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Poetry Fishbowl Report for July 19, 2016

Friday, July 29th, 2016 10:18 pm
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The bonus fishbowl theme was "anything goes." I worked from 1:15 PM to 6:30 AM, so about 15 hours 15 minutes, accounting for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and another 16 later in the week.

Participation was higher, with 43 comments on LiveJournal and another 38 on Dreamwidth. Please welcome new prompter Zelofheda.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Fuzzy Intuition"
"Ice Fishing"
"A Kind of Memory in Nature"
"Just to Feel Alive"
"Kin to the Shadows"
"Other Options"
"The Rainbow Sails"
"The Solo Chorus"

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for July 19, 2016. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems from this session have been posted. There were five donors this time:
[ profile] janetmiles[personal profile] alatefeline, Anthony and Shirley Barrette. 

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

Friday Yardening

Friday, July 29th, 2016 07:21 pm
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Round one: put out grass seed in a bare patch.

Round two: picked a handful of blackberries.

The tall yellow flower in the prairie garden does seem to be a cup plant. 

Smashing Voter Suppression

Friday, July 29th, 2016 05:13 pm
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This article describes how North Carolina purposely and maliciously disenfranchised black voters, and how a federal appeals court took it down.  Do not scroll down while your mouth is full.

New Species of Whale

Friday, July 29th, 2016 04:30 pm
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My partner Doug tipped me to this article about a new species of whale.  

Some extrapolations I can make from available data:

* It is probably not very common, or we would have seen it sooner and more often.  Protection is advisable unless proof of large numbers emerges after further study.

* It probably lives where humans rarely go.  There are few humans in the far north, for example, while whales are fond of feeding in cold waters.  One was found in Alaska.  Beaked whales are also rare in the Pacific, which is large, and they favor deep water.  If these whales spend a lot of time in that territory, it would reduce opportunities for contact. Conversely, several have washed up in Japan, which is higher traffic for humans, and popular as breeding/calving territory for whales.

*  It may be in trouble.  We're finding dead ones.  If human activities (such as underwater noise or oil drilling) or side effects (such as global warming) have made this whale's natural environment less hospitable, then it makes sense they would move elsewhere and that some of them would die.

I’m a real editor now!

Friday, July 29th, 2016 03:58 pm
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Yesterday, I said on Twitter that I felt like a real editor when I had to send out my first refusal notice for someone who had failed to follow submission guidelines in a way that is automatically disqualifying: they sent a standard manuscript, with their contact information and all. Since our editorial process is built around reading pieces anonymously, this is the one point on which we’ve accorded ourselves no wiggle room. It might be that we wind up using the other guidelines to trim the slush pile, or at least do some preliminary sorting and weighting, but that’s the one that’s just automatic.

Today, I had an experience that really hammers home the fact that I’m editing a magazine of fiction and poetry. I received the following email:

Dear Editor: I’m always glad to see new publishers on the scene, but you do have more requirements for publishing a writer’s work than I have ever seen.The worst requirement that is going to keep submissions out of your mail box, is your refusing to accept simultations. However, I do wish you goodluck.
[name redacted]

Well! I’ve heard about this, but I never believed it would happen to me. I was over the moon! This may not be the wisest move, but I replied thusly:

