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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Aug. 19th, 2017 06:05 pm)
This poem is from the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "family portraits" square in my 7-1-16 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Scrivener session target

Here's my progress (and adjusted goal - down to 250K from 1 billion) for Consigned to Oblivion. I finally finished the rough draft of the next chapter today, so there should be a new one going up sometime soon... depending on how painful the editing is.

I'm slightly horrified to be inching closer to 50K with Miroku and Sango still enemies. This could end up being ridiculously long.

Apparently after A Divine Conspiracy, that's my thing. Sigh.
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Aug. 19th, 2017 04:50 pm)
Today is mostly sunny and hot.  :P  We picked up three piles of grass, and I filled the trolley with sticks to dump in the firepit.

Lots of butterflies out, though, and bees.  Yay bumblebees, boo sweat bees. 
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Aug. 19th, 2017 03:12 pm)
This is the freebie for the August [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "hobbies" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest.


"As Couples As Possible"


A dancer fell in love
with a mathematician,

their affection stymied by
his love of all things body,
her love of all things brain,

until they discovered
square dancing.

* * *

Notes:

"As couples as possible" -- Work as a couple whenever possible. Re-evaluate the formation after each part of the call.
-- Square Dance Dictionary

Dance is a popular form of artistic exercise.  Geometry is the mathematics of shape.  Put them together and you get the math of square dance.

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([personal profile] badly_knitted Aug. 19th, 2017 05:48 pm)
 




Title: Holding On To Dreams
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: JJ, Dee, Ryo.
Rating: PG
Setting: Sometime during the manga.
Summary: JJ has loved Dee for so long that he can’t bring himself to give up the dream of one day winning his heart.
Word Count: 362
Written For: My own prompt ‘FAKE, JJ, He'd give his life for Dee if he'd just ask,’ at [community profile] fic_promptly.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.




Holding On To Dreams... )
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([personal profile] badly_knitted Aug. 19th, 2017 05:33 pm)
 




Title: The Massacre
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Jack Harkness.
Rating: PG
Written For: Challenge 174: First Doctor Titles at [community profile] dw100.
Spoilers: Army of Ghosts/Doomsday, through Torchwood’s eyes.
Summary: Jack arrives at Torchwood Tower and views the destruction.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Doctor Who, or the characters.




The Massacre... )
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([personal profile] badly_knitted Aug. 19th, 2017 05:22 pm)
 


Title: Team Torchwood
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Jack, Ianto, Tosh, Owen, Gwen.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 461: Report/Reporter at [community profile] tw100.
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Team Torchwood are on an important mission.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.




Team Torchwood... )
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Aug. 19th, 2017 04:11 am)
The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Moving the Body."


What I Have Written

"As Couples as Possible" is today's freebie.


From My Prompts

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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Aug. 18th, 2017 05:05 pm)
This poem came out of the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.

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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Aug. 18th, 2017 04:27 pm)
So this happened

The same principle behind this leads to this and this.

I told you so.  I have been saying and saying that when a society starts pulling down statues, it tends to mushroom, because people get it in their heads they can destroy all the art they dislike.  Sure it's tempting.  Everybody loves to pull down something they hate and stomp on it.  That's very gratifying.  But it's a bad idea because it destroys the past and then nobody has nice things for a long time.  It also sucks when other people pull down stuff that YOU like just because THEY don't, and there is probably not one piece of art on the planet which is liked by everyone.  

Seriously, people, stop doing this shit.  Unpopular art can be moved to a place where it won't annoy folks, but destroying it is counter-civilization.
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Aug. 18th, 2017 03:31 pm)
This poem came out of the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.


"Lycoris"


In spring, the strappy green leaves
emerge from the fertile earth
but bring no blossoms.

The leaves turn yellow,
then brown, and fade away.

In summer, surprise!

A sudden resurrection
out of the dry bare ground
raises flower stalks like magic,
pink lilies spreading themselves
in the sun like naked ladies.

* * *

Notes:

Lycoris is a type of lily with many different names including resurrection lily, surprise lily, and naked ladies.  Both my parents and I have these, and they're beautiful flowers.

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([personal profile] badly_knitted Aug. 18th, 2017 06:42 pm)
 




Title: In The Pink
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Dee, OC, mentions Ryo and Bikky.
Rating: PG
Setting: After Vol. 7.
Summary: Overtired from overtime, Dee only wants to get to bed, but his day isn’t over yet. He still has to prepare for tomorrow…
Word Count: 1880
Written For: Challenge 53: Pink at beattheblackdog.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.




In The Pink... )
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([personal profile] badly_knitted Aug. 18th, 2017 06:28 pm)
 




Title: Of Satin And Lace
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Jack, Ianto, mentions Alice, Lucia, Lisa, Steven, Mickey, and Tosh.
Rating: G
Spoilers: CoE for characters only.
Summary: Jack finds forgotten memories packed away as he and Ianto move into their new home.
Word Count: 1081
Written For: Challenge 30 – Delicate at beattheblackdog.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.




