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This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] janetmiles, and EdorFaus. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem includes some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. This is hardcore hurt/comfort. It features an intertribal biker gang, Native American spirituality and superpowers, cultural dissonance, gaybashing, a young man tangled in a barbed wire fence, graphic description of injuries, messy medical details while hours away from expert care, which includes a substantial amount of pain that's only partially controllable with resources at hand, panic, trust issues due to previously violations of hair and other body parts, references to the Sun Dance, difficult decisions, risky motorcycle stunts, gender issues, two spirits, and other challenges. However, the overall tone is positive and people take good care of each other. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more... )
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And so zonked I actually got close enough to touch her, though I didn't because, you know, she's feral. I'm pretty sure waking her like this would not have helped her socialization, and would've gotten me scratched at the very least.

But it was adorable.

VERY ADORABLE.
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Lindy Mechefske claims to be doing an anthology of trans people's stories [Facebook link]. Of course, it includes this charmer:
We’d love to include some before and after photos.

Noooooooope.

In addition, I left two comments:

The first comment asked if they were planning on paying contributors. The answer was an equivocal "If there's any way to do this, yes." My second comment said that Mechefske ought to include information about the fact of payment (or non-payment) in the submissions guidelines so that people would know what they were getting into; that comment has been deleted. There was at least one other comment asking about payment, which has been deleted.

In conclusion: stay the hell away from this project. It smells rotten.

Lively week and half...

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:53 pm
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Our LGBTQ StoryBundle ends tomorrow - thus far, we have raised over $1000 for Rainbow Railroad and their program for LGBTQ+ refugees. This is pretty amazing - many, many thanks to everyone who bought or boosted the bundle! You can still get it tonight, if you've been putting it off, BTW. Some good reading in this batch.

Last week, I was interviewed by author Heather Rose Jones for her Lesbian Talk Show podcast. we had a fund discussion about my work and historical inspiration. That should go live in August. In the meantime, check out her blog and her show.

Last night, I read with a bunch of other authors at the annual Queer Voices Pride Month reading at the Minneapolis Central Library, sponsored by Intermedia Arts, the Hennepin County Library and Augsburg College. This year, there was a resource and book fair, along with the reading. The traffic and mass transit deities conspired to keep our crowd smallish, but the readings were very good, I sold a few books and I got interviewed for the KFAI Radio show Fresh Fruit (airing soon). I made the evening for one of my editors by reading from the magazine he edited (Raymond Luczak, Callisto), which was fun. I also got some nice feedback on the story I read from the audience and the ASL interpreters, which was very cool. One of the great things about last night's reading was the diversity of voices: over half the authors were authors of color, several authors were trans or genderqueer and at least one publicly identified as having a disability. More than one author identified as Muslim American. And the singing was lovely. I also got to see some friends, so I would definitely count the event as a success.

In upcoming events, Rachel Gold and I will be reading together at Boneshaker Books in Minneapolis in September and I'm talking to Quatrefoil Library and DreamHaven about possible events later on this year. Speaking of DreamHaven, I just typed up my first Queen of Swords Press invoice for them: they'll be carrying Silver Moon (new edition) and Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories as of tomorrow evening! If you know an indie bookstore that might be interested, please send them our way. I'll be posting a bookstore contact to the web page in the next day or two here.

I've also got some new writing projects in the offing. And there's still time to pledge my Patreon for this month (proceeds going to the Southern Poverty Law Center).

And on a more fun note, I'll be at the Twin Cities Antiquarian Bookfair on Friday, shopping for books. Book dealer (and all around swell guy) David 
Christenson will be selling from books from the Lundoff Collection as well as some of Jana's fine bindings and boxes so be sure and stop by the Fairgrounds to check things out. I'm also hoping to do a Lark Toys run with friends, to be followed by 2 days of writing, with only minimal editing and other tasks. Fingers crossed that works out!

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This is interesting, because technically I have no songs "to drive to" because I don't drive. Haven't had a license in 30 years. I do, however, have a Road Trip playlist on Spotify, which I acquired for my trip to Escapade 2016 when a friend drove me. So I put together a list of several hours' worth of reasonably high-energy high-volume no-deep-thoughts songs. I'm not going to list them all, though.

