April 20th, 2012


50 Things to Do

I've done ALL of these except for the geocache. A) That's a recent phenomenon, not from my most recent childhood. B) The idea of me wandering around trying to find something with a GPS is just insanely dangerous. The map and compass incidents were, um, educational enough.

This is the National Trust's list of 50 Things To Do Before You're 11 3/4. 

1. Climb a tree. 

2. Roll down a really big hill 

3. Camp out in the wild 

4. Build a den

5. Skim a stone

6. Run around in the rain

7. Fly a kite

8. Catch a fish with a net 

9. Eat an apple straight from a tree

10. Play conkers 

11. Throw some snow 

12. Hunt for treasure on the beach

13. Make a mud pie

14. Dam a stream

15. Go sledging

16. Bury someone in the sand

17. Set up a snail race 

18. Balance on a fallen tree 

19. Swing on a rope swing 

20. Make a mud slide

21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild

22. Take a look inside a tree

23. Visit an island 

24. Feel like you’re flying in the wind

25. Make a grass trumpet 

26. Hunt for fossils and bones

27. Watch the sun wake up 

28. Climb a huge hill

29. Get behind a waterfall

30. Feed a bird from your hand 

31. Hunt for bugs 

32. Find some frogspawn

33. Catch a butterfly in a net

34. Track wild animals

35. Discover what’s in a pond

36. Call an owl

37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool

38. Bring up a butterfly

39. Catch a crab

40. Go on a nature walk at night

41. Plant it, grow it, eat it

42. Go wild swimming 

43. Go rafting

44. Light a fire without matches

45. Find your way with a map and compass 

46. Try bouldering  

47. Cook on a campfire

48. Try abseiling / rappelling

49. Find a geocache (use GPS and other navigational aides to locate hidden containers.) 

50. Canoe down a river

Torn World Muse Fusion

The April Muse Fusion is now open over on torn_world</lj>.  Please drop by to leave or claim prompts.

What I Have Written

"Patterns in the Grass" -- feral horses in the Southern Empire

"The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" features a young boy, a weed-eater, and some unwanted salad.
525 words, $5.25 or 5 TW Credits

Poem: "Patterns in the Grass"

This poem is the freebie for the April 2012 Torn World Muse Fusion.  It was inspired by a prompt from wyld_dandelyon and features the feral horses in part of the Southern Empire.

Patterns in the Grass

They move, swift flickers
of motion appearing and disappearing
amongst the bunch grasses --

pale gold palominos
and reddish-gray claybanks,
strawberry roans with their flecked hides
and appaloosas like paint spatters,
duns and buckskins with barred haunches
and feral stripes along their spines --

all alert, ears quivering,
tails switching, feet stomping,

feral horses sweeping the prairie
for the spotted hunters,
always waiting for the death-laugh
of the dappled dogs

at which they will be over the hills and gone.