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Shed antlers provide nutrients to other forest animals.  Squirrels, raccoons, and mice are the most prone to gnaw on them for the mineral value. 

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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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The following poems from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poem "Silken Dreams."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses of that.



"Circuits and Cycles"
I used one of my bingo squares, sports, to spark the free-verse poem "Circuits and Cycles." Shahana and Johan watch their novices play a game of circuitball.
55 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"The Golden Peaches of Peace"
Based on a DW prompt, "The Golden Peaches of Peace" is a free-verse poem about Shahana and Ari celebrating midsummer with a sacred confection.
60 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"The Power of Perseverance"
A DW whetstone prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Power of Perseverence." Shahana teaches Ari a new meditation.
30 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Something You Feel"
A quarterboard prompt provided part of the background for the free-verse poem "Something You Feel." Gorrein clings to the drummer boy who is darn near the only person even still speaking to him. And then Gorrein's parents come home and life really begins to suck.
114 lines, Buy It Now = $57

The drummer boy turned out to be
not entirely inept at strategy,
which surprised Gorrein at first,
but thinking further it made sense
that he would attract followers with
that sort of knack, regardless of age.

"Sprouts"
Based on a DW prompt, "Sprouts" is a free-verse poem in which Larn and Dalka teach the children how to plant a garden.
52 lines, Buy It Now = $20

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Here's a crowdfunding campaign to publish a book about a little boy who is black, queer, and imaginative. 

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Here's a thoughtful post on the representation of nonbinary people in genderqueer communities.  I've noticed that people who have to claim their own identity can be very rigid about identity, including a tendency to misgender or misorient other people based on what they think that person "should" be.  Really not helping.

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These colors of nail polish were inspired by literature.  Shiny.  Link courtesy of my partner Doug.

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Here's a post about rape in A Game of Thrones, comparing the TV series to the books.  This actually leaves out the statistic which most interests me: what is the ratio of women who have been raped to women who have not been raped?  Because in America it's about 1:4 for sexual violence, or 1:3 for women in the military and Native American women.

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This article includes a detailed description of what makes plants resistant to low water conditions, and why it's ideal to have plants that tolerate as wide a range of conditions as you can manage.  There's a list of 40 drought-resistant plants.

Here in central Illinois, I favor native prairie plants or other tough things for most of my areas.  Decorative non-natives mostly go in flowerpots or beds.  Long dry spells are less of an issue when I am growing things with a six-foot root mass.  The real challenge is that they also have to be tolerant of flooding, which also happens; high winds, baking heat, and arctic blasts.  0_o

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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "outgrowing old ideas." I'll be soliciting ideas for scientists, devout empiricists, youth coming of age, coming out, adults in mid-life crisis, elders entering their wisdom years, folks dealing with a new ability, people who get a clue, people who don't  get a clue, three with a new song's measure, abandoning an old ideology, being torn up over changes, finding a new ideology, deciding to help someone, asking for help and getting it, getting in over your head, proving yourself, researching new possibilities, how to change ideas you've decided you don't want to follow anymore, foxholes, dungeons, bars or taverns, colleges, counseling offices, other places that tend to rupture people's reality tunnels, and of course reality tunnels themselves, epiphanies, books, horrible realizations, painful psychological ruptures, decompensation, endings and beginnings, solution-caused problems, ethical dilemmas, Objects of Change Alignment, other reality-tunnel wrecking balls, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Learning to See" (17 verses, Seeing Hearts). 

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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Famous author Tanith Lee has passed away.  Among my favorites of her books: The Silver Metal Lover is one of the few positive portrayals of artificial intelligence.  Drinking Sapphire Wine is about escape from a stultifying society.

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Here's an interesting piece on albinism and discrimination. I have no idea why people pick on albinos, other than the generic hatred of anything different; it makes even less sense than the large-scale ethnic discriminations where at least one might conceive of seeing another large group as competition. Vision problems are a key aspect of albinism. There is a trend toward albino villains in entertainment, although it has a matching heroic version. This association with evil can cause problems for people with albinism. It also spills over to characters with similar appearance, even if they are not specifically identified as albino: pale skin, white-blond or white hair, light (blue, green, hazel) or pink/red eyes. Actually it turns out that in humans, albinos more often have lavender or blue eyes rather than pink/red, although the ruddy tones do occur.

