HEY! I’ve Moved!

Featured

Hi! I’ve moved to a new web home at rosebfischer.com

This blog is still semi-active because I like reblogging and don’t have that function on the new site.  Most of what you’ll find here now is reblogs.  If you’re looking for my blog posts, visit the new site!

All my old subscribers have been moved along with me BUT–You will only see updates in your reader.  If you want an email update, please subscribe on the new site.

If you’re looking for goal setting tips, visit Finish It!

For free to use textures and artwork visit Texture Addiction

 

2016 Almost Killed Me, But I Kicked Its Ass Instead

Most folks were doing “year in review” posts in mid-December, but my blog was on my hiatus, so I decided to make up for it and post a review now. Warning: you may need a nap after reading this.

Twenty-Sixteen was one of the most difficult years of my life, up to and including the year I was homeless. My brother nearly died. I nearly died. I’ve had more pain and swelling in my lower body than I can remember. The US has elected a fascist, and as a woman with a disability, I feel vulnerable and voiceless (though I know that I am not, in fact, voiceless.)

Continue reading

#WeekendCoffeeshare: There’s a Dragon In My Head

If we were having coffee, I would meet you out somewhere because my cupboards are bare. This is the fourth week in a row that my homecare provider has no-showed. I’ve been on the phone with the agency that provides the service but they aren’t much help and don’t seem to grasp that I’m genuinely dependent on the workers for basic housekeeping, food, and errands.

So, I’d be glad to see you and enjoy a few minutes of normalcy while we shared our coffee. I would tell you about this story idea that showed up, fully formed, in my head recently.

It’s kind of a gender-reversal of the “princess in a tower/dragon keeping the maiden prisoner” trope and has elements of Beauty and the Beast but is also this complicated thing about the question of “which one is really evil?”

There’s this dragon who lives in a decrepit castle by the ocean and I guess she’d been kept prisoner there, but she escapes and goes to get revenge by taking over the neighboring kingdom and locking the two princes in a tower.

One of the princes starts out looking like the upstanding hero while the other one appears to be a jealous jerk or something. But then it turns out that the “nice” one was actually an asshole and had been bullying the younger one for years, so the younger one ends up betraying him and marrying the dragon. I woke up like “….Oh, that’s kind of cool….”

After some poking around with it, It turns out that the princes’ parents were assholes (Why does that keep happening?) and decided it would be a smart idea to keep all the magic creatures to designated areas of the kingdom. So the foxes are mostly forest foxes but they have a few people working in the city and they have this whole operation going where they sneak in and out of the designated fox villages and sabotage the public works and/or steal stuff. (There’s also apparently a small-animal resistance led by the rabbits, so the whole thing appears to be “unlikely animal alliances paired with subverted fantasy tropes.”)

Once your eyes had glazed over from listening to me talk about my story idea for ages, I’d ask how you were doing. And then I’d be confused by references to real life.

Sorry about that. My fictional worlds are the sane ones right now, so I’m living in them as much as possible. Hope you’re all having a great week.

#WeekendCoffeeshare is hosted by Diana over at Part Time Monster. Head there to link up and have another coffee. https://parttimemonsterblog.com/

#WeekendCoffeeshare: There’s a Dragon In My Head was originally published on Rose B. Fischer

2016 Resolutions Revisited and 2017 Resolutions Made

NOTE THAT I HAVE A FEW POSTS SCHEDULED TO RUN HERE, but after January this blog is done.  I’m over at http://evilgeniusrbf.com

2016 Resolutions Revisited and 2017 Resolutions Made

Just for fun, I’ve decided to revisit my 2016 New Year’s Resolutions and see how things went.
Stop saying the word “actually” all the time. Because it’s actually annoying.

I seriously curtailed my use of the word “actually,” but I haven’t totally removed it from my vocabulary and still think I over-use it. The good news is that I’m aware when I say it now, more often than not.

Sleep more. Because I’m almost 40 and I’m tired.

Hahaha.
HaHAHAHAhaha. HAhahaha.

Yeah, I’m gonna keep trying on this one.
Make two new friends by the end of the year. Because my old ones are getting worn out and creaky. They talk about boring things like graduate school and politics and mortgages when I want to talk about cartoons and candy and Adam Lambert. I need to be friends with 10-year-olds.

I didn’t meet any 10-year-olds, but I did make many awesome new friends in 2016.
Haley J Snyder, Juana Garcia, and Fee Thomas are at the top of the list.
Blog smarter. Because I have tons and tons of blog content just sitting on my computer that never gets posted because I write it all in HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE lumps and then don’t want to re-read and figure out if it’s any good or I notice that even I wouldn’t read the whole thing…and…just…ugh. I miss blogging every day, but I can’t sustain the blog on 2000 word stream of consciousness posts every day and 5000 word essays every month.

Blogging didn’t go well for me in 2016, but the good news is that I DID sort out a lot of my old writing and figure out what I wanted to keep, what might be worth posting, and what I just needed to let go of.

Look at more pictures of dogs on the internet. Because I like dogs, and dogs make me happy.

SUCCESS. I looked at lots of dogs on the internet!
For 2017, I don’t have any new resolutions. I’ve decided to keep working on these because they’re sound and helpful.

Happy New Year, folks!

Good Riddance 2016!


2016 Resolutions Revisited and 2017 Resolutions Made was originally published on Rose B. Fischer

Moving the blog again

So, just to let everyone know, I’m closing this site down for a while.  There are personal reasons.  I’ll still be blogging, just on a smaller scale and back on WordPress.com rather than self-hosted.  If you want to follow me, the new site is:

https://evilgeniusrbf.com/blog/

Moving the blog again was originally published on Rose B. Fischer

Foodbanks, social justice and why we need a new conversation about poverty

Policy Press Blog

In her speech from The future of social justice event we held on Monday, Kayleigh Garthwaite, author of Hunger Pains, talks about her experience of volunteering at foodbanks and how we can harness and express the collective shame that should be felt over the existence of emergency food aid.

kayleigh-garthwaite“For the last three years, I’ve been a volunteer and a researcher at a Trussell Trust foodbank in central Stockton, North East England, finding out how a foodbank works, who uses them, and why.

Every week, I prepared the three days’ worth of food that goes into each food parcel. I dealt with the administration of the red vouchers required to receive food, making sure that anyone who needed further support was told where it could be obtained. I volunteered at food collections at Tesco supermarkets, asking people to add an extra tin to their weekly shop. Most importantly, I sat and…

View original post 1,842 more words

Monday Updates: Week 4.

Eclectic Alli

Wow… week 4. I can’t believe it’s actually been 4 weeks…

NEWS

There are, as is the norm these days, a lot of stories to pay attention to.

Trump continues to make questionable appointments to his cabinet.  Such as Scott Pruitt, who is suing the EPA on climate change, to be head of the EPA.

He’s also been ignoring what are traditionally supposed to be daily intelligence and security briefings. His reasoning? “I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.” (yes, you read that right… he said eight years…).

And then there’s the Russian involvement in our election and the CIA findings about Russian meddling to help him. There are a lot of sources on this, I’ve put a bunch of them together in one page.  More and…

View original post 326 more words

The Truth About Social Security In Trump’s America – Hardcore Hope

House Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) has introduced legislation that would slash earned Social Security benefits. President-Elect Donald Trump has promised “Not to t…

Source: The Truth About Social Security In Trump’s America – Hardcore Hope

The Truth About Social Security In Trump’s America – Hardcore Hope was originally published on Rose B. Fischer