January 25th, 2016


Cross-Orientation Relationships

 I am fascinated by cross-orientation relationships.  Sometimes people fall in love with someone outside their sexual attraction.  Almost all of them ignore it.  But here's a lesbian marrying a man, and two straight men falling in love.  

Over in Terramagne, Socket is a lesbian with a crush on Fortressa who was straight but has since sworn off love.  So Socket is working to shift a romantic, sexual feeling into the kind of friendship that Fortressa wants and needs, without saying a word, because that's what love is -- a situation where the other person's happiness is integral to your own.  Socket cares more about being with Fortressa and making her happy than about the form  that relationship takes.  Fortressa is sufficiently clueless about relationships that she hasn't even noticed this, except that she really likes Socket and appreciates all the support.  Frankly I think Socket is the main brake pedal preventing Fortressa from turning into a whackjob.

Know yourself.  Know what you like.  But when love comes, let it in, even if it didn't come in the form you thought you wanted.

Poem Available: "Neither Impossible to Escape"

I stumbled across this article about Stephen Hawking's views on depression, and it inspired a Moon Door poem.  It comes after "Lunacy" in the timeline.

"Neither Impossible to Escape" 
Lorina feels inspired by Stephen Hawking's views on depression, and shares her thoughts with the chronic pain support group.
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Monday Update 1-25-16

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Introvert Hamster Ball
Valentine's Day Bingo Cards
Polychrome Heroics Art Therapy Cards
Unsold Poems from the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl
The Moon Door: Sequencing in Progress
The Phylogenesis of Folktales
Bloomington Native Plant Sale

As you can tell from the timing of this post, I am getting fuckall done today. Various mundane things have intruded on my time, and that's after not even getting all of yesterday's stuff done then. *headdesk*

A big portion of that, however, does have countervailing advantages: discussing with the utility tree man about which trees need trimmed or removed.  While I hate losing trees, some of them are in hazardous positions, and we're getting the work done free.  So, trimming --> firewood and MULCH.  I danced in squeeing circles of that last bit: estimate is a truck and a half of mulch.  Also now I have to prioritize reconstructing the entire defensive line of the savannah into what it should be: bushes or short-short trees under the line, and trees farther back.  I impressed on the fellow that cutting ALL the trees at once would leave a giant gap in the wind protection and then storm damage would mangle the inner trees, power lines, house, and all.  Agh.  So yeah.  Day eaten by locusts, pecked to death by ducklings, it's coming up on supper time and this post is the first of the actually planned things I've been able to touch.

The Rose & Bay Awards are open for nominations of excellent crowdfunded projects active during 2015 in the following categories.  Please come propose your favorite projects for recognition.  All categories need more activity, but especially Art and Other Project.  So far nobody else has nominated stuff and I just do not have the time to chase folks individually and ask for that, and we're running out of time as nominations close at the end of January.
Art (0 nominees)
Fiction (3 nominees)
Poetry (2 nominees)
Webcomic (3 nominees)
Other Project (1 nominee)
Patron (3 nominees)

Poetry in Microfunding:
"Grandmothers Moon" belongs to The Moon Door.  What happens when Hilla's pack meets other werewolves? "Holding Hope and Love" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has two new verses.  Cheersquad helps a lot of people.  "Like a Shag on a Rock" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has three new verses.  The Spectrum are not doing well in Australia. 

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" "To Ride Death" (poetry), "Rammer" (nonfiction).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).

We had some snow and a little rain this week.  The bird feeder action continues to be lively!  Seen at the bird feeders this week: huge flock of sparrows, medium flock of mourning doves, several cardinals, two squirrels, downy woodpecker, and red-bellied woodpecker.

Poem: "Red Moon Waning"

This poem is spillover from the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] siliconshaman, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "fork in the road" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest, the "breathing exercises" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It fest, and the "lesser evil" 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 Moon Door series.

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General Fund Poll for January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl

This is the general fund poll for the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl.  The general fund has $3.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I will keep it open until at least Tuesday night.  If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it open a bit longer.

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