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The April [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Identity Crisis."  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written

"Faces in a Mosaic Mirror" is the freebie.


From My Prompts

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I did not make a line this month, but I made 1 fill on my Meet Ugly Situations card and 8 on my Meet Ugly Words and Phrases card.


SITUATIONS

N3 (You were shopping) -- "Bitter Melon" (Polychrome Heroics: Shiv)


WORDS AND PHRASES

I1 (broke student) -- "The Diary of the Human Race" (standalone)
I4 (mistake) -- "The Responsibility to Make It Better" (Polychrome Heroics)

G2 (fight) -- "A Nation of Inconsistencies" (The Hollow Way)
G5 (dark alley) -- "The Line of Righteousness and Justice" (Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink)

O1 (short temper) -- "By the People's Voices" (Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink)
O3 (trip) -- "The Restoration of Order" (The Hollow Way)
O4 (rebel) -- "The Lowell Mill Girls" (standalone)
O5 (mask) -- "A Thousand Faces" (standalone)
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "alternative methods of teaching." I'll be soliciting ideas for teachers, students, neurovariant people, parents and children, scholars, educational innovators like Maria Montessori or Rudolf Steiner, counselors, superheroes, supervillains, refugees, trauma survivors, people with learning disabilities, gifted people, twice-exceptional people, others involved with teaching or learning, going to school, unschooling, homeschooling, continuing education, teaching, learning, traveling, establishing a sequence of steps, modifying older lessons for current needs, exploring new discoveries, creating connections, teaching each other, counseling, mixing different ages, coming of age, learning what you can (and can't) do, recovering from setbacks, schools, colleges, trade schools, summer camps, public institutions, museums, zoos, parks, counseling centers, homes, outdoor classrooms, maker spaces, other places where people learn, apprenticeship, the 9 intelligences, sensory modes, learning styles, gifted traits, symptoms of learning disabilities, free will, educational abuse, educational neglect, personal growth, frustration, determination, imprint vulnerability, failure, success, rites of passage, and poetic forms in particular.

What is alternative education? It covers all the options outside of the standard school systems. Some well-known examples from local-Earth include Montessori and Waldorf.

In Terramagne, Montessori schools are more common and extend through higher grade levels. Education for superkids is an issue, because until recently, there hasn't been sufficient density to offer a school specially tailored for them. The closest is that the Marionettes have established schools for their kids, powered and unpowered alike. T-Maldives is using that for some inspiration, but they'll draw the main framework from the Waldorf tradition because it already supports spiritual growth -- all they need to do is rip out anything that doesn't fit and replace it with Muslim-friendly content. There are also some alt-school systems particular to Terramagne:

Waldenkinder is a T-American alternative school that draws some inspiration from Waldorf and Montessori models, Waldenkinder has a naturalistic theme and believes that children learn best from going outside and doing things for themselves. It was founded by a German husband and a Jewish wife who left Germany for America in 1934 and started the first school in 1935. In good weather, most activities take place outdoors. In bad weather, students study in classrooms with natural furnishings and large windows, then make shorter excursions outside. Teachers present some lessons, but a majority of the learning is self-directed. It was introduced in "The Heart to Rejoice."

Reflétant l’école is an alternative school designed to support children's urge to mimic adults. It was developed by a French-speaking community in T-Vermont who wanted an effective system of education that scaled well across socioeconomic classes, and it represents a formal version of historic practices. It is customarily a French immersion school for that reason, although it doesn't have to be.

Circle System is a T-American alternative school with Pagan roots. It includes a homeschool system, camps, and a few schoolbuildings. It is supported by a publisher called the Circle Living Library, which puts out coloring books, activity pages, storybooks, workbooks, and other educational and entertainment materials for Pagan families. The Circle System emphasizes spirituality, nature studies, history, and the fine arts. It has produced many historians, naturalists, scientists, activists, painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, liturgists, and more. It also includes modules for a number of major traditions including Asatru, Druidry, Eclectic Paganism, Shamanism, Strega, and Wicca. These can be used to customize a school for different faiths, so for instance, the musical track in an Asatru school would train skalds while a Druid school would train bards.

Among my more relevant series:
An Army of One, Fiorenza the Wisewoman, Frankenstein's Family, Hart's Farm, Path of the Paladins, Starfather, and The Steamsmith.
Polychrome Heroics features a wide range of educational elements, of which the more salient examples include Calliope, Cassandra, Cuoio and Chiara, Danso and Family, Dr. Infanta, the Iron Horses, Officer Pink, Pain's Gray, and Shiv.

I have a linkback poem, "Cafuné" (7 verses, LIFC).

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.

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The March 2019 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative jam is now open with a theme of "Heroism." Come leave us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written

"A Thousand Faces" is today's freebie.

"My Responsibility to Make It Better"
A flickering boy wants to become a hero right now, and finds a way to do that.
262 lines, Buy It Now = $131


From My Prompts


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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday today with a theme of "spring miracles." Leave prompts, get ficlets! There are perks for boosting the signal and donating.

I’m doing this for fun, but I’m increasingly hoping for income, and will offer one more scan for errors, then post the sponsor’s chosen story immediately, which could offer a glut of reading for everyone to enjoy! If I reach $65 in sponsorships, not only do the requested stories post, I will also post a five thousand (5000) word story as a bonus. How did Saul and Genna work out the tension that kept Saul away even in Minnesota? This is the tale!
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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED. Thank you for your time and attention. Please keep an eye on this page as I am still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open! Today's theme is "easterns as a genre." I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

What you can do with this:

Polychrome Heroics has these in entertainment, such as TV and movies. Some are described on the easterns as a genre post. You can prompt for any of those, either the show itself or someone watching it.

Walking the Beat connects with lesbianism and Boston marriage. Mostly it's going to be exciting new territory, though.

You could launch a new series on any eastern theme.

Or just pick a topic for a standalone, and I'll write about the things that go on in easterns without making an eastern genre item per se.

Currently eligible bingo card(s) for donors wishing to sponsor a square:
Meet Ugly Bingo Card 2-28-19

Click to read the linkback poem "Gökotta" (7 verses, Hart's Farm).


What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "easterns as a genre." I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.


Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.



2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated. There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.





3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here. See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your Dreamwidth, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network. Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall. Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl. If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published. If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem. One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal. Comment with a link to where you posted. "Gökotta" has 7 verses and belongs to Hart's Farm.


Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function. (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.) These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity. While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category. Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those. I've also posted a list of other donor perks there. I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

5) If donations total $100 by Friday evening then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl. These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size. If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; four of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be four months in a row. Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day. If donations reach $300, there will be a half-price sale in one series.


Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "easterns as a genre." I'll be soliciting ideas for workers, immigrants, Italians, black people, landlords, politicians, police, lawyers, judges, lesbians, feminists, suffragettes, other woman-identified women, Quakers, parents and children, teachers, artists, entertainers, famous historical figures, commuting, working in factories, fighting for rights, establishing a sequence of steps, immigrating, creating connections, supporting each other through hard times, coming of age, inventing yourself, recovering from setbacks, learning what you can (and can't) do, profiteering, recovering from slavery, establishing a movement, struggling to support yourself, choosing to relate to other women, falling in love, examining relationships, time period ~1865-1900, the East Coast, cities, factories, churches, schools, skyscrapers, department stores, public institutions, theaters, courtrooms, slums, homes, other centers of civilization, Boston marriage, free will, spirituality, religion, church revivals, industrial revolution, poverty and prosperity, personal growth, frustration, determination, rites of passage, imprint vulnerability, public education, the press, competing moral systems, family dynamics, cool color palette, fine arts, entertainment, vaudeville sensibilities, wastefulness, crime, nativism, classism, divorce, Prohibition, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have The New Book of Forms by Lewis Turco which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations. Linkbacks reveal verses of "Gökotta". The rest of the poems will go into my archive for future use.

Bingo

Mar. 1st, 2019 12:32 am
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I have made bingo down the N column of my 2-1-19 You Are card for the Valentines Bingo Fest, plus one extra fill on that card. Then there are 8 fills on my Platonic card.

YOU ARE

N1 (nurturing) -- "Chewing Anyway" (Polychrome Heroics: Shiv)
N2 (talented) -- "Mr. Ian Woon and the Excellent Adventure" (standalone)
N3 (dependable) -- "What You Want to Express" (Polychrome Heroics: Cuoio and Chiara)

I3 (complex) -- "Decent, Safe, and Affordable" (Polychrome Heroics)


PLATONIC

B2 (be here now) -- "If We Had No Winter" (Path of the Paladins)
B3 (nonsexual touch) -- "All'Ombra" (Polychrome Heroics: Pain's Gray)

I2 (cuddling) -- "Made Anew in a Heartbeat" (Polychrome Heroics: Shiv)
I3 (nurture self-worth) -- "Zhen, Shan, Ren" (Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink)

N2 (family traditions) -- "Sunday Dinner" (LIFC)
N4 (make new friends) -- "The Perfect Way of Moving" (Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink)

