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... which is hardly a surprise. What really disappoints me is this:

"Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs -- notably the first black person in her position -- denies that the academy has a problem recognizing diversity, but the demographics of the organization's members tell a different story."

Since the demographics indicate a clear bias toward white men, the above statement means that she agrees  with that situation.  She sees it, but doesn't consider it a problem.  She thinks it's okay and should stay that way.

Lady, please go the fuck home.  Some of us are tired of Hollywonderbread.
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I first found this article, about the translation of Amazon names, which annoyingly gave only the English versions. Digging further, I came to one with more details about the process. Finally I found one with a few examples: These ancient Circassian names include Pkpupes, “worthy of armor”; Kepes, “hot flanks/eager sex”; Barkida, “princess”; and Khasa, “one who heads a council.”

Then I hit the jackpot with this lengthy discussion of how the translations come together, and a lot more examples, including more about Hot Flanks:
ΚΕΠΕΣ Kepes
Kepes appears to mean “Hot Flanks” or some other lower body part in Circassian. (Note that the name for the state of California originated from Latin for an Amazon queen Califa, cali-forn- hot-copulation). The form would be (West) Circassian
(WC) /kJepe-s/ flank-hot, with /-s/ “hot” often the second element of names even today, where it means literally “hot,” but metaphorically “intense, enthusiastic.” So, “Enthusiastic Sex.” The two stops in WC are voiceless unaspirated, just as kappa and pi were in ancient Greek
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This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "orphans" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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ysabetwordsmith: Sheba with parrot wings (fledgling grace)
This poem is from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "wingfic" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest and the "You give me wings to fly" square in my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo Fest. Based on an audience poll, this poem has been sponsored out of the general fund. It belongs to the series Fledgling Grace.

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Here's a song for all the rest of you gals who, when the guys start playing a game of verbal football thinking they can push you around, break out your hockey stick and throat-check them into their own goal.

I can't count how many time's someone's reaction to calling me a bitch has very quickly turned into Oh shit it's a WOLF we're all gonna DIIIEEE!  Funny how even mundanes can see what's staring them in the face sometimes.
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This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LJ user Kelkyag. It also fills the "parenthood" square in my 12-30-15 card for the Rites of Passage Fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Steamsmith series.

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... is based on a stack of fallacies.  Read diversity.  Write diversity.  If you select for a bookstore or library, stock diversity.  

I'm just glad to see someone else making the kind of arguments I make about this stuff.  I never felt shut out by books with mostly male characters; it never occurred to me that they wouldn't be for me.  However, I really enjoy books with strong female characters when I can get them.
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This poem is from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "curtainfic" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chordatesrock, [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] siliconshaman, LJ users Rhodielady_47, Kelkyag, Ng_moonmoth, Anthony and Shirley Barrette. It has been sponsored by Anthony and Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to The Blueshift Troupers project.

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This poem is from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "You make my world a better place" square in my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It is a sequel to "Faeder Way" in the series Feathered Nests.

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This poem is spillover from the Febrary 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Readera. It also fills the "celebratory kiss" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to my main science fiction universe, in the Freedom System colony.

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This poem is from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai and this picture. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] lynnoconnacht.


"Star Deity"


Star Deity is black light
Star Deity is white shadows

Robe made of nebulas
Hairpins of embers

Star Deity is masculine female
Star Deity is feminine male

Fingerprints of kindling
Footprints of ashes

Star Deity's spirit is too big
To be only one thing.

* * *

Notes:

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
-- Carl Sagan

Star deities may be associated with the night, sky, and/or sun.

Androgynous deities may have traits of both sexes, none, or something else altogether.

Because human thought is limited, but we often conceive of divinity as unlimited, we may describe deities as transcendent.  Even religions with more specific, personified deities often have an Unknowable Divine as well.

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This poem was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu, [personal profile] redsixwing, and Stephen Laird. It has been sponsored by Stephen Laird. It also fills the "emancipation" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage fest. This poem belongs to the series Kung Fu Robots.

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This is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills "The Tower" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest.

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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED for prompts.  Thank you for your time and enthusiasm!  Watch for more thumbnails later.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "What makes a wo/man?"  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

Click to read the linkback poem "The Friendship Bench" (Polychrome Heroics, 25 verses available).

Note: Themes have to be concise in phrasing, but not in application.  This one came in monogendered and I broadened it to those two.  But really it's about sex/gender identity, roles, and expression in general.  What makes a man, woman, neutrois, agender, two-spirit, galatur ... whatever else you can think of?  Feel free to bring anything you want to the party.

