Jan. 1st, 2017

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See my bingo fests from 2013,  2014, and 2015.

These are my bingo fests from 2016:

Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir
This fest deals in espionage and subterfuge.

Card 1-1-16

[community profile] trope_bingo 

Here the focus is on tropes and motifs.
Card requests: until April 15 (first card) or April 31 (later cards)
Bingo posting: January 15-April 31 for Round 6
Round 6 Amnesty: May 1-June 31
Original works and poetry allowed
500+ words for fiction, no size requirement for poetry

Card 1-4-16

Valentine's Day Bingo
This year's fest has four categories (Romantic, Erotic, Heartbroken, Platonic) each with 3x3 cards.  I am playing a Romantic card and a Platonic card.

Cards 1-23-16

Villain Bingo
This fest deals with antagonists and their traits.

Card 2-29-16

Archetypal Characters Bingo 
This fest features classic character types.

Card 4-1-16

[community profile] genprompt_bingo  

Card 4-19-16

Solo Celebration Bingo
Enjoying things that can be done alone.

Card 5-1-16

Finish It Bingo Fest

Cards 5-1-16 

Cottoncandy Bingo Fest

Card 6-1-16

[community profile] trope_bingo 
In this fest, we celebrate the common motifs of writing.  Play them straight or twist them into pretzels.

All fanworks and original works are allowed, including poetry; poems can be any size, while fiction should be 500+ words. Original works and poetry allowed 500+ words for fiction, no size requirement for poetry
Dates for Round Seven:
July 1: Signups open
July 15: Bingo posting begins
Oct 15: Last day to request a first card
Oct 31: Last day to request a second card
Oct 31: Last day to post bingos for this round


Winter Fest in July
This fest celebrates winter and all its holidays, in summer.

Card 7-1-16

[community profile] hc_bingo 
Round Seven: June 18, 2016 to January 5, 2017
Sign ups: cards can be requested anytime before January 5, 2017
Amnesty Period: Jan 5, 2017 to June 1, 2017
Minimum 500 words for fiction.

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.

Card 7-16-16

Group Dynamics and Character-Building Bingo

This is actually part of the setup for fests in September and October, for which [personal profile] magibrain has created two new prompt list and posted a couple of public cards.  I couldn't wait.  :D  The idea is to flesh out characters and their interactions.

Cards 8-1-16

Survival Bingo
This fest focuses on danger, endurance, and survival.  No special requirements, just get your characters in trouble and see how they cope (or not).

Card 8-1-16

Worldbuilding 4x4x4 Festival
The idea is to combine four prompts into a single fill, one from each of four cards.

Cards 9-2-16

Games and Sports Bingo Fest

Card 10-4-16

Fall Festival Bingo
This fest celebrates autumn, its holidays, and related concepts.

Card 11-1-16

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These are my bingo fests from 2017:

Dark Fantasy Bingo Fest
This fest explores the creepy and phantasmagoric motifs in storytelling.

Card 1-1-17

Valentines Bingo Fest

The categories are Romantic, Erotic, Heartbroken, Platonic, and Love Songs.

Card 2-1-17

Disability Bingo Fest
For Disability Awareness Month, this fest features handicaps and people with disabilities.

Card 3-1-17

Month of Rainbows Bingo Fest
This fest celebrates all the colors of Crayola crayons.

Card 4-1-17

[community profile] origfic_bingo 
Designed to showcase original writing, this is now moderated by [personal profile] k_a_webb.

Card 4-3-17

Pride Bingo Fest
It raises QUILTBAG awareness and celebrates queer identities.

Card 5-29-17

[community profile] hc_bingo 

Round Eight: June 15, 2017 to January 5, 2018 
Sign ups: cards can be requested anytime before January 5, 2018 
Amnesty Period: Jan 5, 2018 to June 1, 2018 
Minimum 500 words for fiction.

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.

Card 6-16-17

Winter Fest in July Bingo
This fest celebrates all the winter holidays.

