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I love the concepts of this game, Shadows in the Woods.  The German version is Waldschattenspiel.  The original version had a solid folding board, while the second edition has a modular board.  It's a strategy game, so I doubt I'd be very good at it, but I still think it's nifty because ...

* It looks pretty.  The colors and shapes are charming.

* It is designed to play in the dark.  That makes it a perfect "blackout" game to make power outages fun instead of miserable.  If you reserve it for that, or other special occasions like sleepovers, it will hold a certain allure not shared by everyday board games.

* It teaches about light and shadows, which you could use for physics or artistry or woodscraft or many other things.  The dwarfs are not constrained by board spaces but can actually move anywhere it's dark, although they can't cross lit areas -- and those areas change as the light moves.

* It's one of those rare games where the two sides are played in completely different ways.  The adult moves the candle, trying to illuminate the dwarfs which are played by the children.  So the strategies for each are different.  Also it's a competitive game between adult and children, but a cooperative game among the children.

* It uses a real burning candle.  I consider this a feature, not a bug.  It teaches kids to be careful with something that is just a little bit dangerous, so they can gain a sense of safety rules.  The adult player is the only one who moves the candle, but kids still need to be alert to its presence and not roughhouse around it.  If you're paranoid about safety, or have a disability that makes live flame too hazardous, you could replace it with a battery-operated candle.

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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by the "forced to participate in illegal/hurtful activity" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. Note that this poem takes place several decades prior to the contemporary time when most of the series is set.

WARNING: This poem features some intense topics and graphic descriptions. Some of the warnings are spoilers; highlight to read them. Topics include organized crime, violent death, corpses, street children, homelessness, child abuse and exploitation, tragic memories, use of telepathy for mental influence, and other challenges. Both vengeance and a happier ending are supplied. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your mindstate before deciding whether to read further.

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I would eat these.  They are aesthetically designed, but also, I agree that the shapes are likely to interact very well with different types of sauce.  All three shapes -- resembling a rose, an evergreen tree, and a moon with craters -- would make ideal feast foods for various Pagan celebrations too.  Of course, the uncommon shapes of pasta tend to be vastly more expensive than the ubiquitous ones, but I have bought some before on special occasions.

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Here's a Polish holiday menu.  Of those, pierogi are my favorite, and I like many kinds of them.  Some of the sweet breads are tasty too.

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Here are some terms on egg cartons that refer to how the hens are kept.  When I can, I buy eggs from farmers, usually from chickens with pasture access.  At a regular grocery store, I shop around until I find a brand that I really like and then stick with that.  I'm very happy with the Omega-3 eggs the local store carries; they are tasty and cook up beautifully.  Not quite as good as eggs fresh from a real farm, but far better than most supermarket eggs.

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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, to fill the "things that people need" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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"Frontera!" is an animated video which runs about twenty minutes, on the topic of Pueblo history in America and Mexico, told from an indigenous perspective.  It spans at least three languages (English, Spanish, and Tema).  It features multiple styles of art and music, sometimes serious and other times hilarious.  The story presented is much more accurate and nuanced than that typically found in history books.  This is the kind of stuff I grew up on, and I love it.

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This poem is from the September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] whuffle. It also fills the "mutation / transformation" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Blueshift Troupers project.

WARNING: This poem contains allusions to childbirth and other messy, unpleasant biological processes.

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This poem came out of the November 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "Fångad av en stormvind (Captured by a storm wind)" square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest and the "Wild Card: accidental baby" square in my 1-3-13 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Hart's Farm.

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Here's an article about an interesting feature of the Star Trek universe:

Something that is really great about Star Trek, is that when a character notices something is amiss, and they are the only one to see it, the rest of the crew doesn't just dismiss their concerns offhand. You aren't saddled with an episode of the character trying to convince everyone else that what they saw / heard/ felt was real. Everyone else believed them right away. They've probably already started running scans, and started trying to help their friend, instead of treating them like a child.

And it never matters what character it is. Their concerns are ALWAYS valid
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It's a spacer virtue.  In space, you can't afford to ignore little things like that.  Space will kill you if it can.

That is the default setting for most of what I write.  Sometimes there are outside or unsympathetic characters who are indifferent to someone's observations or needs, but team members consistently support each other.  More often than not, if somebody points out a problem, other characters will start working on how to solve it.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has a thoughtful post about when is the hero not a hero, and why, and what she'd rather see instead. 

