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The rules and card are up for Muse Fusion Bingo!  Creators can start claiming squares and making stuff.

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 [personal profile] ariestess is holding a one-card draw today.  Crowdfunded divination is fun!

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"Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal"

1512.04.10


For my birthday we all went to the town center, then walked up and down the shopping streets until we got tired and caught a cablecar home. I like riding the cablecar with my family because each time it turns, the centrifugal force pushes everyone together.

I really like my gifts. Mom crocheted a vest for me; it's dark green with tan wheat growing up all around the bottom edge. Dad bought me a set of fancy watercolor brushes. Egram bought me a hole mouse finger puppet made from real fur. Inaleir gave me a tiny little knife for carving garnishes out of vegetables. I think I'll volunteer to cook supper soon, so I can try making garnishes.


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 ... says that statistically speaking, America is an oligarchy.

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A project I'm following, PoetTown, is making progress and currently doing a round of fundraising.  This is going to be a searchable hub site of poetry with crowdfunding options.

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This fascinating study suggests that belief, not just food intake, influences how the body responds to meals.  It's not just about the calories in the food.  It's about what we think  we're eating, and how we feel  about it.

So this seems like another place where mind over matter could be tremendously useful.  Meditation can impact other bodily processes.  One option for food satisfaction, therefore, might be meditating to improve those metabolic shifts to deliver better satisfaction with lower calories, and more efficient use of fuel rather than packing it into fat storage.  Unlike other dietary manipulations, this one doesn't cost money and it's likely to improve mind/body interaction.  Worth a try.

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This poem came out of the September 3, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "group dynamics" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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 Frogs and birds.

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April's theme covers Heliopath’s World and Aurora’s World. March 2014 Round-Up lists the stories and other activities from the past month.

Fiction: The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 82nd continuation) shows Lucille worrying about what Peric will do.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 83rd continuation) has Peric fuming over the damage to his friend Bertram. A pissed-off empath is scary.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 84th continuation) shows Quiar talking with Peric about Bertram's injuries and the counterfeiters.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 85th continuation) introduces the confrontation between Peric and the surviving platypus. O_O
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 86th continuation) continues the conflict as Peric takes the information he seeks from the assassin.

Aurora’s World: Konir: Clay: Making an Informed Decision (part 4) features Clay and Jennica talking about how to deal with magical oppression.
Aurora’s World: Atecia: Opal: Talking to Margery (part 6) has Haidar telling Opal about settling the world.
Aurora’s World: Atecia: Calix: Felicia Blooming is about the onset of magic.
Aurora’s World: Atecia: Calix: Felicia Blooming (part 2) has Felicia arguing with her family about what to do now that she has magic.

Other Fiction: Aurora’s World: Ialaera: Jillian: Hunted (part 3)
Aurora’s World: Ialaera: Mirica: A Thief in the House (part 6)
Aurora’s World: Haerith: Xavia: Making a Decision (part 4)
Aurora’s World: Atecia: Aurora: A Death in the Family
Aurora’s World: Atecia: Aurora: A Night with Harrison
Aurora’s World: Ialaera: Mirica: A Thief in the House (part 7)
Aurora’s World: Ialaera: Mackenzie: The Thieves’ Hideout (part 3)

Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Jasper: The Arrival of Kestrel (part 2)
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Falcon: Kestrel’s Kidnap
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Kestrel: Kidnapped (part 2)
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Kestrel: Kidnapped (part 3)
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Falcon: Kestrel’s Kidnap (part 2)
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Jasper: The Arrival of Kestrel (part 3)
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Kestrel: Kidnapped (part 4)

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Here is the opening post for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest running May 1-31 over in [community profile] allbingo.  It celebrates National Masturbation Month.  Vanilla, kinky, asexual, whatever floats your boat -- come enjoy your body for its own sake.  Play on the public card or make your own.

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This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "habits and routines" square in my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem is spillover from the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "parent(s)" square on my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This is a horror poem. It is nightmare fuel. It is about things that can go wrong when superpowers manifest in infancy or early childhood. If you are a parent or work with small children, think three times before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chordatesrock. It has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.


"Heroes Still Living"


Hail heroes still living,
Heroes in each lineage!
Roundly we remember
Rare tales told of valor.
Wound-wands and words rally,
Wielded with all honor.
Might beyond men granted,
Makes some feed the ravens.

Hail too, fine foes, fiercest
Fighters gifted greatly!
Without you, no worthy
Warrior knows purpose.
Bring your wood-bane fingers;
Breathe airs of tree-breaking.
Power that passed mortals
Pours forth at your saying.

God-given gifts linger,
Growing great in story!
Be as in old battles,
Bid good against evil.
Spear-din speaks our summons:
Speed onward in answer.
Tell a tale of talents
Taut against each other.

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Notes:

The requested form was a drottkvaett, a type of alliterative verse.  This isn't quite perfect, but it comes close.

Lineage is a form of family reckoning.  Some superpowers run in families.

Kennings are metaphors used in Celtic and Norse tradition.

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My story got picked in the Foolathon bonus poll, so you can now read "A Clean Citizen Is a Good Citizen" by LJ user Lb_lee, based on my prompt.  It is adorable sociological SF fluff about bathing in mixed-species company.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Crafts
Mexican Meat
BINGO: column


There is a half-price sale in the series Polychrome Heroics this week. Prices range from $2.50 to $100 for superhero poems.

Also running this week is Muse Fusion Bingo.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Faeder Way" follows the antics of human explorers as they try to understand some aliens with an unusual sex/gender structure.  "Uncounted Colors of the Stars" belongs to the series An Army of One.  A freetrader with an atypical identity grows interested in the culture of the Lacuna. 

Torn World writing update:
Currently posting: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal" (fiction).  Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" "The Slow Hunt" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3) (fiction), "Stinging Like Nettles" "Rainforest Delicacies" "Tangleweed" "Beach Pictures" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Indoor Men and Outdoor Men" "Learning to Breathe the Clear Mountain Air" (poetry), "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" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Weather here has been mild and intermittently rainy.  Currently blooming: snowdrops, crocus, daffodils.  There's a mourning dove nesting under the overhang porch.

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This week the unsold contents of Polychrome Heroics are on sale for half price, running April 14-20. If you can't afford to sponsor a whole poem, remember that epic poems (anything over 60 lines) can be funded at $.25/line. This series is superhero fantasy.  It features themes of heroism, exceptional abilities, life changes, disability and ability, college life, family, community, and diversity.

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We are now taking prompts for the Torn World Muse Fusion Bingo.  (New to Torn World?  Start here!)  Prompters are encouraged to leave 5-10 prompts, which may be specific to Torn World or generic, whichever you prefer.  A selection of prompts will be randomly sorted onto a bingo card, to be played collectively by Torn World creators.  (Not a creator yet?  Join us!)  There will be individual (for prompters and for creators) and collective prizes depending on how much activity occurs.  

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"Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal"

1512.02.01


My new set of intermediate watercolor paints arrived from Vloroshaal. In addition to the basic colors, this one has several in-between colors plus pink and white. My favorite of the new colors is orchid -- sort of a deep purple that can lean pinkish or bluish depending on how I handle it. The blue-green is kind of murky, though. Vloroshaal says that there isn't a truly superior pigment for that shade. I may just stick with mixing my own.

So far I've only painted from memory. I want to take the kit out and paint some flowers or birds in the park. Then I should get a better feel for what these can really do. I love the way Rainforest Glory paint flows from my brush, though. It never clumps up like the cheaper paints do, and it catches the light more. The advanced set has twenty-four colors ... I'm not sure what I'd even do with that many paints!


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