Creative Jam

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:21 am
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The April [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Identity Crisis."  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.

What I Have Written

From My Prompts

Creative Jam

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:04 am
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Welcome to the eightieth Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, April 20-Sunday, April 21. The theme is "Identity Crisis."

Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Everyone is eligible to post prompts, which may be words or phrases, titles, images, etc. Prompters may request a specific creator, but everyone else may still use that prompt if they wish. Prompts may specify a particular character/world/etc. but creators may use the prompt for something else anyway and post the results. Prompters are still encouraged to post mostly prompts that anyone could use anywhere, as this maximizes the chance of having creators make something based on your prompt. Please title your comment "Prompt" or "Prompts" when providing inspiration so these are easy to find.

Prompt responses may also be treated as prompts and used for further inspiration. For example, a prompt may lead to a sketch which leads to a story, and so on. This kind of cascading inspiration is one of the most fun things about a collective jam session.

Everyone is eligible to use prompts, and everyone who wants to use a given prompt may do so, for maximum flexibility of creator choice in inspiration. You do not have to post a "Claim" reply when you decide to use a prompt, but this does help indicate what is going on so that other prompters can spread out their choice of prompts if they wish.

Creators are encouraged, but not required, to post at least one item free. Likewise, sharing a private copy of material with the prompter is encouraged but not required. Creative material resulting from prompts should be indicated in a reply to the prompt, with a link to the full content elsewhere on the creator's site (if desired); a brief excerpt and/or description of the material may be included in the reply (if desired). It helps to title your comment "Prompt Filled" or something like that so these are easy to identify. There is no time limit on responding to prompts. However, creators are encouraged to post replies sooner rather than later, as the attention of prompters will be highest during and shortly after the session.

Some items created from prompts may become available for sponsorship. Some creators may offer perks for donations, linkbacks, or other activity relating to this project. Check creator comments and links for their respective offerings.

Prompters, creators, and bystanders are expected to behave in a responsible and civil manner. If the moderators have to drag someone out of the sandbox for improper behavior, we will not be amused. Please respect other people's territory and intellectual property rights, and only play with someone else's characters/setting/etc. if you have permission. (Fanfic/fanart freebies are okay.) If you want to invite folks to play with something of yours, title the comment something like "Open Playground" so it's easy to spot. This can be a good way to attract new people to a shared world or open-source project, or just have some good non-canon fun.

Boost the signal! The more people who participate, the more fun this will be. Hopefully we'll see activity from a lot of folks who regularly mention their projects in this community, but new people are always welcome. You can link to this session post or to individual items created from prompts, whatever you think is awesome enough to recommend to your friends.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] fuzzyred, there are 11 new verses in "A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life."   Kenzie tells Pretty Ears about the attack.

Poem: "The Blue Bird of Happiness"

Apr. 19th, 2019 06:00 pm
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This poem came out of the November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] gingicat. It also fills the "blue bird of happiness" square in my 11-5-19 card for the Family Ties Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the Mercedes thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Apr. 19th, 2019 12:28 pm
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I took the dog on a long walk through the neighborhood. We saw a number of odd things, such as two large pumpkins lying among the poppies in someone's front yard: one orange, the other white. They didn't look decayed at all; maybe they are sculptures. The community garden has tidied the weedy area outside the fence, with the result that escaped nasturtiums are now growing some distance away where weeds must have been raked off to. And as we neared home on a street we don't usually take, I saw the mastiff who lives at one house is still alive: he was lying in the front yard sleeping in the warm sunshine, with all four legs in the air. He opened one eye and saw our dog, and bounded to the fence in a single leap, barking like doom. She decided to bristle and snap right back so I convinced her to retreat.

D.O.P.-T. (day before yesterday)

Apr. 19th, 2019 12:25 pm
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I found the area behind the counter awash in new lingerie. I decided to start with the panties.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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This poem is spillover from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "giant anything" square in my 9-30-18 card for the Fall Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the Big One thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Rare Equipment Sightings

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:10 am
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A caboose was once an integral part of a railroad train, in that in many cases, the collection of cars was not actually a "train" unless it had a caboose carrying markers (lights marking the end of the train). Changes in technology, including rear-end devices allowing the engineer to operate the brakes from the head end and to tell whether rear of the train is moving, as well as remotely controlled locomotives cut in at the rear (or sometimes part-way along), made most railroad cabooses (which went by different names on different railroads) obsolete. But they still turn up occasionally, including yesterday.

A blast from the railroad past )

Another piece of non-revenue equipment has been in the area lately as Union Pacific reinvests in its track.

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling )

I didn't realize the maintenance crews were actually dropping rails off outside yesterday, or I would have shot some video as well. By the time I realized what was happening, the crew was getting ready to quit for the day and tie up their train for the night. The UP dispatcher spent a lot of yesterday trying to thread other trains around the maintenance crews as they did their necessary work.

Notre Dame Fire Update

Apr. 19th, 2019 12:23 am
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The fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral was probably caused by an electrical short.  France has already announced a design contest for a new spire.

River: Update 2 on Colleen

Apr. 18th, 2019 06:41 pm
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Colleen took a turn for the worse yesterday between breakfast, which she nibbled at, and lunch, by which time she was very "out of it" and apparently in pain (although I think some of that may have been pure frustration when she couldn't find words.

Apparently a severe infection can have that effect, and can strike quickly -- this is apparently a lot like toxic shock. She has at least three highly-resistant superbugs -- they identified the third this morning.

The kids are coming to visit Saturday -- the soonest they could get here.

Colleen is a stubborn old cat, though. Wish her luck.

Maybe the Last Fire?