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This poem is spillover from the November 2014 Creative Jam.  It was inspired by a prompt from DW user Dialecticdreamer.  It also fills the "injury" square in my 9-1-14 card for the Genprompt Bingo fest.  This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and is a direct sequel to "Clipped."

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: lb_lee

232 lines, Buy It Now = $116
Amount donated = $40
Verses posted = 22 of 67

Amount remaining to fund fully = $76
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $1.50


WARNING:</span> This poem features some intense topics. Highlight to read warnings, some of which are spoilers. Topics include physical and emotional upset, superpower injury, self-blame, awkward problem-solving, and dealing with difficult feelings. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your mindstate before deciding whether to read further.

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This poem is spillover from the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] aldersprig and [personal profile] mdlbear. It also fills the "Age of Reason" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest and the "magic wand breaks" square in my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

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Here's a good list of guidelines for beta readers, also known as first readers. Some further thoughts from my perspective as a scholar, linguist, fan, writer, reviewer, and editor ...

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This poem is spillover from the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] finch. It also fills the "celebratory kiss" square in my 1-2-14 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
A New Species of Lizard
My Holiday Shopping
Emailing Tools
Weavesilk
Poetry Fishbowl Report from December 2, 2014
Is This Venue Accessible?
Cinderella's Slippers
Genprompt Bingo Card 12-17-14
Read "Chance Meeting" by Dialecticdreamer


The Holiday Poetry Sale has concluded. While it didn't go as well as some previous years, it has still posted a bunch of new poems, so check out the list for links to those. I don't have everything up yet; sold poems have been marked accordingly and will appear later in the week.

Winterfaire 2014 is open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal, and will run through the end of December.  Come set up a booth if your goods or services would make nice holiday gifts.  If you are shopping, come browse the vendors.  The linkback poem "Hercules and the Lions" has 5 verses left to reveal.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Foursquare" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Lakia and some new friends play a ball-bouncing game and explore their superpowers.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "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" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


We had great weather for our "longest night" bonfire yesterday, cold and clear with a light breeze.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: sparrows, male cardinals, and mourning doves.  They haven't been as interested during mild weather.

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Mall of America oppressed protesters recently.  My thoughts ...

* Yes, protests can be inconvenient and troublesome, but they are necessary  to a healthy society.  Protests happen when purely rational methods of conflict resolution have failed.  If peaceful protests are suppressed, then violent ones are the next step, and so on down the line until the problem is solved or society comes apart at the seams.  And oh, the irony of Mall of America  oppressing protesters, when freedom of assembly and petition are among the things that the founding fathers went to war to secure.

* If you are a protester targeting a commercial installation, you get the most bang for your buck from hitting them on a day they can't recover from, such as Black Friday or right before Christmas.

* If you're caught up as a bystander in a situation like this, one safe and legal option is to put down whatever you intended to purchase, and leave.  If the establishment is a luxury stop like a mall, refuse to go back.  If it's necessary like a grocery store, you can still deny them your willing support by instead supporting petitions and other actions against them.  Tell the store why they've lost your business.  In this particular case, you might want to spend your money at a black-owned business instead.  Since the only thing some people care about is money, hit them where they live by diverting your funds from them to the people you support.

* This moves Mall of America from my list of places it would be fun to visit, to my list of places I actively disrecommend.

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This poem came out of the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] aoifes_isle and LJ user Laffingkat. It also fills the "artistic endeavor" square in my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.


"Lines of Math and Verse"


It's an artistic endeavor
to seek out the place
where the lines of
math and verse
cross each other.

Math begins with numbers
and shapes, flows into form,
adds letters and solves equations
until nothing remains except
the soft repetition of solution.

Poetry begins with words,
rhythm and rhyme and inference,
shifts into the subtle patterns
of stressed and unstressed syllables,
meaning derived from implication
become numbers of beats and lines.

Approaching the
wonder and beauty
of the universe
from opposite ends,

the mathematician
and the poet
meet in the middle.

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 ... with any ten books or similar cultural items from history, including lost ones.  [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is offering readers a chance to make a cache in the Heliodrax world.  I've already posted mine.

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This poem is from the November 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "orphans and runaways" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem features some intense topics. Highlight to read warnings, some of which are spoilers. Topics include runaway and homeless youth, mistreatment of a teen girl, religious abuse, hostility against superpowers, parental condemnation, superpower injury, pressuring someone to use a superpower, a horrible argument, questionable use of a superpower, and high stress. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your mindstate before deciding whether to read further.

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