Feb. 6th, 2017

ysabetwordsmith: (tired)
Among the tasks I have completed:
* Tallying donations for January.
* Posting fishbowl reports and unsold poetry lists for January events.
* Going over January poems to make sure I sent everything to [personal profile] callibr8 for listing online.
* Going over Sample Page entries for recently listed poems.
* Sending comp copies of later-written poems to their prompters. 
* Doubling back to check November and December, tallying donations for those.
* Listing poems sold in the Holiday Poetry Sale.

Yay.  Yay.  Progress.

Stuff I still need to do:
* Put November and December poems into collections.  Some of this may be started, but not finished.
* Put January poems into collections.
* Proofread the collections that [personal profile] callibr8 has assembled.
* Count up the collections currently available as year-end perks for 2016.
* Remind Doug to assemble the 2016 collection, which may be partly done, but I only just got around to listing all the poems in the Holiday Poetry Sale.
* Contact 2016 k-fans to ask what perk collection they want.
* Print and mail the k-fan collections.
* Make the 2016 donor bookmarks and mail those.
* Reconfigure the perk structure to account for changes in the Poetry Fishbowl project.
* Write the Sixth Poem of the Fall in which a dragon destroys the Eofor stronghold.

Things I have learned:
* I oopsed some more books.  The Polychrome Heroics threads are waaaaayyyyyy bigger than I realized.  Like big enough to break the previous perk structure, so I have to make some half-step adjustments for 2016 perks before recalculating 2017 perk options.  I do not want to bait-and-switch my fans, so I'm unwilling to ditch the whole structure for 2016 just because it went a bit pear-shaped.
* The Holiday Poetry Sale sold 27 poems in 2015 and 39 poems in 2016, an increase of 44.4%.  Also people didn't stop buying poems  after the sale ended.  Some problems are nice to have!  But this meant I didn't have the second half of December to make the year-end goodies because I was posting poetry.  Like, until right before the January fishbowl.
* Also the hugely successful November mid-month sale in Polychrome Heroics kept me busy enough that I didn't have time for any advance prep of year-end tasks.
* General trends in the fishbowl have meant more and longer epics, which take more time to write.  You may have noticed that the fishbowl is rarely a single day now, but sprawls over a week or so.  I wrote 20 sub-epics in a day for the February bonus fishbowl; that used to be typical.  Now it's more like 8-10 on Tuesday and more later.  What this means is a sea-change in distribution of my production.  I do not  want to meddle with things in ways that could undercut the very generous donations, and I want to make it easier for folks to enjoy the series material as has been repeatedly requested, so I'm mulling over ideas.

At least I have reduced the amount of behind that I am, and while I am about to fall more behind while working on the February fishbowl, the 2016 portion of the backlog should not grow, and will eventually get whittled down.  I hope.

Thank you for your patience.  People telling me that it's okay to take my time makes me feel less like I have completely dropped the professional ball.  I'm working at the fringe of my organizational ability here, which is exciting but sometime also daunting.  I keep repeating, "If you're not making any mistakes, you're not learning, you're coasting."
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Connecting Paths" which follows Drew's pasta-making expedition.  Read Part 1 and Part 2.
ysabetwordsmith: Artwork of the wordsmith typing. (typing)
These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Wooden Timer Session 4
Wooden Timer Session 3
Tactile Maps
Wooden Timer Session 2
Read "Divided Path" by Dialecticdreamer
Wooden Timer
Poetry Fishbowl Report for January 24, 2017
Clothing the Resistance
More on Speculative Poetry
Yellow Submarine Session 5
Resistance While Disabled

Tomorrow will be the February Poetry Fishbowl with a theme of "nonsexual intimacies."  Please drop by then to leave prompts for me.  I have a set of posts on this topic if you want ideas.

Nominations are now complete for the 2017 Rose & Bay Awards.  Voting is open throughout February  These are the categories:
Other Project

Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina interact with new friends.  There is plenty of room to open a new epic or two for the Tuesday fishbowl.

The weather is damp and temperate.  This week at the birdfeeder I have seen several cardinals, some sparrows, and mourning doves.
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (neutral)
In Session 5, we put together a big gear. The pieces for this finished emptying one of the four slabs of wooden parts.

This is the front view of the gear.  You can see the little pointer on it.
This is the front view of the big gear that we assembled during Session 5.

This is the back view of the gear.  It shows some of the working parts on the far end of the shaft. Wedging the parts onto that cross-shaped set of parts was a pain in the ass.
This is the back view of the big gear we assembled during Session 5.
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
[personal profile] siliconshaman is launching a new crowdfunding project, "Monthly Monday Muse Bait."  The first session is calling for theme suggestions as well as ficlet prompts.  You can ask for established settings -- he's one of the folks writing in Terramagne -- or something new.  Donations may be used to extend your or someone else's ficlet, or get another prompt written.


Feb. 6th, 2017 10:01 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
A while back I mentioned Weta Legs, and someone recently pointed me to Digilegs.  These are reverse-bend stilts to give the wearer a digitigrade stance.  Cooooool.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
As I've been developing storylines with characters who have a wide range of self-destructive behaviors (Shiv, Cassandra, Keane, Turq, etc.) I've looked over many resources and talked with readers who have previously or are currently struggling with similar issues. I'm particularly interested in what helps, what doesn't, and what makes matters worse. Also, I'm aware that Terramagne-America handles a lot of things in community which have only clinical resources in local-America, or more often, nothing at all.

What I found was this totally awesome place ...

Read more... )


ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)

September 2017

      1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 212223

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags