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May. 4th, 2016 10:51 pm
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Because though she was going to try... the teacher from the class where she'd been put in the middle of Noisy Boys got copied on the email to her case manager and decided it would be a great idea to accost my kid before school started and gripe at her about how she should have told him, and how he wasn't absent-minded because he didn't remember her ever calling him on his absent-mindedness, and stuff.

So she messaged me -- we were about 5 minutes from home by then, having dropped her off -- and I suggested she see if her case manager was available, and by the time we got home (after a side-trip to sit in a nearby parking lot for a few minutes to see if we were going to get immediate summons...), the message was that Mrs. L asked if we could come get kid, so we did.

At least I got to go back to sleep after all that. -_-

You know what makes parenting an autistic kid hard? NEUROTYPICALS who can't use their oh-so-normal brains to figure out how to talk to kids on the spectrum! AUGH.

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     I look around but can't make out the Captain, at first, and then the datapad is snatched rudely from my hand.
     Without anyone standing within reach.
     Fifteen steps ahead an ominous black figure is scanning through the datapad, finds it obviously not quite what he expected and turns to look at me.

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FODMAP-safe-ish potato-leek soup

May. 4th, 2016 05:54 pm
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This...turned out really nice. And for those who don't know, most vegetable broths do not work well with low-FODMAP (celery is a minor issue, garlic and onion a bigger one), and the white part of leeks is also a no-go. (Which also makes this thing a lovely mid-green, more pea-soup in appearance than potato-leek.)

1/4 cup? olive oil, divided*
2 cups chopped leek parts (dark green leaves only)**
5-3/4 cup water and some salt, and a little bit of garlic-infused olive oil (1/2 tsp?)***
2 pounds potatoes, cut in cubes****
3/8 tsp cayenne pepper*****
some salt

Get your pot, put it over medium heat. When it's heated up, add some of the oil and the leek parts. Cook until they're tender, you're bored, or both - about ten minutes. Add oil as needed.

Pour in the water mix and add the potatoes. Bring it back to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and let simmer for about 25 minutes. (I actually arguably boiled it for 20 of those minutes, because hi, not paying enough attention. Worked fine. Anecdotally.)

Put mix in blender and puree until fine; you don't want to fill the blender more than about half full, so this will take more than one cycle. Once it's all pureed, stir the cayenne pepper and additional salt in, tasting as you go and adjusting as needed. Make sure you stir well.

Careful with this one. It's a lovely, mild potato taste with just a little bit of onion/leek flavor to it. It's really very mild and calm. And just as you're realizing that it's friendly and tasty, the after-burners kick in. It's _nothing_ like a serious pepper and it won't threaten your taste buds' existence. But it can and probably will startle you. (I warned Scott and it still startled him. This soup has a serious second personality.)

* I didn't bother to measure this. I just put some in, and added when it seemed to need it.

** Just shy of two leeks in the case of the ones I had; if FODMAPs is not a concern, substitute two leeks here, it's easier.

*** Probably 1-2 tsp salt, but I just dropped it in. If FODMAPs aren't a concern, use 4 cups of vegetable broth and 1-3/4 cup water.

**** I left the skin on, and it worked fine.

***** I will be doing 1/4 tsp at most next time. Uff da. But I am a wimp.

as the misogyny wave spreads

May. 4th, 2016 02:14 pm
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Well, here we go - in response to a Seattle City Council vote against vacating a public street for a possible basketball arena, a wave of harassment and threats against all the women on the Council. The letters from the attorney are particularly vicious, but the open and violent misogyny is the common thread to all.


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A Storm of Work and Play (part 2 of 2)
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 2 (complete)
word count (story only): 1453

Warnings: None. Meant to be fluffy. “Aggressive” play is NOT meant to injure anyone, and the age-range involved means everyone is very alert. These guys are WAY tougher than Bil, for example.

:: This is part of the “Storm” series, taking place some weeks after “Inner Storm,” and a week or so before “Hidden Storm.” Bil has begun learning names, and routines, and is slowly finding a niche in the community. ::

:: Author's Second note: I thought I had posted this, but I cannot find it anywhere! Today's a good day to correct that, but I apologize for the out-of-order sequencing. ::

Back to Part One
To the Index

Eax raised his walking stick, and all eight spheres hurtled toward someone in the massing, darting crowd.



