March 9th, 2011


New Verse of "The Truth in the Tower"

marina_bonomi has funded a new verse of "The Truth in the Tower."  The series is historic fantasy, sometimes dark and sometimes light, set in Italy and featuring an herbalist named Fiorenza.  This poem features a griffin nesting in the belltower of the local church.

140 lines, Buy It Now = $70 
Amount donated = $49
Verses posted = 13 of 23

Amount remaining to fund fully = $21
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1

eseme suggested that I post progress reports so that people can see how far along a poem is, so I added the line counting how many verses have been published. Do you find this useful?

Listen to the Drum

I was fascinated by this article about powwow drums.  I knew, for instance, that the music went with particular dances or other activities.  I didn't know that some of the songs are narrative lyrics rather than vocables -- the drum songs I've heard at powwows were either rhythm only or vocables.  So it is vitally important for people to learn those songs and their meanings, to keep the tradition alive.

And now I really, really want a copy of the six-song series "When the Battle Happened" about the Battle of the Little Bighorn, preferably with bilingual liner notes.