Of Satin And Lace... )
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([personal profile] rosabelle Aug. 18th, 2017 03:45 am)
I mean, yes, there are twenty plus lotions scattered around but that just means there's always one in reach and that means my elbows look like skin again.

(Twenty trash cans would probably not go amiss, but.)
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([personal profile] rosabelle Aug. 18th, 2017 03:38 am)
I feel like the older I get, the more I understand and the less I know. If that makes any sense, which [personal profile] starlit_purple said it didn't but I don't know yet how else to explain. But it's not only that I feel this way, it's that I feel okay with this.

Like. At eighteen, it was so important to have answers and labels and direction, and now all my labels are "ehhhhhh" and I have more questions than answers, and this feels like a good thing.
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([personal profile] starandrea Aug. 18th, 2017 01:28 am)
1) mesh running shirts
2) sports bras with pockets
3) watermelon
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Aug. 17th, 2017 11:13 pm)
We went up to Champaign today with family.  Mild weather, nice day for an outing.  :D

World Harvest keeps improving their stock of tea and spices.  \o/  Regrettably the cumin and ginger bottles don't fit in our spice rack. >_<  But I found some other stuff I haven't seen in a while so I'm happy.  Also the food selection on the Strawberry Fields side is improving.  The beef pie is a tasty little thing.



My partner Doug and I tried the gansito split at El Oasis. Gansito is a Mexican junk food similar to a chocolate-covered twinkie. I imagine it would be awful by itself, but is quite good with ice cream, either mixed in or like this, split with several scoops of ice cream in between.  Chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla topped with whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry.  <3

Barnes & Noble continues to grow more annoying.  Twice I had someone stop and ask if I needed help finding anything.  Well no, you already broke the bookstore, so you can't fix that.  I need to browse by looking at a batch of similar things arranged by topic.  Now that you have dispersed the new books among the old books, this is impossible, unless you want to go hand-sort the new ones for me.  The cookbooks are splodged together, some by topic, others by author or title.  So instead of having all the special diet books together, organized by name of their theme, which would be easy to browse, they're all scattered over a couple of bookcases.  Someone actually asked me if I knew the titles I wanted.  Well if I knew the titles, I'd be able to find them myself! It was yet another damning example of how the store is catering not to bookworms, but to people who don't usually go into bookstores.  I guess they've been hyping electronics often enough that they're getting a lot of traffic that can't even find a help desk.  0_o  It's gotten to where just being asked is an irritant, another reminder that I'm no longer their target audience.  Jesus, lady, I was helping shelve library books when I was four.  >_<  I did find a couple of books to buy, but it's not fun like it used to be.  Bah.

At Wal-Mart I found a new pair of shorts.  Things that make me ridiculously happy: garments made of that silky, ventilated fabric that's almost never used on girl clothes, only guy clothes.  These shorts are lined and have contrasting trim around the edges.  I first got gray with pink trim to go with some tie-dye shirts I bought.  Then I got the turquoise with white and tonight the black with white.  I wanted the cobalt blue, but so far everyone's been out of that in my size.  I'd be happier if these had pockets, but I like the fabric enough to tolerate the lack.  They're really comfortable and really, really genderfucking awesome.  :D
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Aug. 17th, 2017 10:38 pm)
Everyone's all in a lather about the mess in Charlottesville.  I generally prefer to sidle around the attack and then counterattack directly at the opponent's fundamental goals. In this case, they want to promote racism and violence. So I can undermine their efforts by promoting:

Conversational Skills
http://www.sandbox-learning.com/Default.asp?Page=152
http://www.wikihow.com/Improve-Social-Skills

Tolerance
http://www.mmsa.info/sites/default/files/downloads/pages/Tolerance.pdf (teaching)
http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Tolerant-of-Others

Diversity
http://diversity.appstate.edu/celebration/why/
https://www.uww.edu/learn/aboutdiversity/approachdiversity
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/241553

Nonviolence
https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/listen-carefully-think-first-respect-everyone/
https://www.k-state.edu/nonviolence/Season/64ways.html

African-American Poetry
My favorites include Maya Angelou, Robert Hayden, Alice Walker, Langston Hughes, and Phillis Wheatley.
http://www.theroot.com/20-black-poets-you-should-know-and-love-1790868612
http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets_african_american.html

If you want to poke a bigot in the eye, you can go shopping for things made by black writers or crafters, or you can buy multicultural-themed material from any author.  I've got a fluffy family dinner with multiple ethnicities in "Dinner at Donnie's" ($171) in Danso and Family.

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