Soaring spirals of laughter and words in a play-fighting tone that Bil couldn't possibly parse among the din.

The first thing he noticed was that the two large balls were only caught and thrown with work-hands. Followed immediately by the realization that body-shots were allowed, even as Pir, a girl barely older than Lor and Lyr, was knocked half off her feet as she caught one of the large balls against her middle, holding her thought-hands high to show she hadn't touched it accidentally. “Hurt?” Bil asked Lyr. He could have shouted and not disturbed the play-riot in front of them.

“No,” Lyr assured, shaking his head. “Just… big.” He pointed to the smaller balls. “Thought-hands only. No ground.” Shrugging, he mimed dropping something, then picking it up.
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A Storm of Work and Play (part 1 of 2)
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 2 (complete)
word count (story only): 1044

Warnings: None. Meant to be fluffy. “Aggressive” play is NOT meant to injure anyone, and the age-range involved means everyone is very alert. These guys are WAY tougher than Bil, for example.

:: This is part of the “Storm” series, taking place some weeks after “Inner Storm,” and a week or so before “Hidden Storm.” Bil has begun learning names, and routines, and is slowly finding a niche in the community. ::

:: Author's Second note: I thought I had posted this, but I cannot find it anywhere! Today's a good day to correct that, but I apologize for the out-of-order sequencing. ::

On to Part Two
To the Index
Thanks for reading!

It wasn't even light out when Von poked Bil in the side. Twice. With a cold, cold stick. Bil groaned, and tried to burrow deeper under the sleeping furs. “Eax wants help,” Von insisted, speaking slowly and carefully. “Now, Bil.”

Grumbling, one hand pressing over his eyes to block out even the dim light Von carried, Bil made a last-ditch effort to go back to sleep. “Dark! Sleeeeeeeeep,” he half-pleaded.

“Eax wants YOUR help, little brother.” With that pronouncement, and a definitely audible, most obviously EVIL chuckle, Von pulled the top sleeping-fur off Bil.
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Poetry fishbowl open!

May. 3rd, 2016 10:23 pm
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ysabetwordsmith | Poetry Fishbowl Open!

Go feed the fishies.

Terrible day for kid

May. 3rd, 2016 11:24 pm
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As she tweeted, break-ups are terrible. Even relatively low-drama ones. So the whole day has been terrible. *sigh*

I was running on about 4 hours and 53 minutes of sleep (according to fitbit) for most of the day, and have gotten up to... not over 7, with a nap.


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“Someone’s renting out the bar for a private party. And that someone is… The Artist… formerly… known… as… Prince.”
-- (A "retweeted" tumblr post; includes a playlist)

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Signal Boost: Poetry Fishbowl Live!

May. 3rd, 2016 10:01 pm
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The poetry fishbowl of [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith  is live. Check it out here for info and the space to leave prompts. Please check it out - it's a lot of fun. The theme is "schooling vs education."

And we have a linkback poem 
"Mipnei Tikkun Ha'olam"
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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing and LJ user Rix_scaedu. It also fills the "mentors" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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Poetry Fishbowl Open!

May. 3rd, 2016 12:41 pm
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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and attention.  Keep an eye on this post, as I'm still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "schooling vs. education."  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

Click to read the linkback poem  "Mipnei Tikkun Ha'olam"  (15 verses, Clay of Life).

What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "schooling vs. education."  I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.

Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.

2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.  There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.

3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem.  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted.  "Mipnei Tikkun Ha'olam"  belongs to the series Clay of Life and has 15 verses available.  

Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

5) If donations total $100 by Friday evening then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl.  These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size.  If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three months in a row.  Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day.  If donations reach $300, there will be a half-price sale in one series.

Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "schooling vs. education."  I'll be soliciting ideas for teachers, students, autodidacts, activists, experts, novices, education coaches for independent learners, people who design educational systems, librarians, coaches, presenters who teach what they know in a freestyle context, parents and grandparents, club leaders, role models, teaching, learning, asking questions, looking up answers, choosing a topic, making a lesson plan, reading, writing, learning by doing, making mistakes and learning from them, challenging assumptions, public schools, private schools, alternative school systems such as Montessori or Waldorf, universities, libraries, bookstores, coffeehouses and ice cream parlors, community centers, gymnasiums, parks, playgrounds, zoos, museums, exploratorium museums, cultural centers, historic sites, learning modes, different types of intelligence, life lessons, activity clubs, sensory toys, educational toys, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have The New Book of Forms by Lewis Turco which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "Mipnei Tikkun Ha'olam.")  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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Due to reasons, I’m scanning my old science fiction club’s old newsletters, and one of them mentioned a series called Captain Z-Ro, which the editor watched as a kid, and nobody else seemed to remember existing.

