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April 1st, 2019 - The Wordsmith's Forge
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
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Here is my card for the School Days Bingo Fest over in [community profile] allbingo. It has three different categories: School Words, Childhood Experiences, and Robert Plutchik's 1980 List of Emotions.  The fest celebrates all kinds of schools and other educational experiences.  All fandoms and original works are welcome, in any format or length.  I have chosen to make a mixed card this time.  The fest runs from April 1-30. (See all my 2019 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

SCHOOL DAYS MIXED BINGO CARD

learning disabilitycyberschoolSubmissionClimbing a treequestion
Creek-hikingtwice-exceptionalgiftednine intelligencesbully
Waldorf schoolDisapprovalWILD CARD:
Pagan School
ApprehensionInterest
BoredomMontessori schoolSurprisealternative schoolsensory mode
homeschoolingDrawing on the sidewalk in chalkoutdoor classroomdrop outlanguage

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Today is my birthday, and I hate people picking on me on my birthday.  So this blog is a prank-free zone, in case anyone else dislikes the pattern of harassment and data corruption that plagues the world today. 

If you're doing the same, or know another site that is, feel free to list those in the comments.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Meet Ugly Bingo
My Birthday Gifts
Sunday Yardening
America's Gay President
Poetry Fishbowl Report for March 6, 2019
Unsold Poems for the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl
Unisex Swimwear
Community Building Tip: Neighborday
Friday Yardening
Poem: "The World's Columbian Exposition"
Thursday Yardening
Emotional Intimacy Question: Life Story
Poem: "The Quickest Way to Know a Woman"
Hard Things


[personal profile] fuzzyred has been updating the Shiv thread page. As of the latest round, it's almost done; we just have one last batch to finish. \o/

There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, April 2 with a theme of "alternative methods of teaching."  If you're stuck for prompts, I have a card for the School Days Bingo Fest, or you could check out the School Words list of prompts.


Poetry in Microfunding:

There is one open epic.

"Chewing Anyway" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. It opened and closed on the same day. Shiv finds some new coping tools.

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


Weather here has been variable. It rained again, enough to make big puddles in the. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of grackles, a small flock of sparrows, a small flock of mourning doves, a small flock of dark-eyed juncos, a small flock of house finches, a small flock of goldfinches, two pairs of cardinals, a pair of rufous-sided towhees, a downy woodpecker, a robin, a redtail hawk, some kind of wren on the suet feeder, a rabbit, and a squirrel. Amusingly the birds are ignoring the frequent spurts of water from the sump pump; I thought it would scare them away, but they just walk through the spray.  :D

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Happy birthday to meeeee! :D 3q3q3q!!!

A fan sent me two different rainbow fudge samples, reminded of them by my description of Shiv's rainbow-chocolate eggs.

At least the first one was spectacular.  We had it for lunch dessert today.  So I cut it in half ... licked the knife ... mmm ... licked the wrapper.  :D   The apricot is a dominant note for me, and that's the best apricot extract I've ever tasted: it tastes exactly like the apricots we used to pick off our tree when I was little.  My partner noted that it's meltier than most fudge.  I pointed out that -- aside from the fandangous add-ins -- this is a very traditional fudge recipe without modern binders like marshmallow fluff.  And it still set.  So epic.

EDIT 4/4/19: Read a review of the second one, Rainbow Fudge.

Look at these beauties!  That's natural color on the left, mostly from flowers.  The right has food color and powdered fruit.
This is the front of the rainbow fudges, showing more colors.

Here you can see the back sides.
The back side of the rainbow fudges shows the labels.

Fairy Food Rainbow Fudge from the back, so you can see most of the label.
Ingredients: candied flowers, heavy cream, white chocolate, strawberry and apricot extracts, fennel pollen, lemon balm, citric, elderflower & cornflower, salt.
This is the back side of the Fairy Food Rainbow Fudge.

A side view shows how the label wraps around.
A side view of the Rainbow Fairy Fudge shows the other end of the label.

The Rainbow Fudge has a different set of ingredients.
Cream, butter, sugar, cherry and blueberry powders, orange and pandan extracts, ginger, cardamom, food color, salt, edible glitter (gum Arabic).  I can hardly wait to try this!
Here is a closeup of the label for the Rainbow Fudge piece.

I wish I could find fudge recipes like this, because daaaamn.  A little slice of Terramagne, as literally as you could ever get in this dimension.  Dr. Infanta would inhale this stuff by the pound.

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A friend sent me some rainbow fudge, which I have detailed on LJ so you can see pictures of it.  This is so awesome!  :D  Many many thanks.

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[personal profile] fuzzyred has posted the last of the main entries to the Shiv thread page. We're still waiting on input about a few other pieces, but it's basically up to date now. \o/ Big thanks!

For updating this page, [personal profile] fuzzyred has chosen "How Much Love We Put in That Action" as a volunteer perk.  It's too late in the day to post something that big tonight, and tomorrow is the fishbowl, but this is on my task list for later.

Next up, we'll be tackling Antimatter and Stalwart Stan.

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