Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

Feb. 17th, 2019 03:28 pm
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There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics from Monday, February 18 through Sunday, February 24.  I hope to see you there! 
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Welcome to Mercedes
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 1 of 2, complete
Word count (story only): 1417


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, this story is set in Mercedes, and takes place immediately after “Ripple Effect,” (here is the link to part one) and picking up right after Aida left the shop. Bennett gets a feel for Evard’s personality as he insists upon trying to mitigate the young man’s earlier experience with a “massage” that focused more on his body issues than his emotional needs. Fluff and comfort for miles. ::


On to part two




In Bennett’s work space, there was only one visible clock, in the work room where the client could see it easily. It was also the only sound, muffled almost completely by the glass wall and door that separated the main area from the work room. Silently, the two men watched Aida jog away, standing still for a long moment after she moved out of sight.

Evard cocked his eyebrow, and shifted the position of his hood a little. “Is she always like that?”

“No.” Bennett laughed aloud. “That’s a mellow response from her. He sent a text, then grinned at his guest. “Now, let’s get you ready for a real massage. Sledgehammer? Seriously? I’d best not meet them any time soon!” he warned.
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Gendered Classrooms

Feb. 17th, 2019 04:22 am
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 This was me.  I did this damn near every time someone tried to line us up by gender.  If I wasn't doing that, I was standing with the boys.  It drove many teachers so batshit that they quit doing gender lines rather than argue with me.

Ways to Improve Accounting

Feb. 17th, 2019 01:23 am
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 ... that will never fly in America, but would fix so many problems.

Refugees Then and Now

Feb. 17th, 2019 01:09 am
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Yes, some refugees today are in exactly the position of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.  They leave or they die, because some countries are killing Muslims or Christians or whatever else they've decided to hate; others are killing gays and transfolk and women who wear pants; quite a few are targeting doctors, scientists, journalists, and other intellectuals; and several just seem to be shooting anything that moves.  It's the same.  It's people fleeing genocide because they don't want to die.  

And countries are responding now just as they did to Jews: turning them away.  Oh sure, after  WWII everyone was "shocked" and "sorry" that Jews sent back to Germany were executed en masse.  After most of the Jews were safely dead and not in need of food, shelter, or any other assistance anymore.  People will turn back desperate masses and then be "shocked" and "saddened" when a toddler winds up drowned on their beach.  Well, when people are in dire situations, they will escape as best they can, and if nobody helps them do that safely then quite a lot of them will die along the way.  So everyone who supports  refugee-hostile polices becomes guilty of refoulement and shares part of the moral burden for those deaths, because their choices lead to actions that lead to dead refugees.  Those who fight for human rights are not at fault for the errors of others.

Stretching

Feb. 17th, 2019 01:02 am
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Here's a post that says stretching has no benefits.  I have no idea how people keep generating these results.

When I was in school, everybody knew that stretching was a good idea.  That is, either we had personally ripped something or gotten awful cramps because we didn't bother to stretch out before doing something vigorous, or we'd seen other people make that mistake and decided to be more careful ourselves.  The connection was really sort of obvious.

Currently, I use stretching in small bits scattered throughout the day, because if I don't, my butt welds itself to the chair and my muscles lock up.  Stretch, or ache.  This also is really fucking obvious.  Some people's bodies don't knot up as much as others, but if you sit long enough -- and people nowadays tend to sit a LOT -- then eventually it will happen.  It can be fixed by stretching.

Anyone who's done a bendy sport -- cheerleading, gymnastics, bellydancing, yoga, etc. -- can tell the difference between people who do some kind of stretching regularly and people who do not.  Granted, there is a strong genetic factor in how stretchy your body is, but it will certainly bend better if you stretch it regularly than if you do not.  And if you haven't done it recently, you can sure feel the difference when you try to do it.

WTF even, science. >_<

Poem: "Experience Stinks"

Feb. 16th, 2019 07:10 pm
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This is the freebie for the February 2019 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam.  It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] zianuray.


"Experience Stinks"


Growing up
is learning that

not everything which
is black-and-white
and fuzzy is a kitten.

Sometimes,
experience stinks,

but it's still better
than ignorance.

* * * 

Notes:

This image was the other inspiration for the poem.
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In today's fragmented world, people can improve it by reaching out to each other. Here are some ideas for building community in your neighborhood.

Build a community garden. This is a time-tested way to promote community interaction in your neighborhood as well as share in a bounty of fresh veggies. Check out the American Community Gardening Association’s steps for getting started.

