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Risk Everything for Family
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 8 of 14
word count (story only): 1233




:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, the Mercedes story set, and picks up immediately after “Popping In,” continuing from Graham's viewpoint. ::





It took only a few minutes of small talk, and one unreprentant check on both Aida's practice in the salle and the blanket fort in the great room to reassure Graham that the discussion with Mr. Spencer had only taken a minute or two. In the blanket fort, Saraphina hugged a small Floppit toy while Edison read a wordless picture book about butterflies, carefully naming each color in English, which Saraphina repeated, then listening as the toddler named the same color in Haitian Creole, which he repeated back.

Graham smiled as he settled into the same dining chair as before. “They're still working on the first book, and Edison is at the 'fair' stage, so it's going to take a while to get through every page.”
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Today's Adventures

Oct. 23rd, 2017 10:13 pm
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We drove out to Terre Haute today.  I found a whole armload of stuff at Books-a-Million.  \o/  I was pleased to see that they had the books right in front, instead of electronics in front, which makes it feel like an actual bookstore.  They also still have their new releases sorted out.  The main drawback is, this chain isn't really a new-release chain.  Their mainstay is remainders.  So it's a fabulous place to shop for bargains.  I crapped out on the first several sections I tried, then hit the New Age/self-care stuff and just loaded up.  Doug didn't find anything this trip, though.  :/

Then we met up with [personal profile] callibr8 and [personal profile] we_are_spc.  We had a lot of fun talking about filk, science, Terramagne, yarn, and all kinds of other stuff.  I made most of a ball of yarn while we talked, and would've finished it had we thought of doing that sooner.  Haven't done that in over 30 years, but it's a permed skill.  Thing is, it takes forever to build up the core so that you can get into the fast-wrapping where you throw several loops in the same place before rotating the ball.  (It's a lot easier to knit from a ball than a skein unless someone is willing to hold the skein for you.)  So that was fun too.

Mostly we hung out at Hokkaido, a rather nice Asian buffet with a sushi bar and downright trippy decoration.  Like the fake tree with glowing pink flowers.  :D  The food was interesting.  They had some favorites, like frog legs and crawfish, and some pretty good dim sum dumplings.  I also tried the seaweed salad.  It was weird -- stringy, salty, fishy, kind of slimy.  I probably would've liked it better in summer when I crave salty things.  Today was rainy and downright cold.  But it's still something I have wanted to try and the vivid green flavor was eye-catching.  I might also like it better as a garnish on something, like slivered beef.

Stuff I want to write

Oct. 23rd, 2017 06:29 pm
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Okay, I'm still pretty sacked out from MICE, but here's some posts I've been considering making.  Let me know if any of them strike your interest (or that you really don't want to see).
  • Explaining cognitive distortions via tumblr etiquette.
  • Talk about comics I got and love--Ye Olde Gay Comix or new indy queer stuff, take your pick.
  • System governments, contracts, or rules, and why these things are important and what they're actually supposed to DO. (Namely: they're for when things go bad, not when things go well, and you have to do those things all systems need to do at some point like choose between external or internal life, make a decision when you are deadlocked but MUST make the decision, and dealing with problem people, external or internal.)
  • I might start selling other people's comics, because the con scene is brutal and extremely demanding of very specific abilities and temperament, which I feel many (if not most) people do not have. (Especially my fellow disabled folks.  This is becoming extremely clear to me as time goes on.  Comics in general is this impenetrable maze of access barriers, and that's terrible.)
  • Balancing external and internal life, and what happens when you fail it.
  • I really want to talk about that... that thing plurals do where they treat each other in ways that you would hope they'd never treat external people, and why it kinda horrifies me whenever I find out systems take immense stock in how functional they are on the outside, but only because they do absolutely godawful things to each other on the inside and run themselves like some kind of YA dystopia novel.
--Rogan

Monday Update 10-23-17

Oct. 23rd, 2017 11:22 am
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Feel the Might of Creation"
Lunar Tunnels
Poem: "Capable of Stretching"
Saturday Yardening
Poem: "Death Whispers at the Tip"
Today's Adventures
Poem: "To Protect the Most Vulnerable"
Thursday Yardening
What to Do About Kneeling
How to Accommodate Special Needs While Attending an Event
Wednesday Yardening
Hard Things


The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics is now over. I sold six poems outright, with one in microfunding and two more in a pool that should get squared up later today. Most of the sold poems have been posted, I just have one left to do.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Stylet comes out of the shower.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips and Jules discuss what to get for G and Joshua after the fire.  "TERF Wars" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Antimatter & Stalwart Stan.  At school, Stan walks into an unexpected argument about gender issues.

