September 27th, 2012


Poem: "The Beauties of the Desert"

This poem fills another square on my card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest.

The following poem belongs to my oldest settings, a desert called the Whispering Sands. It's on the southern continent in my main fantasy world, Hallelaine. The inhabitants include a mix of humans and elves, and I have quite a bit of the local language Seshaa worked out. There's a narrow band of greenery along the coast, quite a lot of rocky and sandy barrens in the lowlands, some splendid canyons and hills toward the north, and then the high desert with its open dunes inland. The decadent cities lie along the coast and a few other places; there are important tribes like Waterjewel in the north and the Tazha in the south, plus quite a lot of different bandit tribes. It makes for interesting times.

Fandom: Original (Whispering Sands)
Prompt: Desert
Medium: Poetry
Summary: The desert holds many different kinds of beauty, each with its own name.
Content Notes: This poem features words from a constructed language.

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monster house

Poetry Fishbowl Report for September 18, 2012

The theme of the mid-month fishbowl was "Monster House."  I worked from 12:30 PM to 3 AM, so about 12 hours 30 minutes allowing for lunch and supper breaks.  There was a slow trickle of prompts through much of the day.  I wrote 16 poems, most from single prompts but a few mixed.  Almost all the poems were free-verse.

A total of 13 people sent prompts, which is low, but actually one higher than the main fishbowl this month.  Please welcome new prompter DW user jb_slasher, whom you can thank for the second freebie poem.  There were 37 comments on LJ and 6 on DW, not much crosstalk.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the September 2012 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Dissonance and Consonance"
"Education Is a Matter of Perspective"
"It Comes First and Follows After"
"Learning at the Wheel"
"Literally and Figuratively"
"Making Believe"
"Making Friends"
"Muddled Up"
"Patching Up"
"Personal Histories"
"Pest Control"
"Talk Like ..."
"Unspoken Noise"
"Whatever We Feed"

The mid-month fishbowl has SOLD OUT.  This is the first time that has happened.  Donors for this session include: zianuray, janetmiles, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  The linkback perk poem "Alone in the Bee-Loud Glade" (Hart's Farm) is complete.  Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

Up Mars Creek


News release:2012-305                                                         
   Sept. 27, 2012

NASA Rover Finds Old Streambed on Martian Surface

The full version of this story with accompanying images is at:

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a
stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is
driving. There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but
this evidence -- images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels --
is the first of its kind.
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