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Now funding on Kickstarter: an anthology of asexual fairy tales with illustrations.  :D 3q3q3q!!! 

I definitely want the hardcopy.  I am considering whether I want to bump up to the next level and also get two signed prints of the artwork.

If you want there to be more acefic in the world, go check out this project.  Fairytales are for everyone!  And the author is right, some of those things were already ace as hell, it doesn't take much to highlight that.
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New Barbie releases for 2019 include the Fashionistas line with over 100 looks, including nappy hair, a doll with a prosthetic leg, and a wheelchair accessory usable with a wide range of posable dolls.  The body shape is slightly more realistic too.

FIN-AL-LY!  \o/ 
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The following poems from the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "Nascent Wisdom," "A Lively Feast," "Between the Normal and the Abnormal," "Always Carry Your Goodness," and "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey."


Read more... )
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If you're still shopping for poetry, now's the time to make your selections.  There are a couple of sub-epics left and one short epic, for folks with a short budget.
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[personal profile] satsuma is seeking cosponsors for "If We Had No Winter" ($154).

I can fund a third of this ($60), but you already have several open
epics...perhaps someone would like to go in on a pool?


EDIT 2/6/19:
This inspired the free-verse poem "If We Had No Winter." Shahana and Ari get asked to hold a public ritual for Spring Greening.
307 lines, Buy It Now = $154

EDIT 2/6/19: [personal profile] ng_moonmoth
I could be talked into a share. Might be willing to go as high as $50. If at least $44 gets pledged from some other source, that should make it a go. Any takers?
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The following poems from the January 22, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "Nascent Wisdom," "A Lively Feast," "Between the Normal and the Abnormal," "Always Carry Your Goodness," and "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey."


"All the Beautiful Lights"
Your prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "All the Beautiful Lights." Shiv and Luci enjoy a holiday cruise on Lake Manawa.
824 lines, Buy It Now = $412

Lake Manawa looked like a nonstick griddle,
the ice flat and gray under a cloudy sky,
but Shiv knew it would glitter in the sun.

Shiv and Luci walked toward the dock
where the Manawa Marvel waited
.


"The Quickest Way to Know a Woman"
Some DW prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "The Quickest Way to Know a Woman." Shiv and Luci go shopping in the Old Market.
1553 lines, Buy It Now = $777

Shiv stood in front of Dymin's desk
and forced himself not to fidget.

"You sure this is a good idea?"
he said, trying to wheedle out of it.

"I'm sure you need winter clothes,
and I'm sure you'll benefit from
a spotter on that trip," Dymin said.
"You and Luci have talked about
shopping the Old Market, so
she's bound to be willing."



"Sky Blue and Grass Green"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Sky Blue and Grass Green." Shiv takes a class in underpainting, then freezes up when he tries to do it in complementary colors. He gets through it with a little help, though.
303 lines, Buy It Now = $152

Shiv hopped off of the bus at
the Hipster Center of Creative Arts.

He liked the building -- sleek concrete
with lots of glass windows to let in
all the light that they could, as if
it had been made from Legos.



"Strange and Twisted Creatures"
Molly takes care of Gray after the incident with Chyou.
558 lines, Buy It Now = $279

Gray woke with a headache and
a queasy burn in his belly that told him
he'd gone far too long without eating.

Then he remembered why, and groaned.



"What Seems Like Surrender"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "What Seems Like Surrender." A week after the chayne incident, Dr. Bloch notices that Shiv has an unusual response to certain types of pain.
572 lines, Buy It Now = $286

A week after the chayne incident, Shiv
got an invitation back to Dr. Bloch's office.

The fact that it was an invitation threw him
off track, but the message clearly stated
that he could either come for a checkup and
probably get excused from bed rest now,
or skip it and wait an extra week before
being excused from it automatically
.

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Today's plans got dropped in a blender, but it turned out great anyway.  :D  My parents couldn't make it to the Krannert event, so we had to rush out early to get the tickets from them, but then we had lots of extra time to kill.  So ...

