August 3rd, 2021


Upside-down Beetle

This beetle walks on the underside of the water's surface.

Method: Likely the trapped air does help buoyancy, but the walking part is pretty simple: to tiny creatures, that surface is like a solid or semisolid plane (depending on their weight).  Think of it as an upside-down water strider.

* Lurk in wait for prey hitting the surface.  (This assumes it is predatory like most water beetles.)
* Avoid predators from above.  It is hard to see under the water, making cross-planar predation less common.

Poetry Fishbowl Open!

The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and attention. Please keep an eye on this page as I am still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open! Today's theme is "Asexual / Demisexual Intimacy Pr0n." I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

I'll be soliciting ideas for people on the ace-aro spectrum, dance partners, beat partners, leader-follower partners, housemates, communards, comares, superheroes, supervillains, introverts, activists, counselors, practical intimacy therapists, other people who promote nonsexual intimacies, creating intimacy, navigating boundaries, making friends, getting to know each other, growing closer, moving in together, formalizing a relationship, fumbling for vocabulary, starting a family, cooking together, discovering things, troubleshooting, improvising, adapting, cooperating, bartering, taking over in an emergency, discovering yourself, studying others, testing boundaries, coming of age, learning what you can (and can't) do, sharing, fixing what's broke, upsetting the status quo, changing the world, accomplishing the impossible, recovering from setbacks, sharehouses, schools, clubs, quiet rooms, workplaces, kitchens, campsites, laboratories, makerspaces, nonhuman environments, gardens, other places where people interact closely, family dynamics, partnerships not based on sex/romance, layered personal boundaries, emotional closeness, first contact, interspecies relationships, trial and error, lab conditions are not field conditions, innovation, skin hunger, loneliness, problems that can't be solved by hitting, teamwork, found family, complementary strengths and weaknesses, personal growth, and poetic forms in particular.

Currently eligible bingo card(s) for donors wishing to sponsor a square:

Hot Summer Writes Bingo Card 8-1-21

August Intimacies Bingo Card 8-2-21

Among my more relevant series for the main theme:

The Blueshift Troupers travel in a living ship and are a very tight-knit group.

A Conflagration of Dragons has the Six Races (plus the dragons) who all have different cultures regarding relationships. This often poses challenges for the refugees.

Daughters of the Apocalypse has people trying to survive, when they absolutely must depend on each other.

Fledgling Grace involves a lot of spiritual intimacy.

Frankenstein's Family features two scientists running a valley in historic Romania, plus werewolves, vampires, and a mummy for all kinds of atypical intimacy.

Hart's Farm is a free love community with diverse bonding methods.

The Moon Door mixes a women's chronic pain group and lycanthropy, so it's all about sharing.

Not Quite Kansas has out-of-place humans forced to rely on each other, plus a demon for soul intimacy.

Polychrome Heroics has ordinary humans, supernaries, blue-plate specials, superheroes, supervillains, primal and animal soups all of whom have their own interpersonal expectations.  Threads with acespec characters and/or relationships include Antimatter & Stalwart Stan, Aquariana, Calliope, Officer Pink, and Shiv.

Schrodinger's Heroes save the world from alternate dimensions, and they're a very diverse group in a very conservative area.

Find more inspiration in my QUILTBAG characters list and its linked posts.

Or you can ask for something new.

I have a linkback poem, "Begin to Understand Ourselves" (8 verses, An Army of One).

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