Tuesday Yardening

May. 23rd, 2017 04:23 pm
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Today is mild and cloudy. 

Round 1, we picked up sticks along the sidewalk by the house.

Washington hawthorn and red-twig dogwood are blooming.

Round 2, I cut weeds from the septic garden and trimmed grass from around the goddess garden.

Trumping Math

May. 23rd, 2017 03:30 pm
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I'm lucky if I can get the same answer three times running on a calculator.  But on college entrance exams, I scored 66% nationally.  That means 2/3 of people are worse at math than I am.  Somehow.

I'm often appalled at how many of those people seem to work in economics and government.  I mean really.  I could do better than this.  >_<

Monday Yardening

May. 22nd, 2017 07:51 pm
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Today has been cool and breezy.

Round 1, we picked up sticks in the ritual meadow.

Round 2, I watered potted plants on the porch.

Round 3, I planted moonflowers in the barrel garden and the support wire for the telephone pole.  I also put more morning glory seeds around the wire.  Then I trimmed grass around the wagonwheel garden.

This afternoon we went out to Harbor Freight and bought a convertible handtruck (it can go on two wheels or four), a toolkit with a very nice assortment of items, and a moving blanket (which doubles as a picnic blanket).  :D 

Read "To Know After Absence"

May. 22nd, 2017 04:45 pm
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The poem "To Know After Absence" is now open for microfunding, and locked at the sale price.  Boss White introduces Shiv to the apartment above Blues Moon.
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Today, I have:ta-fucking-da )

I'm also planning on planting some lettuce and kale in the backyard today since I now have a tool to help, and I'm going to change my sheets sometime today. All while in pain all the time! I thought about going for a walk since it's beautiful out, then my legs wobbled while walking to my car to get to Target. I think instead of a walk I'll try to sit outside next to my plants for a bit.

My dad is coming to visit on Friday and staying for a week, so I'd like everything to be wonderfully clean by then so that he doesn't quite realize how awful I've been about cleanliness levels. And really my cleanliness isn't that bad, but it has been bothering me how much cat hair there is everywhere.

That reminds me that I do need to clean out my car... It's pretty gross. :/ But that, too, requires spoons.

Last night I did some rearranging and I'm realizing I have a lot of things I should move around to make better room. I haven't quite moved in to my place, even though it's been near a year. I am pretty bad at doing these things and I don't want that to show, either. I want to be able to invite people over! Which would be easier with more chairs, maybe sofa. Then again, I don't necessarily have the money for such a thing. So. I hate that I'm asking my parents for so much all the time. >_<

And I am blabbering. I just need to make sure I take breaks where I'm not running around doing things, and so I figured writing here would keep me seated for a bit. I should look at my inbox, too... But really, big focus this week is on Cleaning Everything for my dad's arrival! Also I should work on the competition for the law review.

Monday Update 5-22-17

May. 22nd, 2017 02:04 pm
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "13 Reasons Why"
Sunday Yardening
Poem: "A Conversation Between Body and Soul"
Peppers Without Heat
New Hottest Pepper
Poem: "The Key to Your New Home"
Poem: "Blue Jeans and Jazz"
Poem: "All These Things Woven into Something"
Saturday Yardening
Poem: "A Matter of Opportunity"
Thursday Yardening
Migrating Trees
Wednesday Yardening


The half-price sale in Shiv is now complete. Three new poems have been sponsored and posted in full. I still need to start a new epic with a partial payment that came in late last night.

The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this weekend on a theme of "Baker's Dozen." See my activities.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne discuss secure attachment.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra.  Groundhog and Cassandra explore the snack room.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.

Weather has been intermittently wet but is drying out now.  Today is sunny with a little breeze.  There is standing water in the fields again.   The mourning dove nest under the kitchen window on the porch still has two white eggs.  Currently blooming: violets, dandelions, honeysuckle, spiderwort, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, chives, white globe allium, firecracker plant, torenia, yarrow, blackberries.  The iris and peonies are winding down.  Two big flower stalks are coming up from the yucca plants in the white garden.

Poem: "13 Reasons Why"

May. 21st, 2017 08:35 pm
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This is the freebie for the May [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] kengr.

Read more... )

Half-Price Sale in Shiv

May. 21st, 2017 08:03 pm
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Today is the last day in the half-price sale for Shiv.  So far, three poems have sold, all of them posted now.  "To Know After Absence" is unlocked, its two prequels having been sponsored and posted.  If you're still thinking about donating, you've got the rest of tonight to make your selections.

Sunday Yardening

May. 21st, 2017 07:54 pm
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Today was much cooler, with a brisk chilly wind.

Round 1, I picked up empty pots to throw away, and trimmed grass around the barrel garden.

Round 2, I sprayed weeds around the barrel garden, and picked up more empty pots to move out of the way.