If you already have a community garden, then examine it to see if you could make any improvements.  Is it accessible to everyone?  If not, think about how you could add or change features to fix that.  You don't have to make the entire  space accessible as long as people can get into it easily and do all the things somewhere.  Alternatively, you could create a new community garden in another space that is fully accessible, which lets you do creative things -- such as putting roll-under beds above an abandoned parking lot -- that wouldn't be compatible with extant hardscaping. 

The same goes for other alternative or specialized approaches.  Organic gardens, vertical gardens, perennial gardens, and permaculture gardens, are all things that people sometimes squabble over in conventional community gardens.  Give them their own spot and you not only solve that problem, you also reduce crowding and create multiple locations to spread out the benefits of green space.  As with accessibility, some places unsuitable for ordinary gardens are preset for alternatives -- any sturdy old building becomes a frame for vertical garden, and so on.

something I am grateful for today

Feb. 16th, 2019 02:27 pm
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a walk in the sun -- I am becoming more aware of how much I miss and need this
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Ripple Effect
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 4 of 4, complete
Word count (story only): 1579


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, set in Mercedes, this story begins with a focus on Aida Finn, and her reaction to the events of “Hello, Rachel Eastwitch!” It spans Thursday night and Friday, but would be most coherent to readers if it is read after “Off Day.” (Here’s the link to part one.) Aida’s choices affect her friendships with Jules and others, and her future, far more than she realizes in any given moment. Posted as the bonus story for the February 2019 Magpie Monday prompt call. Thank you, all! ::


Back to part three
:: Thanks for reading! ::




“That’s it,” Bennett declared, rummaging in his pants pocket with one hand while pointing toward the door marked “Employees Only ” with the other. “That’s the bathroom. I’ll get you a draping sheet and you can get stripped down. Half an hour’s work, on me.”

“That’s a good way to go out of business,” the man with lizard-tone skin declared.

Aida shrugged. “Or, look at it this way; he’s got the shop open in case someone walks in. That means that he’s here, the shop is cleaned top to bottom, and at the very least, if someone walks in and notices that you’re on the massage table instead of sitting in the chair for a tattoo, they’ll have a different expectation of him as a tattoo artist.”

She tossed a teasing grin at Bennett. “It’s not about proving that you can handle pain, right?”
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Ripple Effect
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 3 of 4, complete
Word count (story only): 1419


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, set in Mercedes, this story begins with a focus on Aida Finn, and her reaction to the events of “Hello, Rachel Eastwitch!” It spans Thursday night and Friday, but would be most coherent to readers if it is read after “Off Day.” (Here’s the link to part one.) Aida’s choices affect her friendships with Jules and others, and her future, far more than she realizes in any given moment. Posted as the bonus story for the February 2019 Magpie Monday prompt call. Thank you, all! ::


Back to part two
On to part four




The shop was open, with the lights on and the green neon ‘open’ sign lit, but the sketches on display were from the day before. She bit her lip nervously, then barrelled ahead, sweeping into the shop to find Bennett sitting on the long ‘guest’ sofa, with a pair of reading glasses perched on his nose and a spiral bound notebook perched on his thigh. His foot, dangling just beyond the point where his ankle rested on his other knee, bobbed in time to music she couldn’t hear.

“Hello!” Aida greeted, then pointedly held the door open for several more seconds. “Apparently, Mercedes has attracted attention again,” she explained, then shrugged. “Evard? You’d better show up, and if you upset my friend, this time I will let the punch land!”

A snort answered her. Evard became visible again.
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Ripple Effect
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 2 of 4, complete
Word count (story only): 1500


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, set in Mercedes, this story begins with a focus on Aida Finn, and her reaction to the events of “Hello, Rachel Eastwitch!” It spans Thursday night and Friday, but would be most coherent to readers if it is read after “Off Day.” (Here’s the link to part one.) Aida’s choices affect her friendships with Jules and others, and her future, far more than she realizes in any given moment. Posted as the bonus story for the February 2019 Magpie Monday prompt call. Thank you, all! ::


Back to part one
On to part three




“I’ll text you five minutes before the bell rings to let out, so you’ll wake up before the interesting classes start,” the tallest, and least talkative of the trio told his friend. The other boy loped away, leaving the tall, brown-haired teen standing awkwardly in the grass. “Aida… We were talking about how we acted to Drew, when we believed the rumor that he had Power Bestowal… If we email you an apology, can you forward it to him, or is he shut of the whole town forever?” he rushed to say.

