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Purple pancakes! They are a thing that we made today!

ETA: Since people have asked after ingredients... Read more... )

ETAA: This is particularly important since S bought the ingredients and suggested it and it's the first time we've done Saturday Pancake Day since I went completely gluten free for health reasons last summer and it's historically been an important family bonding thing. So <3 <3 <3 thank you S and may the word of tasty pancakes made with loved ones reach everyone interested.
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The wonderful [personal profile] conuly has been attempting to feed, medicate, and shelter two semi-feral kittens, and has finally got them into a safe contained space. Anyone in the greater NYC area interested in two baby kitties who are a bit wild and shy but young enough to learn to love people?

Edited: If not, once they've been checked up and cleaned up and properly treated for eye troubles, they'll be moving on...to a shelter, a foster home, or TNR, depending on what's available and how their socialization goes.

http://conuly.dreamwidth.org/2556978.html
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Complainy cat is complaining in more detail. Yay?

Content Warning: comparatively less-sick person complaining about being sick and in pain; food, food problems; unpleasant medical details and symptoms; self-directed snark; internaliazed ableism and assorted brainweasels.

Read more... )
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I did write something yesterday, but I didn't post it so... we'll see if I can catch up today!
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discussion of genetics in science fictional context Read more... )

PS: This one is dicey! Let me know if I've messed up, in your opinion!
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Babbling about gender and world-building for my Living Trees setting:

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Here is my first April post of trying to write and post something daily, even if it is rough!

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You are a person and therefore you deserve love and care and safety.

Length, content warning for battling with brainweasels Read more... )

ETA: Comments are now screened in case someone wants to share a personal reaction in private; I will ask before unscreening.
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Need a little art against oppression in your Monday? [personal profile] siliconshaman is taking prompts for 500-word ficlets, in any of their original universes or fandoms, and you can get MORE GOODEEZ for just a dollar or by boosting the signal.

http://siliconshaman.dreamwidth.org/1237254.html

Go ye forth and leave prompts!

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Also, I'll be listening to my Bone Walker CD on repeat in the car this week. It goes along with a very cool series of fantasy books, but it's also just a great mix of energizing flavors from traditional sea chanties to instrumental dances to a wildly energetic nerdcore remix of said dance music. The lead musician is also blogging extremely useful news updates for the resistance, here on Dreamwidth. Dara Korra'ti is a self-identified principled supervillian and one of the most badass people I've had the pleasure to listen to.

http://music.crimeandtheforcesofevil.com/album/bone-walker

https://solarbird.dreamwidth.org/

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ETA: For anyone using a screen reader, the following links may be more compatible, if you wish to get a taste of the music.

Content advisory: May contain supervillains, creepy monsters creeping up, snatches of story, traditional ballads with their silly sexism, brief ableist language in the form of commonly used metaphors, politically aware perspective pointing out that things really suck, deeply nerdy concepts, musical genre puree, epically noisy instruments, sounds that send shivers up my spine, and other scattered things.

Direct link to album:
http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=915171139/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/transparent=true/

YouTube examples:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTWV9fu1ARY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwpic9iDkdU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFLMcauyWnE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gbaXmDLBQI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MffSBEKeeCg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkpW7d6n5to

So there's a thing!
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Quote:

I was all out of choices
But the Woman Of Voices
She came round the corner
With music around her…

…And she said
‘I’m so glad you finally made it here
With all the things you know now
That only time could tell…’


— From: lyrics 'to You're Aging Well', originally by Dar Williams (thanks comments!), Leela & Ellie Grace, self-titled CD.

I am grateful to the following scattered assortment of filk and folk musicians for being the soundtrack that got me through my week: Kerry Stanley, Steve Savitsky, Leela Grace & Ellie Grace, Leslie Fish, and all their friends and musical associates.

Cut for length: Read more... )

And THANK YOU to my dad for giving me the music bug in the first place. *wink*

(Apologies that I haven’t gone through and sorted out better formatting and alt-text for links; I think I’d never post this if I did; I’ll try to come back and edit it later.)

