April 28th, 2019


Writing Drunk Characters

I found this excellent article comparing multiple methods of writing drunk characters

Usually I start with descriptive action, move to slightly slurred speech, then add more symptoms of increasing levels of drunkenness.  Unless it's a very brief description, I typically estimate the number of drinks and the effects.  For an example, see "To Protect the Most Vulnerable." 

Contrast that with the mouth injury in "More Hurtful Than Anything That Bleeds."  To represent Vagary's split lip, I dropped the labial and bilabial consonants, but the back of his mouth is still fine so some other phonemes are unaffected.
Fly Free

Poem: "Cafuné"

This was the linkback perk poem for the April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  It was inspired by a prompt in my 12-31-18 card for the Untranslatable Words Bingo Fest:
Cafuné (Brazilian Portueguese): The act of tenderly running one’s fingers through someone’s hair
This poem belongs to the series Love Is For Children.

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Unsold Poems for the April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "Nascent Wisdom," "A Lively Feast," "Between the Normal and the Abnormal," "Always Carry Your Goodness," "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey," and "Gökotta."

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Sunday Yardening

Today is partly cloudy, calm, and mild.

I fed the birds.  I've seen several finches on the thistle sock today.

I planted two bunches of globe allium in the purple-and-white garden. 

EDIT 4/28/19: Round Two -- I planted a black-eyed susan in the wildflower garden and another in the prairie garden.

I saw a robin, a pair of brown-headed cowbirds, and a brown thrasher around the feeders in the forest garden.

EDIT 4/28/19: Round Three -- I planted a purple coneflower  in the wildflower garden and another in the prairie garden.

EDIT 4/28/19: Round Four -- I planted two blazing stars in the forest garden.  That's the last of the things from the plant swap.  I still have most of a flat of plants from the sale, which I put outside to start the hardening off process.

EDIT 4/28/19: Round Five -- After supper, I went back out to water plants and mulch around the ones in the prairie garden.  As it is now dark, I am done for the night.

I saw a mourning dove eating out of the thistle sock.  Normally they are ground feeders, although they like the fly-through feeder because they can stand in it.  This one was perched on a branch below the sock, and was tall enough to reach the bottom of the sock.  LOL  I had no idea that doves even liked thistle seed.  Usually they go for millet or sunflower seeds.