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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"
"The Source of Each Other"

"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.

Dragon Night

Oct. 17th, 2017 02:21 pm
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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. 


Oct. 17th, 2017 07:41 pm
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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.

75 Shadowhunters Icons

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:44 pm
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24 Magnus, 11 Alec, 7 Magnus & Alec, 6 Izzy
6 Jace, 11 Clary, 6 Jace & Clary, 4 Sebastian

- See the rest here -
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Title: To the Bone
Author: Tarlan ([personal profile] tarlanx)
Fandom: The Magnificent Seven (TV)
Pairing/Characters: Chris/Vin
Rating/Category: PG13 Slash
Word Count: 1762
Spoilers: None
Summary: It was a dark and stormy night, late in the Fall, at a time when the veil between the living and the dead was at its thinnest.
Notes/Warnings: None

Written for [community profile] hc_bingo Round 8: Haunted, [community profile] trope_bingo Round 9: Bodyswap, and [community profile] mag7bingo 2017: Bodyswap

On AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/12392517

Dark Matter 3x10

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:14 am
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I was reasonably okay with the show being cancelled until we started to get into the last few episodes of season three. And now it's killing me. AAAAAUUUUGHHH.

Spoilers are making unwise life choices like usual )

Random Things

Oct. 17th, 2017 10:22 am
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John Dunsworth, A Canadian actor, has passed away. He was hugely popular as Jim Lahey from Trailer Park Boys, but to me he was Dave Teague on Hven. Condolences to his family and friends.

Last night I deleted Supergirl from the pvr. I felt a little bad about it, but I havent watched in episode since middle of season two.

I turned the furnace on for the whole night last night, not just a jolt of heat to take the damp out, but heat all night if needed. I woke up sweating so I guess we aren't quite there yet. Hurray.

Why are surprise real estate signs never on the lawns of those you would love to no longer have as neighbours?

I'm on book four of The Dark Tower series. It has sat unread on my bookshelf since it came out. I decided after book three to wait for the rest of the books to be written and I'm just now getting around to them. I'm all hey "thinnies!".

I was giving the animals their monthly dose of revolution (or whichever one we are using this year) when Dutchess bolted. I was about halt-way throughh emptieing the pippette on her, so I had to chase her about shouting things like "Do you want to be a mangy flea-bag, do you?" (If all goes well, this should be the last month I have to do that for a while.)

[personal profile] gingerpig will be here for her visit in less than a week. It's beem too long since I saw her last. I'm excited!

I am enjoying the hell out of Discovery. Compain if you must. Look, I am currently on season two of The Next Generation, and have skipped many episodes cause NO. Just NO. TNG is not my Trek. Although Guinan has finally put in some appearances, so things are looking up.

The Good Place is makeing me laugh and being terribly clever. I though Ted Danson had had his day, but I was wrong. Watching him as Michael is a joy. He has no shame, and it so much fun to watch.

FAKE: Fanfic: Poor Dog

Oct. 17th, 2017 02:26 pm
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Title: Poor Dog
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Dee, Ryo, OFC, Dog.
Rating: PG
Setting: After the manga.
Summary: Out for a walk on a windy day, Dee and Ryo come across a lost dog with a rather unfortunate name.
Word Count: 1488
Content Notes: None needed.
Written For: Challenge 206: Name.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.

Poor Dog... )
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Or the time I named my cat after a character Shatner played. Poor Kirk, no wonder he was crazy, (even by cat standards.)

Before Discovery's premiere, [personal profile] gryffindoridiot and I had a conversation which resulted in me promising to write about a young Sarek's adventures in a Vulcan free love cult. Don't ask, it's a long story.

Today at 4 in the morning, (when I tend to come up with my best ideas.)
Me: OMG, Lorca and Sarek are the only two straight white males on the show. I must fix this!

Ladies, gentlemen, and people of all genders...get ready for the worst fic in Star Trek history.

P.S. I know I've stated on multiple occasions that I'm incapable of writing m/m, (except for the one time I did), but this idea is so insane that it might just work.

P.P.S. One day I will get an actual review of Discovery up in which I discuss such exciting topics as:

* Michael Burnham has chemistry with anything that moves.
* Michael and Saru's relationship is absolutely riveting, (but not like that)
* What happened to my red shirts? Now I have no way of telling who's going to die!

P.P.P.S. Why must I have so much homework?

Pull The Football - Save the World

Oct. 17th, 2017 08:25 am
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Via [personal profile] rachelmanija

Are you worried about nuclear war? I am too. Keep reading for a way to stop it with one simple action.

Maybe you feel small and powerless. But many snowflakes make an avalanche. If we all move in the same direction, we'll be unstoppable. We will only fail if we choose not to act.

Trump has the power to order a pre-emptive nuclear strike for any reason - or no reason at all. He's always shadowed by a man with a briefcase of codes, called the "nuclear football," to enable him to launch nuclear missiles at any time. It would take less than five minutes from his order to the missiles being launched, and no one could stop him. Republican Senator Bob Corker says Trump is leading us into World War III. I believe him.

But we don't have to stand by and let it happen. Let's pull away that football!

