Hard Things

Oct. 1st, 2014 02:10 pm
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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?
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Pulling It Backward"
Kink and Fiction
Read "woven with words" by Thebonesofferalletters
Read "a tale to read on screen" by Thebonesofferalletters
Box Elder Bugs
Enjoy an interview of me by Diane Severson Mori
Bi Visibility
Hoop Dancing

Poetry in Microfunding:
"Pitfalls" belongs to the series P.I.E.  This time it is Darrel's job, rather than Brenda's, which gets them in trouble.


Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Weather is cooler here and has been dry.  Corn harvest is underway and some of the soybeans too.  My father gave me a whole bunch of mixed daffodil bulbs to plant, along with a few iris.  Currently blooming: echinacea, marigolds, portulaca, zinnias, sweet alyssum, torenia, morning glories.  Green fruit: pears, apples. 
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
How to Start a Webserial
The First Law
PTSD Is Like


The September 16, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl went well. The general fund poll from that is currently running and will close tonight, so go vote if you haven't already done so.

The September Crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this past weekend. See my gather post for what I wrote and what people wrote from my prompts.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Straight as an Arrow" is now complete.  Lawrence and Stan make progress in their relationship.  "Pitfalls" belongs to the series P.I.E.  This time it is Darrel's job, rather than Brenda's, which gets them in trouble.


Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Weather is still cool here, with occasional rain.  The summer flowers are dying back.  Corn harvest is underway.  I bought the first tulip bulbs to plant, and hope to get those in the ground this afternoon.  Currently blooming: echinacea, marigolds, portulaca, zinnias, sweet alyssum, torenia, morning glories.  Green fruit: pears, apples. 
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Read a Poem by Bookblather
Finally Got My Bingo Banner
Read "Return to Sender" by Lb_lee
Poetry Fishbowl Report for September 2, 2014
Amish Technology
Read "Fealty" by Clare_dragonfly
Unsold Poems from the September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl
Halloween Bingo Fest Card 9-11-14
Disabilities in F&SF
Poem: "Look Both Ways"
Read "Necessary Conversations" by Dialecticdreamer


There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, September 16 in the series P.I.E.  Come give me prompts about urban fantasy, private investigation, disability, and romance that isn't stupid.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Cat May Look at a Queen" is now complete.  See the resolution of conflict at the alchemy ball.  "Wiser Than the Sons of Men" opened and closed very quickly; this is a Polychrome Heroics poem about Dr. Infanta and the Undertaker in the aftermath of a battle.  "Straight as an Arrow" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Lawrence and Stan are studying together at Stan's house, and thinking about their relationship.


Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Weather is trending cooler here, and today is rainy.  Currently blooming: echinacea, marigolds, portulaca, zinnias, sweet alyssum, torenia, morning glories.  Green fruit: pears, apples. 
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 My Dreamwidth account is about to expire in a day or two.  If anyone has points you're not using, I could put them to good use here.  

EDIT: Thanks to [personal profile] nanila for two months of paid time.  And to [personal profile] dialecticdreamer for six. *happydance*  I'm good for a while now!
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Supersized Dinosaurs
Crafts


The Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday went well. You can see the new poems by clicking the Poem tag.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Impractical Cat" is now complete.  Read what happens after the bar fight winds down.  "A Cat May Look at a Queen" belongs to The Steamsmith series.  Maryam and Farasat see the Queen at the alchemy ball.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Weather has been mostly mild, occasionally cooler here.  Currently blooming: shasta daisies, yellow coneflowers, echinacea, marigolds, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, sweet alyssum, torenia, motherwort, morning glories, wild sunflowers.  Green fruit: pears, apples. 
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Read "Foolish Promises" by Dialecticdreamer
New in Torn World
Why People Learn Not to Ask for Help
Jack Kirby's Diversity
Superhero Bingo Card
Character Generators


The next Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday, September 2 with a theme of "healing & growth."  Please drop by then and leave me some prompts!


