Work
Friday Yardening
Poem: "Cracks and Shadows"
Poem: "Saying No to Powerlessness"
Flavored Cottage Cheese
Poem: "kintsugi"
Read "The Consequences of Responsibility" by Dialecticdreamer
Hard Things
Conversational Methods
Poem: "What Lives in the Cracks"

The Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday went well.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Mrs. Ozenne observes Saraphina.  "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 variable, and is raining today.  At the birdfeeder I have seen plentiful doves and grackles, some sparrows, and a cardinal or two.  The mourning dove nest by the kitchen window has been abandoned, although the eggs are still there.  :/  Currently blooming: forsythia, crocus, daffodils, tulips, scilla, hyacinths, blue grape hyacinths, violets, pear, anemones, crabapples, cherries.  Redbud has buds but they're not open yet.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Dealing with Inkblots
Cookbooks for the Blind
Saturday Yardening
Month of Rainbows Bingo Card 4-1-17
Read "Butterfly Net" Part 7 by Redsixwing
Cuddle Party
Wednesday Yardening


Watch for the Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, April 4 with a theme of "living in the cracks." I hope to see you there!


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 4 new verses.  Mrs. Ozenne observes Saraphina.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra and has 4 new verses.  Groundhog and Cassandra talk about whether to set aside dangerous things for a while. 


Weather has been moderate, and looks drizzly today.  Recently at the birdfeeder I have seen a flock of doves, lots of grackles, some sparrows, a pair of cardinals, a brown thrasher, and a house finch.  The mourning dove nest by the kitchen window has two white eggs.  Currently blooming: forsythia, miniature Dutch iris, crocus, daffodils, tulips, scilla, hyacinths, blue grape hyacinth, blue-and-white violets, purple violets, pear, anemone.  Redbud has buds but they're not open yet.
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Saturday will be my birthday.  I tend to spend it hiding at home to avoid the obnoxious behavior.  This year, I found a meme that fits, which I have modified for my uses:

As April first is Saturday, I hereby pledge not to post any pranks, jokes, false links, or screamers. Nothing originating on this blog will be a prank or deliberately incorrect. If I re-post or link to other people’s pranks, which I rarely do, they will be clearly marked so you don't click on them and think they're real.

No direct links to howling horribleness, and no alternative facts baldfaced lies, will ever purposefully appear on this blog unless to be mocked as barbarism. If one does, it's a hack or something changed, or I messed up; please let me know immediately so I can fix it.

Stay safe out there, my dears! We non-pranksters have got your back
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Feel free to copy this and join the resistance.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Humpback Whales Organizing
Poem: "A Tornado of Thought"
Friday Yardening
Trail Mail Vol. 1, No. 5, March 24, 2017
Wednesday Yardening
Poem: "A Dangerous Thing with Style"
The Creation of Water
Milkweed and Monarchs

Last week's half-price sale in Schrodinger's Heroes has sold out.  \o/  Thank you for your generosity.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina interact talk with a new teacher.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra.  Groundhog and Cassandra learn about a craft class.  "The Whip of His Own Remorse" is now complete.  Find out how Stylet reacts to learning about the buggles.


Weather has been moderate, and is raining today.  Recently at the birdfeeder I have seen a flock of doves, lots of grackles, some sparrows, and a lady cardinal.  The mourning dove nest by the kitchen window has two white eggs.  Currently blooming: snowdrops, forsythia, miniature Dutch iris, crocus, daffodils, tulips, apricots, plum, scilla, hyacinths, blue grape hyacinth, blue-and-white violets.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
The Personhood of Rivers
Saturday Yardening
Read "Play the Pipes, Beat the Drum" by Siliconshaman
Poem: "Spooked"
Read "What Real Courage Is"
2017 Rose & Bay Awards
Wednesday Yardening

The [livejournal.com profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam went well this weekend.

This week there is a half-price sale in Schrodinger's Heroes.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 2 new verses.  Aidan and Saraphina interact talk with a new teacher.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra and has 4 new verses.  Groundhog and Cassandra learn about a craft class.


