March 27th, 2018

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Autistic Communication

Here's a thoughtful post about autistic communication.  Notice the observation that the neurovariant person is ALWAYS WRONG.  They have no right to comfort or sanity; they are always expected to hurt themselves to make other people happy.  Which is a horrible thing to do to anyone.

One reason I don't have a lot of friends is that I demand equality in relationships.  I will respect your quirks to the extent you respect mine.  If I can't accommodate something I will say so.  But I am nobody's doormat, and I think that people who treat folks as doormats are themselves assholes.  I don't want to socialize with assholes.
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A Recipe for Blogging

Here is an interesting post that [personal profile] hunningham has mentioned about the proportion of post types to create a chatty blog, and thus, support a blog network like Dreamwidth. As it deals with personal blogging, it doesn't apply to other types, like blogs mainly used for posting art or fiction. There's also a related post discussing it. The basic formula ...

Recommended Minimum Weekly Posts by Type:
0.5 diary entry
3 pointers
0.5 bleg
0.25 op ed

Definitions:

"Diary entry" -- any posts the topic of which is you or something you made. Photos from your trips or of your artwork goes here.

"Pointer" -- any post which is a "look at this cool/interesting/upsetting thing I found out on the internet": links, video embeds, reposts of interesting content.

"Bleg" -- a question put to your readership, such as "what computer should I buy?" or "where should I go when I visit Ulan Blaator?" or "what did you think of the ending of the Sopranos?"

"Op ed" -- "Opinion Editorial": original content by you, but not about you, expressing an opinion you have on something. Reviews and fanfic "meta" fit here, as do more standard opinion pieces
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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, April 3

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Magical Art." I'll be soliciting ideas for artists, art collectors, gallery owners, other people who work with art, wizards, clerics, other magical folks, painting, drawing, sculpting, carving, spellcasting, enchanting artifacts, asking questions, exploring new techniques, discovering yourself, learning what you can do, studios, art supply shops, galleries, museums, temples, magical laboratories, synagogues, dungeons, other places where magic and art happen, paint, pencils, chisels, magical ways of making art, famous pieces of art, magical artifacts, stage magic props, representations of stage magicians, schools of magic, styles of art, art as evidence of sapience, the nature of magic, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Cleaning Achnai's Oven" (17 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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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, April 3

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Magical Art." I'll be soliciting ideas for artists, art collectors, gallery owners, other people who work with art, wizards, clerics, other magical folks, painting, drawing, sculpting, carving, spellcasting, enchanting artifacts, asking questions, exploring new techniques, discovering yourself, learning what you can do, studios, art supply shops, galleries, museums, temples, magical laboratories, synagogues, dungeons, other places where magic and art happen, paint, pencils, chisels, magical ways of making art, famous pieces of art, magical artifacts, schools of magic, styles of art, art as evidence of sapience, the nature of magic, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Cleaning Achnai's Oven" (17 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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New Sound Files Up

 [personal profile] daisiesrockalot has made recordings for some of the poems in Diminished Expectations.  Scroll to the bottom of the series page and look in the Extras section to find them.  I hope that this will expand accessibility of my work for audience members who are vision-impaired, have a long commute, or otherwise find audio files more convenient.
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The Casualties of WWII

While discussing the history of T-Britannia, I had cause to reference one of my favorite WWII documentaries, this brilliant animation of the casualties. When I name Russia and General Winter as the reason for Germany's ultimate defeat, this illustration shows why in a way that makes it much easier to grasp than just hearing the numbers.  I maintain that America's main contribution was stepping in with fresh resources at a time when most of Europe was worn down by years of war.