Card 7-1-17

Cottoncandy Bingo Fest
This one is all about fluff.

Card 7-31-17

Pirate Fest Bingo
Inspired by Talk Like a Pirate Day, this fest has a nautical theme.

Card 9-1-17

I also run the [community profile] allbingo  community.  Use this to share your accomplishments for a custom-made bingo card, for old cards from other communities, or to echo your current bingo activity. 
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
I have reviewed my goals for 2016.  Out of 31 goals, I met 16, so about half.  That's not bad!
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (neutral)
Each year, I think about what I have accomplished and what I want to do next. I have a point system for encouraging progress. These are some of my goals for 2017:

* Actually look at this list of goals, at least once a month, before the end of the year in hopes of meeting more of them and not trying to cram in December. [4/3/17, 4/13/17]

* Place one new book-length project on the market, either by writing a book proposal or by writing a complete book manuscript.

* Experiment with self-publishing a chapbook in ebook and/or home-printed format.
draggon-flye.livejournal.com has volunteered to help with this.

* Finish compiling the manuscript for The Origami Mage collection. Add supporting materials as necessary. Submit completed manuscript to Hunt Press.

* Write at least 400 poems.

* Continue holding one Poetry Fishbowl per month. [1/3/17, 1/24/17, 2/7/17, 3/7/17, 4/4/17]

* Collate at least three more poetic series into collection files.

* Create more supporting materials for poetic series as necessary, such as character cast lists or scientific notes.

* Supervise reorganization of the Polychrome Heroics material.

* Make more pages for individual threads in the Polychrome Heroics series.  [Created page for Standalone Poetry in March]

* Launch at least one new poetic series.

* Sell poetry to at least 3 new markets.

* Sell at least one poem of 10 or fewer lines, eligible for the Dwarf Stars Award.

* Sell at least one poem of 50+ lines, eligible for the Rhysling Award long category.

* Write at least 3 stories. Take more care not to let fiction engine idle until things spurt out sideways at inopportune times. Ideally, write at least one story advancing the main Fala/Rai storyline in Torn World; and at least one story in some other setting.

* Finish at least one story that was partly written and then abandoned.

* Finish at least one poem that was partly written and then abandoned.

* Edit at least one story that has already been written, and put it on the market.

* Submit all unsold stories to markets.

* Sell at least one story to a standard market.

* Participate in at least one bingo fest. [DONE Origfic_bingo card 4/3/17]

* Continue expanding my connections with intentional community; write at least one article for Communities magazine.

* Run the Rose & Bay Awards for 2016. [DONE 3/15/17]

* Keep up with writing records better, updating at least weekly.

* Complete at least one significant outdoor project, such as replanting the forest garden to replace plants lost to drought. [DONE 4/13/17: filled hollows around septic cap]

* Go through closet to remove clothes that no longer fit, and take them to a charity.

* Keep track of my crowdfunding activity as the year goes on.

* Keep track of things I would like to receive as gifts.

* Fill in the blank: __________. This slot is left open because, during any given year, I usually pick up some "surprise" goals. This time I want to give myself credit for that.
** Registered our yard as a Certified Wildlife Habitat 4/3/17]

What are some of your goals for 2017?

ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (neutral)
It is much easier to keep an accurate tally if I do it during the year rather than trying to backtrack after the fact. See my crowdfunding activities from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

I serve as a maintainer of the Crowdfunding communities on LiveJournal and on Dreamwidth.


The Allbingo community on Dreamwidth is always open for people to play creative bingo, and it is crowdfunding-friendly. Some people use bingo cards to inspire their crowdfunded projects, or in prompt calls, etc.

Crowdfunding Creative Jam on [livejournal.com profile] crowdfunding or on the Dreamwidth community Crowdfunding
A two-day event where anyone can leave prompts on the current theme, or create anything based on prompts. Some material is usually shared free and some is available for sponsorship.