Weather has been cool, but was warmer today.  Recently at the birdfeeder I have seen a flock of doves, lots of grackles, some sparrows, a pair of cardinals, and a northern flicker.  The mourning dove nest by the kitchen window has two white eggs.  Currently blooming: snowdrops, forsythia, miniature Dutch iris, crocus, daffodils, tulips, apricots, plum.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
The Louisiana Purchase
Saturday Yardening
Yelp Supports Gender-Neutral Restrooms
Poetry Fishbowl Report for February 7, 2017
Friday Yardening
Read "A Healing Interlude" by Dialecticdreamer
Poem: "So Glad That You're Here"


There is a runoff poll for the Rose and Bay Award: Other Project.

The next Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday, March 7 with a theme of "small yet crucial moments of courage."  Think about the theme and take notes if you wish.  I hope to see you then!


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina interact with new friends.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra.  Groundhog shows Cassandra a brochure for the Kwan Yin House of Compassion. 


Weather is blustery and chill here.  Recently at the birdfeeder I have seen a flock of doves, lots of grackles, some sparrows, and a lady cardinal.  Currently blooming: eranthis, snowdrops, forsythia, miniature Dutch iris, crocus, daffodils.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Even If You Stumble a Little"
Read "Black Mollies"
Read "Birthday Surprise" by Stardreamer
Friday Yardening
New Crowdfunding Project: "HarpTwins need ElectroAcousticHarps"
Read "Just Over the Horizon"
Thursday Yardening
Poem: "Best Measured in Friends"
Wednesday Ramblings
Poem: "The Outcome of Vulnerability"


The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics went okay last week. I still have a few poems to post that got sponsored late Sunday.

Tomorrow is the last day to vote for the 2017 Rose & Bay Awards honoring excellence in cyberfunded creativity.  If you have not yet voted, please do so now.  These are the categories:
Art
Fiction
Poetry
Webcomic
Other Project
Patron


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina interact with new friends.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra.  Groundhog shows Cassandra a brochure for the Kwan Yin House of Compassion.  "Everything That You Are Chasing" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Calliope.  It's fully funded, just needs the remaining verses posted.


We had a cold snap, but mostly the weather has been warm.  Recently at the birdfeeder I have seen a flock of doves, some sparrows and grackles, and a pair of cardinals.  Currently blooming: eranthis, snowdrops, a few forsythia, miniature Dutch iris.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Star-crossed, Sun-swept"
Sunday Yardening
Harp Twins
Poem: "A Wizard's Fingerprints"
Poem: "My Girl, My Mama"
Read "Connecting Family" by Dialecticdreamer
Thursday Yardening
India Sets a Space Record ...
Another One Bites the Dust
Hard Things
Unsold Poems from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl


The Crowdfunding Creative Jam went well this weekend, and I got several prompts written. So far nothing written to my prompts, but one person has a work in progress.

Voting is currently open for the 2017 Rose & Bay Awards. These are the categories:
Art
Fiction
Poetry
Webcomic
Other Project
Patron


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina interact with new friends.  There is plenty of room to open a new epic or two for the Tuesday fishbowl.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra.  Groundhog shows Cassandra a brochure for the Kwan Yin House of Compassion.


The weather is ridiculously warm, almost 70F here.  Recently at the birdfeeder I have seen a few doves, some sparrows and grackles, and a cardinal.  The squirrel was digging around in the yard.  Many of my flowers are sprouting and the Eranthis is blooming bright yellow in the goddess garden.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "The Form of Every Virtue"
Self-Care Links
Poem: "Their Old Familiar Carols Play"
Poem: "To Feel Your Bare Feet"
New from Dialecticdreamer
Poem: "A Kiss of Insight"
Jackfruit
Toward Impeachment
Nevertheless, She Persisted
Poem: "Spontaneous Vacations"
Poem: "Essential for Human Survival"
Poem: "A New Truth"
Moment of Silence: Richard Hatch
Good News
Snow


The Poetry Fishbowl went well last week, and I've already posted a good handful of stuff.

