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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2017-10-18 04:00 pm

Wednesday Yardening

Today is sunny, mild, and breezy.  I refilled the birdfeeders.  Birds are fluttering around in the nice weather today, although I haven't seen any on the feeders.

I planted 24 Muscari armeniacum  around bushes along the driveway.  This is a classic type of blue grape hyacinth which puts up spikes of tiny purple flowers shaped like bells.

We hope to get back out later and work on the area around the outdoor woodpile.

EDIT 10/18/17: We moved a wheelbarrow of firewood from the yard onto the porch.

EDIT 10/18/17: I went back out and fertilized the bulb gardens and some places where they're naturalized.  Thanks to whoever it was that reminded me of this.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2017-10-18 01:08 pm
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Parking Maneuver

How a strongman solves a parking problem.  More common in Terramagne than here, but fun to see. 
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2017-10-18 12:09 am
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Hard Things

Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?
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alexcat ([personal profile] alexcat) wrote2017-10-18 12:44 am

Halloween #18: Blackbeard's Ghost

North Carolina has many ghosts and strange stories and perhaps the most famous real life pirate of all met his end in North Carolina. Edward Teach was the name he used but you know him as Blackbeard.

Here is his story: )

This article was copied from here: http://northcarolinaghosts.com/coast/blackbeards-ghost/ The photos were added by me.

Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge was found several years ago and there is an exhibit of pieces of the ship and many, many artifacts as well as several education programs on the pirate himself and the salvage operation itself at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in the historic and quite lovely town of Beaufort, NC. The artifacts are fascinating and I think they give a real glance at life in the early 18th century.


North Carolina's Beaufort, by the way is pronounced bow-fort.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2017-10-17 04:04 pm

Tuesday Yardening

Today is sunny and mild to cool. 

I planted 6 double early mix tulips around the barrel garden.  These put out fluffy flowers in warm colors, some solids and others bicolors.

Later I'm hoping to get back out and move firewood from the yard into the woodbin on the porch.

EDIT 10-17-17: We moved one wheelbarrow of wood from the yard to the porch.

EDIT 10-17-17: I went back out and planted 25 mixed crocus around the row of saplings beside the driveway.  These are purple, white, yellow, and white with purple stripes.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2017-10-17 02:47 pm

Poetry Fishbowl Report for October 3, 2017

Our theme this month was "Otherkin and Other-nesses." I wrote from 1:15 PM to 4:30 AM, so roughly 13 hours 15 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and another 6 later in the week.

Participation was lower this time, with 15 comments on LiveJournal and another 45 on Dreamwidth. However, please welcome new prompter [personal profile] elinox, whom you can thank for the second freebie.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Fisheye Lenses"
"The Green Monkey"
"Grow into a Scary Place"
"Liminality"
"Overkineralization"
"The Source of Each Other"
"Telltails"
"Transpeciation"

"Gliding In" (Polychrome Heroics, August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl spillover and Creative Jam)
"Transcend Apparent Limits" (Polychrome Heroics: Cuoio and Chiara, August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Come Closer in Kinship" (Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses, July 4, 2017 Poetry 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 October 3, 2017. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Currently sponsored poems from this fishbowl have been posted. This month's donors include: [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, Anthony & Shirley Barrette, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, and [personal profile] janetmiles. There were no new donors this time.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Transcend Apparent Limits" is the free epic. It also make the $250 goal, so that's three tallies toward a bonus fishbowl, which will run mid-November.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2017-10-17 02:21 pm
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Dragon Night

Last night we turned on the kerosene heater for the first time this season.  :D  It always makes me think of dragons, that ruddy glow putting out so much heat.

Today we lit the woodstove.  The EcoFan is spinning merrily atop it, although it doesn't seem to put out a great deal of breeze.  I think it will still be better than nothing when the power goes out and all we have is the stove, not its electric fan. 
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Samantha ([personal profile] quantumcupcakes) wrote2017-10-17 07:41 pm
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Depression

Mental health is important but it's so widely misunderstood, and mental illness is so misrepresented. I know there have been campaigns recently about ending the stigma, about opening communication. And as Bob Hoskins would tell us - it's good to talk.

I have personal experience with a number of conditions, namely depression, schizo-affective disorder and ADHD. I am not an expert on any of these illnesses and nor will I ever claim to be. This is purely based on my own observations and interactions with the people in my life.

I have had depressive episodes in my life. I have been depressed, generally for a period of one to three months and I generally don't realize that's what the problem is until I'm out the other side. Based on my current feelings of the universe hating me and desperate need to keep Jack & Lucy safe, I am most likely in the midst of one of these episodes which is undoubtedly brought on by stress and major change in life.

I am fortunate. I am surrounded by those who are not as fortunate. I watch my girlfriend doing battle with her mind everyday; every single day for the last 8 years she gets up and fights. I am awed by her strength, by her will to survive, her will to live.

For most, depression is a chronic condition. It is something that you live with daily. There are times when it flares up and overwhelms you. And there are times when you're fairly functional. You can have depression and be happy at the same time. You can have depression and no one know it.

