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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.

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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.

Updates!

Jun. 29th, 2017 09:02 am
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I am back from Cambodia. Flew back exactly a week ago. Siem Reap was hot, dry, but an eye-opening experience. Plus, the fried crickets were delicious, yum. Coming back was a culture shock - so much privilege, people taking things for granted.

Then, it's back to normal programming again. I need to plan... things, especially for two books. I ended up starting a new scarf, because this is how I plan: I knit. It's a meditative process where my mind lays out stuff while the needles move.

So, that's about it, small updates. :D
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A Letter From the Editor
By SAM SIFTON
This is an important day in the history of NYT Cooking.

SOCIAL STUDIES
The newly diverse crowd at the Abbey, a popular gay bar in West Hollywood, Calif., has drawn complaints from some of the regulars.
How ‘Gay’ Should a Gay Bar Be?
By JIM FARBER
What does the label even mean in a time of sexual fluidity? And what about the ‘bachelorette party’ problem?

ABC Settles with Meat Producer in ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Case
By DANIEL VICTOR
The network did not apologize or retract its reports, which questioned the safety of a common meat product.

Susan Ungaro will step down as president of the James Beard Foundation, effective Dec. 31, after 11 years at its helm.
James Beard Foundation President Will Step Down
By FLORENCE FABRICANT 1:03 PM ET
Susan Ungaro, who helped lead the culinary organization back from a financial scandal, plans to retire at the end of the year.

Food & Wine Magazine Will Leave New York for Alabama
By STEPHANIE STROM
The move reflects a changing business in which traditional food magazines, and a Manhattan address, are less important.

U.S. Suspends Beef Imports From Brazil
By DOM PHILLIPS
The decision by the Department of Agriculture, citing safety concerns, is a blow to Brazil’s meat industry, which is reeling from bribery accusations.

Take Feta. Add Frites. Stir in European Food Rules. Fight.
By JAMES KANTER
European Union regulations protecting consumers and preserving culinary cultures often create tension, sometimes even with the United States.

PROTOTYPE
Karina Garcia, 23, at her home in Riverside, Calif. Ms. Garcia is a YouTube celebrity famous for her slime videos.
Feel the Noise: Homemade Slime Becomes Big Business
By CLAIRE MARTIN
The market for slime — a sticky substance in a multitude of colors — is thriving in a cottage industry run by fourth-graders, teenagers and young adults.

A 20-Pound Lobster Impresses Airport Security, but It’s No Record Breaker
By MATTHEW HAAG
A passenger took the colossal crustacean through Boston Logan International Airport, but it was no match for Big Jake.

The Most Delicious Summer on Record
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Advice for camp cooking, picnics and potlucks, along with recipes, cocktails, frozen desserts and a taste-test of the best supermarket hot dogs.
Jason Fujikuni

Grab Your Picnic Baskets: The Party’s Moving Outside
By TEJAL RAO
Experienced outdoor diners say planning is crucial: scouting a spot, bringing the right extras and finding a spot on the menu for fried chicken.

Picnic Ideas From the Fortnum & Mason Cookbook
By FLORENCE FABRICANT
Written by the British food critic Tom Parker Bowles, this cookbook includes English recipes for a plethora of stately occasions.

The 10 hot dogs that were part of the taste test, clockwise from top left: Applegate, Nathan’s, Oscar Mayer, Wellshire Farms, Boar’s Head, Trader Joe’s, Niman Ranch, Ball Park, Brooklyn Hot Dog Company and Hebrew National.



We Taste-Tested 10 Hot Dogs. Here Are the Best.
By JULIA MOSKIN
Sam Sifton, Melissa Clark and Julia Moskin tried 10 hot dogs for cookout season.
Want to Choose the Best Hot Dogs? Learn What the Labels Mean

Upscale Food and Gear Bring Campsite Cooking Out of the Wild
By KIM SEVERSON
A new generation of campers is making Instagram-ready meals, aided by lighter equipment and new options for fresh food and coffee.

The Secret to a Great Potluck? It’s Not the Food
By MELISSA CLARK
Everyone wins when a group meal is carefully planned.
Recipes: Pickled Deviled Eggs | Tomato and Zucchini Casserole With Crisp Cheddar Topping

EAT
Kubaneh (Yemeni pull-apart rolls).
Before Croissants, There Was Kubaneh, a Jewish Yemeni Delight
By TEJAL RAO
Sweet and supple, this bread is shot through with fat to create a melting, airy bread.
Recipe: Kubaneh (Yemeni Pull-Apart Rolls)
EAT
A Gazpacho Recipe to Follow — Then Discard
By SAMIN NOSRAT
Gazpacho.
Gentl and Hyers for The New York Times
Sometimes creating the best version of a classic dish requires you to taste your way to perfection.
Recipe: Gazpacho

COOKING
How to Make Ice Cream
By MELISSA CLARK
In this guide, you will learn how to make four essential ice cream base recipes — custard, Philadelphia-style, nondairy and no-churn — and look at flavorings, mix-ins and toppings.