Sketch Fest hosted by [livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion
Leave prompts for artists to sketch (in any medium) with a one-hour limit on each sketch during Sketch Fest proper. Sketches may be finished later. They are often offered for sale. Sponsors of Sketch Fest get to leave up to 15 prompts instead of the 5 that everyone else gets.

Torn World Muse Fusion on [livejournal.com profile] torn_world
Leave prompts and create stuff related to the science fantasy setting Torn World. Some writing and art usually gets posted free to the main Torn World site, while most requires sponsorship -- unsponsored material is often posted for subscribers only.

Projects I Sponsored

Harp Twins
They play rock music on electric and concert harps. Their music and instruments are audience supported.

"Monthly Monday Muse Bait" by [livejournal.com profile] siliconshaman
On the first Monday of the month, the author posts a call for prompts on a theme, then writes ficlets based on those idea. Ficlets may be extended via donations.

Technically not crowdfunding, but very similar in concept: [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug and I pooled funds to buy a future voucher from Card-Shark to help the company rebuild after their warehouse fire.

"QRM" by [personal profile] chanter_greenie
This story belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

Other Projects I Supported as a Fan

Alex Conall Creating Poetry
This Patreon project features speculative and other poems.

Wordless Lullabyes for the Sleepless
This is a set of commissioned songs to soothe insomnia.

My Own Projects

I have a permanent "Feed the Bard" donation button on my LiveJournal profile page. You can use that to support any of my projects, just make sure you tell me what the donation is for.

The Blueshift Troupers (sporadic)
This is science fiction about a team of shapeshifters who travel the galaxy solving problems. So far it has a bit of background material and a couple of poems. I'd like to find time to script the pilot episode.

The Poetry Fishbowl (monthly)
Live poetry activity where people give me prompts on a theme and I write poems based on whatever I get. Minimum of one free poem posted, and others available for sponsorship. Lots of different perks. Fishbowl Open posts have a donation button. The regular session is on the first Tuesday of each month. Sometimes there is a bonus session or a sale mid-month.

Schrodinger's Heroes (sporadic)
This project features an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom. It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world. The cast of characters is sexually and ethnically diverse. Content includes fiction, poetry, LOL_HEROES (LOLCATS images of characters who are cats, or have gotten changed into cats), and other goodies. I write for this project during the Poetry Fishbowl, Crowdfunding Creative Jam, bingo fests, and sundry other occasions.

The Silk Road Allies (sporadic)
Imagine if China and Italy became friends; that's the theme of this alternative history shared world. I write for it along with [livejournal.com profile] thesilentpoet and [livejournal.com profile] marina_bonomi. It features primarily poetry but there is also a bit of art, and other goodies may emerge over time.

Nineforthenebulasheart is based on several of my Creative Jam prompts bundled by Dreamwidth user Alexconall into a feminist mythpunk science fantasy project. It's a collaborative fandom with multiple participants creating poetry, fiction, and other goodies, licensed via Creative Commons.

The Ursulan Cycle is a genderbent rendition of the Arthurian Cycle. It's an open source fandom with multiple contributors making poetry, fiction, and other stuff.
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (neutral)
Keeping track of stuff I like or want is easier if I make a place for it through the year, rather than trying to do it at the last minute. This worked great in the past, so I'm continuing the practice.  See my wishlists from 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Here Lies Butch daylily
Purple, pink, and pale green flowers with frilly petals.  If the shipping is high and it's a flat price, I'm also interested in the Groundcover daylilies.

The Monsters' Rhapsody: Disability, Culture, & Identity by Ann Magill
A poetry collection about characters with disabilities.

Defying Doomsday edited by Tsana Dolichva & Holly Kench
An anthology about disabled survivors after an apocalypse.