Depression isn't just being sad. Obviously, it encompasses that, but it includes so much more. Your body slows down while the brain monkeys get to work feeding you lies and pressing all the buttons that fill you with fear and sadness and loneliness and anxiety. Depression is a hole that gets darker the deeper you fall into it. It strangles your view of the world outside as well as your view of who you really are.

Don't expect people with depression to be able to reach out for help when it gets really bad. They can't.

Instead, it is our responsibility, our societal contract if you will, to be the ones to check in with those we love, to not let them skate by with "I'm fine" when you know they aren't. It doesn't have to be a lot of work. Just reach out, remind them of your love, that you care that they exist, that you are glad they are alive and in your life. Don't expect them to just get better, just get over it, move on, be happy, etc. It really isn't something they can control.

For most, there is no "reason" that they are depressed, other than their brain chemistry. So put down all the platitudes and inspiration quotes. Stop assuming that if you leave them alone for a few weeks, they'll be all better the next time you see them. Let go of the idea that all they need is a little sunshine or a walk in the woods or a day at the beach or a night out with friends. None of those things fix brain chemistry.

Do reach out to them, especially if their pattern of behaviour changes or they go radio silent unexpectedly. Don't judge how they look (many folks with depression can not do the simple tasks of showering, brushing hair, getting dressed, etc) or the shape of their house (if they can't clean themselves, they likely can't clean their house). Do come over and sit with them, yes, even in the mess. Talk to them and keep talking....TO them, not AT them. Get them talking, GENTLY. Make them a meal. Help them clean (don't do it for them, that will just reinforce what the brain monkeys are telling them about how worthless they are). Offer to take them to see a doctor. Offer to go get their meds refilled.

Above all, just check the judgemental ableist attitude at the door. And love. Love deeply, warmly and without condition.
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Jack ([personal profile] jackjanderson) wrote2017-10-17 06:09 pm

Music Monday (on a Tuesday)

Those of you who read [personal profile] quantumcupcakes blog already know this but I broke my wrist at the weekend. I slipped on a damn LEAF, put my hand down to break my fall, broke my wrist instead and knocked myself out. Spent a day and a night in hospital for reasons of concussion and frightened the life out of poor Samantha who's been texting me all day to make sure I'm ok.

Today I'm looking at A song that moves you forward

There's something about Bach - Toccata And Fugue In D Minor that always gets the blood pumping

I had intended on posting a meme I've seen floating around but this cast is too cumbersome. If I thought I typed slowly beforehand, I'm even slower right now. I'd still be here at Christmas - and probably the one in 2018!
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aldersprig ([personal profile] aldersprig) wrote2017-10-17 01:03 pm

A New World: Myths

“That is… a very good question.  But I suppose the answer lies in the fact that Kaelingrade is said to have disappeared, isn’t she?  Whereas Carrenonna-”  She trailed off, hoping someone knew.

“Kaelingrade vanished without a trace, tower and all, in a cold spring one day during the Aterpian Wars,” read the father. “What are - oh, those were some of the wars before we landed, weren’t they?  Skirmishes?”

Kael raised her eyebrows at the man. “Skirmishes?  You are talking about battles when thousands on thousands of people died.”

“But they didn’t have real technology here, did they?  Before we, I mean, before colonists came.  That was a long time ago, but I know there wasn’t anything like modern warfare.”

“Oh, come on, Dad.”  The older daughter rolled her eyes.  “Just because we can drop bombs and blow up entire cities now doesn’t mean that we’re superior or something.  And besides, they had magic back then, real magic, didn’t they?”

“Aria, what did we say about-”

read on…
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aldersprig ([personal profile] aldersprig) wrote2017-10-17 09:54 am

Patreon Posts!

 

This is a weird one.  Today’s Patreon Sum-up involves three stories I wrote, not to prompts, but because they appeared to me.  All crossovers of one sort or another. 

 

Okay, so I’m working on my outlines for Finish It nanowrimo coming up in, well, November.  And I got to the one for Facets of Dusk and I started thinking about – well, the doors they might open

🚪

“Get us someplace with medical care!” Simon shouted.
“Someplace with advanced technomagical medical care.”  Aerich’s aristocratic snarl sounded panicked.
“Someplace they’re not going to shoot at us.”  Cole’s voice was calm.  But Cole, who had Josie in his arms, also sounded serious.
Read On


I blame this on my current marathon re-read of the Sandman comics.  

📚

On Halloween, 2011, when the walls between worlds were thinner than they had ever been, the woman called The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (because her Mentor had been fond of Robert Heinlein, in his day and in her day) left her kids with her sister, as per their arrangement, and slipped out between those world-barriers.

Read On!


Okay, I guess the theme is really talking to me this month. 

Here’s another bonus, spurred on but not really related to a line from a Popular Mechanics article I read last night: (paraphrase) “AI is going to make the Industrial Revolution look small.”

🤖

Autumn knew better than to grab the strands of the world too much around Hallowe’en.
Everything was thinner at that time, more responsive, more willing to bend and twist and open.

Read On!

