February 27th, 2012

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Free Poetry Poll

I'm finally managing to dig through the backlog from the crashed fishbowl on Tuesday.  The Steamsmith brought in 2 new prompters, so you get another free poem there.  Folks seem comfortable with $1/line pricing on these to account for them taking about double the usual time to create.  Hart's Farm, in the Creative Jam and following, brought in 3 new prompters and 3 new donors (with some overlap between those categories) so I'm offering a freebie there too.  I've written a couple of new poems, so there are two choices for each series.

I will keep the poll open until at least Tuesday morning.  If there are clear winners then, I'll close it.  Otherwise, I may leave it open a little longer.

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Plunge in Progress

Plunge  magazine will be a paying market for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction about queer women across multiple genres.  JOB CREATOR!  I'll be the line editor for this project if it gets funded.  We're into the last stage of funding now; the Kickstarter campaign closes on March 6.  Current status: 40 backers, $941 pledged of $2000 goal.

Remember that Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing fundraiser site; if the goal is not reached, none of the money flows.  Please donate and/or boost the signal if you can.  We're still hopeful because projects frequently make most of their money at the very beginning and end of a fundraiser.
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2012 Rose & Bay Award Update

The voting period for the 2012 Rose & Bay Award honoring excellence in cyberfunded creativity is almost over!  It will close at the end of February 29, 2012.  Winners will be announced in early March.  Here are the categories and their current numbers, with links to the voting posts:

Art: 8 nominees, 66 voters 
Fiction: 11 nominees, 188 voters
Poetry: 4 nominees, 18 voters
Webcomic: 8 nominees, 103 voters
Other Project: 11 nominees, 45 voters
Patron: 13 nominees, 85 voters

All categories made small voting gains over the past week.  Please vote if you have not already done so.  Boosting the signal also helps.
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Monday Update 2-27-12

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:
See the Psychic Photographer
Black Hair Is Beautiful
Read "Willows" by Rix_scaedu
More Steamsmith Characters
Fiction by Baaing_tree
Torn Tongue: Natural/Living Nouns Beginning with "S"
Recipe: Smokin' Apple Barbecue Sauce
Poetry Acceptance: "Lab Rage"
A Ruling Against DOMA


Poetry in Microfunding:
"In the Palms of My Hands" is now complete, as is "The Morose Mascot."  Currently open in Hart's Farm is "Rosehips and Honey," about Rowen teaching children about gardening.  New epics may be opened in almost any series, except for Hart's Farm and The Steamsmith because they've got free poems pending in a poll.

Due to enthusiasm from new prompters and donors (yay!) you get a free poem each in Hart's Farm and in The Steamsmith (YAY!).  Go vote for your free poetry.  There are new poems listed in both series on the Serial Poetry page, although I need to update again to account for the ones I finished yesterday.  Also, based on a recent discussion, poems in The Steamsmith are now priced at twice the usual rate because of extra research/writing work ... and, erm, hazard pay.  I'm mostly caught up after the mayhem of last week.

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

Awards
Voting is now open 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.  This will close at the end of February, so if you haven't voted yet, do it now!


Weather today is sunny and pleasant, though we had a couple cold windy days recently.  The first of my crocus are blooming in the rain garden near the door, a brilliant sunny yellow.  Daffodils have buds on them.  Many of the tulips are up now.
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Fixing "Songs from a Different Shore"

The poem "Songs from a Different Shore" needs work.

First, I goofed on the ballet.  I looked up songs to be recorded in the music box, including historic ballets, but forgot to check the exact premier date.  "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies" came out too late, in 1892, as my_partner_doug pointed out.  One of the ground rules for writing alternate history is that if you change something on purpose, you need to understand what you're doing and preferably why, and hint or declare it so readers will recognize it as a deliberate shift.  If you forget to look something up and get the date wrong, that's just a mistake (although sometimes when you ask yourself, "When would this have happened in my timeline?" you will discover that it was  different...).  In case you were wondering, The Steamsmith starts in 1837, not long after the coronation of Queen Victoria: right at the beginning of the Victorian period.

So, I tracked down a replacement song, "The Sylphide Calls the Sylphs."  This led me through articles on the history of ballet, then a Wikipedia article about La Sylphide, and finally a Ballet Bag article with a track list.  I've made that change.

Then I noticed the title.  In the original file, and in the body of the post, it's "Songs from a Distant Shore."  But when I typed it into the title of the post, I wrote "Songs from a Different Shore."  Now consider the final line of the poem, which is "singing the songs from a different shore."  Ideally, the title and the final line should match.  The words "distant" and "different" have subtly different connotations.  Which do you prefer, and why?