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 ... can come true.

I have a tendency to wind up in situations were "Oh, was that supposed to be impossible?  So sorry, I didn't notice." is a perfectly logical thing to say.  :D
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 My partner Doug tipped me to this piece about a black comics event.  What I love about crowdfunding is that it closes the loop.  Readers can ask for what they want and get it.  Writers know they are creating stuff that people want and will buy.  <3
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 Dan Haggerty has passed away.  He was best known for his starring role in the wilderness TV series Grizzly Adams.
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 They do shit like this.  And yes, some of them can do that in real life too.  I'm telling you, they are like oldschool D&D mages.  Everybody laughs at level 1, but by level 9 they are fucking unstoppable.
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This poem is spillover from the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the series Hart's Farm.


"After the Work Is Done"


At Hart's Farm, there is always time
to play after the work is done.

In spring, when the heavy rain
turns the snow into deep mud,
people huddle around the hearth
and play hnefatafl on wooden boards
with an ivory king and amber courtiers
and enemies made of black pebbles.

In summer, the fine weather
brings everyone outside for varpa,
throwing heavy weights down a course
marked with slender wands for scoring.

In autumn, they nail reindeer antlers
to posts and try to lasso them,
strong young men and women
laughing as they encourage each other.

In winter, the snow returns
and people dress warmly before
running outside to play wasaloppet,
a race run with teams of four
each sharing a single pair of skis.

The games teach teamwork
as much as competition,
building ties that continue
through the seasons of the year.

* * *

Notes:

Swedish games include hnefatafl, varpa,  Sami lassoing, and wasaloppet.

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This poem was written outside of the regular prompt calls. It was inspired by a conversation with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, commissioned and sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  Watch the video about "How Irish Dance Got Started" first, because the poem is full of spoilers for it.  This poem belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This centers on rude humor, and involves a bit of social angst, but it's mostly fluff -- or at least, as fluffy as Shiv ever gets. DO NOT watch the video with your mouth full, or anywhere that laughing aloud could cause problems.

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[personal profile] capriuni tipped me to "SuperCakes" which is a lesbian superhera comic ... with the remark that this sounds like something from Terramagne.  It really does.  Especially the "Welcome to the Family" episode.  :D
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 My partner Doug found this comic, "Bash Back," about gay mobsters.  I am just tickled pink that someone else is writing stuff like this.  :D
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 Australia has a good idea to boost films by and about women.  This is what it looks like when people actually care.
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 My partner Doug found me this music video that's been viewed over a billion times.  The music is charming, and also particularly noteworthy for blending multiple styles.  The diversity in general is very high.  The bromance is adorable.  I think it taps into the zeitgeist because so many people have close relationships with friends who live far away, and they're not together most of the time -- their relationship lives in those moments of reconnection.
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So here is how Charles Schulz dealt with racism.

1) When someone else pointed out the problem, he agreed that it was a problem.

2) He then admitted he had no idea how to fix it without making it worse; he lacked relevant experience and information, and really did not want to screw it up.

3) So the lady asked her friends who did have relevant experience.

4) One of them suggested introducing supernumerary characters -- background roles -- as a way of laying groundwork for a regular character later on.

5) And he did that.  And it worked.

Believe that you can make a difference.  If you aren't sure how, say so and seek further input from useful sources. Understand that if you're an artist, you'll never know most of the times you make an impact in somebody's life.  But every so occasionally, someone will tell you that you have, and that's awesome.

So go save the world, it needs saving.
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A close relative is currently stranded in Albequerque due to the car dying on a long trip. So [personal profile] dialecticdreamer offered to help by writing ficlets in exchange for donations to the car fund. Well, one donor asked for something from Love Is For Children, so I'm filling this prompt for Zelofheda. If any other fans of this series would like to express their appreciation, by all means chip in a few bucks with a note that it's from me and the Pay It Forward project. This story also fills the "emotional overload" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest and the "hurt/comfort" square in my 10-1-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations," and "Coming in from the Cold: Monday: Memorial Day."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanova, Betty Ross, Bruce Banner, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, JARVIS.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Minor mishaps. Lingering symptoms of past abuse and neglect. Current environment is safe.
Summary: The Avengers enjoy game night. Clint and Bruce wind up playing together for much of it. Bruce gets upset easily.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family of choice. Team as family. Fluff and angst. Toys and games. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Creativity. Friendship. Cuddling. #coulsonlives

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

I also have a list of favorite photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, partly compiled from audience requests.

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 This project aims to make Legos more inclusive with a holiday-and-magic themed set including minifigs in wheelchairs.
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So people are throwing a fit over this.

Me, I loved the remake, especially in terms of comparing it to the earlier movie with attention to what and how things had been updated.  I admired the "foster kid" remake including its song.  I adored the use of social media as the means of driving not just public opinion but several important plot points.  It was very astute.  And I think that choosing to tell this story with black protagonists spoke to multiple aspects of life that concern people of color -- being wanted, being unwanted, success, family of choice when birth families don't work out the way you want, etc.

People don't like it when somebody else gets a turn in the spotlight?  Wah wah, cry me a river.
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This poem came out of the September 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] capriuni. It also fills the "welcoming" square in my 8-31-15 card for the Tones Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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I am fascinated by this essay.  While the plot connections are interpretive, the move-by-move comparisons of Jar-Jar to a Drunken Master, and to various Jedi Masters, are exquisitely precise.  Whether you agree with it or not, this hypothesis should make the movies a lot more entertaining to watch.  Especially under the influence of copious caffeine.

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