Poem: "A Means to the Knowledge"

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 06:24 pm
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This poem came out of the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Bilingual Anthology

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 01:45 pm
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There is an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for a bilingual anthology, Castles in Spain / Castillos en el aire. It aims to bring the speculative fiction stories that have served as milestones in Spain to English-language readers.

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 09:11 am
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Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.


Signal-boosting much appreciated!

Collections Mailed

Monday, January 26th, 2015 07:47 pm
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Today we mailed all the poetry collections for the k-fan perks.  They're going to different places by different methods, so it could be anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks before arrival.  Sorry for the delays -- we had to get a new printer, and backtrack at Staples because of an error there, then the first time we went to the post office it was closed.  But they are done now!  Yay.  Yay.  Project off desk. 

Poem: "The Stories We Tell"

Monday, January 26th, 2015 05:29 pm
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by the "small vices" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This story mentions censorship in the context of several children's books which can be interpreted in different ways, some of which are distasteful to certain readers.  If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your headspace before reading onward.

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A Book Review of Sorts: Titan, by John Varley

Monday, January 26th, 2015 03:54 pm
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I'm trying a new thing, wherein I start at one end of my bookshelves and work my way through, and post something about the book when I'm done.

I've never done book reviews, and I'm not sure these will count as such. But they'll tell you something about the book, or, at least, that's the hope.

The first book to be so read is Titan by John Varley.

The first thing I noted: This is a used copy, not the original cover according to Wikiepedia but what ebay says is a 1980 cover. And there's so much hype. It's written like this guy will be the next Robert Heinlein - and if he hadn't been on my dad's bookshelf, I'd have never read him.

I read Wizard, the sequel, first, several times, as is my wont, because that's the one Dad had on the shelf, growing up; I think I found Titan in a used book store & recognized the cover. This was not my first read of Titan, but it had been long enough that I'd forgotten most of the plot.

Two things stuck out enough that the story itself got a bit lost in them:

First, this would make a phenomenal web comic. Check out this fan art. Pastel centaurs (well, most of 'em are pastel) with two sets of genetalia! (oh here's a pastel one).

All of the imagery is like that, and the story, rambling and disconnected as it can be at times, would probably work great in webcomic form.

Secondly... holy seventies, batman. Now, this is me we're talking about. Sex in scifi doesn't bug me. But I hadn't noticed, on the first read, how Look We Have Sexual Freedom the story read. There's the incestuous clone-twins, the "we sleep with everyone" discussion, the awkward lesbian crush subplot, the rape... of course there's a rape. What story with a female captain would be complete without that? O_O In short: yay, you have sex. Maybe have a plot, too?

I actually did enjoy the book as a whole, but found myself skimming large portions of it, and rolling my eyes at ever larger portions. It might have been better on first read... but it's probably going back to the used book store now.

Ready-to-Order, a short ficlet for Thimbleful Thursday

Monday, January 26th, 2015 01:27 pm
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He was gorgeous. He had perfect pecs; six-pack abs; smooth skin; short, perfectly-tousled curls; stunning green eyes; and white teeth. He was just enough taller than her to be pleasant, without being so tall as to loom, and, dressed in nothing but blue jeans and a leather collar, he looked absolutely to die for. And he was hers.

The icing on his scrumptious bright-smiled handsome-eyes striking-nose cake (and now she wanted to lick icing off his nose - and she could!) was that this absolutely delicious chunk of manliness had volunteered. He'd signed up for the collar, the leash, the half-nudity, and five years of complete and utter servitude. And the slightly-dazed smile on his face suggested that, so far, he wasn't regretting it.

She'd watched his recruitment video. She was sure he'd watched her placement video; it was a required part of the matching procedure. And then, because this was her first time doing this sort of thing, she'd watched his processing by remote camera.

She heard that recruits got to keep the abs, etc., when they were done. And that, that was the sprinkles on the icing (She had to try that, really, really had to try that). Not only had he volunteered, but this new, shaped-to-order body was as new to him as it was to her.


To January 23rd's Thimbleful Thursday prompt, approx. 200 words

Monday, January 26th

Monday, January 26th, 2015 09:59 am
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The State of the Me

Maybe it was changes in the weather or something, but yesterday our whole household had a case of the winter doldrums... just felt exhausted all day long, and napped quite a bit. Despite that, I did fall asleep at a reasonable hour last night and woke up pretty well today.

The Daily Report

Well, I've been spending a lot of time this month working on developing a fantasy novel with the intention of writing it over the course of the year. I first had the idea back in December, but I sat on it until we were a week or so into the new year so I could be sure that the time commitment would be worth it. Since I was still interested in the idea, it seemed like it would be the case.

Now here we are a few weeks later, and... I'm kind of lukewarm on the idea. I'm just not feeling it, not to the extent that I want to dedicate the following 11 months to it when I have so many other things I'm more excited about. Maybe I'll work on writing more short story length fantasy adventure fiction, but I'm just not into this epic-scale project with epic-level enthusiasm.

The epic fantasy story isn't the only thing I had planned on doing with my year, of course, and rather than immediately casting around for another year-long project to take its place, I think I'm just going to see how my enthusiasm shakes out if I sort of let it distribute itself.

As I mentioned last week, I've been circulating more poetry submissions now that I'm getting used to the waiting game. Yesterday I got a positive response on one... not an acceptance, but a hold notice. So I have one tentative acceptance right now and one wait and see. Between that and some positive notices that my published work received over the weekend, I'm feeling pretty good.

