October 31st, 2017


Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, November 7

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Outlandish Occupations." I'll be soliciting ideas for employees, employers, employment counselors, volunteers, assistants, mentors, apprentices, customers or clients, outcasts, unlikely coworkers, good/bad bosses, antagonists, black sheep, scapegoats, aliens, superheroes, supervillains, blue-plate specials, other heroes/villains, beat partners, other work relationships, working, othering, creating your own job, consulting, facing thresholds, belonging, learning on the job, questioning, debating labels, quitting, dropping out, learning what you can do, coming out, telling your own story, discovering new relationships, building a career network, mentoring novices, office buildings, mobile offices, classrooms, counseling offices, neighborhoods, plazas and other public places, alien planets, work ethic, employment, unemployment, self-employment, unions, other work-related organizations, promotions and demotions, oddjobs, genius is not public property, talent does not dictate profession, self-discovery, self-awareness, erasure, alienation, rejection, oppression, job skills, challenges of getting a job, sexual harassment, legal rights, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "The Open Gyre" (12 verses, standalone). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

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Amazing Mango Ham

Today I am making Amazing Mango Ham for Samhain, although we bought a much bigger ham due to expecting more people than will probably be here.  It is already fragrant.

EDIT 10-31-17: The ham is almost done.  The house smells intensely of oranges.  There are no actual oranges in the recipe; for some reason, roasting mango puree makes it smell like oranges.  :D  The yams have been peeled and put on to boil for Mashed Yams with Halva (dairy-free).

Space and Time Bingo Cards 10-31-17

The Space and Time Bingo fest is now open over on [community profile] allbingo. I will be playing the two public cards for Space and for Time. (See all my 2017 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


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