Poetry Fishbowl Open!

Oct. 6th, 2015 01:28 pm
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Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "curses."  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.

You can interpret "curses" loosely from metaphysical ones to religious ones, metaphoric ones, bad things that just happen, vulgar words, and so forth.

Click here to read the linkback poem "The Thread of the Seasons" (Hart's Farm, 18 verses available).

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 "curses."  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. 

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 LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, 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.

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.

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 "curses."  I'll be soliciting ideas for enemies, frenemies, nemesis, witches and wizards, soldiers, sailors, construction workers, other people who swear liberally, arguing, casting curses, breaking curses, finding hexed artifacts, learnign to swear, swearing in foreign languages, getting into trouble, deciding to help someone, getting out of trouble, enemy mine, enemies to friends, enemies to lovers, blighted lands, haunted castles, magical workrooms, evil temples, ships, battlefields, construction sites, gang hangouts, supervillain lairs, cursed artifacts, types of curses, haunted dolls, hex bags, robber traps, shapeshifting, curses that cure, family curses, dictionaries of profanity, "Curses, foiled again!" and poetic forms in particular.  I do have the first edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms 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.) The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "The Thread of the Seasons" (Hart's Farm).

Agents of Skye

Oct. 6th, 2015 11:21 am
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I took a break from the Marvel rewatch project because I had vague hopes that I might get in another viewing of Age of Ultron before wrapping up Season 2 of Agents of SHIELD. But when it became clear that Ultron wasn't going to happen before the premiere of Season 3, I went ahead and watched those last few episodes, then never got around to writing them up on their own. So my commentary on them is included below. Note that the following post includes spoilers for the first episode of Season 3. Content note, cut for spoilers. )

One of the common complaints about the first season of Agents of SHIELD was its focus on Phil Coulson as its main character. I had my own reservations about whether the character could or should anchor the show, and during the original broadcast airing I felt that at least some of my fears were realized. As a secondary character, I enjoyed Coulson very much -- he would walk on from offstage, be competent, and walk off again. It hurt when he died, but it was only a twinge, not a mortal wound. When word came down that he would not only come back to life but be the lead character on AoS, I was actively annoyed. For one thing, I'm not a fan of the "death is never forever" meme that permeates comic book stories, because death has no meaning when we know that it can be reversed with the stroke of a pen, and I was disappointed to see the MCU play this card so early in its run. But I was also frustrated because, in an extended Marvel universe with so many opportunities for diversity, they were chosing to make yet another media property centering around a middle-aged white guy. It wasn't surprising, I suppose, but it still disappointed me.

Except not really, because on rewatch, it becomes clear that Coulson wasn't the true focus of the show after all. The first two seasons of AoS tell the superhero origin of Daisy Johnson (aka Skye aka Quake), and almost everything that happens to Coulson in Season 1, and many other major plot points along the way, are in service of her story.

Cut for S3 spoilers and length )

A few more thoughts on the final episodes of Season 2:

No spoilers for S3 in here. )

P.E. = Political Education

Oct. 6th, 2015 05:00 pm
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Posted by Not Always Learning

(My P.E. class has had a vote on whether to play softball or tidy up the balcony. Most vote to tidy up the balcony, but the coach declares that we are to play softball.)

Me: *walks up to him* “I hereby petition you to recognize the majority!”

Coach: “No matter how republican I am, this is not a democracy. This is a dictatorship.”


Student: “I will tase you!” *chases me with two fingers pointed at me*

Me: *runs around* “Help, I’m being oppressed!”

fiber tuesday

Oct. 6th, 2015 10:51 am
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Despite nupp experimentation I've finished the second hat of rebellion, so called because I began the first one in the face of Reason's direct request for a third consecutive item for herself. (I make things for you, tiny tyrant, but you are not the boss of me.) This second hat had been dawdling till I remembered that Denver's potential for Actual Weather is a good reason to pack a range of things. Sadly, the hat itself is rebellious: it's a loose fit on darkforge, who doesn't want or need it, and would probably be perfect for Socks. Socks, d'you want a hat?

