January 25th, 2021

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Feathering the Nest

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Feathering the Nest today with a theme of "nonsexual intimacy." Want fluff and cuddles? Acepr0n about people rubbing their emotions together? Leave prompts, get ficlets!

If readers offer a total of $150 in tips, I’ll post the next 7,500-8,000 words of “Fairy Tale Fragments.” That effectively doubles the value for everyone reading the blog. I certainly hope to reach that goal. Oh, final note I assume that sponsors are anonymous, so please tell me when sponsoring a story if I should use a name or not.
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Monday Update 1-25-21

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Unsold Poems for the January 5, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl
Poetry Fishbowl Report for January 5, 2021
Active Towns
Birdfeeding
Making a String of Bells
Chair and Floor Exercises
Community Building Tip: Crawl
Today's Smoothie
The Power of Stories
Birdfeeding
Making a Crystal Ornament for the Window
Moment of Silence: Mark Wilson
How to Learn Art on the Cheap
How to Be Happier
New Crowdfunding Project: Solo But Not Alone
Birdfeeding
Self-Awareness Question: Personal Style
How to Find Your Art Style
How to Overcome Artist's Block
We Have a Wok
Birdfeeding
Cuddle Party


The Rose and Bay Awards are now open for nominations.  The nomination period ends on January 31, and voting begins on February 1.  If you have not yet nominated your favorite projects and patrons for crowdfunding excellence, please do that now.  The need is especially urgent for the Fiction, Poetry, Webcomic, and Other Project categories, as they do not yet have enough for a contest.  Art and Patron could use more too, though.  Spread the word to anyone you think might be interested in participating.
Art: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate art! Vote for art! (2 nominees)
Fiction: [personal profile] freshbakedlady Nominate fiction! Vote for fiction! (0 nominees)
Poetry: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer Nominate poetry! Vote for poetry! (1 nominee)
Webcomic: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate webcomics! Vote for webcomics! (1 nominee)
Other Project: [personal profile] zianuray Nominate other projects! Vote for other projects! (1 nominee)
Patron: [personal profile] nsfwords Nominate patrons! Vote for patrons! (3 nominees)

[community profile] snowflake_challenge is running this month.  Come meet other fans and make new friends!

Snowflake Challenge promotional banner featuring a chubby brown and red bird surrounded by falling snow. Text: Snowflake Challenge: 1-31 January.

Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 1 Introduce Yourself
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 2 Interact
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 3 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 4 Goals
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 5 Canon
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 6 Recommendations
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 7 Make Your Own Challenge
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 8 Wishlist
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 9 Brag
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 10 Love Letter to Fandom
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 11 Create a Fanwork
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 12 Meme
Fandom Snowflake: Challenge 13 Resources

Fandom Snowflake: Echo Challenge 7 Desserts
Fandom Snowflake: Echo Challenge 7 Tags

Welcome, new friends from [community profile] snowflake_challenge! Feel free to browse around my blog and see if you like it.


New Year's Resolution Status

How are you doing on your New Year's resolutions? I have already completed 6 of my goals for 2021, and begun 16 (some of which can't be completed until the end of the year).  I have also added one new resolution: February Goal: Wok Study

New Year's Resolutions Check In 1-8-21
New Year's Resolutions Check In 1-15-21
New Year's Resolutions Check In 1-22-21


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics at present.

"Wanting a Little of Everything" is now complete. Bennett does a bit of kink demo for Shiv and Luci.

"A Celebration and a Consolation" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Keira's father dumps her mother on Yule.

"The Best Understanding of Their Differences" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Calliope and has 3 new verses. Calliope and Vagary consider the aftermath of the bubble fight.  


The weather has been cloudy often and clear occasionally.  It snowed a little last night, so there is snow and ice in a thin layer.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of sparrows, a flock of cardinals, a flock of mourning doves, several dark-eyed juncos, a downy woodpecker, and two squirrels.





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Birdfeeding

Today is cold and gray.  We got a little snow last night, so there's a thin layer of snow and ice over everything.  :/

As the birdfeeders still have seed in them, I'm disinclined to go outside just to top them up.  I have seen a large flock of sparrows and a couple of cardinals today. 
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How to Draw Diverse Body Sizes and Shapes

This tutorial explains about plus-size bodies and shapes.  It includes many fine details that I haven't seen much in art before, such as stretch marks and a very clever "spiderweb" graphic showing how different body parts can be larger or smaller in relation to each other.

If you are an artist or writer, you can use this to design different characters.  If you are a prompter or sponsor, you can use this to show creators what kind of body diversity you want to see and buy.  No guessing!  Get what you want!  :D

Draw ALL the bodies!