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Oct. 30th, 2014 11:58 pm
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- Spot quiz today

- Practically ran off afterwards to Dr. Vint's class where Sabrina Vourvoulias and Fabio Fernandes were skyping in, which was quite exciting. I live-tweeted the thing and Storified it.

- PK and I went to lunch afterwards and worked on ICFA abstracts. We then went to Coffee Bean to continue.

- AP called at some point wondering if I had time to go shopping with her for Halloween stuff. But alas, she called when PK and I were working on abstracts.

I have a draft abstract which I think is okay. Tomorrow I'll put together a bib because bibs are mandatory for ICFA proposals which is kinda weird to me.

- I also accomplished a couple more paragraphs in my newest short story. Still haven't quite figured out how to segue into the main conflict.

- I feel really tired still, and heartache-y. It's getting annoying.

- I got my shipment of STEAMPUNK WORLD books!! I'm pretty sure the MOTHERSHIP books are in too. Gotta get them tomorrow.

- I also get to dogsit for HH tomorrow. so there's something.

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Oct. 29th, 2014 08:38 pm
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- Went to the first SF reading group meeting of the year last night. It went well, but I forgot that the hosts house cats... two of them now. It surprised me to get the allergic reaction I did because the floor wasn't carpeted, but they had no windows open, and I guess they don't bathe the cats regularly.

- PK and I were supposed to get together sometime today to write abstracts for ICFA. This never happened for various reasons.

- There was a food truck festival on campus today!! It was very exciting. I went by myself to scope the place, and came away with sliders and CROQUETTES!!!! ([profile] corinneduyvis introduced them to me when I last visited Amsterdam and I fell in love.) Later, Nalo was free so I went BACK and I found her in the lobster line. And I got myself some lobster bisque. Food is love.

- PK, Nalo and I hung out for a while, and then I went to Nalo's office to get some fabric she's throwing out.

She had this big skirt she was working on, with crochet lace at the edge that's only half-stitched on. I've got it now, and I might finish it, and bring it to WisCon and invite people to embroider stuff on it!

- I went back to my office and did some more editing. And reading.

- I also popped by Dr. BZ's office to ask about de Certeau and talk about airships and trains and how they're interesting imagined spaces. Not sure she got what I was trying to say though. I kinda want her to be on my committee but I don't really know how to even explain my project to her.

- Reading Matt Hill's book "Fan Cultures" right now and came across the concept of the autoethnography. I've never heard of this one before! Apparently it is like an ethnography except the ethnographer makes their position even more transparent? IDK!

- Feeling unaccountably tired tonight. Also unaccountably sad and heartache-y.

3 things

Oct. 29th, 2014 11:11 am
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Not updating while I was on vacation has gotten me out of the habit.

1. Last night there was the night running marathon in Tel Aviv, [personal profile] roga and I went to see some of it and I got half of a free Balkan Beatbox out of it! And also a lovely walk by the river, which was chillier than I expected.

2. Yesterday at lunch my coworkers had a conversation that basically amounted to "Jerusalem is terrible, why would anyone want to go there, nothing good ever came from that city, you couldn't pay me to live there, let's just pretend it doesn't exist." I will never stop being amused by Tel Avivians' hatred for Jerusalem (and vice versa). Personally, I hate Jerusalem and you couldn't pay me to live there because I can't remember the last time I took public transport in the city without a random woman on the bus taking me aside to talk about my cleavage.

3. I am thinking of doing NaNoWriMo this year! This is almost entirely due to [personal profile] yifu's influence, as she lives outside Europe/North America and does NaNo every year and it seems to work very well for her in her writing career. Seeing her enthusiasm every year has convinced me to give it a try, and this year is the first when my schedule sort of allows it. (Sort of. We'll not speak of grad school which I need to sort out.)

I'm going to use it to write the porn novel. stuff about writing )

Strange Empire (episodes 1-2)

Oct. 28th, 2014 02:50 pm
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So, Strange Empire. A show set in Canada in the 19th century, essentially a "wild west" show, feature a boat load of women protagonists. Only one of the three main women is played by a white actress, afaik. THERE IS NO WAY NOT TO BE EXCITED BY A SHOW LIKE THIS.

How could you ever ruin a show like the show I've described? IT CAN'T BE DONE! but no, apparently, slowly but surely, you can take everything I've ever wanted in a show and water it down with rape culture and average-to-terrible writing until it's just... a sort-of watchable mess?

spoilers for the first two episodes )

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Oct. 27th, 2014 10:01 pm
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- Today I got to campus around 9.30 and wrote about two more pages of stuff for my prospectus! I feel very proud of this. Then I made it out to sit on the balcony of the grad student lounge, which I think is an optimal spot for listening to the noontime Monday recitals of the UCR Bell tower. I wrote a couple more pages there and ate lunch.

