August 1st, 2011


"Enki's Messengers" is now complete!

Another donation came in today from stryck, completing "Enki's Messengers." This poem tells a side-story for the Sumerian myth "The Descent of Inanna," focusing on the kurgarra  and the galatur  created by Enki.  You can now read the whole thing online, and I've notified haikujaguar who volunteered to do a sketch illustrating this poem.

Monday Update 8-1-11

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:

Mmm ... spaghetti sauce
Why you should buy local
Read about the star rays
Crowdfunded Fiction: New Projects
Read Lammas Recipes
Updates from Aether Dancer
New Icon for Monster House
New Paladins Poem Available
Crowdfunded Illustration: "Vampire in Chief"
Updated sketch for "Without Fail"

Due to last week's LiveJournal outage, a lot of things got delayed. Read the Friday Recap to catch up from that.

The August Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday 2, with a theme of "corruption and redemption."  Please help spread the word for that, since the LJ outage meant it didn't get the usual week's lead of advance notice.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," "On the Rocks," "Swept Away" (fiction).  Back to me for edits: "Catch and Release," (fiction), "Seafoam Fashions" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board:  "Cutting Time," "Scars of Stone" (fiction) "Colorless," "Red Glass, Green Glass," "Hide Away," "The Ibabesh Bridge," "Scrimshaw," "Bitter Herbs" (poetry).  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," "Like Ash Before the Wind," "Breaking the Ice," "From Dark to Bright," "Beached Fish," (fiction) and "The Hearsay Cafe," "The Colors of the Rainbow, (poetry).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "The Green Speech," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," (fiction).  Currently writing: "Raining Kittens," "Catch of the Day," "Reaching for the Moons" (fiction)

The microfunded epic "Enki's Messengers" is now complete.  Yay!  It's essentially a sidebar to the Sumerian myth "The Descent of Inanna," focusing on the kurgarra and the galatur created by Enki.  Watch for an illustration to appear later, as haikujaguar offered to do a sketch if this one got sponsored.

There are three epic poems in microfunding: "Fiorenza and the Witch-Son" features Fiorenza the Italian herbalist musing about social roles and gender dynamics, at a time when there is NOT a major preternatural crisis going on.  "Igor's Creature" is 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.

The weather let up enough for us to visit the farmer's market on Saturday, at last.  We bought ingredients for what became Zesty Italian Spaghetti Sauce (the sausage, alas, was not hot as I had hoped; and I wound up having to spike the sauce with crushed red pepper to generate noticable heat) and for the salsas planned for today's Lammas feast.  Also, I love my large crock pot.  After filling the freezer cartons, I realized that I'd made 9 meals out of a day's work and just over $20 of ingredients.

Crowdfunded Bellydance

Some friends and I got to talking about how bellydance could be done as a crowdfunded project, and this is the result.  Naturally when I saw the call for prompts, I went upstairs and asked my_partner_doug to help me find some Cecil Taylor on iTunes, and we spent 20 minutes picking out a tune that would be both challenging and danceable.  I know I've got some folks in my audience who are into bellydancing, so go see if the prompt call is still open -- mikalay is going to do a set of 5 songs, one minute of dancing to each.  Then people will get to vote on which song gets danced in full.  Tips are welcome but  not required.

I think this project idea is really, really cool.  I can hardly wait to see the videos!

News from Mikaspace

meeksp has made a post over in crowdfunding about various updates.

You can now see the sketch of "Feather-Blessed" inspired by wyld_dandelyon.  It's lovely so far, but has much potential for further detail, so please comment and link because that will get it refined if enough people do.

Also the call for prompts has been updated.  If there are two new participants by Monday, people get to vote on an archive sketch to refine further.  So go boost the signal to online writers you know who haven't prompted for Story Sketches yet.

Poem: "The Bellydancer's Secret"

So I've been enjoying the crowdfunded bellydance project by mikalay and it got me thinking about this style of dance.  Then my_partner_doug pointed me to her YouTube channel, which I hadn't noticed, and I really admired that.  Whereupon I wrote this...

The Bellydancer's Secret

If you would learn to dance,
learn to become --

hang your hips from the drum
and turn your bones to silk,
to liquid, to rhythm

become a serpent sliding over sand
become a goddess gliding through the night
become an ocean rolling under moon --

for this is the dance of the desert
and the desert is in the dance
for all time and beyond time,

music beating the world into being,
shapes pressed out by the dancer's careful steps.