New Verses

Jun. 27th, 2016 04:48 am
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Thanks to a donation from LJ user Ng_moonmoth, there are 73 new verses of "The Love We Give Our Fragile Craft."  Bexley and the Falconwing  decide to stick together.

Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, there are 34 new verses of "A Hope and a Promise."  Aidan and Saraphina explore the Wood Room in the Montessori school.
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This poem is spillover from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills "The Veteran" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] alexseanchai, LJ users Eseme and Rhodielady_47. It also fills the "denial" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek. It belongs to the Astin thread of the series An Army of One.

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The half-price sale in An Army of One is running through the end of Sunday.  If you haven't made your selections yet and still intended to, now is a good time.
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This poem is spillover from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri and Anonymous on Dreamwidth. It also fills the "anticipation" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

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This poem is spillover from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alatefeline. It was sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles some time ago and is now unlocked since "New Wine in Old Bottles" has been sponsored and posted. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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This poem came out of the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "lost and found" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

Warning: This poem features some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are major spoilers. It contains unexpected travelers arriving at Sargasso Base, Bottleneck learning that he has a wife and daughter who survived the Massacre of Cascabel and now plan to stay with him, discussion of how everyone else in their families is dead, enormously awkward interpersonal dynamics, Bottleneck not knowing what to do with a crying woman, and other emotional whump. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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This is the freebie for the June 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline (who sent a picture of Quinn in feline form) and [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "body image" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest.

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Thanks to a donation from LJ user Ng_moonmoth, you can now read "The Door to Nowhere" in full.  Brenda and Darrel meet the rest of Schrodinger's Heroes, then deal with Evil!Schrodinger.

Happily, this opens up a microfunding slot, which may come in handy for next week's half-price sale in An Army of One.
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I've only got one series with enough backlog, so there will be a half-price sale in An Army of One from June 20-26.

8 poems, was $752, sale price $376
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Thanks to an audience poll, there are 3 new verses in "The Door to Nowhere."  Brenda and Darrel arrive at the Ring of the Tef. 
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This is today's freebie. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "greedy / desperate" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest.

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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing and LJ user Rix_scaedu. It also fills the "mentors" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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Some linguists rendered a legal brief in Klingon. Okay, that's cool. But then I saw this and cracked up laughing:

a California nonprofit devoted to supporting "constructed languages" — is trying to convince a court that the alien language from "Star Trek" is a real, "living" form of communication.

Guys, it's a pidgin now and has been for, gosh, probably more than a decade by this time. It didn't take long to become a household language. Over in Europe it's customary for people to learn multiple languages, and the home language is whatever two people have in common. For several couples that was Klingon, and so their kids learned it as a native language. Well, anything that's spoken live by native speakers counts as a real language. It's a pidgin, technically, because it's "borrowed" from elsewhere so kids aren't learning it from older native speakers. It's going to have carryover from English (or French, Italian, etc.) and will take a while for that to rub off. But all they really need to prove the case is convince a native speaker of Klingon to show up. Which would be awesome.

CBS and Paramount have sued, alleging that the unlicensed use of Klingon amounts to copyright infringement.

*headdesk* You cannot copyright a LANGUAGE. It is words. It is not an arrangement of specific words which is what can be copyrighted. It is not a logo or a trademark. You can copyright The Klingon Dictionary but not the language itself.  A movie is pretty obviously not a dictionary.  You also cannot copyright plain words. TSR tried copyrighting "dragon" once and lost. Words belong to everyone. You can only copyright what you do with the words.

"There would be great danger to allowing the copyright power to extend to prevent others from speaking a language," Duan wrote in a blog post Thursday.

Thank you brain-having person for pointing out the gigantic clusterfuck that would ensue from all the native peoples and their conquerors simultaneously trying to copyright the same languages.  Coyote would have so much to do, he'd have to invite all his Trickster friends from every pantheon just to cover all of that.  0_o
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Traveling Storm."  Eax and Von talk with Bil about finding work for Bil to do, and about Von's upcoming hunt.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Building Storm."  It's one of two leading up to something I've sponsored, which will be appearing presently.  In this installment, Eax helps Bil deal with feelings of helplessness, confusing, and uselessness due to assorted disabilities left from Bil's earlier injuries.  It's a wonderful piece of hurt/comfort with excellent sociological aspects too.  <3   This is what science fiction should be.
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[personal profile] janetmiles has sponsored "Through Repetition of Thought."  It will be posted after the earlier poem "New Wine in Old Bottles" ($86) has been sponsored and published. 
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This poem is from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] alatefeline, and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "half-life" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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This poem came out of the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "Wild Card: Enemies" square in my 9-4-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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