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Friday, October 24th, 2014 05:34 pm
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, and sponsored by Dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "grief / grieving" square in the Birthday Bingo Fest public card. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with past parental death and teen mourning. You may need kleenex.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014 02:15 pm
This poem came out of conversations with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and other fans.  It also fills the "starting over" square in my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014 12:10 pm
How do you make an awesome traditional recipe even awesomer?  Just add entheogen.
Friday, October 24th, 2014 03:16 am
This poem is spillover from the March 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles  and LJ user Kestrels_nest, along with various people's previous requests for a superhero who could lift depression. It also fills the "disability (temporary)" square in my 11-26-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles . It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014 12:30 am
This story belongs to the Schrodinger's Hulk series, a crossover between Hulk and Schrodinger's Heroes. It is a sequel to "Safe Keeping" and "Two Spirits, One Past," and "For the Very First Time." It fills the "original characters" square in my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest, and the "sunny" square in the public card for the Birthday Bingo fest.

This casts the Hulk from The Avengers. So it doesn't match up exactly with the various Hulk movies, and Bruce Banner is played by Mark Ruffalo. The first story in the series goes into alternate-universe mode after the lab accident while Bruce is running from General Ross but before Bruce meets any of the Avengers.

The Schrodinger's Heroes, project features an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom. It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world from alternate dimensions. It features a very mixed cast in terms of ethnicity and sexual orientation. This project developed with input from multiple people, and it's open for everyone to play in. You can read more about the background, the characters, and a bunch of assorted content on the menu page.

Format: Fiction
Title: "The Path of the Sun"
Fandom: Hulk/Schrodinger's heroes
Summary: Bruce is not a fan of birthdays, nor of parties in general. Pat is pretty sure he can change Bruce's mind.
Required Warnings: No standard warnings apply.
Notes: Gentle coaxing, laid-back planning, low-key celebration, party food, games, team as family, cottoncandy fluff.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014 01:12 am
AH, how poets sing and die!
Make one song and Heaven takes it;
Have one heart and Beauty breaks it;
Chatterton, Shelley, Keats and I—
Ah, how poets sing and die!
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 10:35 pm
This poem came out of the October 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai, who wanted the 'click' moment of seeing The Matrix. It also fills the "extra-sensory perception" square in my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo Fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics setting, and is a direct sequel to "Look Both Ways."

WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics, and it doesn't have a happy ending.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is prejudice, sexist and racist language, nausea and vomiting, a superpower misinterpreted as anything else, serious rupture of reality tunnel, extreme disorientation, and unfocused suicidal ideation.  Sadists who enjoy watching obnoxious characters writhe in torment may enjoy this.  Sensitive readers may wish to skip it.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 09:38 pm
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, based on discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "enlightenment" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series, and is a direct sequel to "Sanitation Engineers."

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 12:24 pm
This poem is posted courtesy of [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, who came up with a batch of new ideas for Floppit characters on the show Semolina Lane in Polychrome Heroics, which inspired the following theme song. Imagine this with a bright, jingly little tune; it's illustrated with clips of the characters. It also fills the "taking care of each other" square on my Wordsmith Bingo Card.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 08:46 am
the flash aka barry has three dads )

That's a lot more words than I intended to write about the Flash. I'm enjoying it! I should get an icon. Where do people even go to get icons these days?

Now books, because it's been a couple of weeks:

What I've just finished reading:

Fever Season by Barbara Hambly - Second in the Benjamin January series, and I loved it just as much as the first. The mystery made very little sense but the characters are so great. I wanted to curl up and die every time any doctor discussed treating cholera or malaria by 1830s standards of knowledge. And I appreciated the dramatic irony of having a notorious historical figure as a character when we know what's going on and the characters don't. I like these books so much. I can't wait to read the next one.

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson - YA fantasy that's pretty cute and has a fun magical system that involves chalk monsters. (It makes sense in context.) I enjoyed it and would like to read a sequel, but apparently the author has some other books to write or something. Whatever, dude.

Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez - YA thriller about the daughter of a drug lord who goes on the run after witnessing a murder. It's fast-paced and enjoyable, although there are some points when the main character makes really terrible decisions that just make me wish there was an adult around.

Stories of the Raksura, vol. 1 by Martha Wells - I enjoyed these stories, but I only felt any real emotional connection to the ones about Moon, because I love Moon and want to hug him a lot. It did make me want to go back and reread The Cloud Roads.

What I'm reading now:

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt, which so far I am enjoying, although it's pretty dense, slow reading. Also it amuses me that she writes chapters as long as some people's entire novels.

