March 18th, 2012


Crowdfunding Creative Jam

The March Crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "respect."  Join in the fun on LiveJournal or on Dreamwidth.  You can leave prompts, claim them, post content, and otherwise enjoy the show.

What I've Written

"How They Met" -- a poem about how a relationship really got started based on respect.  This is the freebie for the current Creative Jam.

"tsukumogami" -- 45 lines, Buy It Now = $20  SOLD
I really enjoyed your poem "Bakemono-san." From your prompt about the further adventures of karakasa-san, I wrote "tsukumogami" in haiku verses. It's a poem about a colony in my main science fiction setting, the Freedom System, which had a large number of Japanese people among its founders. In the centennial year after landfall, the colonists are thinking about their history and the artifacts brought with them from Earth. 

From My Prompts

catsittingstill wrote the poem "Someone To Look Up To" from my prompt of the same phrasing.  A nice look at cultural expectations.  Melody can be constructed on request.

catsittingstill wrote the poem "On With Their Work" based on ankewehner's prompt about showing respect to subordinates at work and my open playground for Schrodinger's Heroes.  Very good characterization of cat-heroes.  Tune can be constructed on request.

Anthropomorphisms by Bruce Boston

Bruce Boston has a new poetry collection out, as mentioned on the SFPA list.

My latest poetry collection, Anthropomorphisms, is just out from Elektrik
Milk Bath Press.  Anthropomorphisms collects all of my "people  poems."
For details, cover image, blurbs, and ordering info:

The publisher is generously offering a giveaway of five free copies at Good
 Reads.  To enter for a chance to win a copy:


Read "Red Glass, Green Glass"

If you are a Torn World supporter, you can now read my poem "Red Glass, Green Glass."
Two rangers fall in love, but don't have a spare bead handy.
24 lines, Buy It Now = $5 or 5 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.

More About the Tea Shop

the_borgqueen is discussing ideas for launching a teahouse, probably with a combination of crowdfunding and loans.  This continues from previous conversations about tea blends as a crowdsourced creation, and how it would be easier if there was a place people could sample pre-made tea.

People have repeatedly asked what's the point of crowdfunding a business.  Well, small business is a good alternative to megacorps that want to eat your wallet and your soul.  If you hate megacorps, you might want to throw a couple bucks at a small startup just to put your money where your affinities are.  Same with banks, who are mostly hoarding their money now and not making loans.  Fuck 'em, we can do it ourselves.  Another attraction is a given business's theme.  I happen to think tea is awesome, and I love the culture of teahouses and coffeehouses.  So I'm happy to encourage one even if it's too far away for me to visit.  I also think the idea of audience-inspired tea blends sounds like tremendous fun to try.  Somebody else might be intrigued by some other type of business.  A lot of small businesses are turning to crowdfunding for their launch funds because it's difficult or impossible to wring money out of a financial institution these days.  Pick whichever kind relates to something you care about.

The Responsibility of the Penis

Here's a sharp essay reminding neocons that vaginas don't spontaneously generate babies out of original sin.  Pregnancy requires a penis, which is attached to a man, who owns at least 50% of the responsibility for causing the pregnancy (or 100% in case of rape).

Another thing about responsibility?  It depends on tools.  If you are denied the tools to influence outcomes, such as birth control and abortion, then you are less responsible for the outcomes, such as babies; while the people denying available tools acquire some of the responsibility. 

Telling people not to fuck does not count.  No society in known history has managed that, and quite a lot of them have tried for some groups of people.  Guaranteed failure, don't waste your breath.