A Hello of sorts

Aug. 23rd, 2017 11:41 pm
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Hello. I'm Jon. I'm new to this system as of last night. I'm not a fictive as far as I can tell so this has been an adventure. I don't remember much about myself besides my name and that I'm a shapeshifter. I've remembered a few things that I like, but I'm still working on remembering things. Alas. I figured I should make a small intro-like post.

Wednesday Yardening

Aug. 23rd, 2017 04:31 pm
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It's a lovely cool day outside, at least until I wore myself out.  I took the clippers and cut brush alongside the patio. 

EDIT 8/23/17: I went back out and moved a bit of brush from the savanna, and also trimmed grass around three saplings there.
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Remembering Minkie
by Dialecticdreamer/ Sarah Williams
part 3 of 4
word count (story only): 1315


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, and the Mercedes story set, but while it happens during the events of the Road Trip series, it can be read as a stand-alone piece. Only basic familiarity with my characters in Mercedes, plus the events and characters in “Big Brother and the Cyberbully” are needed. ::


:: Pay Special Attention: this story deals with the aftermath of an off-screen suicide, and how it affects a new friend of the deceased. There is intense emotion, confusion, and worry, but I believe the overall effect is positive (the view is worth the climb to get there). Readers can approach this story when or if they choose to. Feel free to PM asking specific questions if there's still a concern over story details. ::




“Mrs. Wu hired a new lady,” Edison ventured, scratching his head and making his strawberry curls flop this way and that. “Maybe she could. Aida's in the back conference room.” He shrugged, nodding to Pips. “You might wanna go talk to her, since I know you've met.”

“Would the new lady know any of the Finn household rules?” Jules asked, crossing his arms.

“Maybe?” Edison's eyes were wide, with only a trace of green in the center of the pool of blue.

“No deal,” Jules vetoed. “I need to meet her. Has she been through the Edison Safety List?”

“No,” the boy admitted, scuffing his toes. “But she's totally new, too, and Da had appointments this morning.”
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Good News

Aug. 23rd, 2017 12:51 am
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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?

New Verses

Aug. 22nd, 2017 10:52 pm
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Based on an audience poll, there are new verses in the three open epics.  "The Inner Transition" has 14 new verses.  Valor's Widow shows Stylet where to stash his berettaflies.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" has 11 new verses.  Jules discovers that Pips is fascinated by Officer Tull.  "Two Foxes" has 11 new verses.  Kenzie is impressed by Ron's caregiving skills, but still feels uncomfortable with the helplessness caused by his injuries.

quick update, mental health shtuff

Aug. 22nd, 2017 10:18 pm
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The anxiety meds appear to be working, and darn well. Once again, I get lucky on the first try. As I told Tracy the cool boss, every little thing is not the end of the world anymore. I don't *think* I'm buffered too far in the other direction, but I'm still keeping an eye on that, just in case.

The idea that the anxiety meds would help kick the previously malfunctioning depression meds back into working order seems to have legs, too. Not perfect, because nothing is when it comes to (at least my) brain's chemical imbalances, but better.

More on other subjects later. Now, I mellow out.

Poem: "If It Doesn't Work ..."

Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:06 pm
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This poem came out of the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl and is presented here as the free epic for the fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and [personal profile] we_are_spc (Fallon/Isaiah). It also fills the "enemies become friends" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest and the "AU: Crossover/Fusion" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

WARNING: This poem contains some controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. In this poem, alter!Alex is Harley Quinn, a conflation which may bother some readers. It also features dimensional travel, impaired consent and mental functionality, forceful interventions to address an abusive relationship, vehement objections to well-meaning help, attempted assault, use of a previous name for constructive but nonconsensual purposes, allergies, reference to vigilante activity, reference to Quinn's past abusive relationship, communication failures, confusion, mixed signals, awkward family dynamics, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Tuesday Yardening

Aug. 22nd, 2017 04:20 pm
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Today is mild, sunny, and breezy.  We got some rain last night, so I went out to pull field weeds from alongside the patio and strip garden. 

