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 [personal profile] technoshaman reports that it is possible to vote in LiveJournal polls using the Open ID function.  \o/  So you-all can do that now, and I won't have to hand-count as many backchannel votes on polls.  I knew you could comment that way, but few people bother, and it's not as big a deal.

In related news, the free epic poll is open if you wish to vote.
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I am back in action.  \o/  I've been working on backlogged email and poetry prompts.

I am also hopelessly behind on projects, and have realized that we scheduled Doug-and-Mom birthday festivities on the Tuesday where I'd normally put a bonus fishbowl.  *facepalm*  So I'm taking Doug's suggestion and just skipping it, as we are happily still flush from the overwhelming success of the Holiday Half-Price Sale.  I don't know if this will let me catch up very much, but it will definitely prevent an opportunity to fall even farther behind.  I should be able to do the February fishbowl as intended, and just move the bonus fishbowl to the middle of that month.

Fortunately, the ice storm missed us; nothing but a few shiny patches here, quickly washed away by warmer rain.  Thank you to everyone who sent prayers and worried about us.  Alas, our Chicago relatives are plated under half an inch of dire glaze.  O_O  So our plans have gotten knocked around by that.  I hope we'll still manage to connect tomorrow. 

My apologies for the delays and derailments.  Have some cookies.  :D  I got that done today too, making up for me being sick on Doug's birthday.  I still owe him a shepherd's pie.

Thank you for your patience and support.  You folks are wonderful.
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge

Day 13
In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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* My first gaming convention when I was in high school, I mentioned to a vendor that I made up my own monsters.  He said, "Doesn't everyone?"  :D  It was the first time I was in a place where creativity was assumed as the norm.

* My first science fiction convention, around the same time, one of the dealers scrambled under a table to measure an anklet on me.  It was enlightening to see someone else move through space the way I do, looking for the most efficient route instead of the most socially approved one.

* Several years later, in college, I noticed that pros were consistently picking me out of a field of 400 people in a con.  I had no idea why, so I asked one, who explained, "It's because you treat us like people.  Everyone else here only wants to talk about our work.  You let us talk about the weather."  So now I know why famous people like me.  \o/


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Day 12

In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc. Tell us about where you hang out. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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[community profile] allbingo is a community that usually posts one challenge a month, but you can also play cards from any other bingo event or make your own.  We have folks doing fanfic, fanart, original work, arts and crafts, all kinds of stuff.  Come play or host a fest.  This is a low-pressure, high-inspiration community.

[community profile] crowdfunding and its LiveJournal counterpart [livejournal.com profile] crowdfunding are communities for cyberfunded creativity.  Folks post about their activities there, and there's usually a Creative Jam midmonth with a theme where folks can post prompts and make goodies.

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith and its LiveJournal counterpart [livejournal.com profile] ysabetwordsmith are my blogs, which have a thriving community of creative, geeky people.  How geeky?  Some of them are writing fanfic of my original work.  I host a Poetry Fishbowl once a month, usually on the first Tuesday.

Queer Sci Fi on Facebook has lively discussions for writers and readers.  It covers fannish and original topics from the whole QUILTBAG.


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Day 11
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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I actually have several people writing fanfic of my original work. Two of them have written book-length contributions to Polychrome Heroics.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer tends to weave in stories with my own.

[personal profile] siliconshaman is more prone to branching off.


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Day 10

In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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Hurt/Comfort -- I love this because it allows ratcheting the tension a lot higher without burning out the author, the characters, or the reader. I learned this from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Thank you, Master Tolkien. See my series Love Is For Children.

Fish Out of Water -- This is a favorite because of how it makes the ordinary extraordinary or vice versa. The Chronicles of Narnia is a good example. A lot of my writing in Schrodinger's Heroes uses this motif because it's quantum science fiction about alternate dimensions.

