Showcasing... "prompt" call

Friday, October 21st, 2016 11:57 am
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I need... a 1000-word story idea that showcases one of my settings. Any setting. Except Unicorns.

Pick a setting, give me an idea?

They might all get written, eventually.

"Not what I Expected" a story-like-thing of Addergoole

Friday, October 21st, 2016 10:57 am
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This fic is set a couple years into Yoshi's attendance at Addergoole (Yoshi being Cynara's oldest son; Ruki/Sigruko mentioned below is Leo's older daughter, by Aelfgifu). I'm not 100% happy with Regine's voice in this, but I wrote this for fun, so... here's Regine losing an argument.

"I did not anticipate this." Regine glared at the notes in front of her as if they were personally responsible for her current predicament.

"You should have." Laurel Valerian was pulling no punches today. "It's what you wanted, after all."

"This - this violence is not what I wanted!" Regine frowned at the notes again. They'd had no fewer than four instances where students had come far too close to being expelled - and in one case, the only reason that nobody had been expelled had been that the boy hadn't been trying to kill anyone. He'd left them hung upside-down in full view of a camera, but the story his victim was telling was that the boy had held a knife to their throat and whispered "If I wanted you dead, you'd be gone."

The other instances, Luke, Agmund, or Shou had caught before it had turned into murder. That one, nobody had noticed until it was done - and that worried Regine.
Read more... )

Other students mentioned:
Adorlee is Magnolia's oldest, by Mike. Mags lives at the Ranch, with Boom (mostly with Howard), raising her children and Shiva's (Shiva vanished in the war) (Shiva is also Magnolia's half-sister, and her crew).

Eryk is Shiva's oldest son (by Ty).

Kishmish is Shiva's youngest daughter (by Nikita)

Viðrou is Cynara's and Leo's son, the second child for both of them.

cy'ree is "my students, those I Mentor."

sh' is "daughter of the mother." Yes. Mother.

Think that's everyone.
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“He’s your cousin.” Karen’s mother made the word sound positively scandalous.

“It’s not as if he’s my first cousin or something,” Karen countered tiredly. She’d already had this conversation with a sister, two cousins, and her mother’s aunt Betty. “To find a common ancestor — and only one of them, I might add - you have to go back up two family splits to a great-grandmother who married three times. Gerry down the street is more related to me than that.”

“But…” Her mother made a distressed noise. “You’re not supposed to… supposed to…”

read on...

Today's DailyOM Offerings...

NSFW Thursday, October 20th, 2016 04:14 pm
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Manipulative Dolphins

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 05:09 pm
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Dolphins have figured out how to get more fish from trainers

Amusingly, I have used the trash-ripping trick to minimize the amount of slave labor done when teachers or camp counselors decided they could use students instead of paying a groundskeeper.  Yes, the history of slavery and its techniques of resistance are tremendously useful in modern life.
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Find Chapter 1 here
Chapter 2 is here
Chapter 3 is here
Chapter 4 is here
Chapter 5 is here
Chapter 6 is here
Chapter 7 is here.
Chapter 8: here
Chapter 9: here

Read more... )

Next bit will be R-rated. I'll put it aside in its own chapter for those that prefer not to read the smexy stuff.

Poem: "Building Castles"

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 10:35 pm
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This poem came out of the October 18, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. This poem belongs to the series The 50 Poetic States, which is a manuscript in progress rather than an entry on my Serial Poetry page.

"Building Castles"

North Carolina is the first in flight, but
it also knows how to get down to Earth.

It's a region of farms and forests
and gorgeous mountains, rich in
the history of famous people and
their unparalleled, extravagant tastes.

The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina is
the largest privately owned home in America,
built by George Washington Vanderbilt II and
still owned by one of his descendants.

The Blue Ridge Mountains rise above it
to ground the Châteauesque mansion
firmly in the fertile earth, their creeks
feeding into the vineyards that coat
the sleek green slopes of the estate.

Look up, look down, and see
the union of these opposites
unfolding all around you.

It's about building castles,
not in the sky,

but right here on Earth.

* * *


North Carolina is the home of the Biltmore Estate, which you can visit here.  The Châteauesque mansion is surrounded by vineyards.

