Emotional Intimacy Question: Goals

Apr. 25th, 2019 12:42 am
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Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list.

29. What are your biggest goals for this year? How will you work to achieve them?

Here are my goals for 2019.  I have already met 7 of them and I'm on track with several others.
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Uncanny Interventions
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 5 of 7, complete
Word count (story only): 1315

:: Part of the Strange Family series, in the Polychrome Heroics universe, this story takes place at some point after Genna, Saul, and the others arrive at the Can. It will be clear to readers why Hatter could not be more specific when discussing matters. ::

:: Pay Special Attention: Black hat missions against WORSE people. Mentions of human trafficking, dog fighting (only in the past tense), other criminal actions. Injuries to an adult, kidnapped children (who are physically unharmed), and a laundry list of reasons to dislike the head of the trafficking ring. Please skip this story if the negativity of these issues outweighs the rescue of kidnapped individuals and the dismantling of a human trafficking ring. I have tried to handle these problems gently, but this is NOT gentle fiction. There will be other, gentler stories in the set, but the aftermath of these events will include some heavy topics. ::

Back to part four
On to part six

“Usually, yes. Think about it from a purely financial perspective: it wastes time and energy to get replacement carers.” He waved at the room. “I think that mattress is his sleeping space, but… Look at the rest of this. He did everything he could to keep the kids not just quiet and out of the way, but happy.” He pointed to a round laundry basket full of cheap claw machine toys, or squeaky stuffed animals meant for dogs. None of them had plastic eyes, or dangly bits.

“For which I’m grateful,” Hun declared dryly. “But he’s still complicit in human trafficking.”

“You don’t know the whole story. Follow my lead,” Oliver snapped, barking the orders in French.
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Wednesday Yardening

Apr. 24th, 2019 05:45 pm
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Today is cloudy and cooler with intermittent rain.  I got out to plant some milkweed seeds.  There's a patch by the edge of the prairie garden with a bunch of thistles.  I'm hoping to let that grow, and mow just beyond them, in hopes they'll seed into the newly mowed area for next year.  So I added some milkweeds too.  We used to have a bunch of these, but now it's mostly goldenrod instead.  :/

I fed the birds.  I've been watching the goldfinches today.  They keep getting chased off the thistle sock by the house finches.  Also there's a robin building a nest in the birdgift tree.

something I am grateful for today

Apr. 24th, 2019 05:01 pm
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price stickers on books that peel off without a trace

Hump Day

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:07 am
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 The rain has stopped, and it's supposed to be nice for the rest of the week. And I think all the trees have gotten the memo, as I have been sneezing a bunch already this morning. 
Once the grass dries enough I need to mow the lawn again already. It's that time of the year again, where I am trying to keep up with the mowing. 🤣

Cuddle Party

Apr. 24th, 2019 12:19 am
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Everyone needs contact comfort sometimes. Not everyone has ample opportunities for this in facetime. So here is a chance for a cuddle party in cyberspace. Virtual cuddling can help people feel better.

We have a
cuddle room that comes with fort cushions, fort frames, sheets for draping, and a weighted blanket. A nest full of colorful egg pillows sits in one corner. There is a basket of grooming brushes, hairbrushes, and styling combs. A bin holds textured pillows. There is a big basket of craft supplies along with art markers, coloring pages, and blank paper. The kitchen has a popcorn machine. Labels are available to mark dietary needs, recipe ingredients, and level of spiciness. Here is the bathroom, open to everyone. There is a lawn tent and an outdoor hot tub. Bathers should post a sign for nude or clothed activity. Come snuggle up!

In the interest of promoting the concept of introvert parties, we've decided to start adding more communal features.  You know how some folks just like to sit around and read together?  You can do that here by sharing a link to an online story.  I'm rereading "The Catch."  If this doesn't turn people off invasive species, nothing will.
  It's one of my all-time-favorite science fiction stories.

Free E-book of Native Bees

Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:53 pm
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 Read about North American bee species.  This book has gorgeous artwork.
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Strange Intercession
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah WIlliams
Part 1 of 1, complete
Word count (story only): 1217

:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, and the Strange Family series, this is what happens when Will tries to make peace with Talapus. This story is convenient to post as a freebie because readers do not need any more precise timing than “while the family is with Will and Justin… somewhere.” Written for the April 2019 Feathering the Nest prompt call, from an idea suggested by Siliconshaman. Many thanks! :;

:: Small note: there is a kitchen accident, quickly resolved. ::

Will groaned as the door to the stairs closed behind Justin, blocking out the sound of Shaun and Matthew hopping their way up, riser by riser, to the concealed door which opened into the house above them. He needed to study. He felt awful.

Worse, he owed Talapus an apology for the way he’d been hustled to the Can and then limited to an even smaller part of it.
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Tuesday Yardening

Apr. 23rd, 2019 06:11 pm
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Today is cloudy, mild, and calm.

Round One -- We shoveled ash out of the firepit and dumped it in the prairie garden.  Then we picked up sticks from the grass wall in the south lot toward the house.

Round Two -- I dumped out three bags of topsoil in the hollow beyond the patio. It's not really topsoil though, it's full of wood chips in muck.  >_<  Oh well.  I threw down some grass and clover seed; hopefully it will sprout in that mess.  At least the hollow is less deep now. 

The cherry trees are blooming in the orchard.


