July 12th, 2011


Torn World: Read my poem "Cage of Hope"

If you are a Torn World supporter, you can now read my poem "Cage of Hope."

This poem explores the symbolism of a cage bead in Northern culture.

The future is fragile as frost in cupped fingers,
Warm and wavering as one red flame.
Keep it cradled in a cage of hope,
Holding it hale against all harm.

If you like this poem 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.

Crowdfunded Illustration: "Shine On"

SQUEE!  meeksp (who is meeks on Dreamwidth) has posted the rough sketch for my poem "Shine On."  This is a poem about a paladin meeting a peasant girl; the scene shows Shahana the Paladin holding a fallen star.  I love the contrast of light and shadow, and check out the tiny rays of starlight fanning upwards.

View the sketch on LiveJournal or on Dreamwidth, and comment where you prefer.  Feedback is welcome, and if enough people comment, this sketch will get another round of work done on it.  Comments to the artist also put you into a draw for a free icon.  Donations can also activate more work on a sketch, and help support the artist.  (Look at the cute white hat -- with ears! -- in the tip button.)  Linkbacks are another way to show your support: there's a monthly contest where the sketch with the most linkbacks will get worked on more.

In related news, I have written three more poems in the "Path of the Paladins" series, based on prompts from my donors.  They are currently voting on which one to show you.  (The extras will get listed on the serial poetry page, and become available for sponsorship.)  The new poem will probably appear Wednesday evening.