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Here is my card for the Solo Celebration fest on [community profile] allbingo. It will run from May 1-31.  It features all kinds of satisfying activities and experiences that can be done alone.  Considering my work, Tripping into the Future has an isolated protagonist.  (See all my 2016 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


SOLO CELEBRATION BINGO CARD

Self-LoveIntrovertPublic placesNonphysical PassionsIdentify a feeling you're having
Eating / drinking aloneExperimentationLearning what you likeCaught in the actSerenity
RefugeSelf-AwarenessWILD CARDMeditationBe Here Now
HappinessBody ImageGreedy / desperateSex toys / booksRandom act of kindness
Makeup / Dressing upPrivacyCuriosityAnticipationDominance & submission

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Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day.  So I looked through my backlog of unpublished poetry and found a few that feature characters with disabilities.  You get to pick which one is posted for free.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I will keep it open until Sunday afternoon, and then post the winning poem.

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Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day.

My characters with disabilities include ...

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 If you want something done right, do it yourself.  Especially if you want scientifically accurate ball-jointed dinosaur toys.

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Today it is very soggy outside.  I managed to get out between rain showers and plant two of the plants I got yesterday -- a German thyme and a burgundy columbine.

My white columbine is blooming in the rain garden.

Also yesterday my parents gave me a belated birthday card listing a present which will arrive some time in autumn: 100 bulbs worth of flower garden.  :D  Daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, windflowers, and a few others. 

EDIT: This evening I went out to refill the birdfeeders.  I've been seeing more blue jays around the hopper feeder.  One of the lady cardinals immediately came to the suet feeder.

Frogs and toads are singing out where the fields are flooded with rainwater.

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I have made bingo down the G column of my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest.  \o/

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The bonus fishbowl featured An Army of One: The Autistic Secession in Space.  I worked from 12:30 PM to 3:30 AM, so about 13 hours allowing for breaks.  I wrote 6 poems on Tuesday and another 3 later in the week.

Participation was low, with 16 comments on LiveJournal and another 24 on Dreamwidth.  There was one new prompter, DW user Heartsinger.  Interesting, several audience members prompted for various kinds of diversity, including both neurotypical characters and those with neurovariance outside the autistic spectrum.  So the complexity of the nascent culture in the Lacuna is growing, as more influences arrive.  3q 3q 3q :)


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Crafts Out of Necessity"
"Flying in Freefall"
"Fortifications of the Future"
"No Measure of Health"

"Bring Out the Best" (Polychrome Heroics, 4/5/16 Fishbowl)
"Trust and Integrity" (Polychrome Heroics, March 2016 Creative Jam)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for April 19, 2016. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

The currently sponsored poems from this session have been posted, except for "Thinking River Thoughts" which has been sponsored but not yet posted due to waiting for its prerequisite "New Wine in Old Bottles" to be sponsored and posted.  There were six donors this time:  janetmiles, kestrels_nestng_moonmoth, DW user Alatefeline, Anthony and Shirley Barrette. 


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

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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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