Highway to Hell | Louie Louie | Blitzkrieg Bop | All Revved Up with No Place to Go | Down Under | Rebel Rebel | Trigger Happy | Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) | Footloose | Sister Christian

Wayne's World gave us the definitive driving song )

Meme list

Pokémon: Venting, by DeLiz

Jun. 28th, 2017 11:06 am
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FANDOM: Pokémon (anime)
FIC LINK:
AUTHOR LINK:
[archiveofourown.org profile] DeLiz
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 3,000
MAIN CHARACTERS: Pikachu, Meowth, Ash

FIC SUMMARY:
Meowth and Pikachu got locked in a cupboard. Pikachu is unimpressed by this, but he's currently unimpressed by a lot of things, so that's normal. Meowth, being the wonderful friendly nemesis he is, decides this is a fact worth exploring.

You know, just for kicks.

RECCER'S NOTES: After a few hiccups, my laptop decided to keep on living after all. Hurray! (This was the monthly reminder to BACK UP YOUR SHIT, kids, brought you by CloseShaveINC.) Let's see if I can't catch up.

A cat, a cupboard, a very angry electric mouse. Meowth works well as the narrator; while essentially a decent person, he's also enough of an arsehole to thoroughly enjoy Pikachu's frustration. (And Meowth's narration means we don't need to hear Pikachu's words, because that would be... weird.)
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I know this is a strange request, but it would make me very happy to find an answer.

Is there any simple way to find out, for a Cubs game that has already taken place, if the Cubs won or lost the game without also seeing/hearing the final score?

I tried Siri, but it was overly helpful, giving me more information than I wanted.

What I've been watching lately

Jun. 28th, 2017 06:13 pm
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A very mixed bag via Netflix streaming and DVD.

The bad:

The OA
Someone on LJ/DW recommended this, which is why I watched the first season via Netflix. Oh, this is bad. So bad. Bad in the same way that Lost was bad, in that it feels as if the scriptwriters are just making it up as they go. It starts with a woman in a nightgown standing on the edge of a bridge with a substantial drop. She jumps, and is apparently totally unharmed. There are a series of flashbacks, and the final episode gets to the point where she was abandoned -- and there's no indication of how she got from lonely road to well-traveled bridge without any interim. Maybe there's supposed to be more plot in-between, but that wasn't the feeling I got. It's supposed to be about near-death experiences, but it's all just made-up woo.

Inception
Okay, this isn't actually bad. It was a blockbuster, and hugely successful. But it wasn't my cup of tea. I kept watching it from a meta point of view: "here's a fight scene" and "oh, here's another fight scene, and next we'll have a chase scene" and "oh, cool special effect." And there was a whole lot of the Eight Deadly Words.

The good (mostly):

Anne with an "E"
Another series I watched on Netflix. I mostly enjoyed this, though I side-eye a bit at the way it's plotted to ramp up the angst levels. In this story (spoilers!) Anne is sent back to the orphanage for stealing Marilla's brooch, instead of being threatened with not being able to attend a church picnic. And the final couple of episodes deal with the prospect of financial ruin as the result of a ship sinking (without insurance) and some bad choices. And I'm pretty sure a lot of the idioms used were not extant in the period the series is set. But Anne is pitch-perfect, and Matthew is much less of a cipher than he was in the books, and I'm looking forward to the next season.

Grace and Frankie
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, and Martin Sheen. I don't usually watch shows for the actors, but in this case I'll make an exception. The initial premise is that there are two couples in their early 70s whose wives don't really get along. They have dinner together, and the men announce that they've been having an affair for 25 years, and are now divorcing the wives to marry each other. Much hilarity does not ensue. The two women end up living together, despite their exceedingly different everything, and manage to make a go of the (platonic) relationship. Very quirky, but doesn't trip my "sitcom, ick" button.

Also, a bunch of a nature documentaries narrated by David Attenborough. When I need soothing, there's nothing like bugs or polar bears or frogs.

