January 23rd, 2012


Marina's Bilingual Poetry Project

marina_bonomi is holding a discussion about a possible crowdfunding project, a bilingual book of poetry in Chinese/Italian and/or Chinese/English.  If you're into cross-cultural poetry, ethnic studies, or linguistics then please drop by and check it out. 

I'm really excited about this because I love all that stuff, plus I'm aware that it's a lot easier to get readers hooked on something written by people like them about experiences they can relate to.

Monday Update 1-23-12

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:
Poetry Fishbowl Report from January 17, 2012
Black March
Torn Tongue: Nouns Beginning with "Q"
Rhysling Poems Approved
Making Your Vote Count
If You Don't Like Your Party's Candidates...
Read "Where I Started" by My_starz
New Crowdfunding Project: "The Arkh Project"
Job Creators in Crowdfunding

I got six pictures from the latest Sketch Fest session, linked in three posts: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3.

"Coping with Women's Clothes" is up to 39 comments.  Clothing can be a sensitive personal issue.  Please remember to respect other people's opinions.  If you like and can wear stuff of the mainstream rack, fine; if not, fine.  Whatever methods you use for obtaining clothes are fine too.  Just bear in mind that the same approach doesn't work for everyone, which is why there are options and discussions.  Thank you!

"New Crowdfunding Project: Plunge Magazine" has a link to the Kickstarter page.  This magazine will publish poetry, fiction, and nonfiction about lesbian, bisexual, asexual, and otherwise queer women across many genres such as science fiction, romance, and mystery.  If the funding comes together, I'll be the Line Editor.

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 has four new verses from this past week, and it needs $46.50 to complete.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," (fiction).  Back to me for edits: "Catch and Release," (fiction), "Seafoam Fashions," "Hide Away," "Red Glass, Green Glass," "Bitter Herbs" (poetry), "Half-Leg," "Northern Game: Bola-Ball," "Northern Game: Ice Gliders," (nonfiction). Currently in front of the canon board: "Getting the Goat," "Courtship Displays," "Unlicensed Dreams" (poetry), "Grapejelly," "Wild Herbivores of the North" (nonfiction).  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," "Like Ash Before the Wind," "Breaking the Ice," "From Dark to Bright," "Beached Fish," (fiction), "The Hearsay Cafe," "The Colors of the Rainbow," "How Skycat Got Her Name" (poetry), "Dolls of the Empire" (nonfiction).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "The Green Speech," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "The Bones of Need" "Raining Kittens," "Doing the Work," (fiction).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "Reaching for the Moons" (fiction).

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.

We've had an assortment of snow and ice here, nothing unbearable, just occasionally annoying.  The suet cage on my office window needs refilling again.  Cardinals are showing up at the hopper feeder more often now.