Science Rockstars T-shirts
Megan Lee is my favorite T-shirt artist.  <3 science!  My size is Large.  I am currently in want of:
Anning on brown
Brahe on royal blue
Lamarr on burgundy
Fibonacci on royal blue
Wegener on royal blue

Litographs Literary T-shirts
All the words from a book are squeezed into tiny print and used to make art.  My size is Large.  For bicolors, the first color listed is the name on the page for that shirt, but some of these have two or three colors.  I am currently in want of:
On the Origin of Species (bicolor dark green, orange, and white)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (bicolor blue, tan, and white)
The Jungle Book (monochrome green/white)
The Island of Dr. Moreau (multicolor dark pink, blue, and white)
Bulfinch's Mythology (bicolor gray, pink, and white)
A Brief History of Time (monochrome blue/white)
The Time Machine (bicolor burgudy, blue, and white)
Poems by T.S. Elliot (bicolor lavender, mauve, and white)
The Just So Stories (monochrome green/white)
The Golden Bough (brown, pale red, and white)
Moby Dick (bicolor light blue, dark blue, and white)
Peter Pan (bicolor green, tan, and white)
Robinson Crusoe (bicolor blue, light blue, and white)
Treasure Island (bicolor green, tan, and white)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (light green with pink heart and white)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (monochrome blue/white)
The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass (monochrome black/white)
The Art of War (monochrome bright red/white)

"Nevertheless, She Persisted"
Scent from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
I'm also interested in a t-shirt (size Large) of this new feminist phrase.

Join the Resistance General Organa t-shirt (size Large)

Dormammu, I've Come to Bargain sweatshirt (size Large) on royal blue

Tribal Money
So it turns out that several tribes, using their status as sovereign nations, are issuing money.  Most of these are just collector editions of things based on United States of America currency, but hey, it's representation. (I've been hearing about this for a while, and what we really need is intratribal or intertribal alternative currency so people don't have to stay fucking broke because the white people don't want them to have green frog skins. I also advocated for using a different currency from the ground up, like wampum instead of dollars. But maybe someday. I'm happy just to see it get this far; it looks like they did a gorgeous job making the coins.)  Los Coyotes, however, say you can spend theirs on the reservation.  If it wasn't clear out in California, I'd be seriously tempted to go there just for the purpose of finding something -- anything -- to buy on tribal land with their own coins.  Jeez, I don't even know half these people, it's like going to a family gathering and not knowing all your relations.  Anyway, these are my picks in approximate order of interest from most to least.
7 coin set of Los Coyotes coins -- drat it, I couldn't find a catalog listing, only eBay, will need extra signage marking it as spendable in territory
2013 Mesa Grande Sovereign Nation Coin Set (Iroquois, Mohawk, Cherokee, Crow, Shawnee, Sioux)
2016 Jamul Indian Coin Set Iroquois Tribes (Cornhusk Society Mask, fishing canoe, lacrosse, 3 sisters, stone pipe, Iroquois chief)
2016 Jamul Indian Coin Set - Eskimo Tribe (igloo, kayak, dog sled, seal, harpoon, Eskimo family)
2016 Jamul Tribe Apache Indian Coin Set (basket, coyote, prairie dogs, buffalo, teepee, Geronimo)
2017 Jamul Indian Coin Set Blackfoot Tribe (chokecherries, teepee, wolf, eagle head, bear, Chief Bear Bull)
2017 Jamul Indian Coin Set Crow Tribe (moccasins, horses, warrior, medicine man, dog dances, scouts on horseback)
2015 Jamul Indian Coin Set (rattles, scorpion, horned lizard, hummingbird, tribal archer, shamans at fire)
2012 Santa Ysabel Indian Nation Coin Set (medicine man, basketry, fire, ancestors, crafts, sage)
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie and [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "self-destruct" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains some intense stuff. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features a weapons cache, Haboob's minions the Kitab, Dvorak's boob window in action, canon-typical violence, embarrassing nemesis dynamics, violent use of superpowers, male nudity, and other angst. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more... )
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Love Is For Children series
The first story is "Love is for Children." The Avengers use nonsexual ageplay to recover from all the horrible things that have happened to them. This is my most popular fanfic series, which many fans use as comfort reading. Even if you don't normally like ageplay, it's recommended because it doesn't read like most ageplay, and many readers who aren't into ageplay have enjoyed this one.

