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First this morning, I get an email and find out a maternal British cousin we called Uncle had passed away last Tuesday, and it's already the last day of Shiva there. Many thanks to [personal profile] siliconshaman for helping me research what he could, and I didn't know British sources. We didn't even have his proper address! We kept in touch by email and visits when possible.

Second, my brother calls and my paternal first cousin, the one who taught me about BBSes and gaming, had passed away suddenly last night. We have already lost all grandparents, his parents our aunt and uncle, and my mother. He had just gotten married this year and his wife is expecting their son in 40 days.

I am a wreck, but making plans to get to his services.
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Hi! Have a pet peeve? Want someone writing interesting things in a superhero, PolyChrome Heroics, or an Autistic rebellion in space, Army of One? My favorite author is having a Poetry Fishbowl again! If you don't have a Dreamwidth or LiveJournal account, give yourself a nickname and tell her LibraryGeek sent you. :-D
Here's today's information. Today's theme is "pet peeves." I'll be soliciting ideas for nemeses, rivals, jerks, bullies, upstanders, fussbudgets, touch-dominant people, problem-solvers, troubled relationships, brats, high-conflict personalities, supervillains, superheroes, psycho bosses, neatniks, picking on people, finding flaws, laying blame, failure analysis, quality control, schools, businesses, government buildings, households, athletic venues, other areas prone to conflicts, vermin, lack of habituation to stimuli, the stupid it burns like hydrogen, hypersensitivity, touch aversion, allergens, bullshit, dissatisfaction, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have The New Book of Forms by Lewis Turco which covers most common and many obscure forms.

http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10722092.html#comments
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Yes, another fishbowl, hooray!

My prompts:

Libraries and their staff - I was hoping either the Winged Graces world or more about the Order of Hypatia in Terramagne. Something cheering, for when having a neurodiverse staff WORKS!

Hey, does the Lacuna have a librarian yet? :-D A good librarian can figure out the right questions to ASK, which helps with all the personal databases available in the Lacuna. Maybe the librarian compiles the database of skillsets?

New books for Victor and Igor!

Another for Fortressa beating up someone emotionally, WITHOUT having to do so physically, when the male has INSISTED on offending. (Hey, lesser amounts of bystander violence for the win! The Swedish guys who stopped that jerk of a rapist sounded like they took TONS of emotional damage AND had no recourse for justice there. One was in tears while reporting to the officers. :-( )

Get the local police officer with telepathic bond to his K-9 officer working in the community, Derreck and Blitz, helping with discrimination or this from Capriuni: http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10389397.html?thread=23122837#cmt23122837 Pokemon Go is getting articles about officers using it to connect to kids in the community, AND autistic kids are socializing because so many are sharing their focii right now.


http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10686649.html
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What themes would you like to read? Check this page and help with ideas!

http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10681604.html

My ideas:

1) Games, games in society. (Like Why Pokemon Go is such a comfort to so many people, helping socialize, get out of the house, and why others feel the need to disparage it so badly)

2) All the news is dark, so light a candle

3) Vengeance, punishment, or teshuvah - repair society

4) Laws, rules, and culture - law keepers, law givers, enforcement, clergy, psychology

For the linkback poem, wasn't there another one with the librarians? An Order was mentioned, and Pythia? I can't find it now, and I feel a need to reread what I could of it again. Last week was HARD on those serving as Information advocates! Found it! Tour Guides for All of Knowledge, http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10668311.html
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Ysabet Wordsmith is posting here http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10672707.html for the Poetry Fishbowl today.

Hey, it's that time again! If you have ideas the WordSmith wants to make them into poems. Want to help? Prompt about feelings, emotions, words, emotional intelligence, therapists, having problems with understanding feelings, you get the idea... :-)

My prompt: I have waited for this one... :-D Cymru am byth!
Date: 2016-07-05 07:25 pm (UTC)

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-01/emotions-which-there-are-no-english-words-infographic

Hiraeth - In a form the Cymry would recognize, please, but still in English, at least mostly: http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/welsh.shtml, or http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/gwawdodyn-poetic-forms Yes, this was my first self taught language to any extant. Any skill with cynghanedd? :-D

I am Jewish, with ancestry of English Jews from Queen Elizabeth's time, German, and the Pale of Settlement so hurt by the Shoah, but if I need to do historical reenactment, it's Wales I turn to and feel as my home. :-)

Something for that Japanese one of the bubbly feeling of the moment of falling in love, suitable for a gifted 11 year old otaku, set in Polychrome Heroics.

