November 11th, 2019


Magpie Monday

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday today, with a theme of "gratitude." Leave prompts, get ficlets!

This month, I’m returning to the goal of $75 worth of sponsored stories per prompt call, because it seemed such a long, hard slog to get there in October.

If I reach the goal, I’ll post the story I’m currently writing in between the more direct parts of the Broken Angels arc: Bennett’s Talk.

Yes, poor, blushing, Faster Blaster is HIDING in the basement with Edison Finn while this talk happens, but I promise not to warp his brain too much. For everyone reading, I think the fun will be staying in the category of gentle fiction using a boatload of innuendo and allusions. Bennett, for those who haven’t read the earlier parts, is in town to give the level zero “safe kink” talk to Faster Blaster’s whole gang, not just the sex workers


The first of November is also when all those charity barrels pop up at grocery store exits, schools, and even at the bank! So, in addition to my usual “spread the word to get more words” promotions, I am including a new method for getting extra words: donate an item to one of the bins near you.


It's snowing here today.  The world is all white and gray, covered with a layer of powdered sugar snow.  :D  I don't have to go out in it, so I can just sit here and admire how pretty it is.

EDIT 11/11/19 -- It has snowed enough to make a drift in the notch where the back door is.

Monday Update 11-11-19

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Once Told, Twice Heard"
Poem: "Speaking Cat"
Poem: "More Desirable Than Great Riches"
Poem: "Beyond Babel"
Sunday Yardening
Today's Adventures
Friday Yardening
Poem: "Personal Inclusive Pronouns"
Self-Awareness Question: Laugh
Good News

The Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday went well.  I still have a few more things to write.  I also have a couple more sponsored poems to post.

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics.

"A Different Vision of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Marionettes and Mercedes. Griffin wants to learn Italian.

"Goldilocks and the Genderbears" stands alone. Goldilocks explores the cottage.

The weather has been variable here. Yesterday was lovely, today it snowed, lovely in a different way. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a small flock of mourning doves, a small flock of cardinals, a small flock of dark-eyed juncos, several goldfinches, several house finches, several sparrows, a downy woodpecker, and a squirrel.  There are squirrel tracks in the snow, too, hours after dark.  Persistent critters.  Almost all of the fields have been harvested.


Poem: "Bitter Words"

This poem came out of the November 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mama_kestrel and [personal profile] readera. It also fills the "Language / Dialect" square in my 10-31-19 card for the People-watching Bingo fest, and the "Bitter" square in my 11-1-19 card for the [community profile] transbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It begins the Rutledge thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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