When I went back to my office, I got stuck trying to figure out what next? I've already identified the problem and given a brief rundown of steampunk community history, now how to articulate what I want to do next in a way that makes sense, is rigorous and doesn't sound like I'm spreading myself too wide? How to account for marketability factors, consumer culture, utopian enterprise and lack of political rigor all at once?

- At some point I gave up and wrote about 600 words of a story for [personal profile] qian's anthology instead. I'm very surprised that I'm thinking of an actual plot.

- I ran into a friend while walking home and we chatted a bit which was cool. She was excited to hear about the Clockwork Couture signing, and offered to drive me! Road trip yay! (Burbank is like two hours away, ahaha ugh.)

- I messed around at home for a bit, then went to do a spot of shopping. I bought myself a plant mister, some wine glasses, and some more hummingbird drink. The mister I just put together... it's a 2 gallon thing like my watering can and it works okay, I guess? I can see how it is a huge benefit over the watering can because the water is definitely not compacting the soil at all now. On the other hand, it takes foreverrrrrrr. Like, I think I could practically sit in a lawn chair, read in one hand and just spray with the other. I might even finish a couple of short stories before I even get to a quarter of a gallon. The nozzle part is also vaguely phallic so while I was spraying that one spot, it felt like a lot of dick waving. It's ridiculous. I shall do this lawn chair thing this weekend, just to see how long it takes for me to finish spraying a gallon.

- I also checked on the worm bin... I guess the worms really don't like lemongrass! They're also taking their own sweet time eating their bedding. The peat moss they came in is kind of mixing up the whole mess--not a bad thing, but it makes them hard to find. I do hope they're surviving (the few I saw were definitely alive) and eating well. What worries me is that most of them seem to be at the bottom of the bin, and worms are supposed to be surface feeders. It's all good; that's more time for me to collect more material for feeding them.

I did use the mister on the bin though, just to dampen the bedding on top. Hee hee.

updates

Oct. 27th, 2014 02:10 pm
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1. There are really no words for how tired I am today. I've been teetering on the edge of a migraine for days now. Yesterday I was at work for 12 hours (9am-9pm) because my department was producing an event and my boss wanted everyone to be there, even though I didn't actually have anything to do. Which is to say, I didn't get to enjoy the event (a series of short lectures) but I did get to stand outside and help out with bringing a paper bag or telling people where a building was occasionally.

So, a 12 hour day on the FIRST DAY OF THE WORK WEEK. Kill me now.

2. In addition to this, stress hit me like baseball bat once I went back to work, so now I can't sleep very well either. It was like, I came home from vacation and I was sleeping fine - the kind of deep sleep that doesn't mind light or outside noises, the kind where I get woken up by my alarm instead of the other way around. And then, after my first day back at work, it was like a wave. Suddenly I can't fall asleep, I wake up in the middle of the night, I wake up before my alarm. Anxiety and stress.

It's not work, specifically. It's the shock of getting back to full working days, yes, but it's also anxiety about my degree (which is currently a clusterfuck IDEK how to untangle), it's the fact that I still don't have an apartment so I feel like I don't have my own space (I mean, [personal profile] roga's guest room is lovely but it doesn't feel like My Bedroom, because it isn't, and I just feel like I'm living in limbo which stresses me out).

3. In happy news - one of the supermarkets next to [personal profile] roga's place is closing, so they're having a 20% off everything in the store sale. Today's the last day and I plan to go in there and buy all the frozen seafood they might have left, basically. I mean the rest of their prices aren't amazing - the store is already so expensive that 20% off is basically the price you'd get at a cheap supermarket anyway - but seafood is harder to find and usually the stores selling it are more expensive to begin with, so.

4. In even happier news - Australian coworker is gone *_______* Apparently he left while I was on vacation, and didn't even CC me on the goodbye email he sent everyone, lolol. With him gone and French Coworker on maternity leave until January, the department is actually an OK place to work in all of the sudden? At least socially? It's pretty amazing. I don't have to worry about how to avoid communicating with coworkers who are going to be epic assholes to me and then worry about how I'm going to hide that avoidance from my boss.

In other news, I talked to my dad in NYC the other day and when I mentioned my job basically the first thing he said was "you need to change jobs already. You outgrew that place a long time ago." And he's right, but I can't think about that with my clusterfuck of a degree and while I don't have a fucking place to live. I just can't.

