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Fishbowl Time Again!

And Guys this one is so cool I want to do it myself some time!!

YSabetWordsmith is hosting her monthly poetry Fishbowl. The theme is “alternate histories.”

My prompts included:

What if, say, the Iroquois or another East-coast tribe developed sea travel first?
What if the Cold War hadn’t ended?
What if we hadn’t stopped the Space Race?
What if we’d focused on physical health advances and prosthetics the way we focused on smaller more complicated cell phones?
What if the Dark Ages hadn’t happened?
What if they’d never ended?
What if WWII had lasted longer?
What if Christianity had never spread?
Tír na Cali is based, in part on a what-if: what if the US had fractured in more than one direction during the Civil War?
What if there were really wizards and witches running things?

Go prompt! Go tip, if you’ve got it to spare! 🙂

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Tuesday? With tired.

Too tired for a real post, sorry.

The house is so much cleaner. Pictures soon. Still ugly, but we’re slowly working on that. Soon, Lowes will know us by name (one cashier already recognizes us; T’s height makes us distinctive).


Ysabet’s fishbowl seems to still be going – theme is pets and livestock 😉


We own a home. *boggles*

Also? If you were wondering, cluudle, CaprioxBovidae, [personal profile] inventrix and daHob are absolutely awesome people.

…we really seriously own a home.


Home decorating links!! Via Remodelista

awesome table Linens (literally!)

Bamboo Kitchen! (have I mentioned that Pandas who are Lyns LOVE bamboo?)

Cork Bath Mat! *giggle*

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Icon Meme

1. Reply to this post with “UNICORNS”, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

[personal profile] clare_dragonfly gave me these:

Keyword: Aldersprig.

[personal profile] barbary made this for me! I use it when doing 15-min-fics from Barbary’s website, or for things that seem to suit it’s along-the-waterfront mood.

Keyword: Leaf

An alder leaf, just the color I feel they ought to be. Personal-writing stuff, mostly. Or stuff I don’t have an icon for just yet. This is related to why-I’m-aldersprig, which is a longer story.

Keyword: mermaid2 (I used to have several)
Originally yoinked from somewhere on the web back when I had less-good manners about such things, it serves for both Fish Story and the flood series, and other people’s mermaid stories, and Ysabet’s fishbowls.

Keyword: Bookglasses (i’m so creative)
For readerly things and mechanism-of-writerly things

Keyword: Tea3 (I have several)

For tea-related moments – family/kin/community/comfort stuff. Also, I have that teapot.

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Signal Boost: Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, March 1

YsabetWordsmith will hold her monthly fishbowl on 3/1/11:

“This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, March 1 2011 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be “Things With Wings.” I’ll be soliciting ideas for winged wildlife, fairies, angels, flying aliens, winged monsters, artificial wings, flying machines, things with other types of “wings” such as buildings or maple seeds, plots that involve flight, examples of “winging it,” aerial habitats, other places where wings might be found, settings where wings are irrelevant or awkward, the limitations of flight, and poetic forms in particular. “


These are a lot of fun, and, like livewriting, the more people that show up, the more fun the prompting gets!

Fishbowl Time

ysabetwordsmith is having her fishbowl today!

The theme is Urban Fantasy

Some of the prompts I left included:

Suburban, or sub-urban, fantasy (either the burbs, which are much neglected except in built-the-burb-on-the-graveyard, or subterranean(*) urban fantasy)

(*) which wants to be sub-terrarium, which makes me think of the locker creatures in Men in Black II, and a universe in the bottom of a terrarium.

The results of the divinations in Tumble the Nuts

My favorite sort of urban shaman uses painted designs, on skin and as graffiti.

Urban werewolves, yes, technodawgz.

High-rise fantasy, not just down-on-the-street grit but up-in-the-corporate-office magic: what if the fortune-500 CEO is a shaman?

Pittsburgh. This city was so full of stone churches stained black by soot (we almost died, too, but that was the con).

Atlanta, where the hobos all had NYC accents.

Rochester, my hometown, haunted by the ghost of George Eastman, who founded Kodak and invented disposable cameras, where Billy the Kid and Susan B. Anthony are buried one hill away from each other (Fredrick Douglass gets front-row seating by the main street) http://www.fomh.org/ It’s a rust-belt city where they say you can develop film in our river and the WPA-era library literally sits atop said river.

The streets, and I’m babbling, because I miss my hometown, are laid out on old cowpaths. If you look at an old map of the city, you could easily believe that it’s laid on occult symbols, the way they say DC was.

And, of course, the Erie Canal http://www.eriecanal.org/ runs through it, and, a few miles away, the old locks (from the original route) are still visible, little stone arches over fetid puddles of water.