Dear Mr. [redacted]
First, let me heartily thank you for sending this email. As a writer and poet, I have many friends who have been editors and otherwise worked in publishing, and they have all told me stories about receiving messages like this when they were first hired or set up shop: the earnest and forthright man who wishes to tell them what it is that is wrong with their submission guidelines and what they may do to correct them.
Now that I have received one of my own, I feel like I am truly part of an illustrious circle.
I couldn’t agree with you more that not accepting simultaneous submissions will keep submissions out of our inbox. In particular, it will keep those submissions out of our inbox that are under consideration elsewhere, thus preventing awkward situations where a story or poem we would like to accept has already been accepted elsewhere. We are admittedly new to this side of the table, but my suspicion is that it will be markedly easier to assemble a magazine when the submitted pieces are sitting still as we try to arrange them. The advantage has always been clear to me, which is why I’ve never balked at submitting to a magazine that does accept simultaneous submissions.
Actually, come to think of it, I can’t recall the last time I read a set of submission guidelines that allowed for simultaneous submissions, without at least some healthy caveats. I know I’ve seen at least one, but it’s very much the exception and not the rule in my experience. I think considering simultaneous submissions is really a luxury that only the bigger, better established venues can afford, as they have the staff, organizational infrastructure, and pool of contributors to handle the complications that arise as a result.
Our fledgling two person operation, on the other hand, does not. In fact, if the only practical difference was that disallowing simultaneous submissions was that it cut our slush pile down by some arbitrary amount, it would still be worth doing on that ground alone. Don’t get me wrong, I’m quite happy that the response has been as strong as it has been. I’m just straining to imagine how we’d keep up if it were both markedly increased in volume and some of the pieces submitted for our consideration came with an invisible random time limit and the possibility of a silent bidding war.
As for our other requirements, they are hardly that numerous but rather are specific. We have a preferred format for reading, which is quite normal. We have a standardized subject line for submissions, which is far from unusual and which aids in our automation and sorting. We require that all personal identifying information be stripped from submitted manuscripts so that we may read them without bias. Markets are split on this, but I think you’ll find most of them either require the author’s contact information be present or require that it does not; there are few magazines that take a laissez-faire approach to where the author’s name appears. We have a generous cap on the number of pieces that may be submitted by a single author at a given time.
And that about does it for requirements. Nothing unique, nothing even that unusual, nothing overly onerous or complicated.
Perhaps it strikes you as more than it is because we spell it out in paragraph form rather than bullet-pointing? This is a personal preference from my own time submitting. I prefer when publishers are unambiguous about what it is they expect of me rather than waving a hand vaguely in the direction of their inbox and hoping I can divine their preferences. It might be that you’ve never had the experience of stopping and asking yourself, “Is this really what the other person wants from me? Am I doing this right?”, but I prefer to go the extra mile to reassure those who do worry about such things.
Or perhaps when you speak of the number of requirements, you’re talking about the section entitled “Dos, Don’ts, and Dislikes” at the bottom? These are not requirements, per se, but rather are there to alleviate one of the unfortunate side effects of soliciting submissions for a first issue. If we were an established venue,then you or any other author or poet who happened by could peruse our back issues to see what sort of things we’re wont to publish, get a general feel for the magazine, and see how your work might or might not fit into it. I know that when I submit my poetry, I take care to get to know the market in which I’m trying to sell it.
It might be that the idea of finding the right home for your work is an alien idea to you. It might be that you are more accustomed to shotgunning your pieces across the wide world and its web, which would explain your preference for markets that accept “simultations”, as you would term them. To which I say: it is certainly an approach to things, but it is not my approach as a writer, nor an approach that is likely to receive a warm reception at any venue I edit.
Spam marketing may move penis pills, Mr. [redacted], but it does not move me.
That said, I wish you good luck as well in your endeavors. If you do chance to have any pieces you would care to submit, please do make sure you follow our relatively few, simple guidelines for formatting, as they help ensure that we can read your work without respect to your identity as a person and thus without any bias based on prior relationship, reputation, or email interactions.
Kindest possible regards,
Alexandra Erin
Head Editor
Ligature Works

Now, I’ve alluded to the size of our slush pile, both in this blog post proper and in the email response. If you’ve been thinking of submitting, please don’t let that stop you! Our guidelines, few as they are, can be found in detail at We will tell you exactly what we’re looking for (insofar as that can be conveyed with regards to artistic works), exactly how to format it to be read, and exactly how to send it in. Easy-peasy!

Originally published at Blue Author Is About To Write.

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Friday, July 29th, 2016 01:29 pm
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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!

Climate Swings

Friday, July 29th, 2016 05:01 am
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Scientists are again surprised by how fast and how much the climate is changing. 

Look guys, Gaia is like an elephant.  She is big and therefore usually moves slowly.  That doesn't mean she can't  move fast. She can and will trample your ass once she gets going.  Right now, she's going, and she's still speeding up.  She can switch modes within a single human lifespan.  Doesn't happen often, but it can happen.  So just get used to the fact that you cannot predict this.  You are going to underestimate stuff, and as soon as you plug in new data, it will be outdated by something else she's doing.  It is going to keep happening faster than you think, because you don't understand all the variables and also you are very small while Gaia is very large. 