* We had lunch at Core Life.  They always have different stuff.  Today I noticed they had fresh ginger root and fresh basil, and I was having beef with purple rice and some other stuff.  Let me tell you, fresh grated ginger and chopped basil is magical  as a bowl topping.  I usually use them dried, or cooked fresh, not raw.  But now I plan to make a batch of quinoa (another option there, and I don't have a source for purple rice, drat it), grill some beef, chop it, and top with the fresh herbs.  It will be awesome.  :D  Well, for hardcore ginger fans.  The fresh root has far more bite than most people like, but I lick my fingers after grating it, so.  This is my idea of fun.

* We bought candlemaking supplies for Imbolc.  Bulk paraffin now comes in a block with divisions about soap bar size, not a giant slab that has to be busted up with a hammer and screwdriver for 10 minutes to fit in the melting equipment. \o/  Seriously, a blessing on whomever got a clue and made that change.

* We visited a music store and made note of some things Doug will want to buy.  And I fell in love.  :D  It's called a sea drum, and I bought one on the spot.  I picked it up out of curiosity and was instantly mesmerized.  It's a drum with two clear synthetic heads and in the middle are many tiny steel balls rolling around.  This is a fantastic fidget if you like watching, feeling, and hearing things move.  As a musical instrument, it makes rain or ocean sounds, along with more normal drum sounds.  I'm only so-so as a drummer.  But it only took me a minute to figure out how to make a good rain sound and quiet surf sounds.  I will need a little more practice to make crashing waves without stopping the balls -- that's tricky -- but I'm confident I can do it.  This is a musical instrument I can play  and not feel like my remaining musical ability is trying to walk on a broken ankle.  I pick it up and feel normal.  I got the 12" version, which sounds fantastic and is a comfortable size for me to use.  There are larger and smaller ones, including some with natural heads.

* We went to World Harvest looking for pear white tea, which they did not have, but they had a couple others I wanted and haven't seen in a while, so I got those and was well pleased.

* Supper was at Merry Ann's Diner.  I tried the turkey swiss grilled sandwich, which was pretty good, but saltier than ideal for me.  I still love the place because it's right across from the Krannert Center where we go fairly often.

* Krannert performance tonight was the ballet Sleeping Beauty.  Now I've seen Russian ballet in Moscow, and while the technical performance there was a bit higher on average, there was no pageanty -- just different colored leotards and a bit of lighting.  Tonight there were spectacular costumes and gorgeous sets.  Some of it was very subtle, like a lace curtain representing the wall of thorns around the castle.  All of the dancers were capable, the animal actors were hilarious, and the lead couple were definitely as good as the Bolshoi Teatre.  The male lead was extremely callipygian.  He could walk away from me all night and I would love the show.  :D  If you love the male form, you would love this show, because some of the men are costumed above the waist but below it are wearing nothing but tights and shoes so you can SEE EVERYTHING.  We also did some Ayyam-i-Ha shopping: I bought Doug a DVD of the performance and he bought me a paper quillwork card of a squirrel.

EDIT 1/24/19: My partner Doug reminded me that after the show, we stopped at the Intermezzo to share a slice of Swiss Chalet cake.  That was chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, and a vanilla cream filling between them.  I love their layer cakes that have multiple flavors like that.  Fancy-dancy desserts!  :D

I'm really glad that I made the effort to scramble out of the house several hours early today.  Totally worth the trip.  \o/
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The following poems from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "Nascent Wisdom," "A Lively Feast," "Between the Normal and the Abnormal," "Always Carry Your Goodness," and "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey."


"The Consequences of Their Own Neglect"
Cold Cash, in his new guise as Ice Fog, leads his team on a bank job.
389 lines, Buy It Now = $195

The team was gathered and ready to go.

Alibi had carefully insinuated herself into
a walking tour of downtown Mercedes in
her guise as Cold Cash, an excursion which
he had been talking up all week. A group of
college students, tourists, and new residents
had gotten together so nobody had to walk alone.



"A Frantic Resistance"
Your blind prompt contributed to "A Frantic Resistance." The superkittens meet a consultant who raises therapy cats.
225 lines, Buy It Now = $113

When the new consultant arrived,
all three superkittens responded
by arching their backs and hissing
.


"Intrinsically Linked with Nurturing and Love"
Your prompt contributed to the poem "Intrinsically Linked with Nurturing and Love." Mallory and Heron introduce Dairinne to solid food.
230 lines, Buy It Now = $115

When Heron came home for lunch,
Mallory was wearing the green beans
and Dairinne was howling her head off
.


"Loss Is Like a Wind"
From a previous backchannel prompt, I got the poem "Loss Is Like a Wind." A drowning death inspires people to take concrete steps to prevent future tragedies.
600 lines, Buy It Now = $300

On a fine spring day,
Ryder Wilkinson went out
to the Markle Mill Dam
not far from his home.

He walked along the edge
of the pond and looked at
the ruins of the old gristmill
to see if any new driftwood
had washed downstream
.


"Love Unflinching"
This contributed to the free-verse poem "Love Unflinching." Phylicia moves to Easy City, adopts a buggle, and meets Stylet.
207 lines, Buy It Now = $104

Phylicia Du Chienne
was delighted by the offer
to move from Shreveport
down to Easy City.

After the berettaflies,
Easy City was where
all the exciting things were
happening in the field of ethics
.


"Penny's Pocket Parity"
A pocket prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Penny's Pocket Parity." When a college student can't find mainstream support for her line of women's clothing with pockets, Fortressa steps in.
530 lines, Buy It Now = $265

Fortressa and her Pit Group were
lounging around the living room and
browsing the BlackSheep pastures.

Men Are Thistles had a lot of activity.
Fortressa liked it because it was easy
to access, so it got plenty of traffic
and gave her ideas for things to fix
.


"To Repair the Damage of the Lumberman"
Your backchannel prompt inspired the free-verse poem "To Repair the Damage of the Lumberman." Dr. Infanta helps revive redwoods from ancient stumps.
467 lines, Buy It Now = $234

Dr. Infanta and Lorry
landed in Muir Woods.

Fog still hung in the air, and
the temperature was on the rise,
making the place hot and muggy
.

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Publix is offering several important maintenance medications and antibiotics for FREE.  They have another program with a much longer list of drugs available at $7.50 for a 90-day supply.  If you live in their service area, you can get a sample of decent health care.

Every once in a while, some business does something that doesn't suck, and I like to pat them on the back for that.  \o/
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[personal profile] siliconshaman has released his first three Polychrome Heroics books on Amazon. See Atomic (Polychrome Heroics Book 1), Fire Dance (Polychrome Heroics Book 2), and Fire on the Mountain (Polychrome Heroics Book 3).  Reviews would be very helpful at this stage.  These are all superhero fantasy.

I'm all excited because it's such a thrill to have other folks writing whole novels  in my settings!  :D
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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.
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 For my ace/aro friends, here is a t-shirt with a pile of giant squiggly zucchini.

Yes, someone made acepr0n on a t-shirt.  I am pretty sure they did not know they were doing that.  ;)
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The following poems from the December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "Nascent Wisdom," "A Lively Feast," "Between the Normal and the Abnormal," and "Always Carry Your Goodness."


"Crazy Fun in the House of Mirrors"
A Schrodinger's Heroes prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Crazy Fun in the House of Mirrors." Several team members get sucked into another dimension, but help is not quite where they expect to find it.
185 lines, Buy It Now = $93

"It's Sunday in July, and you're
still working?" Kay said, shaking
her head. "You need more practice
managing your free time, folks!"

"Crossroads on the Hero's Journey"
Your prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey." Magical realms have a meeting point.
35 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"How Much Love We Put in That Action"
Tolli and Simon put Shiv's needs ahead of their own, which throws Shiv into a major meltdown.
912 lines, Buy It Now = $456

Shiv was setting up tables
when Tolli and Simon came in.

He had learned that he was
actually rather good at this:
his ability let him sense when
the silverware was lined up or not.

"Not the Opposite of Life"
A backchannel prompt from inspired the free-verse poem "Not the Opposite of Life." When the winter migration brings new whales south, Steel gets into a nasty fight about religion.
480 lines, Buy It Now = $240

Aquariana was fascinated
by the movements of whales.

