January 30th, 2012


Poem: "The Godfather"

This poem came out of the January 17, 2012 bonus fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from thesilentpoet, aldersprig, marina_bonomi, and ankewehner.  Fiorenza and Don Candido talk about their respective roles in the village.  You can find out more about this series on the Serial Poetry page.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. The rate is $.50 per line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth.There is a permanent donation button onmy profile page,or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.

So far sponsors include: the_vulture marina_bonomi, general fund

106 lines, Buy It Now = $53
Amount donated = $30.00
Verses posted = 11 of 22

Amount remaining to fund fully = $23.00
Amount needed to fund next verse = $2
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $1.50

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2012 Rose & Bay Award Update

 This award recognizes excellence in cyberfunded creativity aka crowdfunding. Remember that we have the 2012 art now. Visit the 2012 Rose & Bay Award landing page for full details.

The nomination period is open through January 31, which means that tomorrow is the last day to nominate projects or patrons. Here are the nomination posts for all six categories and their current numbers of nominations:

Art: 7
Fiction: 12
Poetry: 2
Webcomic: 2
Other Project: 5
Patron: 12

Nominations are still on the low side. 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). Art has met that goal, yay! Fiction still needs 7 nominations, Poetry 3, Webcomics 9, Other Project 6, and Patron 1 toward that end. Poetry and Webcomics are the lowest. Try looking for poetry book projects on Kickstarter if you need ideas. Webcomics are really popular and there's a list of archives on the nomination page. Fiction and Patron are doing much better. Thanks to all the creators who have raised Patron!

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

Watch for the voting posts to appear on or near February 1.

Monday Update 1/30/12

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:
Microfic by Rix_scaedu
Update: "Cast List for Fiorenza the Wisewoman"
Barnes & Noble vs. Amazon
Read "Horses as a Plot Device"
Read About Were-Thylacines
Torn Tongue: Verbs Beginning with "R"
Read "Friendship" by Rix_scaedu
10 Writing Rules to Consider
Update: Plunge Magazine
How America Loses Jobs
Read "Snake on Duty" by Skjam
An Attack on the Arkh Project
Read "Slang and Swearwords" on Torn World
More on Ebooks and Libraries

The most exciting news from the past week is that my poem "The Cathedral of the Michaelangelines" has been nominated for the 2012 Rhysling Award in the long poem category. Woohoo!

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 belongs to The Adventures of Aldornia and Zenobia, and needs $46.50 to complete.  New today is "The Godfather" in which Fiorenza and Don Candido discuss their respective roles in the community.  It belongs to Fiorenza the Wisewoman, and needs $38 to be fully funded.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," (fiction), "Courtship Displays" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Catch and Release," (fiction), "Seafoam Fashions," "Hide Away," "Red Glass, Green Glass," "Bitter Herbs" "Getting the Goat," (poetry), "Half-Leg," "Northern Game: Bola-Ball," "Northern Game: Ice Gliders," (nonfiction). Currently in front of the canon board: "Unlicensed Dreams" (poetry), "Grapejelly," "Wild Herbivores of the North" "Dolls of the Empire" (nonfiction), "Dusting Off the Green Speech" "Doing the Work," (fiction).  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).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "The Bones of Need" "Raining Kittens," (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.

Weather has been variable here -- rain, ice, flitters of snow, clear days.  Today is breezy and clear.  I've seen more mourning doves and cardinals at the birdfeeders recently, in addition to the sparrows.

Being Poor

The post "Being Poor" describes some of the challenges of living in a country that neither guarantees the basic needs, nor the means to obtain them.  It's mostly luck and what your parents had and who you can beg favors from.  Which I happen to think is reprehensible in a society that has the means to meet everyone's needs, but consciously chooses not to do so.

Prompt Call

K.A. Jones is hosting a call for prompts on the theme of Imbolc / New Year from now through February 4.  You can attach that to any of more than a dozen established story settings.  (Check out the World Walkers collection, which is relatively new.)  Stuck for an idea?  Leave a random number to select a theme or character.  

Basic prompts get 500 words written, which can be extended with donations and/or credits.  Posting a link earns you an extra 500 words on any prompt you select.  For every 5 people who post links, there will be an extra story of at least 1000 words.  There are other perks for donation thresholds, and participating gets your name entered in various draws to create characters or locations in the settings.

Drop by and join the fun!

Flowers to Come

The first of my crocus are sprouting now.  When I was little, they appeared in March.  Then it was February.  Now January.  Le sigh.  Global warming means they tend to sprout early and then get buried in snow.  Crocus and snowdrops can survive that.  Daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths not so much -- freezing tends to kill their flower buds.