5. The weather has been lovely lately. Last week it was chillier, but this week we're back to the kind of weather where I just walk around in super thin shirts with short sleeves. I've been back from Europe for two weeks and I've gone to the beach (and into the water!) three times in that time. It's been absolutely wonderful, and I only hope this weather lasts for one more beach/pool visit.

Garden Adventures with Spiders

Oct. 26th, 2014 06:58 pm
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Woke up SORE this morning! My arms, thighs and calves! From all that digging yesterday! (Have a little rant I made yesterday with pictures on the digging adventures.) I went to the plant sale again and bought two things of chives, another mini-rose (I've decided to perform a terrarium experiment with one mini-rose), more wildflower seeds, some bulbs, and a pot of what I think is a kind of penstemon. It's supposed to bloom throughout summer which will be good for the hummingbirds since I'm so freaking inconsistent with the feeder. I also got two more air plants for my own apartment; one's hanging right by my door and the other is on the fence, jammed between two branches of a root I found. I planted the penstemon by the currant and the bulbs by the aloe veras.

I repotted the mini-roses and the chives then began to clear my patio of all the junk that's prevented me from keeping it clear, namely the pieces of tape from boxes I've tried mulching. I also threw away some of the little pots. The basil has gone woody and I'm really impressed by how long it's lasted; the parsley is gone, and the oregano for covered by leaves before it could establish itself so it's gone now. I just took off one of its main three stems, just to see how it would react. The sprig is currently hanging from my kitchen light switch right now, drying.

My soil is still hydrophobic as fuck and I don't really know how to fix that. Apparently soapy water helps so I tried some, but I don't think it's helping. Apparently misting the ground, rather than watering with a watering can, is also good, because that means the water goes down gently. Water that just kind of unceremoniously pours on compacts the earth, preventing it from trickling down. Mixing in organic material is supposed to help but I think the composting process makes the whole thing clump together and it doesn't help. We shall see. I do think I'm done working the soil of this one particular patch and I'm ready to just give it a shot growing something on there. As soon as it gets cold enough, I think at the end of December, I'll strew the wildflower seeds across the patch and let them fight it out. It'll also rain around that time too so that will help.

Out of curiousity I decided to clear a little spot next to my standing lamp on the ground. There's a woven bottle holder there too.

I found... er, at least three live spiders, and around six or eight balls of spider silk, which I'm pretty sure held spider eggs. SIGH. This would account for the number of baby spiders I've been finding around my apartment since getting back in September. I also moved a thing that's been there since I first moved in and woo-ee I really do need to get my carpet floor shampoo'd at some point. I took the bottle holder out for washing and the spiders scuttled out and i had to flick them off me. Then I decided to wash off my patio and like two of three bugs, decided to scuttle out of the leaves TOWARDS MY DOOR and I was like UHM NOPE and flushed them back down again.

(There is, inexplicably, a rain spout next to my door and I kept thinking of the Eensy Weensy Spider Climbing Up The Spout song very unhappily.

But I have a clear patio now!
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Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —

Dear Yuletide Author

Oct. 26th, 2014 04:21 pm
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Dear author, I hope you have a wonderful yuletide! Please be assured I will love your story no matter what as it gives me fandoms and characters I adore.

The Three Musketeers (2011), Montreal Canadiens RPF, The Thick of It )

Sewing party at WisCon

Oct. 25th, 2014 04:46 pm
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Anybody down?

I'm already thinking of getting John to do a hair-braiding workshop because HEL-LO he is practically the most popular person at the Gathering every fucking year I've gone.

But I think it might be fun to have a sewing party where we can bring some knitting, embroidery, crocheting projects, with extra needles and thread/yarn to teach each other how to do it. Like just a party room dedicated to that. Like [personal profile] sparkymonster's Makeup Makeup party a few years ago.

Plant Sale, Day 1!

Oct. 25th, 2014 01:59 pm
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I took out some money just for this day. I'm going back tomorrow for some more, I've got my eye on herbs, but this time, I really wanted some stuff for my patio garden which always looks so sadly barren. This year, I purposefully chose plants that are drought-tolerant. The corner of my garden which I've planted hibiscus in before is dug up for some trench composting, but I also would like a flowering plant there.

I selected a red currant plant. I don't really know it very well, but if it is what I think it is, it should be pretty great in spring! If it flowers, that is. It's also good for butterflies, and hopefully bees and hummingbirds. (I was very tempted by a flowering rosemary that had a bee on it.)

I also bought a very large aloe vera... I think there're three of them in the one pot! And it was going for just three dollars! The last time I bought one it was five dollars, for a very small plant, at Home Depot. I'm still deciding where to put this one.

