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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2015-03-03 12:09 pm

Local Wildlife Reserve

Grand Prairie Friends is trying to raise money to buy 91 acres of forested property in Coles County, Illinois.  It's adjacent to two other large parcels already owned by the same organization, making it useful for protecting species vulnerable to habitat fragmentation.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2015-03-03 11:30 am

Shades of Us

I was pleased to see some articles about diversity today.  This one discusses skin-toned fashions such as hosiery and shoes being expanded to cover more shades of nude.  This one presents a department store that's planning to offer gender-neutral clothing and organization, instead of men's/women's; alas, a temporary showing, but it's a step in the right direction.
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the thirteenth expedition ([personal profile] substructure) wrote in [community profile] poetry2015-03-03 12:21 pm

False Dawn by Patrick Lane

We turn to words because there’s not much
more to turn to. I love you becomes what I used to call
the dark. I prayed this morning. It wasn’t much,
just me and the god I understand. The earliest birds
wake me now and I keep getting up into what
others call false dawn. I know it sweeter.
That’s the hard part, knowing darkness is there
and singing anyway. Becoming more
becomes less. It’s like an origami dove
chased by a flying child, a kind of solitude
so perfect you keep searching even as you know
there is no cure. I think misery is mostly
what we know. Yet there are days I overflow with love.
My friends are so fragile I’m afraid
to take their hands for fear I’ll break them.
This morning I set out the early sprinkler
and out of the darkness robins came
and varied thrushes I thought our cats had killed.
The water from our highest mountains turned
and turned above our earth
and all the birds went under that falling
with everything they had.
Maybe that’s the measure.
Maybe in the morning light we pray
and rain falls and we lift to its falling
as if we still had feathers, as if with words
we could scrape the sky clean of every kind of pain.
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Kate ([personal profile] kate_nepveu) wrote2015-03-03 08:20 am

gender options

Hey DW,

Chad's doing a workshop and wants to get a diverse group of participants, but hand-coding free-form demographic responses would be suboptimal in light of the number of applications he expects. For a reasonably compact gender identification list, what would you suggest? Mine was cis female, trans female, cis male, trans male, genderqueer, agender, other, decline to state; corrections, improvements, rejections?

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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2015-03-03 01:10 am

Call for Prompts

 LJ user Lb_lee is hosting a Selfathon.  Leave prompts about "self" and get ficlets.  There are perks for donations.
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rushthatspeaks ([personal profile] rushthatspeaks) wrote2015-03-03 01:22 am

SH news: A Book Roundtable + First Readers Wanted

Up now at Strange Horizons: Foz Meadows, T.S. Miller, and I, moderated by Niall Harrison, discuss K.J. Parker's collection Academic Exercises here. I loved the book, despite its regrettable sexism, and am looking forward to reading more Parker. Other opinions were rather different.

Also, the magazine has put out a call for First Readers, i.e. those brave and hardy souls who tromp through the slush pile and pass things upwards to the editors. This is not a paying position, but you get to read some very interesting stuff. Details and how to apply here.
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ignipes ([personal profile] ignipes) wrote2015-03-02 07:45 pm

so [personal profile] marinarusalka and i went to the movies today

"I know, I know. Space marine. No! Hybrid space marine. WOLF hybrid space marine. WEREWOLF SPACE MARINE. But what is even cooler than a werewolf space marine? A werewolf space marine with wings--no! Even better, a werewolf space marine who *used* to have wings but doesn't have wings anymore because of TRAGIC BACKSTORY. A tragic backstory involving a man-bee hydrid, obviously. Bees. Bees are great. But not too tragic. Wait. No wings means no flying. How do we keep the flying, we need to keep the flying... I know: flying space boots. No! Even better! FLYING SPACE ROLLER SKATES. Way cooler than boots. Wingless werewolf space marine with flying roller skates. Perfect. Now we can get to work. What's next? Space princess? Yeah. Space princess."