O1 (cooking with love) -- "Calming and Rewarding" (Polychrome Heroics: Shiv)
O2 (set attainable goals) -- "Piggybank Habits" (standalone)
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "easterns as a genre." I'll be soliciting ideas for workers, immigrants, Italians, black people, landlords, politicians, police, lawyers, judges, lesbians, feminists, suffragettes, other woman-identified women, Quakers, parents and children, teachers, artists, entertainers, famous historical figures, commuting, working in factories, fighting for rights, establishing a sequence of steps, immigrating, creating connections, supporting each other through hard times, coming of age, inventing yourself, recovering from setbacks, learning what you can (and can't) do, profiteering, recovering from slavery, establishing a movement, struggling to support yourself, choosing to relate to other women, falling in love, examining relationships, time period ~1865-1900, the East Coast, cities, factories, churches, schools, skyscrapers, department stores, public institutions, theaters, courtrooms, slums, homes, other centers of civilization, Boston marriage, free will, spirituality, religion, church revivals, industrial revolution, poverty and prosperity, personal growth, frustration, determination, rites of passage, imprint vulnerability, public education, the press, competing moral systems, family dynamics, cool color palette, fine arts, entertainment, vaudeville sensibilities, wastefulness, crime, nativism, classism, divorce, Prohibition, and poetic forms in particular.

Read about easterns as a genre.

The original idea for easterns came through Polychrome Heroics, since Terramagne has them as television shows and so forth. Walking the Beat connects with lesbianism and Boston marriage. Mostly it's going to be exciting new territory, though.

I have a linkback poem, "Gökotta" (7 verses, Hart's Farm).

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! )
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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now active with a theme of "growing up."  Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written
"Experience Stinks" is today's freebie.


From My Prompts

 
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This is one of local-America's main events in citizen science.  The Great Backyard Bird Count invites everyone to list the birds they see.  This year it runs February 15-18.
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Here are my cards for the Valentines Bingo fest over in [community profile] allbingo. It has several different categories. I have decided to play in Romantic, Platonic, and You Are. The fest runs from February 1-28. (See all my 2019 bingo cards.)

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've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may 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.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "personal or public ritual." I'll be soliciting ideas for liturgists, clergy, celebrants, other participants, deities, neurovariant people, parents and children, adventurers, counselors, anthropologists, superheroes, supervillains, entertainers, medicine people, tribal heroes, gangs, soldiers, sailors, refugees, trauma survivors, others who rely on rituals, establishing a sequence of steps, modifying older rituals for current needs, creating connections, supporting each other through hard times, praying, counseling, coming of age, recovering from setbacks, learning what you can (and can't) do, ritually destroying an object to release the past, churches, schools, military bases, public institutions, laboratories, theaters, counseling centers, courtrooms, homes, other places where people perform rituals, reverence, haka mana, superpower activation ritual (via words, objects, etc.), free will, spirituality, religion,  vestments and other regalia, sacred tools, objects of great personal significance, consecration, desecration, ritual design theory, imprint vulnerability, personal growth, frustration, determination, rites of passage, and poetic forms in particular.

What is ritual?  Most people think of religion, but in anthropology the definition is much wider.

Among my more relevant series:
An Army of One, Fiorenza the WisewomanThe Moon Door, One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis, Path of the PaladinsThe Steamsmith.  
Polychrome Heroics features a wide range of ritual elements, of which the more salient examples include Calliope, Cuoio and Chiara, Dr. Infanta, the Iron Horses, Officer Pink, Pain's Gray, and Shiv

I have a linkback poem, "Unseen, the Yellow Woods" (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! )

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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is running this weekend with a theme of Fate and Free Will. Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written:


From My Prompts:


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Due to yesterday's Dreamwidth malfuction, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is running Magpie Monday today with a theme of "Beginnings and Endings."  Leave prompts, get ficlet!  Boosting the signal will get you extra words.  There will be a bonus story posted if donations exceed $50, proceeds going to replace the author's defunct laptop.  If you want to keep enjoying awesome stories, please chip in toward that.
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Day 15

Talk about why you participated in Snowflake &/or what you got out of it. 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 reasons include but are not necessarily limited to:

* It's fun. I find the prompts amusing to write about myself and entertaining to read in other people's posts.

* For networking. I usually pick up a handful of new readers each year, and I subscribe to a bunch of new blogs. Almost all of those will go dormant by the end of January -- there are scads of journals with nothing but the Snowflake on them. That's okay. At least one or two new contacts tend to stick.

* New reading material. Unlike the fast die-off of blogging activity, the rec others, rec your own, and post new work challenges give me goodies to savor for weeks to come. \o/

* Daily activity. I try to post at least one new thing per day. Some days I have things scheduled, others not. I like having a topical fest feeding me prompts for a couple weeks.

* The discussions. Almost invariably, one or more of the posts will spark a big discussion. This year it happened when I mentioned that some people were being obnoxious in the Snowflake, which I hadn't encountered before. The depth of that discussion, and some ideas for future action, greatly outweighed the momentary irritation of finding a few jerks online. It's like sitting on burrs, you know? You pull them off your butt, drop them in the trash, and move on. I fly my freak flag proudly, and I was warmed by the reminder that my fans love me just the way I am. Be yourselves, beautiful people. Nobody else can be you-er than you.


These are all my Snowflake posts this year ...
Snowflake Challenge Day 14: Future
Snowflake Challenge Day 13: Set Goals
Snowflake Challenge Day 12: Own Challenge: Tikkun Olam
Snowflake Challenge Day 11: Creative Process
Snowflake Challenge Day 10: Create a Fanwork
Snowflake Challenge Day 9: Acts of Kindness
Snowflake Challenge Day 8: Self-Recommendations
Snowflake Challenge Day 7: Something New
Snowflake Challenge Day 6: Fannish Wishlist
Snowflake Challenge Day 5: Promote Others
Snowflake Challenge Day 4: Interact
Snowflake Challenge Day 3: Favorite Piece of Canon
Snowflake Challenge Day 2: Rec Fanworks by Someone Else
Snowflake Challenge Day 1: Happy Place

I hope to see you here next year.
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Day 14

In your own space, talk about what you think the future holds for fandom. 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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Ups and downs, really. 

Fandom started out as a close-knit community.  It isn't anymore.  That makes it a lot less fun for me.  That trend is continuing. 

I see more sexual harassment, behavior policing, and other obnoxiousness; and I expect that will get worse before it gets better, if it ever does.  People would rather write very troubling "policies" into convention paperwork to make it look like they're doing something rather than say: "If someone has touched your sexual parts without your consent, he has committed a crime, and you should call the police should you wish to do something about that.  We are not trained to judge fault or enforce laws."  They'd also rather look like they're doing something than take actual action, such as presenting workshops on responsible interactions.  Years ago, I was at a con that had instruction flyers on that and other topics; very prudent of them.  I can't really blame them for not wanting to teach the topic, though; I doubt people would listen.

On the bright side, there is a fuckton more fanwork out there, and it is massively easier to find than it used to be.  I think this trend will also continue.  We don't have to pass it around via copy machines anymore.  \o/

I also like the rise of content notes, especially when they are searchable, another rising trend.  It's more efficient to tell what's in a story before you read it, if that's what you want.  Perhaps someday we'll have really good  AI helping us find exactly what we want.  Then again, maybe people won't want to tell a bot about their secret love of tentacle hentai.

One thing I would like  to see is curated collections of fanfic.  The rise of Kirk/Spock.  The old Sime/Gen zines.  Major developments in modern canons, including "So You're New to Fandom X: Start Here" stuff.  That's very doable.
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Day 13

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. 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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See my goal list for 2019.  That is quite enough, but none of them are fannish.

So for the purpose of the [community profile] snowflake_challenge, I will add a goal to post at least one new entry to my most popular series, Love Is For Children.
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Day 12

In your own space, create your own challenge. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Storytelling can change the world. Sometimes it's little stuff, other times big stuff. I credit fanfic with changing the public perception of homosexuality from something unspeakable to something cute.

Judaism has a tradition called tikkun olam, or world repair. It's all about making the world a better place. Everyone is responsible not just for keeping it good shape and avoiding actions that would harm it, but for adding to the beauty and functionality in some meaningful way. You don't have to be Jewish -- I'm not -- to grasp the usefulness of this phrase. It's very popular among my fans. So I'm making this my challenge for today...

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Day 9

Commit an Act of Kindness. In your own space, share what you’ve done, talk about what you’ve done, or simply 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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Gods know, the world needs more kindness in it, so here are my recent activities: 

* I compiled some resources on kindness to fulfill a Snowflake wish.

* The Cuddle Party is open today!  Come be excellent to each other.  I host this every third Wednesday for people who need contact comfort.  In between are Good News and Hard Things posts.  These social posts help folks get the support they need to get by in a world of fraying bonds.

* Be kind to animals too.  I stock birdfeeders (a small metal tray feeder, a suet cage, a hopper feeder, and a fly-through feeder) here at Fieldhaven.  They're loving it.

* The biggest thing is one I can't talk about openly, because privacy maintains, but I've been working on it for a while and it came to a peak over the last week or so.  Just remember that kindness is essential.


Practice random acts of kindness and senseless beauty!  What have you done recently?

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