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Impractical Cat" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Damask and Farce continue the fight in the bar.  "A Cat May Look at a Queen" belongs to The Steamsmith series.  Maryam and Farasat see the Queen at the alchemy ball.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Weather has been mild to muggy here.  Currently blooming: shasta daisies, yellow coneflowers, echinacea, marigolds, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, sweet alyssum, torenia, motherwort, morning glories, wild sunflowers.  Green fruit: pears, apples. 
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Read "Sanja's Discovery" by Dialecticdreamer
Poem: "My Tears in Your Bottle"
Story: "Trouble on the Line"
Meet the Heliodrax!
Describing Skin Tones
Asexual Plots
Feminist Science Fiction
Ancient Music


Last week's half-price sale in Frankenstein's Family sold three poems, which you can find via links on the sale page.

The next Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday, September 2 with a theme of "Healing & Growth."


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Impractical Cat" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Damask and Farce continue the fight in the bar.  "A Cat May Look at a Queen" belongs to The Steamsmith series.  Maryam and Farasat see the Queen at the alchemy ball.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Waste Nothing" "With a Bow" (poetry), "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Weather has been warmer and wetter here.  Currently blooming: shasta daisies, yellow coneflowers, echinacea, marigolds, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, sweet alyssum, torenia, motherwort,  morning glories, wild sunflowers.  Green fruit: pears, apples.  Ripe fruit: blackberries.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Color Thesaurus
Read "The Holy and the Broken"
Thoughts on Worldbuilding
Read "The New Queen" by Clare_dragonfly
Metaphors, Representation, and Heroism
Read "Keeping a Logbook" by Chanter_greenie
New Stories in the Ursulan Cycle
Read "Dual Path Echo" by Chanter_greenie


The Crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this past weekend.  I wrote three pieces, and several folks wrote stuff based on my prompts; see my gather post for links and thumbnails.

My thoughts about the tension in Ferguson, Missouri inspired the Polychrome Heroics poem "Safety Rails."  For some reason it won't echo from Dreamwidth to LiveJournal so you'll have to read it over there.

There is a half-price sale in Frankenstein's Family this week.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Impractical Cat" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  It has 10 new verses; Damask and Farce continue the fight in the bar.  "A Cat May Look at a Queen" belongs to The Steamsmith series.  It has 4 new verses; Maryam and Farasat see the Queen at the alchemy ball.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Closing the Score" "Waste Nothing" "With a Bow" (poetry), "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Weather has been warmer and wetter here.  Currently blooming: shasta daisies, yellow coneflowers, echinacea, marigolds, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, sweet alyssum, torenia, motherwort, naked lady lilies, morning glories, wild sunflowers.  Green fruit: pears, apples.  Ripe fruit: blackberries.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
No Means Force
New in Schrodinger's Heroes
Read "The Shield in the Flame" by Clare_dragonfly
Read "welcome to life with open eyes" by Thebonesofferalletters
Character Motivations
Read "Signal Strength" by Chanter_greenie
New Crowdfunding Project: "Accessing the Future"
Advice to Writers on Book Openings


The August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl went well.  Use the "poem" tag to see what's already been posted.

Today we went to the Illinois State Fair.  Fun, tiring, that's why I'm running late.  But the Romanian honey donuts?  Soooooo worth the trip.  Like a cross between a funnel cake and baklava, fluffy and light as clouds, doused in honey and powdered sugar.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Uncounted Colors of the Stars" belongs to the series An Army of One, and is now complete.  Find out how Astin fits into the Lacuna.  "The Impractical Cat" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Damask encounter an unusual cat around campus.  "A Cat May Look at a Queen" belongs to The Steamsmith series.  Maryam and Farasat go to an alchemy ball at the palace.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board:  "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Weather has been warm with occasional rain.  Just a minute after we got back in the car today, it started to rain.  Currently blooming: shasta daisies, yellow coneflowers, echinacea, marigolds, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, sweet alyssum, torenia, motherwort, naked lady lilies, morning glories.  Green fruit: pears, apples.  Ripe fruit: blackberries.
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My Dreamwidth account is about to expire.  If anyone has points you don't need, I could put them to good use here. 

EDIT 8/9/14: Thanks to [personal profile] kajones_writing for one month's service!
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Recipe: "Barley Chicken Skillet Dish"
Read "One Plus One" by Dialecticdreamer
Poem: "Dr. Laser and the Nocturnal Emissions"
Ghost Trees
Poem: "Braiding Moonbeams"
Review: "Lucy"
Poem: "The Making of a Man"
Hurt/Comfort Bingo Card 7-31-14
BINGO: column
Poetry Fishbowl Report for July 1, 2014
Poem: "Snappy Action"
Genprompt Bingo Card 7-30-14
Read "Training Exercise" by Dialecticdreamer
Poem: "Enter the Dark Horse"


The next Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday, August 5 with a theme of "flexible truths."  I hope to see you all tomorrow!


