January 16th, 2021


Creative Jam

The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Darkness and Light." Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.

[community profile] snowflake_challenge folks, please check it out. This is a fun place to exchange ideas and find goodies to enjoy.

What I Have Written

The freebie is "Glow in the Dark."

This inspired the free-verse poem "My Old Friend." The lurking shadow has a different perspective on darkness.
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From My Prompts

moment of silence, candle

Moment of Silence: Storm Constantine

Author Storm Constantine has passed away. She was best known as the author of the Wraeththu series, and as the publisher of Immanion Press.  She had a wider perspective on gender, earlier than most folks did, and an appreciation of the numinous and mystical.  She was one of my writer-friends that I touched base with occasionally via reviews and such.

And Storm is probably admiring the much wider view Out There.

Community Building Tip: Local Waterways

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

56. Swim your local waterways. Urban rivers, lakes, and harbors are being revitalized at an astounding rate. Organizing events where people can use waterways for recreation—even for one day!—helps visualize change. In Boston, the annual swimming events sponsored by the Charles River Swimming Club have bolstered restoration efforts for the once-polluted, now-swimmable river. See more cities that are reclaiming their waterways, over here.

If you can't swim, or your local waterways are unsuitable for it, there are other options:

* Bird watching/listening.  Water invariably attracts more wildlife.  Find a discreet place to observe and enjoy the activity.

* En plein air.  Bring art, writing, or other creative supplies and make something inspired by nature.

* Walking, biking, or other human-powered travel.  Many waterways have a frontage path.

* Boating (canoe, paddleboat, etc.).  Some places have rental watercraft.  This is especially a nice option for manual wheelchair riders, as it allows you to capitalize on your upper-body strength.

* Fishing.  Some waterways have fishing piers or allow fishing from shore or boat.  Look for a proximate bait shop as an easy way to spot places that encourage fishing.

* Conservation activities.  Many park systems offer classes, art days, weeding or planting events, etc.  This is among the best ways to make friends with other nature lovers.

* Clubs.  Some parks have organized groups for the above or other activities.


Poem: "Glow in the Dark"

This is the freebie for the [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam, inspired by [personal profile] nsfwords.

"Glow in the Dark"

It comes in countless manifestations --

stars stuck to a ceiling, pencils
and erasers, costume jewelry,

figurines of dragons and unicorns,
spraypaint of graffiti that only shows
at night, safety wear for joggers,

T-shirts that mean one thing
in daylight and another in the dark.

Sometimes, in the half-light,
you can see two things at once:
the pink surface of the plastic
and the yellow-green glow
emanating from within it.

Glow in the dark things
remind us that everything
is context and perspective.

There is no "is," only "seems."


Today's Smoothie

Years ago, we had an apple-pear-ginger smoothie that was awesome: literally 1 apple, 1 pear, and a big thumb of ginger dropped into a juicer.  When we tried to replicate it at home, it didn't turn out as well: different equipment, perhaps.  Tonight I tried something different, and it worked a lot better.

1 cup Noosa pear nectar
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 Granny Smith apple
1 thumb fresh ginger root
1/2 cup ice

Add ingredients in that order and blend until smooth.

The result is slightly thick zesty.  Because I left the peel on the apple (more fiber) it is also a pale yellow-green. If you don't want yours green, cut the peel off.  But you could probably lose a handful of spinach in here and never taste it.  Same with green grapes.  I could see turning this into the base of a green smoothie.

A "thumb" of ginger root is, indeed, roughly thumb-sized and about a tablespoon or so.  It is a lot in this recipe; mostly what I'm tasting is fresh ginger.  But I love ginger so that is dandy with me.  If you are a heat freak, you can always throw in more.  If you have lower heat tolerance for fresh ginger, you can 1) use a smaller piece, 2) use frozen ginger, which is milder, or 3) use a pinch or two of powdered ginger.

I think this is one of the best things we've made with that pear nectar, which just doesn't have the character of some other juices we use.  Here it really contributes to the texture and it helps mellow the ginger a little.  \o/