January 19th, 2019


Community Building Tip: Block Directory

In today's fragmented world, people can improve it by reaching out to each other. Here are some ideas for building community in your neighborhood.

Create a block directory. If you don’t yet know your neighbors, this is the perfect way to get started. It doesn’t need to be fancy. Just drop off a sign-up sheet in everyone’s mailbox and, once they return it to you, you can email the final version to everyone.

If you don't live on a block, you can get similar results by networking any other group of people.  It works great in apartments.  It can be made to work in more scattered groups such as a church congregation, but travel is a bit more of a challenge.  If you're not in walking distance, try to include transportation info like bus routes or a list of folks who want to carpool.

Read "Dealing with Departure" by Dialecticdreamer

 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted "Dealing with Departure" (Part 1, Part 2) about Pips leaving for his next job.  It is beautiful and wrenching.  He's right at that stage where he's starting to think about settling down, but not quite ready yet, so everything feels weird and confusing.  It really is a lot like a romance -- minus the kissy bits and the horrible unhealthy parts where people and clingy and have ridiculous misunderstandings.  They just need time for Pips to figure out his path.  I love this so much more than conventional story arcs.

Beauty and Ugliness in Architecture

Here's a brilliant article about why so many modern buildings are hideous and why that's a serious problem we need to fix. 

Our environment affects our moodBeautiful surroundings make people happier.  Ugly surroundings make people unhappy.  While many factors influence mood, it is easier to be happy in a beautiful place than in an ugly place.  Here are some ways to improve your mood by beautifying your home.

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, January 22

There will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, January 22. It will focus on the Christmas thread of Shiv in Polychrome Heroics, which began with "Tangle" (Part 1, Part 2) by [personal profile] siliconshaman and "Confused, Screwed Up, But Here" by myself. This thread deals with sexual harassment and assault, and the aftermath. [personal profile] siliconshaman is primarily writing the stories about Chyou Quiwil. [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is covering some aspects with various Finns helping to clean up the aftermath. I'm primarily writing the ones about Shiv, Pain's Gray, and other folks in Omaha plus some with the Finns. We're sharing Luci Quiwil, who crosses over all of those.

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Messages going to who needs them instead of who they were sent to.
Something with parcels?
Namings going in unexpected directions.

I am hoping that doing more fishbowls focused on a specific thread will help cluster the prompts so I can stack several into the same poem, and reduce the sprawl without having to skip prompters. Another way to accomplish this is to give me short prompts that don't have a plot element, like an emotion or bit of scene dressing that appeals to you. Those are easy to combine with other prompts. And of course, you can still 'second' anyone else's prompt and get a backchannel copy of that poem.</div>

Poem: "Crazy Fun in the House of Mirrors"

This poem was selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. It came out of the December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] fuzzyred and [personal profile] alatefeline. This poem also fills the "managing free time" square in my 12-1-18 card for the Summer in December Bingo fest. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes series.

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Poetry Fishbowl Themes for Early 2019

Based on an audience poll, and some backchannel votes, these are our themes for early 2019:

February 5 -- Personal or Public Ritual
March 5 -- Easterns as a Genre
April 2 -- Alternative Methods of Teaching
May 7 -- Officer Pink: Aftermath of the Raid
June 4 -- Oaths and Promises
July 2 -- Respect Is a Need

The way the numbers worked out, there was a gap. So I was able to do something I've been wanting to try, and I slated a thread for a main fishbowl. We'll see how it works in terms of clustering prompts. 

Please mark your calendars accordingly.  Thank you for your time and assistance.