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Oct. 19th, 2016 @ 06:27 pm For B
My son asked me what the white ball thing in our yard was so we went to check and found a giant mushroom.

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Oct. 16th, 2016 @ 05:26 pm Trying to make yogurt
Used whole milk. Heated it, added powdered milk for extra thickness. Heated an old crockpot to low. Let it cool down, added the yogurt. Turned off the crockpot. Mixed the yogurt into the milk, the temperature dropped below the ideal range. Poured the mixture into a plastic yogurt container; put the container into the old crockpot (power off) and wrapped it in a thick dark towel.

I'll check on it sometime tomorrow.
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Oct. 12th, 2016 @ 10:53 am Yesterday on Facebook ...
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Someone on my fb list liked an image advocating that women who falsely claim rape should be jailed.

I agree, as it happens, but then again, making false accusations is already a crime.

However, the timing of this meme is disturbing. It comes at a time when when rapists are judged more worthy than their victims and given light slaps on the wrist because ... the (male) judge doesn't want to ruin their lives.

It comes at a time when a candidate for the highest office excuses being caught advocating sexual assault as "locker room banter" - claiming to have been "young and foolish" at the time. He was 59, married and about to become a father for the 5th time. Several top politicians have defended him, saying that all men talk that way. Apparently they don't see anything wrong with suggesting that violence toward women is just life as usual.

As an aside, it definitely explains why these same people are so terrified of homosexual men. They don't want anyone doing to them what they do to their sexual fantasies.

Rape is an assault that blames the victim. When a man is robbed and beaten, no one asks him if he secretely wanted to be beaten. No one asks if he led the assailant on. No one blames him for the crime and destroys his life as a result.

Not that it matters to the person who 'liked' the image, but I am disappointed and my regard for this person is considerably diminished.
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Sep. 8th, 2016 @ 10:08 am Balach Dubh Story Snippet
This had me in tears writing it.

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Aug. 30th, 2016 @ 04:51 pm A terrifying magical talent
In my dream this morning there was a talented artist; he could draw anything. But when he erased what he had drawn, he also erased that which he drew - person, place, thing - it was gone.

It reminds me of the spell used by the wizard in Tanya Huff's Smoke and Shadows. She would doodle while explaining something until the person to whom she was speaking was satisfied. Afterwards, she would erase the doodle and the memory of the explanation. One limitation of the spell was that the person had to be satisfied that they had received a complete explanation. One drawback was that if the lines of the doodle were filled in again, then the memory would be restored.

This leads me to wonder ...

First, I should mention, the artist in question could not create anything by drawing a non-existant thing. That said, I wonder, if the drawing erased were to be restored ... would the item that he drew also be restored? Could he do it himself or could another do it without his input? Would it matter how well or poorly the image was restored.

I would imagine, however, that IF such a spell reversal were possible, the image would have to be drawn in the same place on the same sheet of paper. But I suspect the reversal is not possible.

I don't remember anything else about the dream or how this man fit in.
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Aug. 27th, 2016 @ 07:09 pm Ghost squad dreams
Yestermorn I woke from a dream in which Sgt. Grioff had been captured by goblins and 'I' was working a scheme (with others) to get him free. There was a boat and a marina involved.

This morning Professor Winton-Smythe was investigating a reported haunting on a moor. Madame Dobransky issued the warning that if he went to the area marked as F on the map (where the haunting was reportedly sited) that he would be severely injured and might die. If he investigated in another area of the moors (A or B, maybe D) he would find the solution to the mystery. Where was a single mother (widow) struggling to raise her children involved and one of those children was writing notes in the alphabet of ... one of the Otherfolk. Dwarves, perhaps? Not all the dwarves left when the Borders of Faerie closed.
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Aug. 24th, 2016 @ 08:11 am Writing Progress - Balach Dubh, draft 2
7442 words on the second draft

I had some trouble with the flower introduction scene. It was the first one I wrote and I made some deductions that proved to be very wrong. I'm still not entirely happy with it, but I suppose it will do. I did manage to introduce why the flowers were there and what the girls were doing with them. Also described what was to go on the next day - at the Beltane celebrations.
"We have twice as many flowers as last year; we'll be able to decorate not only the Dancing Green but also the Grotto, the Forest Altar and the Folly," Jeremiah told Sarah, naming the four major ritual worship spaces on campus.

Sarah was surprised. "The Folly?" she echoed. "Why? Last I heard, before we left, there was tonight's bonfire and tomorrow's maypole on the Dancing Green, the offerings of food on the Forest Altar and the sacred mysteries in the Grotto. What's happening in the Folly?"

Of the four, only the Folly, a marble gazebo that looked like a minature Greek temple located in the middle of a large hedge maze, was the only one that could be seen by Ægeria Hall, and then only by the upper windows. It was mostly used by classicists of Greek and Roman tradition; and never for any of the quarter or cross-quarter celebrations.

They were close enough to the wall of flowers that Malala heard the exchange. She turned, smiling, the only one of those present, in Sarah's opinion, who looked like she belonged. Surrounded by brilliantly coloured exotic blooms, graceful in a vibrant sari, jangles of bangles on arm and brilliant carmine caste mark in the centre of her forehead, indicating the third eye of her discipline, she was like an exquisite carving of an Indian dancing goddess come to life.

Only the clipboard she carried was out of place.

She spoke, answering Sarah's question. "That was Jeremiah's idea. There will be a lot of people here tomorrow for the picnic and games; not only University students and families, children from the local schools, their parents and teachers, but also townspeople. Jeremiah thought it would nice to give them a photo op. Decorate the Folly and have a professional photographer available for those who don't want to take their own."
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Aug. 21st, 2016 @ 11:02 pm Balach Dubh - draft 2
5707 words total

0100 with Alys Liddleton
0400 with Sally O'Shea
0700 with Alys Liddleton
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Aug. 20th, 2016 @ 10:58 pm Balach Dubh - draft 2
word count on the second draft - 3605

0100 with Alys Liddleton
0400 with Sally O'Shea
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Aug. 20th, 2016 @ 07:08 pm Writing process - Balach Dubh
I said I wouldn't do it, but I am. This morning I began ordering the scenes of the manuscript chronologically, trying to determine what information needs to be filled in, what scenes need to be amended, in order for the tale to progress to its logical conclusion. I edited the first two scenes - both involving Alys Liddleton in her role as coroner for the Special Response unit, I made a start at compiling a series reference, and I wrote the third scene - the only "new" output for today. One thing I learned; Sally O'Shea really does not care for Jace Walker.

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