Thank you, Internet Archive.

This is the hard stuff. I am serious, this is kind of amazing. Not good, don’t get that idea, but… wow.

Captain Zero’s Laboratory

Captain Zero in his lab. Golly!

See also: Colonel Bleep. I kind of unironically like some of the design in Colonel Bleep but wow it’s not good either. XD But at the same time, they’re both swimming in that weird retro cliche charm. If Sparks Nevada, Marshall on Mars had actually been a period TV show, it would’ve looked kind of like this.

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And yet again

May. 2nd, 2016 11:09 pm
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The American Family Association, an anti-queer hate group, on the "bathroom panic" they've been helping raise against letting transgendered people use washrooms appropriate to their gender identity: "we've already had people testing this, going into Targets, and men going into bathrooms, there is absolutely no barrier"

Once again: every part of this is an active construction by the fundamentalist right. Every single part of it. And one of the goals is to intimidate women and police femininity - as well as boost fundamentalist voter turnout in November, of course.

There are still zero documented cases of transgendered people misbehaving in washrooms; there have still been more cases of Republican Senators doing so, and far more cases of Republican officeholders in a general sense; there is now an absolute wave of intentional, political intimidation of women in washrooms, by the fundamentalist movement, to create panic towards and violence against transgendered people.
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These are the kinds of people for whom near earth orbit objects are made.

I mean, I'm not a Burning Man person? But a Burning Man for the 1% - and I'm not making that up, they are - just makes me start plotting target solutions, particularly when you get to shit like this - new age prosperity gospel for the delusional messianic masturbators of Silicon Valley:

During a wellness panel on 'Adventure Travel: Journey As Wellness', someone asks the instructor Fabian Piorkowski about privilege.

'We’re so privileged to come to these spiritual places – Further Future, Tulum – but not everyone can,' the audience member says, asking Piorkowski how he should reconcile that.

'It’s all about balance. We are the ones meant to be the air, not the earth,' Piorkowski said. 'So you have this group who can travel. The purpose can never be to enable everyone to travel because that would create imbalance.'

We are the ones meant to be the air, not the earth

These people need a superheated orbital object impact in the worst fuckin' way.

eta: I finally know this reminds me of. It's been nagging at me and I've found it.

At some point in Daria, Daria's mom makes a comment along the lines of, 'yes, I, too, spent the 70s wasting my time coming to superficial revelations on mountaintops.'

I don't remember which episode this is, but that's so very much what this is, only with extra posh on top and in the desert. I can barely stand it. It's amazing.
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There's an old saying that 'climate is what we expect; weather is what we get.'

This is particularly inappropriate in most science fiction settings, and it is one of the details which bothers me enough to throw me out of their entire premise, world-building, or even the climactic battle between good and evil. It's extremely problematic when a story is supposed to be set on an alien world… without even the “Stargate” series' explanations that aliens had taken groups of humans (and livestock, et alia) to colonize other worlds.
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Long Drive Day

May. 2nd, 2016 11:00 pm
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Kid managed school, yay, with not 100% of her time in the pax center, yay!

Note: when you have a kid on the spectrum, don't put their seat in the middle of the "noisy boys." It's sensory-issues hell. (Her case manager has been emailed, we are told.)

Then we did Long Drive Day, with dinner at a restaurant along the way. Jasmine Thai rice, mmmmmm. Nice stuff.

Got turned onto an app that has some theoretical "subliminal noises affect brainwaves for relaxation" stuff, which may be working a little? We can hope? Better sleep for kid would be VERY good.

Havva Quote
Yeah, sure, why not go chase after magical pudding? I've had worse motivations for starting an adventure in rpgs.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

A book list!

May. 2nd, 2016 06:59 pm
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"100 MUST-READ SCI-FI FANTASY NOVELS BY FEMALE AUTHORS" by Nikki Steele, who writes, "Do note that I’ve only listed the first book in any given series."

