Jan. 2nd, 2013

ysabetwordsmith: (Schrodinger's Heroes)
This poem fills a square on my card for the  [community profile] hc_bingo  fest. This fest encourages the creation of boundary-pushing material that explores what happens when things go horribly wrong and people actually care about each other. Remember, things always go wrong; what matters is how you deal with that. Some of the content may be NSFW. Read the FAQ and rules here. The signup post is here. I'm hoping to attract some new readers.

The following poem belongs to Schrodinger's Heroes, featuring an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom. It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world from alternate dimensions. It features a very mixed cast in terms of ethnicity and sexual orientation. This project developed with input from multiple people, and it's open for everyone to play in. You can read more about the background, the characters, and a bunch of assorted content on the menu page.


Fandom: Original (Schrodinger's Heroes)
Prompt: Planet destruction
Medium: Poetry
Wordcount: 597
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Mass deaths, although not of the main characters.
Summary: Schrodinger's Heroes try to rescue people from a collapsing dimension, with partial success.
Notes: Angst. Teamwork. Science saves some of the day. Alex is a linchpin of existence. Caretaking.

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The Three Jaguars  comic by [personal profile] haikujaguar has launched.  It will present discussions about the art and business of creativity, in a graphic format.  Most highly recommended.
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Below is my card for the   [community profile] trope_bingo  fest.  This fest features fundamental motifs that will be familiar to most readers.  It encourages writers to analyze storylines and characters, then reinterpret them in new ways.  It is open to all fandoms and to original work; and open to fiction, poetry, art, and all other media.  Read the rules.  See the list of tropes. Request a card of your own.

I'm hoping to attract some new readers through this fest.  A big chunk of the prompts are AU (alternate universe) positing a whole different framework for the characters/storyline.  That rather obviously plays to my Schrodinger's Heroes  project with its basis in quantum physics, although I may explore other options too.  The rest of the prompts are general, suited to various series.  That should lend itself well to showcasing a variety of my work.

People are starting to show interest in specific prompts. If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out.  I'll still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.  Any other ideas for monetizing this?  Let me know.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

B column:  First line bingo


time travelcross-dressinghandcuffed / bound togetheralpha / beta / omegaau: other
fake relationshipfuck or dieau: were / vamp / supernaturalau: historicalfood porn
au: neighborsvirginfic / secretly a virginFREE

SPACE:
accidental baby
mistletoe kissmind control
au: hooker / porn / stripperimmortality / reincarnationbodyswapforced to marryau: cop / detective
truth or darekiss to save the daygame nightslaveficau: band

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Drawing on experience in other categories, it occurs to me that keeping track of stuff I like or want may be easier if I make a place for it through the year, rather than trying to do it at the last minute ...


Courtney Crumrin Graphic Novels
Courtney Crumrin: Portrait of the Warlock
Courtney Crumrin and the Fire-Thief's Tale
Courtney Crumrin and the Prince of Nowhere

Megan Lee Studio
I am especially enamored of the scientist t-shirts.  So far I have Darwin and Mendel, both on forest green.  My next favorites include Tesla and Lovelace (both on royal blue).  Mens/unisex shirt size Large for me.

Particle Physics Gives Me a Hadron t-shirt
This one is red with white lettering and an atom design.

Sheet of 24 character icons for $100 from  [livejournal.com profile] djinni  via the  Icon Day  project
24 icons - $100 - A page of 24 icons, all for you! This is in addition to your request.
Characters are rendered in ink and watercolor at 2 x 2" size, usually head portraits, occasionally hands or small props, all from the donor's requests.
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Okay, vomiting is a useful thing to model.  The robot is used to study vomit as a disease vector.  But when I read the short blurb that led me to this article, I first thought of totally different circumstances: studying what conditions would make a human vomit and how certain equipment interacts with that.  Use this to test roller coasters, scuba gear, parachutes, etc.  It would work like a crash-test dummy, if you could figure out the parameters to code, as people did for car crash dummies that reveal what injuries would likely result.

And then, of course, my brain went straight to science fiction.  Vomiting robots.  It's another thing that makes them humanlike.  There are plenty of stories about robots begging not to be murdered, raped, dismembered, etc.  But how would a human observer respond to a robot puking on them after being groped or having a limb ripped off?  Statistics show that in human-on-human rape and other assault, doing something gross such as vomiting will often stop the attack.  The perpetrator's hindbrain kicks in with a danger-avoidance signal and unless the conscious mind can override it, they'll bail; and such folks are rarely using their conscious minds well at that time.

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