Round 3, I trimmed grass around the white garden at the end of the driveway.  The yucca plants there are putting up flower stalks.  :D 

The dove is still sitting on two white eggs near the kitchen window.
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This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai plus conversations with [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] stardreamer, and other fans. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Calliope and Vagary are in a mess of a bond, which complicates their consent for anything involving each other. They're trying to make the best of it, and making some progress, but it's just not a great situation. So there is awkwardness, fumbling, social anxiety, tripping over all sorts of emotional baggage, Vagary's low self-esteem, Calliope's standoffishness, boundary issues, trust issues, reluctant touching, gender issues (one of the few things Vagary handles gracefully), physical tension, crappy dancing, telepathic spillover, bystander assumptions, trying not to cry in public, knowing when to give up, reference to bad therapists of the past, Vagary's perspective of their initial bonding, and other angst. They do make some good progress, though, and nobody gets punched in the face or groped in personal places. Special thanks to the several readers who realized that dancing was liable to be a disaster. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more... )

Peppers Without Heat

May. 21st, 2017 12:45 pm
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[personal profile] kengr tipped me to the Habanada, a descendant of Habañero without the heat.

Collective Nouns

May. 21st, 2017 04:05 am
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 Among which "a snorkel of weasels" was new to me.

Poem: "The Key to Your New Home"

May. 20th, 2017 11:45 pm
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This poem is spillover from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "Cedar Chest" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Read more... )

Poem: "Blue Jeans and Jazz"

May. 20th, 2017 08:55 pm
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This poem is spillover from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "Blue Jeans" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Shiv is trying, but the inside of his head is still a mess. The poem features incarceration, mixed feelings, fumbling efforts at coping skills, poverty, discussion of (beneficial) weight gain, sensory overload, choice paralysis, flashbacks to child abuse and neglect, struggling to choose clothes, trust issues, fear of the future, and other angst. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more... )
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This poem came out of the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] siliconshaman, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "injury" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Saturday Yardening

May. 20th, 2017 02:26 pm
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Today is warm, muggy, and cloudy.  It rained last night.  The yard is soggy.

Round 1, I planted two blue-eyed grass, one in the wildflower garden and one in the prairie garden.  It's not actually a grass, but rather a wildflower that looks like grass.

Blackberries are blooming.

EDIT 5/20/17: Round 2, I planted two little bluestem grass in the prairie garden.  This is real prairie grass.

EDIT 5/20/17: Round 3, I planted two side-oats gramma in the prairie garden.

EDIT 5/20/17: Round 4, I planted two Indian grass and one unlabeled grass in the prairie garden.  This concludes the planting of things bought in the native plant sale.

Crowdfunding Creative Jam

May. 20th, 2017 02:02 am
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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Baker's Dozen."  Please drop by to give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written
"13 Reasons Why" is this session's freebie.

"Creating a Community Around Food"
Shiv visits the farmer's market and makes many fine discoveries.
516 lines, Buy It Now = $258

"Ten Minutes in the Life of a Pear"
Shiv comes home with a bushel of pears, and Cook shows him how to turn them into wonderful desserts.
249 lines, Buy It Now = $125


From My Prompts

Crowdfunding Creative Jam

May. 20th, 2017 01:45 am
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Welcome to the sixty-second Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, May 20-Sunday, May 21. The theme is "Baker's Dozen."


Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Everyone is eligible to post prompts, which may be words or phrases, titles, images, etc. Prompters may request a specific creator, but everyone else may still use that prompt if they wish. Prompts may specify a particular character/world/etc. but creators may use the prompt for something else anyway and post the results. Prompters are still encouraged to post mostly prompts that anyone could use anywhere, as this maximizes the chance of having creators make something based on your prompt. Please title your comment "Prompt" or "Prompts" when providing inspiration so these are easy to find.

Prompt responses may also be treated as prompts and used for further inspiration. For example, a prompt may lead to a sketch which leads to a story, and so on. This kind of cascading inspiration is one of the most fun things about a collective jam session.

Everyone is eligible to use prompts, and everyone who wants to use a given prompt may do so, for maximum flexibility of creator choice in inspiration. You do not have to post a "Claim" reply when you decide to use a prompt, but this does help indicate what is going on so that other prompters can spread out their choice of prompts if they wish.

Creators are encouraged, but not required, to post at least one item free. Likewise, sharing a private copy of material with the prompter is encouraged but not required. Creative material resulting from prompts should be indicated in a reply to the prompt, with a link to the full content elsewhere on the creator's site (if desired); a brief excerpt and/or description of the material may be included in the reply (if desired). It helps to title your comment "Prompt Filled" or something like that so these are easy to identify. There is no time limit on responding to prompts. However, creators are encouraged to post replies sooner rather than later, as the attention of prompters will be highest during and shortly after the session.

Some items created from prompts may become available for sponsorship. Some creators may offer perks for donations, linkbacks, or other activity relating to this project. Check creator comments and links for their respective offerings.

Prompters, creators, and bystanders are expected to behave in a responsible and civil manner. If the moderators have to drag someone out of the sandbox for improper behavior, we will not be amused. Please respect other people's territory and intellectual property rights, and only play with someone else's characters/setting/etc. if you have permission. (Fanfic/fanart freebies are okay.) If you want to invite folks to play with something of yours, title the comment something like "Open Playground" so it's easy to spot. This can be a good way to attract new people to a shared world or open-source project, or just have some good non-canon fun.

Boost the signal! The more people who participate, the more fun this will be. Hopefully we'll see activity from a lot of folks who regularly mention their projects in this community, but new people are always welcome. You can link to this session post or to individual items created from prompts, whatever you think is awesome enough to recommend to your friends.

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