September 10th, 2018


Poem: "A World Possibly Not Born"

This poem came out of the September 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] mdlbear, and [personal profile] readera. It also fills the "Androids and Robots" square in my 9-2-18 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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Creativity and the Internet

So this post claims that the Internet stifles creativity.

*looks at list of fishbowl prompts*

*looks at 200+ pages of notes on The Big One mostly drawn from seismic sciences*


If the Internet is killing your creativity, the problem isn't the Internet, it's you.  The Internet is just a bigger, flashier library.  Learn to use it or it will use you.  The world is full of inspiration.  Pick a piece, sit your ass down, and make something out of it.

Monday Update 9-10-18

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Three-Point Characterization
Today's Adventures
Poem: "Whose Work Is Never Done"
Friday Yardening
Poem: "Raining Leaves"
Asteroid Approach
Emotional Intimacy Question: Crying
1000 Words or Less Bingo Cards 9-5-18
Noise Harms, Silence Heals
Poem: "Casting Badges"
Cuddle Party

Last week's Poetry Fishbowl went pretty well. I am still writing.

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are three open epics. We're full until at least one of these concludes.

"You Have Already Proved It" from Path of the Paladins was opened and closed within a week. Ari needs to learn how to use her new sword effectively.

"Energy, Made Visible" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. Now Shiv flibbers over being unable to earn ALL the pretty colors at once.

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask. In which a supervillain and a cop argue over donuts.

"In the Depths of Your Grief" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink. It's the next poem in the raid series, after most of the fighting has stopped. Turq finds out what happened to one of his cohort.

The weather has been cooler here.  It rained off and on. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: sparrows, a cardinal, and house finches. In bloom: marigolds, gazania, zinnias, salvia, cleome, petunia, million bells, snapdragons, lantana, dianthus, begonia, morning glory, cup plant, echinacea, sedum, hosta, and sundry others. Crabapples, apples, and pears have green fruit.


Today's Adventures

We went out today.  The weather was mild and pleasant.

At Harvest Market we found mangosteens!  They were in a bag for $9.99, over a dozen of them.  They are about the size of a racquetball and purple when ripe.  The fruit has a hard rind that you cut through and pry apart.  Then scoop out the sections with a spoon.  The flavor is incredible.  I can see why people compare it to lychee -- if you like those, you'll probably love this.  I think it has kind of a kiwi-melon flavor with a strong floral note.  Some sections have a big seed, others don't. It's very hard to get the fruit off the seed, although it comes out of the rind very easily.  Between the rind and the seeds, there's not a lot of fruit inside.  But I love this stuff.  It's delicious.  :D 3q3q3q!!

We went to Common Ground and I discovered that one of my current brands of hot cereal has a couple other flavors.  The paleo one was intriguing but twice as much, so I decided to try the gluten-free version which is only a little more expensive than the old world style. 

We stopped at a couple of antique stores.  One is going out of business.  What interested us there is the many bookcases.  We're going to walk around the house and measure places to see if we can fit in some more shelves.  Doug wants some for his glass room.  The other antique store had a pair of heavy onyx bookends that look like tiki statues.  I've seen those things going for 2-3 times what we paid for them.  \o/

For supper we ate at Fujiyama.  We tried a couple of new sushi rolls, the Philadelphia (with tuna and cream cheese) and the Rainbow (with tuna, salmon, whitefish, and cucumber).  I wasn't impressed with the whitefish but everything else was awesome.  We also tried the soft-shelled crab, but we generally agreed that it tastes much better in a spider roll than it does alone.

At Wal-Mart, Doug found a package of wild-caught salmon, so we stashed that in the fridge to thaw.  And the apple-crisp flavor of yogurt is finally on the shelves.  When it didn't appear with the crappy pumpkin spice ones, I thought they'd given up on it.  So I grabbed two of those.

It's been a pretty good day.  :D