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Hello! I started out as @lastrobot@mastodon.online but decided I probably should be on the writing.exchange since I write and . At some point I will figure out how to migrate. For now I am in two places at once. Wheeeee!

My poem "Making Space: Black holes and other loners, 2019" is published in Yellow Arrow Journal's latest issue, UpSpring. They publish writers/artists who identify as women. Buy an issue. Read good stuff. Feel awesome!! yellowarrowpublishing.com/stor

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Today's #MastoPrompt for #SmallPoems #Poetry is...

#ascend

The poem can include the prompt word or be about the prompt word.

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Another new bird in the garden, this time the Brown-Headed Cowbird. Kind of a cool look - very goth, very "growing my hair out". #birds #backyardbirding

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Planted a rose bush today. May climate change not crush its tender emerging heart.

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Abyssinian Ground-Thrush

Large, brown-backed, orange-breasted thrush with bold white wingbars. Found in the understory of montane forest. Generally shy and scarce. The song is a musical and typically thrush-like, a chatty and cheerful series of whistles and chuckles. The call is a very thin, rising trill. Very similar to Orange Ground-Thrush, but has a different pattern on the head: an orange crown, a plain face, and a complete white eye-ring.

Link: ebird.org/species/abgthr1

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White-sided Flowerpiercer

Small flowerpiercer, male all slaty blackish and female fairly dark olive-brownish. Both sexes show white flash on sides, mostly obscured by wings but usually partially visible, especially with its frequent wing flicks. Bill is upturned with a hook at the tip, typical of a flowerpiercer. Found at middle elevations, around 1,800–2,800 m, in the Andes from Venezuela to Peru. Usually at forest edge or shrubby areas. Can be found singly, in pairs, or following a mixed-species flock.

Link: ebird.org/species/whsflo1

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This makes feel a whole lot more chill about my ever-growing TBR pile.

Umberto Eco’s Antilibrary: Why Unread Books Are More Valuable to Our Lives than Read Ones

themarginalian.org/2015/03/24/

I do love news-via-poetry goodness. That's what The Sprawl serves up today via poet Cobra Collins: "It’s time to “clear the air with a leadership election” doesn’t that sound an awful lot like a man trying to sneak back in through an emergency exit?"
sprawlcalgary.com/horsing-arou

This talk of avian flu on the poultry farms in BC, Canada - I worry for all the wild birds.

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@lastrobot I am absolutely on board with this but being a Brit, perhaps we could swap the bears and cougars for horses and donkeys? The last time a donkey poked his head into my tent the results were not terrifying ;-)

People are rolling down the street with their little campers, heading for the mountains. And now I want a camper!! I want to sleep under the stars. Sleeping-bagged. Nestled in some wee grove. Hear the wind in the trees. Wake up chilly. Slurp instant coffee. Hike trails where bear and cougar lurk!!

Playing #fallout76 as a way to tuneout the endless 

covid/monkeypox news. Ugh. Come on! Enough with the bad news!

So my spouse has finished the 1st edited draft of his 1st hard-scifi novel. I'm beta reading it and I have to say I'm impressed.

Sometimes I am writing poetry, and sometimes I am doing banking. That's all you really need to know to explain my moodiness.

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