The Joys of a Classic Ice Cream Sandwich
By SAMANTHA SENEVIRATNE
The hand-held combination of a chocolate base and vanilla ice cream is sure to please everyone.
Recipes: Ice Cream Sandwiches


George Clooney’s Tequila Company Sold for Up to $1 Billion
By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED
Casamigos, which the actor founded with the entertainment impresario Rande Gerber, drew the attention of the spirits giant Diageo.

These Drinks Have a Secret
By ALISON ROMAN
For those who yearn for the crisp, complex notes of wine or a cocktail but don’t necessarily want the alcohol content, there’s the mocktail.

Three rosé cocktails, from left: City of Rosés, Rosé Royale and Sagaponack sangria.
Rosé Makes a Peachy Base for Summer Cocktails
By FLORENCE FABRICANT
The wine adds freshness, flavor and color to several popular new drinks.

20 Wines Under $20: The Savory Side of Rosé
By ERIC ASIMOV
The best rosés hide among the annual deluge of fashionable summer wines. Seek them out and find a delicious reward.


Alain Senderens, a Chef Who Modernized French Food, Dies at 77
By WILLIAM GRIMES
Mr. Senderens, one of the most adventurous of the founding fathers of nouvelle cuisine, produced dishes that could entice and, on occasion, shock.

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... )

If it's not one thing...

Jun. 28th, 2017 06:49 am
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On Juneteenth, I managed to trip, fall and fracture my left wrist. Fast forward to yesterday, where I went to orthopedist, got the awful splint off and went home with a purple cast.

Of the good:
  • The cast is way more comfy than the splint.
  • Doc says my break was clean and simple & should heal easily.

Still frustrating:
  • Most life tasks like showering, dressing/undressing, typing 1-handed, not being able to bake/cook/cut my own food.
    • I can't bloody work on any of my writing projects. ::WAILS::

But, that said, it could've been a lot worse.

I go back to ortho in 4 weeks & hopefully can graduate from cast to removable brace.


Fig and Ibid on their current home

Jun. 27th, 2017 11:31 pm
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Fig thinks everything is the best thing ever, especially the completely adorable orange cat. Who would like the stranger to stop gazing affectionately at him.

Ibid, on the other hand, won't come out from behind the toilet.

Hummers and Potters

Jun. 27th, 2017 06:55 pm
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Why is it (she grumped) that one can be standing at the sink washing dishes and look out to see all kinds of hummers being enchanting around the feeder, and occasionally the yellow and black bird stoking up, but as SOON as one races upstairs for the cell phone cam, they all vanish for hours?

Other than that, it's hot, but that's to be expected. At least the punishing sun is on its slide toward darker earlier, thank goodness.

Hither and yon I've seen "Harry Potter twenty years!" posts but I don't really read more than a paragraph. I read and enjoyed each book, skimming larger and larger sections as each book got more bloated; they never quite inspired a second read, though I could see that had I read them as a kid I would have loved them to bits, and I probably would have struggled with magic wand 'logic' over my own magic delivery system, had I read them early enough.

More interesting to me than the books has been their phenomenal influence on the field--finally YA became an accepted subgenre, and is now a market power house. Before Potter, many of us who said we wrote for kids were asked variations on, "And when will you write a real book?" Many of us had already written about magic schools--had read about them. But of course in those days the received wisdom was that no kid would read a book over 60 k words (though we all did), and the kids had to stay emotionally about twelve.

But this series was the one that caught the imagination of a generation.

It's interesting to see the Potter influence in the writers who grew up on the stories. Literature is always in conversation with itself, and tracing influence is fun when you read back far enough. It's especially interesting seeing the mix of film and story with Potter: in the books, Malfoy, for example, is one dimensional, always rotten except for a line or so in a late book, but the films gave him a beautiful face, and as a consequence there are so many angsty-but-beautiful bad boys with pale blond hair in YA stories written by the Potter generation. As I recall, Malfoy didn't have any angst in the books. He was just a snot. But the best of the fanfic writers gave him tons of angst as he pined for Harry, and at last seduced him--and the fanfic has been a strong influence as it developed many of these writers.

I think there is a terrific PhD thesis in this. (If it isn't already being written.)