It has been raining here since yesterday afternoon, off and on, and that's expected to continue through the early part of this week.  We can use the rain.  The weather had been warmer for a few days but is now chilly again. Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, firecracker plant, morning glories, frost asters, goldenrod.  Very few fields remain to be harvested.

Poem: "Wanton Kittens"

Oct. 23rd, 2017 02:33 am
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This poem is spillover from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl and the August [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] we_are_spc (Fallon and Jay), and [personal profile] curiosity. It also fill the "comfort" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] mama_kestrel.

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Risk Everything for Family
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 7 of 14
word count (story only): 1932




:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, the Mercedes story set, and picks up immediately after “Popping In,” continuing from Graham's viewpoint. ::




Graham stood, blinking in surprise. “I don't feel tired, or cold, or stiff,” he explained as Aidan took the pot to put it back on the shelf. “That's pretty typical of mental 'sitting around' or visualizations.”

“This isn't visualization as such,” Aidan argued. He pointed toward the hallway. “This way, please.”

The narrow hallway was cheerful, despite the lack of daylight. The light sconces on the walls were antique, meant to hold kerosene lamps, but the delicate, faceted glass baubles hanging from wire loops threw bright, even light in hundreds of rainbows. Graham paused. “What do these represent?”

Aidan laughed merrily. “Mostly, learning the hobby of first electrical wiring, then solar batteries, and so forth.” He paused, pointing at the largest dream catcher Graham had ever seen, hanging on the wall between the bathroom door and the open door with Saraphina's name painted on it running diagonally from the top on the knob side to the bottom at the hinge side. “Don't touch the dream totem, or the eagle feathers, please.”
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Breeding Apples

Oct. 23rd, 2017 01:06 am
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 Here's an interesting article about creating new apple varieties.  This was a lot easier when people bred primarily for taste and resistance to pests or bad weather.  Now they're breeding more for appearance, and that costs in flavor.

Poem: "Feel the Might of Creation"

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:47 pm
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This poem is spillover from the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "learning how to be loved" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is all about childbirth, in rather graphic detail. If that's a touchy topic for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. Also, hankie warning for anyone prone to crying over happy scenes.

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Back from MICE

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:01 pm
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The comics con this weekend went super-well; broke my sales records, and happily spent a chunk of money on awesome queer comics.  Some highlights!
  • O Human Star vol. 2, plus an O Human Star side story and a couple fridge magnets, all by Blue Delliquanti. (Trans queer robots and disabled cyborgs in the near-future.)
  • Suspension, by my friend Laurel Lynn Leake. (Corporate solarpunk sci-fi--I just wish there was more, since it was so short.)
  • Thots with Thoughts, by Noah... Grigner?  Something like that.  Also I'm now apparently officially an old fogey because I had never heard of the term 'thot' until now.  Have any of you?
  • A tiny little pocket one-pager of trans magic sigils by Ezra Rose.
Also I printed out a few color booklets of some stuff I liked.  Every time I have to print color, I wince in pain, and this was no exception; three little floppy books, smaller than AllFam 1-3, cost me over $50, just to print one copy each.  Ouch!  But now I'll never have to worry about it again.
I am very very tired.  But happy how it went.  And now that the con rush and deadlines are no longer hanging over my head, I swear my public posts will be more than just, "NEW BOOK" and "NEW CON."

--Rogan

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Do I bid on a pair of hand-knitted socks and take a chance that the knitter will be able to do royal blue with a pattern of silver stars, or do I not? On the one hand, squee! On the other hand, I'm worried I'll accidentally ruin them when trying to wash them, and then there's the accidental hole in the heel problem, and the 'oops, crap, I tugged a loose piece of yarn and now things are all unraveling' problem, and...

Decisions, decisions. :)

It *does* look like one pair of wrist warmers will happen, which is an absolute delight, socks or no socks. Royal blue cabled secondarily in silver, or if not true silver, then as close a silvery grey as the knitter can manage. And they will be my own commission, in my own color pair, and no one else will have had a hand in besides myself and the crafter. Assertion of my own identity, separate from family expectations and ideas, feels a little like joy and a little like righteous defiance. And it's for a beyond worthy cause, so triple score.

