Garden of Repose

Oct. 31st, 2014 08:18 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
ysabetwordsmith: (moment of silence)

These are the dead from this Samhain to last, and you can read more about them -- along with a few other posts about death -- in my Moment of Silence tag.

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Robin Williams has passed away.  Nanoo, nanoo!

Casey Kasem has passed away.  I knew him as the voice of Shaggy in Scooby-Doo,  Robin in Super Friends,  and Mark in Battle of the Planets.  For a lot of us, he was an iconic voice of childhood and will be deeply missed.

Sparky T. Rabbit has passed to the Summerlands.  I got to meet him at the Pagan Leaders Summit.  Cool dude.

Famous poet Maya Angelou has passed away.

Farley Mowat has passed away.  He was a brilliant writer and naturalist.

Actress Shirley Temple has passed away.  She gave us some adorable movies, and a terrific cocktail.  She will be missed.

Arthur Rankin Jr. has passed away.  A talented animator, he is best known for creating Christmas specials such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" along with "The Hobbit" and "ThunderCats."  He will be deeply missed.

Pete Seeger has passed away.  He was a famous folk singer and activist.

Charlie Hill has passed away.  He was a famous Native American comedian.  I found him through his protegees, tracking backwards; this guy is behind the entire NA humor field and invented a lot of the jokes that tribal people tell.  He was truly touched by Coyote, and they are doubtless sitting at a campfire together now, laughing at each other's turd jokes.

Master animator Frederic Back has passed away.  He did two of my all-time favorite animations, "Crac" (aka "The Rocking Chair Cartoon") and "The Man Who Planted Trees."  He will be sorely missed.

Bring out your dead!  Speak of those who have gone beyond, that they may be remembered.

ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by conversation with [personal profile] lynnoconnacht.  It also fills the "Wild Card: food, cooking, & mealtimes" square in my 12-8-13 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  This poem belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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One Card Draw

Oct. 31st, 2014 09:11 am[personal profile] ariestess posting in [community profile] crowdfunding
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I am holding my monthly one card draw to celebrate the October new moon and Samhain in the northern hemisphere from 0900-1700 Pacific Daylight Time [PDT] on 31 October 2014 ONLY [countdown].

Come on over and request a card.

Please note: There are changes to how I am running this draw this time around, including a new perk for participating in crowdfunding options.

Tips are not required, but definitely appreciated. And feel free to pimp this far and wide...
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I've been analyzing the television I follow. Science fiction is about to fall to near zero. Surviving this far into the fall season is... “Sleepy Hollow.”

What's wrong with most of the things I had been watching? The season builds toward a climax, ends... And picks up after the hiatus in an entirely different tone, different characterizations, different viewpoints. Oh, and it's quite common to throw in new characters who are supposed to have been in the background all along.
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Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, "What a Precious Privilege" is now complete!  See how Stan and Lawrence work out the rest of their compromises now that Lawrence is feeling better enough to articulate at least some of his needs without giving Stan that stomped-puppy look.

Watch for more about Stan and Lawrence, as the next four poems will be going up over the next several days as I have time to post them.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
"Outnumbered and Outclassed" is up on LJ, the next poem in the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Colors of Blood

Oct. 30th, 2014 12:52 am[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Here is a chemical comparison of different types of blood in Terran lifeforms: red, blue, green, and violet.  So if you want to make alien blood a different color, these are guaranteed viable.
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"Part of Your New Life" is up on LJ, next in the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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A friend asked me for resources on tactile sensitivity in small children. I wrote a response and then realized it would be useful to more people, so here it is. Much of this stuff will generalize to other sensory issues and to adults.

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Choices, Choices--

Oct. 29th, 2014 08:35 pm[personal profile] dialecticdreamer
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Rather than talk about science fiction in general, I think it's time to talk /specifics/, and specific influences.
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Oct. 29th, 2014 04:10 pm[personal profile] shyfoxling
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Browsing through my extant tags to see if I already had one along the lines of the "ponderings" I tagged my last post with, I turned up some amusing kinda nonstandard ones (vs. things like character names, ships, and genres), many of which I'd forgotten I'd used:

brb drooling, counting things ah-ah-ah, death by pun, dood i'm so blogging this, dude am i crazy or what (the lone post with this tag may be amusing to fans of interactive fiction), library blithering no one cares about, madness? this is fandom, moichandising!, now that's rather saucy innit, oh us crazy snapefen, overanalysis our speciality, pack-rat much?, plotless random imagery, punctuation please, ravenclaw madness, say what now?, show us your wits, sit in the corner and rust, unf unf unf, wish i'd thought of that, ye aulden days, you get to drink from the firehose!, your thoughts on yaoi

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Oct. 29th, 2014 04:09 pm[personal profile] shyfoxling
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I think I've just got what weirds me out so much about Reader x Character fanfic: I typically can't imagine myself saying the lines and acting in the ways the "you" does. It's really jarring.

Poem: "Running Rings"

Oct. 29th, 2014 01:05 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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This poem was written outside the prompt calls. It was inspired by the "sports and games" square in my 9-29-14 card for the origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by an anonymous donation. This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.

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signal boost: mickeym

Oct. 29th, 2014 02:18 am[personal profile] rainbow
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mickeym is a fabulous friend who's helped many others (including me!). now she could use some help so she and her son don't lose access to their dr.

details here:
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Siliconshaman. It also fills the "coma" square on my 7-31-14 card for the hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette and an anonymous donor. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Schrodinger's Heroes)
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.

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.