I've been seeing lots of butterflies today.  There was a monarch around the barrel garden and various small butterflies when I was weeding.

EDIT 8/22/17: I went back out and pulled more weeds farther along the patio edge and by the birdgift apple tree.

BBC Pidgin service don start today

Aug. 22nd, 2017 01:52 pm
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This is so exciting!  BBC has introduced a new pidgin service to make news more accessible to African viewers.  Click any of the article thumbnails to see an example. 

Because of my linguistic coprocessor, it's very easy for me to hack a pidgin if I know any of its main antecedents.  So for instance, I can clock "don" as the past-tense marker: "BBC Pidgin don start today" = "BBC Pidgin started today."  Take a look at the new materials and see what bits of grammar and vocabulary you can identify.  \o/

Meanwhile over in Terramagne, I bet their BBC offers a whole bunch of different overlays like this.  France probably does too, because they spawned a lot of colonial languages, including the Haitian French that Saraphina speaks.  Hmm, I wonder how long it'll take Aidan to catch onto that resource, because he's not much of a TV junkie.  But an hour of French-national Haitian French overlay would be good practice for them, and a nice change from the much scarcer pure Haitian programming.


Nutritional Psychiatry

Aug. 22nd, 2017 01:28 pm
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Modern medicine is juuuust starting to figure out how important food is, including its influence on mood.  The food you eat, and its quality, can have a huge impact on your mental health and brain function.

One reason I've been writing down a lot of T-American food choices and linking similar local recipes is because they're a lot farther along the path of using dietary choices to support health.  That's mostly replicable here.  You can see it with Shiv in particular, how much better he feels now than several months ago.  That's not all due to the extra psych support he's getting; it's also because he's eating better.
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Someone (not naming names, but it was definitely R. Prydonius) got our IP blocked from doctorwhokinfessions on Tumblr. I mean, thank you for trying to help, but with all due respect, you sound like an anime villain. 
Before y'all start freaking out-- he didn't send them hate, it was a "back the hell off of Cass and GT, they don't care about you and you're basically a meme to them" ask. doctorwhokinfessions has DFE'd and remade for less than that. "Less than that," in this case, meaning "it's fucked up that you have a monthly special occasion dedicated to harassing an avoidant autistic person over something that they already apologized for, this joke has gone on long enough and you need to stop." I sent them one ask about that, [personal profile] thehiysystem sent another ask voicing agreement, and the mods of DWK apparently think that constitutes harassment? (Whereas, like, spreading libel about someone because they friendzoned you is apparently perfectly acceptable.) 
Tumblr's got a warped definition of what constitutes abuse and harassment. I literally saw someone saying that redemption arcs (particularly the Twissy arc in the most recent season of Doctor Who) romanticize abuse, because they involve "forcing someone to go against their nature." Do these people even hear themselves? If they think that anyone's nature is inherently evil then that's their own damn problem, and if they think that trying to help someone become a better person is abuse, I guess AUK's right about me being the abuser in that situation, because I was dumb enough to think that I could change him. 
-Cass
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Remembering Minkie
by Dialecticdreamer/ Sarah Williams
part 2 of 4
word count (story only): 1341


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, and the Mercedes story set, but while it happens during the events of the Road Trip series, it can be read as a stand-alone piece. Only basic familiarity with my characters in Mercedes, plus the events and characters in “Big Brother and the Cyberbully” are needed. ::

:: Pay Special Attention: this story deals with the aftermath of an off-screen suicide, and how it affects a new friend of the deceased. There is intense emotion, confusion, and worry, but I believe the overall effect is positive (the view is worth the climb to get there). Readers can approach this story when or if they choose to. Feel free to PM asking specific questions if there's still a concern over story details. ::




They pulled to a stop at a small, two story Victorian house which had been turned into a secondhand shop. Strong white lettering on the red brick boards of the porch spelled out “Tattered Treasures.”

Jules undid his seat belt as Pips parked the car. “See the rose trellis gate? That's where the outdoor furniture and the sports equipment are,” the teen explained.