I also got another air plant, which I hope I will not overwater this time. I'll bring it to my office tomorrow morning and mount it on my cork board again. This time, I'll hang it upside down to prevent the base from rotting like my ionantha last year! Among all of them, apparently this is the one that does best indoors.

For another office plant, because I seem to be spending so much time there, I bought myself a mini-rose! It's a Redwood Empire and I'm hoping it will be okay as an indoor plant. Probably not since roses need a lot of direct sun but we'll see what happens.

ALSO, WILDFLOWER SEEDS:
- Painted Daisy
- Tidy Tips
- Bird's eye gilia
- globe gilia
- Dwarf California poppy
- Baby blue eyes
- Blazing Star
- Mountain phlox
- Golden lupine
- desert marigold

All of them are supposed to be Californian native plants and they all need to be sown at the same time. The plan is to wait an appropriately cold time of the year. The spot I've got planned for them has been dug up a couple of times already for trench composting of dry leaves, so I'll gently rake it out and toss them and leave them to it. They're wildflowers, they can't be that hard. The last time I tried this the seedlings didn't take because .... I don't know whether it was snails or the soil was weird and they couldn't get rooted enough. Anyway, we'll see!

Spirits on the move

Oct. 25th, 2014 01:13 pm
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A few Spirits Abroad-related updates ….

Fixi has sold (most of) the first print run, so the book has gone into a second printing! Really delighted about this. Thanks to everyone who bought a copy.

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The book’s back in stock on Amazon, so you can order it here if you would like the paperback: Spirits Abroad at Amazon.

(If you want to order the book on Amazon, don’t worry if it looks as though it’s out of stock — the reason for this is that Amazon is conservative and only orders as many copies as it needs to fulfill customer orders, plus a few extra. But Amazon always orders enough to fulfill orders placed by customers, and Fixi has plenty of copies going spare, so if you place an order you’ll definitely get the book — it may just mean you’ll take a little while to receive it.)

And there’s always the ebook version, of course. Most of the Fixi Novo books are now available on Smashwords, if you’re interested in trying out Malaysian pulp: Fixi Novo at Smashwords.

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Spirits Abroad is kind of the odd duck out, as I’ve now hiked up the price to a princely US$3.99, plus of course the lavish detail of Likhain‘s cover is very different from sleek Fixi Novo house style.

Speaking of which, Likhain’s posted about the process of creating the piece that became the cover: Call it abundance.

I want to say there are voices and stories that cradle our hearts when we’re at our most fragile and closest to breaking, and it’s these voices that we return to time and time again — we can trust them with our pain, our bodies, our selves.

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She’s sending me the painting! So excited. We have just moved, and I dream of colours on our walls. (Er, leant against the walls rather than affixed to them in any way that would breach the terms of our lease, of course).

Likhain’s also a brilliant writer, and her poem has just appeared in Strange Horizons: Seeds by M Sereno.

Swallow a seed and it will sprout within you,
becoming your veins, invading your bones.
Those poets and conquerors knew this. Knew the mouth is an altar.

It’s about a lot of stuff. Do read it.

Mirrored from Zen Cho.

Grown-up Dilemmas

Oct. 24th, 2014 11:30 pm
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I decided to curb the cookie-eating in favour of learning how to appreciate wine, but now I'm stuck.

Do I just get a plain tumbler set?

Or these etched stemmed glasses?

Or hang it all, just get some plain glasses and some cool wine charms?

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Oct. 24th, 2014 09:24 pm
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Found it, the curtain call for Takarazuka Revue's "Romeo and Juliet" complete with feathers and Yuzuki Reon (aka Chie) as Romeo.



I have this conundrum in my soul where I want to bone and be Yuzuki Reon; I'm not confused, I just want to occupy both spaces at once because she is so fucking perfect.

- I graded most of today. Big whoop.

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Oct. 23rd, 2014 10:37 pm
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- First unit test today! Apparently many students did not know the word "vindication" which my professor thinks should be a university-level word. We also discussed grading parameters for the short answer questions. I still don't have a grading key for the rest of it.

- Skedaddled to a talk by a prospective spousal hire and I am excited by her potentially joining our department!! She's an Africanist, researching Igbo storytelling narratives surrounding the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. As far as I can tell this department has never had an Africanist, which is frustrating and ridiculous, and practically no Black people in faculty ranks, which is even more ridiculous. As a result we don't have any Black grads either. I'm hoping this will change.

