January 16th, 2012


Read my story "On the Rocks" in The Lorelei Signal

The current issue of The Lorelei Signal is now out, with my story "On the Rocks."  This is the first Torn World story that I've sold to an outside market.  It shows Eshra as a young ranger in Itadesh, dealing with frisky snow-unicorn foals and a less-than-helpful partner.  Then a fit of mischief turns into a much riskier situation, and Eshra must figure out how to save the precious filly.

The Lorelei Signal  is a crowdfunded webzine.  There are donation buttons where you can send money to the writer or artist of a given item, or to the magazine as a whole.  If you can spare a little something, please show your support for this webzine that specializes in strong female characters.

This story started as a prompt I posted in Sketch Fest: "A Torn World scene in which a young snow-unicorn climbs a cliff like a goat would, while a horrified herder tries to coax it down." ellenmillion drew a sketch based on that, which she later refined and inked.  The scene inspired me to write "On the Rocks."


Copyright Length

Here's a thoughtful article about the length of copyright and what it's costing all of us.  Copyright is supposed to be a limited term thing, but it's really not anymore.  Now whenever the Mouse approaches expiration, mountains of money are moved to ensure that doesn't happen.

Ever, probably, the way things are going.

I'm glad that a lot of people are just sidestepping copyright as unsuitable and exploring other options.  Creative Commons is a good example.

Monday Update 1-16-12

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:
Precedents in Trespassing
Library Patrons Want Ebooks
Embarras Valley Farm & CSA (with discussion of pros & cons in community-supported agriculture)
Torn Tongue: Verbs Beginning with "Q"
Wind Resistant Trees
The Mobility Vehicle One
Hard Things
Read "Hellwatch"

The mid-month bonus fishbowl will take place this Tuesday, focused on the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman.  Think Italian history, rural life, herbalism, folk magic, fairy tales, and a woman who doesn't take flack from anyone.  You can read up on the series by visiting the Serial Poetry page.  Also, one of the Crowdfunding Creative Jam poems this weekend belongs to that series, "Pearls and Posies."

This weekend featured at least four different crowdfunding activities: Crowdfunding Creative Jam, Torn World Muse Fusion, Giraffe Call by aldersprig, and Garden of Prose by clare_dragonfly.  Woohoo!  You can find links to the events, a list of what I wrote with sponsorship prices, and links to stuff created from my prompts in "Fund ALL the Crowds!"  Already visible is my CCJ freebie poem, "Why Autistics Make Good Friends."  The Torn World freebie is a nonfiction article about another critter, the grapejelly, which will go to the Canon Board and eventually get posted for public viewing.  Imagine a very tiny fruit-flavored sea monster.

My partner Doug has launched a crowdfunded astrology project, My Starz! over on Dreamwidth. Early posts contain essays talking about what astrology is and how it works.
New Crowdfunding Project: My Starz! Astrology
My Starz! Update
Read About the Rising Sign

You can now read my Torn World story "On the Rocks" in the crowdfunded magazine The Lorelei Signal.

Plunge in Progress talks about the genre webzine of queer women literature that I'll be editing.  The website is up with some background information on the project, and the Kickstarter fundraiser has been submitted; I'll let you know when the fundraiser goes active.

Lorelei Has a Dream covers the Kickstarter project by meeksp to do a hardcopy edition of her illustrated book.

The Bookstore That's Bigger on the Inside is a Kickstarter project by m_p_cryan to support her indie bookstore.

Giraffe Call Monday Update is a summary of progress from aldersprig about the fiction project, which is still open (probably through Friday evening) and making brisk headway through perk thresholds.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inescapable Agony of Being" is a $20 poem about aliens masquerading as human.  It only needs $2 to be fully funded!  "The Morose Mascot" follows Horace the porcupine as he flees his horrible mistress.  It needs $53 to complete.

Nominations are now open for the 2012 Rose & Bay Awards which honors crowdfunding excellence in the categories of Art, Fiction, Poetry, Webcomic, Other Project, and Patron.  Please visit the nomination posts to browse projects and nominate your own favorites.  Full details for this award are on its landing page, and the nomination pages have category details.

Nominations are also open for the Rhysling Award recognizing exceptional speculative poetry.  The SFPA has posted some Rhysling eligible poems online and mine are also available on my website.  If you're a SFPA member, please nominate your favorite poems for this award.  Also, this award now accepts crowdfunded and self-published poems!  So all of my 2011 fishbowl poems are eligible -- look under the "poem" tag to find them.

The weather turned cold here, and we got enough snow to cover the ground and form low drifts. The birds mobbed the feeders as a result. The funniest example was a lady cardinal trying valiantly to plunder the thistle sock. Cardinals are not clinging birds, and I don't think she ever got a single seed there. I need to restock one of my suet cages when we go to the grocery store -- the sparrows emptied it. Most of the snow has melted by now, as the weather warmed up again.

2012 Rose & Bay Awards Update

This award recognizes excellence in cyberfunded creativity aka crowdfunding.  Visit the 2012 Rose & Bay Award landing page for full details.

The nomination period is open through January 31, so we're halfway through that  Here are the nomination posts for all six categories and their current numbers of nominations:

Art: 6
Fiction: 5
Poetry: 2
Webcomic: 2
Other Project: 4
Patron: 4

So far just a handful of nominations have come in.  Ideally, I'd like to see the nominations surpass what we got in 2011, which were Art (6), Fiction (18), Poetry (4), Webcomic (11), Other Project (10), and Patron (12).  Poetry and Webcomics are the lowest.  Try looking for poetry book projects on Kickstarter or other hub sites if you need ideas.  Webcomics are really popular and there's a list of archives on the nomination page.  As for Patron, there are a lot of creators in this audience -- if everyone would nominate at least one of their own patrons for their projects, this category would be thriving.

You can also help by boosting the signal.  Post about the award and encourage your audience to come nominate projects.</span></span>

Read "Aspects in Astrology" by My_starz

 [personal profile] my_starz has posted the concluding essay, "Aspects in Astrology," in a miniseries about natal charts and what they mean.  Altogether the essays provide a basic introduction to astrology and the workings of a natal chart.  If you've missed some of the earlier stuff, go back and start with the first essay, "I don't believe in that horoscope stuff."

The next topic will be personal experiences and explorations of astrology.  Comment, subscribe, and/or linkback to encourage more posts in this crowdfunded astrology project.