“Lead on,” Pips answered cheerfully.

An older woman bustled out to them, patting at the loose, permed curls that barely brushed her collar. “Jules! Who's your young man?”

“This is Pips. He's visiting to check out the area for school and stuff, but he's neither mine nor Mariset's,” the teen explained. “Mona? I've got a project...” He waved Pips toward the gate. “I'll catch up in a minute.”
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Remembering Minkie
by Dialecticdreamer/ Sarah Williams
part 1 of 4
word count (story only): 1516


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, and the Mercedes story set, but while it happens during the events of the Road Trip series, it can be read as a stand-alone piece. Only basic familiarity with my characters in Mercedes, plus the events and characters in “Big Brother and the Cyberbully” are needed. ::


:: Pay Special Attention: this story deals with the aftermath of an off-screen suicide, and how it affects a new friend of the deceased. There is intense emotion, confusion, and worry, but I believe the overall effect is positive (the view is worth the climb to get there). Readers can approach this story when or if they choose to. Feel free to PM asking specific questions if there's still a concern over story details. ::




“It should be raining.” Jules leaned against the tiny porch, staring accusingly at the cadet blue sky. “Why isn't it raining?”

Pips sighed, leaning against the closed front door. “I'm sorry, Jules. It's sometimes better to hear bad news from a friend of a friend, at least.”

“She shouldn't have died!” The teen kicked the railing, lightly. His heartbeat surged, then slowed. “She was… Minkie and I talked about all the things that she was doing right, looking for the things that I could do differently.”
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The general fund currently contains $60.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I will keep it open until at least Tuesday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may keep it open a little longer.

We currently have three open epics.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $308 to be complete.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $161 to be complete.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and needs $169.50 to be complete.


Poll #18724 General Fund for August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13


How would you like to distribute the $60?

View Answers

ALL $60 into "The Inner Transition"
2 (15.4%)

ALL $60 into "The Higher a Monkey Climbs"
1 (7.7%)

ALL $60 into "Two Foxes"
4 (30.8%)

Divide it equally across the THREE poems
6 (46.2%)

Poem: "What Makes a Hoard"

Aug. 21st, 2017 11:19 pm
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This poem is from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] mdlbear, and [personal profile] callibr8. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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Poem: "Only in the Gift"

Aug. 21st, 2017 10:41 pm
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In return for a beautiful day and a truly stellar performance from the Sun God and Moon Goddess, I am posting one of my eclipse poems for free.  You can see some of my eclipse photos here.


"Only in the Gift"


I have seen the moon-shielded sun
and the Father God winking
as he turns his one wide eye
back toward the waiting world 

a reminder that we live,
moment by moment, 
only in the gift of
his infinite light.

Monday Update 8-21-17

Aug. 21st, 2017 08:53 pm
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Poem: "To Appreciate Small Victories"
Heroic Action
Poem: "The Bamboo That Bends"
Saturday Yardening
Poem: "As Couples as Possible"
Crowdfunding Creative Jam
Poem: "The Whole of Civilization"
Bust of Lincoln Destroyed (54 comments)
Read "Absent the White Roses" by William Altolft
Poem: "Lycoris"
Read "Under Cover Fashion" by Bairnsidhe
Today's Adventures
Promoting a Better World
Hard Things
Poem: "Tricky Treats"


Today we saw the eclipse in Chester, IL. :D 3q3q3q!!!

The bonus fishbowl last week went well.




Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips gets worried about Jules and drops by for a visit.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses.  Kenzie hears that the Iron Horses are going after the gaybashers, and feels uneasy over his own reactions.

Weather has been warm to hot here.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia, purple aster, rose campion, some yellow thing in the wildflower garden, thistle.  

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Aug. 21st, 2017 09:13 pm
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apparently the writer for my source got called out by his ex-wife for cheating on her multiple times in the span of 15 years? well, I can't say I'm surprised.

-River

 

Joss Whedon is up there with H. P. Lovecraft on the list of white male authors whose work I admire, but who I also highkey want to punch in the face.

-Cass









 

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