Both House and Senate have bills to prevent the President from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without a congressional declaration of war. They're both called the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. (S. 200 - Senate, HR 669 - House.) Passing those bills may literally save the world.

How to save the world:

1. Contact your representatives in Congress. Ask them to co-sponsor the bill NOW, before it's too late.

2. Contact EVERYONE in Congress who might want to prevent a nuclear war. Usually people only speak to their own representatives. But with the fate of the entire world is at stake, it's worth contacting everyone who might listen.

3. Promote the Pull The Football campaign on social media. Trump isn't the only one who can use Twitter. Get on it and start tweeting #PullTheFootball.

Share this post on Facebook or Dreamwidth. Put up your own post on whatever social media you use. Ask your friends in person. If you know anyone in the media, contact them to get the word out. If you're not American, you can help by publicizing the campaign on social media that Americans follow.

How do I contact my representatives?

1. Resistbot is a free service that will fax, call, or write your representatives for you. Just text the word "resist" to 50409 to begin.

2. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to the representative of your choice.

I've contacted everyone. What now?

Contact them again. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. One water drop can be brushed away. Many water drops make a flood. Call, fax, or write as often as possible. Set aside 15 minutes every day to make as many calls or faxes as you can in that time. Relentlessness works - it's why the NRA is so successful. If they can do it, we can do it.

What do I say?

Page down for a sample script. Or speak or write in your own words.

Democrats to contact:

Every Democrat not currently sponsoring one of the bills. Thank them for their courage and service to the nation, and ask them to act now to save the world.

Thank the Democrats currently sponsoring the bills. There are 57 in the House and 9 in the Senate. Especially, thank Congressman Ted Lieu (sponsor of the House bill) and Sen. Edward Markey (sponsor of the Senate bill). Encourage them to step up their efforts to make it pass.

Republicans to contact:

The Republicans listed below are the most prominent who have voiced concerns about Trump. This is not an exhaustive list. There are more Republicans who might be receptive. For instance, all the House Republicans who just voted for more aid for Puerto Rico, and all Republicans who are retiring from their seats and so not worried about getting re-elected.

Sen. Bob Corker (202) 224-3344) warned us that Trump is setting the nation on a path to World War III. If you only contact one Republican representative, contact him. Thank him for his courage and urge him to follow through on his convictions.

Rep. Walter Jones (202) 225-3415 is the only Republican to support the bill. Thank him for his courage and urge him to get his colleagues onboard.

Other Republican senators to prioritize contacting: Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, Dean Heller, John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, Marco Rubio, and Bob Sasse.

Sample Script

Hello, my name is [your name.] I'm calling to ask Representative/Senator [their name] to co-sponsor the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. (S. 200 - Senate, HR 669 - House.)

I believe Republican Senator Bob Corker when he says we're on the brink of World War Three. No one benefits from a nuclear war. But we can stop it if we choose to. This may be the most important action Representative/Senator [their name] will take in their entire life. It may literally save the world. I urge them to co-sponsor the bill restricting first use of nuclear weapons. Thank you.

Thank you for reading this far! Please share the post before you go.

Weekend Accomplishments

Oct. 17th, 2017 08:14 am
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Sorry no post yesterday; I woke up feeling nauseated, so I stayed home from work and slept and read all day.

1. Laundry! Two loads.

2. Attended two concerts, one Friday night, one Sunday afternoon.

3. Finished watching Defenders and helped a friend out with some stuff.

4. Bought a new black rayon shirt for choir, and hand-washed it in preparation for Wednesday night's concert.

5. Laid out clothes and chose makeup and packed my bag with choir folder and such for Tuesday and Wednesday, so I wouldn't have to do it in the mornings.

Dress rehearsal tonight; am currently eating oatmeal, and hoping this stomach unpleasantness has fully gone away.
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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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Title: Greenhorn
Characters: JD and Buck
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: JD and Buck: Partners

When the kid jumped off that stagecoach Buck hadn't expected to give a damn. He didn't have time for a greenhorn who had learned all he knew about the Frontier from dime store novels. But women and kids had always been a soft spot for him so maybe he should have figured he'd end up taking JD under his wing. Hell, he nearly died protecting the kid and bore the scar from the Colonel's sword that almost cut him down for good. It took a few years but the kid was now a man, and he made a fine partner.


Title: Twilight Years
Characters: Nettie
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: Nettie: Alone for too long

There had been a boy. She'd been sweet on him and he'd come a-courting, bringing her wild flowers. She decided he was the only boy she'd ever marry and they set a date for the wedding. He died just two weeks before the day, thrown from a horse when a rattler sent it spooking. Another man came a-courting a few years later but he couldn't measure up to her first great love.

Now she was in her twilight years, alone, and as she looked back she wondered if she'd been just a little too quick to dismiss him.


Title: Natural
Characters: Vin and JD
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: Vin and JD: Horse riding

Vin considered himself a good rider. He'd been taught on Indian ponies, riding bareback for the most part until he left the village and rejoined the white man's world, and saddled up. When JD arrived in town all he carried apart from a suitcase was a saddle. He said he could ride and he proved himself real quick, able to handle any terrain with ease. JD was a natural, knowing how to get the best out of a horse without resorting to spurs or whips. If Chris ever got himself that horse ranch, JD would also have a place there.


