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This article looks at anxiety and its effects on behavior.  

Basically, anxious people respond faster to potential threats.  They have a longer flight threshold -- they'll flee from danger while it is still far away.  These are the people who are getting the hell away from storm-wracked coastlines now, while there is still time to evacuate safely; rather than several years down the road when another megastorm hits.  In an evolutionary sense, it's good for a population to have anxious (threat-avoiding) and bold (resource-grabbing) individuals to maximize survival chances.

The problem, of course, is that modern society doesn't respect flight thresholds.  There's little if any safe space.  So there's no way to turn off the anxiety by moving away from danger, causing it to intensify, which turns it from an asset into a disorder.  It's not the trait that's the problem: it's the environment.  We've built one that isn't actually very good for humans. :/

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This week, the poetry in the Shiv thread of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, May 20 through Sunday, May 26. This series is superhero fantasy, and the thread is urban grunge. It features themes of heroism, villainy, coming of age, diversity, identity kink, family of choice, friendship, and cultural engineering. Sale prices range from $66 to $310. There are two open epics at present, which leaves a slot available if you want to open a new poem for microfunding. Prices on open epics are locked at the time of opening; however, if anyone wants to donate to open epics and buy poetry, spending $100 will get you the quarter-price rate on the new poems, regardless of the rate on the open epic(s) you support.

We are repeating the special discount for purchases of $100 or more, in which you get poetry at 25% of its original price instead of 50%. (Note that this increases the amount of poetry you get, rather than reducing the amount of money spent; the point is to get this stuff off of my desk. Yes, I can afford it.) That size of donation also makes you a k-fan which comes with some other perks, like a year-end collection of a poetic series. If several folks want to bundle their orders to make the $100 threshold and have one person send it all, that's okay; you'll get the discount and I'll list all your names as donors, but you'll have to decide amongst you who gets the k-fan credit.

Some of the poems are in sequence of related action, so in places there are prerequisites before a poem can be published. They can be sponsored at any time, just might have to wait for publication until something else gets posted first. Those are marked accordingly. I have also made lists of poems which unlock sequels, and poems which have prerequisites.

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Today is  cloudy and slightly cool, calmer than yesterday.

Round One, I fed birds.  Lots of activity today -- the house finches were back on the feeder by the time I got into the house.

I planted the last of the gladioli bulbs near the barrel garden.  That's a total of 60 in the box. \o/  I pulled some weeds around there too.

EDIT 5/20/19: Round Two, I did more weeding around the barrel garden.

EDIT 5/20/19: Round Three, I cut grass and weeds from around the wagonwheel garden.

EDIT 5/20/19: Round Four, I finished cutting grass around the wagonwheel garden.  I also trimmed some brush, but more needs to be done with that using bigger clippers.

EDIT 5/20/19: Round Five, I dragged the cut brush from the wagonwheel garden to the brushpile.  As it is now dark, I am done for the night.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Athena's Curse"
Sunday Yardening
Poem: "Justice in Black and White"
Marshmallows and Dragons
Queer Visibility
Self-Managed Abortion
Poem: "A Frantic Resistance"
Underground Railroad
Addiction Care in Terramagne
Friday Yardening
Dialects in Language
Emotional Intimacy Question: First Purchase
Wednesday Yardening
Drake's Equation
Cuddle Party


The May [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this weekend with a theme of "justice." See my activity here.

There will be a half-price sale in Shiv running this week.


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics.

"Learning the Vocation" belongs to Path of the Paladins. Shahana and company play games in the common room.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and has 74 new verses. Kenzie and Pretty Ears discuss trauma symptoms and coping skills.


Weather here has been mild with a little rain. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of mourning doves, a flock of grackles, a small flock of sparrows, two pairs of house finches, two male and one female goldfinches, a pair of cardinals, two brown thrashers, two robins, a gray catbird, an indigo bunting, and a rabbit. Currently blooming: violas, violets,  honeysuckle, lily of the valley, petunias, pinks, marigolds, alliums, celandine poppy, chives.

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It occurred to me that people are overlooking a large potential loophole in abortion law: Indian reservations are sovereign nations. They can make their own laws regarding women's health.

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This poem came out of the May 2019 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "Eight of Arrows - Struggle" square in my 4-30-19 card for the Tarot Bingo fest. This poem is posted as protest against recent attacks on women's health and freedom by Alabama and Georgia. (This also impact everyone else with a working uterus, followed by collateral damage to their friends and family.) You can help by joining the boycott.

