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May 17th, 2019 - The Wordsmith's Forge — LiveJournal
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
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Here's a look at black dialects.

From a linguistic standpoint, all languages and dialects are equally valid.  Some are better at doing certain things -- more vocabulary, more concise encoding -- but they all have strengths and weaknesses.  "Standard" just means that a dialect is spoken/written by people who are more numerous, popular, or powerful. It's not better.  It's merely considered more important.

As a writer, I think a lot about word choice.  So I try to pay attention to subculture and dialect, language and register.  I probably don't get it all perfect, but at least I'm making an effort to show the great diversity of communication.  When I write black characters talking in dialect, it's not because I think less of them, but because I feel they have a right to say what they damn please and not edit things for someone else's gratification.  It's just as good as anyone else's dialect, it has rules and meaning and nuance.  Because if your characters look different but all talk the same, you haven't done a whole lot for diversity, because there's a whole branch of racism that puts up with people's skin tone if they act white.  Fuck it.  Be yourselves, my mad beautiful people.  If you done said it, I'll write it down.

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Part is resource access, part is stress.

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Today is cloudy and warm.

I fed the birds.  I've been seeing male goldfinches, and a bluejay the other day.

Round One, I planted 4 marigolds in the septic garden.  Lots of stuff is coming up on its own: rhubarb, chives, sedum, wild onions, mint, and lamb's ear. 

EDIT 5/17/19: Round Two, I planted morning glories and moonflowers in the barrel garden and around the support wire for the telephone pole.  I planted a rosemary and a cilantro plant also.

EDIT 5/17/19: Round Three, I planted a bunch of gladioli around the telephone pole, amongst the Asian lilies.

I saw an indigo bunting under the feeders in the forest garden.  :D  We had those around here for several years, but then they disappeared, and I hadn't seen one for quite a while.  I hope he sticks around!

EDIT 5/17/19: Round Four, I watered plants.

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I got to thinking about addiction care in Terramagne while doing research, and figured that folks might find my notes helpful...

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Based on an audience poll, the general fund sponsored 74 new verses in "A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life."  Kenzie and Pretty Ears discuss support, trauma symptoms, and coping skills.

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 A trail in photos.

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The May 7, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl made its $300 goal, so there will be a half-price sale in the Shiv thread from Monday, May 20-Sunday, May 26.  I hope to see you there!

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Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the May 7, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It is spillover from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] mdlbear. It also fills the "touch" square in my 2-28-18 card for the Slice-of-Life Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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