Most of the great whales migrated
toward the poles in summer and
toward the equator in winter, except
for a few species that stayed primarily
in colder or warmer water all the time
.


"The Perfection That Eludes Us"

In "The Perfection That Eludes Us," Shannalyn defends her son Eric against kidnappers from another realm.
361 lines, Buy It Now = $181
Shannalyn hiked through the woods in
the Norfork Shoals State Park, heading for
the archery field to do a lesson for new members
of the Ozarcane Live-Action Role-Playing Association.

"The Shadows on the Wall"
Your history prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Shadows on the Wall." In summer school, the children of Monster House learn history through maskmaking and playwriting. Then at night, they get different lessons from the shadowfolk.
69 lines, Buy It Now = $35

It's July, and the kids
have both signed up for
Masks of the Past, a program
that teaches theatrical arts
and history together
.


"The Ramifications of That State of Mind"
Your prompt inspired a sequel, "The Ramifications of That State of Mind." Raymond and Gideon examine their situation and make some preliminary plans.
352 lines, Buy It Now = $176
Available for posting after "Cruel Intentions and Difficult Truths" has been sponsored and published.
In the interests of avoiding
any further weirdness, Gideon
replaced their chalk symbols with
fresh ones drawn in ink on skin.

"The Reality of Cruelty"
These inspired the free-verse poem "The Reality of Cruelty." Ansel and Turq meet some new centaurs and find out more details about the mad science going on, this time with disturbing ethnic overtones.
WARNING: Includes very touchy topics in African-American, Jewish, and Vietnamese groups.
486 lines, Buy It Now = $243
The front camp held dozens of
support personnel busily organizing
tools and supplies after the raid.

Centaurs and a few other victims
milled around on the green grass,
blinking in the unfamiliar sunshine.

"Unseen, the Yellow Woods"
A couple of Dreamdwidth prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Unseen, the Yellow Woods." We don't necessarily see the opportunities all around us.
26 lines, Buy It Now = $15


These three poems form a set:

"Cut With Our Own Dust"
Shiv crosses paths with Stalwart Stan and Antimatter, and carries through a plan he made back in prison. This is a terrible idea.
294 lines, Buy It Now = $147
Lawrence enjoyed patrolling
the Gene Leahy Mall with Stan,
even on a raw spring day when
the damp breeze whipped his hair in
his face and chilled the back of his neck.

"How We Correct Them"
Realizing he fucked up, Shiv calls Rosie for advice.
394 lines, Buy It Now = $197
Available for publication after "Cut With Our Own Dust" has been sponsored and posted.
"I fucked up, Rosie,
I really really fucked up
this time," Shiv said, clutching
his phone in a sweaty hand.
"I don't know what to do."

"The Courage to Admit Them"
Shiv goes to speak with Stan and Lawrence after their encounter.
137 lines, Buy It Now = $69
Available for publication after "Cut With Our Own Dust" and "How We Correct Them" have been sponsored and posted.
Shiv slunk through the Gene Leahy Mall,
looking for the orange Serenity bench where
he had agreed to meet Stan and Lawrence.

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[personal profile] ng_moonmoth  is hosting a Polar Bear Pool Party for the Holiday Poetry Sale.  If you are interested, please get in touch with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth to arrange details.
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Just a reminder: the Holiday Poetry Sale will run Monday, December 17-Friday, December 21.  Prices start at $2.50, so there should be something for everyone.  There will be a quarter-price option for folks spending $100 or more. 
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I want this book. It has some cool ideas, and also some extremely creepy ones.  It raises fascinating questions about the nature of humanity and the ethics of gengineering.

EDIT 12/13/18: And now someone is sending me a copy.  <3 my audience.
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The following poems from the November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "Nascent Wisdom," "A Lively Feast," and "Between the Normal and the Abnormal."

Read more... )
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When I was little, my parents hunted high and low for books by and about other cultures, especially Native American ones.  I searched for them in bookstores, museums, oddity shops, and events.  It was harder to find any then.  It's easier now.  Here is a list of Native American books for children by contemporary authors, just in time for holiday shopping.  I am pleased to see a range of light to dark topics, and at least one of them is bilingual.

Never forget.

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