Wednesday Yardening

Jun. 28th, 2017 04:49 pm
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Today is mild, hazy, and blustery.  Earlier I went out shooting pictures.

Doug and I had a nice long session in the ritual meadow, cutting live brush and dead branches.  \o/  We found an empty bird nest in one bush (I checked that it was empty before we cut the bush).

EDIT 6/28/17: Round 2, I cut more brush.

EDIT 6/28/17: Round 3, I picked up sticks and picked a few mulberries.  Didn't even get a handful, but it's enough to add a bit of flavor to mixed berries.

Good News

Jun. 28th, 2017 12:38 pm
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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?

Seen on my timeline

Jun. 28th, 2017 12:41 pm
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Note: link leads to facebook.

[added: link nuked due to pay issues and reaction to questions about pay]

Lindy Mechefske posts
Thrilled to be working with Ruth Wood on an anthology of transgender stories. We are interested in stories from anyone under the transgender umbrella as well as stories from the people close to them. We are looking for stories from people anywhere in the world so please share this widely. Submission details below.
PLEASE SHARE WIDELY! Read more... )
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In case anyone's got some spare cash they found down the back of the sofa:

The National Immigration Law Center have donation-matching up to $100,000 to help them create a Rapid Response Fund:

Donate to NILC

Planned Parenthood Action have donation-matching up to $350,000:

Donate to PP

The Climate Science Legal Defence Fund have matching up to $50,000:

Donate to the CSLDF

The National Network of Abortion Funds have matching up to $50,000, and their solicitation e-mail ends "Let’s fund abortion, build power, and radically love each other," bless them (they're also the only organization I've encountered where a staff member has their preferred pronouns in their sig, which makes me feel warm and fuzzy):

Donate to the NNAF

If you know of others, please comment!

(X-posted to [community profile] thisfinecrew.)

The Blood is the Life for 28-06-2017

Jun. 28th, 2017 11:00 am
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Definitely not standing: Jo Swinson, Jamie Stone, Layla Moran, Wera Hobhouse, Tom Brake, Tim Farron, Alistair Carmichael, Norman Lamb, Ed Davey
Probably not standing: Stephen Lloyd, Christine Jardine
Probably standing:
Definitely standing: Vince Cable

... Oh arse.

Look, coronations are bad. The "candidate" does not get examined, does not get their feet held to whatever fire the membership is stoking, does not have to state any positions before the crown is lowered. Recent political leaders who have had a coronation rather than an election include TMay, Arlene Foster, and Gordon Brown. We do not want to be in that company.

But even if coronations were ok, the coronation of someone who's published views are 1, so often at odds with the membership and 2, so changeable depending on who he is talking to... Lads, this is really, really, REALLY not good. And given the article I linked to in the very first piece I wrote on potential leadership elections after the GE, this whole situation smells really fucking funny and I do not like it one bit.

I'm in conversation with a bunch of other senior Lib Dems members of the awkward squad to try to do something about this. I mean, if there was a proper election and the members decided that Vince was the best person, that's one thing, but this is just a subversion of party democracy, and I hate it. Eurgh.

But if we can't do something about it... I don't know. The scissors are feeling very close to my membership card right now.

ETA: OfC given the legendary efficiency of the LDHQ membership department, if I were to cut up my membership card and send it back we'd probably have had another 2 general elections before they got round to processing my resignation...

Made it!

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:50 am
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I'm forty years old today. My second birthday Since Cancer.

I've not done much about it: cakes in the office yesterday & I may get a takeaway tonight rather than cook.  I am vaguely thinking of doing Something on the weekend that includes 1st October (my arbitrarily-declared Happy Being Alive Day) but I haven't worked out what Something will be yet.  In the meantime, a good friend is holding a party on Saturday so I'm going to enjoy being part of their celebration instead of organising my own right now.
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If you want to be intensely spoiled for next season, clicky clicky. I can't wait!

Edit: Yeah, the nod to a certain government official — we thought we were being cute, and now, I find myself longing for George Bush, wishing we could have George Bush back in the White House and remembering him fondly.

Yeah, Rob, you and me both. Never ever dreamed I'd be nostalgic for those days.

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