March 12th, 2012


Listen to "Eggs Under Moon" in Cast of Wonders

My poem "Eggs Under Moon" has been published in Cast of Wonders, a young adult audio magazine.  The poem came out of the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl, inspired by a prompt from xjenavivex.  There are three different recordings of it read by different speakers, which I think is especially cool.  This is a crowdfunded magazine too; there's a donation button in the sidebar.

Monday Update 3-12-12

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:
Minimalist Science Poetry
Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Meme: Memorable Creations
Torn Tongue: Abstract/Miscellaneous Nouns Beginning with "S"
PetriDish: Crowdfunding for Science Projects
The Relevance of Poetry
Plans and Goals

There will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Based on an audience poll, the theme will be Path of the Paladins.

The two free serial poems have been posted, "After Dark" and "The Weight of the Day." The cast list for Fiorenza the Wisewoman and the Serial Poetry page have been updated. The donor perk-post "Class and Character" is now available.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"Rosehips and Honey" (Hart's Farm) is now complete; it shows Rowen teaching children about gardening.  "Call to Duty" (Sort Of Heroes) opened and closed quickly; read about Nib and Brod answering a minion call.  "Tunnel Vision" (The Steamsmith) features an argument about civil engineering with Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Arthur Wellesley, a couple of pesky young noblemen, and of course Maryam.  New epics may be opened in any series other than The Steamsmith.

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," "Breaking the Ice," (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," (fiction), "Fish of the North" (nonfiction).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "Reaching for the Moons" "Winterheart" (fiction).

It's sunny and blustery here today.  Rain last night, more rain predicted later this week, and much warmer temperatures.  The snowdrops and crocus are blooming.  Daffodils have buds on them.  Tulips and hyacinths are sprouting.  Lilacs, honeysuckles, and a few other early shrubs are beginning to unfurl their leaf buds.

Censorship in School

A black student was driven out of school for her essay about Frederick Douglass.  She pointed out connections between keeping slaves illiterate and failing to teach black students today.  This connection is pretty obvious to anyone familiar with history and modern education, but it really pisses off teachers when pointed out. 

I bet she's learning a lot more now than she was in school.  You go, girl!  Read.  Write.  Scare the crap out of people.  Anyone who's scared of a smart student deserves to worry.

Also, Frederick Douglass is one of my favorite authors and role models, right up there with Harriet Tubman.  They were some of the earliest examples that really got me interested in history.  Some of the things I write about oppression -- how bad it can be, the importance of knowledge, the value of finding even one staunch ally -- are heavily influenced by these and other slave narratives.  Poke a bigot in the eye: read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.

New Perk Structure for Poetry Fishbowls

I've been looking over the Poetry Fishbowl donations, activity levels, and my personal energy.  I think that the mid-month sessions are something I can do occasionally but not all the time.  I get more worn out when they stack up.  Also, the bonus fishbowls run up the number of written  poems quickly, but the number of sponsored  poems slowly; that cuts into your polling options, in attempt to avoid overfilling any one series.  So, after considering various possibilities, here is what I've come up with for a new perk structure.

* You still get one free poem per fishbowl session, and a second freebie if there's at least one new prompter or donor.

* I'll continue to post linkback perk poems when I have them available.

* The donor perk-posts will also continue.

* $100 in a month's donations gets you a free poem in the $15 "medium-long" range.  This will be a series poem if possible. If I don't have the right size currently, I may offer you series poetry in a different size or non-series poetry in the $15 size.

* $150 in a month's donations gets you a free poem in the $20 "long" range.  This will be a series poem if possible.  If I don't have the right size currently, I may offer you series poetry in a different size or non-series poetry in the $20 size.

* $200 in a month's donations gets you a free epic.  I usually have no shortage of series poetry at this size, and it's a good way to whittle down the backlog.

* $250 is the level relating to bonus fishbowls.  Reach this three times -- they don't have to be consecutive months, I'll keep a tally -- and you get a mid-month session.  That will prevent overload but should still allow for several of these a year.  After each bonus fishbowl, the tally will reset to zero and I'll start counting towards the next session.

* $300 in a month's donations activates a new perk.  There will be a half-price sale running for one week, featuring unsold poems from a specific series.  I'll try to give you a poll of at least two series with multiple unpublished poems.  The Holiday Poetry Sale will still be special because it covers everything from the year's fishbowls, but this will give folks more opportunities to buy at least some things on sale and not  be competing with the mainstream holiday rush.  The sale will be positioned to avoid proximity with other fishbowl activities as much as possible.

I'm open to discussion of these or other perk ideas.  Some of this stuff is from previous discussions with various fans.  Please let me know what you think and whether this structure seems like it will work for you.