Apr. 23rd, 2019 02:49 pm
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 I just saw a bluejay in the forest garden.  :D  There are two robins out there also, bathing in the runoff.

something I am grateful for today

Apr. 23rd, 2019 11:59 am
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solving a problem

A Narrow Margin of Failure

Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:10 am
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So after I don't know what, maybe a couple of weeks of having canned fish & rice crackers for lunch instead of hummus & corn chips, I'm seeing two results. First, I'm something like three & a half pounds lighter. Second, that's apparently just enough for me to suddenly be able to do one-legged squats on my left as well as my right. Up to now every time we've done those in my Monday gym class, I've only been able to stand back up on my right leg. When I tried with the left I ended up just sitting there & pulling faces as I tried to rise. Makes sense; dominant hand, dominant leg & boy howdy am I right handed.

The whole fish thing started after I had my yearly blood work done & my HDL was so low it made the PA's eyes pop. "Eat more nuts & walk farther," she said. My wife suggested eating certain fish too (she's a PhD in neurochemistry, she knows whereof she speaks), so here I am lunching on mackerel, sardines & salmon. Don't think I can face anchovies again though. That's too much salt in one package even for me.

Monday Update 4-22-19

Apr. 22nd, 2019 08:19 pm
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "By the People's Voices"
Poem: "The Consequences of Their Own Neglect"
Sunday Yardening
Poem: "Faces in a Mosaic Mirror"
Poem: "The Blue Bird of Happiness"
Poem: "To Repair the Damage of the Lumberman"
Emotional Intimacy Question: Positives
Wednesday Yardening
A Bad Take on Going Nonverbal
Hard Things

 Look on the sale page to find all the sponsored poems.

The April [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam was this past weekend. See what I wrote.

I posted about the Notre Dame Cathedral fire and an update afterwards.

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics.

"Learning the Vocation" belongs to Path of the Paladins. Shahana and company play games in the common room.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and has 20 new verses. Kenzie tells Pretty Ears what is bothering him.

Weather here has been mild with occasional rain. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of grackles, a small flock of sparrows, a small flock of mourning doves, two pairs of house finches, a pair of cardinals, a pair of goldfinches in summer plumage, a brown thrasher, a robin, and a red-winged blackbird. Currently blooming: violas, daffodils, hyacinths, purple grape hyacinths, forsythia, violets, tulips, redbud tree, pear tree.  

Feathering the Nest

Apr. 22nd, 2019 08:05 pm
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Feathering the Nest today for nonsexual intimacies.  Leave prompts, get ficlets! 


Apr. 22nd, 2019 12:22 pm
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I have two male goldfinches in the forest garden right now, one on the hopper feeder and one on the thistle feeder, both in their summer coats.  :D  In winter they are a drab olive, but in summer their bodies are brilliant yellow. They still have some smudges on their shoulders, but they're mostly changed over.  So cute! 

Feathering the Nest for April, 2019!

Apr. 22nd, 2019 09:29 am
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Welcome to the April 2019 Feathering the Nest prompt call!

Today’s prompts have the theme of nonsexual intimacy, which leaves a great deal of room for readers to name their preferred characters, or universe, or events. (I generally don’t write fanfiction, but the core idea often translates well into an original story.) Drop a reply here with at least one prompt and I’ll write a story snippet of at least five hundred words. If I have to choose one among many, thank you. I keep prompt ideas in mind when guiding longer story arcs, to keep a better balance between the positive and negative elements.
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Oh Monday, you rainy fool

Apr. 22nd, 2019 06:58 am
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Supposed to rain a bunch today.. and then nice weather the rest of the week.
Even Mother Nature has it in for Mondays it seems. 🤣

My garden and the lawn are loving it though, so that's alright. Except .. I'll have to mow the lawn again soon. 😂

Not a whole lot planned for today. It's recycling day, so I put things on the curb to be taken away later. I also had cleaned up some unused flower pots and put them at the curb for free.
I'm doing raised beds more often than not, and so they were just stacked up and becoming spider homes. Time for them to go to someone who can use them.

Later Aaron wants to go pick up our regular Noodle Box takeout order (the regular peeps there know our takeout order by heart, so when they see my number they just answer with 'hi' or 'how are you today', and ask if we are getting the usual. 😍😜)

After lunch I am not sure what I'll get up to. Probably rainy day tidying.
Hope everyone has a great Monday

Poem: "By the People's Voices"

Apr. 21st, 2019 11:22 pm
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This poem is spillover from the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mashfanficchick. It also fills the "short temper" square in my 2-28-19 card for the Meet Ugly Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem came out of the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by discussions with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "masks" square in my 9-30-18 card for the Fall Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Mercedes thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, following "When Opportunity Meets with Planning." Read that first or this won't make much sense.

Warning: This poem features intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes consensual impersonation, a bank robbery, a domestic abuse victim, extreme malfeasance from the bank including the endangerment of said victim, the bank manager is an obnoxious dick, random customers choosing NOT to interfere with the bank robbery, soaking someone with a watergun, threatening to use superpowers for minor genital injury, psychedelic use of superpowers, the banks' only public restroom does not meet ADA standards, and also has a camera, vandalism via superpowers, the vault has WAY more money than it should, hiding out in an underground bunker, cramming calories, faceplanting anyway, and other challenges. There are no casualties in the bank job. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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