May 23rd, 2011


Torn World: "The Heat-Thief"

You can now read my article "The Heat-Thief" over in Torn World.  This is a huge, ferocious sea monster native to northerly waters.

If you like this article and want to see more like it, please consider sending me credits or karma through Torn World's crowdfunding options.  Not a Torn World member, but still want to support the work? I have a permanent PayPal button on my LJ profile page.

Torn World: Two New Things

You can now read my article "Sea Monsters in the West" over on Torn World.  It describes the western ocean and touches on the marine megafauna there.

Also, I highly recommend the story "Storm Wrack" by wyld_dandelyon.  It deals with gender discrimination in a part of the Empire where no-gender people are rare and disliked, and how the main character responds to that situation.  One challenge in writing about nonstandard genders is what pronoun set to use.  English doesn't really offer good options.  Now Torn Tongue has personal pronouns that don't specify gender ... but some no-gender people choose not to use them, and instead use one of the impersonal sets.  So this story uses the abstract impersonal pronouns from Torn Tongue, as explained in a foreword.  If you like genderfic, give this story a look; I think you'll enjoy it.

The people in the town Ferelye was born in are uncomfortable with no-gender people, and as Ferelye gets older, ur spends more and more time hiding out on a tall cliff near roi home.

Monday Update 5-23-11

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:
Social Bots
Humans and the Planet
Have Prawn, Will Apocalypse
The End Is Near ... Do You Have Your Pr0n?
Of Robots and Language

These posts all relate to Torn World:
Updated Sketch for "Without Fail"
Torn World: "Sea Monsters in Southern Waters"
Torn World: "The Thunder-Whale"
Torn World: "Sea Serpent"
Torn World: "The Smartarm"

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," "Lookbacks," "On the Rocks," "Without Fail," (fiction) "Steam Power," "Cage of Hope" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Time," (fiction), "Seafoam Fashions" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Clouds in the Morning," "Scars of Stone" (fiction) and "The Shipwright's Song" (poetry).  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," "Like Ash Before the Wind," "The Green Speech," "Catch and Release," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," (fiction) and "The Hearsay Cafe," "The Colors of the Rainbow," (poetry).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "Swept Away" (fiction).  Currently writing: "From Dark to Bright," "Raining Kittens," "Catch of the Day" (fiction).

The epic poem "Igor's Creature" is now in microfunding.  This is ... well, a mix of horror and science fiction with a large helping of sociology and a wry twist of humor.  The epic poem "A Periodic Table of Elementals" is ahead of production. 

We're making gradual progress with the yard.  There are paths mowed to most of the places we need to visit, and some open areas mowed down to serve as lawn.  Parts of the unmowed areas are shoulder-deep in grass now.  The butterfly meadow is only about knee-deep though.  It looks like most of the new native grasses are surviving, although some of the wildflowers got devoured by wildlife.  I've managed to weed, shear, and prune around some of the gardens and other function areas.  This week calls for rain, rain, and more rain.  Not much yardwork.  Maybe more writing, though.