Prompt call

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 10:30 pm
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It's that time again! Time for my quarterly Birdcage prompt call. Leave a prompt, get a hundred words free, with more words available for sponsorship!

Happy Birthday to Me!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 09:51 pm
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It being after sunset, my partner Doug gave me my birthday present.  He actually managed to acquire a set of the solar system glasses from ThinkGeek, which were restocked and only lasted a couple days before selling right out again.  *GLEE*  So now I have a lovely set of personally-relevant glasses to use when we have company or for ritual purposes.  *Numfar does the Dance of Joy*

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 10:40 pm
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Made a new post on the 365 journal here, maybe a vague attempt at resurrecting it? Mostly it's a lot of rambling about recent art.

In other news, my parents are coming to visit. In about a week and a half, now. I don't know how I feel about this. A little terrified, because I haven't told them anything about being trans, yet. I wanted to do it in person. I wanted to do it in person a year and a half ago, when they last said they were going to visit, and then... didn't. Not sure how that's going to go.

Mass Transit Maps

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 05:50 pm
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I had fun looking at these because one of the things that distinguishes Terramagne is its very nice public transportation system.  (You get what you pay for.)   I was intrigued to see that several cities had a very clear imprint of the classic city designs that actually work well.  For example, you can see echoes of London's square-grid system, while Paris and Moscow have more of a spiderweb.  Chicago has a fan, which is basically part of a spiderweb with radials but no lateral connections. New York is just a mess, what's sometimes called a spaghetti map, and Tokyo is just as bad.  Helsinki, Calgary, and Glasgow have all opted for very simple routes that work for them because so many of their major points are in a convenient order.

In Terramagne, local lines do a very good job of meshing together the important places in each municipality -- things like museums and restaurants for tourists, housing and shopping or work for residents.  Most places, you can hop a bus every few minutes.  Use coins for occasional trips, but you can get a better deal on tokens or a MUCH better deal on a swipe card if you travel regularly.  In addition to the regular routes, many places also offer point-to-point shuttles at certain times.  Groundhog lives in the Skylark Apartment Building in Onion City, which has some great perks but one of the downsides is a lack of easy transit access.  On weekends the apartment's shuttle goes somewhere interesting like the beach or a museum.  Town-to-town routes are well-served by buses and trains.  High-speed trains connect places that are farther apart.  The metroplexes are defined based on the coverage of their mass-transit system.  New York in Eastbord had the first Fleer, which is a super-gizmotronic train; Westbord has one, and Onion City's is in construction.  The inventor has been actively trying to teach other people how to build the engines, but so far with no real luck.

Conservatism and Belonging in F&SF

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 05:12 pm
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Here's an essay about what it's like to be a conservative in F&SF

Yeah so, I have some conservative friends.  Mostly my politics lean liberal, but on some issues, my stance aligns with conservatives (although I rarely hold it for the same reasons as others).  That essay?  Is the kind of thing that contributed to me not going back to WisCon, because I don't like when people pick on my friends.  I want fandom and publishing to be inclusive.  If they're not, then I get pissy and don't want to go to those parties.  I mean if I wanted to do the clique thing I would hang out with mundanes. :/

The instigating topic, awards ... meh.  I haven't been impressed with Hugos and Nebulas.  Rhysling, Lambda, and Tiptree are more likely to have something with higher literary merit in my observation.  But it's easy for people to get into arguments over awards, and I'm just not into the drama llama race.  I would rather read books than pick fights over them.

Tuesday, March 31st

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 06:04 pm
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Personal Reflections

Last week I had a bout of stomach illness that wouldn't have been a big deal if I wasn't dealing with so much, but it knocked what wind I had out of my sails. I got my footing again at the end of the week, but then felt lost when the week was over. It's taken me until very late in the afternoon today to feel like I've got a handle on things.

I committed to doing status posts even when I wasn't feeling it because I recognize that it's helpful, maybe even more so when I'm not feeling it. However, knowing that something is good for me doesn't make it easier to actually do it. Sometimes, it's actually the opposite. I think I'm going to try it as a rule that I do it first thing in the morning, each morning. I'm actually thinking what I need is some more regimentation to my days in general.

Hour-by-hour plans don't always work with the vicissitudes of real life, but not bothering to plan because of that is creating vicissitudes where none exist.

The Daily Report

Well, it's right about six o'clock when I'm writing this. I did accomplish a few things today, mostly catching up on some email.

I'm aiming for two updates of Tales of MU this week. It's looking like it's going to be Wednesday and Friday. I'm actually aiming to have more than that written, so I can start next week feeling like I'm ahead of the game (and actually being ahead of the game.)

The State of the Me

Persevering.

Plans For Today

My main plan right now is to actually post a status update.

Blogging from A to Z

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 01:42 pm
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Thanks to [personal profile] anke mentioning it, I have signed up for the April 2015 Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

Posts will be over there at the link above, if y'all care to follow along for the month.

"A Meeting and an Education" posted on Patreon

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 01:20 pm
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A Meeting and an Education, the story of Zizny & Cxaidin meeting, has been posted on Patreon, free for everyone to read.