- a priceless lesson in creative brainstorming by Andy and Lana Wachowski

Internet, you were right. Jupiter Ascending is every bit as ridiculously cracked as you said it would be.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2015-03-02 12:46 pm

Love Has No Labels

I was charmed by this display of kissing skeletons.  Regrettably I couldn't find the video on the Love Has No Labels website, but they have other cool stuff there.  I am particularly pleased to see that the demonstration included a wide range of prejudices to be set up and knocked down.  I'm also delighted that they highlighted different kinds  of love, including at least two different pairs of best friends.

In Terramagne, people do this kind of thing a lot, adding "Love has no power differential" for the soup/nary couples.
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ignipes ([personal profile] ignipes) wrote2015-03-02 09:02 am

i said i was over YA dystopias but i lied

I blame [personal profile] tassosss for this entirely, but yesterday after several hours of work I hit a brain-wall and decided to hibernate for the rest of the (rainy, rainy) day in my room, so at about 2:30 in the afternoon I queued up the first episode of The 100 to watch...

And I kind of just didn't stop? Hours later I was doing the whole, "Should I keep watching? Should I go to bed? I don't need sleep. I need more episodes."

YOU GUYS IT'S SO GREAT. It's all about terrible things happening to traumatized teenagers and everybody making awful decisions and hating themselves for it because there are literally no good choices for anybody to make about anything and also people get impaled with spears, like, all the time. There are at least 17 spear impalements per episode, by my estimate.

Okay, seriously, the things I am really enjoying about this show, halfway through the first season, are: 1) the characters and all the unhappy complicated relationships between them and all the people trying so hard to be so much tougher and crueler than they want to be because they don't think they have a choice; 2) the fact that shit is always happening so it's very exciting; and 3) its commitment to exploring the awful and wonderful but mostly awful things people will do in impossible survival situations.

So that's what I did with my rainy Sunday. I regret nothing. \o/
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badgerbag ([personal profile] badgerbag) wrote2015-03-02 08:59 am

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Realistic assessment, I may not get through a full work day today. Last night I suddenly stopped being able to put weight on my right leg and any movement in my hips was painful. I got to the bathroom on 2 canes. I can put more weight on it this morning and have taken some tramadol. It is hard to bend over and also to turn over in bed, sit upright, etc. Very painful and sharp. Pain/tingling going down my leg into my foot. The "good" side is also aching but not super sharp pain.

I made my tea, ate some crackers, bent over to put cat food in the bowl (mistake)

Could not find my (spare) glasses and had to painfully tidy things up till I found them. They were in the bed in the first place I looked of course. I need to get new real glasses.

I will be very cautious today and will get d. to bring my walker up out of the garage.

Not going to despair. Laying low.

Wrote to my doctor to say what is happening. I will need some vicodin and I think a day or two of lying still. I am not sure whether to skip PT on Wednesday or try to do it. Right now I would not be able to get there anyway. But maybe by Wed. can do it with a ride (which I have already lined up)

Calling the pain clinic now to make sure my next sacroiliac injection is scheduled.

About to get my period so "not despairing" may also not completely be realistic as I usually have about half a day of PMS existential crisis/mood where I doubt everything and cry.
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the thirteenth expedition ([personal profile] substructure) wrote in [community profile] poetry2015-03-02 09:30 am

Phone Call by Tony Hoagland

Maybe I overdid it
when I called my father an enemy of humanity.
That might have been a little strongly put,
a slight exaggeration,

an immoderate description of the person
who at the moment, two thousand miles away,
holding the telephone receiver six inches from his ear,
must have regretted paying for my therapy.

What I meant was that my father
was an enemy of my humanity
and what I meant behind that
was that my father was split
into two people, one of them

living deep inside of me
like a bad king or an incurable disease—
blighting my crops,
striking down my herds,
poisoning my wells—the other
standing in another time zone,
in a kitchen in Wyoming
with bad knees and white hair spouting from his ears.

