February 6th, 2012


2012 Rose & Bay Award Update

Nominations are closed for the 2012 Rose & Bay Award. The voting period is open through February 29, 2012. Here are the categories and their current numbers, with links to the voting posts:

Art: 8 nominees, 43 voters
Fiction: 11 nominees, 48 voters
Poetry: 4 nominees, 12 voters
Webcomic: 8 nominees, 29 voters
Other Project: 11 nominees, 29 voters
Patron: 13 nominees, 19 voters

Please vote if you have not already done so. Boosting the signal also helps.

Monday Update 2-6-12

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:
Read "The Origin of the Vampires"
Poke a Bigot in the Eye: Romance Writers Association
New Article in EMG-zine
The Proximity of Poverty
Read "Paradigm Change" by Rix_scaedu
Torn World Art
New Crowdfunding Project: "Sins Invalid"
Read "From the moment they breathed our air"
"Cooking for People Who Don't" link post
Torn World: Two New Characters
Update from Kajones_writing
One Chance at the Shelves
Slow Cooking for Beginners
New Crowdfunding Project: "Sitting Bull's Voice"
Plans and Goals

The most exciting news from the past week is that my poem "The Shipwright's Song" has been nominated  for the 2012 Rhysling Award in the short poem category. Woohoo!

Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inescapable Agony of Being" is a $20 poem about aliens masquerading as human.  It is now fully funded!  "The Morose Mascot" has 10 new verses, following Horace the porcupine as he flees his horrible mistress.  It belongs to The Adventures of Aldornia and Zenobia, and needs $26.50 to complete.  "The Godfather" also has new verses, showing Fiorenza and Don Candido discussing their respective roles in the community.  It belongs to Fiorenza the Wisewoman, and needs $23 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" "The Hearsay Cafe," "The Colors of the Rainbow," (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), "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 closed for the 2012 Rose & Bay Award 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 the voting pages to cast your votes.  Full details for this award are on its landing page, and the nomination and voting 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 here has been unseasonably warm.  The snowdrops have flower buds, daffodils are up about 4 inches and tulips 2 inches.  I've been seeing more cardinals around the birdfeeders, along with the sparrows.  Saw a hawk and a kestrel in the yard this week also.