March 28th, 2018


Torn World Muse Fusion

The Torn World Muse Fusion is running March 25-31.  Leave prompts, claim prompts, write or make art -- whatever you wish.

What I Have Written

Layla Lawlor's prompt requested characters for a Slunai town, so I made three new ones:
* Fubaru is the oldest man in the Slunai lake town of Ruriianar, and most people look up to him.
* Ilgaa is a successful fisherwoman in the Slunai lake village of Itafar.
* Abelmu is a young Slunai man from Ruriianar, who seeks to rebuild the lost town on the lakeshore.

Ruriianar is actually the historic name for the town before the falling barriers changed the climate for the worse.  Itafar is the contemporary name given by the Empire.

A prompt from PeggyB inspired the free-verse poem "Following the Trails." Lilqi lives in the Central Breida Mountains, where the traveling teacher Yimaara visits the scattered tribes. But occasional lessons aren't enough for Lilqi; she wants more.  
230 lines, Buy It Now = $115

I also made character sheets for Lilqi and Yimaara.

From My Prompts

Hard Things

Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?

New Foods

Today I got to try a couple of new things.  The steamed dumplings were tasty, but probably won't outcompete other offerings.  The lychee smoothie is awesome.  It basically tastes like liquid lychee, a fruit I already like.  (If you haven't tried them, lychees have a melon flavor similar to honeydew with a floral, almost rosy note.)  I definitely want to have this again.  It will be very nice for warm weather! 


We got more birdseed yesterday, so I went out and fed the birds.  Today is mild and wet.  They're highly active, but not so much at the feeders.  They're hopping around the yard looking for fresh food and splashing in the puddles.  I saw lots of robins bounding about.  Some cardinals.  A pair of mourning doves flew over my head crying "WOE, WOE!" -- not a sound they often make.  Usually it's the soft "hoo-OOO, hoo, hoo, hoo."  I've seen house finches several times; perhaps they will stay and nest this summer.  We don't get them every year.  Rabbits everywhere.  I've seen a fox squirrel at the feeder repeatedly, though not today.

The grass is greening.  More plants are leafing out, or have swelling buds like the lilacs.  Scilla is starting to bloom.  There's a sizable patch of naturalized snowdrops along the wild cherry grove in the savannah.

Forest Diversity

More tree species in a forest make the trees more productive.  Among the reasons is less direct competition, as different species seek different nutrients and have diverse shapes of leaves, branches, and roots.  So restoration efforts should plant a high mix of species all jumbled together, and home landscapers can make yard trees healthier by combining many species.

Among the species in my yard ...

Black walnut, silver maple, mulberry, and hackberry are among the most common.  Black walnut is tall with a very open pattern, allowing lots of sun through, but puts off toxic compounds to discourage other plants.  Hackberry is very tall with a moderately open shape.  Silver maple is large and leafy, but fragile.  Mulberry is a little smaller and even more fragile.  All of these are good trees for wildlife.  We also have one big old sycamore, with an open habit and huge leaves.  There is also one mature oak, also tall with a fairly open habit, old enough to yield acorns.  The Midwinter Grove holds several spruce and pine trees.

Smaller trees include crabapple, pear, cherry, wild cherry, Cornelian cherry dogwood, white dogwood, nannyberry, serviceberry, linden, persimmon, apricot, plum, and redbud.  Many of these are also popular with wildlife.

A lot of the trees and shrubs I've planted are still pretty small like the hazelnut, contorta hazelnut, cypress, and oaks.


Unsold Poems from the March 20, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the March 20, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.
There are still verses left in the linkback poems
"We Will Fade into You," "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "The Attack of the Dragon Shrimp," and "Greater Than the Sum." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.

"The Colors in His Tapestries"
Your first prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Colors in His Tapestries." The saint is a favorite of the unicorns, and it shows.
20 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"A Horror of the Color Yellow"
This inspired the free-verse poem "A Horror of the Color Yellow." A survivor of priest abuse shies away from holy things.
17 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"An Innocence Reclaimed"
Your first prompt inspired the free-verse poem "An Innocence Reclaimed." It explores different kinds of innocence.
26 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Like the Desert Wind"
Your prompt about sand unicorns inspired the free-verse poem "Like the Desert Wind." They wander from one oasis to another.
15 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"The Prairie Horns"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Prairie Horns." Unicorns fit right in with a grassland.
20 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"The Unicorn Mirror"
From this I got the free-verse poem "The Unicorn Mirror." It's not as magical as people think, but it's pretty.
15 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"Unicorn Shadows"
Your first prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Unicorn Shadows." They're a half-step from the material plane, but not wholly separate from it.
10 lines, Buy It Now = $5

"The Wily Princess"
Since there aren't cameras in a fantasy setting, I had to tweak this a little. "The Wily Princess" is a free-verse poem about drawing around what can't be seen.
21 lines, Buy It Now = $10