Tuesday Yardening

Apr. 25th, 2017 01:46 pm
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While cleaning house, Doug found some misplaced bulbs, so I went out and planted those.

Today is sunny, warm, and breezy. 

EDIT 4/25/17: Round 2, I planted a butterfly weed beside the barrel garden and prairie onion in the septic garden.  Then I watered plants.

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, May 2

Apr. 25th, 2017 01:26 pm
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "history written by the losers." I'll be soliciting ideas for historians, other chroniclers, invaders, the oppressed, the misunderstood, ordinary people, outcasts, refugees, fish out of water, abuse survivors, the women that men don't see, QUILTBAG folks, people of color, people with detested superpowers, "evil" races, untouchables, burakumin, former or current criminals, foster children, others on the fringes of society, fighting a holding action, retreating, losing everything, looking in the window, taking people for granted, expecting the unexpected, surviving oppression, hiding, upstanding, speaking truth to power, facing your demons, punching up, protesting, storytelling, battlefields, reservations, cities, slums, classrooms, hideouts, alleys, subways and sewers, liminal zones, government buildings, libraries, oral tradition history, poorskills, unpaid labor, self-sacrifice, emotional labor, disruptions, linchpins and ripplepoints, time travel, the Underground Railroad, unusual vulnerabilities, history books written by the loserspainted hides, minority languages, subversive literacysubversive education, humility, humiliation, appreciation, social evolution, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Lead Us in Peace" (18 verses, Clay of Life). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 
 

New to the fishbowl?� Read all about it! )

 

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So I spent all yesterday in pain and feeling like shit, and today I still feel grumpy and awful, but there is work to be done and I'm trying to make myself do it.

In mostly unrelated news, every member of my family older than me is exhausting to deal with this week, and I am about ready to yell at them all.

However, Bast is amazing and I am lucky they're willing to not only deal with my grumpy and sadness but try and help me get my shit together and actually get stuff done. Even if I fail at actually doing so.

This space may turn into a ta-done or to-do list later. For right now I am just waving tiredly at everyone.

EDIT: ... I somehow fucked up the computer trying to plug in my headphones and I had to fuck with it trying to get to the battery. I got it up again, but it was like an hour, it was stressful, I still have to do work which is also stressful, and I really just want to either nap or burrow in distractions for the day.

Fuck today, man.

Hugs would be really appreciated.

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Apr. 25th, 2017 10:50 am
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Hello all!

Once upon a time, I was active in this community, and much more so on Dreamwidth. Then I took what ultimately became a years-long sabbatical, and these days, flitting on the edges.

One of my goals for 2017, is to write more, both professionally and personally. Long story short, back in November, the husband and I moved to Pittsburgh, and had to dip into our savings to pay for moving expenses. Money has since been weird.

To that end, I have started a Patreon as a way to supplement our income with my writing. Primarily, I am posting on my Urban Fantasy novel, and occasionally, poetry.

Http://Patreon.com/srmaclin

Pledges start at as little as $1/month. There's some nifty perks and stretch goals in place.

Plus! Let me know you linked from Dreamwidth, and there will be a welcome perk thrown in!
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The following poems from the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," "Leaves Upon the Water," and "The Quick Brown Fox." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.



"Lead Us in Peace"
Well, I started with Ladino, but then they went haring off into Ghardaia sign language. Did you know Jews had their own sign languages? I hadn't come across those until I stumbled over them just now. Anyhow, Menachem and Yossele are exploring that as well as Ladino with some new friends. "Lead Us in Peace" is written in free verse.
58 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Like Oil to a Lamp"
A DW prompt inspired "Like Oil to a Lamp," which is written in parallel tercets. It lists a whole bunch of famous Jewish foods.
36 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Pesach Sameach"
A couple of prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "Pesach Sameach." During the Passover celebration, Yossele shares a story about slavery.
135 lines, Buy It Now = $68

In the month of Nissan,
the time of Pesach drew near.

Menachem turned their route
toward the prosperous town where
his old master kept a smithy, so that
he could celebrate the holiday with friends
.