Voting is currently open for the 2017 Rose & Bay Awards. These are the categories:
Art
Fiction
Poetry
Webcomic
Other Project
Patron


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina interact with new friends.  There is plenty of room to open a new epic or two for the Tuesday fishbowl.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra.  Groundhog shows Cassandra a brochure for the Kwan Yin House of Compassion.


The weather is warm and damp.  Last week it snowed, just enough to cover the ground, but only lasted for a few days.  Recently at the birdfeeder I have seen a huge flock of mourning doves, some sparrows and grackles, and several cardinals.  My father invited me to pick out things from a summer plant catalog, so I marked the "Here Lies Butch" daylily as highest priority and then a bunch of other stuff.  This could turn into a lot of fun.  :D
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Wooden Timer Session 4
Robonauts
Wooden Timer Session 3
Tactile Maps
Wooden Timer Session 2
Read "Divided Path" by Dialecticdreamer
Wooden Timer
Poetry Fishbowl Report for January 24, 2017
Clothing the Resistance
More on Speculative Poetry
Yellow Submarine Session 5
Resistance While Disabled


Tomorrow will be the February Poetry Fishbowl with a theme of "nonsexual intimacies."  Please drop by then to leave prompts for me.  I have a set of posts on this topic if you want ideas.

Nominations are now complete for the 2017 Rose & Bay Awards.  Voting is open throughout February  These are the categories:
Art
Fiction
Poetry
Webcomic
Other Project
Patron


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina interact with new friends.  There is plenty of room to open a new epic or two for the Tuesday fishbowl.


The weather is damp and temperate.  This week at the birdfeeder I have seen several cardinals, some sparrows, and mourning doves.

Thank you!

Feb. 2nd, 2017 04:31 am
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... to all the folks who came to the Hard Things cuddlepile.  Moral support makes life suck a little less, and that's what those posts are for. 
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Yellow Submarine Session 2
Fighting the Muslim Ban
Superhero Origin
New from Dialecticdreamer
Moment of Silence: Poem: "A Thousand Seeds"
Yellow Submarine Session 1
Poem: "Lost and Never Looked For"
Poem: "A Forest at War"
Poetry Theme Results
Poem: "Fishing for River Monsters"
Poem: "The Hanging Gardens of Babel"
Poem: "The Might of the Mountain's Crown"
Poem: "The Secondhand Panjandrum"
Poem: "Still Growing Strong"
Good News


We're down to the last few days for nominations in the 2017 Rose & Bay Awards.  All of the categories still really need nominees, so if you have not yet nominated, please do so now.  These are the categories:
Art
Fiction
Poetry
Webcomic
Other Project
Patron


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  It has 8 new verses, as Aidan and Saraphina interact with new friends.  "The Sharpest Dose of Reality" is now complete, but had to be reposted.  "So Much Worse in Its Consequences" is also complete.


The weather is cool and clear.  We got a dusting of snow, which has brought out more birds.  This week at the birdfeeder I have seen several cardinals, a few starlings, some sparrows, and a large flock of mourning doves.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Go See "Monster Trucks"
Coping with Traumatic News
Grab Him by the Midterm
Poem: "Between Carefree and Careless"
Poem: "Your Heart and Your Trust"
Poem: "The Day You Start to Move Forward"
Hard Things
Today's Discovery


There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, January 24 with a theme of "nature." I'm aiming for short, stand-alone poems this time. Drop by tomorrow and give me ideas!

