July 30th, 2009


Thor's Day

Happy birthday to cmpriest!

Woke up schvitzy in the middle of the night; had to put the AC on. You guys, no one told me before the move that MA doesn't believe in air conditioning. I'm just sayin'. I would've thought twice. Everyone asked if I could handle the cold, and yeah, I've got sweaters. No one said "Oh, by the way, we're the only place in the country that doesn't have central air, like, anywhere, and it gets over 100 degrees here; is that okay by you?"

So there's an anthology I'm interested in submitting to, but the deadline is Saturday, and - I have the Idea, but I don't have the execution, and that's mostly because I don't have a sense of the character. See my lament about a month ago about how I do better writing about characters than about ideas. But it's an idea anthology. I dunno. I feel like I ought to try. I'll let you know.

Oi, Bostonians!
Anyone else going roller-skating tonight?

Link Soup
* Better-than-average article on polyamory, from Newsweek. A lot of the comments... well, get your anti-poly bingo card out. :) But a lot of them are actually really good, and I feel that those on my side are acquitting themselves well, which is a good feeling.
* Dude. Check this out.
* Nifty coffee-cup art!
* We were talking about sex workers the other day - here's a good post about them.
* Nifty architectural art!

Link Soup: Daily Science Edition
* Physicists develop multifunctional storage device for light.
* A printable battery may soon hit the street in a cost-effective, but large scale.
* The Incredible Aqualung of the Diving Bell Spider.

Must decide if I'm writing that story. If so, write it. If not, write something else. Also, my current knitting project is close to finished, and could conceivably be finished today. And tonight? Roller skating! But a nap somewhere in there, because I am still weary.


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Bringing dreams to life

So in one of my dreams last night, I was writing a poem in 26 parts; it was something of a "Changeling's Alphabet", by the parents of a changeling child.

And in the dream, I asked my friendslist for words to use in it. Like "C is for changeling", and "E is for existential terror".

So now I do so.
One Person can Make a Difference

Via popelizbet and karnythia

(Text with links grabbed from here; grab and repost!)

Oyate need our help. What is Oyate?

Oyate is a Native organization working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed honestly, and so that all people will know our stories belong to us. For Indian children, it is as important as it has ever been for them to know who they are and what they come from. For all children, it is time to know and acknowledge the truths of history. Only then will they come to have the understanding and respect for each other that now, more than ever, will be necessary for life to continue.

The great Lakota leader, Tatanka Iotanka—Sitting Bull—said, “Let us put our minds together and see what life we will make for our children.” The great Cuban revolutionary, José Martí, said, “We work for children because children know how to love, because children are the hope of the world.” Our work is to nurture in our children a sense of self and community. Our hope is that they will grow up healthy and whole.

Our work includes critical evaluation of books and curricula with Indian themes, conducting of “Teaching Respect for Native Peoples” workshops and institutes; administration of a small resource center and reference library; and distribution of children’s, young adult, and teacher books and materials, with an emphasis on writing and illustration by Native people.

Our hope is that by making many excellent books available to encourage many more, especially from Native writers and artists. Oyate, our organiztion’s name, is the Dakota word for people. It was given to us by a Dakota friend.

Oyate has been offered a generous grant that will help them do a major website overhaul. Information on the grant is available right there on there website. Now, when popelizbetposted about how close they were to their goal I thought, "That's not that much to raise if we boost the signal loud enough." So, I'm making a small donation ($10) and I'm asking you if you're reading this to make a small donation too. $1. $5. Whatever you can afford. And if you can't afford to donate? Can you boost the signal? Post this on your blog. Email the link to friends and family. Tell a coworker that you know would be willing to help. Whatever. Just boost it until enough people hear it to close the gap. Thank you for being amazing and doing a good thing.

Send a check to: Oyate, 2702 Mathews St., Berkeley, CA 94702

Call in your donation to: 510-848-6700

Fax your donation to: 510-848-4815

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