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 Just in case you thought only modern art needed a secret decoder ring, check out this Anglo-Saxon stuff.
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently?
ysabetwordsmith: (Origami Mage)
The Origami Mage series page has been updated.  All poems which have been written are now listed, and the sponsored ones have been published and linked.  There are three new poems posted today:

"tired traveler, busy city"
"going to the ocean"
"friendship and enmity"

Those fall near the end of the series, so if you're new to it, starting at the beginning will make a lot more sense.  It's Asian fantasy about two women who are paper mages and rivals.
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One protest against the disgraceful situation in Ferguson is calling for a boycott.  Instead of shopping at mainstream stores this holiday season, consider these independent black-owned businesses
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
"Patchwork Families" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is now complete with Part 5.  See how Aidan makes Saraphina part of his family.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "games & fun." I'll be soliciting ideas for gamers, game designers, sportstars, tricksters, comics, clowns, referees, gamemasters, spoilsports, sport fans, playing fair, cheating, making the big score, learning a new game, scheming, playing pranks, cracking jokes, strategy & tactics, competition, cooperation, slapstick humor, game stores, sport fields, living rooms, children's museums, parties, playgrounds, games, sports, entertainment equipment, gaffs and gags, gaming guidebooks, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "House of Cards" (26 verses, Polychrome Heroics). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )
ysabetwordsmith: (gold star)
This show begins with adept horseback riding, and then turns into a liberty act.
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Here's a thoughtful article about the rising popularity of board games.  

I'll add another point: better construction options.  Used to be you were restricted to what you could do with standard dice, pawns, paper, and a few other simple materials -- unless you could afford the ruinously expensive process of creating all new pieces.  Now you can buy much fancier stuff from designer hobbyshops, and many of those pieces can easily be customized.  That makes it simple to design a prototype of a game, and if it proves popular, you can then crowdfund an upgrade with custom equipment.  Some of the most popular modern games have gone through iterations like that.

Yay, facetime!
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 [personal profile] ariestess is holding a One Card Draw today.  There are perks for donating or boosting the signal.
ysabetwordsmith: (Rose-Bay)
I have started the advance planning for the 2015 Rose & Bay Award for excellence in cyberfunded creativity.  See the 2015 landing page, advance planning post, and nominee badges.  You can help by promoting the award or by volunteering to manage a category.  Full details appear on the landing page, or you can ask here if you have any questions.
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Below is my third card for the 2014 [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This fest encourages the creation of boundary-pushing material that explores what happens when things go horribly wrong and people actually care about each other. Remember, things always go wrong; what matters is how you deal with that. Some of the content may be NSFW. Read the FAQ and rules first.The signup post is here. (See all my 2014 bingo cards.)

I thought this might be an effective way to attract some new readers. It's also useful for developing some of my more danger-prone series.

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


hugs fever / delirium loss of home / shelter rejection septicemia / infected wounds
nervous breakdown bites planet destruction Stockholm syndrome kidnapping
forced to rely on enemy / rival headaches / migraines WILD CARD extortion orphans
hunger / starvation tentacles medication motion sickness cages
hospital stay loss of identity difficult / unexpected pregnancy nightmares abandonment issues

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Using scrap paper and a recycling bin

You could then demo every other privilege represented among the students -- sex, race, etc. -- by having them move their seats.  You could further demonstrate the importance of maneuverability represented by allowing students to move forward to take a better shot -- that you aren't necessarily stuck where you start.
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
Here's an interview about Lucy, one of my all-time favorite fossils. 
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
I made this recipe of peanut butter cookies, minus the chocolate chips, today.  They're nutritious as far as cookies go: butter, flour, an egg, sugar, 3/4 cup of peanut butter, etc.  They're small going on the tray, the right size to be flattened with a fork instead of a glass.   When done, they are as advertised, soft and moist.  And they might as well be rolled in crack; we can't stop eating them!
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] gingicat, there are 4 new verses in "Save the City."  Abigail and Danso talk about Nathaniel.
ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This poem came out of the March 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LJ user Laffingkat. It also fills the "prosperity" square of my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

Read more... )
ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
Today is the last day of the half-price sale in Frankenstein's Family.  There are still two poems left.  With only one open epic, these are eligible for microfinding if somebody wants to open one.
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
 "Nebula" is a short film about a girl and a magical creature.  Lovely animation, adorable story.


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