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This poem came out of the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "Rosa Parks Day -- December 1" square in my 7-1-15 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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This poem is spillover from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "first library card" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rowyn. It also fills the "mystery to investigate" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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 The half-price sale is up on LiveJournal if you want to shop for Schrodinger's Heroes.
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This poem is spillover from the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, and [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "Autism or Asperger's Syndrome" square in my 3-1-17 card for the Disability Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

Warning for emotional angst and meltdown.

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This is the linkback perk for the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and now complete. \o/ It's spillover from the January 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "dark" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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This poem is from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "demisexual / demiromantic" square in my 2-1-17 Romantic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem belongs to An Army of One series.

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Actor Richard Hatch has passed away.  He played Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica,  along with many other roles.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has put up the linkback post for "Spontaneous Vacations."  If you have boosted the signal for the Poetry Fishbowl, please let her know so she can reveal your verse(s).
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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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Today we went to watch the movie Monster Trucks. It was hilarious and entertaining. I was expecting a pulp science fiction / teen adventure flick, and it turned out to contain quite a lot more science fiction than I anticipated. If you are at all into SF or adventure films, I highly recommend it. There are some excellent twists in it, so if you like being surprised, go see it now instead of reading further. It's not often that any entertainment can surprise me, but this one did.

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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kelkyag and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "ingenuity" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge

Day 15

In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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Dear Fandom,

I love you for letting me be myself. When I sit on the floor, climb stairs on all fours, describe things by scent, or codeswitch into alien languages, you don't look at me funny. You think it's cool. I don't have to waste so much energy pretending to be human. You read my fanfic, and feedback is candy. You buy my original writing, and that puts beans on the table. I squish you, and some of you know what that means, and that's awesome too.  You bring out the best in me.

I love you for being yourself. When you squee over cool things, throw NASA parties, talk about ten million years in the future, and jerryrig solutions, I think it's fantastic. I look in the art show and the dealer's room and the impromptu jam sessions on floors and in stairwells, and I'm reminded how creative you are. How boundless. How infinite in diversity and combinations. And I'm a xenophilic, sapiosexual kind of sophont so that really lights my warpcore.

Love,
Ysabet



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Day 13
In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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* My first gaming convention when I was in high school, I mentioned to a vendor that I made up my own monsters.  He said, "Doesn't everyone?"  :D  It was the first time I was in a place where creativity was assumed as the norm.

* My first science fiction convention, around the same time, one of the dealers scrambled under a table to measure an anklet on me.  It was enlightening to see someone else move through space the way I do, looking for the most efficient route instead of the most socially approved one.

* Several years later, in college, I noticed that pros were consistently picking me out of a field of 400 people in a con.  I had no idea why, so I asked one, who explained, "It's because you treat us like people.  Everyone else here only wants to talk about our work.  You let us talk about the weather."  So now I know why famous people like me.  \o/


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Fandom Snowflake Challenge

Day 12

In your own space, post a rec for fannish spaces and resources - comms, challenges, twitters, tumblrs, etc. Tell us about where you hang out. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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[community profile] allbingo is a community that usually posts one challenge a month, but you can also play cards from any other bingo event or make your own.  We have folks doing fanfic, fanart, original work, arts and crafts, all kinds of stuff.  Come play or host a fest.  This is a low-pressure, high-inspiration community.

[community profile] crowdfunding and its LiveJournal counterpart [livejournal.com profile] crowdfunding are communities for cyberfunded creativity.  Folks post about their activities there, and there's usually a Creative Jam midmonth with a theme where folks can post prompts and make goodies.

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith and its LiveJournal counterpart [livejournal.com profile] ysabetwordsmith are my blogs, which have a thriving community of creative, geeky people.  How geeky?  Some of them are writing fanfic of my original work.  I host a Poetry Fishbowl once a month, usually on the first Tuesday.

Queer Sci Fi on Facebook has lively discussions for writers and readers.  It covers fannish and original topics from the whole QUILTBAG.


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Fandom Snowflake Challenge

Day 10

In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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Hurt/Comfort -- I love this because it allows ratcheting the tension a lot higher without burning out the author, the characters, or the reader. I learned this from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Thank you, Master Tolkien. See my series Love Is For Children.

Fish Out of Water -- This is a favorite because of how it makes the ordinary extraordinary or vice versa. The Chronicles of Narnia is a good example. A lot of my writing in Schrodinger's Heroes uses this motif because it's quantum science fiction about alternate dimensions.

Enemies to Friends/Lovers -- I like the idea that nothing is carved in stone, and people can change. It's harder to find good examples of this one. Maybe How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In my work, see Antimatter & Stalwart Stan. Because all the unresolved sexual tension in Clark/Lex and Charles/Erik is heartbreaking.


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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is running Magpie Monday today, with a theme of "the limits of villainy."  Are you sick and tired of heroes who act like villains?  Of villains who seem to have no limits whatsoever?  Of stories where all the characters are heinous and unlikable?  Get your alternatives here!
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge

DAY 9:

Send feedback to two fannish people — they can be anyone you want: a writer who’s made you happy, a moderator of your favorite exchange (not us!), a fanartist you avidly follow… There are so many possibilities. Just let someone know you appreciate their work
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I have thanked [personal profile] kiki_eng for helping to run the Fandom Snowflake Challenge.

I have thanked [personal profile] hc_bingo_mod for running the Hurt/Comfort Bingo, which just wrapped up its 7th round.



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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] mdlbear, and [personal profile] redsixwing. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.


"Heisenbugs"



In the febrile gap between
letters and numbers live
the Heisenbugs.

They bring the déjà vu
of things seen again and again,
a glitch in the matrix; and
the jamais vu of things
never seen before.

They perch on the tip of the tongue
and crunch numbers before
they can be summed,

words before they can be recognized.

They make the misconceptions
and the mistaken readings,
the lexical gaps and overlaps.

When is it fog, and
when is it a cloud?

Oh, wait, the word in the list
was humility, not humidity.

They live in computer programmers,
and thereby get into computers
and programs, far more fatal
than the wing of a moth.

The next thing you know,
December is January and
we're left wondering

how the glitch stole Christmas.

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Notes:

Déjà vu  is an eerie sense of repetition.

Jamais vu  is an eerie sense of unfamiliarity.

Tip of the tongue is a sense of almost knowing something: the query activates the correct memory packet, but it fails to make the transit up to the conscious mind.

The first computer bug was an actual moth.

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