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The October Crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal, with a theme of "paradigm shifting without a clutch." Come give us prompts, or claim prompts to make stuff yourself!  [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is offering to write something for each person who leaves prompts.


From My Prompts

"Find You Lost, Keep You Found" is a story by [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters about a brother and sister getting back together after a long separation.

"Saving the World Is Like Driving Stick" by [personal profile] alexconall is a microfic about activism. So very true!

"Clutching at the Future" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is an adorable family ficlet, set in Polychrome Heroics although it's not obvious from just this snippet.  ALL THE FEELS.

"Changing to Light and Smoke" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is a creeptastic story about environmental apocalypse.


What I Have Written

"Paradigm Shifting Without a Clutch"
A Polychrome Heroics poem about gaining a very disturbing superpower.
70 lines, Buy It Now = $35

"Believing What You Know Ain't So" 
From this I got the free-verse poem "Believing What You Know Ain't So." While working a summer job at the Tef, Eric and TeJay discover that some of the ideas they got from their respective families aren't as accurate as they used to think.
69 lines, Buy It Now = $34.50

"Over the Misty Mountains"
This session's freebie is about when the barrier falls between Slunai territory and the Lichenwold in Torn World.

"The Sounds You Can't Unhear"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Sounds You Can't Unhear," which is a direct sequel to "A Voice from Beyond." Seth thinks about the jumbled sounds of Noc's speech and the challenges of human-cetacean relations. It's sad, but hopeful, and it very much focuses on paradigm shifts caused by hearing things that suddenly make a lot more sense than they used to.
58 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Dr. Doohickey and the Smile Machine"
Backchannel prompt from [personal profile] chordatesrock inspired the free-verse poem "Dr. Doohickey and the Smile Machine." Therapy doesn't work for everyone, but everyone needs coping skills to deal with paradigm shifts. Some people just like to build their own.
71 lines, Buy It Now = $35.50


Other Awesome Entries

"Spinward" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is a story about a positive relationship between human and AI.  Some relationships don't fit neatly into boxes.

"She Called Me Mel" by [personal profile] mdlbear is a gorgeous ace love story, matched with a filk song.  Bring kleenex though, it's a bit of a tearjerker.

"Culture Shock" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is another Polychrome Heroics piece, mainly visible in construction workers doing the opposite of what's expected.  I love this fic; a surprise is something you didn't know you wanted until you got it.
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Remember the old Spirograph? It was one of my favorite toys.  :D  Inspirograph is an online version. Bend over and kiss your time goodbye!
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Nina Paley is working on a new animated movie, Seder Masochism, and has posted a clip from it.  This is gorgeously macabre, with a vivid adaptation of Egyptian artistic motifs.  Watch for subtle details like the way bodies become partially then wholly skeletal as the Shadow of Death engulfs them.  Like her earlier movie Sita Sings the Blues, this one is crowdfunded rather than conventionally published, so there's a donation link under the clip if you want to support something more distinctive than Mr. Macho Blows Shit Up Part IX.
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 ... has an excerpt here.  Look closely at the last panel.  <3

Also, I'm intrigued by the subtle, probably inadvertent, but extremely powerful riff on male!Thor battling depression.  There's a discussion about how every day he struggles with wondering whether he'll be able to pick up the hammer, and how tired he gets, wanting someone to carry it for a while.  It's just not something that comics usually deal with at all, but I like the hints of it in Thor's storyline.
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The September Crowdfunding Creative Jam is open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal.  This month's theme is "new ideas in old problems."  Come give us prompts, or claim ideas for your own inspiration!


From My Prompts

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written to my prompt about an alien helping an injured man.  Click to read an excerpt now, and watch for more to appear on her website later.  So far this looks like pretty awesome science fiction.

"Illegal Stop" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is a surprisingly touching dystopic SF story about a flat tire and an important package.


What I Have Written

"Dreams into Space" -- this session's freebie.

"An Inconvenient Proposal" -- 132 lines, $66
This inspired the free-verse poem "An Inconvenient Proposal." Victor has never been good at dissuading unwanted suits, but he's not alone anymore. 

"Part of Your New Life" -- 290 lines, $145
Damask interface between their housemates and Mallory, offering her at least a temporary place to stay, and suggesting ways to fill in the gaps of what she's missing in her life. "Part of Your New Life" is written in free verse. 
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... for making a line bingo in the current Hurt/Comfort round.

Hurt Comfort Bingo 2014 Award
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 [personal profile] haikujaguar has a new coloring book featuring men of fantasy who aren't in warrior poses.  Fathers, pet owners, scholars, and more!
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It matters what stories we tell and pictures we paint.  Here's an essay about narratives of diversity in F&SF.  

That's why I write diversity and, especially, pay attention to the mix of heroes and heras in Polychrome Heroics.  Danso is there to provide a positive, nurturing example of a young black man.  He's very powerful; mess with his family and he'll fuck you up.  But he'd rather not have to.
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Here's a lovely look at several of Jack Kirby's characters of diversity, made with Stan Lee but these are ones primarily driven by Jack.  

Note that Ben Grimm is a double-tap for being Jewish and lower/working class.  As the Thing, he is also a man of color -- even though color-changed characters may have grown up white, they pick up the chromatic stigma of not being white anymore and it really shows in how people treat them.  Also worth considering is the way that Jack characterized Ben as Jewish for years before it was safe to come right out and say that.  Sometimes I tag the ethnicity or religion of my characters openly, but often it's just there in the name, location, physical description, etc.

I always liked the technological aspect of Black Panther, which so often gets overlooked.  After having discovered Odinani, the sacred science of Nigeria, I kind of wonder if that played in.

Icon Day

Aug. 26th, 2014 04:10 am
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Djinni is doing an icon day.  Read the instructions and fill out the form to request a free icon.  If you tip, you can get one in full color, and there are other incentives too.
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Looking for something concrete you can do about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri?  Mary Engelbreit has created a picture and is selling prints, all proceeds going to Michael Brown Jr. memorial fund.  This is art as social awareness, a vital part of a culture's conversation with itself.  

Facebook took down the artist's original post, calling it "offensive."  You know what I find offensive?
* killing an unarmed man for Existing While Black
* leaving his corpse in the street for hours to terrorize the neighborhood
* using weapons banned for warfare against civilians
* assaulting and arresting journalists and protesters for exercising their civil rights
* censorship

Make news.  Make noise.  Make art, and sell it, and buy it.  Slip a caltrop under the jackboots of oppression.

I'm really glad to see other creators making cultural material inspired by this fiasco.  Mine was "Safety Rails," which is free for everyone to pass around in protest.


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