Apr. 18th, 2019 02:58 pm
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It's starting to warm up again. I let the fireplace go out last night. There's no more wood in the small box on the porch. Soon we'll know whether we can take the box off the porch, thoroughly clean the porch, and think about applying another coat of paint. It was a pretty long and relatively harsh winter, and the paint from last fall is chipped in many place. It's probably best to repaint before the long summer days start baking the wood again.
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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.

28. Let’s alternate sharing three positive characteristics of each other.

This one is awkward to do online, so I'll just list three positive characteristics of my audience.

* You're smart.  You know all these incredibly cool things and you love geeking out about them together.

* You're diverse.  You take my writing in directions I'd never find without you, and give me details that make it solid, even when the "official" sources suck.

* You're generous.  Your donations keep our household budget going.

I squish you all so much.  :D

Wednesday Yardening

Apr. 17th, 2019 10:27 pm
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Today was sunny, mild, and blustery.  We bought more birdseed, three bags of topsoil to fill the hollow beyond the patio, and a couple bags of flowers and herbs.

Westercon Not a Walkover

Apr. 17th, 2019 12:22 pm
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Not that it was ever going to be a walkover even if we were the only bid on the ballot, as I know better than most, but Tonopah will not be running unopposed to host Westercon 74, as two bids have filed to host the 2021 Westercon, Tonopah NV and Phoenix AZ. (I do not include Bob Hole's Tonopah, Arizona bid, which is not a filed bid and will not be on the ballot.) Links to the bids' filings are at the linked post on the Westercon web site.

As the lead maintainer of, I'm in a delicate situation here. I actually forgot to update the Westercon site after we filed the Tonopah bid, and by the time this was pointed out to me, I thought it best to wait until after the filing deadline. Phoenix's bid was filed very close to the deadline, so it took a couple of days to get it confirmed and posted to the SpikeCon web site. I'm trying to be neutral about the news posts there and to give both bids equal billing, while also making it clear that even being on the ballot doesn't mean you're guaranteed to win.

We do expect to continue bidding for Tonopah NV, and we do still have the support of our convention facilities. We'll do our best to show people why we think our small site in Nevada is the one for which they want to vote and that they want to attend.

Please don't try to bait us into throwing mud at other bids. I've been through this before, and I don't consider it to be a winning strategy to say, "Vote for us because the other bids are worse!" (Particularly because there's a fair chance that either bid will want to recruit people on the other bid's committee post-election.) I expect any bid to accentuate their positives and attempt to ameliorate their negatives, and therefore for questions about other bids, I'll always refer people to those bids rather than try and speak for or about them.

But one thing: If you're thinking, "I assume Phoenix will win, even though I personally prefer Tonopah," then I do earnestly ask you to join SpikeCon if you're not yet a member and to vote for us. You don't have to go to Utah to vote, and you don't need an attending membership to vote. A supporting membership makes you eligible not only to vote on Westercon 74 site selection, but also NASFiC 2020 site selection, and both those races have stakes in play, even though Columbus is running unopposed for NASFiC. (That's because if None of the Above wins in their election, there will be no 2020 NASFiC at all, unlike Westercon and Worldcon, where such a case sends the selection to the Business Meeting.) So if you have a preference in either or both of those elections, the best thing you can do is to join SpikeCon and vote.

A Bad Take on Going Nonverbal

Apr. 17th, 2019 01:06 pm
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(Trigger warning for mishandling of disabilities and twisted assumptions.)

While looking for something else, I stumbled across this helpy article on people who go nonverbal sometimes. It's horribly intolerant, and reminds me of when Deaf people were abused for using sign language because hearing people demanded speech from them. It just pissed me off, so I decided to kick the skeletons out of the closet.

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Hard Things

Apr. 17th, 2019 12:46 am
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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? Is there anything your online friends could do to make your hard things a little easier?

Update on Colleen

Apr. 16th, 2019 05:09 pm
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Yesterday (Monday) she fell trying to go from her walker to the bed -- got herself into an awkward position and seemed confused when I tried to tell her how to get out of it. Rather than simply having the EMTs put her back in bed we decided to use the opportunity to get her to the ER and have her looked at. Which turned out to have been the right thing to do.

She's not doing all that well; but doesn't seem to be in immediate danger. Medical info under the cut. )

She'll almost certainly end up back in rehab again after she's discharged. I'm very worried about the mental confusion and the weakness, although getting more oxygen into her seems to have helped.

I'm not getting a damned thing done on $GIG the last few days; that's probably not surprising but is a matter for concern.

Rain Day

Apr. 16th, 2019 04:41 pm
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No, it didn't snow today, although the clouds that moved in about 7:30 AM looked snow-like, and the storm had dropped snow (and raised chain controls) over Donner Summit. I had to get the fire started again, because it started getting uncomfortably cold. It's hard for me to do my keyboard-based work when I can't feel my fingers! Rain did end up falling for a little while. There's no telling when the last fire of the season will end.

eye doctor P.S.

Apr. 16th, 2019 07:24 pm
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Dr. Lazzara told me something today, as an "if this happens, we can deal with it easily, but you need to know about it." cut for people who don't want to read about cataract surgery )

Tuesday Yardening

Apr. 16th, 2019 05:14 pm
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Today is sunny, mild, and blustery.  I fed the birds.  I need to get more birdseed soon.

Round One, I took the clippers and cut more brush from the prairie garden. 

Round Two, I went back out and cut brush from the strip between the mowed path of the prairie garden and the treeline of the savanna.

Round Three, I cut brush from the middle of the savanna.  I still need to do the edge near the north field and the berry patch.  It's getting dark, though, so I'm done for tonight.
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