Poem: "Opening the Gate"
Poem: "Winter Apples" (now complete)
Schrodinger's Heroes: Alter!Ash
New verses in "Will Not"
Schrodinger's Heroes: Alter!Alex
Donor Perk Post: Reinventing History
Schrodinger's Heroes: Saash
Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Schrodinger's Heroes: Chaotic Neutral Schrodinger
Schrodinger's Heroes: Good and Evil
The November 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl was a success. Notable this week is the advent of a whole steampunk world, courtesy of marina_bonomi introducing me to steampunk engineer Maryam Smith, who swept into my office and dumped an armload of gadgets and references on my desk. See "The Steamsmith" and "The Four Humours" for an introduction and discussion of worldbuilding. Maryam got me out of bed at 8:30 AM one day this week. If you were worrying about the life expectancy of a black woman as a lead character? Don't. If I haven't killed her for waking me up, no one else is likely to.
Anyhow, in the past week I've been sketching out the science and politics of this setting. So far, Britain and China are the global superpowers; lesser empires include Cahokia, Aztec, Maya, and Inka (in the Americas) and Ala Igbo, Kongo, and Zululand (in Africa). If that's you, congratulations, you win. Notable losers include France (subordinate to England), Spain (no match for Aztecs), and the United States (outmatched by Cahokia, abandoned by England). If I've sacrificed your favorite culture on the altar of poetic license, please don't take it personally; I do that to everyone, up to and including the entire human species. Rummage around my other work, it probably fared better somewhere else in there. If I have not yet promoted your favorite culture to world domination, please be patient; I'll probably get to it eventually. Or if you're impatient, you could just send me a prompt and some funds during a fishbowl...
There are two epic poems in microfunding. "Will Not" follows Johan as he contemplates the conflicts of his past and present, and has two new verses thanks to the general fund. "Igor's Creature" is a mix of horror and science fiction with alarge helping of sociology and a wry twist of humor.
Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," "On the Rocks," (fiction). Back to me for edits: "Catch and Release," (fiction), "Seafoam Fashions," "Hide Away," "Red Glass, Green Glass," "Bitter Herbs" (poetry). Currently in front of the canon board: "Dairy Sow" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," "Like Ash Before the Wind," "Breaking the Ice," "From Dark to Bright," "Beached Fish," (fiction) and "The Hearsay Cafe," "The Colors of the Rainbow," "How Skycat Got Her Name" (poetry). In revision at home: "Water Dance," "The Green Speech," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "The Bones of Need" (fiction). Currently writing: "Raining Kittens," "Catch of the Day," "Reaching for the Moons" (fiction).
It's cool and rainy here today, though when we were out and about this week, it was sunny. I got a few good finds in the post-Halloween sales. Most of the leaves have fallen, though there are still some on the twig. I've seen cardinals at my birdfeeders.