Lunar Tunnels

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:12 pm
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 Tunnels have been confirmed on the Moon.  While these make a promising site for settlement, I would prefer to make sure there are plenty of them before wrecking the first one we've found.

Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

Oct. 22nd, 2017 12:23 pm
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Today is the last day of the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics, so if you're still planning to buy anything, now's the time. 

So far I have sold four poems.  Three of those have been posted.  "A Moment of Atonement" hasn't been posted yet.  There are also two poems in a pool, the Iron Horses entries "Come Out of the Darkness" and "Sheltered and True."  Contact [personal profile] ng_moonmoth if you are interested in contributing toward those.

The Most Dangerous Man in the World

Oct. 22nd, 2017 03:15 am
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A whole lot of "water is wet" observations, but I do admire the precision of analysis in listing specific actions of #45 and why they are troubling.
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Risk Everything for Family
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 6 of 14
word count (story only): 1751




:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, the Mercedes story set, and picks up immediately after “Popping In,” continuing from Graham's viewpoint. ::




Graham's feet refused to carry him more than eight inches past the front door. He took in the shape of the space, and the archway into the dining area, the counter and hanging cupboards that marked off the galley kitchen, and the tall bookcases flanking a field stone hearth, but despite the early Art Deco touches in the woodwork, reinforced by the color scheme, the overwhelming impression was not a subdued, harmonious pastel palette. “It feels like everything is almost shouting at me,” Graham whispered. “Would one of my shielding exercises help?”

“Yes,” Aidan assured, guiding Graham to the nearest recliner. He swept his hands over the back and seat, then eased the blond man through the process of sitting down. “You know, this may explain why so many of your children have open gifts like empathy; you're aware, receptive, and observant to a degree that startles me as much as it arms my heart.”

“I'm pretty average--” Graham protested.

Aidan cut off the comment with a quick shake of his head. “No. You aren't. You have a few biases, a few bad habits and unsupported opinions, but you are nowhere near the closed-minded maze of pigeonholes and dead ends that makes up an 'average' American, even when they think they're both liberal and supportive.” He snickered. “Now, I can't say this any less indiscreetly than,” he wagged his eyebrows playfully, “your wife has got to be something special!”
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Poem: "Capable of Stretching"

Oct. 21st, 2017 03:55 pm
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls but follows on prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah, and [personal profile] nsfwords. It also fills the "healthy touch" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It relates to events in "An Atmosphere of Shame" and "Everything That Is Real About Us," so read those first or this won't make much sense.

Warning: This poem contains some intense material. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes anxiety, forboding, fear of communication, many references to Shiv's awful past, because the inside of Shiv's head is always a warning, feeling trapped, boundary issues, impaired consent, talking about scars, extreme body modesty, touch aversion, references to past malpractice in mental care, touching which is unwanted but permitted, graphic description of past abuse, poor self-assessment skills regarding physical and mental complaints, defensive lying which has become a reflex to the point that Shiv often can't tell the truth even when it would benefit him more than a lie, vulgar language, resistance to help, minor violence (not directed at a person), emotional flashbacks, overload, desperation, scary basement memories, and other challenges. This poem may be extra-stressful for people with a history of therapeutic abuse, toilet abuse, and/or child molestation. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Saturday Yardening

Oct. 21st, 2017 03:52 pm
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Today is partly sunny, breezy, and warm. 

We went out and looked at yardwork projects together.  We picked out a place to plant the big bag of bulbs, and Doug mowed that along with the paths in the prairie garden.  Since we're supposed to get some rain tonight and tomorrow, I'm waiting on that before planting them, so the ground will be softer.

I also picked up sticks around the house, since that yard will need to be mowed later.

Late monarchs are fluttering around the prairie garden.

EDIT 10/21/17: I went back out and dug up some toadstools so the south lot can be mowed.

Poem: "Death Whispers at the Tip"

Oct. 21st, 2017 12:17 am
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by the "teamfamily" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features bald women, messy medical details, references to past cases of cancer, infertility, distracting visions of Amazon life, historic references to dubious consent and inane attitudes, fostering, failed conversions, frank talk about death, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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