Well, once you count "albino-like" features, my characters cover the whole spectrum because I happen to think it's a picturesque color range. (I am also into dark characters, and dark with light hair. What can I say, I like diversity.) Also albinos and other very light-colored people are just like anyone else, so they can be good or evil or most often a mix of both. So let's see...

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Story: "Touching Scenes"
Memorial Day from the Horse's Mouth
Marriage Equality in Ireland
Scrabbling for Language
Read "Peace Ties" by Dialecticdreamer
Crayon History
Complaint Bingo
Diversity Dolls
BINGO: blackout
Wellness Toolbox Bingo Card 5-20-15


This week's bonus fishbowl went well.  I have posted all the sponsored poems, and sent backchannel copies to prompters for the others.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Whole Universe Surrenders" is from the Damask thread of Polychrome Heroics.  It features Damask and Macavity attempting to deal with a litter of superkittens.  "These Tiny Little Steps" belongs to Frankenstein's Family.  When Adam is seven and a half, he's a handful for his fathers to keep up with.

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" (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Weather here is warm, and it rained last night.  Sweet alyssum, honeysuckles, peonies, iris, poppies, torenia, blue lobelia, marigolds, and petunias are blooming.  Mulberries, black raspberries, and apples have green fruit.  I have a whole new batch of plants to set out, just planted the grasses today.

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Here's an interesting discussion about how to write good titles. My thoughts ...

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This poem is spillover from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion and [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah. It also fills the "war" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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This poem is from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and LJ user The_vulture. It also fills the "prostitution" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

Warning: This poem contains references to prostitution and to past sexual assault. If these are touchy topics for you, consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] eseme, and [personal profile] chordatesrock. It also fills the "getting a tattoo or piercing" square in my 12-20-14 card for the Rites of Passage Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

Warning: This poem contains detailed descriptions of body modification and altered states of awareness.  Consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This story came out of the May 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "healthy touch" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This story belongs to the Don't Try This at Home series of Schrodinger's Heroes.

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If you're trying to help a group of people, or honor a cause, to which you do not personally belong then start by asking for their input. Here are some ideas from veterans about how to observe Memorial Day. In light of that ...

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This poem came out of the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "outnumbered" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.


"Who Gives of Himself"
-- a ghazal


Shahana explains to Ari as they gather with others to pray,
"To be a saint of Gailah requires one who gives of himself."

Along with Gailah's old Tevorn is Diawn's younger Madralay,
Who says, "I ain't fancy, but I'm someone who gives of himself."

The middle-aged man who serves Syvera has gone as gray
as the paint horse he rides, yet still stands to give of himself.

The service of Zyweet the Trickster is not so easy a play,
But one woman turns aside the plaint and gives of herself.

Ligia's seer is light of tongue as the birds that wing by the way,
Twittering of the taint she has seen, so she gives of herself.

The scholar who looks to Plumere soon holds them all in sway,
Weaving complaint on complaint to reveal how he gives of himself.

Talaton's own nods her head at the news, tilts the balance away,
and says, "How quaint. Who will dance with me as I give of myself?"

A smith of Barzay holds out her hand. "I'll take that roundelay,"
she says, "and acquaint you with the steps I give of myself."

Yasun has sent a healer to join the row of talents upon display,
who frowns at violence, but shows restraint, and gives of himself.

But one is outnumbered, uncounted by the officiant on this day --
There is in their company no saint of Gorrein who gives of himself.

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Notes:

You can read more about the ghazal form online.

A saint is someone who epitomizes the tenets of their religion, so the qualifications vary somewhat from one tradition to another.  For all the fuss and bother some religions make of them, saints actually tend to lead rather quiet lives.  The Jewish concept of tzadikim  reflects this.

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