January 25th, 2011


Read "The Flight of the Rose Butterfly" on Torn World

You can now read my story "The Flight of the Rose Butterfly" over on Torn World.  This is the first story posted (though I have another drafted that happens earlier) that features my character Rai, twin brother of ellenmillion's character Bai.  It shows their introduction to a popular musical instrument, the harmonichron.  This is also a good example of how they cope with Rai's visual handicap.  Check out the lovely pen-and-ink illustration that ellenmillion drew for it!

Teaser for "The Flight of the Rose Butterfly"

The harmonichron arrived shortly after breakfast, carried into the house by two delivery men. Jenorv oversaw its placement in the newly declared music room. Bai chattered happily and got in the way until Jenorv made him sit down.

Rai came to the doorway. From there, the instrument was just a big white blur smeared with other colors. His mother led him over to it. Up close, he could make out the smooth pearly finish, every edge and corner lined with swirls of gold. Pastel smudges resolved into small paintings -- flowers, perhaps, or people on picnics. Rai trailed a hand along the upright box, which curved in a long arc, as he tried to memorize its placement in the room so he wouldn't bump into it later. "It's pretty," he said finally.

"Come around here, Rai," said Jenorv. She settled him on the matching bench, its golden cushion perched atop thin white legs. Then she lifted some kind of lid on the harmonichron, two of them side by side. "These are the keyboards." She placed one of Rai's hands on each. "The left one plays the low notes. The right one plays the high notes."

"What makes the notes?" Rai asked.

"When you push the keys, little hammers hit a set of strings inside the box. Slow time crystals make the notes lower on the left, and fast time crystals make the notes higher on the right," his mother explained.

If you like this story and want to see more of these characters, please consider sending me credits or karma through Torn World's crowdfunding options.  Same goes if you like the art; tip the artist. Not a Torn World member, but still want to support the work? I have a permanent PayPal button on my LJ profile page.

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, February 1

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, February 1 2011 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Vision & Sight."  I'll be soliciting ideas for visionaries, seers, blind characters, monsters with magical sight, visual aids or artifacts, unusual types of vision, invisible things, plot twists that turn on spotting something, visions, places where visions may be sought, settings where it's easier or harder than usual to see things, the limitations of vision, and poetic forms 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.

There are new samples of scrapbooked poetry pages for you to enjoy!

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