I think this is a very good list. I have bolded the ones I've read, check-marked the ones I own but haven't read yet, and starred the ones I especially liked. I'm feeling especially hard to please when it comes to fiction these days, and I want to reflect that, so I didn't give out very many stars. I don't mean to suggest the ones I didn't give a star to are bad, just that they didn't get me super-excited.

If you've read any of these authors, I want to hear what you liked by them!

1. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

2. The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia

*3. Among Others by Jo Walton

*4. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

√5. Ancient, Ancient by Kiini Ibura Salaam

√6. The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich

7. Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey

8. Ash by Malinda Lo

9. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

10. The Pyramid Waltz by Barbara Wright

11. Biting the Sun by Tanith Lee

12. The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish

*13. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

√14. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

15. Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

16. Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara

√17. China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh

18. Chorus of Mushrooms by Hiromi Goto

19. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

20. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

21. The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce

22. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

23. Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

24. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

25. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (Didn't finish the series.)

√26. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

27. The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

28. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (Probably her most "important" book but not the one I would have picked as her best or my favorite.)

29. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

30. Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara

31. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

32. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

33. The Etched City by K.J. Bishop

34. The Female Man by Joanna Russ

35. Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg

36. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip (Tried, bounced)

37. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

38. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

39. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

40. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

*41. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

42. The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington

*43. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.

*44. Hild by Nicola Griffith

45. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

46. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

47. The House on the Lagoon by Rosario Ferré

48. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

49. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

50. Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias

51. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

52. The Island of Eternal Love by Daína Chaviano

53. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

54. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

*55. The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin (This duology is excellent but I liked the Inheritance series better.)

56. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

57. Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling

√58. Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

59. The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

*60. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

61. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

62. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi

63. My Christina & Other Stories by Mercè Rodoreda

64. My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due (Haven't read this one. I liked Joplin's Ghost though.)

65. Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin

66. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

67. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

68. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

69. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

*70. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Really like this series.)

71. The Red by Linda Nagata

√72. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

*73. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire (Really like this series.)

74. Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai

75. The Second Mango by Shira Glassman

76. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold (Have read the whole series.)

77. Shikasta by Doris Lessing

78. The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge

79. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (Started, bounced)

80. So Far from God by Ana Castillo

√81. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

*82. Soulless by Gail Carriger (Really like this series.)

83. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

84. The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

85. Spirits of the Ordinary by Kathleen Alcala

86. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

87. A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar (Reading now)

88. Sunshine by Robin McKinley (Have read other good stuff by her.)

89. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

*90. Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

91. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

92. Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff

93. War for the Oaks by Emma Bull

94. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

√95. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

96. Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson

97. Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

98. The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories by Vandana Singh (I've probably read some of the stories in here.)

99. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

100. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
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"... The times are inexpressibly evil. Christians pay conscious, indeed religious tribute, to Caesar and Mars; by the approval of overkill tactics, by brinkmanship, by nuclear liturgies, by racism, by support of genocide. They embrace their society with all their heart, and abandon the cross. They pay lip service to Christ and military service to the powers of death. And yet, and yet, the times are inexhaustibly good, solaced by the courage and hope of many. The truth rules, Christ is not forsaken.

In a time of death, some men—the resisters, those who work hardily for social change, those who preach and embrace the unpalatable truth—such men overcome death, their lives are bathed in the light of the resurrection, the truth has set them free. In the jaws of death, of contumely, of good and ill report, they proclaim their love of the brethren. We think of such men, in the world, in our nation, in the churches; and the stone in our breast is dissolved; we take heart once more."
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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted "Cards on the Table" which shows Adalina and Ashley talking about recent events, trying to work out their relationship within the team. 

Call for Volunteers

May. 2nd, 2016 03:55 pm
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I need more help with the recordkeeping side of my writing.  A lot of it is stuff that only I can do, but it's possible for other people to do some of the Weebly website updates, which saves me time that I can then use to write more goodies.  What I need most is help making the new entries for freshly written poems, particularly in Polychrome Heroics, but if there's another series you adore and would like to manage, that's useful too.

The basic payoff for this is that you get to see all the new stuff for whatever you are managing, even if it hasn't been published yet.  That's about a chapbook's worth of goodies per month.  If you want some other perk like getting extra poetry printed, I'm open to discussing that.

Who's interested?

