July 16th, 2012


Half-Price Poetry Sale: One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis

The half-price poetry sale is SOLD OUT for this session.  "Manning the Handbasket" will appear when the in-progress payment arrives, followed by "Blood Will Tell," to maintain series continuity.

This week the poetry of One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis is on sale for half-price, since the May 1, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl made the $300 goal.  This fantasy series touches on themes of change, self-determination, morality, and life skills.  You can read more about One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis on the Serial Poetry page.  Currently available are these poems:

"Dead Soldiers on Parade" -- Shaeth and Trobby attempt to figure out the challenges of moderation and employment.
97 lines, was $48.50, sale price $24.25  SOLD

"Manning the Handbasket" -- One of the other deities comes asking Shaeth for help, now that they're starting to miss him.
56 lines, was $20, sale price $10  SOLD 

"Blood Will Tell" -- Shaeth's past returns to bedevil him.
$52 lines, was $20, sale price $10  SOLD

If a new epic is opened, but not completed, during this sale then it will still keep the sale price of $.25/line until finished.  

Here is a PayPal button for your convenience.  If you prefer another method of payment, let me know and we'll discuss options.


Story: "Finding the Library" (Part 1 of 4)

I've been supporting the Aether Dancer project, an open-source steampunk webseries with an IndieGoGo fundraiser.  Here is a description of the setting from the IndieGoGo page:
500 years before the present day, Earth was rained upon by destructive meteorites. The meteor shower was like none that had ever been recorded. Some meteorites were large enough to wipe out entire cities. Humanity survived. This is the story of the Aether Dancer, a transport airship, and her crew in this brave new world.

Open-source means that other folks can create characters and content that become part of the background for that main storyline.  So I'm joining in this effort with my adventuring scholar, Sesha Fulbright.  I hope that creating material in this setting will help build a fanbase for the Aether Dancer project. 

Below is the first part of "Finding the Library," a story to introduce Sesha Fulbright.  (See Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.)  I'll be posting this story in full for free, to give people a taste of the setting.  Later materials are likely to involve crowdfunding, and a portion of those proceeds will go to the Aether Dancer project.

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Color and Mood

Color affects mood.  Lots of people know this, and it's worth studying.

However, not everyone responds the same way to the same colors.  They really, really don't.  If you put 20 people in a room painted some non-neutral color, then even if it's supposed to be "soothing" the chances are it will drive one or two people absolutely bugfuck.  Putting me in a pink room would be like putting a sealed pot on a hot stove.  And it's rarely safe to put a hyperactive person in a warm-colored room or a depressed person in a cool-colored room.  This is why neutral colors like white or tan are safer; they're less intense and less likely to set people off.

Using color to influence mood is a great idea on an individual scope.  But when you try to apply it to large groups of people, it can cause more harm than good -- or do good for some at the cost of harming others who are told that their damage is irrelevant.

You find color in some of the most unexpected places, though.  When I was little, I knew an old lady who had a red bathroom.  I mean that entire room and everything in it except the faucets was Menstrual Witch Red.  It positively seethed with energy.  Other than that, she was completely mundane; I never saw her do anything else remotely magical.  But that bathroom had more kick than some temples I've been in.