November 14th, 2011


Poll for Poetry Fishbowl Themes

[EDIT 11/17/11] The poll is now CLOSED. Read the free perk poem, "Red Rover, Red Rover, Send Sally on Over."

This poll will help select some themes to be slated for upcoming Poetry Fishbowl sessions.  Please READ THE INSTRUCTIONS before you vote.

The question is for general topics and it has check boxes instead of radio buttons.  Anyone may check ONE box.  If you have given me a prompt during 2011, you may check TWO boxes.  If you have donated to the Poetry Fishbowl project during 2011, you may check THREE boxes.  (If you want three votes but haven't donated yet this year, there is a permanent PayPal button on my profile page.)  K-fans, you know who you are, you may check FOUR boxes.  If you don't want to cast all your votes, that's okay too. 

This poll will stay open at least until Wednesday evening.  I'm going to be too busy to post a poem verse-by-verse, but 25 voters will get you a free Monster House poem; that series has a lot of unsponsored poems.

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Monday Update 11-14-11

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:
Schrodinger's Heroes: Alter!Kay
Read "Talking It to Death" by Aldersprig
Schrodinger's Heroes: Alter!Jayden
Crowdfunded Illustration: "Husband by Hand"
Where are the evil players?
Schrodinger's Heroes: Alter!Dusty
Good Writing Advice
Who would choose this?
Schrodinger's Heroes: Alter!Chris

I'm sorry that LiveJournal is still mangled and presenting my blog (at least to me) in a format that's difficult to read. Hopefully they will find both hands and a map sometime soon.

Please vote for themes in the Poetry Fishbowl if you haven't already done so. Both open epics have been completed. Also, the November Poetry Fishbowl SOLD OUT, so you can read ALL the poems by following the links in the followup report.

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:  "Dairy Sow" (nonfiction).  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," "How Skycat Got Her Name" (poetry).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "The Green Speech," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "The Bones of Need" (fiction).  Currently writing: "Raining Kittens," "Catch of the Day," "Reaching for the Moons" (fiction).

It's windy and wet here.  More birds are discovering the feeders; I saw a mourning dove in the tree above the hopper feeder recently.  Yay, wildlife!

Putting a Story in Order

Read about story order.  

I make sequencing errors all the time in fiction, though I've learned to watch for them and edit out most before they reach my first-reader.  Why?  Once I step outside the temporal gravity well of the consensus spacetime continuum, nothing is linear; it's all a jumble of points floating in space.  I'll often get the beginning and end first -- not necessarily in that order -- and then random chunks of the middle.  So writing a story is like putting a puzzle together.  Sometimes I get things in the right order, but there's often something out of place that has to be repositioned.  I spend a lot of time asking myself, "If this is so, what had to happen before it and what is likely to happen after it?"  By the time something reaches final draft, it's in the right order.