"The Work of Your Hands"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Work of Your Hands." Menachem attempts to study the creation of golems.
57 lines, Buy It Now = $20

Monday Yardening

Apr. 24th, 2017 07:36 pm
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Today was sunny and warm again.  In various rounds of yardwork, I sprayed weed killer on the back yard around the old raspberry patch and under the mulberry tree, and pulled weeds around the forest garden.  I also put out my flat of wildflowers to get some sun, and brought them back in again. 

The certificate and sign for my Wildlife Habitat have arrived, so I'll need to find fixtures for displaying those.

How to Stop Your Brain from Looping

Apr. 24th, 2017 05:29 pm
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Bad things can cause the brain to start looping, endlessly repeating the same thought or memory. This is fundamentally a failure of the sorting-filing function of the memory processes. When it gets stuck long term, that's post-traumatic stress. So the way to fix that problem is to get the memory filed properly. Some things that people have found useful include...

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I have actually got so many. All the books by SARK to help liberate and engage creative energy and shut up the Critic. Sarah ban Breathnach whose book of daily meditations helped me be okay with struggling and being imperfect, gave me ideas on how to think about different aspects of my life. Oriah Mountain Dreamer (who's on Facebook) and whose The Invitation helped give me the courage to end a bad relationship and to live for myself, make my own true soul's choices. I read it after being hospitalized for a serious illness and it really did change the course of my life. The Flylady whose website and mailing list has helped me build routines to get out of the chaos my brain has built-up. Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui which was also very helpful on clutter and choices and how to let go of what I didn't want but thought I had to keep.

I know my issues aren't the same as your issues, so keep any recs that sound interesting and toss the rest. And thank you for asking, I'm keeping this list to share with my therapist.

Monday Update 4-24-17

Apr. 24th, 2017 01:22 pm
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Discord and Accessibility
Homeless and Homefree Characters
Poem: "A Realm of One's Being"
Sunday Yardening
Poem: "You Who Have Fed the Hungry"
Poem: "Her Wilderness Like Eden"
Poem: "Define Your Own Reality"
Saturday Yardening
Poem: "What You're Living For"
Friday Yardening
Today's Adventures
Thursday Yardening
Hard Things
Wednesday Yardening
Tuesday Yardening


The bonus fishbowl went modestly well, and I have posted a few poems from that.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Saraphina makes a new friend.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra.  Groundhog and Cassandra talk about whether to set aside dangerous things for a while.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Stylet turns himself in to Valor's Widow.

Weather has been variable.  Today is warm and sunny.  The birdfeeders have attracted doves, grackles, some sparrows, and two blue jays.  Currently blooming: forsythia, daffodils, tulips, blue grape hyacinths, violets, anemones, lilacs, dandelions, white spirea, honeysuckle, spiderwort, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias.  Onion chives and peonies have buds, and so does something in the white garden.

taking a quick breather

Apr. 24th, 2017 01:15 pm
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I have a couple of comments yet that I want to respond to, but I wanted to pop up and say hi anyway. My last two learning-new-things classes are tomorrow and I haven't yet finished the reading, and on Wednesday morning I have a super-scary oral argument to deliver with hardly any time tomorrow to practice. (I have a committee meeting to run in the evening in addition to classes, so I'm going to be frazzled.)

I am not sure how to take useful brain breaks so that I don't exhaust my focus and ability to do these things.

Maybe a couple of words every few days here, or comments to entries every couple of hours, are my way of taking breaks to refresh myself. The last week has been intense, and the last four months have been pretty stressful, and I just want to pass my classes but it's so hard to focus when I'm worried about the pain I'm in, or the family drama that's stressing my mom out, or how my parents aren't talking to each other that well, or whether my friends are doing okay, or whether I'm being "social enough" or "learning how to make friends" or "a good enough part of the community"... I have high standards for myself, which is especially hard as a disabled person whose body doesn't function the way that other 20-somethings' bodies do.

I also have a lot of deep feelings that I'm not allowing myself to consider until the oral argument is done, and the oral argument is causing me high amounts of anxiety. I'm a much better speaker than I was a few years ago, but for this kind of thing... I don't know if I gather my thoughts quickly enough when I'm speaking for it. Good thing mock trial or moot court isn't required. I just don't feel like I'm suited for a courtroom.

