June 21st, 2011


Greenhaven Website Updates: Poetry and Articles

The "Poetry" section now contains at least one poem per year from 1992-2011.  The "Essays & Articles" section has several new articles; I'm going through my archive looking for things to add, and I'm up to 1997, although some of the material already onsite is from later years.

"Essays & Articles" now has an overview on its section page, not just a blank space.  I've done also significant updates to the "Esbats" and "Sabbats" pages.

Also, since it's actually holiday time now, check out the Litha page. It has background material, themes, foods and decorations, and ritual text.

Thoughts from a First-Time Slush Reader

This post echoes some of the same thoughts I had when I started reading slush fiction.

I'll also add:

* Make sure something interesting happens on the first page, and preferably in the first paragraph.  A slow build can be good, but is often a harder sell; there are fewer stories where the tradeoff is worthwhile.

* Do your homework.  If you're writing about history, or science, or some other topic I know or have casually brushed against, and I spot a factual mistake in your story, that will cost you the sale far more often than not.

* Include at least one character in every story, preferably the protagonist, who is really worth spending time with and rooting for.  If everyone is unpleasant or annoying, who wants to spend half an hour or more with them?  There are other, more personable characters elsewhere in the slushpile also clamoring for the editor's attention.  *chuckle*  I actually learned this one before I ever got to a slushpile, just deciding who I wanted to write about and have in my head.

Read "Weapons of Mass Destruction"

You can now read my poem "Weapons of Mass Destruction" in Pedestal  #64 June 2011. 

This poem came out of the February 19, 2008 Poetry Fishbowl, inspired by prompts from haikujaguar and janetmiles.  It's an audio-focused science fiction narrative in which the surviving cetaceans save the Earth from an alien war rolling past the solar system.  

It will be eligible for the Rhysling Award in the long poem category, which meets my annual goal to sell at least one long poem.  Actually I've met both of my length-related poetry goals, having also a short one eligible for the Dwarf Stars Award.  Yay!


Protect the Clean Water Act

Notice all the legislation lately aimed at circumventing the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act.  Those acts are useless if people don't have to obey them and actually keep water and air clean.  We do not want to go back to the days of rivers catching on fire.

 The poisoning of Mark Twain's frog

     Take action: Tell your Senators to keep toxic pesticides out of our waterways.

California Red Legged Frog

Tell your Senators to vote NO on HR 872 or any bill that would prevent the EPA from stopping toxic pollution from killing wildlife.

This week, the U.S. Senate will take up a House resolution that would exempt pesticide users who spray over water from the requirement that they obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act. This would be horrible news for endangered and threatened species if passed. Species like the California red legged frog, or Mark Twain's frog -- the subject of Twain's short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."

Take action for Mark Twain's frog! Tell your Senators to vote NO on HR 872
and any bill that undermines the Clean Water Act!

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Torn World: "Trapjaw" article is up

You can now read my "Trapjaw" article on Torn World.  This sea monster is semi-aquatic, about like a cross between an alligator and a dinosaur.  Their eggs are tasty, though.

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.