Dear Yuletide Author, Random Note of the Day

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 10:50 pm
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context: "Oh wow, Wednesday night parkour class is *amazing*"

Lovely Yuletide author, are you into any movement practices? Anything to do with how different people move differently through space - all those little nuances of pace and rhythm and posture - is totally my jam right now. Akata Witch has some of this foregrounded with Sunny, who shifts into classic dance movement when she summons her spirit face, and goodness, Mars, whole different baseline for gravity right there. (If people getting off ships have sea legs, would people getting off spaceships have cramped-from-too-little-space legs? Heh.) Bren Cameron in the Foreigner series tends to notice subtler movements, particularly Guild and staff - there's a great description from his POV of Algini unusually resplendent and quietly satisfied pacing into the room at one point, which never actually references cats but brings that kind of lithe 'little /emperor without a realm, /conquistador without a country, /smallest tiger in the salon' entrance instantly to mind. Pumzi's weird interesting communication stuff with very little direct speech voiced (I'd have to check to be sure, but it may even be that all the speech is computer-generated/computer-filtered?) tends to magnify the unspoken speech of body language; I could see Asha or Binti's POV being very attuned to body movement, and tending toward kind of extra explicit body movement you see actors do in old silent films where people are trying to speak with as much nuance and clarity as they can without any words.

Donald Trump's Campaign

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 09:08 pm
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Put down anything you're holding.  Make sure you don't have anything in your mouth.

Now: Donald Trump's campaign, in two words and a photo

In case you're not familiar with the species.  So. Very. Apt.

Random Conlang: "Thanks" in Calenyen

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 09:49 pm
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Okay, so, because of reasons, I want to have an idiomatic "thank you" for Calenyen.

And, because thank you is such a loaded concept, I wanted it to mean, essentially, "good shot."

Like, the thing you say when your buddy just caught the enemy/the giant cat that was about to kill you with a well-aimed spear. It's a thanks for assistance, without acknowledging debt owed.

So we have "shot" in the sense of an aimed attack with a distance weapon: vettu

And then we have good, a modifier meaning skilled and accurate: -one (like the end of loan)

Vettutone, "good shot": "Thanks for the assist."

Read "Reparative Actions" by Siliconshaman

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 07:59 pm
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[personal profile] siliconshaman[personal profile] siliconshaman has launched "Reparative Actions," a followup to "Blight." Special agent Daniel Kincaid arrives in Easy City and finds that things are a bit of a jumble right now.

Today's Trip

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 07:54 pm
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We went out running errands today.  We picked up a jug of apple cider and a new cultivar of acorn squash at the orchard south of us.  A lady there recommended a barbecue restaurant that turned out to be scrumptious.  Later on, we found some flannel shirts and polos at bargain prices.  \o/  And I got a bag of 50 purple grape hyacinths and a bag of 50 mixed crocus on sale. Thanks to the various folks who suggested that I do more naturalizing. 

It's been raining off and on all day, and probably will tomorrow.  We can use the rain, and it'll help make the ground soft enough to dig, which is important because I'll be hacking through grass to plant these bulbs.

And the lightbulb goes on…

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 05:14 pm
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So, I have been dragging all week. Brain foggy, body tired, zero creativity. I’ve been really worried that I’m getting sick (Jack was sick last week), but I haven’t had any of the symptoms of a cold. Then earlier today, I glanced at the digital thermometer on my electric tea kettle: 87 degrees.

After weeks in the seventies and then the sixties all last week, I had changed my office and sleeping area from summer mode to winter mode… right in time for a mid-October heat wave, apparently. My temperature regulation issues make me very susceptible to heat, but not very susceptible to noticing it.

Luckily I had not removed the AC from the window, so the office is cooling down to a usable state as we speak. When my brain cools down a bit, I’m going to figure out how to set up an automated alert for days where the high is 80 degrees or above, because this is not an unusual event for me.

Originally published at Blue Author Is About To Write.

H/C bingo cheat

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 01:34 pm
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For reference (I made my own >.>)

Card inside the cut )

Hard Things

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 01:42 pm
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently?
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Since I Finished a Bingo in Ladies' Bingo...

Now Taking Suggestions for [community profile] hc_bingo!

Suggestions can either be a generic prompt like "Bites, okay, what about an animal attack in Fae Apoc... a /wyvern/ attack?" or specific like "Restrained: Amrit and Mieve."

(Except not those two because nyaaah)

My hc_bingo card )

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