Sometime I will have to figure out how to make myself a hat between slightly too large with 5.5 mm needle and definitely too snug with 5.0 mm needle---same yarn. I guess the answer is to use slightly narrower yarn with 5.5 mm. :(

The nupp-laden project is staying home after all to save my wrist. After it, my Meris cardigan returns to the fore, plus the two-headed Coco Holly doll that I've been half planning to make for Reason. The remainder of the plan was to wait till she was old enough not to wreck it immediately and to understand a bit of how much effort goes into such a thing---not because I want to heap guilt if she does wreck it by accident but because I'm completely uninterested in having time and work taken for granted by someone who can read chaptered books unaided. There are enough small-person attempts at tyranny as it is.

If I have enough meetings or remember to bring it home after US Thanksgiving, the lace-border shawl for my mother that has been undertaken almost completely during meetings and talks will be finished in time for xmas, which she celebrates. I began it in Jan or Feb this year. My mother thinks I invent too many projects for myself, but after I offered to ravel the whole thing, she has agreed to receive it in shawl form. :P

Addressing The Modern Actor

Oct. 6th, 2015 05:00 pm
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Posted by Not Always Friendly

Library | ID, USA

(It’s a slow day, so my co-worker and I are making small talk. The conversation turns to awards shows and the expensive dresses celebrities wear to them.)

Me: “You know, just once I’d like to see an actress wear a department-store dress to the Oscars or something. Not a designer dress that costs enough to feed a small country for a year.”

Coworker: “You know, I could see [Decidedly Male Actor] doing that.”

Me: “…You could see [Decidedly Male Actor] wearing a dress to the Oscars?”

Coworker: “Well, I meant like a Wal-mart suit, but actually, I could see him in a dress…”

Quitting Wiscon

Oct. 6th, 2015 10:15 am
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I’m sorry to say that my co-chair s.e. smith and I have resigned as Wiscon 40 chairs and as members of the Wiscon concom, effective immediately. This is a really unfortunate decision to have had to make, and we very much regret placing the con in this position. That said, it seems clear that we are a poor culture fit for the concom, and we feel the need to prioritize self-care rather than further risk our own mental health and well-being. Another reason we are leaving now rather than later is that at this juncture there is still potentially time to find replacement chairs to bring Wiscon 40 to fruition.

We really appreciated the opportunity to work on Wiscon, and we wish the convention all the best.

[admin post] Admin Post: ANNOUNCEMENT: Identifying Editors!

Oct. 6th, 2015 12:19 pm
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Hello, friends!

As you may know, we added new editors to our ranks last week. We're excited about the perspectives they're going to bring to the project, but it will mean some changes in how we'd like other reviewers, bloggers, publishers, and the media to refer to us.

One of our new editors, Ira, is genderqueer. They don't identify as a woman. Ira's pronouns are they/them.

Lady Business was founded by three women and we have always been explicitly gendered. Plus, our title has "Lady" in it, so it's easy to assume that all our writers identify as women. There's been no reason in the past for us to correct this assumption. However, in the last week we've seen a lot of people refer to us as "the women of Lady Business" and other similar constructions. Since adding a genderqueer editor to the team, though, this reference to us a body of women writers is no longer accurate, and is actively misgendering our team member. We apologize to Ira and to our community for not making this more explicit when we added new editors to the team.

When you refer to us collectively from this point forward, we would prefer you use "Lady Business" as a group noun, "the writers at Lady Business", or another gender neutral phrase to encompass us as a body of writers. Thank you for helping us make our community welcoming for one of our new editors.

Renay & Jodie

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Oct. 6th, 2015 01:05 pm
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The handbook they gave me for radiation therapy says that the place is a scent free zone. I'm hoping that's just for the patient areas because asking the folks giving me rides to switch shampoos and all of that seems quite a lot. People coming in to get radiation for themselves normally walk in, check in at a computer terminal, go change, and then wait in a separate, patients only waiting area.

