January 31st, 2012


Read "Unlicensed Dreams" on Torn World

If you are a Torn World supporter, you can now read my poem "Unlicensed Dreams."
The Empire discovers dreamers' liquor.
30 lines, Buy It Now = $7.50 OR 8 Torn World credits

If you like this poem and want to see more like it, please consider sending me credits or karma through Torn World's crowdfunding options.  Not a Torn World member, but still want to support the work? I have a permanent PayPal button on my LJ profile page.

Poem: "Plumbing the Depths"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl project on June 26, 2011.  It's a followup to "Fiorenza and the Witch-son" and "From the Free City."  It does have a central challenge, but it's also a milieu poem for the local flavor of an Italian village.  It has been sponsored by marina_bonomi.  You can read about the Italian sonnet form online, or explore more of Fiorenza the Wisewoman on the Serial Poetry page.

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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, February 7

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, February 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "wild animals." I'll be soliciting ideas for historic or modern species, individual animals, people who work with wild animals, tools used by wild animals, interesting environmental features, wilderness habitats, things that wild animals do, things that people do with or to wild animals, peculiar life cycle events, mysteries such as species that are believed extinct but might not be, animal symbolism, and poetic forms in particular. 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

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Publishing, Ebooks, and Amazon

Here are some more articles about upheavals in the publishing industry.

"Publishing's Ecosystem on the Brink" examines the dangers of monopoly.  Amazon has too much control over what can be sold and for what price -- which influences what publishers and writers can do, and what readers can get.

"Franzen and the Ebook Bubble" discusses ebooks vs. paper books.  Bear in mind that while ebooks have many advantages, they are NOT durable.  At all.  Information stored only in electronic format is extremely vulnerable to loss, and tends not to last very long.