November 24th, 2009

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Heroes and Violence

Here is an interesting post about violence in fiction.

It caught my eye because the last story I finished, "Fala the Leader," isn't violent at all. In fact there is very little human violence in Fala's story arc so far. There are threats of nature, because they live in a rather wild land; Fala is well equipped to handle that, but it's still dangerous. There are people getting mad at each other and hurting each other's feelings. But Northerners are bound together in ways that modern folk are not; they depend on each other for survival and they can't afford to lose people. They can't even afford the kind of overwhelming vanquishment of enemies that we often seek -- they need to get along, need to cooperate. It's a very collaborative mindset, which makes it fresh and interesting compared to contemporary life. It's a different flavor, too, than other tribal cultures I've written about, such as Waterjewel. I'm enjoying it.
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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, December 1

This is an advance announcement for the December 2009 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "cultures of the world." I'll be soliciting ideas for culture heroes, historic figures, ancient or modern societies, objects linked to a certain culture, winter holidays around the world, cultural practices, culture clashes, historic evolution of cultures, places associated with a given culture, and poetic forms linked to a culture in particular.

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.

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Call for Good News

I often blog a lot about intense and controversial topics, because part of my responsibility includes spreading information. Too much of that can lead to burnout, though, both for readers and for bloggers.

So, I'm making an effort to increase the amount of positive, noncontroversial news. What "good news" have you heard recently? In what ways is the world becoming a better place? What cool discoveries or inventions have people made? Please share links or stories in the comments below. Remember, "Energy flows where attention goes." Let's send it somewhere good!
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The Truth Behind Thanksgiving ...

... is that America was founded on invasion and genocide. For this we are now grateful, because we live here; and frustrated, because it's left us a legacy of problems with race relations and immigration.

The end does not justify the means: the means determine the end.

However, this video is still humorous in a satirical sort of way.
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Web Fiction Resources

Here is a listing of web novels on a 5-star scale, best to worst, with indication of whether they are complete or ongoing.

This site rates weblit by popularity based on votes.

Fiction on the Web is based in the UK, and includes resources, reviews, and other interesting stuff.

Web Fiction Directory lists short fiction, flash, and serialized novels.

Although these aren't explicitly focused on cyberfunded creativity, there's a lot of overlap, because many weblit projects take donations.