What I'm going to read next:

I really want the library to get the next Benjamin January book for me!
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 08:57 pm
Dear Festividder,

First off, thank you for making me a vid! I love vids, and quite honestly I would be happy to see a vid in any of these fandoms. I have suggested music for some fo them, but please don't feel bound by what I've suggested, and I have no qualms about oft-vidded songs, either.

20th Century Boys, The Emperor's New Groove, Maleficent, Moonrise Kingdom, Star Trek The Animated Series, Trance )

Thank you, Festividder! I am super excited to see whatever you come up with, for serious.

<3 and vids,
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 01:15 am
Here are some children's books about death. This season is a good time to open a topic that everyone needs to know about, in ways that are not too scary.

One of my favorites is The Hobbit. It's not primarily about death, but it has a lot of very thoughtful ideas about mortality and the utter foolishness of war. Among my best-loved bits is the parting between Thorin and Bilbo:

"Farewell, good thief," he said. "I go now to the halls of waiting to sit beside my fathers, until the world is renewed. Since I leave now all gold and silver, and go where it is of little worth, I wish to part in friendship from you, and I would take back my words and deeds at the Gate."

"There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell!"

-- Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 10:23 pm
 Here is consequence, folding its wings
on the fence. Here are your chances. After years
of moving whatever you do
from one place to another in the manner
that constitutes your work, you have to admit
you know what you think. About tonight
not so much fallen as struggling to its feet, gorgeous
in spite of what it's done to you. All
is forgiven. The loneliness composed on the road, after hours,
off-shift, out of it, or left behind, the vindictive
clairvoyance of local law enforcement, protracted
incidents represented by lacunae in your resume,
strategic negotiations pursuant to the project
of getting the fuck out of there, or making
the best of being stuck where you were,
in those rooms now creaking in a forest of outlived rooms
recalled as eras are recalled, their outmoded fixtures
and period costumes, motes afloat
in parallelograms of windowlight. Who are you?
What of you persists? Your life is built on intervals
the way a chord is, on changes that alter you
by thirds, by fifths, in silences the progression climbs
to where each song ends, and the next begins.

There's analysis of the poem here.
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 10:04 pm
[personal profile] sophia_sol has posted an attempted interpretation of Oolon Colluphid Was Right! You should all go there and join the conversation so that I can continue to cackle unhelpfully in the corner.

Also, the breakaway hit from the list of bunnies in the previous post (which I am continuing to add things to, btw, as the odds of me actually winning the challenge go down....) was "Avengers Go To A Drag Ball", because apparently for some reason people think I, would, like, do it justice? ahah. ahahaha. hahahaha.

Here, for you edification, is 100% of everything I have done with that idea in the past three years, since I first came up with it (file last edited Jan 2013):

IIRC Tony's drag name was going to be Lady Natasha Touchamy, because he enjoys living dangerously. (and the Natasha is canon of course.) (Natasha's was, uh, something like Tony Tinydick? I think.)
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 06:43 pm
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON TRAILER. Give it to meeeeeeeeee. I'm sure other people are, like, analyzing it or some shit, but I am just here to enjoy the promise of so many angsty superhero feelings headed our way.

Oh, and: A+ song use, Disney.
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 08:32 pm
[personal profile] dialecticdreamer and I got into a fascinating discussion about when not to extend a scene, based on Part 3 of her story "Clearing the Air."  Scroll down to our comments and you'll see us picking apart why we both agree that Tran's part is finished, even though both of us have a tendency to extend scenes or revisit bit characters. I'm very gratified that we managed to pin it down.  This is a crucial thing to understand for writing complex storylines that may have multiple parts.  
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 06:11 pm
 I finally had time to get out and plant another bag of daffodils, most of them around the birdgift apple tree.  I still have one more big bag to plant.  

I've been so busy with other urgent projects, I'm running behind on the daffodils and a lot of other things.  :/  But at least I made some progress today.
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 05:05 pm
Here's a comparison of media sources by trustworthiness across different social groups.  I think I'd put Al Jazeera and BBC at the top of my list, although I prefer the non-American version of Al Jazeera when English is available from it.  I have found Mother Jones and Huffington Post pretty reliable; Daily Kos and Think Progress have some useful stuff.  In general, I distrust American media now, as most of it is propaganda meant to flatter corporate owners.  I prefer venues with a variety of viewpoints to monofocal ones, because anyone with an ulterior interest or party line makes me suspect they're cropping the data to fit it.