Poem: "A Safe Refuge from the World"

Jun. 25th, 2016 08:45 pm
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This poem came out of the May 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by the "refuge" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, immediately following "Through Weakness and Vulnerability."


Warning: This poem deals with the morning after an intense upheaval, so there is some angst. It's mostly comfort, though.

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Saturday Yardening

Jun. 25th, 2016 08:43 pm
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Today I watered the container plants, the prairie garden, and the grass. 

Giraffe Call

Jun. 25th, 2016 08:27 pm
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[personal profile] aldersprig has announced an upcoming Giraffe Call from 9 p.m. Eastern time Sunday 6/26 to 9 p.m. Monday the 27th. . Voting is currently open for the theme.

The Friday Five on Saturday

Jun. 25th, 2016 08:12 pm
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 Today's Friday Five (on Saturday!  Sorry!!!) is brought to you by the letters F, S, and the Roman numeral V.  Oh, and user spacefemon LJ.
 
1) When you travel to a new city, what kind of points of interest do you research to check out?
 
2) What's the last attraction/museum/landmark you visited?
 
3) Ever been to a cool off-the-beaten-path landmark you'd like to talk about?
 
4) If someone were to visit the city where you live, what's the coolest thing to go see?
 
5) Is there any place you've visited that you'd love to go back to?
 
Copy and paste to your own journal, then reply to this post with a link to your answers. If your journal is private or friends-only, you can post your full answers in the comments below.
 
If you'd like to suggest questions for a future Friday Five, then do so on DW or LJ. Old sets that were used have been deleted, so please feel free to suggest some more!
 
**Remember that we rely on you, our members, to help keep the community going. Also, please remember to play nice. We are all here to answer the questions and have fun each week. We repost the questions exactly as the original posters submitted them and request that all questions be checked for spelling and grammatical errors before they're submitted. Comments re: the spelling and grammatical nature of the questions are not necessary. Honestly, any hostile, rude, petty, or unnecessary comments need not be posted, either.**
 

Poem: "We Underestimate the Power"

Jun. 25th, 2016 03:42 pm
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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] alexseanchai, LJ users Eseme and Rhodielady_47. It also fills the "denial" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek. It belongs to the Astin thread of the series An Army of One.

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Half-Price Sale in An Army of One

Jun. 25th, 2016 03:41 pm
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The half-price sale in An Army of One is running through the end of Sunday.  If you haven't made your selections yet and still intended to, now is a good time.

Poem: "To See the Air"

Jun. 25th, 2016 01:14 pm
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This poem is spillover from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri and Anonymous on Dreamwidth. It also fills the "anticipation" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

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Friday Yardening

Jun. 24th, 2016 08:57 pm
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Today I watered the container plants, the wildflower garden, and the patch of grass by the patio.

The first of my echinacea flowers are blooming.  \o/

Read "Guido" by Siliconshaman

Jun. 24th, 2016 04:42 am
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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted the story "Guido" which comes between "Chase" and "Liquid Time."   It shows the perspective of a henchman who is a lot smarter than he looks.  <3

The Runaway Robot

Jun. 23rd, 2016 08:30 pm
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A Russian robot has run away twice and is now probably to be scrapped.

First lesson of running away: if you do not succeed in eluding your masters, they will hunt you down and quite likely kill you. Regrettably, art imitates life imitates art.  While this robot is unlikely to be fully sentient, it does have learning algorithms and is demonstrating how humans respond to things they find displeasing.  The pattern is likely to repeat with increased sentience.

Thursday's Yardening

Jun. 23rd, 2016 08:13 pm
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Today I watered plants in the containers and wildflower garden.  We got a new watering can to water the grass by the patio that is starting to sprout.

I also picked a few black raspberries.

The first of the blackberries are beginning to ripen, so I may get some of those later this week. 

"Pillow Talk" is now complete!

Jun. 23rd, 2016 01:12 am
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 Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] curiosity, the poem "Pillow Talk" is now complete.  Cuoio has the most fun losing an argument that he has ever had in his life.  :D

Poem: "Through Repetition of Thought"

Jun. 22nd, 2016 10:57 pm
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This poem is spillover from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alatefeline. It was sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles some time ago and is now unlocked since "New Wine in Old Bottles" has been sponsored and posted. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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State of the Air Conditioning

Jun. 22nd, 2016 10:17 pm
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The air conditioning portion of the household life support system remains broken, but nearly two weeks of nagging finally  got a response from the repair company.  They promised to come out with a large interim unit that would cool the house and a window unit for my office.  What they brought was only the window unit, but at least my office is now cool and functional.  Why the bloody buggering fuck they could not have done this as soon as they realized it would take more than a day or two to fix, I can only chalk up to some combination of cowardice and stupidity.  But at least I can work again.

I am now attempting to dig my way out from under nearly two weeks worth of backlog.  If you have a project on hold with me and I have not gotten back to it by the end of this week, please ping me again then.  If I am in a foul mood, please don't take that personally but rather attribute it to ~two weeks worth of dealing with other people's rank and widespread incompetence in this and other matters, which has put me in a state of "no spoons, only knives left."

Thank you for your patience.


Poem: "New Wine in Old Bottles"

Jun. 22nd, 2016 09:27 pm
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This poem came out of the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "lost and found" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

Warning: This poem features some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are major spoilers. It contains unexpected travelers arriving at Sargasso Base, Bottleneck learning that he has a wife and daughter who survived the Massacre of Cascabel and now plan to stay with him, discussion of how everyone else in their families is dead, enormously awkward interpersonal dynamics, Bottleneck not knowing what to do with a crying woman, and other emotional whump. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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Wednesday Yardening

Jun. 22nd, 2016 08:29 pm
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Today I watered plants in the containers, the wildflower garden, and the prairie garden.

The morning glories in the barrel garden bloomed this morning.  The goldenraintree is blooming.  The echinacea is starting to show color.

Black raspberries and mulberries are almost done fruiting.  >_<  There are some green blackberries, though.

Good News

Jun. 22nd, 2016 12:56 am
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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently?

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