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This is the freebie for the May 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "watch television" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the [community profile] nineforthenebulasheart project.

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This poem came out of the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kelkyag and LJ user Marina_bonomi. It also fills the "socialize" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Steamsmith series.

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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 poem came out of the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion and LJ user Wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "volunteering" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Torn World project.

Note: This poem has not yet been submitted for Canon Board approval, so it's not canonical yet.

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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] gingicat (on LJ as Tigerbright), there are two new poems open in microfunding: 

"These Tiny Little Steps" belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family and takes place during a flu outbreak when Adam is seven and a half years old.  Victor is having trouble coping.

"The Whole World Surrenders" belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.  Macavity reluctantly comes to Damask for help with a problem.
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 The May Muse Fusion is open!  Come give us prompts.  Our theme is Sea Monsters!


From My Prompts:

"Tangleweed" by [personal profile] ellenmillion  shows the tangleweed 'sea monster' in action.

"From the Deep" by [personal profile] ellenmillion features a smartarm reaching for a ship.  Because to a smartarm, a ship is a fun puzzle with tasty bits inside, and then it turns into a terrific nesting site.
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Some movies don't need a plot.  They just need dinosaurs.  This is one of those movies.  I would happily have watched it just for the FX.

And then they added a dinosaur whisperer.  Also a hawt redhead.

Shut up and TAKE MAH MONEY!
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This poem came out of the April 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "feudal ties / master and servant" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem features the characters introduced in the story "Atomic" by [personal profile] siliconshaman, and will make more sense if you have read that first. They belong to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Note: This poem features two women in an intimate relationship of unusual dynamics, with some major obstacles to overcome. The descriptions are vivid but not erotically explicit. Think about your tastes before deciding whether or not this is something you want to read.

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I have sponsored the story "Storm-Tossed" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, which is a sequel to "Storm-Brought" that I prompted some time ago.  This is sociological science fiction about first contact from the alien perspective, with attention to how a human's arrival can complicate survival in an already precarious position.
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This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem was selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It belongs to The Time Towers series, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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I'm thrilled to announce that [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has launched her own crowdfunding project, Magpie Monday, to be held the second Monday of each month. Reply with prompts and get at least a page of prose privately, or a poem if you prefer. Signal boosts extend the length of your fill. Further perks are available too. The author currently has four original worlds active; you can prompt for any of those or something new. Go play!
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This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills "The Company of Strangers" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek for April being Autism Awareness Month. It belongs to the series An Army of One: The Autistic Secession in Space.

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Here's an essay about what it's like to be a conservative in F&SF

Yeah so, I have some conservative friends.  Mostly my politics lean liberal, but on some issues, my stance aligns with conservatives (although I rarely hold it for the same reasons as others).  That essay?  Is the kind of thing that contributed to me not going back to WisCon, because I don't like when people pick on my friends.  I want fandom and publishing to be inclusive.  If they're not, then I get pissy and don't want to go to those parties.  I mean if I wanted to do the clique thing I would hang out with mundanes. :/

The instigating topic, awards ... meh.  I haven't been impressed with Hugos and Nebulas.  Rhysling, Lambda, and Tiptree are more likely to have something with higher literary merit in my observation.  But it's easy for people to get into arguments over awards, and I'm just not into the drama llama race.  I would rather read books than pick fights over them.
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You can now read the novella "Salvaging" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer in full, if you were waiting for the end of it.  The story features an assassin from Terramagne stumbling into Schrodinger's Heroes.  Begin with Part 1, end with Part 26, or visit the Index.  

New Verses

Mar. 28th, 2015 01:25 am
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Thanks to a donation from Stephen Laird, we had an audience poll.  There are 8 new verses in "Often Buried Deep."   Astin picks up asteroid gems.  There are 10 new verses in "Settled." Aidan checks to make sure that Danso is okay, and explains some of what happened with his talent.

And Ng_moonmoth just finished "Often Buried Deep" so you can read the rest of that now.  Astin, Spalling, and V conclude their latest round of trade and enjoy each other's company.
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Beautiful music.  See, this is why crowdfunding is so awesome.  MOAR GOODEEZ for everyone!

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