What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?
Participation was modest, with 9 comments on LiveJournal and another 21 on Dreamwidth. A total of 9 people sent prompts, none of them new.
Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Her Wilderness Like Eden"
"What You're Living For"
"You Who Have Fed the Hungry"
"Define Your Own Reality" (Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink, April 19, 2017, outside fishbowl)
"A Realm of Your Own Being" (Polychrome Heroics: Danso and Family, January 20, 2017, fishbowl spillover)
Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for April 18, 2017. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.
All currently sponsored poems have been posted. Donors this time include: Anthony & Shirley Barrette, janetmiles.
The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
Today is sunny, warm, and breezy.
EDIT 4/25/17: Round 2, I planted a butterfly weed beside the barrel garden and prairie onion in the septic garden. Then I watered plants.
I have a linkback poem, "Lead Us in Peace" (18 verses, Clay of Life).
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts. I am now.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
Hello, internet! I'm Thea. Here I am in my favorite spot (somebody's lap):
I'm a female dilute calico, and the vet and the vet dentist think I'm about five years old. I grew up on the streets of Baltimore, but it's cold and lonely out there and I like people too much, so now I need a forever home! I'm an absolute sweetheart who'll be in your lap or draped over your shoulder the minute I meet you, but there's one catch: I need to be an only cat.
( More about me! And more pictures! )
Does it sound like you could be my human? If so, leave a comment with your email address, and the humans will get in touch with you. (Or, you can email synecdochic at email@example.com.) Anonymous comments are allowed; you don't need a Dreamwidth account. I'm in Baltimore right now, and the humans would prefer somebody within a few hours' drive or somebody who's willing to come pick me up themselves, but if you're the absolute right person to take me in, they're willing to talk about flying me to you, especially if you can pay for some or all of the costs. (Having all my teeth pulled wasn't cheap!) [EDIT: The humans have a friend who might be able to put a flight on frequent flyer miles for me, so they're willing to escort me outside the immediate area for the right home!]
I'm looking forward to finding someone I can help with everything, drape on top of, and sleep on!
(Please share this with your friends! For the first round of looking we'd prefer not much further than friends-of-friends, because we'd like to know the people she's going to or know someone who knows them, but if the first efforts don't pan out, we'll try again with a wider reach. We also already know the rescue organization we'll turn to if we can't find her a home through word of mouth, so you don't need to research rescue options for us!)
There are still verses left in the linkback poems "Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," "Leaves Upon the Water," and "The Quick Brown Fox." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.
"Lead Us in Peace"
Well, I started with Ladino, but then they went haring off into Ghardaia sign language. Did you know Jews had their own sign languages? I hadn't come across those until I stumbled over them just now. Anyhow, Menachem and Yossele are exploring that as well as Ladino with some new friends. "Lead Us in Peace" is written in free verse.
58 lines, Buy It Now = $20
"Like Oil to a Lamp"
A DW prompt inspired "Like Oil to a Lamp," which is written in parallel tercets. It lists a whole bunch of famous Jewish foods.
36 lines, Buy It Now = $15
A couple of prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "Pesach Sameach." During the Passover celebration, Yossele shares a story about slavery.
135 lines, Buy It Now = $68
In the month of Nissan,
the time of Pesach drew near.
Menachem turned their route
toward the prosperous town where
his old master kept a smithy, so that
he could celebrate the holiday with friends.
"The Work of Your Hands"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Work of Your Hands." Menachem attempts to study the creation of golems.
57 lines, Buy It Now = $20
The certificate and sign for my Wildlife Habitat have arrived, so I'll need to find fixtures for displaying those.
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Discord and Accessibility
Homeless and Homefree Characters
Poem: "A Realm of One's Being"
Poem: "You Who Have Fed the Hungry"
Poem: "Her Wilderness Like Eden"
Poem: "Define Your Own Reality"
Poem: "What You're Living For"
The bonus fishbowl went modestly well, and I have posted a few poems from that.
Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Saraphina makes a new friend. "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra. Groundhog and Cassandra talk about whether to set aside dangerous things for a while. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies. Stylet turns himself in to Valor's Widow.
Weather has been variable. Today is warm and sunny. The birdfeeders have attracted doves, grackles, some sparrows, and two blue jays. Currently blooming: forsythia, daffodils, tulips, blue grape hyacinths, violets, anemones, lilacs, dandelions, white spirea, honeysuckle, spiderwort, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias. Onion chives and peonies have buds, and so does something in the white garden.
There are three open epics. "A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $152 to be complete. "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra and needs $210.25 to be complete. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $322 to be complete.
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Which of these should get the $12?
