August 8th, 2015


Poem: "Fear into Freedom"

This poem was written on commission for [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "Nurture Self-Worth" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It Bingo fest. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and it's the first of a triptych, so posting this unlocks "An Even Brighter Path" for possible sponsorship.

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Visual Evolution

 ... drives the shape of pupils.  Don't put the wrong kind on your aliens or fantasy species.  How do you know the right kind?

1) If they're similar to a Terran species, just keep the same basic features.  So a catlike alien would tend to have vertical slits.  This is helpful if you want to use some of the really weird shapes.

2) If they're not similar to a single species, look for parallel evolution.  Were their ancestors predators (vertical slits), prey (horizontal slits) or active foragers (round)?

3) If they have a totally different shape, make sure you provide an explanation that makes sense.  Frex, hourglass pupils might have a separate rod/cone mix, so that each half would dominate under different lighting conditions.

Poem: "Carrying On"

This poem came out of the August 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] tresta. It also fills the "curtainfic" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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Stretches for Back and Leg Pain

The title says they're for back pain, but they also fix a lot of leg problems.  These help with a wide variety of tendon/ligament muscle, joint, and nerve problems especially those caused by sitting in the same position for hours while you work. Stretching before you sit down, during breaks, and after you get up can reduce long-term tendency for problems.  Stretches also relieve acute pain when it flares up.   Take five minutes to treat a cramp when it first appears and you will lose a lot less time than if you are miserable for hours.