I am looking into unscented shampoo and conditioner. I already use unscented soap, and I have unscented deodorant (which I can currently only use on my right side. I need to find out if baking soda is okay for my left since I'd like to use something). I'm just hitting a bit of sticker shock on the hair care products. I'm used to spending $1.50 for a 12.5 oz bottle of shampoo and the same for conditioner. For a bottle of unscented product roughly the same size, I'll end up spending, at minimum, $10.00 and more likely $15-$20. There are also enough different products that choosing between them is hard.

Has anybody out there used unscented shampoo and conditioner and have any recommendations? My hair is pretty middle of the road in terms of oiliness/dryness, but it is very long, so I need something that goes a fairly long way. I also prefer not to wash my hair more than three times a week (It takes three to four hours to dry).

Fourth story in four days

Oct. 6th, 2015 10:00 am
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The United States admits that a U.S. special operations unit called in the airstrike on the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital. It killed 22 people.

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Oct. 6th, 2015 12:50 pm
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The nurse I saw said that there's definitely something going on. She has no idea why Sudafed might have helped, but she said I might as well keep taking it. She prescribed an antibiotic for me, just in case, and she recommended that I wait for my flu shot until I'm done with antibiotics and no longer have a cold. She said that it would be preferable to get my flu shot before I start radiation but that, given how things are at the moment, during radiation would be better than right now.

I'm to eat high protein and to drink lots of water. The latter part is easier than the former. I've been kind of reluctant to eat the last four or so days. I'm not sure how much of that is the cold and how much is something else.

I'm pretty sure that the Tylenol I've been taking is doing nothing at all. I forgot a dose yesterday afternoon and didn't notice any change in pain levels at all. I'm not sure if that means I should stop taking it altogether or not. Medical folks don't like it if I complain of pain and am not taking it, but... It's not actually doing anything. The only time I've ever noticed it helping with pain is when I take it for a sore throat. I don't know why it would work then and not otherwise, but it doesn't.

vcon was great, but

Oct. 6th, 2015 09:45 am
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VCON was – as always – a whole lot of fun, but I came back with con crud, which is really weird, because I never come back from things with con crud. My plans for the day consist mostly of sleeping, occasionally being awake while lying down, and drinking lots of fluids.

and retaining every ounce

Hopefully tomorrow will be less stupid.

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Now Available: Fairy Dragon Blues!

Oct. 6th, 2015 09:35 am
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Soggy leaves squished under Janie's boots.

Fixing the back fence wasn't a fun job but it would go quick with the whole pack. At least until they reached the unnaturally flooded stream.

Crossing a swollen stream shouldn't be deadly but Janie found a way to risk her life doing it.

The question wasn't whether she'd survive--it was whether her pack would survive what she found on the other side.

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Yay! Got another of the Seven Short Stories in Seven Days up! :D

This is the last of the Tales of Unification short stories that I wrote. I do plan on writing more. It's a fun world to write in so it's pretty inevitable that I'll get back to it.

Hope you enjoy if you choose to read. :D

September 2015 Newsletter, Volume 95

Oct. 6th, 2015 10:31 am
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Banner by caitie of a newspaper with the name and logos of the OTW and its projects on the pages.

OTW was celebrating in September - Journal's 20th issue, Legal's victory & turning 8! Catch up on what you missed: http://bit.ly/1VBJu8F

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Oct. 6th, 2015 04:52 pm
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Died on this day in 1349 aged 37 Queen Joan II of Navarre (my toy,wikipedia). Grandmother of Joan, who married Henry IV. Joan (this one, not the grand-daughter) would have been Queen of France as well as Navarre (her father was) but the Estates General decided that Queens Regnant were NOT ON; also there was some concern over whether she was really her father's child.

Born on this day in 1476 to George York , 1st Duke of Clarence and Isabel Neville, Richard of York (my toy,wikipedia). Died very young, but the only person I have who was born today. Sorry for the depressing.


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