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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted the story "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to New Orleans," which runs concurrent with his ongoing story "Blight" in the Berettaflies thread.  This introduces FBI Special Agent Daniel Kincaid, who is awesome at solving problems.

Poetry Fishbowl Report for September 5, 2016

Friday, September 30th, 2016 05:30 pm
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This month's theme was "pet peeves." I worked from 12 PM to 5:30 AM, so about 15 hours 30 minutes, allowing for breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and another 5 later in the week, for a total of 12.

Participation was dramatically lower, with only 16 comments on LiveJournal and 24 on Dreamwidth. A total of 16 people sent prompts. Please welcome new prompter [livejournal.com profile] cflute.

Read more... ), [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony & Shirley Barrette. Please welcome new donors [personal profile] pocketnaomi and Melanie Goldmund. Despite the low turnout, donations were very enthusiastic; I sold almost everything I wrote. \o/

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Through Infirmity of the Flesh" is the free epic. That's the second tally for the $250 goal.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.


Friday, September 30th, 2016 06:30 pm
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Well, Ligature Works was all set to lunch after launch… wait, strike that. Reverse it. I just had a few last minute adjustments to make and then I could shove the whole thing out the door and do some writing of my own.

Then, disaster.

I had been playing with a magazine issue management plug-in since I set up the LW website, you see, and I had done everything in it except publish an issue. I had the issue set up. I had formatted all of the poems and stories for it. I had configured all the settings. I got to the point of launching it when I realized: all the posts I’d written were not connected to the magazine. It had its parallel infrastructure for issues. I wondered how I’d missed that, but no big deal. Copying them over would add some work, but not much.

Then I realized how I’d missed it: there was no link, no menu, no option or button anywhere, for adding articles to the magazine. Something was broken or missing. I tried for a while to figure it out, look for a companion plugin I was supposed to have installed, a setting that had to be turned on. Nothing. Checked the help guide, website, etc. Nothing.

So at the last minute, I had to find a whole new plugin, learn how to use it, and get everything set up again. It took up quite a bit of time this afternoon. I had blocked out an hour for finishing the Ligature Works launch; it took six.

But! The deed is done. The die is cast. The issue is out. It’s live. It lives.


My plans for the rest of the afternoon and evening were shot by this, which means my plans for wrapping up the month of September are also kind of shot. I’ve got a lot of stuff of my own I was going to polish and publish today, but the only thing that made it out the door is the latest installment of Making Out Like Bandits. I’m kind of thinking to myself, “So much for finishing the month on a high note”, but… I did just publish a zine?

I’m mentally, emotionally, and even slightly physically exhausted now. There’s still more to do. Promotion. Figuring out the next issue’s submission window, revising our guidelines both to incorporate the lessons we learned and make them more approachable, and of course, sending out payments. I hope our contributors won’t mind if that waits until morning, though. Right now I really need to get away from the computer and out of the house for a bit.

Originally published at Blue Author Is About To Write.

Friday Yardening

Friday, September 30th, 2016 04:34 pm
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It rained last night and earlier today.  During a sunny patch, I went outside to plant more bulbs.  Five minutes later: more rain. *sigh*  But at least the ground is softer now.
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“I don’t need advice,” Everett was complaining. “And I don’t need advice from a mushroom.”
“Sure you don’t,” Delores agreed, too easily, too readily. “And I’m sure the Wise Mushroom wouldn’t want to be bothered. It’s a pretty small problem, and he’s got better things to do.”

“Better things? He’s as bad as the teachers, then. Don’t complain, don’t tattle…”

read on...

Here Lies Butch

Friday, September 30th, 2016 01:19 am
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Someone has evidently named a daylily Here Lies Butch.  It is pink, purple, and pale green with ruffled petals.  Like most fancy flowers, it's expensive, and also sadly out of stock already.  But daaaamn.  I am so tempted to put that in the yards of my lesbian characters.  Dale and Kelly would love it.  Fortressa probably would too, and imagine that greasemonkey lair of theirs with frilly purple flowers  by the door.  LOL

Technoshamanic Music

Friday, September 30th, 2016 01:14 am
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This performance is probably the best communion of natural and technomagic shamanism that I've ever seen.  Even I cannot make all of those animal sounds.  Oh, and that's not just "techno beat" music.  Some of those sounds are for spirit and technomagical elementals.  The iron horse toward the end is pretty iconic.  

Homeless in Alaska

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 05:10 pm
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I found this documentary about homelessness in Anchorage, which is one of the worst places in the world to be homeless due to environmental hazards.  They have some social services that try to buffer the dangers, but a lot of people still die.

