October 24th, 2011


The Root of Some Evil

I liked this cartoon.

Money is not the root of all evil, but certainly some of it.  Money is power.  Power tends to corrupt.  Not everyone who gets rich turns into an asshole ... but the tendency is there.  The more money someone has, the more they can do and the easier it is for them to get away with misbehaving.  Money and power tend to magnify whatever is already in the personality.  An altruist will put a lot of money toward the public good.  But most people are rather selfish, and there's an unfortunate human tendency to want "more."  That mixes badly with heaps of money, and soon turns toxic.

Call for Prompts from K.A. Jones

kajones_writing has posted a call for prompts, which I'm pimping again since it went up during a low-activity period.  The theme is Halloween, Samhain, and other autumn holidays.   You can aim for active fantasy or horror series, or go for something random.There's a whole string of very cool prompts for donations, prompts, links, comments, etc. so please drop by and join the fun.  The first three prompted stories are up, including mine about trick-or-treaters at the donor house and another for meeksp's "Sacred Calling" picture.

Asexual Awareness Week

Asexual Awareness Week is October 23-29.  *waves to ace friends*  Follow the action on Facebook.  Learn more about asexuality on the AVEN site.  Visit communities such as asexuality or Asexuality and Asexual Fandom on Dreamwidth.

Asexuality is among the many flavors of sex/gender stuff that I study and support.  I have some ace characters.  One who is both canonically ace and open about it is Hope in the poetic series The Odd Trio, as explained in the poem "Hope of the Future."  Some of my desertfolk are too, on the fiction side.  Then there are characters who are either ace or celibate and haven't necessarily made that distinction explicit in print yet.  Among these are Lian(a) in "A Doe in Velvet" and Don Candido in the poetic series Fiorenza the Wisewoman as touched on in the poem "Fiorenza and the Wisewoman."  Also worth mentioning is the whole Path of the Paladins series, in which the main characters are not primarily motivated by sex/romance.  I doubt that Gailah requires  celibacy of Her clergy, but the paladins I've seen thus far just don't seem interesting in coupling.

If anyone else on here is doing something special for Asexual Awareness Week, or wants to start a discussion of any related issue, please pipe up.

Monday Update 10-24-11

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:
Japanese and Art Study Cards
Coping with PTSD Nightmares (28 comments)
Outdoors at Fieldhaven
It's getting hotter in here!
Read About Warhorses
Marketing for Writers
Torn Tongue: Verbs Beginning with "O"
Putting People to Work (26 comments)
Read "Spooks vs. Bugs"
Recent Submissions
A Plenitude Economy
Bank Runs
List of Unsold Poems from the October 18, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl
Why Handmade Is Expensive

The next Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday, November 1 with a theme of "Humor & Whimsy." Mark your calendar and bring your funny bone.

There are two epic poems in microfunding.  "Will Not" follows Johan as he contemplates the conflicts of his past and present, and has two new verses.  "Igor's Creature" is a mix of horror and science fiction with alarge helping of sociology and a wry twist of humor. 

Now is a good time to open a new epic for microfunding if you wish to do so.  There are several epics each in Fiorenza the Wisewoman and in Monster House, both of which series are eligible.  "Beggars Night" in Monster House is a Halloween poem and has an illustration by meeksp.  Anyone interested in opening an epic for microfunding is encouraged to comment here so we can see which poem(s) have the most interest.

I have completed rough drafts of my two articles for the Llewellyn Herbal Almanac, and plan to polish those this week.  That's the end of my current assignments for the annuals.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," "On the Rocks," (fiction).  Back to me for edits: "Catch and Release," (fiction), "Seafoam Fashions," "Hide Away," "Red Glass, Green Glass," "Bitter Herbs" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board:  "Thunder Stones" (poetry), "Dairy Sow" (nonfiction).  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," "Like Ash Before the Wind," "Breaking the Ice," "From Dark to Bright," "Beached Fish," "The Bones of Need" (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).

Autumn weather has been variable here.  Leaves are falling all over the yard, almost enough to rake up and mulch the flower beds.  It took several days for the birds to realize that the hopper feeder and fly-through feeder had seed in them, as it rained immediately after I filled those.  my_partner_doug and I have gotten some yardwork done, though, so it's been a productive week all around.

Nonsexual Intimacies (Part 1 of 5)

I have a batch of stuff on nonsexual intimacies that I'm going to post in sections for Asexuality Awareness Week.

Many stories focus on sex and romance. Those are overwhelmingly the kinds of intimacy featured in fiction. Even outside the immediate sphere of erotic and romantic stories, they comprise major subplots in most genres and many stories. Attention to other types, expressions, and experiences of intimacy is rare. This largely ignores nonsexual family relationships such as siblings or parent/child. It shortchanges close professional relationships such as a cop's beat partner or a soldier's buddy. It tends to leave asexual people off the map altogether. Even for readers who like stories about sex and romance, this can get old -- especially if the writer doesn't pay any attention to the development of intimacy but just shoves the characters into bed as fast as possible.

Nonsexual forms of intimacy can add a great deal of depth and variety to fiction. On one end of the spectrum, they provide extra steps to support the journey from meeting a potential mate through romance, sex, and marriage. In the middle, they convey the import of family and professional connections, distinguishing those from more casual acquaintances. On the other end, they form much of the glue in primary relationships for people who don't base their ties on sexuality. Sex and romance are valuable, but they're not everything. Nonsexual intimacies are the "show don't tell" conveyance for the rest of the serious relationship field. Here are some examples and their story influence.

EDIT 6-26-17: See also "Five Types of Intimacy Other Than Sexual," which categorizes things somewhat differently than I do.

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