Poetry Fishbowl Report for July 5, 2016

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 08:49 pm
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This month's theme was "Is there a word for that feeling?" I worked from 12:15 PM to 6 AM, so about 15 hours 45 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 9 poems on Tuesday and another 16 later in the week, for a total of 25.

Participation was a little higher, with 38 comments on LiveJournal and another 45 on Dreamwidth. Please welcome new prompter [personal profile] society_of_antisocialites.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"The Home I've Never Been"
"Let's Call It Dyrkle"
"More Hurtful Than Anything That Bleeds"
"A Wise Man's Smile"
"With the Gravity Off"

"The Cat Blanket" (Frankenstein's Family, 6/7/16 Fishbowl)
"Some Are Silk and Some Are Leather" (Walking the Beat, 4/5/16 Fishbowl)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for July 5, 2016. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems from this session have been posted. This time there were four donors: [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony and Shirley Barrette, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Some Are Silk and Some Are Leather" is the free epic. That's the third tally for the $250 goal.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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If my summer had gone a little more smoothly, I would have talked about this more. I’d hoped to even do an interview with some of the people involved to sharpen my semi-journalistic skills, but I just didn’t have the time and spoons to make that happen.

Anyway! Last year, Jack, Sarah, and I had the pleasure of attending GOLDBLUM, a quirky water ballet by Baltimore-area aquatic performance group Fluid Movement. I livetweeted the experience (scroll to the bottom, then read up.) I intend to do the same this year with their current show, SCIENCE FAIR!.

We’ll be attending the 5 P.M. show on Sunday, August 7th, at Patterson Park Pool. If you would like to join us, you can get your tickets online at Don’t wait to long. They sold like hotcakes last year. I should be easy to recognize: look for the giant floppy sun hat and rainbow hair. I will also likely be one of the few people covered pretty much head to toe regardless of the weather. My skin does not stand up well to the sun.

If you’re a fan or follower of mine and going, please give us a holler at and also let us know if you’d be interested in some kind of offsite meet-up with me beforehand. We might go out early and hang out at a coffee shop or something, if so. I don’t get out to Baltimore very often, so this might be a good chance for that sort of thing. Otherwise, we’ll just see you at the show.

Originally published at Blue Author Is About To Write.

Car Evolution

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 02:29 pm
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Here's a photo-essay showing the evolution of classic to modern cars.  Some show very little change, mostly a more streamlined form for less wind resistance.  Others are completely different.  That's a problem if you liked and could drive the earlier versions and now can't get a vehicle you can drive.  Same with the rush to electronics; people with a more mechanical approach are out of luck, as are people with low skill at computers and machines in general.  Earlier cars were much simpler. They didn't do the gee-whiz things but they were often more durable and easier to operate.  One of the few innovations I really like is automatic transmission.  Outside that, I have found that the drawbacks of new technology usually outweigh the benefits in cars.

STATUS: Friday, July 28th

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 12:32 pm
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The Daily Report

Yesterday was a bit disjointed, but I did accomplish two goals: wrote a piece of flash fiction, which I posted for my patrons, and wrote a new Sad Puppies Review Books. Both are things that I’ve been stuck on for a while.

My Patreon terms are flexible by design. I promise a minimum of one item each of several forms/genres. One of the items is flash fiction or poetry. I did this because I know I can’t write a poem every month. I’d like to. I really wanted to, this month. And so I kept sitting down and trying to do that, and not getting much of anywhere, and not doing anything with that time instead.

I think if I had taken the hint and written a flash piece the first time that happened, I would have likely had multiple flash pieces in the same time. And maybe even a poem, because creativity is funny that way. I’m not looking to lose any sleep over that, just reminding myself that there’s a reason the “or” is there in my checklist, and to pay attention next month.

The SPRB was blocked for a few reasons. One of them was that things that weren’t terribly funny and were more important than the alt-right’s entertainment media culture war. But I came to a realization last night that there’s not really a clean separation between this tempest in a teapot version of the culture war and the bigger one they’re waging outside it. The tempest is not contained within the teapot; the tempest envelops and includes the teapot.

At this point, there are only two remaining items on my checklist for the month. One of them is a big one: finish the zine version of last month’s output. The other isn’t: finish at least one new chapter/installment of my patrons-only serialized novel, Making Out Like Bandits.. The first one is just taking a lot of time because it’s a new thing I haven’t done before. Next month’s will be easier, because I’ll mainly be plugging stuff into a template. The second one is another thing I’ve been blocked on.