Enemies to Friends/Lovers -- I like the idea that nothing is carved in stone, and people can change. It's harder to find good examples of this one. Maybe How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In my work, see Antimatter & Stalwart Stan. Because all the unresolved sexual tension in Clark/Lex and Charles/Erik is heartbreaking.


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DAY 9:

Send feedback to two fannish people — they can be anyone you want: a writer who’s made you happy, a moderator of your favorite exchange (not us!), a fanartist you avidly follow… There are so many possibilities. Just let someone know you appreciate their work
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I have thanked [personal profile] kiki_eng for helping to run the Fandom Snowflake Challenge.

I have thanked [personal profile] hc_bingo_mod for running the Hurt/Comfort Bingo, which just wrapped up its 7th round.



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Day 8

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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Although the label says this is a hard one, for me it's easy.  I know myself very well.

So okay, that's the first thing: I have high intrapersonal intelligence.  I am my own person.  My identity is indelible.  The fact that this also makes me social teflon has its pros and cons, but I wouldn't trade it.

I'm wordsmith.  I'm an adept-level poet.  I'm a master at nonfiction.  Fiction, I haven't done as much with, so maybe master, maybe still journeyman.  I'd feel more inclined to claim master status if I'd actually finished a fiction book on purpose.  I've written more books by accident than on purpose, but oh well.  Wordsmith is me!  :D

My detritus food chain is 3 days to apex.  That's my proof of skill in rough-and-ready permaculture.  I don't do the fancy stuff. I'm looking at raw nature for my inspiration.  I've turned part of the yard into a full 7-layer jungle, it's just ... shorter than the Brazilian kind.  But it's all there.  My little modular, model ecosystem in a not-quite-bottle.  \o/  My observation and naturecraft skills have paid off.

On the interpersonal level, I love my audience.  I love that if a flamewar breaks out on my blog while I am asleep, someone else usually puts it out before I wake up.  I love that if someone asks a question I can't answer, another reader usually can. I have a whole handful of folks who fill in descriptions of cartoons or images for my vision-impaired readers, when I don't have time to post more than a summary.  I love how people pull together for the Hard Things and Good News posts, sharing the ups and downs of their lives, and sometimes kick-ass problem-solving.  And I have this awesome audience, because I put some serious effort into developing online community parameters.  The first time I posted a draft of those, I think it was 1995.  Wow.  So, it's gone through a lot of evolution since, but if you open my profile page you can see some of it in action, and the parameters are in my Memories.  Thus, my people skills have gotten pretty good at least online.

I'm crafty.  I can make some things on my own, like scrapbooks or hand-sewing.  I also know enough about other crafts to make knowledgeable contributions.  I like making things, and I like supporting other people who make things.

I am a crowdfunder!  I hit the glass ceiling of "there is no money in poetry" and smashed it to bits and used the bits to make sparkly decoupage ornaments.  But more than that, it ties into my audience, my support of the arts, my creativity -- it's a whole field of awesome where I do all kinds of things as a creator, prompter, and patron.  \o/  And I helped build it from the ground up.  I encouraged people to get into crowdfunding back before it was even really a thing, and that worked.  I just got into it later myself because I didn't want to start a blog before I had something serious to sell on it, which was my first book.  After that, things kind of ... mushroomed.

I am a competent priest/ess of Pagan ways and also fairly fluent in interfaith work.  I like studying different traditions and taking the best from each.  And I can explain   how things work if other people get stuck.

I could do this all day, but I should get back to the fishbowl I haven't even finished writing for.
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Day 06

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post
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* I love fanart and fanfic of my work.  If you want inspiration, here is a list of photogenic scenes from Love Is For Children.

* I would enjoy reading a story where the Avengers move in together and it's a disaster because almost none of them have the skills needed to make a shared household actually work.  All the fic I've seen seems to ignore that.

* Another fun motif would be someone giving a copy of The Joy of Gay Sex to Charles and Erik or Clark and Lex.