Monday Yardening

May. 2nd, 2016 03:39 pm
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Today we picked up sticks from the patio and along the sidewalk, so that leaves may be raked up later. 

EDIT: Second round of yardening, I planted two black hollyhocks under the utility pole.

Third round of yardening, I pulled weeds from the raspberry patch in the ritual meadow.

The problematical author

May. 2nd, 2016 04:15 pm
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There is an uncomfortable truth that most worthwhile books were written by people who held ideas that are at odds with current views. One obvious case is Charles Darwin, whose Origin of Species is undoubtedly one of the greatest pieces of scholarship in human history, but who also held ideas about race and society which shock the sensibilities of the present day.

In the sciences, we've learned to separate the good work from the flawed ideas. Watson and Crick will always be acknowledged for their work with DNA (even as many of us also point out the critical contribution of Rosalind Franklin) while their unfortunate pronouncements on topics such as obesity, homosexuality, and religion remind us that even the most brilliant minds are still products of the societies from which they come.

I'm currently reading Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 chapters by Matt Ridley. My previous acquaintance with Ridley has been as a climate change skeptic, and because of that I hesitated to read his book about genetics. But as I near the end of it, I have to confess I've found very little to quibble with, and nothing at all concerning his subject matter of biology and genetics. It is a bit dated now, having originally been published in 1999 before the human genome was sequenced, and updated in 2006, but it is still very, very good.

I recommend it to anyone interested in genetics and/or good science writing.
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Had good fun at the small but enthusiastic Rainbowcon I over the weekend; met a bunch of new people; Annie and Tim Walker and Dave Clement (the GoHs) are all really nice, and I may have recruited Tim into a bit of fan music silliness I started at one point and have been wanting to finish for a while. (He can play horns.)

There were workshops and lots of playing sessions and more workshops and also we did a whole set of songs about dead animals for some reason.

Why are there so many / songs about corpses?
Why did they all have to die?
Was it the bullets? / Or maybe a comet?
What was that thing in the sky?

Rainbowcon II has been confirmed, with GoH announcements on Saturday night: April 28-30, 2017, Seattle; GoHs Alexa Klettner (Germany), and Trickster & King (Ada Palmer and Lauren Schiller, together the band Sassafras). Details here.

Front row, L to R: Dave Clement, Annie Walker, Tim Walker, Rainbowcon I GoHs, in workshop

Mirrored from Crime and the Blog of Evil. Come check out our music at:
Bandcamp (full album streaming) | Videos | iTunes | Amazon | CD Baby

Klingon as a Living Language

May. 2nd, 2016 03:13 am
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Some linguists rendered a legal brief in Klingon. Okay, that's cool. But then I saw this and cracked up laughing:

a California nonprofit devoted to supporting "constructed languages" — is trying to convince a court that the alien language from "Star Trek" is a real, "living" form of communication.

Guys, it's a pidgin now and has been for, gosh, probably more than a decade by this time. It didn't take long to become a household language. Over in Europe it's customary for people to learn multiple languages, and the home language is whatever two people have in common. For several couples that was Klingon, and so their kids learned it as a native language. Well, anything that's spoken live by native speakers counts as a real language. It's a pidgin, technically, because it's "borrowed" from elsewhere so kids aren't learning it from older native speakers. It's going to have carryover from English (or French, Italian, etc.) and will take a while for that to rub off. But all they really need to prove the case is convince a native speaker of Klingon to show up. Which would be awesome.

CBS and Paramount have sued, alleging that the unlicensed use of Klingon amounts to copyright infringement.

*headdesk* You cannot copyright a LANGUAGE. It is words. It is not an arrangement of specific words which is what can be copyrighted. It is not a logo or a trademark. You can copyright The Klingon Dictionary but not the language itself.  A movie is pretty obviously not a dictionary.  You also cannot copyright plain words. TSR tried copyrighting "dragon" once and lost. Words belong to everyone. You can only copyright what you do with the words.

"There would be great danger to allowing the copyright power to extend to prevent others from speaking a language," Duan wrote in a blog post Thursday.

