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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:
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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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Who Has the Right to Tell Stories?
Demifiction Bingo Card 6-29-14
Read "Memorial Services Begin" by Dialecticdreamer
Poem: "Pearls Before Time"
Torn World Muse Fusion
Read "A Spark of Truth" by Dialecticdreamer, now complete
Frankenstein's Family Collection
Story: "Sharing a Round"
Read "Having a dominant sea species..." by Magistrate
Poem: "Leaflets Three, Let It Be"


The next Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday, July 1 with a theme of "Concerning Cats."


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Faeder Way" follows the antics of human explorers as they try to understand some aliens with an unusual sex/gender structure.  There are seven new verses; Ensign Obert discusses gender in linguistics.  "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.  "Not the Absence of Fear" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Clement deals with the aftermath of the fight scene.  "When the Road Is Bent" belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family. A caravan of travelers comes to the village.

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," "Stalking Sleep" (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 here has been mild with occasional sprinkles of rain.  Fireflies are very shiny at night. Currently blooming: daylilies, golden rain tree, echinacea, coreopsis, penstemon, marigolds, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, pansies, sweet alyssum, torenia, lobelia, motherwort.  Green fruit: blackberries.  Ripe fruit: black raspberries, mulberries.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Unsold Poems from the June 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl
Read "Tragedy on the Dan Ryan Expressway" by Dialecticdreamer
Poem: "Moving Through the Water"
Story: "With Your Heart Open"
Read "The Lee Side, a Generation On" by Magistrate
Read "The Same Roots" by Magistrate
Refilling the Public Domain
Rape Resistance Strategies
Gender in Vancouver
Christmas in July
Women's Bodies Are Beautiful


Much of this past week entailed a sprawl of poetry writing for Frankenstein's Family.  Yes, I'm still puttering away at that.  You can see the Unsold Poems from the June 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Faeder Way" follows the antics of human explorers as they try to understand some aliens with an unusual sex/gender structure.  "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.  "Not the Absence of Fear" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Clement deals with the aftermath of the fight scene.

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," "Stalking Sleep" (poetry), "Sharing a Round" (fiction).  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 hotter here, muggy with occasional rain.   Currently blooming: golden rain tree, yucca, echinacea, coreopsis, meadow sage, penstemon, marigolds, blue salvia, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, pansies, sweet alyssum, torenia, lobelia, motherwort.  Green fruit: blackberries.  Ripe fruit: black raspberries, mulberries.
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June has no theme. The June 2014 Raffle is now running. Enter by commenting, linking, or using credits.

Fiction: The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 103rd continuation) features Quiar and Peric talking about different versions of themselves.

The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 104th continuation) has Lucille, Sal, and Durai planning what to do about the Fasachi counterfeiters.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
A Historic Same-Sex Couple
Demifiction: "Army Rolls in Ineffectually" by Dialecticdreamer
Moment of Silence: Casey Kasem
Poetry Fishbowl Report for June 3, 2014
Tesla for Everyone
BINGO: column
Read "Indoor Men and Outdoor Men"


This month's Crowdfunding Creative Jam went amazingly well. We had almost a hundred comments on Dreamwidth! There were several creators, a good variety of prompters, and a lot of crosstalk about fills posted.

There will be a bonus fishbowl session on Tuesday, June 17 featuring the series Frankenstein's Family.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Faeder Way" follows the antics of human explorers as they try to understand some aliens with an unusual sex/gender structure.  "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.  "Not the Absence of Fear" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Clement deals with the aftermath of the fight scene.

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," "Stalking Sleep" (poetry), "Sharing a Round" (fiction).  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).


It's been intermittently rainy here.  The grass is growing enthusiastically.  Currently blooming: marigolds, blue salvia, cleome, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, pansies, sweet alyssum, torenia, lobelia, motherwort, privet.  Green fruit: raspberries.  Ripe fruit: mulberries.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Inspiration Notebook
Passing the Turing Test
Learning Foreign Languages
Demographics Generator in Progress
Read "Childish and Foolish" by Dialecticdreamer
Moment of Silence: Sparky T. Rabbit
What People Want With Heroes
Read "Learning to Breathe the Clear Mountain Air"
Backside Equality
Geek Feminism for Therapists
Hard Things


Currently I have a call for themes open regarding future poetry fishbowls.  There will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, June 17 featuring "Frankenstein's Family."


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Faeder Way" follows the antics of human explorers as they try to understand some aliens with an unusual sex/gender structure.  "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.  "Not the Absence of Fear" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Clement deals with the aftermath of the fight scene.

Torn World writing update:
Currently posting: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal" (fiction).  Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" "Indoor Men and Outdoor Men" "From White to Blue," "Stalking Sleep" (poetry), "Sharing a Round" (fiction).  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).


This week's weather has been mild.  I've been busy with writing more than yardwork.  Currently blooming: marigolds, blue salvia, cleome, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, pansies, sweet alyssum, torenia, lobelia, blackberries, chives, motherwort, privet.  Green fruit: raspberries.  Ripe fruit: serviceberries, mulberries.

Hard Things

Jun. 4th, 2014 04:25 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:
Read "A Favor Returned" by Dialecticdreamer
Genprompt Bingo Card 6-1-14
Poem Reprint
The Silence of the Bees
Disabled Superheroes
Overcoming Limits (or not)
Human Proportions
Nonhuman Superpowers?
Different Kinds of Strength
Moment of Silence: Maya Angelou
Read "Paddlefish" in Torn World
New Crowdfunding Project: "Faerie Apocalypse Live"


The next Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday, June 3 with a theme of "first contact." I hope to see you there!

Poetry in Microfunding:
"Faeder Way" follows the antics of human explorers as they try to understand some aliens with an unusual sex/gender structure.  "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.  "Not the Absence of Fear" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  There are 15 new verses, showing Clement's response to the fight scene.

Torn World writing update:
Currently posting: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal" (fiction).  Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" "Learning to Breathe the Clear Mountain Air" "Indoor Men and Outdoor Men" "From White to Blue," "Stalking Sleep" (poetry), "Sharing a Round" (fiction).  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).


It's been wet here this week.  Much of the grass seed sown earlier has turned into lush carpets of green, and the clover seed has also produced a considerable amount of clover sprinkled amongst the new grass.  We plan to buy a lot more clover seed for next spring.  (We're near the end of when grass seed can reasonably be planted here.)  Currently blooming: honeysuckle, wild strawberries, marigolds, blue salvia, cleome, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, pansies, sweet alyssum, torenia, lobelia, columbines, peonies, blackberries, chives, motherwort.  Green fruit: raspberries, mulberries.

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