November 28th, 2011

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Welcome to Winterfaire 2011

The Winterfaire spreads out as far as the eye can see. Some booths show streamers of red and green, while others sport blue and silver. All of them offer treasure after shining treasure. Music fills the air with lyrics of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, and Yule. From the Wordsmith's Forge comes the bright chiming of words being hammered into literature. Delicious scents of hot chocolate, spiced cider, peppermint, baking cookies, and gingerbread tantalize the appetite. Smiling, laughing shoppers amble from booth to booth with lists in hand. Vendors grin back, calling out, "Come try, come buy...!"

I know a lot of artists, writers, musicians, crafters, and other talented folks who make some of their living from their creative endeavors. I don't always have the money to support them as much as I'd like, but what I can do is set up a virtual faire where vendors can offer their wares to an audience that likes crafts, literature, and small businesses. For those of you doing your holiday shopping, here's an opportunity to buy something made with love, something unusual or unique, in a way that helps make it possible for creative people to go on creating wonders. And there will be no traffic jams, stampedes, or gunfights at the Winterfaire!



Vendors: If you have goods or services suitable for holiday gifts, please put up a booth by replying with a description of what you sell, an estimate of your price range if possible, and some kind of contact information so shoppers can reach you.  If you have a website (Etsy, DeviantArt, personal, whatever) showcasing your work in more detail, include the link(s).  If you have holiday freebies, such as downloadable greeting card imagery, you're welcome to promote those too. For ease of identification, I recommend titling your reply starting with "BOOTH:" followed by the name of your business or type of goodies.

Shoppers: If you're looking for something specific and it's not posted yet, feel free to ask. Someone else may know where to find it! "SHOPPING FOR:" and the topic would be a good title.

Everyone: You may help promote the Winterfaire by linking to this post from your own blog or site. If you have a similar holiday-networking post, you may link to it in a comment on this post.

Participation Perk: I'm offering poetry for participation, beginning with verses of "All in the Family" from the Monster House series.  If that runs out, I may pick another.  Then came "Gallery of Souls" and "Wipeout." First three poems are complete! Currently open: "With Mortal Flesh and Iron Will." Because, you see, all of these activities will unlock a verse each time someone does them:
* link to this Winterfaire page to boost the signal
* comment posting a Booth of your wares/services in the Winterfaire
* buy something from a vendor listed in the Winterfaire 
* host a similar holiday market in your own blog or other venue
LiveJournal will notify me of comments to this post and links to it elsewhere on LJ; for everything else, you need to TELL ME in order to get credit for it.

Similar Markets:
Big Shill on benchilada
Ze Official Bizarre Holiday Bazaar on winneganfake
The Jaguar Hosts a Bazaar by haikujaguar
Virtual Craft Faire by red_trillium

Happy holidays!
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Perk Poem: "All in the Family"

This is the participation perk poem for Winterfaire 2011.  All of these activities will unlock a verse each time someone does one of them:

* link to the Winterfaire page to boost the signal
* comment posting a Booth of your wares/services in the Winterfaire
* buy something from a vendor listed in the Winterfaire 
* host a similar holiday market in your own blog or other venue
LiveJournal will notify me of comments to this post and links to it elsewhere on LJ; for everything else, you need to TELL ME in order to get credit for it.

This poem belongs to the Monster House series and features the first Thanksgiving at Monster House. You can find other poems in the series on my Serial Poetry page.  Participants so far: wrenstarling, zianuray, moonwolf1988, je_reviens, fireun, swirvel42, ellenmillion

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Monday Update 11-28-11

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:
Schrodinger's Heroes: Star
Axial Tilt
Schrodinger's Heroes: Rusty
Torn World Coloring Book in Stock!
Schrodinger's Heroes: Alters Together
Bilingual Liturgy
Schrodinger's Heroes: Alter!Vic
Money Talks
Genderbending in Art
Schrodinger's Heroes: "HALware" Part 2


Winterfaire 2011 is now open, promoting independent creators for the holiday shopping season.  There is perk poetry for participation.

I have listed the new Steamsmith poem, "The Curious Incident at the Guildhall Library," on the Serial Poetry page.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inescapable Agony of Being" is a $20 poem about aliens masquerading as human.

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), "Dairy Sow" (nonfiction). Currently in front of the canon board: nothing.  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 cool and intermittently damp here.  Cardinals and mourning doves have begun appearing at the birdfeeders along with mobs of sparrows, goldfinches, and starlings.