The hunters had been trying the mountain again and so sentries were being posted. Zizny was young and junior and so had pulled more than a fair share of sentry duty, but tek found that it was not so burdensome as all that. For one, tek generally got to spend most of the day lounging in the sun, watching the birds fly by. For another, tek occasionally got a chance to meet interesting beings.

read on!

Read "Marketing Day" by Dialecticdreamer

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 01:15 am
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The story "Marketing Day" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer picks up after "Urgent Business," and comes before my poem "The Cold of the Winter."  It's a swap for my poem "That Resurrection of Hope."  

I'm sorry that stuff is coming out of sequence.  I posted the cash-sponsored content before the barter-swapped content.  Also I am fey, the timespace continuum has at best a weak grasp on me, and I often get inspiration out of order.  However, I think I have the poems lined up properly on the series page.  Extras by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer appear at the bottom.

Poem: "That Resurrection of Hope"

Monday, March 30th, 2015 11:33 pm
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It is posted in trade for her story "Marketing Day." It also fills the "septicemia / infected wounds" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Frankenstein's Family series, the last in the triptych which follows the trot-line incident, so make sure you've already read "The Cold of the Winter" and "The Heat of the Fever."

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BINGO: row

Monday, March 30th, 2015 09:50 pm
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I have made bingo on Row 1 of my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest.
Fandoms: Torn World, P.I.E., Polychrome Heroics, Diminished Expectations
Prompts: Flirting, Physical Imperfections, Tragedy, Love Without Hope, Dystopias

Identifying Homosexuality in Indiana

Monday, March 30th, 2015 05:54 pm
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This article takes a tongue-in-cheek look at passing privilege and the issue of identifying who may legally be discriminated against.  How do you "tell" if someone is homosexual?  Sometimes the person advertises it, sometimes it may be inferred from clues, but most of the time it is not so obvious.  This of course raises the issue of misconceptions; many cissexual, heterosexual people have been beaten or even murdered because someone mistakenly thought they were queer.  So too, Indiana will quickly discover that legalizing discrimination against homosexuals will also hit some heterosexuals.

And then there are those of us whose warning label should say, "Activist: push to start."  (I actually have that on a red button.)  Sure, there are times when I use passing privilege of various types because it's easy and I don't have an infinite supply of spoons, or when I believe that acting up would be dangerous.  But there are other times when I'll act up even if it is dangerous, and if I judge it safe, I will make a great big hairy scene.  Never get into a blurting contest with an annoyed bard, you will lose.  Because I can handle the kind of heat that bigots give off when someone objects to them being bigots, and not everyone can, and I want them to know that civilized people won't let them act like giant assholes without at least calling them out for it.

You can readily identify a queer person who does something like, "Oh gosh, you have a sign that says you don't serve queer people in here.  I guess I'll leave this big basket of stuff on the counter and take my $96 queer dollars to a store that is not run by giant assholes."

Just because I'm currently wearing a female body and in a permanent relationship with someone in a male body does not make me any less queer.  It's just a little harder to see from this angle, until I open my mouth.  As long as someone mistaking me for a heterosexual woman doesn't cause an issue, meh, I usually don't care.  Random strangers don't need to know my weirdnesses.  But when it IS an issue?  Open mouth, fire full broadside.  

This is why I got beef with people who claim that privilege is inescapable.  It's not.  It really, really  is not.  In fact it's a lot more frangible than people realize.  You can very easily lose your privilege if someone else mistakes you for a member of a disadvantaged group or if you are forcibly attached to it for some reason.  You can also choose to drop your privilege in the crapper and flush it along with all the other shit you don't need, just by voluntarily associating with disadvantaged people or by verbally dispensing with it when people offer you privilege that you don't want to accept.  Bigots will enthusiastically diss you for any or all of that.  

It's not all or nothing, of course.  If your association is not obvious, then you may have the option of picking your battles.  That lets you stay reasonably safe while still making a difference.  You might flush one privilege today and a different one tomorrow.  You might wax and wane your advertisement of hidden traits based on how much energy you have for a given cause or whether it makes you feel bad to hide (or reveal) what you are.  It's your life, your choice.

Just understand that it is a choice, just as bigotry or tolerance are choices.

How to Avoid Blisters from Yardening

Monday, March 30th, 2015 05:20 pm
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Skin adapts to the current level of stress. If you spend the winter mostly indoors, your hands tend to get soft. Then when you start yardening in spring, it's easy to get blisters. Here is my method for coping with that ...

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Today's Yardening: Firebuilding

Monday, March 30th, 2015 05:14 pm
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It's a beautiful spring day here in central Illinois.  We picked up a bunch of large branches and small trees, cut them down to smaller bits, and piled up the beginning of a bonfire in the firepit in the ritual meadow.

If you have spent the winter mostly indoors, remember to ramp up slowly when beginning yardwork outdoors in spring.  (If you spent the winter shoveling snow, you should be fine.)  Work as far as you feel comfortable.  Push just a little farther.  Then stop for the day.  I have a separate post on preventing and caring for blisters.
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I'd gotten used to my children bringing home friends by the time Jin was in high school. Junie was a little socialite, even in kindergarten, but Jin - Jin was a one-child rescue wagon. He brought home stray dogs, stray erbiss, lost pixies - his entire 7th grade year had been devoted to creating an elaborate dollhouse for a family of Tinies...

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