I don’t want to scream forever,
I don’t want to live without proportion
Like some kind of infection from the past,

so I have to remember the second father,
the one whose TV dinner is getting cold
while he holds the phone in his left hand
and stares blankly out the window

where just now the sun is going down
and the last fingertips of sunlight
are withdrawing from the hills
they once touched like a child.
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KJ ([personal profile] owlmoose) wrote2015-03-02 12:27 am
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February Update; March goals

Days written: 17/28
Words written: 5,734 (I'm surprised it's that many)
Words of fic written: 4,966
Stories worked on: Four, plus kiss battle
Stories posted: One, and the kiss battle stories

Graph is here )

Specific goals:

1. Write six days per week (total, not average) except while traveling. Well, I got the "not writing while traveling part" down.

2. Participate in both Dragon Age and Final Fantasy Kiss Battles. Write at least two fics for each. I only wrote one story for the DA battle, two for DOINK! I'll crosspost them both tomorrow. I am a bit discouraged that neither kiss battle really seemed to take off this year. Some participation in each, but not that much, and not very many different people. I'd say that's a different post, but my dissatisfaction with those events spilled over into my lack of motivation to write this month in general.

3. Wrap up the giveaway fic that's almost finished. Success!

4. Finish first draft of DA Big Bang fic. I made some progress. I forget when I was writing these goals that "check in" isn't the same as "draft due"; I have another month for that. So, it's not finished, but it's coming along, although I've shifted direction about half a dozen times.

Rambling, whining, feel free to skip. )

Anyway. Onward. March!

1. Write at least five days per week.

2. Crosspost all outstanding Tumblr/Kiss Battle/other flash fic (I haven't done this in awhile).

3. Pick another giveaway story and make progress on it.

4. Substantial progress on DABB story -- a complete draft by the end of the month would be ideal.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2015-03-02 01:00 am

Pi(e) Bingo Card 3-2-15

This is my card for the Pi(e) Fest.  It's all about the food and the funny number that begins 3.14...

I'm hoping to attract some new readers through this fest. People are starting to show interest in specific prompts. If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl. Any other ideas for monetizing this? Let me know.  See all my 2015 bingo cards.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

Pi(e) Bingo Card

Dream Pi(e)Humble Pi(e)A Finger in Every Pi(e)American as
Apple Pi(e)
Easy as Pi(e)
Cutie Pi(e)“Pi(e)-ku” poetry contest? (Think Haiku.)That's my Pi(e)Pi(e) EyedPi(e) means Thanksgiving and Christmas and picnics.
“Come to the nerd side we have Pi(e)”Pi(e) in the SkyImage and video hosting by TinyPicMissing Pi(e)Blue Ribbon Pi(e)
Let them eat Pi(e).Georgie Porgie, pudding and  pi(e) Pi(e) PlatePi(e) ThiefThat is not Pi(e)!
The Pi(e) CheerPi(e) a gift from the Gods.Pi(e) ThrowingThat person really knows their pi(e)."Shut your
pi(e) hole."

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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2015-03-02 12:55 am

Read "Marshmallow Hearts" by Dialecticdreamer

You can now read the whole story "Marshmallow Hearts" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  Part 5 just posted, or begin with Part 1.  Aidan helps Groundhog and Cassandra deal with the aftermath of the SPOON fight.
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jjhunter ([personal profile] jjhunter) wrote in [community profile] poetry2015-03-01 06:23 pm
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"Motion's Holdings" by A.R. Ammons

For more about the author, check out the A.R. Ammons episode of Essential American Poets.


The filled out gourd rots, the
ridge rises in a wave
height cracks into peaks, the peaks

wear down to low undoings whose undertowing
throws other waves up: the branch
of honeysuckle leaves arcs outwards

into its becoming motion but,
completion's precision done, gives
over riddling free to other

motions: boulders, their green and white
moss-molds, high-held in moist
hill woods, stir, hum with

stall and spill, take in and give
off heat, adjust nearby to
geomagnetic fields, tip liquid with

change should a trunk or rock loosen
to let rollers roll, or they loll
inwardly with earth's lie

in space, oxidize at their surfaces
exchanges with fungal thread and rain:
things are slowed motion that,

slowed too far, falls loose, freeing debris:
but in the outgoing warps, the butterfly
amaryllis crowds its bowl with bulbs.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2015-03-01 02:33 pm
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