Title: Enough to Forgive
Characters: Casey
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: Casey: Stronger than she looks

She lost her parents young, turning up on her Aunt Nettie's doorstep with a chest filled with clothing and personal possessions, scared and alone. Perhaps she needed Nettie's gruffness, her indomitable spirit, and fiery independence, using her aunt as a role model as she started a new life out West. With no men around she learned pretty quick how to do all the heavy chores, leaving behind the pretty dresses that were useless when doing man's work. By the time she met JD she was as fiery and as independent as Nettie, and strong enough to forgive JD for Maddie.


Title: Pedestal
Characters: JD and Chris
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: JD and Chris: Hero worship

Chris had seen the hero worship in JD's eyes from when they first met, saving Nathan from a hanging. He knew the kid was romanticizing him like a character from one of his books, putting him high on a pedestal. Chris knew he was fast and deadly with a gun, and he knew JD wanted to emulate him. Yet no matter how often Chris tried to tell him different, he knew in the end JD had to figure it out for himself. When the truth finally dawned, Chris hoped he didn't fall too far off that pedestal in JD's eyes.


Title: Simply the Best
Characters: JD
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: JD: Better than everyone else

When he arrived in the town he was full of romantic ideas of life out West. He wanted to be the best so he practiced knife throwing like Nathan only to lose out to a girl, became faster and more accurate with a gun like Chris and Buck but never fast enough. He tried to shoot a rifle like Vin but couldn't always make the shot. He tried to drink whiskey like Josiah but found it disgusting, play cards like Ezra and lost every time. Maybe he'd never be better than everyone else... but he was the best horse rider.


Prompt for 2017-10-17

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:50 pm
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Today's prompt is 'did you miss me?'.
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Title: Belief
Characters: Rain
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: Rain: Belief

Rain believed in the goodness of others but not to the point where she blindly accepted a stranger into the lives of her people without having a knife to hand, ready to protect them if that person turned out bad. She believed the Spirits of the Ancestors would provide for her people, just as they had given them all a safe haven in the village. Her belief was rewarded when seven good men rode in and saved them.

When she found Nathan hanging upside-down in one of her traps, she discovered she also believed in love at first sight.


Title: Valuable Lesson
Characters: JD
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: JD: Taught a lesson

He thought he was all grown up, often getting riled when Buck treated him like a kid. He was a man. Yet when Maddie dragged him into the livery, determined to show him a good time, JD felt so out of his depth, so young and afraid. He was almost grateful Casey walked in on them, apart from having her mad at him. He tried to explain it to Maddie later only to realize too late that he was nothing to her. It took getting shot to figure out why he hadn't wanted her. He was in love with Casey.


Title: Rescue
Characters: Vin and Nathan
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 200 (double drabble)
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: Vin and Nathan: Staying hidden

Nathan and Vin dropped down behind a boulder, breathing heavily from the exertion of running and dodging as they moved from cover to cover. So far the Greely Gang hadn't spotted them, focusing instead on Chris and the others who were trying to keep them pinned down and occupied. The Seven had the Greely Gang caught between them now, and Vin had a good shot of one of the men but knew he couldn't take it until they had freed the two women taken hostage by the gang. He and Nathan were both light on their feet, crossing the final piece of open ground swiftly while a volley of gunshots from Chris and the others kept the gang distracted. He watched as Nathan shushed the women, releasing their bonds, before quietly guiding them to safe place. Nathan ordered them to keep low, and to stay silent and well hidden.

Once Nathan was sure they would be safe from flying bullets he gave Vin a wide smile and nodded. It was time to join the fight, and with a whoop of delight, Vin took his first shot, bringing down one of the gang that had been creeping slowly up on Chris.


Title: Silence
Characters: Nathan and Vin
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: Nathan and Vin: Silence

Neither of them talked much about their past, preferring to share only when the whiskey had loosened their tongues and the words seemed necessary. They kept their secrets, hiding in the silence found in pockets around the crowded, noisy saloon. They listened to Ezra's tall tales as he distracted his opponents at the card table; to Josiah's sermons as he preached to those too drunk to care about the sin of debauchery, to JD's inane chatter, and Buck's reminiscing of the women he had loved. And when Chris grew broody, lost in his dark past, they kept his silence too.


Title: Fire and Brimstone
Characters: Josiah and Vin
Rating/Category: GEN
Word Count: 100
Notes/Warnings: Prompt: Josiah and Vin: The Bible

Vin wasn't against religion. He recalled his Ma had a Bible, one of those large family heirlooms but it must have been sold off around the same time she died from putrid fever. Vin guessed he should be surprised he wasn't sold off too, though he did get handed around from stranger to stranger until he found a home with the The People. They had their beliefs and Josiah wasn't one to mock or cry damnation. Instead he'd sit with Vin, helping him learn to read by opening passages from the Bible. Fire and Brimstone. It was a good story.