November 21st, 2011


Schrodinger's Heroes: Alter!Tim

Schrodinger's Heroes  is an apocryphal television show about quantum physics and keeping the Earth safe from alternate dimensions.  If you're not familiar with it, you can browse the menu page.  The following images may make more sense if you have read the descriptions for Melannen's characters and my characters.  LOL_Heroes is a branch of LOL picspam inspired by Schrodinger's Heroes.

Tim the Tentacle Monster comes from another dimension, stranded with Schrodinger's team.  He is a brilliant scientist, but so far hasn't managed to get himself home yet.  He is effectively asexual, and has been unable to explain his species' reproduction to humans.  Sometimes he gets turned into a cat, or is a cat in alternate dimensions.  Alter!Tim is a classic silver tabby.  See full-size pictures in the Alter Tim gallery of my LJ scrapbook.

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Meme: 20 Ships

I love the 20 Ships meme, which describes slash pairings in archetypal terms rather than character names.  Oh, the inspiration!

From Schrodinger's Heroes ...

The hero and his mirror-twin.
The thing from another dimension and the brainy blond.
The strappy ex-soldier and the girl everybody wants to spank.
The coffee guy and his wives and husbands and the guy who will try anything.
The lesbian mercenary and the soldier who wishes she never HEARD of these people.
The bloke with two lives and the dude who fixes shit.
The computer wizard and the surfer girl.
The vanilla fella and the highly educational medic.

Monday Update 11-21-11

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:
Poem: "Whose Body Encircles the Multiverse"
Publishing and Ebooks
Schrodinger's Heroes: Alter!Quinn
Schrodinger's Heroes: Alter!Pat
Schrodinger's Heroes: Alter!Morgan
Poetry Fishbowl Themes
Poem: "Red Rover, Red Rover, Send Sally on Over"
Prejudices in Film
Schrodinger's Heroes: Alter!Midge

The Crowdfunding Creative Jam is still running today on Dreamwidth and Livejournal.  From this came the poem "The Inescapable Agony of Being." It's a $20 poem about aliens masquerading as human, currently in microfunding.  Donate to see more.  Read a list of my available poems.

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).

Weather here has been chilly and damp.  Birds are mobbing the feeders.  I'm swamped with writing and holiday-related projects.

Crowdfunding Creative Jam

For whatever reason, this failed to crosspost from my Dreamwidth journal, so I'm reposting it here.

Sunday and Monday present the Crowdfunding Creative Jam, running concurrently on Dreamwidth and Livejournal.  Go claim prompts to use, leave prompts of your own, or just hang out and watch the fun.

Poetry Prices:
0-10 lines: $5 
11-25 lines: $10 
26-40 lines: $15 
41-60 lines: $20 
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing. 

What I Have Written:

"Whose Body Encircles the Multiverse"

"The Shear Torment of Inner Truths"
From the prompt about incompatible truths I got the free-verse poem "The Shear Torment of Inner Truths." That's not a typo, but rather a reference to the shear of continental plates along fault lines; the poem is written in geographic metaphors. 
24 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"The Inescapable Agony of Being"
From the prompt about aliens posing a facade of humanity, I got the free-verse poem "The Inescapable Agony of Being." It combines shapeshifting, religion, and the quest for enlightenment. 
46 lines, Buy It Now = $20 (currently in microfunding)

"Big Black Marble"
The Dyson Sphere prompt led to the free-verse poem "Big Black Marble." It contrasts the outer and inner appearance of the structure. 
12 lines, Buy It Now = $10 

"Fragrant Prompts"
I misread "Fragment Prompts" as "Fragrant Prompts," which led to a poem titled in the latter interpretation. It is written in tercets and evokes the inner world of memory through the imagery of scent and the language of flowers. 
21 lines, Buy It Now = $10 

"The Curious Incident at the Guildhall Library"
From the prompt "the curious incident of the dragon in the library" I got "The Curious Incident at the Guildhall Library."  This is a free-verse poem belonging to my Steamsmith series. Maryam the Steamsmith is called to the Guildhall Library to deal with what turns out NOT to be a simple furnace leak after all. Note: I've used a British English spellchecker online, but this hasn't been properly britpicked yet so there may be changes. 
126 lines, Buy It Now = $63</span></span>

Pepper Spray Pike is a meme!

Recently Lt. John Pike went all trigger-happy with his pepper spray on a row of peaceful protesters.  The Internet responded by launching him to memetic jerkfame.  Pepper Spray Pike is now all over everywhere.  He has become as ubiquitous and disturbing as Creepy the Clown.

Read an essay discussing the symbolism of pasting PSP into famous images.  It's a good take on the history of satire and art in activism.

See the Tumblr feed "Pepper Spraying Cop" collecting satirized paintings.  Here's a slideshow with many others.

Also on Facebook I've seen Pepper Spray Pike hosing My Little Pony, Disney critters, various movie heroes, and God.  See some copies in the "Pepper Spray Pike" gallery of my LJ scrapbook.

There is also a controversial image including Pike's name and phone number.  Yes, that's playing dirty.  But you know what?  When following the rules does not keep people safe and meet their needs, some people will decide that following the rules is no longer in their best interest.  They will then switch to other tactics.  That is what happens when those who are supposed to enforce the rules become abusive.  It is an unbreakable rule of history and there is nothing anyone can do about it except avoid triggering it by practicing oppression.  It really sucks that humans have not yet learned this, because solving problems rationally is much more efficient and human than solving them irrationally.

You can sign a petition against the use of chemical weapons and violence against peaceful protesters.  Remember, Americans have a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.  Our ancestors fought a war over that, in part, because King George wanted them to shut up or else.  They said fuck that noise and here we are today, losing an argument with ourselves, AGAIN.  Epic facepalm.

Please try not to turn any ensuing discussion into a rant, as is happening in many other threads on this topic.