July 23rd, 2012


Atheism and Other Minority Faiths

 [personal profile] jewelfox thoughtfully points out some common ground between atheism and other minority faiths.  Specifically, they all get picked on by zealots, and would benefit from banding together.  Seriously, folks, when you have common goals -- like preventing batshit idiots from trampling your religious freedom -- don't let different beliefs split you up.  That just makes you easier targets.

Monday Update 7-23-12

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "An Eyeful of Fire"
Wildlife at Fieldhaven
Buying Characters
Transethnicity (26 comments)
Sketch Fest Today (with links to pictures from my prompts)
Torn Tongue: Verbs Beginning with "D"

The half-price poetry sale on One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis has sold out.  You can now read "Dead Soldiers on Parade" and the other two poems will appear after a pending payment arrives.

I posted my first piece of fan content for Aether Dancer, the story "Finding the Library" which introduces my adventuring scholar, Sesha Fulbright. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"An Amazing Carriage of Amber and Jade" belongs to the Steamsmith series.  Maryam experiments with combining two important alchemical materials.  "The Lost and Found Legion" belongs to The Silk Road Allies.  It is being funded in installments by marina_bonomi, and describes how China and Italy came to form an alliance.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," (fiction) "Imalye Fotolyi" "Packing for the Long Haul" "Birds of War" "A Gift of Time" "Shards of a Different Past" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Breaking the Ice," (fiction), "Patterns in the Grass" (poetry), "Half-Leg," (nonfiction). Currently in front of the canon board: "Nomess Mithoirarv" "The Bones of Need" (fiction), "The Girl Who Wanted Too Much" (poetry), "Ghost Bat" "A Dryland Ecosystem" "An Avian Ecosystem" (nonfiction).  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "Beached Fish," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" "The Museum of Mortality" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," (fiction), "Breeding the Perfect Fighter," "The Smallest Invaders" (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "Reaching for the Moons" "Winterheart" "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).

Also in Torn World, I'm working on an article that will lay out the age-sets, an important part of Northern culture and character life.  This made it obvious that most of the characters already approved are from Itadesh, and a handful more from Itrelir, with only a few from Itakith.  But there are a lot more characters mentioned in stories or character sheets who haven't been uploaded and approved.  So in addition to the weekly cycle of other characters, I've started writing up Itakith characters on a more frequent basis.  ellenmillion has written a really spiffy database that lets us search for characters by traits ... but it only works if they are in the database.  Hence my current effort to avoid screwing up the timeline.

Weather here continues to be ovenlike.  However, it's been a good week for observing wildlife.  Birds come down and flop in the water dish.  Butterflies puddle.  Actually the butterflies are puddling in the driveway (mostly eastern tailed-blues) and the patio around the water dish (mostly red admirals) so I guess they like different flavors.
silk road

Come on the Silk Road!

There is a now a community, silkroadallies, for the shared world project The Silk Road Allies in which Italy and China become friends.  This grew out of conversations amongst myself, thesilentpoet, and marina_bonomi.  Poems are posted there for discussion.  We also talk about historic resources, timelines, linguistics, cultural dynamics, alternate history, and related topics.

Now that we have a pretty good idea of the project and community parameters, we are open to other people getting involved.  If you're interested in reading or creating alternate history about Italy and/or China, please drop by and take a look.  Community membership is moderated, so ask to join and we'll get that approved as quick as we can.
moment of silence, candle

Moment of Silence: Sally Ride and Poem "She Walks ..."

Sally Ride, the first American woman in orbit, has passed away.  She flew in two shuttle missions during the 1980s.  I remember watching her on television; it was very exciting to see a woman going into space.

She Walks in Light and Darkness
-- an elegy for Sally Ride, 1951-2012

She walks in starlight,
spaceclad now with no need of a suit.

She walks in moonlight,
spirit-feet bare in the floury surface of the craters.

She walks in sunlight,
ribbons of infrared and ultraviolet woven into her hair.

She walks in darkness,
touring the far side of the moon and the spots of the sun.

She walks in spirit where she walked in thought,
and behind her the daughters of tomorrow lift their eyes to the sky.

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mabfan has posted about when he met Sally Ride.  Remember, our heroes live on in the stories we tell.

Nicola Griffith has written about Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy.