Jan. 1st, 2019
In your own space, talk about your Happy Place—the things that give you joy, calms you or keeps you sane. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
I use a variety of things to maintain emotional equilibrium. My favorite comfort foods include fresh fruit and hot tea. I listen to music or nature sounds to raise or lower mood, and for housecleaning I like very energetic songs. For relaxation I like gardening and walking outdoors. I can draw some energy from colors. Things that give me joy all out of proportion to their size or importance include sparkles, rainbows (including ones from my window prisms), and microfiber blankets.
In terms of location, my yard is probably my peak happy place. It's landscaped for wildlife with a prairie, savannah, forest, and human lawn over about 2 acres. I'm also very fond of my office and adjacent living room. Not far away, there's a little wildlife sanctuary with rather larger spaces of similar style including a pond. We like to go there and walk around sometimes.
Among my more relevant series:
An Army of One, Frankenstein's Family, Hart's Farm, The Moon Door, One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis, The Steamsmith, and Tripping into the Future.
Polychrome Heroics focuses so much on choices that most threads and many individual characters relate to this theme. Some good examples include Antimatter and Stalwart Stan, Berettaflies, Calliope, Officer Pink, and Shiv.
I have a linkback poem, "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey" (10 verses, standalone).
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts. I am now.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
( New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )
These are my bingo fests from 2018:
Slice-of-Life Bingo Fest
Pro Wrestling Bingo Fest
Winteriron Bingo Adventure
Card 6-23-18 on original community
Winterfest in July Bingo
Fairy Tales Bingo Fest
Cottoncandy Bingo Fest
1000 Words or Less Fest
Fall Bingo Fest
Family Ties Bingo
Summer in December Bingo Fest
These are my bingo cards from 2019:
Untranslatable Words Bingo
Meet Ugly Bingo
School Days Bingo Fest
I also run the allbingo community. Use this to share your accomplishments for a custom-made bingo card, for old cards from other communities, or to echo your current bingo activity.
* Actually look at this list of goals, at least once a month, before the end of the year in hopes of meeting more of them and not trying to cram in December. [1/2/19, 1/5/19, 1/13/19, 2/7/19, 2/10/19, 3/1/19, 3/4/19, 3/10/19, 3/18/19, 3/31/19, 4/12/19, 4/19/19]
* Fill in desk calendar with repeating posts and other memoranda. [MET 1/2/19]
* Place one new book-length project on the market, either by writing a book proposal or by writing a complete book manuscript.
* Experiment with self-publishing a chapbook in ebook and/or home-printed format.
draggon-flye.livejournal.com has volunteered to help with this.
* Finish compiling the manuscript for The Origami Mage collection. Add supporting materials as necessary. Submit completed manuscript to Hunt Press.
* Write at least 400 poems.
* Continue holding one Poetry Fishbowl per month. [1/8/19, 2/5/19]
* Try using a specific storyline as a theme for the main Poetry Fishbowl, like the Big One in the bonus round last year.
* Collate at least three more poetic series into collection files. [Kande's Quest 1/5/19, The Hollow Way 3/31/19]
* Create more supporting materials for poetic series as necessary, such as character cast lists or scientific notes.
* Supervise reorganization of the Polychrome Heroics material.
* Make more pages for individual threads in the Polychrome Heroics series.
* Launch at least one new poetic series. [MET 3/13/19 The Hollow Way]
* Sell at least one poem of 10 or fewer lines, eligible for the Dwarf Stars Award.
* Sell at least one poem of 50+ lines, eligible for the Rhysling Award long category.
* Finish at least one poem that was partly written and then abandoned.
* Participate in at least one bingo fest. [MET 1/1/19 Untranslatable Words Bingo, 2/1/19 Valentines Bingo, 2/28/19 Meet Ugly Bingo]
* Run the Rose & Bay Awards for 2018. [MET Nomination posts made 1/1/19, voting posts made 2/1/19, winners announced 3/1/19]
* Keep up with writing records better, updating at least weekly.
* Complete at least one significant outdoor project.
* Go through closet to remove clothes that no longer fit, and take them to a charity. [MET 1/2/19 one bag]
* Keep track of my crowdfunding activity as the year goes on.
* Keep track of things I would like to receive as gifts.
* Make at least one new recipe per month. ["Grilled Pork with Pineapple Slices," 1/24/19, "Baked Eggs with Vegetables in Muffin Tin" 2/7/19, "Ginger-Basil Beef" 2/10/19, "Barbecue Pork Ribs" 3/10/19, "Moroccan Dry Rub" on beef cutlets 3/15/19, Turkey Meatloaf Muffins (as a loaf) 4/12/19, Nord Spices and Spiced Root Cake 4/19/19]
* Fill in the blank: __________. This slot is left open because, during any given year, I usually pick up some "surprise" goals. This time I want to give myself credit for that.
* ADDED 1/13/19 for snowflake_challenge: Post at least one new piece to Love Is For Children. [MET 2/6/19 "Sunday Dinner"]
* ADDED 3/4/19: completed orders for spring plant catalogs. Next year I should set a goal to finish this no later than February. [MET 3/4/19]
What are some of your goals for 2019?
I serve as a maintainer of the Crowdfunding communities on LiveJournal and on Dreamwidth.
The allbingo community on Dreamwidth is always open for people to play creative bingo, and it is crowdfunding-friendly. Some people use bingo cards to inspire their crowdfunded projects, or in prompt calls, etc.
Crowdfunding Creative Jam on crowdfunding or on LiveJournal
A two-day event where anyone can leave prompts on the current theme, or create anything based on prompts. Some material is usually shared free and some is available for sponsorship.
Sketch Fest hosted by ellenmillion
Leave prompts for artists to sketch (in any medium) with a one-hour limit on each sketch during Sketch Fest proper. Sketches may be finished later. They are often offered for sale. Sponsors of Sketch Fest get to leave up to 15 prompts instead of the 5 that everyone else gets.
My Own Projects
I have a permanent "Feed the Bard" donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page. You can use that to support any of my projects, just make sure you tell me what the donation is for.
The Blueshift Troupers (sporadic)
This is science fiction about a team of shapeshifters who travel the galaxy solving problems. So far it has a bit of background material and a couple of poems. I'd like to find time to script the pilot episode.
The Poetry Fishbowl (monthly)
Live poetry activity where people give me prompts on a theme and I write poems based on whatever I get. Minimum of one free poem posted, and others available for sponsorship. Lots of different perks. Fishbowl Open posts have a donation button. The regular session is on the first Tuesday of each month. Sometimes there is a bonus session or a sale mid-month.
Schrodinger's Heroes (sporadic)
This project features an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom. It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world. The cast of characters is sexually and ethnically diverse. Content includes fiction, poetry, LOL_HEROES (LOLCATS images of characters who are cats, or have gotten changed into cats), and other goodies. I write for this project during the Poetry Fishbowl, Crowdfunding Creative Jam, bingo fests, and sundry other occasions.
The Silk Road Allies (sporadic)
Imagine if China and Italy became friends; that's the theme of this alternative history shared world. I write for it along with thesilentpoet and marina_bonomi. It features primarily poetry but there is also a bit of art, and other goodies may emerge over time.
Nineforthenebulasheart is based on several of my Creative Jam prompts bundled by alexconall into a feminist mythpunk science fantasy project. It's a collaborative fandom with multiple participants creating poetry, fiction, and other goodies, licensed via Creative Commons.
The Ursulan Cycle is a genderbent rendition of the Arthurian Cycle. It's an open source fandom with multiple contributors making poetry, fiction, and other stuff.
Projects I Sponsored
Magpie Monday by dialecticdreamer focuses on fiction, mostly fantasy.
Common Bonds by Claudie Arseneault
An anthology of speculative fiction featuring aromantic characters and centering platonic relationships.
Other Projects I Supported as a Fan
Pocket microscope. This version is small and lightweight, similar to one I had many years ago.
Eggcrate foam chair back cushion. Possibly a neck pillow turned sideways would work, or a seat cushion.
This is an expansion of the Evolution board game of designing herbivorous or carnivorous species for survival. Available at Dr. G's Brain Store.
Johnson's emotional first aid: How to increase your happiness, peace, and joy
Paperback – 1997 by Victoria Johnson (used is fine)
The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen is a cookbook of Native American recipes.
Black Dogs Part 2: The Mountain of Iron is an anthropomorphic novel. I loved the first one.
Reflective yarn. I WANT something made with this yarn -- preferably a hooded scarf or a scarf and winter hat. In approximate order of preference: peacock blue, purple, grey, black, aran white, olive green. I'd rather not do the neons, and definitely not the pink.
"Do it do it do it" t-shirt of Luci on red, size Large.
B1 (visiting family) -- "The Heart to Rejoice" (Polychrome Heroics)
B2 (friends) -- "Life in Quicktime" (LIFC)
B3 (avoiding work) -- "Batting Around" (standalone)
B4 (summer colors) -- "Pipecleaners" (Polychrome Heroics: Dr. Infanta)
B5 (managing free time) -- "Crazy Fun in the House of Mirrors" (Schrodinger's Heroes)
I2 (sweat) -- "The Ramifications of That State of Mind" (Not Quite Kansas)
I5 (sidewalk chalk) -- "Cruel Intentions and Difficult Truths" (Not Quite Kansas)
N1 (relaxation) -- "Stick Like Glue" (Polychrome Heroics: Calliope)
N2 (camping) -- "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey" (standalone)
N4 (walking) -- "Unseen, the Yellow Woods" (standalone)
G1 (sunshine) -- "The Reality of Cruelty" (Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink)
G2 (minimum effort) -- "The Perfection That Eludes Us" (Polychrome Heroics)
O3 (summer school) -- "The Shadows on the Wall" (Monster House)