The Friday Five - October 24

Oct. 24th, 2014 04:48 am
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1. Are you an overall happy person?
2. What is happiness for you?
3. What color is happiness?
4. What do you think of the idea of a Happiness Minister who is responsible for the happiness of the population?
5. Do you feel guilty about being happy when others around you aren't?


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This poem is spillover from the March 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles  and LJ user Kestrels_nest, along with various people's previous requests for a superhero who could lift depression. It also fills the "disability (temporary)" square in my 11-26-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles . It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Story: "The Path of the Sun"

Oct. 24th, 2014 12:30 am
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This story belongs to the Schrodinger's Hulk series, a crossover between Hulk and Schrodinger's Heroes. It is a sequel to "Safe Keeping" and "Two Spirits, One Past," and "For the Very First Time." It fills the "original characters" square in my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest, and the "sunny" square in the public card for the Birthday Bingo fest.

This casts the Hulk from The Avengers. So it doesn't match up exactly with the various Hulk movies, and Bruce Banner is played by Mark Ruffalo. The first story in the series goes into alternate-universe mode after the lab accident while Bruce is running from General Ross but before Bruce meets any of the Avengers.

The Schrodinger's Heroes, project features an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom. It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world from alternate dimensions. It features a very mixed cast in terms of ethnicity and sexual orientation. This project developed with input from multiple people, and it's open for everyone to play in. You can read more about the background, the characters, and a bunch of assorted content on the menu page.

Format: Fiction
Title: "The Path of the Sun"
Fandom: Hulk/Schrodinger's heroes
Summary: Bruce is not a fan of birthdays, nor of parties in general. Pat is pretty sure he can change Bruce's mind.
Required Warnings: No standard warnings apply.
Notes: Gentle coaxing, laid-back planning, low-key celebration, party food, games, team as family, cottoncandy fluff.

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"Dunbar," by Anne Spencer

Oct. 24th, 2014 01:12 am
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AH, how poets sing and die!
Make one song and Heaven takes it;
Have one heart and Beauty breaks it;
Chatterton, Shelley, Keats and I—
Ah, how poets sing and die!
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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This poem came out of the October 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai, who wanted the 'click' moment of seeing The Matrix. It also fills the "extra-sensory perception" square in my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo Fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics setting, and is a direct sequel to "Look Both Ways."

WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics, and it doesn't have a happy ending.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is prejudice, sexist and racist language, nausea and vomiting, a superpower misinterpreted as anything else, serious rupture of reality tunnel, extreme disorientation, and unfocused suicidal ideation.  Sadists who enjoy watching obnoxious characters writhe in torment may enjoy this.  Sensitive readers may wish to skip it.

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Poem: "Bending Forks"

Oct. 23rd, 2014 09:38 pm
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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, based on discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "enlightenment" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series, and is a direct sequel to "Sanitation Engineers."

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Poem: "Nancy's Kids"

Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:24 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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This poem is posted courtesy of [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, who came up with a batch of new ideas for Floppit characters on the show Semolina Lane in Polychrome Heroics, which inspired the following theme song. Imagine this with a bright, jingly little tune; it's illustrated with clips of the characters. It also fills the "taking care of each other" square on my Wordsmith Bingo Card.

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Children's Books on Death

Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:15 am
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Here are some children's books about death. This season is a good time to open a topic that everyone needs to know about, in ways that are not too scary.

One of my favorites is The Hobbit. It's not primarily about death, but it has a lot of very thoughtful ideas about mortality and the utter foolishness of war. Among my best-loved bits is the parting between Thorin and Bilbo:

"Farewell, good thief," he said. "I go now to the halls of waiting to sit beside my fathers, until the world is renewed. Since I leave now all gold and silver, and go where it is of little worth, I wish to part in friendship from you, and I would take back my words and deeds at the Gate."

"There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell!"

-- Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

taiga13: by jackshoemaker (Little Red Riding Hood)
[personal profile] taiga13 posting in [community profile] poetry
 Here is consequence, folding its wings
on the fence. Here are your chances. After years
of moving whatever you do
from one place to another in the manner
that constitutes your work, you have to admit
you know what you think. About tonight
not so much fallen as struggling to its feet, gorgeous
in spite of what it's done to you. All
is forgiven. The loneliness composed on the road, after hours,
off-shift, out of it, or left behind, the vindictive
clairvoyance of local law enforcement, protracted
incidents represented by lacunae in your resume,
strategic negotiations pursuant to the project
of getting the fuck out of there, or making
the best of being stuck where you were,
in those rooms now creaking in a forest of outlived rooms
recalled as eras are recalled, their outmoded fixtures
and period costumes, motes afloat
in parallelograms of windowlight. Who are you?
What of you persists? Your life is built on intervals
the way a chord is, on changes that alter you
by thirds, by fifths, in silences the progression climbs
to where each song ends, and the next begins.