Frankenstein's Family series
The first poem is "Victor(ia) Frankenstein." I call this series gothic fluff because it uses a lot of very dark elements in mostly lighter ways. It tells the story of Victor Frankenstein as a transman in a queerplatonic relationship with Igor, and their son Adam whom they made from spare parts.

Schrodinger's Heroes shared world
This began with someone proposing ideas for acefic, and I built an apocryphal show and fandom to give those ideas a home. It's quantum science fiction about saving the world from alternate dimensions. It's also designed to be crossover-friendly and I have mixed it with many other fandoms, along with original work.
"THE Woman" -- first in the Herolock series
"Safe Keeping" first in the Schrodinger's Hulk series
"Sloppy and Wet" -- first in the original Don't Try This at Home series

The Ursulan Cycle shared world
This is genderbent King Arthur. Almost all the characters have their sex/gender flipped. It changes the plot a lot, but some things maintain.
"Of the Line of Danu" is my contribution, about Morgause and the birth of Morgan.
[personal profile] clare_dragonfly has written many pieces in this series. "Recruitment Day" is the earliest, about lady knights. "The Shield in the Flame" is the retelling of the classic "The Sword in the Stone" scene.

For more fanfic, see my AO3 page. I usually post things here first, but it's easier to find them all together there.

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New Users

Jan. 1st, 2017 04:40 pm
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Dreamwidth is having an influx of new users, some from Russia and the Ukraine.  I have studied Russian in school and visited the country, although I'm nowhere near fluent.  I also have an affinity for Georgia after visiting Tblisi.  So while my ability to read Russian posts is minor, my audience is global and folks from around the world are welcome here. 
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
Here is my card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest.  This fest will run from January 1st through January 31.  It focuses on the creepy and phantasmagoric motifs in storytelling.  (See all my 2017 bingo cards.)

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.  I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far.  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.


AngstGothicPsychological turmoilVampiresChance
BloodWildernessWILD CARDTransformationShapeshifters
PowersMagicDragonsGods / GoddessesSensory
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I like Annie's yogurt.  It's simple, tasty, and not full of crud.

Another reason I like it is for the lids on the little cartons.  Some of them have cute messages.  Some explain how to fold the foil into a spoon, which is really useful if you're packing these things on a trip.  (Yes, I tried it.  Yes, it works adequately.)  But the really cool thing is that some of these have a white patch for writing messages.  This matters.

One relationship model describes five love languages, one of which is words of affirmation.  Among the easier and more effective expressions of affection in this mode is sending notes.  People who have this love language naturally think of this, and will do it spontaneously.  People of another love language generally don't -- but they may get the idea if presented with a product which suggests it.  

What Annie's has done is take a product used in many families, and put a little value-added tidbit on top that encourages people to express their fondness for each other.  Or you could use it to post reminders like "School out at 1:30."  It's a family skill; it's a coping skill.  It makes a product more useful, and it subtly hints people toward something they might not have thought about otherwise.  It puts the bottom rungs on the ladder.

Things like this are ubiquitous  in Terramagne.  That makes it easier for people to acquire new skills or techniques.  It's much less common here, but some of the more intelligent and prosocial companies do these things in L-America.  Just seeing it makes me smile, even though I'm only buying this yogurt for myself.  I'm not much given to sending notes in food, but I can do it when prompted if it's appropriate.  It's a little bit of extra support that makes life sunnier, which makes me happy.

Because you get what you support.
ysabetwordsmith: (Rose-Bay)
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Rose & Bay Awards.  Come nominate your crowdfunding favorites in these categories:

Other Project
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, and fills the "leaders" square in my 8-1-16 Group Dynamics card for the Group Dynamics and Character-Building Bingo. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. This is the second in the voting triptych, after "The Expression of Our Commitment."

Read more... )


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