January 19th, 2012


Job Creators in Crowdfunding

I was updating my list of crowdfunding activities for 2012 and realized something interesting: I already have two projects marked "JOB CREATOR" and it's only January. One is "The Bookstore That's Bigger on the Inside" where funds will go toward paying staff members, among other things. The other is Plunge webzine, in planning stages currently with a Kickstarter to open soon, and the job it's creating is mine as Line Editor.

In this lousy economy, people care a lot about creating jobs. They might like to know if a crowdfunded project is doing that, and it might attract more donations. So I'd like to encourage folks, when posting about their own projects or those they support, to include "JOB CREATOR" in the post.


The Blackout List

These websites participated in the blackout to protest SOPA and PIPA.  They believe that shutting down websites without due process is wrong.  I agree.

If you like what I write, consider how many people I probably piss off, and that under those bills it would only take an accusation -- not proof -- by one of them to wipe out my websites.  Never mind my ability to make a living if large chunks of the net go down.

Link courtesy of my_partner_doug.

Serial Poetry Page Update

I have updated the Serial Poetry page to include the new poems about Fiorenza the Wisewoman, in my best guess of series-chronological order.  The published ones are linked; the rest will be linked as they appear online.  If you have not yet voted in the freebie poll, it's still open until at least Thursday afternoon.

I've also finished assembling a file of all the poems together, which will become the series collection available as a donor perk at the end of this year.  So now you've got two to choose from, if you reach that level: this or Path of the Paladins.  That's 1/3 of my goal for compiling collections.

New Crowdfunding Project: "The Arkh Project"

"The Arkh Project" is designing a video game for people of color and queer people.  They are the creators and the main characters.  Currently the project is crowdfunding character design over on IndieGoGo.  Making a top-of-the-line video game is really expensive so they are sensibly funding it in sections.

I love the character art so far, especially Ain with her cocoa skin, freckles, and wild hair.  And hey, she is even in pretty sensible armor.  Haruka looks good too.  There is also an outline of what else is needed for the game, including a plot summary, which is deliciously different from usual: a bored deity decides to gain experience and seek the meaning of life by incarnating in different lives.

If you think that video games should be more representative of human diversity, consider chipping in or at least boosting the signal.  Why give your money to megacorps who tokenize or ignore you and people you care about?  Put your folding vote in the hands of someone who actually knows where the clue machine is and will make a product worth playing.

Poem: "Fiorenza's New Hat"

This poem came out of the January 17, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from rowyn and Dreamwidth user syntaxofthings.  It was selected as the second freebie in an audience poll.  This poem draws some inspiration from the fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood," and features a return of Giacinto and his werewolf problem.

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Unsold Poetry from the January 17, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl

This fishbowl has SOLD OUT.  Thank you for your support!

The following poems from the January 17, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. They may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on  my LiveJournal profile  page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods
.  The Poetry Fishbowl also has a  landing page  with full details about the project.

Note that as of 1/19/12, there are only two poems in microfunding, so any one of the epics could be opened for that.

"Cups and Coins" -- 87 lines, $43.50 SOLD
From your prompt about Fiorenza thinking of her future, I got the free-verse poem "Cups and Coins." Gypsies come to the village, and Fiorenza gets her fortune told, which leads her thoughts in a very distracting direction.

"The Godfather" -- 106 lines, $53  SOLD
I like stories about Death but I think he gets the short end too often. So "The Godfather" takes a different direction, in which Don Candido is respectful of the gifts he is given, and Fiorenza learns some new things about the priest.

"Marchesa Micia" -- 90 lines, $45SOLD
From the cat prompt I got the free-verse poem "Marchesa Micia," also somewhat inspired by the Italian version of "Puss in Boots." A talking cat comes to Fiorenza's village, but she happens to be mostly black, and people aren't keen on that.

"A Princely Abode" -- 143 lines, $71.50SOLD
From your prompt about frogs, I got the free-verse poem "A Princely Abode." A prince transformed into a frog asks Fiorenza to kiss him, but since she isn't a princess, clearly something else will have to be done about this.

"Tabagnino and the Beanstalk" -- 14 lines, $10 SOLD
The prompt about magic beans turned into the sonnet "Tabagnino and the Beanstalk." A young man who isnota hero brings home some trouble ...

"Three Brothers and a Bull" -- 24 lines, $10 SOLD
From the prompt about rudeness vs. politeness I got the terza rima "Three Brothers and a Bull." Some things are more trouble than they're worth, and our favorite herbalist has little patience for fools.

"To Its Own End" -- 251 lines, $125.50SOLD
Yes, griffins will return to the same territory. When they do, some people are glad to see them, others not so much. Don Candido and Fiorenza get caught up in the ensuing ruckus. The result is "To Its Own End," a free-verse poem.

The Oatmeal Blackout

One of the funniest SOPA / PIPA blackout protest examples is this animated clip on The Oatmeal.  They put it under its own link so folks could still enjoy it after the protest ended.  Gods bless the artists who help make democracy engaging enough that people actually pay attention to it.  And remember -- wash your SOPA out with mouth!  Democracy thrives on communication.