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alexcat ([personal profile] alexcat) wrote2017-10-17 08:20 am

Dragons

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alexcat ([personal profile] alexcat) wrote2017-10-17 07:43 am

Halloween #17: The Brown Mountain Lights

I have never seen the lights but Larry has. I asked him if they were really just car headlights and he said no and they are quite eerie to see.

This article comes from this site: North Carolina Ghosts.

The Brown Mountain Lights )


Where to go to see the lights

Brown Mountain is located in the Pisgah National Forest, and there a few nearby overlooks commonly used to observe the lights.

Brown Mountain Overlook, located 20 miles north of Morganton on NC highway 181, 1 mile south of the Barkhouse Picnic Area.

Wiseman's View Overlook can be found 5 miles south of Linville Falls on Kistler Memorial Highway, which is also Old NC 105 and State Road 1238.

Lost Cove Cliffs Overlook, which is found on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at mile-post 310, 2 miles north of the NC highway 181 junction.

The lights are most commonly seen on clear, dry nights in the autumn. Moonless nights can be a boon to visibility. The lights are a relatively rare occurrence, and many people have sat on a car hood late into the evening staring into the darkness and seeing nothing. But it's definitely worth a look.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2017-10-17 01:00 am
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DIY Medication

A new-old option is entering the field.  Remember that everyone used DIY medication until it became a viciously protected industry.  If you find the health care system accessible, affordable, and effective then by all means use it.  But if you can't access it, then studying how to do things for yourself is better than dying because some bastard decided to murder people by jacking up the cost of lifesaving medication by 6000% or whatever.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2017-10-17 12:52 am

Sexual Diversity

 ... is not a binary, but rather a spectrum with many variations.  They're just kind of hard to see when doctors routinely cut off genitals they find offensive.  It particularly aggravates me when people argue the "isness" of gender not based on scientific fact but a casual glance at the crotch, which is often wrong in intersex cases.  At least a chromosome reading would tell you what the sex chromosomes say.  Which is sometimes XXY, XYY, X0, or other things that aren't the standard male or female -- leaving those people legally obligated to lie about their sex on almost every form, which only offer male/female in official contexts.  Someone really needs to sue the government for rampant sex discrimination.  I mean, imagine if the forms only offered "male" and all women had to lie or go without services.  They'd be as pissed as they were back when a lot of places had only men's toilets.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2017-10-17 12:45 am

Gravity and Light

 ... have been sighted making waves together.  This is cool.  However, these discoveries are moving humans closer to graviton technology.  This concerns me.  While it's always exciting, it's also extremely dangerous.  They haven't even figured out how to use nuclear power safely, which could largely destroy the biosphere.  A graviton accident can crack a planet in a half, a developed weapon can pulverize one, and farther up the scale you get sunkiller bombs.  *looks at the steaming pile in the Oval Office*  I am not sanguine about Earth's survival.  :(

We should probably mail some algae and tardigrades to Mars and the water moons while we can.
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2017-10-16 11:56 pm

Planetarium First Impressions

We bought a board game called Planetarium. Tonight we playtested it in preparation for playing with friends later this month. I'm not inclined to do a full review based on one round, but I want to record some preliminary observations so I don't forget them. After I've played some more, I'll add more details and clean up the descriptions.

Read more... )
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aldersprig ([personal profile] aldersprig) wrote2017-10-16 09:10 pm

REASONABLE sized poll for NanoWrimo, IV

The original poll was a little too long, so I'm divvying this up into little polls for everyone's sanity.

This is four out of either five or six.

Poll #18954 Fourth Poll of the Polling Polls
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


Planners, Unicorn/Factory, Standalone and/or Shadow Rebellion: Which of these stories should I continue?

View Answers

Beginning with a Kiss
0 (0.0%)

Breaking In
1 (14.3%)

Change
2 (28.6%)

Where Do Unicorns Come From?
3 (42.9%)

Duty
1 (14.3%)

The Silver Road
3 (42.9%)

Cleaning House/Observing
4 (57.1%)

The Shadow Rebellion
3 (42.9%)

Packing
0 (0.0%)

Friendly Fiend Forgetting
3 (42.9%)

The Tuesday Map.
1 (14.3%)

A Toque for Hill Primus.
1 (14.3%)

Eralon Explains
4 (57.1%)

What (not on the giant list) should I continue for Science!, Fairy Town, Things Unspoken, and/or Inner Circle?


The Links
Beginning with a Kiss
Breaking In
Change
Where Do Unicorns Come From?
Duty
The Silver Road
Cleaning House/Observing
The Shadow Rebellion
Packing
Friendly Fiend Forgetting
The Tuesday Map.
A Toque for Hill Primus.
Eralon Explains

Links for original Poll

Stranded/Reiassan Poll

II: Addergoole/Tír na Cali Poll

III: Dragons Next Door, Vas' World, & Facets of Dusk poll
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ysabetwordsmith ([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith) wrote2017-10-16 05:01 pm

Unsold Poetry for the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl

The unsold poetry list for the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl is now up on LiveJournal.