January 1st, 2012


Happy Gregorian New Year

The clock just rolled over here.  *cheers*

I wish you all a happy and healthy year.  May the east wind bring you inspiration, the south wind bring you passion, the west wind bring you flexibility, the north wind bring you strength, and the spirit wind bring you the time to do what you would do.

2011 Goals in Review

I have reviewed my list of goals for 2011.  Out of 20 goals, I met 15 and missed 5, which is 75% success.  That is much better than I have done in previous years.  I believe that my goal of looking at the list more often -- which I met -- helped considerably here.

I am also quite pleased with the fill-in-the-blank goal, where I filed two major spontaneous projects: building the Greenhaven Tradition website, and organizing posts for crowdfunding during its Spotlight week.

So I'm pleased with these accomplishments.  I got a lot done.

Goals for 2012

Each year, I think about what I have accomplished and what I want to do next.  I'm trying out a new point system to encourage more effort towards things I tend to let slide, and I'll see how much I can rack up.  These are some of my goals for 2012:

* Actually look at this list of goals, at least three times, before the end of the year in hopes of meeting more of them and not trying to cram in December.
(1 point per visit, counting up to one visit per month = 12)
1/18/12, 2/1/12, MET /12/12, 4/11/21, 5/9/12, 6/24/12, 7/1/12, 8/27/12, 9/17/12, 10/30/12, 11/12/12, 12/1/12)

* Place one new book-length project on the market, either by writing a book proposal or by writing a complete book manuscript.
(100 points)

* Experiment with self-publishing a chapbook in ebook and/or home-printed format.
(50 points)

* Finish writing the poems needed to complete The 50 Poetic States collection. Keep shopping around the proposal for it in hopes of finding an editor who likes it and can afford to buy it.
(50 points for writing the poems, 5 per proposal submission to editor; or can be used for 100 points book-writing goal or 50 points self-publishing goal)

* Finish writing the poems needed to complete The Origami Mage collection.  Add supporting materials as necessary.  Submit completed manuscript to Hunt Press.
(25 points for writing the poems; can be used for 100 points book-writing goal)
Finished writing poems - MET 25 points

* Write at least 300 poems.
(1 point per poem) MET  550+ written by 12/31/12

* Continue holding one Poetry Fishbowl per month.
(3 points per month = 36 point MET 2/4/12)

* Collate at least three more poetic series into collection files.
(5 points per short collection, 10 points per long collection)
Fiorenza the Wisewoman 1/18/12, The Adventures of Aldornia and Zenobia 2/10/12, Alien Ants and Butterflies 2/10/12, The Clockwork War 2/10/12, Glimpses of Minoa 2/11/12, Gloryroad Crossing 2/11/12, The Inkseer 2/11/12, Footprints in Foreign Soil 4/10/12, The Asgard Eddas 5/3/12, Kung Fu Robots 5/3/12, Lacquerware 5/3/12, The Origami Mage 5/4/12, Hart's Farm 5/7/12, Monster House 5/7/12
MET 2/10/12 = 95 points

* Subdivide the Serial Poetry page, putting series onto subpages for easier reading.
(10 points)

* Create more supporting materials for poetic series as necessary, such as character cast lists or scientific notes. ("Cast List for Fiorenza the Wisewoman" ME 1/8/12, "Steamsmith Vocabulary" 4/11/12, "Hart's Farm Characters" 6/14/12 "The Classical Elements" 7/15/12, "Meals in Nether-England" 11/9/12, "Fledgling Grace Birds" Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)
(3-10 points per item = 70)

* Post at least one more verse of "A Periodic Table of Elementals."
(1 point per verse)

* Sell poetry to at least 3 new markets. ("Eggs Under Moon" to Cast of Wonders published 3/12/12; "Dates and the Desert," "Navigation of Memory," and "Astropolis" in Big Pulp published 6/22/12; "Assumptions of Precedence" and "Rods and Reels" to Polu Texni paid 7/7/12, "Candleflight" accepted to Silver Blade  7/28/12)
(5 points per market = 20)

* Sell at least one poem of 10 or fewer lines, eligible for the Dwarf Stars Award.  (MET 6/19/12 "Fishing Rights" accepted by Star*Line, 6/22/12 "Astropolis" published in Big Pulp)
(3 points per poem = 6)

* Sell at least one poem of 50+ lines, eligible for the Rhysling Award long category.
(3 points per poem)

