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... runs the week after Valentines Day.

Use this post to discuss the aromantic spectrum, share resources, recommend favorite stories or movies, etc.  You can talk about the aromantic spectrumsingle lifestylenonsexual intimacies, or whatever else floats your boat.  Here is a database of ace-aro characters in literature.

If you want to explore some of my writing on this topic, try browsing:
My QUILTBAG Characters
Sexual Orientations in My Characters
Romantic Orientations in My Characters

These series have aromantic characters and/or minimal sex/romance:
An Army of One
Clay of Life
Kung Fu Robots
The Origami Mage
Path of the Paladins
Polychrome Heroics: Dr. Infanta

These series have characters who are unmarried, with or without interest in relationships:
Polychrome Heroics: Calliope
Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra
Tripping into the Future
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This is a post for aces, singles, and other folks who need a refuge from all the kissy stuff today.  You can talk about the asexuality spectrum, single lifestylenonsexual intimacies, or whatever else floats your boat.  Recommend resources on these topics, favorite stories or movies, share the platonic love!

If you want to explore some of my writing on this topic, try browsing:
My QUILTBAG Characters
Sexual Orientations in My Characters
Romantic Orientations in My Characters

Asexuality in Fiction
Asexuals Writing Asexuals

These series have asexual characters and/or minimal sex/romance:
An Army of One
Clay of Life
Kung Fu Robots
The Origami Mage
Path of the Paladins
Polychrome Heroics: Dr. Infanta
Polychrome Heroics: Shiv

These series have characters who are unmarried, with or without interest in relationships:
Fiorenza the Wisewoman
P.I.E.
Polychrome Heroics: Calliope
Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra
Polychrome Heroics: Danso and Family
The Steamsmith
Tripping into the Future

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This poem came out of the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] gingicat, [personal profile] torc87, and [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "reminding someone to do something important" square in my 9-5-18 card for the 1000 Words or Less fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.

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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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A friend of mine sent me two essential oils.  :D  The Cocoa one smells a lot like chocolate liqueur.  The Coffee one really  smells like coffee!  \o/  Many thanks.
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National Science Fiction Day is unofficially celebrated by many science fiction fans in the United States on January 2, which corresponds with the official birthdate of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov While not an official holiday of any sort (in the sense that it is not recognized or declared by any government), National Science Fiction Day is given some degree of credence by its recognition by organizations such as the Hallmark Channel  and by the Scholastic Corporation.  It is also listed in the National Day Calendar.

For those of you new to my blog, my science fiction offerings include:

Poetry Collection
Prismatica

Serial Poetry
An Army of One
Diminished Expectations
Feathered Nests
Kung Fu Robots
Tripping into the Future

Shared Worlds
The Blueshift Troupers
Schrodinger's Heroes
Torn World
 
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Keeping track of stuff I like or want is easier if I make a place for it through the year, rather than trying to do it at the last minute. This worked great in the past, so I'm continuing the practice. See my wishlists from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.


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.

Evolution: Flight 
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.

"That's what I do.  I read books and I know things." t-shirt size Large color eggplant.
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It is much easier to keep an accurate tally if I do it during the year rather than trying to backtrack after the fact. See my crowdfunding activities from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 20162017, and 2018.

I serve as a maintainer of the Crowdfunding communities on LiveJournal and on Dreamwidth.


Events

The [community profile] 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 [community profile] 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 [personal profile] 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 [personal profile] thesilentpoet and [personal profile] 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 [personal profile] 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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer focuses on fiction, mostly fantasy.


Other Projects I Supported as a Fan


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Each year, I think about what I have accomplished and what I want to do next. I have a point system for encouraging progress. These are some of my goals for 2019:


* 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]

* 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. 

* 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]

* 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.

* 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]

* Run the Rose & Bay Awards for 2018. [MET Nomination posts made 1/1/19]

* 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]

* 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 [community profile] snowflake_challenge: Post at least one new piece to Love Is For Children.


What are some of your goals for 2019?

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I have reviewed my goals for 2018. Out of 23 goals, I met 13 -- just over half, which is good.  :D
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Returning to Normal" (Part 1, Part 2).  Tolli and Drew help Shiv pack up to return to Blues Moon on Boxing Day.  This takes place the day after my poem "In the Warm Circle of Family and Friends."
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Here's a classic poem, "The Work of Christmas."

Things like this always make me think about how most people who claim to be Christian don't actually like anything that Jesus stood for.  But there are always a few following the hippie dude, going around doing all the stuff he did.  It's not about naming names or praying prayers or building a cathedral.  It's about doing the work.
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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted two new stories:

"The Point of a Sword" follows my poem "In the Warm Circle of Family and Friends."  Luci brings Shiv the original gifts she had intended for him.

"The Angel of Rain City" shows what Theodora does in the month after the Cascadia Cataclysm.
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Merry Christmas! I was hoping to get farther than I did with the Christmas thread in the sale, but I managed to arrange a swap for the previous poem, and I'm posting this one as a holiday gift to you-all.

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, somewhat inspired by an idea from [personal profile] torc87. It fills the "WILD CARD: gifts" square in my 7-1-17 card for the Winterfest in July bingo. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some holiday angst and references to Shiv's wretched past, but it is mostly fluff.

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Warm up with wassail or hot chocolate.  Some folks may prefer mulled wine.  If you get chilled, use warming spices or foods -- not alcohol -- to combat the cold.

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