Here ends "The Path of the Sun." Thank you all for sticking with the Schrodinger's Hulk series this far! I love your input. Final thoughts on the story overall are welcome, in addition to reactions on this specific chapter.

I do not have another piece of fanfic to post at this time. I've been crazy-busy the last few weeks and will be through the end of October. Sorry to break off like this, but when I'm overbooked I have to cut the nonpaying projects first. :( Keep an eye on the fiction and poetry tags here in my blog; I'll post more if or when I have some.

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2.

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....oops, I forgot this

Oct. 29th, 2014 01:22 am[personal profile] synecdochic
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the March 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie  and [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "vulnerability" square in my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette and an anonymous donor.  It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series and features Savoir Faire and the Rescuer.

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Clearing the Air
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 5 of 7
Word count: 1045

Warnings: none in this segment

:: This takes place in Ysabetwordsmith's Polychrome Heroics universe, and continues Aidan's visit with Hannah, Danso and the other children. My eternal, endless thanks for her permission and feedback, support and gleeful laughter. ::

Review Part ONE, TWO, THREE, and FOUR

Danso dropped his gaze to his lap. “But you're going to let me what, rummage around with my abilities, even though...” he trailed off as his lips pressed into a hard, bloodless line.
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100 Things, Nevermore dress!

Oct. 28th, 2014 05:55 pm[personal profile] chrysilla
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This is technically a UFO (unfinished object), but I finished it during this challenge thingie so it counts :-P

Made from quilting cotton, but a very nice cotton that I was oogling for a while before it finally went on sale. So very much an impulse buy, oops. But it turned out pretty nice.

I tried this shirt-dress (V8785 B sz 18) once before with linen, my first linen project evar, but at that point in my hobby-ing I didn't know that 'handkerchief linen' would be an awful choice for something with seams and interfacing. Eeek. That is still in the 'give up' bin somewhere.

The shape seemed to work OK *on* me, but I still tried my now-typical waistline adjustment of folding it up about 1.5 inches on the pattern. Tho its a bit different on what I think are dolman sleeves. I skipped the buttons b/c I hate making button holes, and instead used snaps, but the tiny snaps wouldn't hold enough for all that dress. It then took me six months to finally sew on the larger snaps I got, and those seem OK. Still wearing it with leggings and a cami tomorrow, tho.

Pictures! )

So yah, definitely Halloween themed, but will be wearing it for longer than that if the test run tomorrow goes OK. Wheeeee! Tho having just remembered tomorrow I'm getting allergy shots... hmmm, maybe not? Would still rather not bleed on it :-/

Now the Things tally is:
Sewing projects: 5

But at least that's 25% more than last time. Yay?

<3 Chrysilla
chrysilla: (witch)
Kinda continued with having an off week after last posting. Too tired to go out all last week, but then too spacey to get to bed on time, so I continued being too tired. Ugh. I slept a full 8 hours last night, but then the brainfog rolled back in suddenly, so I don't know what's going on right now. Ugh.

Crafty weekend )

Gamer stuffs )

Tonight I really have to get the laundry done, because yikes. Also, I have guests staying over for the MES weekend, so I'll need the air-dry stuff to be dried and put away before they come in. And Wednesday and Thursday I have doctor stuffs, but Wednesday I also have dinner plans with a friend, so yay. Friday is game, and I'm not sure if I have one houseguest coming in for Friday nite, and another for Saturday, or if they're both staying Friday nite. So could be crowded but I am prepared. And then Saturday is moar game, so w00t. Better not stay up too late on Friday, whatever the situation.

Will do my damndest to get to bed on time all this week. I did it last night, can do it again. I just have to be more strict about no- Facebook or Youtube when I'm home. They just suck me in, I space out, and suddenly I'm going to bed an hour late. And I did mostly manage to keep my sleep schedule this weekend. Well, on Friday, despite late evening chocolate.

There might be a Samhain ritual at an occult shop in Brooklyn next weekend, and its well recommended by an old friend from the Enchantments days, so I might look into that. This weekend is just too cray, and I already consider Samhain more of a season than a specific day. In folklore it was a 9 day festival, but I don't know when that fest started in relation to what is now 10/31. *shrugs*

And crossing my fingers that I'm NOT getting sick again. Oh for F@#$s sake...

<3 Chrysilla
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, November 4, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "winning without defeating anyone." I'll be soliciting ideas for friends, family, best enemies, friendly opponents, good sportsmen and gamesters, fighting fair, playing by the rules, turning enemies into allies/friends/lovers, agreeing to fight for a common cause, thinking outside the box, conflicts, old arguments, rules of engagement, cooperation, teamwork skills, playgrounds, sporting fields, battlegrounds, board rooms, cooperative games, different goals, game boards and pieces, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Underfoot" (179 verses, Hart's Farm). [personal profile] dialecticdreamer will be hosting this.

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.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )


Encourage an Artist

Oct. 28th, 2014 01:55 am[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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This I believe.

Go and do likewise.

I really have no tolerance for jerks who try to crush other people's dreams.
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This poem came out of the October 2014 Creative Jam.  It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chordatesrock.  It has been sponsored by an anonymous donation.  This poem belongs to the Dr. Doohickey thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Volo credere: a happy medium

How do individuals balance science and logic against myth and tradition?
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Oct. 27th, 2014 09:06 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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I have submitted the last of my Llewellyn articles for the summer writing season.  Yaaay!  

Usually this is where I take a day or few off.  Instead I have Samhain season this year.  0_o  But the articles are DONE and the daffodils are DONE.  So, progress.

Apple Feast Recipes

Oct. 27th, 2014 01:09 am[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Today I made two things with apple flavor.

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