December 29th, 2009


Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, January 5

This is an advance announcement for the January 5, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "hard science fiction." (Hard science fiction places science at the center of attention, and it refrains from violating known scientific parameters; read more here.) I'll be soliciting ideas for scientists, heroic theorists, smart women, inventions, sciences, things to which science can be done, inexplicable gadgets, scientific mishaps, situations in which science saves the day, situations in which science bites someone on the ass, scientific plot twists, settings in which science takes place, settings created by science, and poetic forms in particular.

I decided to do "hard science fiction" as a theme because I was annoyed at someone making disparaging remarks about the amount and quality of hard SF written by women.  Poke a sexist in the eye: give me hard science prompts.

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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Cute Graphics

I stumbled across this site today, and wanted to share it with people who like cute graphics.  (I'm not ordinarily a fan of "cute" but this is particularly well done.)  There are sparkly fairies, fuzzy bunnies, seasonal designs, and more.  These come in websets and Wordpress themes, and you can switch the author's site from one to another to see the different designs.

The Lady with the Sword

Back in my college days, I did a paper collecting oral stories, and this -- in its narrative form -- was one I touched upon.  Along with a similar incident from out west, and one in which half the Tuchuk camp beat the snot out of a mundane who was harrassing one of their 'slave girls'.  Many thanks to janetmiles for the link to a YouTube video of "I'll See Your Six" by Joe Bethancourt.