Set Gezelligheid against all those rude implications of the Dutch in America, Dutch treat, Dutch uncle, and how Gezelligheid still defines Dutch descended Americans so many centuries after New Amsterdam became New York City. Yup, my husband. :-)
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Prompt for poetry! This Poetry Fishbowl is for "The Moon Door", using lycanthropy as an alternative to living with chronic conditions.

This is the link for LiveJournal: http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/3900510.html.

Or you can go here, http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10462480.html if you have a Dreamwidth account. New prompters or donors get a new freebie poem for everyone!

My Prompts: 1) My mom dealt with all the havoc gastric cancer did to her because she insisted she was going to play with her first grandchild. I was 6 months pregnant, Mom wasn't supposed to make it to my delivery. She lasted almost 2 years, having lost almost half her weight, and letting her grandbaby rest her head against her Nana's chemo port.

2) Related, still tough grandmothers: https://www.facebook.com/FreeCookiesForDeathEaters/photos/a.179147418831473.46666.135852673160948/941627169250157/?type=3 If the Facebook link doesn't work here, I tagged you on Facebook with it.

I am seriously convinced a pack of grandma werewolves would be amazing. :-)
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Poetry Fishbowl today on the topic of weather! If you have a LiveJournal or Dreamwidth account, you get a free copy of what your prompt becomes, transformed. If you don't have an account, you may have to wait until it's sponsored. Seriously, if you have an account, give a try!

My prompt as an example: Weather prompt
Date: 2015-12-02 12:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] librarygeek
Hurricane Sandy, Polychrome Heroics, and especially the image of the roller coaster in this: http://blog.newscom.com/2013/10/hurricane-sandy-one-year-later/

Whether (homonym meant) a soup helps with Sandy, or is triggered because of this, or the response to NOT enough help, fast enough, any possibility. But this image still makes me and others from the Jersey Shore cry.

Also, Hurricane Sandy had Doctors Without Borders acting on USA soil for the first time because of how devastating the medical consequences were, especially in retirement communities. Could have old retired fisher families develop weather powers from latent to activate...

http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10419238.html
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This article appeared in the New Orleans Clarion-Picayune, the evening edition after the poem by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith entitled, “Berettaflies” found here, http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10348733.html

Letter to the Editor and Public Announcement:

The Monroe Library at Loyola University will host a round table discussion on the appropriate taxonomic classification of the insects called "Berettaflies" by their creator. Announcements and flyers are being posted in the usual media and public spaces, and here for the initial discussion of the newly identified organism's possible identification. This discussion is open to all students, faculty, and the general public.

Cautions for those with concerns:

1) The students who are in the hospital have the option of joining by vidchat. Screens will be set up if they choose to send images. These may be graphic shots of injuries.

2) The soup first responder is being invited to attend, either by vidchat or in person, and does not have a fully humanoid appearance. Offensive nicknames or descriptions will not be tolerated and is grounds for immediate dismissal from the discussion. If this is a hardship for you, please avail yourself of the live audio feed alone which will be a separate link.

3) The creator of these "Berettaflies" is invited as thon may have important information towards how to properly identify these creatures and their relevant characteristics. Cooperation and full disclosure is being considered by the authorities in all discussions of official charges pertaining to the release of the Berettaflies.

4) The group known as The Spectrum is NOT invited as members have shown no relevant knowledge of the creatures or of the consequences of their actions.
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Poetry fishbowl is open!