Among my extant series that touch on sex/gender identity and roles are An Army of One, Fiorenza the Wisewoman, Fledgling Grace, Frankenstein's Family, Hart's Farm, Kung Fu Robots, The Ocracies, Polychrome Heroics, The Steamsmith, Walking the Beat, The Blueshift Troupers, and Schrodinger's Heroes.  See my QUILTBAG list for more ideas.  You can ask for more of any of those or something new.


What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "What makes a wo/man?" I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.


Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.



2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.  There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.



3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem.  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted. "The Friendship Bench" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 25 verses available.


Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

5) If donations total $100 by Sunday evening then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl.  These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size.  If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three months in a row.  Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day.  If donations reach $300, you get a piece of bonus material, since there's already an extra fishbowl session scheduled for mid-month.


Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "What makes a wo/man?"  I'll be soliciting ideas for women, men, transfolk, genderqueer people, sex/gender activists, horrible relatives, *phobic terrorists, supportive friends, innocent bystanders, supportive health care providers, gender counselors/coaches, aliens or deities with unusual sex/gender dynamics, discovering gender identity/role, accepting yourself, coming out, celebrating your identity/role, transitioning, challenging social expectations, contrasting sex/gender concepts across cultures, proving yourself, rebuilding cultural concepts that don't work, bedrooms, bathrooms, dressing/locker rooms, dance halls, sports teams, other places where sex/gender matters, societies that don't even think this is a thing it's all good yay everyone, situations where the deck is stacked, manhood, womanhood, whateverelsehood, icons or symbols of a sex/gender, gendered clothing/accessories, academic theories, body parts, brain patterns, endings and beginnings, mementos, love polygons, laws, magical sex changes, rites of passage, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have the first edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "The Friendship Bench.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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 [personal profile] jewelfox has this snippet about transsexuals and names.  

When everyone else is politicizing something, it can seem like you are too, even if you're not.  Me, unless I say so, usually I'm not.  I've been writing about asexual and trans and what-all-else characters for decades.  Very rarely is the story about their sex stuff.  I've done a few, sure, but mostly I write background parity or else they're off having the same kind of adventures as any other main character.  Politics?  *shrug*  I write values.  One of those is how everybody deserves to have people like them in stories.  And every so often, I find a new "thing" that is currently attracting attention.  Far more often than not, I turn out to have written about it already decades ago.
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This card is for the Valentine's Day and Anti-Valentine's Day Bingo Fest over on [community profile] allbingo hosted by [personal profile] vexed_wench. The opposite of a Great Truth is another Great Truth -- "Love is great!" and "Love sucks!" -- so here we go. I really liked a bunch of prompts on both lists, but knew I'd have trouble making bingo on two separate cards. Therefore I mixed them into a single card.

I'm hoping to attract some new readers through this fest. People are starting to show interest in specific prompts. If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl. Any other ideas for monetizing this? Let me know.  See all my 2015 bingo cards.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


Valentine's Day Bingo Card

Platonic loveJust found out allergic to (food or flowers etc)They never look like their profileI can't stop thinking about you when we're apartContraceptive mishap
Have a nice life. Ahh who am I kidding I hope you get hit by a moving truck.You make my world a better placeI'm thankful for youYou complete meYou are my strength
JewelryFeb 15th cheap chocolates dayWILD CARDYou're the best thing that ever happened to meSweat/Yoga Pants
You bring happiness to rainy daysYou give love a bad nameYou give me wings to flyI want a lifetime with youI worship you
Candle lit dinner for oneYou are a blessing in disguiseYou are my worldDefective aphrodisiacYou are my treasure

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Here are a couple of sites devoted to Artistic Aces:
Tumblr: http://asexualartists.tumblr.com/
WordPress: https://asexualartists.wordpress.com/
Enjoy some lovely art and writing plus discussion of asexual, aromantic, and related experiences.

If you are an ace creator and would like to be featured, go there and contact the site author, who is looking for new folks to feature.  All modes of creativity are welcome -- art, writing, dance, whatever.
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Suzette Haden Elgin has passed away. You can read about her work online.  She will be sorely missed in this world, and dearly welcomed in another.

Some time ago I posted a poem about her, "The Languagewoman," summarizing my interactions and her accomplishments.

Here is a new elegy...


"Soulsounds"
-- an elegy for Suzette Haden Elgin (November 18, 1936 – January 27, 2015)


The soul is not substance but sound,
a self made of speech and song.

Birth is the opening of a throat
to cry out in discovery.

Death is the sliding of a voice
from one chorus to another.

When angels weep, mortals rejoice;
and when mortals weep, angels rejoice;

but in God's ear it is all one sublime symphony,
and the Great Conductor never loses track of a single note.

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