Thank you brain-having person for pointing out the gigantic clusterfuck that would ensue from all the native peoples and their conquerors simultaneously trying to copyright the same languages.  Coyote would have so much to do, he'd have to invite all his Trickster friends from every pantheon just to cover all of that.  0_o

Finish It Bingo Cards 5-1-16

May. 1st, 2016 11:16 pm
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The Finish It Bingo fest is running for TWO months on [community profile] allbingo, from May 1-June 30.  This is all about finishing things that are partially written or exist only as fragmentary notes.  (If you start, stop, and then restart something during the fest period that also counts.)  I made two cards, one for partials and one for notes.  I thought I had more partials than this, so if you remember any I've shown you, feel free to remind me.  Also, the center square is supposed to be a freebie that you get for making the card. :D  See all my 2016 bingo cards.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

Incomplete Pieces

"Coming in from the Cold: Tuesday""Rematch"
"All the Difference""Whirled Pieces"

Pieces from Notes

Cuoio takes Salvo dress shoppingfarm lottery in Frankenstein's villagegrassland meeting destroyed by dragons
Mr. Grenade and Hadyn practicingMade This CardShahana and Ari
"Clair de Lune"Eofor capitol destroyed by IngeldHachi capitol destroyed by Utsusemi

Supermanny Versus Superman

May. 1st, 2016 10:59 pm
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DC made a tiny ripple in the Midwest news cycle recently. Their lawyers are protecting a copyright, arguably 'defending' the company's most well-known property: Superman.

What terrible threat faces the Man of Steel?

The mother of a now four-year-old boy named Manny, who has severe Cerebral Palsy, and uses his secret super-power (his imagination) to become “Supermanny.” She wrote a comic book, and published it via Amazon. The problem cropped up in her application for trademark, but details are nearly nonexistent.
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Legitimate Disability

May. 1st, 2016 10:01 pm
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Here's an interesting essay about the hierarchy of disability and how people abuse each other with it. 

I think about this a lot.  I have some distinct limitations, like needing glasses.  But most of mine are obscure, and I have learned that there's rarely any benefit to be had from trying to get other people to acknowledge them.  It is simpler just to wait until the damn thing blows up in their face.  "Well of course your phone died.  I told you that I kill electronics; you handed it to me anyhow; it is now a brick." "I thought it was all in your HEAD!" "That is not my problem."  So I tend not to describe myself as disabled, that being a legal category, but I can easily describe some of the limitations I have.  

Society would be much more usable if accommodations could be more often had for the asking of them.  This is not something I can change directly.  It is something I can practice, and reward.  If you're coming to my ritual, and you need to sit down, I don't need to know WHY.  I don't care why; it's none of my business.  I especially am not going to ask if you have a card for it.  All I need to know is your maximum standing time, that if the ritual runs longer we'll need chairs, and that a seated ritual would probably work better than a dance for you.  I don't need to know what's up with you; I need to know what you want me to do about it.  Because I'd like everyone to have a good time and not faceplant at my event.  Conversely, I'm alert for restaurants that are or are not accommodating of dietary needs.  Mine, someone else in my party, the total stranger whose argument I can overhear -- doesn't matter.  If you accommodate the requests with a smile, it bumps you up my "let's eat here again" list.  Ditto places where my partner and I split something and folks bring an extra plate instead of bitching or surcharging.  Fight with me or anyone else about the food, and I will not only not come back, I will pan your slop trough restaurant to my friends who also have food issues.

You get what you permit; you get what you reward.  Use your influence -- and your folding vote -- where you can.

And don't be an asshole.  

Last day before school resumes.

May. 1st, 2016 10:45 pm
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Got an app that claims to use quasi-subiminal sound patterns + pink noise to inspire certain brainstates, like calm, or sleepy. I suspect it works better when there is not talking going on as well. But let's hope.

Havva Quote
A fifth, the supervisor, ran out of the warehouse, but after Chloe and her backup secured the rest of them, she went outside and found Lucifer in the back parking lot standing over the guy, who was cringing against the Dumpster and sobbing and howling, “Don’t touch me, please don’t touch me,” so it was basically just another day at the office. She heaved a sigh and shoved the suspect into the squad car halfway through the confession he was desperately gabbling out to her and anyone else who would listen.
--Lucifer (the TV show) fanfic, which is 100% NOT SAFE FOR WORK, this is just about the only PG couple of paragraphs in the whole thing, I AM WARNING YOU, THERE IS SMUTTY SMUT HERE. Anyway, I don't actually know this fandom aaaaand don't care, because it was entertaining smutfic.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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Here is a thoughtful explanation of how accessibility benefits everyone, in this case with keyboard shortcuts.  There are links to keyboard shortcuts for multiple programs.  