Nominations are still open for the 2017 Rose & Bay Awards.  Come nominate your crowdfunding favorites in these categories:
Art
Fiction
Poetry
Webcomic
Other Project
Patron

LiveJournal is malfunctioning again, so I'm posting this here in hopes that it will echo over there.  Due to the service disruption, I can't edit the open epics right now.  I'm frustrated because this should all have been done yesterday.  Sorry for the hassle.  I can't post open epics on Dreamwidth because the editing function is lousy.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina discover a new toy.  "The Sharpest Dose of Reality" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv.  Pain's Gray attempts to take care of Shiv and Shiv continues to freak out over the intimacy.  This has been fully funded, and will be posted whenever LJ lets me edit the post again.  "So Much Worse in Its Consequences" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  It shows what happens to Cho-Cho Glow after Antimatter and Stalwart Stan dump him at the police station.  It has been fully funded by an audience poll, and the remainder will go to "A Hope and a Promise" by default.  This means there are slots open for new epic poetry, but please hold off on that until LiveJournal is working again. 


The weather is moderate and damp.  This week at the birdfeeder I have seen some sparrows and a few mourning doves. I also saw a male cardinal by my office window.


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 [personal profile] technoshaman reports that it is possible to vote in LiveJournal polls using the Open ID function.  \o/  So you-all can do that now, and I won't have to hand-count as many backchannel votes on polls.  I knew you could comment that way, but few people bother, and it's not as big a deal.

In related news, the free epic poll is open if you wish to vote.
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I am back in action.  \o/  I've been working on backlogged email and poetry prompts.

I am also hopelessly behind on projects, and have realized that we scheduled Doug-and-Mom birthday festivities on the Tuesday where I'd normally put a bonus fishbowl.  *facepalm*  So I'm taking Doug's suggestion and just skipping it, as we are happily still flush from the overwhelming success of the Holiday Half-Price Sale.  I don't know if this will let me catch up very much, but it will definitely prevent an opportunity to fall even farther behind.  I should be able to do the February fishbowl as intended, and just move the bonus fishbowl to the middle of that month.

Fortunately, the ice storm missed us; nothing but a few shiny patches here, quickly washed away by warmer rain.  Thank you to everyone who sent prayers and worried about us.  Alas, our Chicago relatives are plated under half an inch of dire glaze.  O_O  So our plans have gotten knocked around by that.  I hope we'll still manage to connect tomorrow. 

My apologies for the delays and derailments.  Have some cookies.  :D  I got that done today too, making up for me being sick on Doug's birthday.  I still owe him a shepherd's pie.

Thank you for your patience and support.  You folks are wonderful.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
New from Dialecticdreamer
Author Update
Coping with Stressful Situations
Average Cost of Food
Good News


The Crowdfunding Creative Jam was relatively quiet, but we had a few other folks participating, whose contributions are well worth reading. \o/


Nominations are currently open for the 2017 Rose & Bay Awards.  Come nominate your crowdfunding favorites in these categories:
Art
Fiction
Poetry
Webcomic
Other Project
Patron


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina discover a new toy.  "The Sharpest Dose of Reality" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv.  Pain's Gray attempts to take care of Shiv and Shiv continues to freak out over the intimacy.  "So Much Worse in Its Consequences" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  It shows what happens to Cho-Cho Glow after Antimatter and Stalwart Stan dump him at the police station.


The weather is warmer and wet again.  We got the barest touch of ice.  An hour north of us got at least a quarter-inch and a lot of hassle; Chicago is glazed under half an inch of "kiss your travel plans goodbye," which sucks because we were expecting guests from there today.  :(  This week at the birdfeeder I have seen many sparrows, a small flock of mourning doves, a cardinal ... and a squirrel! 
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In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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* My first gaming convention when I was in high school, I mentioned to a vendor that I made up my own monsters.  He said, "Doesn't everyone?"  :D  It was the first time I was in a place where creativity was assumed as the norm.

* My first science fiction convention, around the same time, one of the dealers scrambled under a table to measure an anklet on me.  It was enlightening to see someone else move through space the way I do, looking for the most efficient route instead of the most socially approved one.

* Several years later, in college, I noticed that pros were consistently picking me out of a field of 400 people in a con.  I had no idea why, so I asked one, who explained, "It's because you treat us like people.  Everyone else here only wants to talk about our work.  You let us talk about the weather."  So now I know why famous people like me.  \o/


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