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Uncounted Colors of the Stars" belongs to the series An Army of One.  A freetrader with an atypical identity grows interested in the culture of the Lacuna.  "The Impractical Cat" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Damask encounter an unusual cat around campus.  "A Cat May Look at a Queen" belongs to The Steamsmith series.  Maryam and Farasat go to an alchemy ball at the palace.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board:  "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Weather has been warmer and muggier here.  It was pleasantly cool the day we went to the county fair though.  Currently blooming: shasta daisies, yellow coneflowers, echinacea, marigolds, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, sweet alyssum, torenia, motherwort.  Green fruit: pears, apples.  Ripe fruit: blackberries.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Thinking About Easy City
Story: "To Save Those in Peril Upon It"
Recipe: "Crockpot Sloppy José Filling"
Read "Keeping Warm" by Dialecticdreamer
Disability in Acting
Cherokee in Braille


The next Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday, August 5 with a theme of "flexible truths."


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Uncounted Colors of the Stars" belongs to the series An Army of One.  A freetrader with an atypical identity grows interested in the culture of the Lacuna.  "The Impractical Cat" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Damask encounter an unusual cat around campus.  "A Cat May Look at a Queen" belongs to The Steamsmith series.  Maryam and Farasat go to an alchemy ball at the palace.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board:  "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Weather has been mostly mild here, with a little rain.  It was warm at the farmer's market on Saturday morning.  Currently blooming: shasta daisies, yellow coneflowers, echinacea, marigolds, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, sweet alyssum, torenia, motherwort.  Green fruit: blackberries, pears, apples.  Ripe fruit: mulberries.
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July has no theme.

Fiction: The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 113th continuation) has Quiar and Peric talking about the nature of souls.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 114th continuation) shows Lucille and Bertram discussing the fae.

The World Walkers: Athare: Riordan: Making Worlds? (part 3) is about Emrys and Riordan talking about the fate of the worlds.
The World Walkers: Athare: Electra: Meeting a Rabbit (part 6) has Electra helping the life clay creatures.
The World Walkers: Athare: Lucille: Becoming a World Walker (part 2) is about Lucille getting her last tattoo.

The Donor House: Melody: Becoming a Vampire (part 3) shows Rex and Melody talking about the Donor House.
The Donor House: Ethan: One Careful Owner (part 2) features Ethan talking with other captive donors.
The Donor House: Katie: The Offer of a Vampire Loan Shark (part 2) is about trying to find a way out of a desperate situation.
The Donor House: Linnea: Living with a Vampire? (part 3) has Linnea and Gage discussing whether they can live together.
The Donor House: Taryn: Rescued? (part 3) shows Silver and Taryn trying to form a plan to stay safe.


Other Fiction: The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Joel: Stepping Onto Taithmarin (part 2)
The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Matt: Arriving (part 6)
The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Luna: The Book Portal (part 5)
The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Siobhan: Stepping Onto Taithmarin (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Mab: Mab’s Story (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Bronwen: Plans
The World Walkers: Athare: Bryn: Talking to Emrys
The World Walkers: Athare: Oscar: Talking to Emrys
The World Walkers: Athare: Ianto: Talking to Mab (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Piaras: Talking with Mairin (part 3)
The World Walkers: Athare: Sibeal: Looking Back
The World Walkers: Athare: Lorelei: Travelling Through Time (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Frane: An Uncomfortable Landing (part 3)
The World Walkers: Athare: Glyn: A Door to an Unexpected Place (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Jetta: Saved by Cough Medicine (part 3)
The World Walkers: Kankirin: Elodie: Recording Souls (part 2)

The Fae World: Eorith: Luke: The First Arrival (part 2)
The Fae World: Eorith: Kristen: Waking Up (part 6)


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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
A Slash Card Game
Zabernism
Call for Commissions


The Crowdfunding Creative Jam had some lively input from other folks. I only got one poem done, because I was making spaghetti sauce this weekend and also uploading tons of stuff for the half-price sale. But I may find time to double back for an extra prompt or two. In case you're curious, I started with the "Beefsteak Tomato Sauce" recipe, added a couple pounds of browned ground beef, and tweaked up the spices a bit to account for the extra volume. Pretty tasty.

