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We finished the second one today, labeled Rainbow Fudge.  Soft and creamy and delicious, this one has much more of a spice flavor.  The cardamom predominates, varied with notes from other flavors.  It reminds me very much of spiced truffle filling.  It's an excellent dessert for people who like those, or cardamom in general, or East Indian sweets.  :D

Ingredients: cream, butter, sugar, cherry & blueberry powders, orange & pandan extracts, ginger, cardamom, food color, salt, edible glitter (gum Arabic). 

See pictures of both rainbow fudges.
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 I put together a description of a tactile Easter egg hunt over in the Cuddle Party.
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A friend sent me some rainbow fudge, which I have detailed on LJ so you can see pictures of it.  This is so awesome!  :D  Many many thanks.
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Today is my birthday, and I hate people picking on me on my birthday.  So this blog is a prank-free zone, in case anyone else dislikes the pattern of harassment and data corruption that plagues the world today. 

If you're doing the same, or know another site that is, feel free to list those in the comments.
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Tomorrow is my birthday. Since it's after sunset, I opened my birthday presents, a matched set of books:

The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes
by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws
by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

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March 31 is the International Transgender Day of Visibility.  Here are some ways to celebrate it.

Scan a list of my QUILTBAG characters for some of my transfolk.  Of these, Calliope has her own thread, and Victor Frankenstein leads a series.

Have you posted anything trans for this holiday?  If so, comment with a link and I'll add it below.


"Small Troubles" by [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah -- main character is trans
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These are the instructions I pulled together for our Ostara rock painting activity. Be aware that many of the links have cookies, pop-ups, or other problems that I usually route around -- I ignored those this time because I was mainly interested in printing out the instructions and images, and didn't have enough choices to avoid the virtual fleas.

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Tonight I am painting rocks for tomorrow's Ostara ritual.  Rock painting is our craft this sabbat.  I wanted to have some with the backgrounds already done, so I left half the rocks natural (in case someone wants a different background) then painted equal batches of white and green. 

Sac Noir

Feb. 27th, 2019 02:08 pm
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Today I got Sac Noir for Ayyam-i-Ha.  :D  This is an older edition of Bausack Towers, which we also own, and the even later Bandu.  Each of the games is slightly different, with more or fewer blocks of various shapes.  They're all stacking-block games, though, and if you collect dexterity games then I would say it's worthwhile to get them all.  

Bandu is the simplest, made from natural wood, and ideal for beginners.  Even this basic version is much more challenging and interesting compared to Jenga (which I still like).  It's very affordable.  Recommended.

Bausack Towers is a larger, more complex set with more interesting shapes -- but still smaller than Sac Noir.  What makes this game worth pursuing is the fact that its pieces are painted red and white.  One is much slicker, with almost no friction, making it very challenging to stack.  It's more expensive, but absolutely worth it, and a better choice for experienced gamers or people with high dexterity.  Highly recommended.

Sac Noir includes many shapes that didn't make it into the other sets -- and which make some of the incomprehensible pieces make sense.  There are many pieces which are hollow, partly hollow, or have tiny drilled holes in the center.  This is so you can stack them with the many other pieces that come to a point.  There are also lots of matching sets between convex and concave curves.  So it's potentially easier to stack things securely.  I say "potentially" because what it will really do is tempt me to do batshit combinations.  This is a good thing because it levels the playing field.  Without the unique features of the more advanced sets, few people will want to play me because my structure sense means I always win.  Not so fun.  But if I'm trying to do crazy things with the blocks, it means I fail at approximately the same rate as average players.  \o/  Note there is no definitive set on this edition, as the blocks were packed more-or-less randomly.  This is another great pick for experts and collectors, but it's out of print and therefore expensive.  Highly recommended.

Dexterity games are great for nonreaders, foreign-language speakers, and people with high visual-spatial or kinesthetic intelligences.  You always want to have some in your collection if you host diverse gamers.  Stacking-block games are a great way to teach young children how to play games, take turns, and collaborate.  They offer real choices, unlike preset games such as Candyland. 

Another fun aspect is the conversation.  What do you call the funny-shaped pieces?  You can get a fantastic linguistic workout this way, making them an exceptional toolkit for language learners.  If I were taking such a thing into a foreign language class, though, I'd probably paint them more colors.  It wouldn't hurt Bandu, and then you could use color vocabulary too.

If you have players with superpowers, you are going to need the more advanced sets, though.  Bausack Towers and Sac Noir offer different advantages.  Bausack Towers is more physically challenging due to the slippery blocks, while Sac Noir adds a more cerebral aspect because there are so many more shapes "made for" each other.  Sac Noir has a clear advantage if you favor any of the games with a strong strategic element.  (Instructions for several different games come with the set.)  It is easy to come up with new games, for example, trying to make sets of blocks with the same features (blocks with four sides, blocks with a hole, etc.) in them. 

Also worth mentioning: because Bandu has natural blocks while Sac Noir has red and black blocks, these two games can be combined for playing in large groups, and then easily separated afterwards.  Other combinations would better be made permanent, or else dot-mark the sets differently so they can be separated after play. 
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... runs the week after Valentines Day.

Use this post to discuss the aromantic spectrum, share resources, recommend favorite stories or movies, etc.  You can talk about the aromantic spectrumsingle lifestylenonsexual intimacies, or whatever else floats your boat.  Here is a database of ace-aro characters in literature.

If you want to explore some of my writing on this topic, try browsing:
My QUILTBAG Characters
Sexual Orientations in My Characters
Romantic Orientations in My Characters

These series have aromantic characters and/or minimal sex/romance:
An Army of One
Clay of Life
Kung Fu Robots
The Origami Mage
Path of the Paladins
Polychrome Heroics: Dr. Infanta

These series have characters who are unmarried, with or without interest in relationships:
Polychrome Heroics: Calliope
Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra
Tripping into the Future
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This is a post for aces, singles, and other folks who need a refuge from all the kissy stuff today.  You can talk about the asexuality spectrum, single lifestylenonsexual intimacies, or whatever else floats your boat.  Recommend resources on these topics, favorite stories or movies, share the platonic love!

If you want to explore some of my writing on this topic, try browsing:
My QUILTBAG Characters
Sexual Orientations in My Characters
Romantic Orientations in My Characters

Asexuality in Fiction
Asexuals Writing Asexuals

These series have asexual characters and/or minimal sex/romance:
An Army of One
Clay of Life
Kung Fu Robots
The Origami Mage
Path of the Paladins
Polychrome Heroics: Dr. Infanta
Polychrome Heroics: Shiv

These series have characters who are unmarried, with or without interest in relationships:
Fiorenza the Wisewoman
Polychrome Heroics: Calliope
Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra
Polychrome Heroics: Danso and Family
The Steamsmith
Tripping into the Future

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This poem came out of the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] gingicat, [personal profile] torc87, and [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "reminding someone to do something important" square in my 9-5-18 card for the 1000 Words or Less fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.

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Here are my cards for the Valentines Bingo fest over in [community profile] allbingo. It has several different categories. I have decided to play in Romantic, Platonic, and You Are. The fest runs from February 1-28. (See all my 2019 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

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A friend of mine sent me two essential oils.  :D  The Cocoa one smells a lot like chocolate liqueur.  The Coffee one really  smells like coffee!  \o/  Many thanks.
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National Science Fiction Day is unofficially celebrated by many science fiction fans in the United States on January 2, which corresponds with the official birthdate of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov While not an official holiday of any sort (in the sense that it is not recognized or declared by any government), National Science Fiction Day is given some degree of credence by its recognition by organizations such as the Hallmark Channel  and by the Scholastic Corporation.  It is also listed in the National Day Calendar.