- Started reading Matt Hill's FAN CULTURES and it begins with a critique of a moralistic dualist approach to studying fan cultures, namely, the "productive" fan versus the "consumer" fan, also "fan-community" vs. "fan-commodity". Hill is trying to trouble this, and also the idea of the "fan vs academic" and the terrible positions academic fans like to take in being a fan but trying to hang onto institutional authority. It has no discussion on how basic gender and race analysis might affect this (although there is a single mention that most of current theories are out there written by white dudes). IDK if I should continue reading this or if I should read the Consumer Culture Reader first.

- I also set out a buncha cue cards listing some things I'd like to talk about in my dissertation. I feel I'm missing out one more thing that I want to talk about, but I don't have a name for it. In order: Gears, Goggles, Corset/Vest, Tea, Mad Science, Adventure, Promenade. None of them touch very deeply on the Maker aspect which is the last thing I want to talk about but I don't have the right word to talk about it.

- I finished stitching my rank braids! Wow, that was really fun and I really want to get back into hand-stitching stuff now. I bought an embroidery hoop a while back so I'm thinking of getting into that. I doodle some stuff while listening to Night Vale:
* Feminist Killjoy (got some dark navy blue fabric and lime green threads for a pinafore, and was planning on stitching this on the front or back)
* some phoenixes
* random pretty flowers (which thus far is my favourite doodle; I haven't decided what colours yet, but I'm going to try some satin stitches)

"Dunbar," by Anne Spencer

Oct. 24th, 2014 01:12 am
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AH, how poets sing and die!
Make one song and Heaven takes it;
Have one heart and Beauty breaks it;
Chatterton, Shelley, Keats and I—
Ah, how poets sing and die!

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Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:09 pm
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- I got my worms! They actually arrived on Thursday but no one had left me a notice. Good thing USPS Tracking was pretty easy, and I went to the office this morning to ask about any packages. They've gone into the new indoor bin I've prepped. I can't tell if the mold is good or bad because the Internet is evenly split; on one hand, it says mold is bad, but on the other, it also says that fungus growth is good and helps break down the stuff for the worms to eat more easily and they don't necessarily eat the scraps directly, or something.

I'm trying very hard to resist opening the bin to have a look see... it's covered with a hand towel so it can breathe and there's minimal evaporation. I'll give them a week and then check!! In the meantime, I better start eating more plant material so I have something to feed the babies.

- I've found that handsewing is pretty great to do when listening to a podcast! I've finally been intently listening to Night Vale while stitching on my rank braids for my Star Trek blouse. There's something about having something visual to deal with that's kind of mindless while listening to something else. I've tried to listen to Night Vale while laying in bed (can't do it at the computer because then I'd just end up reading other things and lose focus on it) but that just made me fall asleep. I also can't machine sew while listening to stuff either; that takes up too much concentration. Thus I am finally up to #17! Which is ten more episodes that I have been able to muster.

So... I might try to take up more embroidery, maybe?

- I blew through editing today! Also sent out and received contracts.

- I made pork and potatoes tonight. I'm using the tiny potatoes. I am trying to be good and eating a new kind of starch to give my diet some variety.

- I shall turn in early tonight.

Here is a random Takarazuka Revue video:

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 Here is consequence, folding its wings
on the fence. Here are your chances. After years
of moving whatever you do
from one place to another in the manner
that constitutes your work, you have to admit
you know what you think. About tonight
not so much fallen as struggling to its feet, gorgeous
in spite of what it's done to you. All
is forgiven. The loneliness composed on the road, after hours,
off-shift, out of it, or left behind, the vindictive
clairvoyance of local law enforcement, protracted
incidents represented by lacunae in your resume,
strategic negotiations pursuant to the project
of getting the fuck out of there, or making
the best of being stuck where you were,
in those rooms now creaking in a forest of outlived rooms
recalled as eras are recalled, their outmoded fixtures
and period costumes, motes afloat
in parallelograms of windowlight. Who are you?
What of you persists? Your life is built on intervals
the way a chord is, on changes that alter you
by thirds, by fifths, in silences the progression climbs
to where each song ends, and the next begins.

There's analysis of the poem here.
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AFRAID? Of whom am I afraid?
Not death; for who is he?
The porter of my father’s lodge
As much abasheth me.

Of life? ‘T were odd I fear a thing
That comprehendeth me
In one or more existences
At Deity’s decree.

Of resurrection? Is the east
Afraid to trust the morn
With her fastidious forehead?
As soon impeach my crown!
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Saadi held his Muse in awe,
She was his mistress and his law;
A twelvemonth he could silence hold,
Nor ran to speak till she him told;
He felt the flame, the fanning wings,
Nor offered words till they were things,
Glad when the solid mountain swims
In music and uplifting hymns.

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