“He left for his own safety,” Aida told him. “He didn’t leave us. We’re still family, and his friends didn’t buy Mister Bradstreet’s story to begin with,” she offered coolly. “If you email it to me, that also means that I have your permission to read it. I won’t send it if I think you’re spinning a line, or just trying to find out new gossip,” she warned.
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Ripple Effect
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 1 of 4, complete
Word count (story only): 1421


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, set in Mercedes, this story begins with a focus on Aida Finn, and her reaction to the events of “Hello, Rachel Eastwitch!” It spans Thursday night and Friday, but would be most coherent to readers if it is read after “Off Day.” (Here’s the link to part one.) Aida’s choices affect her friendships with Jules and others, and her future, far more than she realizes in any given moment. Posted as the bonus story for the February 2019 Magpie Monday prompt call. Thank you, all! ::


On to part two




Aida eyed the calendar pinned above her desk longingly. The colors of a Maldivian dawn, pooling over a welcoming ocean, seemed to stare back at her. She wanted to be done with everybody else’s crap. She wanted to go somewhere private and serene and within a stone’s throw of her friends in the ocean, not that she’d ever throw rocks at them, but maybe a manhole cover for Steel to use as a Frisbee… The distraction played out for moment before she pulled herself back to the task at hand.

Done at last.

She pushed her Esperanto work aside, mentally counting the days until she would hear back from the museum curators for her summer internship.

First, she had to get to Valentine’s Day, and that was a challenge even in middle school. At least she wasn’t likely to punch anyone this year.

No, first she had to get through Friday.

Forget it; all bets on keeping her temper were now down to five-minute increments. Maybe she could make it to lunch tomorrow.
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Home Is Where the Heart Is
By DIalecticdreamer/Sarah WIlliams
Part 1 of 1, complete
Word count (story only): 1705


:: This story begins just after the events of “Help from the In-Laws,” (link to part one) when Elisabeth Finn returns home a little too agitated to get back to sleep. She and Graham decide to put that restless energy to use pursuing their newest avocation: justice for Shiv, in the form of consequences to those who neglected and mistreated him when they should have been helping him. The story was written for the February 2019 Magpie Monday from a prompt by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith and sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred. Both shall be lauded in song and story! ::




Whirlwind dropped Elisabeth off with a cheery wave, her other hand full of a sticky cherry Danish still hot from the oven. Elisabeth balanced a white bakery box, printed in blue ink, and delicately curlicued French writing, and then slipped from the great room into the hall, intending to put the pastries in the kitchen.

She nearly bumped into Graham on the way. He had tossed on a faded sweatshirt, but she could see the collar of his pajamas peeking out, and his robe hung open over it all. “How’d it go?” he asked, his voice tight with worry.
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Help from the In-Laws
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 2 of 2, complete
Word count (story only): 1315


:: This story is set in the Polychrome Heroics series, the Mercedes and the Shiv story arcs (though Shiv is Sir-Not-Appearing-In-This-Story). Written for the February Magpie Monday, this story has somewhat flexible timing, needing only a random Sunday morning in January, after Blues Moon is closed. It was written for a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman and sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred, who are both worthy lares for any bard’s hearth.


Back to part one
:: Thanks for reading! ::




Boss White had arrived, clad in a dark gray suit without the jacket, but with his vest properly buttoned and his tie perfectly knotted. He nodded respectfully to Doctor Finn, effortlessly holding everyone’s attention in the main room.

She nodded in return, still rubbing the baby’s back. “So far, she looks healthy, and there’s no obvious sign of trauma or reason to run a blood panel.” Elisabeth frowned. “Age wise, she’s probably closer to ten months than a year, but her progress is either right on track or a little ahead of the curve.” A delicate lift of her eyebrow was the only warning she gave before asking Boss White, “Do you think that you can find her name? I’ve seen recent examples of using telepathy and other skills to look for such details.”
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Help from the In-Laws
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 1 of 2, complete
Word count (story only): 1250


:: This story is set in the Polychrome Heroics series, the Mercedes and the Shiv story arcs (though Shiv is Sir-Not-Appearing-In-This-Story). Written for the February Magpie Monday, this story has somewhat flexible timing, needing only a random Sunday morning in January, after Blues Moon is closed. It was written for a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman and sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred, who are both worthy lares for any bard’s hearth.


On to part two




The call came in at a quarter to midnight. Elisabeth reached the land line first, answering with an increasingly alert, “Hello, Doctor Finn speaking.”

“Well, drat, I was trying to reach Molly. I think an EMT is enough, I just need somebody to check over the kid I found next to the trash bins between Blues Moon and the storage building.” It was a female voice, perhaps twenty or twenty-five, but rushed with anxiety.
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Creative Jam

Feb. 16th, 2019 02:28 am
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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now active with a theme of "growing up."  Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written
"Experience Stinks" is today's freebie.


From My Prompts

 

something I am grateful for today

Feb. 15th, 2019 06:31 pm
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getting better acquainted with a new character -- this gives me hope for this new book and makes me feel more like a Real Writer

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