April 29th, 2019


Dumbo Crows

Here's a thoughtful article about the crows in the original Dumbo, one of my favorite scenes (along with the pink elephants). 

I think it's sad that so much entertainment has been sanitized today.  While I don't approve of deliberately hurtful "entertainment" I think there needs to be room for the wacky, the outrageous, and the stuff that pokes fun at society's bullshit.

Fortunately, technological evolution is making it easier for people to make their own films.  I'm really looking forward to watching Hollywood collectively wet itself when they realize how much of a threat to their complacency that really is.

Monday Update 4-29-19

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Unsold Poems for the April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl
Poem: "Cafuné"
Writing Drunk Characters
Today's Adventures
Saturday Yardening
Community Building Tip: Shoveling
Friday Yardening
Thought to Speech
Emotional Intimacy Question: Goals
Wednesday Yardening
Cuddle Party

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics.

"Learning the Vocation" belongs to Path of the Paladins. Shahana and company play games in the common room.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie tells Pretty Ears what is bothering him.

Weather here has been cooler with frequent rain. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a small flock of sparrows, a small flock of mourning doves, two pairs of house finches, a pair of cardinals, a pair of brown-headed cowbirds, a pair of Bewick's wrens, a brown thrasher, a robin, and a bluejay.  Currently blooming: violas, hyacinths, purple grape hyacinths, violets, tulips, redbud tree, apple tree, crabapple trees, lilacs, new yellow violet.  Daffodils are almost done.



I have made blackout on my 4-1-19 card for the School Days Bingo Fest. \o/

B1 (learning disability) -- "I Will Not Omit Pieces" (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis)
B2 (creek-hiking) -- "As Taught in Woods and Meadows" (Frankenstein's Family)
B3 (Waldorf school) -- "These Three Forces" (Arts and Crafts America)
B4 (boredom) -- "The Doors of the Mind" (standalone)
B5 (homeschooling) -- "Conducive to Thought" (Polychrome HeroicsShiv)

I1 (cyberschool) -- "Designing an Experience" (standalone)
I2 (twice-exceptional) -- "It Marks You" (Polychrome HeroicsShiv)
I3 (disapproval) -- "Unworthy" (LIFC)
I4 (Montessori school) -- "A Return to Grace and Courtesy" (Polychrome HeroicsOfficer Pink)
I5 (drawing on the sidewalk in chalk) -- "Intelligence Having Fun" (Polychrome HeroicsShiv)

N1 (submission) -- "Learning the Vocation" (Path of the Paladins)
N2 (gifted) -- "Any Direction You Choose" (Polychrome Heroics: Mallory)
N3 (WILD CARD: Pagan school) -- "Celebrate and Cherish" (Polychrome Heroics: Mallory)
N4 (surprise) -- "We Have Always Been Here" (standalone)
N5 (outdoor classroom) -- "If Your Actions Inspire Others" (standalone)

G1 (climbing a tree) -- "Climbing the Tree of Knowledge" (Polychrome Heroics: Dr. Infanta)
G2 (nine intelligences) -- "A Multiverse of the Mind" (Schrodinger's Heroes)
G3 (apprehension) -- "The Apprehension of Math" (standalone)
G4 (alternative school) -- "Dans une grande âme"  (Polychrome Heroics: Kraken)
G5 (drop out) -- "The Ironmonger" (Gloryroad Crossing)

O1 (question) -- "Already Where We Want to Be"  (Polychrome HeroicsShiv)
O2 (bully) -- "Faces in a Mosaic Mirror"  (standalone)
O3 (interest) -- "Making the Grade" (Arts and Crafts America)
O4 (sensory mode" -- "To Know Without the Intellect" (Army of One)
O5 (language) -- "Growing Slowly" (Polychrome HeroicsOfficer Pink)

Poetry Fishbowl Report for April 2, 2019

Our theme this month was "Alternative Methods of Teaching." I wrote from 12 PM to 6 AM, so about 16 hours allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and another 19 later in the week.

Participation was much higher, with 28 comments on LiveJournal and another 111 on Dreamwidth. There were 2 new prompters, [personal profile] inky_magpie and Anonymous, so "Unworthy" is the second freebie.

Arts and Crafts America is now a series with the addition of two new poems to the first introduced last month.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"The Apprehension of Math"
"Climbing the Tree of Knowledge
"Designing an Experience"
"Growing Slowly"
"If Your Actions Inspire Others"
"Learning the Vocation"
"These Three Forces"
"We Have Always Been Here"

"Cafuné" (January 1, 2019 outside prompt calls, LIFC) (linkback perk)
"Bitter Melon" (March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl, Polychrome Heroics: Shiv)
(free epic)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from April 2. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Most of the sponsored poems have been posted, though I've still got one left. Donors this time include: [personal profile] satsuma, [personal profile] fuzzyred, Anthony and Shirley Barrette.  There were no new donors.  There are currently 3 tallies toward a bonus fishbowl.

The Poetry Fishbowl also has a permanent landing page.

Poem: "Unworthy"

This is the second freebie for the April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. You have new prompters [personal profile] inky_magpie and Anonymous to thank. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] torc87. It also fills the "disapproval" square in my 4-1-19 card for the School Days Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Love Is For Children.

Warning: This poem contains reflections on past abuse and present hopelessness.

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Poem: "Climbing the Tree of Knowledge"

This poem came out of the April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] inky_magpie, [personal profile] siliconshaman, [personal profile] lone_cat, rix_scaedu. It also fills the "climbing a tree" square in my 4-1-19 card for the School Days Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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