I actually started the next chapter of MOLB fairly early on in June, shortly after I put up the most recent one. But I got stuck on it, and I’ve been stuck on it. A little hung up on it, even. I think I’ve figured out my hang-up, though.

Financial Status

Again, I’d love to see more Patreon sign-ups before the end of the month. Since we broke a hundred pledges early on in the month, anyone that’s pledged when the month ticks over to August will be included in a drawing for my signed contributor copy of The Martian Wave 2016, which includes my Rhysling-nominated long poem “Observations From the Black-Ball Line Between Deimos and Callisto”, which may be my favorite of my poems. I believe the rights revert sometime in the fall, at which point I will put it up somewhere that more people can read it.

The State of the Me

I have been sleeping really poorly this week due to a series of misadventures with my phone. First malfunctioning earbuds meant that my sleep playlist was randomly interrupted by Google voice search telling me it couldn’t understand what I was saying. I replaced my earbuds, and the next night I kept getting pinged awake by submissions for Ligature Works. So I put my phone on Do Not Disturb last night, and somehow I turned on “Repeat 1”, which was distracting enough to rouse me a bit every time the track it was stuck on looped (it’s just under an hour long) but not wake me up completely enough to fix it.

None of this is quite as genuinely awful as an insomniac episode, and I tend to sleep a lot more shallowly in the summer anyway due to the heat. But it’s contributing to a low-grade general exhaustion that the heat and the humidity during the day don’t help.

Plans For Today

In terms of things with immediate results, I’m going to be working on Making Out Like Bandits.

Originally published at Blue Author Is About To Write.

Edally Academy Chapter 37C: Trouble Shared

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 02:36 pm
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“Is this your idea of a joke?” Gianci demanded.  His breath was warm, brushing across the top of Enrie’s head.

“It might be Taikie’s idea of a prank,” Enrie admitted, “but I doubt it.  There are far too few pipes involved.”  In the dark, it wasn’t easy to find the hidden door to the cupola, and

Read on:

Addergoole Wants You! (To leave comments)

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 08:43 am
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I have almost finished migrating all of Addergoole: The Original Series to Wordpress, here:

This is still the old story! The rewrite will come along soon as Kickstarted e-books! I just wanted to have the old story accessible in the meantime.

But with the slow death of the old forums and moving to the new site... it looks sad. It wants comment-love.

So I'm going to bribe you, the readers, to leave comments.


The first 20 people** to leave comments* on the new Addergoole site ( may request any Addergoole or fae-apoc based short-short stories:

The first 5 commenters will get 250 words ☐ ☐ ☑ ☑ ☑
The next 5 will get 100 words ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐
The next 5 will get 50 words ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐
and the next 5 will get 25 words. ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐ ☐

Each additional comment after your first will increase that wordcount by 10%, up to 500 words.

Leave a note here with your requested story. Stories will be posted within the next 2-3 months, as time permits.

Start here with Chapter 1

* A comment, for the purposes of this post, must be at least 10 words long, excluding typo-finds, and must be relevant in some way to the post you're commenting on. No credit for spam!

** This option will remain open for three weeks, or until I have 20 commenters, whichever comes first.

Tides and Earthquakes

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 04:55 am
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Another thing I didn't realize that humans didn't know: the gravitational pull of moon and sun influence earthquakes quite a bit.  You have a giant ball of mostly-molten rock with a comparatively thin crust, a slightly smaller ball of probably-solid rock and a humongous sphere of flaming gas yanking on it.  How would you NOT connect these with the crust sometimes wobbling?  I can't remember how many SF stories I've read about tidal earthquakes, and especially, the uses of tidal energy on a planet for making it hot when a star isn't close enough and/or for powering earth-engines.  And let's not forget reams of folklore about high-tide earthquakes.  0_o

New verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice"

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 09:55 pm
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Based on an audience poll, there are 9 new verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice."  See Irene pull several thousand dollars of totally awesome zoo toys out of a bin.  See all the cetaceans go bonkers.  \o/

Sad Puppies Review Books: CAPS FOR SALE

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 07:39 pm
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caps for saleCAPS FOR SALE

Reviewed by John Z. Upjohn, USMC (Aspired)

When this book opens we are introduced to a peddler. I began to feel a sick sense of dread when the book told me that he was not an ordinary peddler. The need to be a special snowflake is ingrained in the sick psyche of the Social Justice Warrior. It is what drives them. It is what makes them all they are.