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Day 5

In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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"This, You Protect" by Owlet
Meeting Captain America on the Helicarrier jolts the Asset back into being Bucky Barnes. Sort of. This story is dark and funny by turns -- often in the same scene -- and gives a wonderful look at how Steve and Bucky deal with their trauma.

"The Burdens We Long to Carry" by Arcapelago
Charles and Erik struggle to work out their differences by sharing their superpowers.  It's a favorite example of compromise and making amends.

"Practical Angora Goat Raising" by Lavvyan
John is sexual; Sherlock is asexual; they find their common ground. This is one of my all-time favorite acefics.


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Day 04

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"



I read and commented on the story "Cotton" by [personal profile] copracat, which is an adorable piece of Clark/Lex romance written from Martha Kent's perspective.

My own bit of awkward affection between Clark and Lex is "Coming Together at the Seams," which has a very similar tone and grounding in prosaic farm tasks. Clark quilts.

I spent the entire time I watched Smallville wishing I could haul those boys behind a barn and hand them a copy of The Joy of Gay Sex. Because OMFG I grew up around farmboys and I have seen that painful refusal to acknowledge relationships. Clark/Lex, along with Charles/Erik and others, has been an inspiration for my original series Antimatter and Stalwart Stan. Which is why Antimatter has that book on his shelf.



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Day 03

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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My 2017 goals are here. A few of the writing-related goals:

* 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.

* 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.

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


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Day 2

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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My mother read me The Hobbit when I was four.  This is an early benchmark for several things that have spread throughout my life:  I associate reading with love and intimacy.  I love xenolinguistics, and I still like referring to a museum as a "mathom-house."  I learned the mechanics of hurt/comfort from Master Tolkien, so if you like the way I write it, make your bow to him.  I observed that by providing moments of comfort, it was possible to crank the tension much higher without burning out the author, the characters, or the audience.  I learned worldbuilding and poetics here too.  I love creating detailed landscapes and characters, then just watching what happens.  I love the sound and the mouthfeel of words, twining them into intricate shapes like dwarves making treasures out of metal.  I don't think reading this book "changed" me, but it did resonate deeply and leave a mark.  It was more like a reminder of who I am.  Oh yeah, I remember that -- I'm a storyteller, a worldwalker, an adventurer.  Yes, when I was four.

If you want to see some of where this has gone ...

A Conflagration of Dragons is directly inspired by an analysis of the economic impact of Smaug on Middle Earth.  I multiplied the intensity by about 400.  I also used many of Tolkien's worldbuilding techniques, which you can see in some of the notes I have published for this series.

Love Is For Children is one of my spectacular hurt/comfort series, Avengers fanfic.  The Moon Door is original, about lycanthropy as a chronic disease.

Path of the Paladins is an example of my fantasy writing in a rather messed-up world.

Some of my lyric poetry:
"Folk Tales in 4/4 Time"
"Salt from a Dead Woman's Table"
"Like Jewels on a Ring"

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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. 
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My paid account on DW will run out in two weeks.  I use the extra features for things like icons that match the poetic series. So if anyone has points you're not using, I could put those to good use.  Thanks!

EDIT 12/29/16: Covered now, thanks to [personal profile] technoshaman!  \o/

I'm Back

Nov. 30th, 2016 09:23 am
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At least for now, I seem to have a working browser again.  Regrettably, I also have family obligations for much of the day.  So I'll get as much backlogged email cleared as I can before that starts, and I may be able to get going on other stuff later today. 

Delay

Nov. 28th, 2016 03:03 pm
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When I got up, Chrome wouldn't load properly, so there went my entire morning waiting for that to get fixed.  >_< Consequently I am now behinder than I was when I woke up.  If the computer deigns to work, today's plans involve making the Monday update post, doing an unsold poetry list for November, and getting back to poetry posting.  Witch me luck.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
News from Titan
Saturday Yardening
Friday Yardening
How to Wake Someone Up
Wednesday Yardening
Patriotism Video
Card Magic


This week's Poetry Fishbowl brought some great prompts, though not a lot of donations.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Holding Hope and Love" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Cheersquad gives Zima some ideas for helping Lakia.  "A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 34 new verses.  Aidan and Saraphina visit the nursery and the Wood Room in the Montessori school. 


Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "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," "Broken Hopes," "Brewing Beauty," "Little Paws in the Licenses" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders," "Raising the Future" "Beach Pies" "Unsolid Ground" "Riding from the Rescue" "To Ride Death" (poetry), "Rammer" (nonfiction).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


The weather has been warmer this week.  Currently blooming: zinnias, petunias, marigolds, million bells, moss rose, pansies, comfrey, echinacea, morning glories, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, chicory, Shasta daisies, coreopsis, milkweed.  Large blackberries are ripe.  Crabapples and apricots have green fruit.  
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
My Badge for Finish It Fest
New Mangoes!
New Berettaflies Posts
Saturday Yardening
Flappy Icon
"Dress for Myself" is now complete!
The Battle of the Greasy Grass
Poetry Fishbowl Report for June 7, 2016
Friday Yardening
Trope Bingo Card 7-1-16
Winter Fest in July Bingo Card
Supporting Problematic Things
Unsold Poems from the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl
Thursday's Yardening
Recipe: "Mango Ice Cream"
Progress of the Mangoes
Wednesday Yardening
New Fruit
Hard Things


The next Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday, July 5 with a theme of "Is there a word for that feeling?" Mark your calendar so you can come give me prompts.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Holding Hope and Love" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Cheersquad gives Zima some ideas for helping Lakia.  "A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 34 new verses.  Aidan and Saraphina visit the nursery and the Wood Room in the Montessori school.  "The Love We Give Our Fragile Craft" belongs to An Army of One and is now complete.  Bexley and the Falconwing  discuss culture and teamwork.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "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," "Broken Hopes," "Brewing Beauty," "Little Paws in the Licenses" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders," "Raising the Future" "Beach Pies" "Unsolid Ground" "Riding from the Rescue" "To Ride Death" (poetry), "Rammer" (nonfiction).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


The weather has been cooler and wetter this week.  We have gotten a substantial amount of rain, with the promise of more to come.  Currently blooming: zinnias, petunias, marigolds, million bells, moss rose, pansies, pink things in the wildflower garden, comfrey, daylilies, echinacea, morning glories, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, chicory, Shasta daisies.  Small blackberries are ripe, large ones are red.  Crabapples and apricots have green fruit.  
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Morality of Culture
Sunday Yardening
Saturday Yardening
Friday Yardening
Read "Guido" by Siliconshaman
The Runaway Robot
Thursday's Yardening
Wednesday Yardening
Good News


The air conditioning is not fixed, nor does it have any estimate on when it might be fixed, but I have a window unit in my office now so at least I am able to work.

The half-price sale in An Army of One did well last week.  Visit the sale page for links to the newly published poems.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Holding Hope and Love" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Cheersquad gives Zima some ideas for helping Lakia.  "A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 34 new verses.  Aidan and Saraphina visit the nursery and the Wood Room in the Montessori school.  "The Love We Give Our Fragile Craft" belongs to An Army of One and has 73 new verses.  Bexley and the Falconwing  decide to team up.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "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," "Broken Hopes," "Brewing Beauty," "Little Paws in the Licenses" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders," "Raising the Future" "Beach Pies" "Unsolid Ground" "Riding from the Rescue" "To Ride Death" (poetry), "Rammer" (nonfiction).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


The weather has been sweltering.  However, we got some much-needed rain yesterday.  \o/  Currently blooming: zinnias, petunias, marigolds, million bells, moss rose, pansies, pink things in the wildflower garden, comfrey, daylilies, echinacea.  Black raspberries are done, still a few mulberries left but probably not worth chasing.  Blackberries are beginning to ripen.  Crabapples and apricots have green fruit.  Fireflies are active now. 

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