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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.
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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.

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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.

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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. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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[personal profile] kengr tipped me to the Habanada, a descendant of Habañero without the heat.

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 Among which "a snorkel of weasels" was new to me.

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 Produced by accident.  LOL

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.


From My Prompts

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This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by an anonymous prompt. It also fills the "physical" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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 ... have a weird symbiotic relationship.

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Today is sunny and sweltering.

Round 1, I planted mint seeds and chive seeds in the septic garden. 

EDIT 5/18/17: Round 2, I planted mountain mint, New Jersey tea, wild quinine, and obedient plant in the wildflower garden. This concludes the planting of wildflowers from the native plant sale.  I still have half a dozen pots of native grass to put out.

The farmer east of us has lit fires to burn off the stalks piled up by the recent flooding.  The wind is wrong, so I can't smell them, but the flames are very bright orange against the blue shadows of dusk.

Thunderclouds are starting to pile up in places.  There's a chance of rain tonight and over the weekend.


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 Climate change and other factors are pushing tree species northwest.

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... is a bust.  It's too windy to plant things today.  :/  Instead I wound up trying to reassemble planters that had blown over and scattered the contents.  *sigh* 

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Today is the 115th anniversary of the discovery of the Antikythera Machine

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Today is sunny, breezy, and very warm.

Round 1, I planted jack-in-the-pulpit, woodland phlox, yellow violet, and two Virginia bluebells in the woodland garden.  The latter are dormant by now, but hopefully they will bloom next spring.  :D  My parents have those and the phlox all over everywhere.  I'm not sure which variety the yellow violet is.

EDIT 5/16/17: Round 2, I planted a forked aster in the prairie garden.  This was in a gallon pot, thus took a shovel to dig the hole, so I only planted one thing this round.

EDIT 5/16/17: Round 3, I planted a smooth aster and a celandine poppy in the prairie garden.  This completes planting the first flat of things from the native plant sale.

The black raspberries and the mulberry trees have green fruit on them now.

In the heated air, the heavy scent of the peonies hangs in a sweet perfume.  The breeze carries it twenty or thirty feet downwind, and the big white blossoms bob up and down.   It's beautiful.

EDIT 5/16/17: Round 4, I planted two butterfly weeds, one by the barrel garden and another in the septic garden.  I planted a compass plant and a Missouri ironweed in the prairie garden.  I put out more morning glory seeds around the support wire for the telephone pole, and also some moonflower seeds there and in the barrel garden.

As it is now dusk, I am done planting for today.  I completed one flat and started another.  \o/

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