Do you want to see poetry written to your prompt? Well, if you have a LiveJournal or Dreamwidth account, go here and see what happens! This month's theme is curses. Can they be foiled again, or do you just have a foul mouth?

https://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10368397.html
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It's poetry day, with a theme of "gentlemen in distress" this month! Give Ysabet a prompt, she will work it into a poem. She has a superhero world with Polychrome Heroes, An Army of One is an autistic rebellion in space, Frankenstein's Family - where Victor and Igor are DADS to Adam, a medieval commune in Hart's Farm, and even Monster House where the bogeyman is lonely and wants to play. This link gets you to the LiveJournal post, so if you have a LJ account, post there and she'll send you a copy of your poem. http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/3651001.html

If you prefer, go to http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10230423.html with a Dreamwidth account and post there. Either way, poetry for everyone! :-)

If you do post a prompt, tell her you're a NEW prompter and we all get a free poem! Thanks.
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--What would help? What are YOUR goals? When you were growing up and learning to use your neurovariant brain/body, what would have made that easier? What things do you know now that you wish someone had taught you a lot sooner?--

If others DON'T want to read everything, read this paragraph at least!!! If someone stutters, uses multiple languages in odd ways, or just speaks their native language in an atypical fashion, restate what they say to make sure you understand what that other person is saying. Language access may NOT be what you're accustomed to and that person may be trying as hard as they can. Second problem occurring to me that's not often stated is that 9 out of 10 on the autism spectrum have gastrointestinal problems. What those specific problems ARE is as broad as the spectrum itself, but if they say they can't eat X, have to have medicine at specific times before or after a meal, or have other issues with food, please don't pick on them, or otherwise think you can "fix" it. Even if exposure to our triggers may not kill us, we just may have to take over your bathrooms for hours because of your "help". Search Autism and intestinal flora or biome, the new information coming out is fascinating, sometimes like watching poisonous snakes for me. :-/

I was almost in shock for a few days, or at least nonverbal on this subject. You're right, nobody asks these questions, and I, at least, have gotten so accustomed to the LACK of asking I really had to think about this. I'm high functioning autistic or Asperger's syndrome, hyperlexile, but display my meltdowns as shutdowns usually.

--What would help?-- Mostly acceptance, I think. People usually think "Autism" as only the ones who are nonverbal, but can't recognize how VARIANT neurovariant people really can be. Autism SPECTRUM fits it well, because it is a really broad range.

--What are YOUR goals?-- Thud as I fall over in shock, very few ask about my goals. ;-) Autism is an odd word for it to me. Auto, self, right Ysabet and thnidu, but I can't SEE, HEAR, or GET where I'm setting people off without others' reactions to me. No man is an island, not even the autistic. :-/ My goals, lately, are reestablishing enough 'people patterns" that I can understand, again, what I'm doing when I interact with people. For me, autism is trying to draw a picture with my hands in a box so I can't see what I'm drawing. My husband can give me coloring pages with raised edges so I can FEEL where the outlines are and I can color in the lines well enough to pass for most people. Another friend of mine can remove one side of the box, hold up a mirror, and let me SEE what I'm drawing. You can try that though, it's still hard as hell. :-/

--When you were growing up and learning to use your neurovariant brain/body, what would have made that easier?-- Encouragement to TRY different sports is something that occurs to me. It doesn't matter that I will NEVER be a champion swimmer or figure skater, the effort and practice involved gives me a better sense of my body. I may never do the showy jumps and spins, but I can catch something falling off the table without hurting myself now. It takes WORK to find all my parts and reflexes need much more work than many people. Again, for those dealing with those younger on the spectrum: watch carefully for signs of gastrointestinal problems. Mine didn't display until I was 16, my family and I just thought of my reactions as a mild food allergy, and I wasn't diagnosed with eosinophilic gastroenteritis until I was 23. It took YEARS to get triggers identified after all the damage done, and a medicine and food avoidance therapy that would work for me.

--What things do you know now that you wish someone had taught you a lot sooner?-- If I only knew then, the things I know now? :-)

1. Write things down, or type it, or draw it, or whatever works for me. I can type reasonably well, but I'm dysgraphic and my handwriting never improved over my 3rd grade level. Short term memory can be an issue, especially if there's an emotional content.

2. Support matters. Ok, I understand emotional support matters to most to some extant, but with all my immediate family deaths and my medical problems, I've been drowning in too much noise, not enough backup, many fewer people to ask what I need help with and NOT even able to realize I would ask my mom about this, mom's dead now for 8 years, who do I ask now?