This interests me because of my anti-knack with technology.  I can't use most wireless tech.  I fry it.  I NEED the signal to be insulated from my potent energy field.  For example, a wireless mouse lasts ~2 weeks for me.  Laser mice also have  much shorter lifespan than ball mice.  This is one of many areas in which technology is evolving away from things I can use, and nobody cares because they like the other version better.  It's maddening.  So I have to keep an eye out for alternatives in case it becomes impossible to find equipment I can use.
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I found this article about the Marrakesh Treaty to improve accessibility of print materials.

Terramagne has one too, but it is somewhat different. I couldn't resist laying out some of those divergences. You can see how they're doing things a little faster and better. *chuckle* And what happens when a supervillain has reasons of enlightened self-interest to back the thing. ;)

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May. 1st, 2016 06:23 pm
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There are five blue jays around the hopper feeder.  \o/ 

Storm Warning

May. 1st, 2016 06:12 pm
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Thunder is rumbling and clapping just west of us.  Severe storms are predicted.  This often means the power goes out for a while.  So if I'm offline, don't panic, I'm probably okay and just scurrying around a dark house to light candles. 

Poem: "Void of Course"

May. 1st, 2016 03:54 pm
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This is a freebie for Blogging Against Disablism Day. An audience poll has selected the poem "Void of Course" from The Moon Door as today's celebration of access and representation for people with disabilities. This poem is spillover from the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and LJ user Lb_lee. It also fills the "mutation / physical transformation" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest.

Note: There is some squabbling in this poem, because people have different opinions about how to solve problems. It's inevitable in any group, but more common in support groups where folks are perpetually low on spoons. Happily the group has ways of handling this.

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Sunday Yardening

May. 1st, 2016 03:52 pm
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Today it is warm and moist outdoors, but not raining. We picked up the long pile of sticks at the edge of the raspberry patch in the ritual meadow. I'm hoping to get back out later and throw grass seed there.

Much of the earlier-sown clover and grass is sprouting. :D The clover appears first as tiny green dots, then the grass like green hairs. Eventually they burgeon into actual plants.


Second round of yardwork was sowing grass seed at the edge of the raspberry patch in the ritual meadow, and pulling weeds around the burn barrel and forest garden near the house.

Third round of yardwork was cutting honeysuckle shoots near the end of the house. We're trying to get that area cleaned up and regrassed.

And I'm definitely done for the day, because thunder is rumbling and clapping just west of us.

Improving Accessibility

May. 1st, 2016 02:33 pm
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I found this post about accommodations (from Blogging Against Disablism Day) very helpful in thinking about ways to make the arts more accessible for everyone. Not mentioned is the fact that many of these ideas would also make art more accessible for small children, who also need frequent potty breaks and want to touch everything.

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Solo Celebration Bingo Card 5-1-16

May. 1st, 2016 02:14 pm
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Here is my card for the Solo Celebration fest on [community profile] allbingo. It will run from May 1-31.  It features all kinds of satisfying activities and experiences that can be done alone.  Considering my work, Tripping into the Future has an isolated protagonist.  (See all my 2016 bingo cards.)

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've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. 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.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


Self-LoveIntrovertPublic placesNonphysical PassionsIdentify a feeling you're having
Eating / drinking aloneExperimentationLearning what you likeCaught in the actSerenity
RefugeSelf-AwarenessWILD CARDMeditationBe Here Now
HappinessBody ImageGreedy / desperateSex toys / booksRandom act of kindness
Makeup / Dressing upPrivacyCuriosityAnticipationDominance & submission

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It's going to be at least another week or so before Doug gets them all rotated and annotated properly, but the raw collection is here. Enjoy!

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit!

May. 1st, 2016 11:05 am
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Happy Kalends of Maius! The festival of Floralia continues. Enjoy the flowers. Celebrate Spring.

Poll for Blogging Against Disablism

May. 1st, 2016 04:11 am
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I have posted a poll for a free poem on my LiveJournal, for Blogging Against Disablism Day.  If you're not on LJ, you can vote in a comment.

CFC Service Call: Recommendations

May. 1st, 2016 02:15 am
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What services, goods, or providers do you recommend that might be useful to other folks practicing cyberfunded creativity?

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