The first solution to homelessness is simply to put people in homes.  Society needs to guarantee people a place to stay, if it doesn't want them camping out and perhaps freezing to death.  Shelters don't count, and neither does any other kind of monitored living.  Those interventions drive people away from help.  They need their own apartment or house with the same freedoms and dignities as everyone else.

The second main thing the homeless need is income.  That means jobs for those who can work, which is a lot of them; or some kind of public assistance for those who can't work.  This is much cheaper than leaving them on the street to subsist through begging, stealing, or emergency services.

The third thing they need is resources.  That includes everything from supplies to health care.  Most homeless aid focuses on very small, short-term things like food or emergency medical care.  That might keep people from dying right in front of you but it does not solve the problem.  You have to make it possible for them to build up the components of a healthy life.

And you have to do all this in ways that the homeless population will find attractive because it meets their needs, and not shy away from due to strings attached.  People don't risk death from exposure for no reason.  If they're sleeping in the snow, it is because there are not enough shelters and/or those places are literally worse than death.

It's something I write about, periodically, because some of my characters are homeless.  Danso and his family were homeless for months.  Turq has been on the street even longer, and it's hard for him to accept help even when the offerings are safe and not judgmental.  So I keep an eye out for ways to address these kinds of problems.  How do you meet the emergency needs, how do you give people a route back into society, how do you get people back into homes, and especially how do you fix the root causes that drive people into homelessness in the first place?  Solutions exist, a few places are using them, but most just can't be arsed.

Thursday's Yardening

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 03:52 pm
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Today I planted 10 Minnow Daffodils around the witch hazel bush near the driveway.  These are small white daffodils with yellow trumpets.

Earlier I saw a squirrel with a nut in his mouth, running around trying to find a place to plant it.  That was adorable.  We got a little rain last night, so the ground is slightly softer today but not by much. 

Round two: I planted 10 Grecian Windflowers in the wildflower garden.

We are likely to get more rain tonight, so that's promising for soil texture.

October Patreon Theme Poll!

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 11:20 am
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It's that time again!

Time to decide what my Patreon theme will be for October; time to cast your vote and make it count.

It's time to look at spooks and creepy people, monsters and fairies, costumes and false faces. It's time to dig into your urban legend stock and decide exactly how spooky you want your Hallowe'en to be.

My Patreon is here. Every month I post:
1 free short-short story
1 locked short-short story
1 locked long short story

We're just $3 from getting back to the Serial Story milestone, where poor Nimbus has been stuck in the middle of a deadly plant for months! And a $5 pledge will let you prompt in all the prompt calls....

Vote now, pledge if you can, read either way. 🎃

Poll #17680 October Patreon Theme Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6

What should the October 2016 Patreon Theme be?

View Answers

Things Unspoken (Setting)
2 (33.3%)

Faerie Apocalypse (Setting)
3 (50.0%)

Inner Circle (Setting)
0 (0.0%)

The Aunt Family (Setting)
4 (66.7%)

Aerax (Setting)
0 (0.0%)

Spooks and Haunts (Motif)
2 (33.3%)

False Faces and Disguises (Motif)
1 (16.7%)

Hurt/Comfort (motif)
0 (0.0%)

Transformation and Change (motif)
2 (33.3%)

Demifiction (type) (non-fiction in fictional settings)
0 (0.0%)

If you don't have a DW account, feel free to vote in the comments.

LadiesBingo: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics - Genique et al

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 09:38 am
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Written for my [community profile] ladiesbingo card and my Second Finish-It Bingo Card for [community profile] allbingo. Genique is the title character of my Space Accountant setting.

Background: Genique just wanted to go on a nice cruise. She never anticipated being kidnapped by pirates... and when that happened, she never really expected to become their accountant. Now that she is, though, she's going to do a good job as a matter of course.

Read more... )
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Part I
Part Ia
Part II
Part III
Chapters 7 & 8
Chapter 9 & 10
Chapters 11 & 12
Chapters 13 & 14
Cahapter 15 & 16

Sixteen: The Introduction, Part 2

“We’re too old for this place,” Sophie commented at the door. “You know that, don’t you?” She checked her lipstick in her compact.
Read more... )


Thursday, September 29th, 2016 04:55 am
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 Amazingly, if you abuse people, they tend to leave.

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 07:01 pm
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Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.


Signal-boosting much appreciated!

Wednesday Yardening

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 05:03 pm
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Today I planted five Showinner tulips.  There's no photo online, but the label says they are red tulips that bloom in early spring.

I was planning to put out the Minnow daffodils too, but the ground is hard and dry.  As we have several chances for rain later in the week, I'm hoping some of that will materialize to soften the soil. 

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