November 26th, 2018


Monday Update 11-26-18

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Metacognition in Dogs
Poem: "From This Intolerable Overload of Feeling"
Poem: "The Lair of the Dragon Scouts"
Poem: "Merely an Exaggeration"
Poem: "His Family's His Crew"
Native Foodways (look in the comments for a list of my recipes with indigenous ingredients)
Recipe: "Squash Toast" (plus comments give other people's Thanksgiving leftover recipes)
Read "Screwed" by Siliconshaman
NaNoWriMo: Challenges
Emotional Intimacy Question: Three Things
Poem: "You Can Only Go Forward"
Hard Things

The Christmas Thread -- These are poems about Shiv and the harassment at Blues Moon. Read them before you read "Virasana" by [personal profile] siliconshaman.
Poem: "Confused, Screwed Up, But Here"
Poem: "Unless You Let Us Know You're Down There"
Poem: "A Corresponding Clarity of Purpose"
Poem: "Emptier of Bad Thoughts"

As you can see from the list of posted poems, the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics went well last week. I still have a couple to post from [personal profile] mama_kestrel that came in late last night, plus whatever the pool from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth winds up being.

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics. 

"Energy, Made Visible" is now complete. See what Shiv does with his new creme pastels.

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask . Pain's Gray gives Keane what he needs.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.

The weather has been chilly and intermittently wet here.  It rained yesterday, followed by a dusting of snow that didn't stick much.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of goldfinches, a flock of sparrows, a few mourning doves, some dark-eyed juncos, several house finches, several cardinals, and a squirrel.  I also saw a hawk roosting in the yard!  :D 3q3q3q!

Poem: "Courage, a Contradiction in Terms"

This poem came out of the September 18, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "Self-Blame" square in my 6-4-18 Mixed card for the Winteriron Bingo Adventure fest. This poem belongs to the Big One and Granny Whammy threads of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features minor social angst, recent major character death, the aftermath of loss, self-blame, discomfort with heroism, moral injury, identity injury, difficult differences between military and civilian thinking, the challenges that poses in mental care, complex end-of-life issues including Helen's choice to risk her life on purpose, taking responsibility for possible collateral casualties of that choice, some downsides of superpowers, discussion of what heroism and courage really are, and how Junket is not a hero even though he acts heroically on occasion, discomfort with gratitude, superpowers acting up, mental injuries are real injuries, and other challenges. This poem may be especially fraught for anyone who has lost someone to sacrifice or suicide. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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