Warning: This poem features intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers and possibly also triggers. It includes misogyny, politics, Pagan spirituality, feminism, anti-South sentiments, anti-Christian sentiments, a 13-year-old girl pregnant by incest and forced to carry the baby, medical references, apparent miscarriage, forced affect, theft, punitive pregnancy in men who raped people, lack of sex education, and other challenges. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding if you want to read onward.

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It rained earlier today, wiping out my first attempt at yardening. :/ Now it is partly sunny, blustery, and mild.

I got out to feed the birds. Today I have seen sparrows, doves, grackles, a pair of robins, a pair of cardinals, a pair of goldfinches, an indigo bunting, a catbird, and a rabbit. :D

I trimmed weeds around part of the septic garden, then planted gladioli bulbs and some wildflower seeds.

EDIT 5/19/19: I finished trimming around the septic garden and planted more wildflower seeds there.

EDIT 5/19/19: I started trimming around the wagonwheel garden and put some gladioli in there.

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 ... and why they sometimes jam.

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Charge the baby with rape.   An unborn baby is, by definition, penetrating the private reproductive parts of a woman.  According to numerous modern laws, a woman has the right to refuse consent for touching her reproductive parts, or if she consents, she may withdraw that consent at any time whereupon the person touching her is obliged to disengage immediately.  Failure to disengage upon the instant constitutes rape.  As the rapist is committing a crime,  he may be removed by any force necessary, including lethal force.

An ugly response to a heinous assault on women's personhood, but hey, if we've stopped playing the Civilization game, anything goes.

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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] curiosity. It also fills the "Two of Arrows - Injustice" square in my 4-30-19 card for the Tarot Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.


"Justice in Black and White"

[September 10, 2015]

This is the core difference between
white capes and black capes
on the topic of justice:

When injustice occurs,
white capes leap into action
and pursue it to the extent of the law.

Then they stop.

Black capes are slower to anger,
but once they begin pursuit,
they damn well don't stop until
the problem is solved.



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How to keep your fire elemental from eating your marshmallows:

* Hold a marshmallow over the firepit.  "This is a dragon marshmallow.  Who's a good dragon?  Who wants a marshmallow?  Here you go!"  Throw it in.

* Put some marshmallows on roasting sticks.  "These are human marshmallows.  Don't eat them.    If you leave these alone, you'll get another marshmallow later."

* Later: "Good dragon!  Have another marshmallow!"

Total number of marshmallows accidentally dropped or set on fire: 0

Operant conditioning for fire elementals.

Who says you can't mix science and magic? 

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 They'd have a lot more luck finding queer visibility if 1) they quit expecting it to look like modern homosexuality, and 2) they looked beyond white society.

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Here is a fairly detailed article about self-managed abortion.  It frames this largely as a future issue, but in reality, it happens whenever a woman needs an abortion but can't get one (due to restrictive laws, high cost, distance, etc.).  That's a problem, and it's only getting worse.

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The May [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with theme of "Justice." Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written

"Whether You Deserve It or Not"
Ansel and Turq talk with a suspect from the raid who may not actually be one of the villains.
379 lines, Buy It Now = $190

"Justice in Black and White" is today's freebie.

"Athena's Curse" is posted in protest of recent misogynistic laws.


From My Prompts

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Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the May 7, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It is spillover from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] mdlbear. It also fills the "touch" square in my 2-28-18 card for the Slice-of-Life Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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The May 7, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl made its $300 goal, so there will be a half-price sale in the Shiv thread from Monday, May 20-Sunday, May 26.  I hope to see you there!

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 A trail in photos.

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Based on an audience poll, the general fund sponsored 74 new verses in "A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life."  Kenzie and Pretty Ears discuss support, trauma symptoms, and coping skills.

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I got to thinking about addiction care in Terramagne while doing research, and figured that folks might find my notes helpful...

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Today is cloudy and warm.

I fed the birds.  I've been seeing male goldfinches, and a bluejay the other day.

Round One, I planted 4 marigolds in the septic garden.  Lots of stuff is coming up on its own: rhubarb, chives, sedum, wild onions, mint, and lamb's ear. 

EDIT 5/17/19: Round Two, I planted morning glories and moonflowers in the barrel garden and around the support wire for the telephone pole.  I planted a rosemary and a cilantro plant also.

EDIT 5/17/19: Round Three, I planted a bunch of gladioli around the telephone pole, amongst the Asian lilies.

I saw an indigo bunting under the feeders in the forest garden.  :D  We had those around here for several years, but then they disappeared, and I hadn't seen one for quite a while.  I hope he sticks around!

EDIT 5/17/19: Round Four, I watered plants.

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