There's analysis of the poem here.

When Not to Extend a Scene

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:32 pm
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer and I got into a fascinating discussion about when not to extend a scene, based on Part 3 of her story "Clearing the Air."  Scroll down to our comments and you'll see us picking apart why we both agree that Tran's part is finished, even though both of us have a tendency to extend scenes or revisit bit characters. I'm very gratified that we managed to pin it down.  This is a crucial thing to understand for writing complex storylines that may have multiple parts.  

Today's Yardening: Daffodils

Oct. 22nd, 2014 06:11 pm
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 I finally had time to get out and plant another bag of daffodils, most of them around the birdgift apple tree.  I still have one more big bag to plant.  

I've been so busy with other urgent projects, I'm running behind on the daffodils and a lot of other things.  :/  But at least I made some progress today.

Trust in Media

Oct. 22nd, 2014 05:05 pm
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Here's a comparison of media sources by trustworthiness across different social groups.  I think I'd put Al Jazeera and BBC at the top of my list, although I prefer the non-American version of Al Jazeera when English is available from it.  I have found Mother Jones and Huffington Post pretty reliable; Daily Kos and Think Progress have some useful stuff.  In general, I distrust American media now, as most of it is propaganda meant to flatter corporate owners.  I prefer venues with a variety of viewpoints to monofocal ones, because anyone with an ulterior interest or party line makes me suspect they're cropping the data to fit it.
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AFRAID? Of whom am I afraid?
Not death; for who is he?
The porter of my father’s lodge
As much abasheth me.

Of life? ‘T were odd I fear a thing
That comprehendeth me
In one or more existences
At Deity’s decree.

Of resurrection? Is the east
Afraid to trust the morn
With her fastidious forehead?
As soon impeach my crown!

Validation Therapy

Oct. 22nd, 2014 02:21 pm
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One thing that happens to me a lot is that people ask if I'm a psychologist or counselor. Technically, no; I've only taken a few classes in that sort of thing. What they're picking up on is that I'm a student of human nature, I like digging into the source code of the wetware not just the user interface, and I've researched a ton of this stuff for my writing projects. The practical application is from pastoral counseling; when you're a priestess, the community's problems wind up on your couch, and you either learn to deal with it or you find a different social role.

That said, one of the most common reasons people identify me that way is validation. It's something I do a lot. There is a tremendous amount of imposter syndrome, gaslighting, internalized oppression, bad tape, and other bullshit that distorts people's worldview and makes them question their own perceptions. This is best addressed by having an outside source validate their perceptions. It's particularly useful in cases of trans identity, abuse, and other things that are highly targeted. So if someone posts about their gender realignment work, I'll validate their expressed gender. That comes not just from my study of how humans work, but my archivist tendency to protect the truth. Validating it helps it stick. I've had people say that just this was more useful than what their professional therapists have done, so clearly there's a need for it.

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Poem: "The Life of the Dead" Part 3

Oct. 22nd, 2014 12:22 am
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," and "Up the Water Spout."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Betty Ross, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, JARVIS, Bruce Banner
Medium: Poetry
Warnings: Past imprisonment, torture, experimentation. PTSD. Flashbacks. Dissociation. Cyclic amnesia. Temporal trauma. Broken people. Internalized oppression. Low sense of self-worth. Self-destructive behavior. Shame. Depression. Suicidal ideation. Physical and emotional whump.
Summary: Bucky experiences life in fragments as his memory cycles through past and present.
Notes: Hurt/Comfort. Mercy. Freedom. Good and evil. Family of choice. Team as family. Trauma and recovery. Healing. Friendship. Love. Nonsexual intimacy. No sex. Trust. Memory. Artificial intelligence. Safety and security. Competence. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2.

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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht,  there are 11 new verses in "What a Precious Privilege."  Lawrence enjoys the omelette and finally starts waking up enough to realize that there are some things he needs to say to Stan.
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Saadi held his Muse in awe,
She was his mistress and his law;
A twelvemonth he could silence hold,
Nor ran to speak till she him told;
He felt the flame, the fanning wings,
Nor offered words till they were things,
Glad when the solid mountain swims
In music and uplifting hymns.

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