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The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
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If you're flower shopping online, here are some good places to buy bulbs for fall planting. For native bulbs, see Far West Bulb Farm in California, Blank's Nursery, Garden & Pet Center in Indiana, Oregon Native Plant Nursery in Oregon, Texas Heritage Gardens in Texas, or American Meadows in Vermont. See also Lubbe & Sons in the United Kingdom.

Offline, look for bulbs in supermarkets, home improvement stores, farm stores, and garden centers.

Here are some new items for fall 2019.

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Here is my card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This bingo challenge celebrates the various shades of relationships amongst female characters. It's intended to raise the amount of female-centric literature available. All modes are welcome here: het, slash, femslash, poly and gen. (Borderline fills such as F/F/M or genderswap may be no more than 1 per line or 5 per blackout.) All media/formats are welcome, including poetry; fanfic and original material are both acceptable. Some of the content may be NSFW. Read the FAQ and rules, scoring, and list of prompts first. The signup post is here. Anyone tired of womenless mainstream entertainment, but not sure what to make? Get a card for inspiration. (See all my bingo cards for 2019.)

I thought this might be an effective way to attract some new readers. It's also useful for developing some of my series with female leads or other characters as a prevailing feature. Consider The Adventures of Aldornia and Zenobia, Hart's Farm, Path of the Paladins, Schrodinger's Heroes, and Walking the Beat. In other series such as An Army of One, Fledgling Grace, and Monster House there's at least one F&F or F/F relationship amongst a more widely scattered cast and plot. Polychrome Heroics is kind of a unique case because 2/6 of Damask (Mira and Maze) are female; and of course it has other kick-ass superheras. Fortressa's Pit Group is all-female, and within that she has a tighter queerplatonic relationship with Socket developing.

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. 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'll 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.


LADIES BINGO CARD

Inventor Myth / Fable Self-Harm Winners and Losers Pretending to be married
Alternative Professions A Cry for Help Someone calls in a Favour Vulnerability Sacrifice / Letting Go
Isolation / Loneliness Sensory Deprivation Wild CardMay Morning Shapeshifting
The Age of Reason Sphinxes and Chimerae Apocalypse There's a first time for everything: First times Camouflage
Specific Heat What do you mean, we're related? Day-in-the-life Urban Spaces Something is Destroyed / Demolished

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Colors and Artists
Businesswear for Black Folks
Arts and Crafts Festival Card 9-1-19
Bingo
Community Building Tip: Connections
Poetry Fishbowl Report for August 6, 2019
Poem: "What the Old Ones Knew"
Lego for the Blind
Emotional Intimacy Question: Job
Cuddle Party


There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, September 3 with a theme of "Craftership."  Please mark your calendars, and I hope to see you then.


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics.

"Everyone Can Dance" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. Look, they're waltzing!

"What Survives the Whole Process" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Fortressa. Penny releases a playtesting video.


We got a little more rain here. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a small flock of mourning doves, several house finches, several sparrows, a pair of goldfinches, a female cardinal, and a squirrel. Currently blooming: violas, petunias, pinks, marigolds, lantana, torenia, million bells, moss rose, firecracker plant, salvia, nasturtiums, gaillardia, clover, morning glories, cup plant, yellow coneflower, red yarrow, coreopsis, Queen Anne's lace, thistle, sunflowers, purple coneflower, purple penstemon, little bluestem grass, purple sedum, pink sedum, and a bunch of other things. Crabapples and apples have green fruit.

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Today is warm and mostly sunny.  I re-hung the fly-through feeder on a different tree, after part of the birdgift tree fell off.  We got that branch cut up and hauled to the firepit the other day. 

I saw a squirrel at the hopper feeder earlier.

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