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This month's theme was "families of choice."  I worked from 12:30 PM to 6:30 AM, so about 16 hours allowing for breaks.  I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday, another 14 later on, plus 1 short story.

Participation was very enthusiastic, with 31 comments on LiveJournal and another 79 on Dreamwidth.  Please welcome new prompter daisiesrockalot.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Dora Has Two Mommas"
"Going Steady"
"The Hardest Thing to Teach"
"The Honor System"
"I Made You Out of Clay"
"No 'I' in Team"
"The Only Thing Sweeter"

"The Marble and the Sculptor" (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis, 4/6/16 fishbowl)
"Composing a Movement" (Polychrome Heroics, October 2015 Creative Jam)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for November 8, 2016. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Currently sponsored poems from this session have all been posted.  There were 6 donors this time: ng_moonmoth, DW user Alatefeline, thnidu, lone_cat, Anthony & Shirley Barrette. 

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Composing a Movement" is the free epic.  We also made the $250 goal, so that's a second tally toward a bonus session. 


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

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At least for now, I seem to have a working browser again.  Regrettably, I also have family obligations for much of the day.  So I'll get as much backlogged email cleared as I can before that starts, and I may be able to get going on other stuff later today. 

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Chrome malfunctioned again this morning. My computer is in virus-scan mode and has been all day, with no idea if or when that process will conclude. So I can't access anything or get anything done. I'm typing this from Doug's computer.

There will be a poetry fishbowl on Tuesday, December 6 with a theme of "All the news is dark, so light a candle." Hopefully I'll actually have a working computer and habitable house by then.

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 [personal profile] kyleri has posted a lovely autumn poem, "Exquisite Paradox."

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This poem came out of the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] curiosity and [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes the inside of Shiv's head being a dicey place, minor medical details, Shiv's hesitant progress on sleep tracking, trust issues, truth and lies, hiding past injuries, malnutrition, discussion of permanent damage from past neglect, current dietary issues, limited tolerance for cooperation, body shyness, endorphin rush, consensual pain and fear, contemplation of kinkiness, mixed feelings, Shiv's memory of eating food that had been thrown away, self-control issues, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] curiosity and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "make a list" square in my 7-1-16 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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The following poems from the November 8, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "Thinking River Thoughts" and "The Marble and the Sculptor." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever poem you request.


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If you haven't seen the movie Arrival yet, and you like xenolinguistics or first contact flix, go do that first.

This article discusses the use of filmmaking grammar to show, rather than tell, the effects of studying xenolinguistics. It contains spoilers, and my comments below are somewhat spoilery too.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Poetry Update
The Changing North
Thanksgiving Post
Crafts


Winterfaire 2016 is now open! Do you have goods or services that would make a good holiday gift? Come post a booth! Are you shopping for hard-to-find items? Come look at the offerings, or post what you're hunting. Do you have a holiday shopping post, or know of one? Give me links and I'll cross-list them.

The half-price sale in Shiv has SOLD OUT! *fanfare* *confetti* You are all awesome and I squish you so much. <3  So now I have a HUGE backlog of poetry to post that I will get to when I can. To see recently posted poems, visit the sale page, as they're all linked from the titles.

As a result of selling out, you get a free mega epic. Here is the poll, for those of you who donated or linked to the sale.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Holding Hope and Love" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Sunny tries to talk Cheersquad into taking a break.  "A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan explores the Rainbow Room.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes," "Broken Hopes," "Brewing Beauty," "Little Paws in the Licenses" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders," "Raising the Future" "Beach Pies" "Unsolid Ground" "Riding from the Rescue" "To Ride Death" (poetry), "Rammer" (nonfiction).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


The weather has been variable.  Currently it's raining, but warmer than previous days.  This is good because we still have no heat other than the woodstove and kerosene heater, and also can't get more firewood until Friday.  I remain disgusted by America's inability to ensure even the most basic survival needs.  Birdfeeder traffic is increasing, mostly medium-sized flocks of sparrows, although I've also seen more mourning doves. 

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When I got up, Chrome wouldn't load properly, so there went my entire morning waiting for that to get fixed.  >_< Consequently I am now behinder than I was when I woke up.  If the computer deigns to work, today's plans involve making the Monday update post, doing an unsold poetry list for November, and getting back to poetry posting.  Witch me luck.

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The half-price sale in Shiv has sold out, so you get a free mega epic.  \o/  Voting privilege this time goes to everyone who participated in the half-price sale by donating or boosting links.  I will keep this poll open until at least Monday night.  If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it up longer.  Expect to wait a while on getting this one posted, though.  My backlog is huge.  Some problems are nice to have.  :D  I squish you all so much right now.

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[personal profile] clockworklady and EdorFaus are covering the last three poems in the half-price sale of Shiv.  It's just a matter of having Doug check PayPal in the morning, and finding time to post everything.  I squish you all so much.  \o/ 

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EdorFaus has opened a new pool for the half-price sale in Shiv, donating at least $100 and also matching up to $50 from other sponsors.  That is, the remaining 3 poems add up to $200 at quarter-price, so if y'all can scrape up $50 amongst you, then that's a wrap.  \o/

Also the first stretch goal is pledged for, which means you'll get a free smaller epic.  Filling this pool would get you a mega epic.  

EDIT:  And we're done!

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Today we hauled overlong logs from beside the stove to the ritual meadow, and hauled in a fresh load of logs.

I also refilled the birdfeeders.

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The half-price sale in Shiv is doing great. I started with 15 poems and have sold 12, so there are 3 left. There's a little money in the general fund, too.  Thank you all for being so awesome.  You are made of solid chocolate, 24k-gold-plated WIN!

The current tally is $948.98. :D 3q 3q 3q !!!! So I'm adding a couple of stretch goals: If the tally breaks $1000, I'll post a small epic for free. If the sale actually sells out the remaining three poems, I'll free up one of the mega epics.

EDIT 11/27/16: Due to the holiday rush and the late-added stretch goals, I'm extending the sale through Monday, November 28.


Sponsored and posted:
"Moments When the World Is Made Whole"
"The Law of Life"
"Good-For-Nothing Thoughts"
"To Suffer the Selfishness"
"Vindication of Right"
"The Best Time for Something Juicy"
"Meraki"

Sponsored but waiting to post:

"His Capacity for Self-Redemption"
"Unless You Are Prepared"
"Silent and Vital"
"The Purpose of Power"
"Leaving and Not Knowing"

Extras sponsored and posted:
"Transform Common Days"
"Centered on Food and Family"

 

Extras sponsored but waiting to post:
"Make Their Own Boxes"

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I almost forgot to mention my favorite T-shirt maker: Megan Lee has a sale running through today, so you've still got a little time to buy science T-shirts or other swag.  :D  

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As climate change wreaks havoc on Arctic ecosystems, people adapt to new ways of life

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This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "special delivery" square in my 7-1-16 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem came out of the June 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "self-sabotage" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman and ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: The inside of Shiv's head is a horrible place. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. Shiv has been told he's a fuckup and everything is his fault so often that it twists his thinking. He feels like he can never get ahead and everyone is out to get him. The poem features distorted thought patterns, self-blame, self-hate, self-sabotage, terrible self-talk, misinterpretation of other people's actions, flashbacks, a noisy argument that scares the crap out of Shiv, a trek to the Safety Office that he really doesn't want to deal with, fatalism, Emotionally Complex Response, and other mayhem. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and paantha. It also fills the "bruiser with a soft center" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman and daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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