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Today is mostly sunny, hot, and muggy.  I went out to feed birds, then again to water plants.

The finches are going nuts over the thistle seed.  I keep seeing lots of house finches and goldfinches.  The indigo bunting still seems to favor the sunflower seeds.



The golden raintree is blooming.  :D  My Here Lies Butch daylilies have big buds that should open soon.

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This is the free epic for the June 5, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl, as chosen in an audience poll. It came out of the January 2, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] bairnsidhe and [personal profile] antisocialite_forum (Tom). This poem also fills the "magic" square in my 1-1-18 card for the Apocalypse Bingo fest, and the "bodyguards" square in my 6-16-17 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It belongs to the Marionette thread of the series Polychrome Heroics and follows "Pinballs in a Broken Machine."

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We're not coffee drinkers.  However, we were in a mall recently and Biggby Coffee was giving away free samples of frozen goodies.  They make these things with or without coffee in them.  We tried chocolate with marshmallow and chocolate with caramel, then wound up getting white chocolate with marshmallow.  I'm not even much of a white chocolate fan (I told my partner Doug to pick what he wanted, and he loves white chocolate) and I thought it was quite tasty.  The chocolate with caramel was my favorite.  It's basically like a fancy milkshake.  Highly recommended.

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This is the freebie for the June [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] bairnsidhe. It also fills the "devotion" square in my 6-4-18 Dark Fantasy card for the Winteriron Bingo Adventure fest.

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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Creation and Destruction."  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration. 


What I Have Written

"Grave Gardens" is today's freebie.


From My Prompts

[personal profile] bairnsidhe has written "Tamati Dances" about a supervillain doing haka.  :D 3q3q3q!!!

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The free epic poll is now up on Dreamwidth.

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This poem is spillover from the June 5, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from my_partner_doug and rix_scaedu. It also fills the "trust" square in my 6-4-18 card for the Winteriron Bingo Adventure fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Dace finds out about Damask being a plural person and also a superhera. He does not take it very well. The poem features racism, rough behavior, confusion, revelations, emotionally complex responses, panic attack, references to past trauma, feelings of betrayal, insecurity, loneliness, references to mental issues, identity and attraction disorientation, accusations of lying, hiding problems, consequences of staying in the closet/fusebox, references to family drama, apologies, efforts to make amends, trust issues, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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I have contracts for the 144 Witchy Tips in the 2020 Witches' Datebook, and an article on "Entropic Magic" for the 2020 Magical Almanac

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There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics from Monday, June 18-Sunday June 24. 

Worth noting, my partner Doug's computer is dying and needs to be replaced.  Based on the current estimate for hardware and shipping, I'm setting a goal of $700.  Accordingly, there will be perks along the way.  I have some Terramagne demifiction to share for this.  So if you've been eyeing a piece in Polychrome, now would be a very good time to buy it.

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Here is a very useful article that I often reference when I can find it, but it's tricky to find.  If you have brain weasels, and especially if you've had bad experiences trying to level-grind your way through exposure therapy, consider this:

Anchoring or counterconditioning is kind of the opposite of exposure therapy. Instead of grinding down a fear reaction, you pause at the threshold of just noticing something -- before it's close enough to be really upsetting -- and then apply wonderful things. Eventually, the dog (or your lizard-brain) will begin to associate the formerly scary thing with the new treat.

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[personal profile] rootsofthestories is taking commissions for writing, Tarot readings, playlists, and other goodies. 

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Lava rocks with flowers in them.  Because Pele loves rock gardening.  Sure, why not.

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This poem is spillover from the May 15, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. It also fills the "exhaustion" square in my 5-1-18 General card for the Pro Wrestling Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Today is hazy and warm.  The yard is lush and green again after recent rain.

I went out and picked part of a baggie of serviceberries.

Daylilies are blooming, as are the first of my Asian lilies.  I'm surprised the Asian ones even came back. I should plant more of them around the telephone pole. 

EDIT 6/14/18: I went back out and picked a bag of cherries, enough for a cherry-limeade pie.

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 One of my non-canon stories is going up on Torn World.

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A fan reminded me of this gem today.  It explains why some boys want to play with dolls.  Duh.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Babysitting Emergency" after the Magpie Monday made it's $50 goal.  \o/  The second time Shiv is faced with an urgent childcare issue, he asks for help and gets it.  :D

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Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. I'm starting with this list.

17. What is your most treasured memory?

I have a lot of good ones.  This is a favorite.

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This article claims to cite health problems caused by early puberty.  They're not.  Those health risks are caused by sexual harassment and abuse, which are increased by early puberty.   The actual health risks of early puberty include stunted growth and endocrine problems.  It's important to clarify causes and effects if you want to solve a problem.  If you want to stop the psychological problems, stop treating 8-year-olds like sexually mature women.  If you want to stop the physical problems, try a moderate diet free of growth hormones and other endocrine disruptors.

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This painting of peonies really reminds me of Van Gogh's "Sunflowers."

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