This peddler walks around with a stack of caps on his head, red caps and blue caps and brown caps and gray caps, and then his special snowflake checked hat that I guess isn’t for sale because how is anyone going to know he’s Mr. Special Cap Guy if he doesn’t have his special cap?

A head-based cap delivery service is so woefully inefficient that it is no surprise he does not sell a single cap all day. “Not even a red cap,” he laments, which suggests that he knows that red caps are best, even if he insists on wearing his ridiculous checked one. Yet they are the ones at the top of the stack, where no one can reach them. SJWs don’t believe in simple market forces like supply and demand. If he knows that red caps are the caps preferred by the majority, there’s no financial reason for him to stock anything else. It’s okay for people to like other caps, but they can’t just expect to be pandered to!

But of course the same radical feminists and I-dentitarians who demand that honest milliners and hardworking haberdashers cater to their every whim lest they be called “offensive” never actually seem to have any money to buy caps! So no one but our poor little cuck of a peddler is surprised when he doesn’t make any sales, boohoo.

He gets no sympathy from me. Should have thought that before you insulted your audience by offering them choices!

So he tramps out into the countryside and sits his lazy ass down beside a tree and falls asleep. Maybe he should just get a Patreon, if working a real job tires him out! It’s when he wakes up that this so far too-predictable tale takes a turn for the interesting: acting individually, a number of unrelated freethinking monkeys have all decided to take it upon themselves, as individual sovereign citizens of the tree, to take one of his hats.

Of course he massively overreacts.

The way the peddler goes off on them, you’d think they’d all taken all of his hats, but each monkey took no more than one. This is also the first time any living creature in the story showed any interest in his hats. He failed to sell them at 50 cents. He communicated no reason to the monkeys or anyone else why they should pay him such a price, or any price. The market has spoken. The hats are worthless! Taking one is no more unethical than pirating a movie that you don’t even want to see in the first place.

Rather than dealing with each of the monkeys as an individual, he generalizes them, which according to Social Justice Warrior logic, is the worst thing you can do. He calls them “YOU MONKEYS”. They freely sell this book to children, and yet I have been banned from many forums online and offline for using those exact words to refer to people. Why is it okay for him to say it but not me? Creeping moral relativism at work!

So the guy gets entirely bent out of shape and he tries to impose his will on the monkeys, the way leftist authoritarians always do, but he finds that they, like all freethinkers, are immune to his only weapon, the feelbads. They won’t be shamed into compliance. They mock him and his beta impotence, each and every individual monkey a shining example of an alpha male, and then in the beautiful, glorious finale, after trolling him so hard that he throws his ridiculous checked cap down at his feet, the monkeys all throw his stupid caps down right at him, too.

It’s a powerful display of defiance and individuality.

They don’t have to give him back his caps, no matter how many times he shakes his fist or stomps his feet, no matter that he pulls out every stop from the Sal Alinsky playbook. He has no power over them. They give him back his caps because they choose to. It’s like they’re saying: it is only through our benevolent forbearance that you have any caps at all, you pathetic mangina. 

They have shown they can take his caps anytime they want. And he knows it. They have nothing left to prove.

Does he learn, though? Of course not. If he could learn, he wouldn’t be a leftist. Just like if there was any demand for caps in the village, the market would already have provided a solution rather than waiting for some “wandering peddle” to happen by.

But he goes right back to it, still haranguing passersby to give him fifty cents for caps that the invisible hand of the free market has already rejected.

Two stars.

Originally published at Blue Author Is About To Write.

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Part I:
Part II:
Part III:
Part IV:
Part V:
Part VI:
Part VII:
Part VIII:

Help! I'd like clever individual titles for these chapters as well - now taking suggestions for all 8!

“Are you sure we’re going the right way, Giles? I mean, yeah, massive wards of wardiness seem to say something about ‘here be strange things’ but the scenery…” Willow looked out the window at wheat that seemed to go on forever. “There’s nothing here.”

“No shoe stores,” Buffy sulked.
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