WARNING: This poem contains historical atrocities which many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features the Holocaust, acts of genocide, the Schutzstaffel, mass murder, loss of families, yellow stars, ghettos, a gay man and a straight woman getting married and raising a family together, some awkward family dynamics, gay-related bashing, unplanned (but welcome) lesbian pregnancy, and other challenges. But the good guys mostly win. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. It is not a plot-relevant part of extant storylines, just an interesting piece of Terramagne history.
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Poem: "Boston Pride"
Moment of Silence: Maryam Mirzakhani
Effects of Father Loss
Listen to the Trees
Gender in Comics
There is currently a poll for Poetry Fishbowl themes in late 2017. Vote for your favorites. I'll sort the most popular ones into a schedule tomorrow so I can post the advance announcement for the August fishbowl.
Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies. Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack. "The Order of Their Stars" belongs to An Army of One. Astin takes V shopping.
Weather has been sweltering and intermittently rainy here. Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia. Corn ears are thickening. I picked blackberries yesterday. Jalapenos are getting bigger.
I know a lot of writers. Really a lot. Really really. And we all have different process, and that’s great, that’s wonderful. In person I have been known to chirp “we are all a beautiful rainbow,” but it’s really hard to get my total lack of sarcasm on that point through on the internet. (We are, though! We are all a beautiful rainbow! Yay!) In this case, I have spotted what looks like a consistent red flag for burnout, and I’m having a hard time phrasing it so that it’s clear that I don’t mean to exclude some kinds of inspiration.
Here’s the red flag. Writers with a few novels or a ton of short stories under their belt who get into a place where they only want to talk about being sick of tropes and wanting to deconstruct them. I know that deconstruction is a major creative inspiration in some writers’ processes (all a beautiful rainbow!). But the larger percentage of conversation about other people’s work gets to be about deconstruction and frustration, the more I watch for other signs of burnout.
Because–squee is not just good publicity. Squee is important for your own work. If you’re not honestly feeling like squeeing about other work you’re encountering, that’s a bad sign. And it’s probably not a bad sign about what’s out there in the world, because there is a lot of stuff out there in the world. If none of it is pressing your buttons, really none? that’s a bad sign about your buttons and where you are in terms of energy levels, taking criticism, getting enough recharge, all those things.
This is not a red flag of you being (or a friend being!) a bad person, or a worthless artist, or someone who will never recover, or anything like that. I’ve seen many people come out of this kind of burnout. But just as it’s easier to talk about how to begin a story than how to deal with the middle and ending that grow out of it, it’s a lot easier to talk about early-career things than all the paths that can grow out of them. And yet it feels to me like there are a lot of mid-career/developing writer paths and pitfalls that it would be really useful to talk about more, so…I’m going to try to do some of that, and I appreciate the other people who are doing that too.
(One of my favorite roads out of this is to cast my net very, very wide and look at things that are way outside my usual so that badly handled tropes and obvious choices are less grating. But other solutions for jolting out of this kind of deconstruction/negativity trap welcome.)
Michael Phelps has raced against the world's fastest swimmers and come out on top – but how would he fare against the ocean's greatest predator?
The Olympic swimming legend ticked off his "bucket list" moment by going head to head with a great white shark in a long-hyped event to kick off the Discovery Channel's Shark Week. Dubbed the 'Great Gold vs Great White', the 100m race took place in shark-infested open water off the coast of South Africa. But while fans may have been hoping to witness the pair actually race head to head, the TV producers instead took the safe option and digitally superimposed a shark to race alongside him. Despite adapting his swim to that of his competitor, it wasn't quite enough to score a victory. Watch!
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Speaking of sick, the main AC in the lower part of the house died on Sunday. I don't think it can be repaired. Ugh. Angie's dad is supposed to come over at some point and look at it, so I may be wrong. But I really fear I'm not. It sounded like the main motor died --it had been making horrible noises for a few days, then Sunday it just stopped blowing air and wound down. UGH. We have fans going and if worse comes to worse we can retreat to our rooms and the window AC units there, but still.
Currently at Bethlehem, PA at 9.57am: Overcast
Temp: 72F (feels like 72F)
Humidity: 76% (dewpoint 64F)
Winds: NNE 10mph
Forecast: Partly sunny, chance of PM thunderstorms, high 81F, low 65F
Hot and humid were the words for last week. Ugh. Temps were well up into the 90s with heat indices near 100F. We got some rain in the form of storms, but they didn't do anything to knock either the heat or the humidity down. This week is supposed to be more moderate, with highs in the low 80s and upper 70s. Better than subtropical XD ESPECIALLY WITH THE DAMN AC OUT.
On My Plate:
Tags and Other Writins:
- From One Trickster to Another (ItNotM)
- Some Light Research (ItNotM)
- Putting The Band Together (ItNotM)
All On A Summer's Day (ItNotM) Options (ItNotM)x2 ORP -- PUFFS v. STUFFS (ItNotM) [needs title] (ItNotM)x4
- continue with scribalry practice
- list stuff on Ebay
- reading: A New History of the Picts (still -- I haven't picked it up in awhile XD)
- reading: Parsival, or A Knight's Tale
- Thing Arted: nothing
- Thing Writed: OMG TAGS
- Thing Cleaned: dishes and catbox and watered plants
The structure uses checkboxes. There are 38 themes after condensing similar ones and dropping things we've already covered. You may vote for as many themes as you would enjoy prompting/sponsoring in a fishbowl. I recommend that you don't vote for ALL of them, so as to help narrow down to favorites.
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