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The February Creative Jam is open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal. This month's theme is "Love."


From My Prompts



What I Have Written

Your second prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Bicycle Built for Three." Cassandra gets a lesson in communication from her friends who have a Triplet bicycle.
109 lines, Buy It Now = $55

This inspired the free-verse poem "So Glad That You're Here." Turq and some kids enjoy a playground. So. Much. Fluff!
60 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Marjorie's Baby" is a song sung by Amergin, from Polychrome Heroics, about a newborn bard.
36 lines, Buy It Now = $15

This session's freebie is "Star-crossed, Sun-swept."

Cloves

Feb. 14th, 2017 04:59 pm
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 This article has many pictures of clove plants and fresh-picked cloves.  I knew they were flower buds, but did not know they were such a bright pink-and-green when fresh!
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday today, with a theme of "courage."  She's also interested in continuing the diving incident storyline.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer recently finished "Developing Consequences," which begins the meeting of people exploring appropriate penalties for Brody.  Begin with Part 1.

"Connecting Family" just launched tonight.  Elisabeth Finn goes to visit Shiv.

Digilegs

Feb. 6th, 2017 10:01 pm
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A while back I mentioned Weta Legs, and someone recently pointed me to Digilegs.  These are reverse-bend stilts to give the wearer a digitigrade stance.  Cooooool.
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[personal profile] siliconshaman is launching a new crowdfunding project, "Monthly Monday Muse Bait."  The first session is calling for theme suggestions as well as ficlet prompts.  You can ask for established settings -- he's one of the folks writing in Terramagne -- or something new.  Donations may be used to extend your or someone else's ficlet, or get another prompt written.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Connecting Paths" which follows Drew's pasta-making expedition.  Read Part 1 and Part 2.

Star Gears

Feb. 5th, 2017 04:39 pm
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Is it just me, or does this nebula really look like this timer piece we just built?  I mean, I've described the Universe as a clock before -- you wind it up, let it go, it winds down, you rewind it; Big Bang, Big Crunch -- but I wasn't expecting it to be this obvious.  I'm thinking of the two rubber bands, and thinking of entropy and syntropy, and now I'm imagining God leaning over this nebula and swearing because the laws of physics don't want to go in the holes quite right.  Not to mention the jumpgates in The Blueshift Troupers and how people argue over what powers them, like solar wind mills or subspace waterwheels, and it hadn't even occurred to me that we could be looking right at  some of the moving parts, and just never recognize them as technology. I never would've noticed this if I had not just been working on that part ten minutes ago.
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 I found this fascinating article on the history of tactile maps for vision-impaired people.

Crafts

Feb. 4th, 2017 02:05 pm
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 [personal profile] kyleri posted this lovely piece of jewelry marked "exquisite self-care."  Sometimes what you can do to protest is make beautiful things.  :D

EDIT: I forgot to mention that $5 from the sale of this will go to the ACLU.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Divided Path."  Drew struggles to deal with emotional overload after visiting his sister in the hospital.  This grew in the telling, so the numbers are a bit mixed up.  There are 6 parts and it's all posted now.  Begin with Part 1.
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[personal profile] unmutual has "Fight for Your Rights" (with a fist) on t-shirts, pillows, postcards, and other items.

Also the creator says, "I'm donating a portion of all proceeds from the Brassorchids shop to the ACLU & Planned Parenthood as well. And I'm going to duplicate the shop on Zazzle, hopefully to double the exposure."
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I found another discussion about the Rhysling Award controversy I mentioned earlier.  "A Speculative Kerfluffle" quotes several sources, including my post.  Woohoo, people read it!  \o/  The exploration of issues is quite thoughtful.

This led to an interesting survey on "What is speculative poetry?"  

Notice that there is consensus regarding the core (science fiction, fantasy, etc.) but not the fringe (surrealism, metaphor, etc.) of the content.  In particular, I call your attention to the splatter of opinions about tropes, metaphor, simile, analogy, and other literary devices.  Why is this so important?  Because people argue over whether something is literal or figurative.  I've watched this happen: "Well, the coffin is clearly a metaphor..."  "No, I meant what I said.  The vampire is in a coffin, floating through outer space."  Doesn't get much more speculative than that, does it?  Except when people don't believe you.  0_o

Now add the fact that cultural interpretation of symbols will vary widely  across cultures, and one culture may have highly speculative connotations while another does not.  Frex, the snake.  A basic emblem of lies and death in Christian lore, the snake is a sacred embodiment of the Goddess and transformation (due to shedding skin) in Pagan lore.  So for Pagans, it's more speculative because we'll think of shapeshifters, magic, and life/death/rebirth.  Christians are likely to count it only if they also  count religion/cosmology in general as speculative or they equate snakes with the Devil sufficiently to land it in the angel/devil subgenre that many folks consider speculative.


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Terrific post on resisting while disabled or otherwise limited.

Also, use your folding vote!  They may care fuckall about your rights, but they sure care about their profits.
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has continued the storyline about Aida's diving incident.

"Sawyer's Fall" covers the incident from Brody's perspective.  (Asshole warning.)

"A Storm of Consequences" begins the followup showing Aida's family response.  This one has 8 parts.

"Better Than Before" shows the other interns talking about what went wrong.

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