* Write at least 3 stories. Take more care not to let fiction engine idle until things spurt out sideways at inopportune times.  Ideally, write at least one story advancing the main Fala/Rai storyline in Torn World; and at least one story in some other setting.
(1 point per Torn World story, 1 point per crossover, 5 points per other story = 48)
Torn World: "Doing the Work" TW 1/16/12, "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce"  MET   4/20/12, "Nomess Mithoirarv" TW 6/29/12, "Drawing the Triangle" 12/10/12
Crossover: "Homicidal Psycho Jungle GoH" 2/2/12, "A Thin Red Trail" TW 4/22/12, "THE Woman" 9/10/12, "Finding the Library" 7/10/12, "Still Alive" 10/8/12, "Swallow the Sky" 10/9/12, "Attention to Detail" 10/29/12, "Texas Sunrise" 11/8/12, "The Waxahachie Tea Party" 11/9/11, "Seeing Things" 11/10/12, "Updating the Database" 11/11/12, "Studying Scarlett" 11/12/12, "Coming Together at the Seams" 11/15/12, "Safe Keeping" 11/20/12, "Fighting Through the Fog" 11/28/12, "Hidden Seeker" 12/4/12, "Smoke and Thunder" 12/6/12, "Saving the Heroes" 12/12/12, "Twilight Memories" 12/16/12, "Unbridled Scold" 12/17/12
Original: "Birth Announcements" 5/9/12, "Their Platinum Jubilee" 5/14/12, "The Hand of Sedna" 9/15/12, "The Red Hand" 10/23/12, "Why Kovid Doesn't Do Sex Magic" 10/27/12

* Finish at least one story that was partly written and then abandoned.
(3 points per story = 6)
MET 1/20/12 "Raining Kittens" 9/9/12 "Reaching for the Moons"

* Edit at least one story that has already been written, and put it on the market.
(3 points per story)

* Submit all unsold stories to markets.
(5 points)

* Sell at least one story.
(1 point per dollar)

* Obtain at least one new, regular writing or editing job that pays reasonably well.
(100 points)
Booked for Line Editor at Plunge  webzine January 2012

Continue sending the PenUltimate Productions Newsletter at the beginning of each month.
(1 point per month) [MET 2/1/12]

* Continue expanding my connections with intentional community; write at least one article for Communities magazine.
(3 points)
"The Bookends of Community" [MET /17/12]

* Run the Rose & Bay Awards for 2012. (MET 3/1/12)
(10 points)

* Keep up with writing records better, updating at least weekly.
(1 point per week that is properly up-to-date = 20)
[1/29/12, 3/12/12, 3/25/12, 4/8/12, 4/15/12, 4/29/12, 5/6/12, 5/13/12, 5/21/12, 6/24/12, 7/1/12, 7/16/12, 8/27/12, 9/3/12, 9/30/12, 10/30/12, 11/11/12, 12/1/12, 12/18/12, 12/31/12]

* Complete at least one significant outdoor project, such as finishing reorganization of the blackberry patch or paving around the raspberry patch.  (MET /5/12 -- replanted forest garden)
(25 points)

* Improve my understanding of how the fancy digital camera works, so that I can learn to use more of its features.  Try out the high-speed "sports" mode.
(10 points per feature)

* Practice using the scanning and photo printing functions on the new color printer.
(10 points per feature)
MET  Scanner 1/16/12

* Replace two bookcases in my office, assembling the new bookcases and moving the books onto them.
(10 points per bookcase)

* Go through closet to remove clothes that no longer fit, and take them to a charity.
(3 points per bag)

* Fill in the blank: __________.  This slot is left open because, during any given year, I usually pick up some "surprise" goals.  This time I want to give myself credit for that.  MET
(variable points)
Establish The Silk Road Allies as a shared world.  (10 points)
Blackout on first Cottoncandy Bingo Card 8-24-12 (25 points)
Second Cottoncandy Bingo Card 10-1-12 (21 points)
Participate in Kink Bingo (1 point per square) (22 points)
Participate in Hurt/Comfort Bingo (1 point per square) (17 points)
Establish Deviant Art account. (10 points)

TOTAL SCORE = 1128 points

What are some of your goals for 2012?


State of the Author Address 2012

Here is a summary of my wordsmithing accomplishments during the year of 2011 …

Poems Written: 423+
Poems Published: 31 outside The Wordsmith’s Forge and 183 fishbowl poems + in The Wordsmith’s Forge

Stories Written: 21 (Torn World) + 3 (other) = 25
Stories Submitted to Market: 22 (Torn World) + 1 other = 23
Stories Sold: 15 (Torn World) + 1 other = 16

Nonfiction Pieces Written: 27 (Torn World) + 40 (Llewellyn) + 12 (crowdfunding essays) + 9 (other) = 88
Nonfiction Pieces Published: 27+ (Torn World) + 37 (Llewellyn) + 12 (crowdfunding essays) + 9 (other) = 85+

Book Proposals Written: 0
Books Written: 0
Books/Book Proposals Submitted to Market: 0
Books Sold: 0
Books Published: 0

Books Edited: 0

Award Nominations: 1
 Poetry Fishbowl Project for 2011 Rose & Bay Award: Poetry
Awards Won: 1
 Poetry Fishbowl Project WON 2011 Rose & Bay Award: Poetry

One of the biggest things I did doesn't even appear on the list: creating Schrodinger's Heroes, about the imaginary fandom of an apocryphal television show.  It's all about quantum mechanics and saving the world from alternate dimensions; featuring a chromatically and sexually diverse cast of characters.  It spans demifiction, stories, poems, podcast and cartoon scripts, even LOLcats humor.  Browse the menu page to find everything.