I really miss playing with my Tarot cards. I can feel a subtle shift pulling at me, but I keep having to do homework and ignoring it. Hopefully at the end of the week I'll have a little more room to breathe, a little more room to enjoy the sunshine and feel free to create and be. Hopefully by then I'll know more about what I'm doing with this journal, too.

Anyway, I had better take a break from the computer. Time for more tea.

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The general fund currently holds $12. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open until at least midday Tuesday. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. If not, I may keep it open a while longer.

There are three open epics. "A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $152 to be complete. "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra and needs $210.25 to be complete. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $322 to be complete.

Poll #18267 General Fund for April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


Which of these should get the $12?

View Answers

A Hope and a Promise
9 (56.2%)

Essential for Human Survival
3 (18.8%)

The Inner Transition
4 (25.0%)

a meme, a meme!

Apr. 24th, 2017 02:49 am
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DW provides a workaround around the Net Nanny at my workplace, and I will need something fun to think about tomorrow. So here's a cute meme I got from [personal profile] baranduin: pick a fandom and ask me a question:

1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a death that left me indifferent
10. a character I wish died but didn?~@~Yt
11. my ship that never sailed

Discord and Accessibility

Apr. 23rd, 2017 11:38 pm
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[personal profile] mirrorofsmoke has a detailed post complaining about the inaccessibility of the popular chat program Discord for vision-impaired users.  It's not just inaccessible, the company is being obnoxious and basically doesn't feel that it should have to accommodate people with disabilities.  Please nag Discord to make its program accessible, and spread the word.

Homeless and Homefree Characters

Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:53 pm
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I have a number of homeless or homefree (or otherwise in nonstandard living arrangements) characters in my writing. It's a perspective I try to include where relevant.


An Army of One started with complete social upheaval and the construction of a new society.  Some characters are travelers, like the space traders.  Many have settled in outposts, and Sargasso Base seems to have the largest conglomeration of people coming together to make homes.  The AYES are sapient starships with artificial intelligence, most of whom have a human pilot.  A few allies are living on planets in more conventional housing.  So there's quite a range.

Beneath the Family Tree is prehistoric fiction; it mentions people wandering and using makeshift shelters.

The Blueshift Troupers features the crew of the hiveship Omphalos.  They travel around solving problems on different planets, and most definitely think of their ship as home.  However, their work often puts them in one location for months, so in that regard they're akin to migrant workers.  The shapeshifting also gives them a strong connection to each new culture, and in this sense they may be considered as having a series of medium-term homes.

In Clay of Life, Menachem and Yossele are homefree, being itinerant blacksmiths who share a traveling wagon.  They have helped other people who are homefree, homeless, or working poor.  This is considered a normal and successful lifestyle in their culture.  Also worth nothing, the Jewish community there is thriving enough to have a network of eruv  locations, a "traveling commons" where folks can create a roadside household for Shabbat.

A Conflagration of Dragons is about what happens when multiple strikes take out all the major cities, making everyone homeless.  Refugees flock from one city to another, while there are still cities, but mostly people wind up in tents, wagons, caves, etc. feeling very much not  at home.  It is neither normal nor healthy, but it's what everyone gets stuck with after the dragons burn down all the cities and eat the heroes.

Diminished Expectations has a lot of homeless characters, but that series is outright dystopic.  Some have tents, or squat in bombed out buildings, and so forth.  It is ubiquitous, but not very good for anyone.

Frankenstein's Family has the Căldărari caravan and assorted other traveling people who are homefree.  The Căldărari have vardos in a caravan; others may have a wagon, but many of the traders and workers are on foot.  The traveling zoo is a demonstration of how a dysfunctional  home can hit the road.  Opinions vary about how respectable any of this is.

The Godship Wanderers dwell in a living starship, who does not have a home but rather is  one.

The Origami Mage, Path of the Paladins, and Sort of Heroes are probably best described as having homefree protagonists who travel.  Reception varies, but seems more positive than negative.