3. I had informal support in school, since my autism wasn't identified. I WAS, however, identified young as "gifted" and "sensitive" and that got me a certain allowance from the teachers and sometimes lunchtime or afterschool help with how to deal with people, and in high school the dysgraphia and dyspraxia were identified. My accommodations for those were being permitted to use the computers for my essays, and since that's when I started having difficulties with physical education teachers, my heart condition was a factor enough that got me a gym excuse. ;-) Up until then, gym teachers weren't asking me to win, or get skilled at any sports, just keep trying. Others were running laps, I had my NY strut fast walk for my laps, same time duration. I still think the batter hitting a ball is accomplishing an impossible feat by physics and biology, but just by my biological limitations. :-)

4. Same idea, different application: encourage trying a variety of arts and crafts. I can't knit or crochet with those sticks, but I can latch hook and use knitting and weaving looms. I can sew with a machine enough to make historical clothing that passes, if not completely authentic, and make skating dresses, a different set of sewing skills with stretchy fabrics. I can't draw people, but I can make perspective drawings of your house or a skyline. When on corticosteroids to get some pain inflammation down, I made all the house potholders on a kid level potholder loom just to keep the rage down. I enjoy coloring books, and am working on some window paints to paint a stained glass look on our picture window.

5. Those on the autism spectrum may need specific help with figuring out sex, gender, identity, and relationship issues. I have been manipulated because of my autism and our culture's inability to deal with these in a rational manner. I may be a genius, but I got stuck with losers because who would put up with me and my issues?

6. Find out what soothes YOU, keep it with you, and write the list down. I have specific snacks and drink packets, one of those migraine balms with lavender, and I just ordered noise canceling headphones to put in a soft bag in my large purse that will get a gold puzzle piece as an applique.
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I'm making a list of all the items I have prompted, sponsored, or both. I want to know what remains to sponsor, and what has been written as I asked. I'm including the most general of warnings so I can be careful for myself and others. If you know of something not in this list, PLEASE tell me? I'm also going to improve this post with links to the specific fishbowls, and include my prompts as fingernail summaries if none there. I need the html practice.

Polychrome Heroics - http://penultimateproductions.weebly.com/polychrome-heroics.html

"Rainy Day People" 9-4-14 http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/3394153.html
WARN ALL THE THINGS.
Prompted by DW users dialecticdreamer, librarygeek, lynnoconnacht, LJ users ellenmillion, ng_moonmoth, siliconshaman, laffingkat, and
Hurt/Comfort Bingo Card 7-31-14
Sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette

"House of Cards" 11-4-14 (Need to find LINK which is not included in site index)
Prompted by DW user librarygeek and Origfic Bingo Card 9-29-14
Free perk

"The Shadow of His Hand" 3-11-15 (fishbowl spillover)
Prompted by DW user librarygeek
182 lines, Buy It Now = $181

"The World Keeps Spinning" 3-4-15 (fishbowl spillover)
Prompted by DW users dialecticdreamer, librarygeek, and balsamandash
230 lines, Buy It Now = $115
(Available after "To Feel the Freedom" and "Soup Stuff" have been sponsored and published.)

"She's a Knockout" 2-3-15
Prompted by DW user librarygeek and Valentine's Day Bingo Card 1-31-15
114 lines, Buy It Now = $57

"Glorious Accidents" 3-3-15 http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10172177.html
Prompted by DW user librarygeek and Origfic Bingo Card 9-30-14
Sponsored by DW user librarygeek

An Army of One: The Autistic Secession in Space http://penultimateproductions.weebly.com/an-army-of-one.html

"The Space Traders" 8-6-13 http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10130925.html
Prompted by LJ user kelkyag and DW user chordatesrock
Sponsored by DW user librarygeek

"A Room with a Garden View" 1-6-15 http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10119699.html
Prompted by DW users librarygeek, thnidu, and LJ user ng_moonmoth
Sponsored by LJ user ng_moonmoth

If you want to read the poems about the other-gendered trader Astin that I indexed, those are: "Uncounted Colors of the Stars" (creation of the Other checkbox) http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/3192901.html, "Umbilical Lines" (shopping for other-gendered clothes) http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/3391916.html, "A Room with a Garden View" (getting a room and other-gendered furniture on Supply Base Bounty 3D3N) above, "Dreams of Green and Brown" (finding a machine to grow edible yeast) http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10132040.html, "Too Expensive to Ship Back" (Astin needs an algae-whiz and Spalling and V help) http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10156176.html. "The Space Traders" (above) does not mention Astin by name but does lay background for traders in the Lacuna.
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Have you ever participated in a poetry fishbowl? Somebody writes poetry to your prompt! If you have a Dreamwidth or LiveJournal account, log in, tell Ysabet you are a new prompter, and ask for something in the theme today, language shaping thought. Make it simple today, and you may get a new poem quickly.