Epic Dessert

Jun. 27th, 2017 07:35 pm
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Today, in Reasons Not to Hurl the Planet into the Sun, I discovered that Cracker Barrel has a new dessert for summer: Campfire S'Mores.  This consists of a graham cracker crust, warm fudge brownie, roasted marshmallow, and melty chocolate bar accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with dark chocolate sauce.  *DROOL, SLOBBER*  It's harder than it looks to translate recipes across different cooking modes, such as bringing a campfire classic into the kitchen.  I've had several attempts at indoor s'mores, including the pretty good s'more dessert pizza at Brixx, but nothing that compares to this.  So if you like s'mores and you're near a Cracker Barrel, go try this.  \o/

EDIT 6-27-17: Someone has thoughtfully posted a copycat recipe.  This will be useful after the special concludes in August. Meanwhile go throw money at the people who invented this, in hopes they will make more awesome food.

EDIT 6-28-17: Now in delicious poem flavor!  I wrote about some supervillains discovering this dessert.  "Reasons Not to Hurl the Planet into the Sun" is 60 lines, Buy It Now = $20

YOU GUYS

Jun. 27th, 2017 07:03 pm
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I scored the following used RPGs from Little Wars for a SONG:

- Mutants and Masterminds
- Wraith: The Oblivion
- Aeon limited edition
- Star Wars Core Rulebook ([personal profile] dhampyresa, do you want this? I'm happy to send it to you--it's Wizards of the Coast's d20 system)
- Mage: The Ascension (we may already have this BUT I DON'T CARE)
- Changeling Storyteller's Guide (now I just have to find the core book for Changeling)
- Wraith Player's Guide
- Battlefleet Gothic 2002 Annual (I looooooooove the aesthetic of the Battlefleet Gothic miniatures and am sorry I only own one, which is still unassembled in its blister pack)
- Earthdawn (I used to own this before my stepmother threw it out)
- Ars Magica (ditto)
- and a stray issue of Playboy July 1995 because it was sitting there lonely and I am easily amused

PLEASE, VAN, CONTINUE ACQUIRING AND SELLING USED RPGs. I WILL COME BUY THEM!!!

This is like Christmas.

Ankle-deep and Rising

Jun. 27th, 2017 10:36 pm
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Posted by Heather Rose Jones

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 15:36

Yeah, it's been a while since I've done a writing progress update, isn't it? I confess I've gotten a little knocked off the tracks with respect to blogging in the past month and I keep reminding myself that one of my New Year's Irresolutions was not to beat myself up about that. (Poor Abiel LaForge is sitting there on the front lines waiting for the war to end.) So where are we...?

Looking at my revised chapter outline, I have two and a half chapters to go to complete my zeroeth draft of Floodtide. "Zeroeth draft" because there are still a bunch of placeholders and "expand this"s and "this needs to get moved elsewhere"s. But in two and a half chapters, I'll have written through to the end of the book. That's something.

When people ask me about my writing process, my usual response is, "I'll let you know when I've used the same one twice." And Floodtide is no exception. None of my previous first drafts were quite this chaotic, in part because I've usually broken my rule about "no re-writing until I'm done writing." For the two previous books, having a complete draft felt like I could predict fairly solidly how soon I'd be ready to present the manuscript to my publisher. This time, I haven't even sent off a formal proposal letter yet because I have no good estimate of how long it's going to take me to whip the story into shape.

Part of that is because I plan to go out and hire myself a developmental editor who knows something about what a good YA fantasy should look like to help me make Floodtide the best book it can be. And I don't know how long that process will take, either finding the right person or working through the revisions with them. It's a bit of an unsettled feeling, but since I want Floodtide to be a book that can be an independent introduction to Alpennia, I figure it's worth taking the time.

(Oh, and the river isn't actually still rising at this point. The waters have started to recede. But not the troubles.)

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Tuesday Yardening

Jun. 27th, 2017 04:12 pm
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Today is beautiful, cool, and sunny.  I trimmed brush around the purple-and-white garden, finishing that round.  \o/   

EDIT 6/27/17: Round 2, I watered plants.  Then I hauled 4 garden carts full of brush from previous projects to the brush pile in the ritual meadow.  I have not yet picked up the giant ring of trimmings around the purple-and-white garden though.

EDIT 6/27/17: Round 3, I sprayed week killer in the old raspberry patch and in the streetside yard.  In some places there is poison ivy as far as the eye can see.  >_<  I expected that, because it is a "bandage" plant that appeared in disturbed earth, but I do not want it here.  I have firmly suggested that Gaia patch the ground with something else, such as the grass I spent two weeks planting there.  Some of the grass has grown in beautifully, but other areas remain stubbornly bare dirt or noxious weeds.  Ah well, it's a work in progress.

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