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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is running Magpie Monday today with a theme of "disaster or opportunity."  Drop by and leave her some prompts!  Donations are also encouraged, as she has some major ongoing medical expenses to cope with.
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 See the end in "Part 3" as Haruko finishes his memorial sculpture.  Given T-America's much greater interest in miniatures such as toy soldiers, I suspect this sort of memento is more popular there.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted Part 1 of her story "Alchemy of Spirit," in which Haruko tries to map his relationship with Abraham in retrospect.  There is a tip button at the bottom, so if you're enjoying these stories, please drop something in.
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 See the description post.  There is a tip jar at the bottom of the story, and new parts will be appearing throughout the day.
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[personal profile] shiori_makiba has written the poem "Eye of the Beholder" for my Berettaflies thread in Polychrome Heroics.  It is a beautiful and powerful statement about personal appearance.
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 "Drawing It Out" is the story that sets up for my poem "Drawing Out the Feelings."  Dr. G and Shiv discuss a few different soothing and expressive activities.
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 "Sport" is an episode of the very NSFW comic "Oglaf."  <3
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 I am fascinated by cross-orientation relationships.  Sometimes people fall in love with someone outside their sexual attraction.  Almost all of them ignore it.  But here's a lesbian marrying a man, and two straight men falling in love.  

Over in Terramagne, Socket is a lesbian with a crush on Fortressa who was straight but has since sworn off love.  So Socket is working to shift a romantic, sexual feeling into the kind of friendship that Fortressa wants and needs, without saying a word, because that's what love is -- a situation where the other person's happiness is integral to your own.  Socket cares more about being with Fortressa and making her happy than about the form  that relationship takes.  Fortressa is sufficiently clueless about relationships that she hasn't even noticed this, except that she really likes Socket and appreciates all the support.  Frankly I think Socket is the main brake pedal preventing Fortressa from turning into a whackjob.

Know yourself.  Know what you like.  But when love comes, let it in, even if it didn't come in the form you thought you wanted.
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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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 This is an interesting metaphor of introversion.  The hissy frame makes me think of Shiv.
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Everything is bigger in Australia.  In this case, 20-pound pinecones falling from on high can injure or kill people underneath.

Who else is thinking it would be fun to drop one on the Spectrum?  Because obviously they're not going to mind the signs.  :D
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 The new part "Spirit" is up now.  Shiv and Travis find something of an ally in Dr. Bloch, but they're not quite sure what to make of that yet.
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Based on my prompt, [personal profile] shiori_makiba has posted the lovely poem "A Net of Promises" from the 'Ohana series.  Polyfolks talk about parenting together.

See also "Felt Like a Broken Promise" from the same series.
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 [personal profile] shiori_makiba is hosting "Thank Muse It's Friday" with a theme of "A Promise of a Promise."  Leave a prompt, get ficlet.  There is currently no donation button, just free stuff.  Choose from original or fanfic settings -- including some of mine, such as Berettaflies -- or ask for something entirely new.
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My partner Doug found this impressive little video of the Ninja Tie Knot.  You tie the knot on a table and then put it over your head.  It looks like a traditional knot.  Yay!

Although I rarely wear ties, I have a fascination with them as a means of gender expression.  Ideally, one wants to know at least one traditional knot (there are about four in ubiquitous use) and at least one expressive knot (pick something that matches your personality and/or the occasions you want to dress up your tie).  This is my go-to reference because it lists both common and rare knots, with pictures and videos, and offers advice on when to wear them.  Among my favorites are the Eldredge, Trinity, and Rose.  For a softer look I like the Merovingian, the Linwood Taurus, and the Four Rings.  Those are gentleman knots with a dash of geek and romance.  They all show attention to detail, a willingness to stand out, and the patience to practice something out of the ordinary.  I have less need for a basic tie knot because the plain fact is, I won't be wearing a tie anywhere I'd need that kind of conservative look.  I'd be wearing it for expression, which means probably something like a show, a dance, or a wedding.  If I'm going to put on a tie at all, I might as well send a message with it.  But it's still nice to have the common knots as a backup, in case practice does not make perfect.

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