Apologies again; first edit didn't take, let's see if this does...
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I appear to be teaching myself how to put pictures on Dreamwidth by way of Imgur. This pleases me, as spontaneous nature photography is a way I feel connected to the beauty of the world.

Picture and suchRead more... )
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test two three four

Picture under cut Read more... )
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Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, I’m doing New Month Resolutions. I think this is preferable because setting a personal goal for one month lets me assess and redirect. This gives me the opportunity to go from beginning to end in a short enough time frame to think through each day and week of working with that goal, to diagnose what helped and what didn’t help. It means that if I meet my goal, I can set a new goal that build on it, or turn to another area. If I don’t meet my goal, I can reframe it, or focus elsewhere for awhile. I can do each of these several times, if necessary. By the end of the year, I should hopefully have twelve interesting experiments in hacking my own brain to achieve things.

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I sort of had to reinvent the wheel on this one, because I needed it to be *my* wheel. In spite of having awesome examples of people who set goals, meet goals, fall short of goals and reassess, and set new goals in front of me literally every day. Read more... )

Apparently for a lot of people, breaking a goal down exhaustively for how to do it and measure it isn’t strictly required. Read more... )

For January, my resolution is a daily writing goal.
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In this entry, I process some bad news about family. Content warnings: illness, dementia, coming to terms with death. I will go on myself, but hugs are appreciated. Read more... )
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This visual art is extremely beautiful and people who like realistically-detailed animals with a fantasy-art flavor and rainbowy colors and lovely fine lines and curves, and can see it on their computer screen, may want to go stare at it. And throw money at the artist if you can afford to, which right now is not me, but these are so shiny.

gray seal and dormouse and wild boar

Because it simply would not do to put pictures up without also putting up something on the audio and/or written sides, here is some audio:

The song entitled 'Gray Seal' (video component is the lyrics superimposed on the CD case):
on YouTube
musician

The sounds of an actual gray seal:
wildlife recording
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There are many terrible things in the world. Art and music and story give me courage to go on. I’ll occasionally be posting about some of these, purely based on what I personally turn to. Explanations and supplemental research will be uneven, depending on what I feel up to. I’m not looking for simple comfort or for direct action, because I find those elsewhere too; but the arts, like few other things in life, have the depth of complex meaning to remind me how to hope.

These songs remind me that some of my own ancestors and distant kin fought for (what they saw as) freedom, and that dying on the losing side of a battle cannot take away the value of standing up for a cause. Pride in my heritage is complicated and doesn't come easily - in a sort of mirror image, neither does treasuring culturally important works that I find personally important but cannot in fairness claim - but these songs still strike a chord. That matters.


Rising of the Moon
audio in video format
audio in video format

The Foggy Dew
audio in video format

More Info: Read more... )
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major venting with attached anxiety and social issues, my anxiety-triggers e.g. people, phone, money, paperwork, chores, malfunctions, adulting, failing to adult, anxiety-fueled poor choices Read more... )

ETA: If you want to help please send cat pictures or similar.

ETA Again: Read more... )

Also, y'all are awesome. So many kitty pictures and kind words, I cannot even begin to thank you enough. The world is so awful lately and I am flat out of good responses but you remind me that it is worth resting and breathing and trying to FIND some. Thank you. THANK YOU.
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So, today I’m attempting to compose my gratitudes (and, okay, yes, some venting) in actual sentences. (long, vent-y, noms) Read more... ) Also, and very importantly: This morning, I bought a complete stranger who looked cold a cup of coffee when I was getting mine. This afternoon, when I was the total stranger looking cold while standing under the rain at a bus stop, someone gave me an umbrella and said ‘I live across the street, bring it back whenever or keep it.’ Small things keep us all going.
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I wrote a bit of self-care advice to myself in the form of a series of haiku. Comments of all sorts (except the jerk sort), including constructive criticism, are welcome. CW: food, home remedies, mention of sources of stress, mention of death of animals, didactic tones (it's not that scary, but I wanted to be through). Read more... )

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