A Hope and a Promise
Essential for Human Survival
The Inner Transition
An Army of One started with complete social upheaval and the construction of a new society. Some characters are travelers, like the space traders. Many have settled in outposts, and Sargasso Base seems to have the largest conglomeration of people coming together to make homes. The AYES are sapient starships with artificial intelligence, most of whom have a human pilot. A few allies are living on planets in more conventional housing. So there's quite a range.
Beneath the Family Tree is prehistoric fiction; it mentions people wandering and using makeshift shelters.
The Blueshift Troupers features the crew of the hiveship Omphalos. They travel around solving problems on different planets, and most definitely think of their ship as home. However, their work often puts them in one location for months, so in that regard they're akin to migrant workers. The shapeshifting also gives them a strong connection to each new culture, and in this sense they may be considered as having a series of medium-term homes.
In Clay of Life, Menachem and Yossele are homefree, being itinerant blacksmiths who share a traveling wagon. They have helped other people who are homefree, homeless, or working poor. This is considered a normal and successful lifestyle in their culture. Also worth nothing, the Jewish community there is thriving enough to have a network of eruv locations, a "traveling commons" where folks can create a roadside household for Shabbat.
A Conflagration of Dragons is about what happens when multiple strikes take out all the major cities, making everyone homeless. Refugees flock from one city to another, while there are still cities, but mostly people wind up in tents, wagons, caves, etc. feeling very much not at home. It is neither normal nor healthy, but it's what everyone gets stuck with after the dragons burn down all the cities and eat the heroes.
Diminished Expectations has a lot of homeless characters, but that series is outright dystopic. Some have tents, or squat in bombed out buildings, and so forth. It is ubiquitous, but not very good for anyone.
Frankenstein's Family has the Căldărari caravan and assorted other traveling people who are homefree. The Căldărari have vardos in a caravan; others may have a wagon, but many of the traders and workers are on foot. The traveling zoo is a demonstration of how a dysfunctional home can hit the road. Opinions vary about how respectable any of this is.
The Godship Wanderers dwell in a living starship, who does not have a home but rather is one.
The Origami Mage, Path of the Paladins, and Sort of Heroes are probably best described as having homefree protagonists who travel. Reception varies, but seems more positive than negative.
Polychrome Heroics has a bunch. Cassandra ran away from home for valid reasons, and is currently living with a friend; not homeless in the sense of having nowhere to go, but also not having a home of her own. Danso and Family started out homeless but have since found a home with Hannah. Officer Pink features Turq, who starts out homeless and is trying to get to where he'd feel comfortable having a home again; he's currently staying much of the time in Ansel's gazebo. Nebuly is switching from homeless to homefree, having moved into a vardo with Amergin and Marjoram in their caravan. Doobie O'Donohue is homefree, rambling happily among his many relatives. Assorted other characters fall in various places along that spectrum. Terramagne-America is more supportive of homefree and more accepting of homeless people than local-America is.
Tripping into the Future has a protagonist who loses everything, winds up with a place to live, but probably does not feel "at home" there.
So you can see a pretty wide range of portrayals above. If this topic interests you, feel free to prompt for more of these characters, or suggest others. I am especially interested in getting such input from readers who are or have been homeless or homefree.
Note: This poem features detailed description of beginning sensory therapy for a toddler. It's almost entirely a positive experience for Nathaniel, but readers with sensory issues and/or crappy experiences of therapy may wish to consider their tastes and headspace before reading onward.
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White spirea and nannyberry are blooming. The peonies have buds, and something in the white garden has put up one big bud -- probably the allium.
EDIT 4/23/17: Round 2, Doug put together the plant tower, and we placed it on the septic cap.
EDIT 4/23/17: Round 3, I put protective covers over the contorta hazelnut, and planted the kousa dogwood.
EDIT 4/23/17: Round 4, I put a spiral cover over the kousa dogwood, mulched around it and the contorta hazelnut, and watered plants.
EDIT 4/23/17: Round 5, I put weed killer on weeds in the septic garden.
EDIT 4/23/17: Round 6, I picked up fallen wood in the ritual meadow. Didn't get it all done, but moved most of the medium-sized pieces, some of which I used to refresh the border around the wildflower garden. There is still one really big branch that will take more hands to move.
So! If the mood strikes you, please comment with happy links, books/movies etc you've enjoyed recently, random cheerful comments about what you've been up to etc. No sympathy comments, I am not in the mood right now.
And to return the favour, here is my swancon costume as well as a mask I made. Also, here is some cute happy fixit art for Rogue One.
Also, while I'm here: hello to everyone who's been coming over to dreamwidth from livejournal!