The Poetry Fishbowl continues to be a huge success.  I'm hoping to post a more detailed summary of that project later.  Several new series got launched and one is near completion.  The fishbowl produced almost as much income as my writing for the Llewellyn annuals -- and folks, that's the biggest esoteric publisher you've almost tied for command of my time.  I had 9 k-fans in 2011, which is half again as many as I had in 2010.  Woohoo!

Many of my stories and poems appeared in Torn World; you can find them on my contributor page.  Some are for supporters only, but others are visible to the public.  I've also posted a fair number of new characters, if you're looking for one to adopt.  Torn World also has some handy new features; the articles page and the fiction page have both been redesigned to make it easier to find what you want, courtesy of ellenmillion and her magic code.

I've continued to explore the fancy camera.  My main success this year was a Fourth of July shoot with fireworks.  I posted some clear fireworks and fuzzy fireworks.  That involved using a tripod and longer exposure.  I want to try that again sometime.

What were some of your accomplishments during 2011?


Bird Photos

 See the heron.

Today a hawk perched in the tree just outside our kitchen window, near the hopper feeder.  I think it was a fledgling, as there were still a few fluffy white spots, and its voice had that kind of whispery squeak.  It was probably thinking "bird feeder = place full of birds where I can eat."  Alas, it flew away before I got back with the camera.

Rose & Bay Awards open for nomination!

The Rose & Bay Awards celebrate excellence in cyberfunded creativity.  I have posted the first two nomination posts in the 2012 Rose & Bay Awards  for the categories of Poetry and Webcomic.  I have a volunteer for Art, who is also willing to cover Fiction if necessary, so you can watch for those to appear too.  If nobody else is willing to manage Other Project and Patron this year, I'll do them, but I'm eligible there so I'd really rather not.  

Please drop by and make your nominations.  The Webcomic post has a list of places you can find comics to browse.  I couldn't find a similar list for poetry so if you know of good places to find that, please let me know.  Later, after all the nomination posts are up, I'll make a post that links all of them so you'll have an easy place to refer your friends.

Read "Why I Could Ask for More" by Siege

Siege has written an excellent essay on pricing crowdfunded services, in this case divination.

I take a similar approach with poetry.  I write pretty fast, and I've been doing poetry for decades so I'm skilled at it.  That means I can offer it at an affordable rate and still make a comfortable amount of money.  There are $5 poems and microfunded epics at $.50/line for people with a small budget, and longer poems or custom ones for people with a large budget.  It works out to what I consider a respectable hourly rate for a skilled worker.  I'd rather sell more poetry affordably than just a few pieces expensively, because this way more poetry gets published.  On average I get better rates from my audience than from editors -- by Duotrope's standards, I'm at semipro rates (under $50/poem) for all but some of the epics -- and I'm selling almost everything direct to my audience these days.  Cake for everyone!
Crowdfunding butterfly ship

My Crowdfunding Activity in 2011

I've decided to try tallying up all the stuff I've done with cyberfunded creativity in 2011 ...

I served as a maintainer of the Crowdfunding communities on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal.  I organized a bunch of posts on different topics during Spotlight week on LJ.  I wrote about a dozen essays on crowdfunding, which you can read in the Crowdfunding section of my website, mostly filed under "How To."  I also did post on "Let's Make Some Bookstores" to encourage people to feature bookstores in their crowdfunding projects.

I organized the 2011 Rose & Bay Awards, recognizing excellence in crowdfunding across the categories of Art, Fiction, Poetry, Webcomic, Other Project, and Patron.  My Poetry Fishbowl project won the Poetry category, and there's a post listing all the 2011 winners.

In 2011 I added a "from my prompts" tag on my LJ so folks can see what people have created based on my inspiration. If you enjoy my ideas when I'm writing, you'll probably enjoy the literature, art, and other goodies that other folks have developed based on something I suggested.

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Crowdfunding butterfly ship

My Crowdfunding Activity in 2012

I'm sure it will be much easier to keep an accurate tally if I do it during  the year rather than trying to backtrack after the fact, as I did with my 2011 crowdfunding activity.

I serve as a maintainer of the Crowdfunding communities  on Dreamwidth  and  on LiveJournal.

I'm organizing th 2012 Rose & Bay Awards, recognizing excellence in crowdfunding across the categories of Art, Fiction, Poetry, Webcomic, Other Project, and Patron.  See the list of winners.

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