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The rules and card are up for Muse Fusion Bingo!  Creators can start claiming squares and making stuff.

UPDATE 4/17/14: Woohoo!  We have six creators active.  The top row has all been claimed or filled, so if the rest of the claims pan out, we've got our bingo.

What I Have Written

"Off the Clock" -- the freebie for this session shows Ressa relaxing alone.

"From White to Blue" -- 10 lines, Buy It Now = $5
Triangle flowers bloom in spring.

"Sharing a Round" -- 630 words, Buy It Now = $18.90
Lenarai distributes scarce resources and a lesson in manners.

"Stalking Sleep" -- 28 lines, Buy It Now = $15
Long summer days can cause insomnia; there are several remedies for this.

"Fall of Duty" -- 1,400 words, Buy It Now = $42
A repairman strives to solve a power outage in the City of Lights.
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My story got picked in the Foolathon bonus poll, so you can now read "A Clean Citizen Is a Good Citizen" by LJ user Lb_lee, based on my prompt.  It is adorable sociological SF fluff about bathing in mixed-species company.
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We are now taking prompts for the Torn World Muse Fusion Bingo.  (New to Torn World?  Start here!)  Prompters are encouraged to leave 5-10 prompts, which may be specific to Torn World or generic, whichever you prefer.  A selection of prompts will be randomly sorted onto a bingo card, to be played collectively by Torn World creators.  (Not a creator yet?  Join us!)  There will be individual (for prompters and for creators) and collective prizes depending on how much activity occurs.  
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So it turns out, if you have an epic pipe organ and a quadridextrous musician, you can produce the entire Star Wars theme song.

The Force is strong  with this one.
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This story was inspired by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer who sponsored the "teaching / learning" square on my 3-30-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project, taking place shortly after the unaired episode "Why Pat's Not at Work."

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[community profile] poetree is doing a themed week on the topic of time in poetry.  Today I'm hosting a discussion about forward time-travel using my series Tripping into the Future.  Read "Time: A Weapon of Mass Destruction" and "Poem: A One-Way Trip" to join the discussion. 
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This is the freebie for today's session. It was prompted by [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "Seeking / Finding love" square in my 3-30-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo  fest.

Torn World is a science fantasy shared world.  This is the character sheet for Tetefii (who is adoptable, by the way).  One interesting thing about Northern culture is they don't have rigidly defined professions or dress codes according to gender, although there are a few gender-specific rules.  They're also pretty loose about sexual orientation, although of course some people have strong preferences.  Far more important in most people's lives is their occupation role: domestic (working in the village) or ranger (working in the wilderness).  But there are always some people who blur the lines ...

"Outdoor Men and Indoor Men"

Tetefii likes men.
She likes them tall and short,
old and young, funny and solemn.

In particular, she likes
indoor men and outdoor men.

During the long winters,
she cuddles up with domestics,
their soft hands finding
all the right places.

During the brief summers,
she runs wild with rangers
who show her hidden grottoes
where nobody will notice
if they are not, for a few minutes,
actually gathering food and craft materials.

Tetefii likes men,
but not just  men --

she enjoys the company
of men who wear dresses and raise children,
who are not so loud and fierce
and always concerned about
putting a bead on somebody's necklace

and, sometimes, she looks to
the women who wear breeches
and take snow-unicorns on long journeys,
their arms full of adventure instead of infants.

The thing about middle work is this:
you're never only a domestic or only a ranger.
You're always a little of both,
a bridge binding the two halves together,
a rocker between age-mates.

The thing about flexibility in love is this:
you find a lot more of it that way.
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I love this comic about animal mating rituals from Humon Comics (which also has its own archive page).  It shows terrific sexual diversity.  I'll probably use some of these for F&SF races in the future.  (I already have   used some of these in the past; bonobos are a favorite.)  Remember, if your speculative fiction isn't at least as weird as what we have on Earth, it's probably going to fall flat.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] janetmiles, "The Feast of Saint Valentine" is now complete!  Find out how Victor and Igor work through their relationship issues.
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If you are a Torn World subscriber, you can now read my poem "Snowbloom."
A perfect day with snow and sun brings a delightful treat.

If you like this poem and want to see more like it, please consider sending me credits or karma through Torn World's crowdfunding options. Not a Torn World member, but still want to support the work? I have a permanent PayPal button on my LJ profile page.
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 [personal profile] kay_brooke has written "Striving" based on my prompt.  This is a beautiful and heartbreaking story that completely redesigns the idea of "cheating" on someone.  Because sometimes, "the other woman" isn't a person at all ...
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... is a many-splendored thing, which has advantages and disadvantages.

I find myself missing the more relaxed and inclusive flavor of fandom that I grew up with.  It doesn't take a lot of hostility to make me think, "This isn't fun anymore.  If I wanted cliques, I'd be hanging out with mundanes."  

Fortunately, I was great friends with books long before I discovered that there were any people who made good friends, and regardless of the quality of people currently available, books are still there.
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This poem fills the "soul bonding / soulmates" square in my 1-2-14 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the project The Blueshift Troupers.

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LJ user Baaing_tree wrote a lovely story, "Carrying the Dead," about celebrating Dia de los Muertos  far from home.  It was sponsored out of a Free Money poll.
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Thanks to a donation by LiveJournal user Baaing_tree, there are 8 new verses in "The Feast of Saint Valentine."  Victor and Igor try to talk about their relationship.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] janetmiles, there are 9 new verses in "The Feast of Saint Valentine."  Igor wakes up, and Victor attempts to discuss what happened.
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"Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal"


Vloroshaal wrote back with comments on the sketch I sent him. He was encouraging but not effusive. Basically he says that my work shows promise, though it's not fine art level yet. That's okay -- I wouldn't want to make art for a living, just for fun and an adjunct to my science career. Vloroshaal thinks I should have no trouble passing the novice test, though.

In other news, Imoshavi got pregnant. I can't say I'm really surprised, but the situation sounds awful. Her parents are deeply religious so they are making her keep the baby and marry her boyfriend. (I have no idea how they expect to pay all the fines.) Imoshavi will have to drop out of school to take care of the baby. She still hopes to study at home and pass the tests that way, but I think it is a long shot. Imoshavi is not that great of a student; she falls in the top half of her class, but just barely. I doubt she can pass without all the class discussion and teacher support.

See the landing page for "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal."
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Thanks to a donation from LiveJournal user Patina, there are 17 new verses in "The Feast of Saint Valentine."  Victor rouses more help in search for the absent Igor. 


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