I spent some of my afternoon seeing who was wrong on the Internet. Firesnaps had reblogged my ask to the Lima Heights Adjacent podcast, and totally disagreed. Others disagreed with her. I reblogged what various people, including Firesnaps, had said, and added more. It was good to have more space than an ask to give my viewpoint. It's stayed civil enough so far.
It was a nice day. In the later afternoon, I put on my leather gauntlets and work boots, and went out to see what roses were still alive, and what other plants were doing. There are a ton of 'Ice Follies' daffodils blooming, and some 'King Alfred.' I like the 'King Alfred' daffodils especially. They have what I think of as the "classic" daffodil look, with a yellow trumpet and tepals. The Tradescantia 'Miss Kate' is coming up. The mahonia is blooming. The winter honeysuckle is blooming. I pruned off some dead canes from the remontant roses.
I think 'Duchesse de Brabant', which was in a pot, is dead. 'Marchioness of Londonderry' looks dead. Some roses died back to some extent, but still have live canes. I pruned 'Mme. Isaac Pereire', which still has some green canes. 'Blaze' is still alive. I think 'Teasing Georgia' is still alive. It's surprisingly hardy. 'Polar Star', which is a Buck rose and supposed to be hardy to zone 4, died all the way back. It's on its own roots, so maybe it will come back. Rosa rugosa alba looks dead. Pure rugosas are supposed to be hardy to zone 3, but it was in a small pot. 'Roseraie de l'Haye', which is in large part of rugosa descent, has growth points. 'Mme. Hardy' has leaf buds. The sweet bay magnolia, which we fenced in wire this year, has growth points. There are big branches hanging low over the shade garden, but it looks like the Acorus is still alive. There are plenty of fern bases in there. I expect the fiddleheads will start coming up in a couple of weeks.
'Mme. Ernst Calvat' looked like it was still alive, although some canes had died back. I looked in the pot, and there was a small clump of violet leaves. I'm not sure if it was the sweet violet I had planted in the pot or a wild volunteer. Sweet violets are not very hardy. The wild violets around here are very hardy. I'm sure we'll still have lemon balm around. That had naturalized in several places around the drain pipe. Some of the pots by the west side of the house had leaves for very small tiger lilies coming up. I guess tiger lilies are pretty hardy.
Later: I commented on a new publishing venture called Interlude Press. The press is going to have authors rework their fan fiction into books with original characters, settings and so on. My thought was that it's been done by independent e-book publishers. Dreamspinner, Loose Id and probably more have published books that were reworked from fan fiction. I know authors who wrote slash fiction and/or yaoi about bishonen in anime and manga have been published by those publishers, Torquere and MLR. Jet Mykles has links to her Weiss Kreuz yaoi on her site. Somehow she managed to write fluffy yaoi about assassins.
I'm curious to see who the Interlude Press authors are and how their books have been changed from the original fics. I'll find out in the next few days.
Later still: I rewatched "Bash." I had remembered it pretty well.