April 1st, 2011

Karavai

Torn World Writing Update

I finished revisions of "Scars of Stone" and submitted it to Torn World.  This story is now much longer than it was at first.  It went through some substantial structural changes, which is not common for my fiction.  I'm toying with the idea of posting the rough draft somewhere, maybe as a donor perk, for comparison with the final version.  Does that sound appealing to anyone?

Some of my other stuff has moved through the cycle, too.  "One Toy for Three" is back to me for edits.  "One-Tick Literature" and "Words Between Brothers" have been approved as canon.

Currently in front of the canon board at Torn World: "Clouds in the Morning," "Cutting Time," "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," "On the Rocks," "Lookbacks," "The Ties We Twine," "Forbidden Love," (fiction) and "The Sugar Mouse," "Steam Power," and "Cage of Hope"(poetry).  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands" and "Like Ash Before the Wind" (fiction).  In revision at home: "Water Dance."  Currently writing: "From Dark to Bright" and "Raining Kittens" (fiction).
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The Value of Bats

... is now expressed in dollars, for the enlightenment of people who can't comprehend other types of value well enough to act on them.  Insectivorous bats help with pest control, to the tune of $3 billion to $54 billion per year.  So far only one study has been done to calculate their economic impact, in Texas; more are needed.  We also need to protect bats from threats, such as White Nose Syndrome.

Regrettably they didn't crunch the numbers to produce the most useful one: an estimated value per bat.  Someone did that with bees once, when trying to convince farmers not to spray all the bees to death.  The campaign included the memorable line, "Whenever you see a bee, just think of her as a little $20 bill flying by."  That helped.

Don't think plummeting bat populations are your problem?  Bats eat insects including the mosquitoes that spread all those lovely tropical diseases that are spreading north, such as West Nile virus.  Fewer bats mean more mosquitoes and a higher chance of getting bitten.
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April 1 Weblit Swap: A Monster House Poem by Aldersprig

The April 1 Weblit Swap has a masterlist posted now.  I wrote poems for Addergoole and Philosopher in Arms (which doesn't seem to be listed).

aldersprig wrote this charming "Monster House" poem for me, which is somewhat inspired by the triolet form.  I am particularly amused by the combination of critters, which span some of my favorite cultures.  Happy birthday to me!

Somehow, the strange never seems to grow stale 
when we grow complacent, the world twists again 
We worked'round our roommates & read old folktales, 
But boggarts and gremlins were still not quite stale. 
Melly was out and the gremlin asleep 
When I walked out the door and straight into... me 
You'd think that the weird would have long-since grown stale 
but the Domovoi in the parlor twisted our world 'round again.