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You can now read the story "Peace Ties" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, in which Heron searches for more ways to help Mallory and introduces her to some of his family.  Begin with Part 1
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Check out these 3D-printed dolls with disabilities.

I am loving the one with the strawberry mark on her face.  I've just always had a fondness for that style of birthmark -- there used to be a bank teller around here who had one.  I have no idea why some people find skin variations so off-putting.  I love freckles too.  We like appaloosa ponies, why not people?  Sure, it's nice to have a doll that looks like you, but I would've gone for this just for the diversity factor.
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[personal profile] alexseanchai is raising money to make a divination set using Greek letters stamped onto copper disks.   This sounds like an interesting item for folks who use and/or collect divination tools -- especially if you work with Aphrodite, that's her metal. EDIT 5/21/15: Now with more perks in a wider range of prices from $5-50!
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This campaign will fund the creation of unique voices for people who use speech synthesizers.

"Through years of research we observed that even those who have severe speech impairment produce distinctive sounds when they laugh, cry, and vocalize emotions and intentions. Their vocalizations contain the voice’s source -- its pitch, tone, rhythm, and loudness. What these individuals lack is the ability to manipulate their tongue, lips, and the shape of their mouth -- their vocal filter. The filter is essential to producing clearly articulated speech. So we developed technology to harness the source characteristics of recipients and supplement them with the vocal filters available to healthy talkers. The result is a blended voice that is as understandable as the donor while conveying the vocal identity of the recipient."
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The May 2015 Crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal.  Our theme this month is "Hope."  Come give us prompts, or claim ideas for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written

"Pinpoints of Light"
"Pinpoints of Light" is a free-verse poem in which the Blueshift Troupers visit an alien planet, run into trouble, and find unexpected allies.
170 lines, Buy It Now = $85

"If You Could Bottle It"
Your bottle prompt inspired the free-verse poem "If You Could Bottle It." Bruno used to be an enforcer until mad science torture left him with nerve damage and a new superpower. Sometimes, hope is a thing you can't find, until you give it away.
106 lines, Buy It Now = $53

"Searching by Starlight
Today's freebie features pop culture research set in [community profile] nineforthenebulasheart.

"Moving Pictures"
Your prompt about innermost hearts inspired the free-verse poem "Moving Pictures." Merle likes to study humanity by watching movies.
26 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Touching Scenes"
It takes months before Eric and TeJay can touch each other in a comfortable way.  This story belongs to the Don't Try This at Home series of the Schrodinger's Heroes project.  It has been partially sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and will be posted once it's fully funded.
1,422 words

"Reveal Everything Mysterious"
Cuoio and Chiara go on a double date with Ruggiero and Olympia, so that Cuoio can learn more about how this kind of relationship is supposed to work.
534 lines, Buy It Now = $267


From My Prompts

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the short story "Hope" based on my beach prompt, and featuring Dr. Infanta during the Victorian period.

[personal profile] alexconall has written "A Half-Whispered Prayer" based on my prompt about dragons, in which a young girl goes seeking help, and gives as much as she finds.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the story "Hope in a Bottle" which features Kristen and her foster mothers.  This one will be posted as a freebie later.
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Here is a disappointing article about how art imitates art, instead of life.  It's worse in Africa.  Cities look like cities.  A lot of people wear the same kinds of clothes as people anywhere else in the world.  There are no giraffes on Main Street.  And that's not what people expect to see in Africa.  The results of trying to splice expectation over reality can be ghastly.

This?  This is why I use current events as inspiration, look up images from places where my characters live, if I'm writing in this world or a close analog of it.  Sure there are divergence points; I try to highlight those when I spot them.  But mostly I want to give a real sense of what it's like a in particular place.  Jamaica Plain.  Omaha.  Waxahachie.  London.  It matters where people live.
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This Magpie Monday, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer wrote the story "Inner Storm" which I have sponsored.  It's a wonderful sickfic about what happens when a human tries to get by on alien food.  There is also an index page for the Storm series now.  

I am just so happy to have this!  It is exactly the kind of deep sociological science fiction that I love best, but has gotten so hard to find amidst all the military SF and pr0n urban fantasy.  The cultural development is beautiful and it's such fun to see the characters cleverly working out solutions to their problems.  So I wanted to share it with you-all.  Enjoy!
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This is my favorite Captain America speech ever.  This is what it means to be a hero.  It's not about powers or publicity.  It's about integrity.  It's about observing the world until you understand what's wrong with it, figuring out a solution to some part of that, and applying yourself to it.  It's about deciding your own personal code of honor from which you will not deviate no matter what other people do or don't do.  Heroes take responsibility.  An unsullied hero like Cap is just not budgable on this point. 

Conversely, this is my iconic villain speech.  Villains tend to focus on what they can do more than what they should do, and what people will think about them.  They're in it for their own purposes, their own desires, rather than what is good or what is needed.  When things to wrong, they consistently try to lay the blame on someone else, anyone else.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday again.  There is no theme; ask for whatever you want, from an established setting or something new.  Give a prompt, get a backchannel copy of a ficlet or poem.  Signal boosts get you more writing.  There are other individual and collective perks too.
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 [personal profile] kay_brooke is hosting a prompt call with the theme of "nature."  Leave a prompt, get ~250 words.  There are perks for linkbacks and donations.

Glow Table

May. 4th, 2015 03:12 am
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 Watch someone make a table with glow-in-the-dark streaks.
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 "A Small Needful Fact" by Ross Gay is a brilliant poem about the life and death of Eric Garner.  This is why society needs poetry.

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