January 22nd, 2012


New Crowdfunding Project: "Plunge Magazine"

The Kickstarter page is now up for Plunge  Magazine.  [personal profile] ailelie seeks to raise $2000 to fund the first two issues.  (See a detailed budget.)  Plunge  will focus on queer (lesbian, bisexual, asexual, etc.) in genre fiction, all kinds of different genres and themes.  The main website features more information about Plunge.

JOB CREATOR -- my job, actually!  If this project gets funded, I'll be the Line Editor for the magazine.

Please chip in and/or boost the signal.

Coping with Women's Clothes

This article lists a number of stupid things about women's clothes.

I don't wear most of the shit like this, with the exception of liking some thin clothes for summer wear and layering.  I layer in winter because my house heats unevenly, and it's more convenient to take off or put on a layer than to hike back to the bedroom and change everything.

So here's what you can do about the nonsense that is modern fashion:

1) First, ignore all the stores that focus on fashion.  That will cut out about 80-90% of places you'd waste your time, depending on where you live.  In fact, forget about fashion: when you find something you like, buy several so you'll have it after it goes out of fashion.

2) Now look for stores that cater to women who need practical clothes.  Farm stores are awesome for this.  So are some outdoor recreation stores.  Some stores that cater to mothers are good too.  Some bargain stores have clothes that are built to last.

3) Don't forget to check the men's section.  Their clothes are more sensible.  If you have smallish boobs, you can probably wear men's shirts.  If you have smallish hips, you can probably wear men's pants.  If you are big and tall, sheesh, you'll probably have an easier time finding stuff in the men's section because it is just made bigger in general.  If you have an hourglass figure, don't despair: men's clothing usually has more ease and if you're willing to try on different things, you can probably find something that fits.  Among the awesome things in the men's section are roomy flannel shirts, one-shape-fits-most t-shirts, plain socks, and boxer briefs that keep the thighs from rubbing together.

4) Shop thrift stores.  Little fashion makes it down that far because the people who donate to charities are less likely to buy that stuff to begin with, and the more destructible garments rarely survive that long.  Most of the stuff that does is durable, just somebody outgrew it in one direction or another.  This is a great place to find comfortable t-shirts and sweaters.  Bottoms are more of a gamble.  Some places have a good selection of skirts, though.

5) Learn to sew.  You can make your own clothes, or you can fix small stupid things like a too-long hem or loose buttons. Having a pattern for some basic stuff, like a pair of nice simple shorts, is really handy.  If you are determined to have professional clothes that are not stupid, making your own is cheaper than hiring a seamstress, and some of the patterns are doable.  Look at fashion comparison charts too -- once you've seen a dozen or so variations of necklines, sleeve shapes, etc. you can pick the ones you like best and use those.

6) You always have the option of telling the fashion manufacturers why you don't buy their crap, or when you find a good supplier, why you stick to them like glue.  If enough people complain about a product field, it tends to change.


Poetry Fishbowl Report for January 17, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl

The bonus fishbowl theme was "Fiorenza the Wisewoman."  I've updated the entry for that series on the Serial Poetry page.  Some prompts arrived early, while others came in quite late -- so I didn't quite get to one prompt by everyone, but close.  A total of 19 people sent prompts, counting the Dreamwidth and backchannel ones.  There were 61 comments on LJ and 2 on DW, including mine.  I worked from 12:20 PM to 1:25 AM, so about 11 hours 15 minutes allowing for lunch and supper breaks.

I wrote 10 poems on Tuesday.  I may write more later, as I didn't get to all the prompts that gave me ideas.  There were six epics, one medium-long poem, and three medium-short poems.  All of the medium-short poems were forms: a terza rima, a villanelle, and a sonnet.  Everything else was free verse.

Please welcome new prompters moon_fox, shadows_gallery, and DW user syntaxofthings.  You have them to thank for getting to vote on a second freebie.

Donations were decent this time.  I don't make near as much on the mid-month fishbowls as on the main ones, but that's to be expected at this stage.  I'm content if I make something and get a batch of good poetry.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the January 17, 2012 fishbowl have been posted:
"Cups and Coins"
"Fiorenza and the Sea"
"Fiorenza's New Hat"
"Tabagnino and the Beanstalk"
"Three Brothers and a Bull"
"Walking with the Witch-Son"

Also, four new verses of "The Morose Mascot" were sponsored and posted.

Buy Some Poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, read the list of unsold poetry from January 17, 2012.  That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.  At this time, there are only two microfunded poems open, so any one of the remaining epics from this session would be eligible for microfunding.

The mid-month donors include: laffingkat, rix_scaedu, and janetmiles.  Thank you all for your support!

For complete details on this project, see the Poetry Fishbowl Landing Page.