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 [personal profile] helgatwb made an icon for [personal profile] chanter_greenie based on the mentally stressed medieval beasts I posted recently.  So [personal profile] chanter_greenie wrote this piece about spring, which I would class as creative nonfiction.  It is primarily about smells, so my vision-impaired readers should definitely check it out.

Birdfeeding

Jan. 4th, 2015 05:26 pm
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It's frigid here today.  Birds have been mobbing the feeders.  Mostly I've seen sparrows, but also some male and female cardinals.  The sparrows have figured out the thistle sock.  While they prefer to be perching birds, don't let that fool you.  They're incredibly clever about getting food, even if that means impersonating a clinging bird.  I even saw one that figured out the upside-down thistle feeder I used to have. 
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This story was inspired by the "I Have a Rendesvous with Death" square in my 12-15-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest and by this picture of Batman at a cave. He looked so heartbroken that I wanted to explore why.

WARNING: The following story is darkfic. Some of the warnings are spoilers; highlight to read them. Contents include emotional angst, self-blame, helplessness, animal death, and real-world issues in a superhero setting. There is no happy ending. This story is all about dead bats making Batman very sad. If these are sensitive issues for you, then you might want to skip this one.

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This article explains how scientists created a new species of lizard not by genetic engineering, but by crossbreeding.  The hybrids are typically not fertile but can reproduce by parthenogenesis.  Whiptailed lizards can wind up with two sets of genes from different species.  But apparently some hybrids are sexually fertile because there have been species with three and even four sets of genes -- created by a monogenetic male mating with a female who has multiple sets.

Most of the time I posit that interspecies sex would not produce viable or fertile offspring in science fiction.  But several times I've written a basis for interspecies procreation, and it tends to be because the alien species is predisposed  to reproduce with the assistance of a different species.  On Earth, for example, there is the cuckoo; and now this, with actual crossbreeding.  It would be interesting if the alien species had the parthenogenesis option.
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If you live in Hawai'i then you have to accept that this is Pele's home.  She might decide to cover it with lava at any time.  This is a thing which happens.  If having your home covered with lava bothers you, then you should not live near a volcano.  It is vitally important not to piss off the Fire Goddess because when she throws a tantrum, the amount of lava getting flung about is really quite a lot larger.

I am still amused by the people some years ago who, before evacuating, set out an offering table for Pele with the best wine and white linens and a splendid feast.

The lava stopped a few feet short of their yard, parted around the house, and demolished the rest of the neighborhood.  There was a picture of it in a magazine.  :D
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This poem is spillover from the September 16, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] siliconshaman, [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth, and Deb1789. It also fills the "at the end of the rope" square in my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series P.I.E.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth, [livejournal.com profile] westrider, Anonymous, DW user Chanter_greenie, Anthony & Shirley Barrette

FULLY FUNDED
178 lines, Buy It Now = $89
Amount donated = $69
Verses posted = 39 of 52

Amount remaining to fund fully = $20
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $2.50


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Here is an article with some video about a purple siphonophore -- it looks like a living dustmop. 

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