For those of you new to my blog, my science fiction offerings include:

Poetry Collection

Serial Poetry
An Army of One
Diminished Expectations
Feathered Nests
Kung Fu Robots
Tripping into the Future

Shared Worlds
The Blueshift Troupers
Schrodinger's Heroes
Torn World
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Keeping track of stuff I like or want is easier if I make a place for it through the year, rather than trying to do it at the last minute. This worked great in the past, so I'm continuing the practice. See my wishlists from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Pocket microscope. This version is small and lightweight, similar to one I had many years ago.

Eggcrate foam chair back cushion. Possibly a neck pillow turned sideways would work, or a seat cushion.

Evolution: Flight 
This is an expansion of the Evolution board game of designing herbivorous or carnivorous species for survival. Available at Dr. G's Brain Store.

Johnson's emotional first aid: How to increase your happiness, peace, and joy
Paperback – 1997 by Victoria Johnson (used is fine)

The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen is a cookbook of Native American recipes.

Black Dogs Part 2: The Mountain of Iron is an anthropomorphic novel. I loved the first one.

Reflective yarn.  I WANT something made with this yarn -- preferably a hooded scarf or a scarf and winter hat.  In approximate order of preference: peacock blue, purple, grey, black, aran white, olive green.  I'd rather not do the neons, and definitely not the pink.

"That's what I do.  I read books and I know things." t-shirt size Large color eggplant.

"Do it do it do it" t-shirt of Luci on red, size Large.

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It is much easier to keep an accurate tally if I do it during the year rather than trying to backtrack after the fact. See my crowdfunding activities from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

I serve as a maintainer of the Crowdfunding communities on LiveJournal and on Dreamwidth.


The [community profile] allbingo community on Dreamwidth is always open for people to play creative bingo, and it is crowdfunding-friendly. Some people use bingo cards to inspire their crowdfunded projects, or in prompt calls, etc.

Crowdfunding Creative Jam on [community profile] crowdfunding or on LiveJournal
A two-day event where anyone can leave prompts on the current theme, or create anything based on prompts. Some material is usually shared free and some is available for sponsorship.

Sketch Fest hosted by [personal profile] ellenmillion
Leave prompts for artists to sketch (in any medium) with a one-hour limit on each sketch during Sketch Fest proper. Sketches may be finished later. They are often offered for sale. Sponsors of Sketch Fest get to leave up to 15 prompts instead of the 5 that everyone else gets.

My Own Projects

I have a permanent "Feed the Bard" donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page. You can use that to support any of my projects, just make sure you tell me what the donation is for.

The Blueshift Troupers (sporadic)
This is science fiction about a team of shapeshifters who travel the galaxy solving problems. So far it has a bit of background material and a couple of poems. I'd like to find time to script the pilot episode.

The Poetry Fishbowl (monthly)
Live poetry activity where people give me prompts on a theme and I write poems based on whatever I get. Minimum of one free poem posted, and others available for sponsorship. Lots of different perks. Fishbowl Open posts have a donation button. The regular session is on the first Tuesday of each month. Sometimes there is a bonus session or a sale mid-month.

Schrodinger's Heroes (sporadic)
This project features an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom. It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world. The cast of characters is sexually and ethnically diverse. Content includes fiction, poetry, LOL_HEROES (LOLCATS images of characters who are cats, or have gotten changed into cats), and other goodies. I write for this project during the Poetry Fishbowl, Crowdfunding Creative Jam, bingo fests, and sundry other occasions.

The Silk Road Allies (sporadic)
Imagine if China and Italy became friends; that's the theme of this alternative history shared world. I write for it along with [personal profile] thesilentpoet and [personal profile] marina_bonomi. It features primarily poetry but there is also a bit of art, and other goodies may emerge over time.

Nineforthenebulasheart is based on several of my Creative Jam prompts bundled by [personal profile] alexconall into a feminist mythpunk science fantasy project. It's a collaborative fandom with multiple participants creating poetry, fiction, and other goodies, licensed via Creative Commons.

