August 1st, 2020


Community Building Tip: Orchards

For my current set of tips, I'm using the list "101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City.

34. Start an urban orchard. This is more of a long-term solution to supporting parks and local agriculture. But isn’t the idyllic vision of sitting under an apple tree a few blocks from your apartment worth the wait? The Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP) will literally take root in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood, in a lot adjacent to one of the area’s main intersections. The planters/planners also have plenty of additional fruit trees growing in a nursery, ready to be spread, Johnny Appleseed-style, to different sites across Chicago.

This is a great idea. Plant trees! Grow food!

In Terramagne, community gardens and orchards are much more popular. Some are public, but a lot of them belong to specific neighborhoods or subdivisions, which reduces crowding on the commons. I know I've shown community gardens, and I think I've mentioned an orchard or a vinyard too.

Poem: "Different Languages to Use"

This poem is spillover from the July 21, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by and sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "Feast" square in my 7-1-20 card for the Winterfest in July Bingo. This poem belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Five Moments of Intimacy Bingo Card 8-1-20

Here is my card for the Five Moments of Intimacy fest. The idea is to create a fill that incorporates five prompts, one from each of the five thematic columns.  It runs from August 1-31. Celebrate all the holidays and traditions of winter! (See all my 2020 bingo cards.)

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. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. 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 may 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.


phasing through solid objectsgender issuestake a class togethertwo-way teasing, both enjoy itconfession and forgiveness
tender physical gesturegaps in education / I've never ____gardening or enjoying natureworries about unstable futureI'm not sure I can do this...
prolonged eye contacta triggerWILD CARDunexpected generosityreveal artistic endeavor
carry, pull up, or boost over obstacleDon't ask how I learned to do this.abusive childhood or relationshipjealousy or envyI can't reach!
dealing with touch aversionhopes / dreamslasting scars from old traumasworries or anxietiesunable to communicate