The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics was a huge success! Thanks everso to everyone who participated. There were 19 poems sponsored, and another on hold. Visit the sale page for links to all the posted poems. I still have several freebie things I was meaning to post, and never found time between all the sponsored stuff. Some problems are nice to have.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Uncounted Colors of the Stars" belongs to the series An Army of One.  A freetrader with an atypical identity grows interested in the culture of the Lacuna.  "The Impractical Cat" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Damask encounter an unusual cat around campus.  "A Cat May Look at a Queen" belongs to The Steamsmith series.  Maryam and Farasat go to an alchemy ball at the palace.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board:  "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Here the weather has been mild.  It was gorgeous when we went to the farmer's market on Saturday morning.  Currently blooming: shasta daisies, yellow coneflowers, echinacea, marigolds, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, sweet alyssum, torenia, motherwort.  Green fruit: blackberries, pears, apples.  Ripe fruit: mulberries.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Earliest Memories
Ways of Doing Things
Read "Triangle Flowers" on Torn World
New in Torn World
Read "Pueblo de los Muertos" by Dialecticdreamer
Rainforest Rings


The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics is open. I still have a bunch of stuff that was bought yesterday to post today.  "Look at Me" is now complete; I recommend reading that because there are several more Antimatter & Stalwart Stan poems coming.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Uncounted Colors of the Stars" belongs to the series An Army of One.  A freetrader with an atypical identity grows interested in the culture of the Lacuna.  "The Impractical Cat" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Damask encounter an unusual cat around campus.  "A Cat May Look at a Queen" belongs to The Steamsmith series.  Maryam and Farasat go to an alchemy ball at the palace.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board:  "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Weather has been warm with a couple nights of rain.  Currently blooming: shasta daisies, yellow coneflowers, daylilies, echinacea, marigolds, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, pansies, sweet alyssum, torenia, motherwort.  Green fruit: blackberries, pears, apples.  Ripe fruit: mulberries.
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July has no theme. Read the June 2014 Round-Up for author news. Word Count July 2014 has the tallies to date per collection and total. Zowie, that's a lot.

Fiction: The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 109th continuation) has Quiar telling Peric a story about Quiarans on another world.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 110th continuation) features Lucille explaining some things about Moonjumpers and the Web.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poll: Generally Funded Epic Poetry for July, 2014
Poll: Series for Half-Price Sale
Read "Tastee Shack" by Dialecticdreamer (45 comments)
Poem: "Winter Angels"
Read "Keeping Warm" by Dialecticdreamer
Plot Challenges Bingo Public Card
Writing About Fireworks
Read "Explorations, Examinations, and Eminent Danger"
A Reminder About Open Epics
Approaches to Storytelling


The July fishbowl went well, with lots of poems written about cats. The linkback poem "Look at Me" still has a few verses left to reveal, which can be done by linking to the unsold poetry page or a favorite poem from this month's fishbowl.

The serialized story "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal" has concluded, so if you were waiting to read the whole thing, now you can. It's also being reprinted on Torn World in larger sections.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Faeder Way" follows the antics of human explorers as they try to understand some aliens with an unusual sex/gender structure.  It is now complete.  Enjoy the quirky romance as the humans emulate the aliens.  "Not the Absence of Fear" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, and is now complete.  See the aftermath of the fight scene at SPOON.  "When the Road Is Bent" belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family, and is now complete.  Find out what opportunities and trouble the caravan has brought to the village.

"Uncounted Colors of the Stars" belongs to the series An Army of One.  A freetrader with an atypical identity grows interested in the culture of the Lacuna.  "The Impractical Cat" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Damask encounter an unusual cat around campus.  "A Cat May Look at a Queen" belongs to The Steamsmith series.  Maryam and Farasat go to an alchemy ball at the palace.

Torn World writing update:
Currently posting: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal" (fiction).  Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" "From White to Blue," (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board:  "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Here it's been mild with a few rain showers.  Currently blooming: shasta daisies, yellow coneflowers, daylilies, golden rain tree, echinacea, penstemon, marigolds, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, pansies, sweet alyssum, torenia, lobelia, motherwort.  Green fruit: blackberries, pears, apples.  Ripe fruit: mulberries.

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