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The dragon, the spaceship, and the bee cakes are my favorites

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 Sit With Us is a new app aimed at bullied students who feel alone and vulnerable at lunch.  It helps them find people to eat with, for strength in numbers.

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This poem came out of the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] alatefeline, and [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills the "discovery" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills "the Patriarch" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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I am now envisioning this scene with Judd, Ziggy, Dr. Infanta, and some kid from the Easy City area. 

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This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron. It also fills the "Identify a feeling you're having" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony and Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Moon Door series.

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 Trees and berries.

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 Here's a good writeup about the TV series Black Sails.

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This poem came out of the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "left brain / right brain" square in my 10-2-15 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest, and the "amnesia" square in my 9-4-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by book_worm5 andng_moonmoth. It belongs to The Moon Door series.

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This poem came out of the April 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It has been inspired by the "shapeshifter" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. It was sponsored by Janet Miles. This poem belongs to The Moon Door series.

Warning: This poem has some intense content. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes messy medical details, intrusive ideation, debates over the usefulness and safety of drugs, references to past self-injury and sexual abuse, depression, and other challenges. Current environment is safe and supportive. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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While researching park sizes for Terramagne, I stumbled across a cogent analysis of why T-American towns have so much more money to spend on awesome facilities and services when compared to those in local-America. It's the value per acre.

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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently?

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Reflections" in which Bennett talks to someone about domestic violence.  Things are rarely as simple as they seem.

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 See some cool trains.

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This week, the poetry of The Moon Door is on sale for half price.  The sale runs from Monday, September 19 through Sunday, September 25.  This series is fantasy about the members of a women's chronic pain support group, some of whom decide to trade their current conditions for lycanthropy.  It features themes of werewolves, women's relationships, disability, endurance, diversity, family of choice, and friendship.  Sale prices range from $34.50 to $80.50.  There are three epics in microfunding at present, so I'd rather not open another.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Multifunction Chips
The Rope Trick
Police Brutality
How to Build Community
Good News
New verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice"
Wednesday Yardening
Epic Domino Spiral


There is a half-price sale in The Moon Door this week.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Holding Hope and Love" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Cheersquad gives Zima some ideas for helping Lakia.  "A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina wrap up in the Wood Room.  "Bearers of Witness with Justice" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 36 new verses.  There is more whinging from the Japanese whalers and no sympathy from anyone.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes," "Broken Hopes," "Brewing Beauty," "Little Paws in the Licenses" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders," "Raising the Future" "Beach Pies" "Unsolid Ground" "Riding from the Rescue" "To Ride Death" (poetry), "Rammer" (nonfiction).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


The weather has been variable with some rain.  Currently blooming: petunias, marigolds, million bells, moss rose, pansies, echinacea, morning glories, chicory, compass plant.  Hazelnuts and crabapples have green fruit.  Black walnuts are dropping green balls everywhere.

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This is the linkback perk poem for the September 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by . It came out of the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from . It also fills the "vivid" square in my 4-19-16 card for the fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One. So far, 5 of 14 verses have been posted. Linkers include DW user Dialecticdreamer, technoshaman, DW user Librarygeek, and kestrels_nest.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has finished "Repercussions" with part 7.  Find out who's behind the bank robbery.

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Black students are more inclined to enroll in black colleges now

Amazingly, if you shit on people then they don't want to be around you and would rather be around others like themselves. Also if you refuse to allow them safe space, they will seek to create their own.  

For black folks, that means don't expect white people to protect you; take care of yourselves.  And if their goals are not yours, then don't give them your money; keep it in your own cause.

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 Possible avenue for nanotech.

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