May 9th, 2016


Monday Update 5-9-16

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Disappearing Islands
Saturday Yardening
Spiders Have Oral Sex
Friday Yardening
Thursday's Yardening
Read "A Storm of Work and Play" by Dialecticdreamer

Last week's Poetry Fishbowl went well.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"Holding Hope and Love" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Cheersquad gives Zima some ideas for helping Lakia.  "The Door to Nowhere" is a crossover between P.I.E. and Schrodinger's Heroes.  Brenda and Darrel meet up with Chris.  "When Someone Is Vulnerable" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink.  It has been fully funded, but not finished posting yet.  "A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina return to Easy City to visit Arlene and explore a Montessori school.

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).

It's been raining off and on for a few days, with more due this week.  I've gotten some yardwork done, but don't know if I'll get outside today.  Hopefully I'll find a time when it's not actively raining.  Seen at the bird feeders this week: small flock of sparrows, several mourning doves, a pair of cardinals, many grackles, a pair of blue jays, a cowbird, and a goldfinch.  Currently blooming: violets, honeysuckle, zinnias, nannyberry, petunias, marigolds, million bells, moss rose, johnny jump ups. 

Poll: Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics running from Monday, May 16 through Sunday, May 22.  This series has built up a big backlog that we need to whittle down, so I'm also offering the quarter-price option for anyone spending $100 or more.  I'm picking the Shiv thread and the miscellaneous poems as the biggest backlogs.  You get to vote on which of the threads with 2-3 poems you would like to see on sale, and I'll add the most popular of those.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I'll keep it open until at least Tuesday afternoon. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

EDIT: This is a box poll, not a button poll.  You may pick more than one option.  I recommend that you do not check ALL of the boxes, to reduce the chance of ties and make it easier to weed out the less-popular items.

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Monday Yardening

The sky is annoying me today.  I went outside after lunch to plant things, and it was spitting rain.  Expecting it to rain harder I went back inside and did poetry stuff instead.

Noticed that it still wasn't really raining much.  Went outside again to plant two Dolgo crabapples.

It started raining more and I got rather damp.  >_<  But I did get the two crabapples in the ground.  This completes the inner row of small trees forming the new windbreak.

Poem: "Through Weakness and Vulnerability"

This poem is spillover from the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] capriuni, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, and LJ user Paantha. It also fills "The Broken One" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and is a direct sequel to "When Someone Is Vulnerable."  They are immediately followed by "A Safe Refuge from the World."

WARNING: This poem contains some intense material. Highlight to read more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. This is heavy-duty hurt/comfort with emotional angst, messy medical details, awkward discussions of present and future care preferences, trying to take care of a traumatized person, struggling with traumatic stress, impaired consent, assisted decision-making, difficulty balancing conflicts between Turq's mental and emotional needs, complications and challenges of soup care in general, minor misfire of a superpower with unpleasant but not damaging effects, trying to figure out ways of minimizing or compensating for triggers, mentions of past abuse (current environment is safe and supportive), worrying about an injured friend, and other mayhem. On the whole, though, it's sweet to see Ansel and Ethan working so hard to take care of Turq as best they can, and despite the upsetting context Turq is actually making a lot of progress. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether you want to read this right now. However, it contains some major plot developments, so skipping it may make subsequent poems seem more confusing or less justified.

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