Lawrence must be laughing his ass off.
Since the wasp larvae are external parasites, there are two obvious evolutionary solutions to this problem. One is open to any victim: pick off the egg or larva and destroy it. But the other is open only to social spiders, which the wasps target: grooming each other to remove parasites. The wasps would then have to respond. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.
Read about easterns as a genre.
The original idea for easterns came through Polychrome Heroics, since Terramagne has them as television shows and so forth. Walking the Beat connects with lesbianism and Boston marriage. Mostly it's going to be exciting new territory, though.
I have a linkback poem, "Gökotta" (7 verses, Hart's Farm).
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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Warning: This poem contains some sensitive and controversial issues. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features life in prison, ambivalence, aftermath of a serious beating, medical details, references to past abuse, trust issues, oblique discussion of kink in a medical context, including consent, Dr. Bloch offering to help Shiv with intense sensation, risk assessment, power exchange dynamics, boundaries and negotiation, honesty, plausible deniability, Shiv's questionable health, privacy issues, confusion, boredom, and other challenges. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.
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Participation was much higher, with 17 comments on LiveJournal and another 87 on Dreamwidth. There were no new prompters.
Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Herbs for the Service of Men"
"If We Had No Winter"
"The Rituals of the Moon"
"Unless You Happen to Be a Bottle of Wine"
"Unseen, the Yellow Woods" (December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl, standalone) (linkback perk)
"Decent, Safe, and Affordable" (outside fishbowl, Polychrome Heroics) (free epic)
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If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from February 5. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.
All currently sponsored poems have been posted. Donors this time include: fuzzyred, janetmiles, and ng_moonmoth. There were no new donors.
The Poetry Fishbowl also has a permanent landing page.
However, it is false that soil cannot be created in human timescales. Gardeners do it all the time. It's called compost. A lazy human can make a cubic yard of soil in several months just by casually piling up green and brown material to rot down. An industrious human can do it in about two weeks with a sophisticated tumbler. You can even find tumblers with two or three chambers for staged composting. Most gardeners are in between; they build a pile and fork it over occasionally. Vermiculture is another option which gets worms to do most of the work. You can spread finished compost and plant seeds in it, and they will grow. If you want to get fancy then you can add sand, clay, gravel, peat, or other materials to create a specific type of soil suited to different plants you wish to grow.
We absolutely can undo the damage that humans have done to farmland. Plenty of people have bought a beaten-up plot of land and turned it into something spectacular. However, this takes time and at least a little work. The more soil you want to make, the faster, the more work it requires. The reason to protect what we have -- aside from not being a canker on the ass of the planet -- is to avoid all that extra work.
Oh, and while we're on the topic: creating and maintaining soil are skills we damned well better learn before leaving Earth. Yes, it is possible to grow some crops in hydroponics or other alternative systems, but they all evolved to grow in soil. You don't want to be without that option, because the others are all more finicky and space will kill you if it can.
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