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You can now read my poem "Triangle Flowers" on Torn World, visible to everyone.
Triangle flowers bloom in spring.

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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Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, you can now read the whole poem "When the Road Is Bent."  Learn what opportunities and complications the caravan has brought for Victor and Igor.
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Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, "Faeder Way" is now complete.  Find out how the shifting human relationships affect their interaction with the fifers.

"Not the Absence of Fear" and "When the Road Is Bent" have also been fully funded.  I'll get the remaining verses of those posted later.
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 [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters has written the brilliant, extremely creepy  story "Explorations, Examinations, and Eminent Danger" based on my prompt.  It's about a land where everything is alive, even things that don't look it.
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This poem is from the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles, [livejournal.com profile] moriwen1, [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman, [livejournal.com profile] technogeekslass, and DW user Dialecticdreamer.  It also fills the "holly" square in my 6-18-14 card for the Christmas in July Bingo fest.  This poem belongs to the series The Steamsmith.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  Remember that this series costs double.  The rate is $1/line, so $5 will reveal 5 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses. So far sponsors include: [livejournal.com profile] marina_bonomi

134 lines, Buy It Now = $134
Amount donated = $34
Verses posted = 8 of 37

Amount remaining to fund fully = $100
Amount needed to fund next verse = $4
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $4


Full steam ahead ... )
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"Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal"

1513.10.30


It's official: I passed Third Form in the top 5% of my class. I have a few days to pack and say goodbye to everyone. Then I need to board the railcar for Affamarg so I can settle into the dormitory at the university before my Fourth Form classes start in Balimev.

Hold on to your Answer Hat now, Affamarg -- here I come!


See the landing page for "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal."

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Here ends "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal." Thank you all for sticking with the story this far! I appreciate audience feedback. Final thoughts on the story overall are welcome, in addition to reactions on this specific chapter.

If you like this story 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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"Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal"

1513.10.27


Sweet seal of approval! He framed it.

Vloroshaal sent me a letter thanking me for the watercolor of the Judge's Oak. He framed it and hung it in his parlor at home. I wasn't expecting that! I'm flattered that he liked it so much. Vloroshaal also gave me a box of scraps and sample sheets of all different art papers. I look forward to experimenting with those.


See the landing page for "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal."
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer found a photo and created text for it, as part of the Frankenstein's Family series. Then I used that to make an image of the back. This is something that the village children find, shortly after the itinerant priest is encouraged to leave.

In our history, durable photos were not invented until 1815. The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was published in 1818, and the later entries in the framing stories were dated 17--. Within that canon, and even more so in this series, science has advanced much farther than in our history. So a durable photo is plausible in this context, but it may not be made by the same process we think of as photography.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer made this awesome bookmark as demifiction for the Schrodinger's Heroes series Don't Try This at Home.  TeJay is using this to keep his place in a library book.

The Mix It Up at Lunch project is a real activity designed by Teaching Tolerance.  There are lots of resources on the site explaining how it works.
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"Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal"

1513.10.10


Sraffi came over today to help me and Egram work on my year-end project. Sraffi and I spent hours assembling all the award ribbons, breeding records, license copies, the broadsheet interview, and other supporting materials that go with my written report. I almost wish that I'd named the breed something more sophisticated, like Spiral Mouse, because Squiggle Mouse sounds a bit childish. (Thank goodness I didn't use Egram's early suggestion of "Hairdo Mouse" though!) Then again, these mice have been with me throughout my childhood, so a little reminder of that is all right.

Egram put the finishing touches on the display hutch for the mice: flat white, flat fawn, white Squiggle, and fawn Squiggle this time. The hutch has some very nice woodwork, with fancy metal grilles that Sraffi helped us find though a pet supplier. Egram kept working even after smashing his thumb with a hammer.

Then Mom brought out the old backboard with my frassy artwork and the notebook from my First Form project that I did on Squiggle Mice. I almost cried. Mom just hugged me and said, "It was your first year-end project. Of course I saved it."

I love my family.


See the landing page for "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal."
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This bonus session featured the series Frankenstein's Family.  I worked from 1:15 PM to 4 AM, so about 13 hours 15 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks.  I wrote 5 poems on Tuesday and another 5 later, all epics this time.

Participation was modest, with 27 comments on LiveJournal and another 17 on Dreamwidth.  There were 12 prompters, none of them new.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the June 3, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Birthday Bread"
"The Children's Garden"
"First Steps"
"Sign of the Cross"
"Spectres of the Past"

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, read the unsold poetry list from June 17. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Donors this time included [livejournal.com profile] moonwolf1988, [livejournal.com profile] laffingkat, [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles, [livejournal.com profile] zianuray, Anthony and Shirley Barrette.  There were no new donors.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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Based on an audience poll, there are seven new verses in "Faeder Way."  Ensign Obert discusses gender in linguistics.
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This poem came out of the June 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] paka and [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles.  It has been opened for crowdfunding with a donation from [livejournal.com profile] zianuray.  This poem also fills the "major illness" square on my 6-10-14 card for the Hurt/Comfort fest.  It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: [livejournal.com profile] little_lynnet, [livejournal.com profile] kestrels_nest, general fund, Anthony & Shirley Barrette

FULLY FUNDED
364 lines, Buy It Now = $182
Amount donated = $10
Verses posted = 5 of 104

Amount remaining to fund fully = $172
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $1.50


Read more... )
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"Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal"

1513.10.01


My letter-friend Tosh sent me a lengthy copy of his notes on the square-paint pattern in horses. He reminds me of myself as a novice mouse-breeder! He also gave me a book, A Horse of Every Color: Coats and Markings for the Equine Fancier as an early year-end present. The illustrations alone make it worth owning, quite a lovely example of horse pictures, aside from the fascinating discussion of color types. It barely touches on genetics but does list horse breeds.

So, yes, I sent him the original painting of Hexball after all. He'll probably enjoy it more than I will anyhow.


See the landing page for "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal."
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This poem came out of the June 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from Helga and LJ user Lb_lee. It also fills the "rituals, customs & rites of passage" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

Read more... )
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This poem came out of the June 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] janetmiles, and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "skeletons in the closet" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

Read more... )
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This poem came out of the June 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and Helga. It also fills the "Another year older: Birthdays" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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