Today's theme is "language shaping thought." I'll be soliciting ideas for linguists, translators, philosophers, social engineers, making decisions, being unable to make decisions, describing ideas, debating what to do, framing options, manipulating people with words, solving problems with language, plot twists, libraries, schools, offices, halls of government, writer garrets, other places where people work with language, misconceptions, truths and falsehoods, dire warnings, inspiration, catchphrases, linguistic oppression or rebellion, invented languages, rare languages, dormant languages, vocabulary words, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have the first edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms which covers most common and many obscure forms.

http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10201871.html
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Today is the Poetry Fishbowl for ysabetwordsmith with a theme of: What makes a wo/man? http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10148298.html

So if you have your own ideas of what makes a man, woman, neither, both, gender identity, and such, prompt ysabet and get a poem!

I posted this: Oh, and I really liked in your post about women's clothes being a handicap - "I think it's a hell of a lot more sexy if a woman could rip your balls off, and chooses not to." That, and the guys who actually appreciate such women. :-D

And have this waiting for a sponsor:
This inspired the free-verse poem "She's a Knockout." Cuoio is a newly made fighter boss looking for a girlfriend who won't die on him. He thinks muscles are hot. But how's he going to get her to do something other than hit him...?

114 lines, Buy It Now = $57
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My backchannel prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "A Room with a Garden View." Astin visits Supply Base Bounty 3D3N and finds far more than expected.

http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10119699.html?view=21287699&posted=1#cmt21287699

Something with love polygons and proving yourself.

From this ysabetwordsmith got "The Three Hands of Fate," today's second freebie. Have a three-way adventure/romance. Oh, and there's a book rec at the end for a novel about the same type of relationship.

http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/3533908.html


Thanks, ysabetwordsmith!
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My mother-in-law's passing and very old poetry
My mother-in-law died Tuesday morning. My mom died 8 years ago. I have some of my old poetry repeating in my head today and I'm hoping that writing it out will stop it looping in my head. Edited next day: Yes, writing it out stopped the loop. Didn't think this was great, but I wrote it at 14 years old.

Existing, surviving, living

Existing, surviving, living,
All different states of being.

Some say they are the same,
But they each have a different name.

Existing is just going through each day,
Having nothing in life that is magic or fey.

Surviving is hanging on by your teeth,
Finding yourself alone on the heath.

Living is something I learned to do,
Taught how by someone new.
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This is a favorite author of mine, offering to write poetry to other people's prompts. On this election day, maybe we can celebrate creativity and winning without defeating anyone. If you are a new prompter or donor, we all get a new free poem.

http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10030388.html?view=20594228&posted=1#cmt20594228
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Let's create a team of people with different kinds of genius, ethnicities, sexual preferences, and let them create a Tesserect. Oh, and yes, they have a totem cat for the team, Schrodinger's cat, of course.

What can go wrong? Read, enjoy, something!

http://penultimateproductions.weebly.com/original-content.html

Seriously, I love everything by this writer, but this makes me lose time. Often.
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The father of one of my daughter's friends just died. Yes, I told her, she has been to probably one or two funerals a year since she was 2. Both my daughter and her male best friend are 9 years old.

We adults were drinking together on Halloween after the trick-or-treating was finished and the kids were enjoying the candy haul and playing. My daughter was crying, not for the dad that died, but for her friend who doesn't have a dad now. This, I DON'T have sufficient vocabulary to express myself at the moment. I have to take care of my daughter, because she will want to take care of her friend. I'm going to try to help the mom.

This hurts for everyone. I just needed to say this, somewhere. :-(

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