The Ursulan Cycle is a genderbent rendition of the Arthurian Cycle. It's an open source fandom with multiple contributors making poetry, fiction, and other stuff.

Projects I Sponsored

Magpie Monday by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer focuses on fiction, mostly fantasy.

Common Bonds by Claudie Arseneault
An anthology of speculative fiction featuring aromantic characters and centering platonic relationships.

Other Projects I Supported as a Fan

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Each year, I think about what I have accomplished and what I want to do next. I have a point system for encouraging progress. These are some of my goals for 2019:

* Actually look at this list of goals, at least once a month, before the end of the year in hopes of meeting more of them and not trying to cram in December.  [1/2/19, 1/5/19, 1/13/19, 2/7/19, 2/10/19, 3/1/19, 3/4/19, 3/10/19, 3/18/19, 3/31/19, 4/12/19, 4/19/19]

* Fill in desk calendar with repeating posts and other memoranda.  [MET 1/2/19]

* Place one new book-length project on the market, either by writing a book proposal or by writing a complete book manuscript.

* Experiment with self-publishing a chapbook in ebook and/or home-printed format.
draggon-flye.livejournal.com has volunteered to help with this.

* Finish compiling the manuscript for The Origami Mage collection. Add supporting materials as necessary. Submit completed manuscript to Hunt Press.

* Write at least 400 poems. 

* Continue holding one Poetry Fishbowl per month. [1/8/19, 2/5/19]

* Try using a specific storyline as a theme for the main Poetry Fishbowl, like the Big One in the bonus round last year.

* Collate at least three more poetic series into collection files.  [Kande's Quest 1/5/19, The Hollow Way 3/31/19]

* Create more supporting materials for poetic series as necessary, such as character cast lists or scientific notes.

* Supervise reorganization of the Polychrome Heroics material.

* Make more pages for individual threads in the Polychrome Heroics series. 

* Launch at least one new poetic series. [MET 3/13/19 The Hollow Way]

* Sell at least one poem of 10 or fewer lines, eligible for the Dwarf Stars Award.

* Sell at least one poem of 50+ lines, eligible for the Rhysling Award long category.

* Finish at least one poem that was partly written and then abandoned. 

* Participate in at least one bingo fest. [MET 1/1/19 Untranslatable Words Bingo, 2/1/19 Valentines Bingo, 2/28/19 Meet Ugly Bingo]

* Run the Rose & Bay Awards for 2018. [MET Nomination posts made 1/1/19, voting posts made 2/1/19, winners announced 3/1/19]

* Keep up with writing records better, updating at least weekly.

* Complete at least one significant outdoor project. 

* Go through closet to remove clothes that no longer fit, and take them to a charity. [MET 1/2/19 one bag]

* Keep track of my crowdfunding activity as the year goes on.

* Keep track of things I would like to receive as gifts. 

* Make at least one new recipe per month. ["Grilled Pork with Pineapple Slices," 1/24/19, "Baked Eggs with Vegetables in Muffin Tin" 2/7/19, "Ginger-Basil Beef" 2/10/19, "Barbecue Pork Ribs" 3/10/19, "Moroccan Dry Rub" on beef cutlets 3/15/19, Turkey Meatloaf Muffins (as a loaf) 4/12/19, Nord Spices and Spiced Root Cake 4/19/19]

* Fill in the blank: __________. This slot is left open because, during any given year, I usually pick up some "surprise" goals. This time I want to give myself credit for that. 

* ADDED 1/13/19 for [community profile] snowflake_challenge: Post at least one new piece to Love Is For Children. [MET 2/6/19 "Sunday Dinner"]

* ADDED 3/4/19: completed orders for spring plant catalogs.  Next year I should set a goal to finish this no later than February. [MET 3/4/19]

What are some of your goals for 2019?


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