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 Today I saw three blue jays together at the hopper feeder.  It looks like they are flocking and settling here for now.  :D

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Traveling Storm."  Eax and Von talk with Bil about finding work for Bil to do, and about Von's upcoming hunt.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Building Storm."  It's one of two leading up to something I've sponsored, which will be appearing presently.  In this installment, Eax helps Bil deal with feelings of helplessness, confusing, and uselessness due to assorted disabilities left from Bil's earlier injuries.  It's a wonderful piece of hurt/comfort with excellent sociological aspects too.  <3   This is what science fiction should be.

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We went to see "The Jungle Book" today.  It was awesome.  This is easily my favorite live-action take on the story, the best balanced between humorous and serious elements, and of course, Scarlet is the best Kaa ever.  If you have not yet seen it, I rate this movie most highly recommended.

For supper we went to Brixx.  This is one I had looked up in advance, and I had two reactions to the menu:
1) Aaaaand now I'm hungry.
2) I am going to starve to death between two bales of hay.

We did eventually decide what to order, though.  The garlic sticks are excellent, the meatball appetizer quite good.  The draft root beer is made with real vanilla and sassafras,  which is almost impossible to find anymore; I have had root beer as good, but none better.  The rosemary chicken with wild mushrooms pizza is mouthwatering.  I had to take off half a point because the rosemary, being whole instead of chopped, was sharp enough to stab.  (There's a reason why it's always supposed to be chopped, and that is it.)  But it had the best, strongest, most umami shitake mushrooms I have encountered.  For dessert we got the s'mores pizza, also delicious and it comes in six slices just like the rest of them.  While this is not cheap pizza, neither is it as exorbitant as gourmet pizza often is; it's a good price for its class, and you absolutely get what you pay for.  We definitely plan to go back and try more things.

And I'm still stuffed.

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This is the bonus post for April. I've written a variety of things in Polychrome Heroics that feature busking or buskers, along with some similar activities, so I thought it would be fun to explore what it's like there.

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As it was not raining after lunch, I went out and transplanted some raspberries closer to the fence and pulled weeds from the raspberry patch in the ritual meadow. 

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Thanks to an audience poll, there are 3 new verses in "When Someone Is Vulnerable."   Ansel tries to figure out what is wrong with Turq.

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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently?

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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "schooling vs. education." I'll be soliciting ideas for teachers, students, autodidacts, activists, experts, novices, education coaches for independent learners, people who design educational systems, librarians, coaches, presenters who teach what they know in a freestyle context, parents and grandparents, club leaders, role models, teaching, learning, asking questions, looking up answers, choosing a topic, making a lesson plan, reading, writing, learning by doing, making mistakes and learning from them, challenging assumptions, public schools, private schools, alternative school systems such as Montessori or Waldorf, universities, libraries, bookstores, coffeehouses and ice cream parlors, community centers, gymnasiums, parks, playgrounds, zoos, museums, exploratorium museums, cultural centers, historic sites, learning modes, different types of intelligence, life lessons, activity clubs, sensory toys, educational toys, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Mipnei Tikkun Ha'olam"  (15 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. 

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The general fund currently contains $5.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I will keep it open at least until Wednesday afternoon.  If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may keep it open a little longer.

There are three open epics, and you can direct the $5 into any one of them.  "Holding Hope and Love" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $119 to finish.  "The Door to Nowhere" is a crossover between P.I.E. and Schrodinger's Heroes, which needs $36 to finish.  "When Someone Is Vulnerable" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink and needs $248 to finish.

Poll #2043257 General Fund Poll for the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.

Which epic should get the $5?

Holding Hope and Love
0(0.0%)
The Door to Nowhere
2(40.0%)
When Someone Is Vulnerable
3(60.0%)

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Today we raked and cleared the second half of the raspberry patch in the ritual meadow.  I took a short break, then hustled back out to throw down some grass seed before the rain started.  It was just sprinkling then, and is raining more steadily now. I hope we get a nice, gentle, soaking rain to water all the flowers.

The grass and clover seed that I sowed earlier between the house and driveway is sprouting.  Little green dots of clover leaves everywhere, and the grass just peeking through.

The nannyberry thicket is blooming.
 

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[personal profile] shiori_makiba has posted two new entries in the Berettaflies thread.

"Playing Games" focuses on Tsubasa and Ashley, when they are playing cards (with ultraviolet ink) and realize that everyone but Ashley can see the markings.

"A Pretty Good Friend" gives Tsubasa's perspective on inclusion and friendship.  Aww.

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 Here's a good article on gaslighting.

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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted the story "Marked Cards."  Ashley's teammates are playing with UV-printed cards, which she can't read.  It gets a bit awkward.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Saturday Yardening
Happy Earth Day!
Friday Yardening
Unsold Poems from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl
Hard Things
Wednesday Yardening
Genprompt Bingo Card 4-19-16


This week's bonus fishbowl had modest participation but great plot advancement. \o/ I'm caught up on posting the sponsored poems. "Trust and Integrity" was the last of those. Also, the poem "Repetition of Thought" has been sponsored, so that will get posted as soon as "New Wine in Old Bottles" is sponsored and published.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Holding Hope and Love" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Cheersquad gives Zima some ideas for helping Lakia.  "The Door to Nowhere" is a crossover between P.I.E. and Schrodinger's Heroes.  There are 6 new verses, in which Brenda and Darrel meet up with Chris.  "When Someone Is Vulnerable" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink.  Turq crash-lands at Ansel's home.


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).


Today is a warm, breezy spring day.  It's been nice for most of the week, so we've accomplished a lot outside.  Tonight we're due for rain.  I have planted most of what I got at the Earth Day festival on Saturday.  Seen at the bird feeders this week: small flock of sparrows, several mourning doves, a pair of cardinals, many grackles, a brown-headed cowbird, a rufous-sided towhee, a rose-breasted grosbeak, and a squirrel.  Daffodils are winding down and the pear tree is done.  Currently blooming: violets, redbud, gold currant, lilacs, honeysuckle, zinnias.   

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Today Doug raked the edge of the raspberry patch in the ritual meadow, and I spread grass seed there.  The patch has gotten too far from the fence and we are trying to reposition it.

I also planted more wildflowers: 2 small purple globe allium in the purple garden.  A black-eyed susan and a coreopsis around the barrel garden, and 6 zinnias in the barrel.

I still have several more plants to put out.  It is supposed to rain tonight so that will help get things growing. 

EDIT:  I finished putting out the current batch of plants today.

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Today I saw a rose-breasted grosbeak on the hopper feeder.  New bird for me!   I've been seeing a lot of birds recently that I don't often see.

EDIT: When I came back from planting, I saw a pair of blue jays and a red-bellied sapsucker on the hopper feeder.  \o/

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Today I transplanted comfrey from the wildflower garden to the prairie garden.  I set out 12 of the assorted wildflowers there including northern sea oats, black-eyed susan, small purple globe allium, bee balm, obedient plant, rose hibiscus, and purple prairie clover. 

Gold currants are blooming, but almost done by the time I noticed them; I've been busy a few days.  Wild strawberries are blooming too.

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[personal profile] janetmiles has sponsored "Through Repetition of Thought."  It will be posted after the earlier poem "New Wine in Old Bottles" ($86) has been sponsored and published. 

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This poem came out of the March 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by the "slave" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony and Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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