Earlier last week, I took my first published poem, "Institutional Memory", and put it up on Medium so that it could be read for free. Over the weekend, I made the decision to move it to Fantasy In Miniature, since I'm going to be reviving that site this week anyway, with new stories posted Tuesday and Thursday (the days that MU doesn't update). Any poem I publish that broadly fits the "very short fiction, usually speculative" mission of Fantasy In Miniature will also go there, once the rights are free.

Plans For Today

Monday is my "ducks in a row" day. Most of the past few weeks, I've also found myself engaging in little scribbles to sort of wake up my creative mind Monday morning... the sorts of things that become flash fiction or poetry. It's not that I don't do these things the rest of the week, it's just a handy way to jumpstart things.

In the afternoon, I'm going to be working on today's chapter of Tales of MU. I have to do a bit more work than I normally would care to do on the day of publication, but I'm satisfied enough with the foundation to be confident I can pull it off.
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First: A beginning of a story which obnoxiously cuts off just before the description,
Previous: IAmrit is Introduced to His New Life.
Fae Apoc, approx. now.

Content Warnings: This setting, although not this ficlet, contains rape, mind control, and dubious consent situations.

This particular story contains kidnapping and slavery, bondage, and will eventually contain violence & Stockholm Syndrome.

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"Foursquare" is now complete!

Monday, January 26th, 2015 12:16 am
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 Thanks to a donation from LJ user Ng_moonmoth, "Foursquare" is now complete.  See how the game is played with superpowers.

A Thing Belated

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 08:53 pm
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I wrote a Yuletide thing! Many thanks to [personal profile] luzula for assistance brainstorming, and to [personal profile] kate_nepveu and [personal profile] stultiloquentia for general support.

From the Mountains of Un for edna_blackadder
The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
Someone has built a Pay-Wall around the Sea of Knowledge. Luckily, there's a scientist on visit.

My research to words ratio this time was only mildly ridiculous; I spent a great deal of transit time playing with worldbuilding, and words. I made up many a collective noun
a gridlock of experts
a disquiet of armed men
an intensity of poets
a debate of scientists
a projection of psychologists
a precision of sloths
became convinced, weeks after reading Adam Gopnik's Broken Kingdoms article, that our contemporary 'story of self-education' succeeding Phantom Tollbooth is most likely Welcome To Night Vale; and came away with a kind of hilarified awe at Mr. Juster's continued virtuosity with pundom. (Case in point: Norton Juster and Jon Scieszka, PRESENT "Prinderella and the Cince" [vimeo].) And did I mention the The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations documentary?

Read "Fic for Helgatwb" by Chanter_greenie

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 08:11 pm
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 [personal profile] helgatwb made an icon for [personal profile] chanter_greenie based on the mentally stressed medieval beasts I posted recently.  So [personal profile] chanter_greenie wrote this piece about spring, which I would class as creative nonfiction.  It is primarily about smells, so my vision-impaired readers should definitely check it out.

ATTN: New England Blizzard Warning

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 05:28 pm
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Via weather underground, Potentially Historic Blizzard Taking Aim on New England
The densely populated area from New York City to Boston could experience one of its ten biggest snowstorms on record early this week, as a textbook nor’easter takes shape over the next 48 hours. While local details are bound to evolve somewhat as the storm develops, the models are now in strong, consistent agreement on a potentially crippling snowstorm. Blizzard watches were hoisted on Sunday morning from eastern New Jersey to northeast Massachusetts, including the New York, Providence, and Boston metropolitan areas.

If you live in one of the areas affected, I strongly recommend visiting weather.gov and inputting your zip code for the most up-to-date / comprehensive advisory for your area. The warnings for Boston currently include a coastal flood warning in addition to the blizzard warning (the latter of which includes "travel will be impossible and life threatening across the entire region").

The CDC has Winter Weather FAQ. Please feel encouraged to share other resources or tips in the comments.

ETA: via NYT, Blizzard Questions, Including Why a European Weather Model Excels at U.S. Forecasts

Poem: "The Siren Song of the Super Lyrebird"

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 03:02 pm
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by this video. It also fills "The Heart of the Jungle/Forest" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This poem contains more violence than typical for this setting. The warnings are spoilers; highlight to read. Some Kraken supervillains on an illegal mission are taken completely by surprise. Out of a five-person team, three are killed, one has unknown injuries, and one escapes with emotional rather than physical injuries. This is what can happen when a critter has superpowers and doesn't realize how much damage it's doing. Support from surrounding characters varies. The PTSD on Hoon's character sheet below the poem is from this incident. Consider your headspace and tolerance for violence before reading onward.

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This story is from the middle of a RP, so requires a bit of background. Short version: Vanyel (yes, named after that Vanyel) got himself stuck in an unpleasant Keeping (not awful, as these things go, just not great) and has just been released. He's hiding in his room, like you do.

Addergoole, approximately 12 years after the apocalypse.

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Three Random Lines

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 01:23 am
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From [personal profile] kate and parts yonder:

When you see this, share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs.

Nearly a year had passed
since Timmy got snuffed by
the Thief of Tomorrowmorrow.
-- "Nightmares at Noon"

"Look at this," Fiddlesticks said,
using his lightpen to circle
a window between two BASH agents.
That window showed a matching one
in the neighboring house, inside which
a toddler could clearly be seen.
-- "Critical Analysis"

At the side office they were supposed to enter, however, everything was a shambles. Mewing and rustling paper and muffled curses echoed through the door. Bai peeked in carefully, Alikara hugging his elbow. Inside the small office devoted to pets and other hobbies, a litter of skykittens scrambled and glided and pounced over every surface. They knocked over ink and got their little paws in the licenses. A harried License Assistant pursued them, his fine shirt coming unbuttoned in the fray. A carton tipped over and spilled pages to flutter through the air.
-- "Little Paws in the Licenses"

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