Polychrome Heroics has a bunch. Cassandra ran away from home for valid reasons, and is currently living with a friend; not homeless in the sense of having nowhere to go, but also not having a home of her own. Danso and Family started out homeless but have since found a home with Hannah. Officer Pink features Turq, who starts out homeless and is trying to get to where he'd feel comfortable having a home again; he's currently staying much of the time in Ansel's gazebo.  Nebuly is switching from homeless to homefree, having moved into a vardo with Amergin and Marjoram in their caravan.  Doobie O'Donohue is homefree, rambling happily among his many relatives.  Assorted other characters fall in various places along that spectrum.  Terramagne-America is more supportive of homefree and more accepting of homeless people than local-America is.

Tripping into the Future has a protagonist who loses everything, winds up with a place to live, but probably does not feel "at home" there.


So you can see a pretty wide range of portrayals above.  If this topic interests you, feel free to prompt for more of these characters, or suggest others.  I am especially interested in getting such input from readers who are or have been homeless or homefree.

Poem: "A Realm of One's Being"

Apr. 23rd, 2017 03:14 pm
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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "sensory" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Note: This poem features detailed description of beginning sensory therapy for a toddler. It's almost entirely a positive experience for Nathaniel, but readers with sensory issues and/or crappy experiences of therapy may wish to consider their tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Sunday Yardening

Apr. 23rd, 2017 01:50 pm
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Today is beautiful, sunny and warm.  I started by planting the contorta hazelnut.  :D

White spirea and nannyberry are blooming.  The peonies have buds, and something in the white garden has put up one big bud -- probably the allium.

EDIT 4/23/17: Round 2, Doug put together the plant tower, and we placed it on the septic cap.

EDIT 4/23/17: Round 3, I put protective covers over the contorta hazelnut, and planted the kousa dogwood.

EDIT 4/23/17: Round 4, I put a spiral cover over the kousa dogwood, mulched around it and the contorta hazelnut, and watered plants.

EDIT 4/23/17: Round 5, I put weed killer on weeds in the septic garden.

EDIT 4/23/17: Round 6, I picked up fallen wood in the ritual meadow.  Didn't get it all done, but moved most of the medium-sized pieces, some of which I used to refresh the border around the wildflower garden.  There is still one really big branch that will take more hands to move.

Poem: "You Who Have Fed the Hungry"

Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:45 pm
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This poem came out of the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "habits and routines" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the Clay of Life series.

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Poem: "Her Wilderness Like Eden"

Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:46 pm
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This poem is from the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "memories" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Clay of Life.

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Poem: "Define Your Own Reality"

Apr. 22nd, 2017 05:35 pm
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by the "abuse" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. While trying to process past abuse, Turq has a graphic meltdown. Ansel does his best to comfort him. There is angst, overwhelm, flashback and intrusive thoughts, stabbing a worksheet with a pencil, trivial damage to an already beat-up rug, vigorous crying, guilt, difficult conversation, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Saturday Yardening

Apr. 22nd, 2017 01:16 pm
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Today we went to the Earth Day event at the Douglas-Hart Nature Center.  I took two flats of plants for the plant swap, and picked up a big pot of lamb's ear and another of bachelor's button.  I also bought a bunch of native plants from the plant sale.

It's cloudy and cold outside.  

Some of the grass and clover seed is beginning to sprout. \o/

EDIT 4/22/17: Round 2, I planted the lamb's ear in the septic garden and the bachelor's button in the wildflower garden.

EDIT 4/22/17: Round 3, I took the ice plant outside, and I planted a six-pack each of marigolds and zinnias in the barrel garden.

EDIT 4/22/17: Round 4, I planted purslane in one of the hanging baskets by the barrel garden and rosemary in the strip garden by the patio.  I distributed four Italian parsley plants in the strip garden, cistern garden, and a pot.

EDIT 4/22/17: Round 5, I planted several pots of petunias, verbena, alyssum, and Dusty Miller artemesia.  That's most of the stuff from the grocery stores.  I still have several items from the shipment to plant, plus the flat of things I just bought in the plant sale this morning.

EDIT 4/22/17: Round 6, I mulched around four of the trees and shrubs I planted earlier.  It is dusk now, and too dark to see outside, so I'm done for today.  *goflopnow*

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