October 8th, 2012


Free Epic Poll: Pick the Series

The October 2-3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl made the $200 goal for a free epic.  First, select the series for the free epic.  If the winning series has more than one epic available, there will be a followup poll to select the individual poem. 

Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I will keep it open until at least Monday night.  If there's a clear winner then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

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Poem: "Promises to Keep"

This poem came out of the October 2-3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from DW user jjhunter.  It has been sponsored by mdlbear.  You can read more about the thermohaline cycle and its potential for Epic Doom.

Promises to Keep
-- an indriso

Humanity was warned of gluttony,
Yet still they drain the Earth and foul the Sea
Until the changing climate sets things free.

Leviathan awakens from her sleep
And rises from the cold and drowsy deep
With scores to settle, promises to keep.

The thermohaline cycle goes awry.

Humanity is left both high and dry.


Generally Sponsored Poetry Poll for October 2012 Fishbowl

This is the generally sponsored poetry poll for the October 2-3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  You have $32 to spend.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I will leave it open until at least Tuesday afternoon.  If there's a clear winner then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it open a while longer.  Depending on the results, there may need to be a followup poll.

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Monday Update 10-8-12

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Feelings vs. Feels
Read "An Instructive Conversation"
2011 Dwarf Stars Finalists
List of Emotions

Our internet connection continues to be made of spuz. The new antennas are on the tower, which has fixed everyone's service except ours.  So they're supposed to come replace our house antenna.  The service interruptions have me running late with the Poetry Fishbowl stuff; sorry about that.

Polls are currently open for generally sponsored poetry and for the series to get a free epic.  I'll get to the complete followup post when I can.  Meanwhile, use the "poem" tag to catch up on reading you may have missed.  There will be a half-price poetry sale (carried over from last month's perk fulfillment) from Monday, October 15-Sunday, October 21.  A poll to select the series for that will follow the free epic poll.

I am finally finished with all my assignments for the 2014 Llewellyn annuals!  I crammed in 2 articles for the Herbal Almanac  and 25 minispells for the Spell-A-Day Almanac  in the last week.  So this week's calendar includes important tasks like "go to a movie" and "rest my brain."

Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Forging of Brisingamen" belongs to The Asgard Eddas. It is being funded in sections by DW user jb_slasher.  This is mythic science fiction.  There are several new verses, so go read about how the treaty gets sealed.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," (fiction) "The Urge to Fly" "Felting Together" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Breaking the Ice," (fiction), "Patterns in the Grass" "A Nap Under the Stars" "Neighboring Attractions" "Five Red Beads" "A Light in the Darkness" "Light Above Water" (poetry). Currently in front of the canon board: "Beached Fish" "Reaching for the Moons" (fiction),  "Breeding the Perfect Fighter," "Autumn Gathering," "The Sound of an Argument," "The Charity Wall," "These Small Essential Pieces," "Flying in the Wind" (poetry), "Ghost Bat" "Half-Leg," (nonfiction).  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" "The Museum of Mortality" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Publishers in the Empire" (nonfiction).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction),  "The Smallest Invaders" (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "Winterheart" "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).

Weather here is turning cooler.  We've had some intermittent rain.  Leaves are turning colors.  I heard a bluejay screaming in the yard recently, and saw a squirrel -- two critters we haven't had recently.  I need to think about filling the birdfeeders again.

Update from Kajones_writing

October is Donor House month. Some of the auction stories are still open for suggestions. These are opportunities to ask for what you'd like to read regarding vampires, donors, and the world they share.  I've already had my input, so somebody else please chime in now.  The September Roundup lists all the recent material and some author thoughts about the project as a whole. There has also been more website work done, in terms of organization. The sponsorable stories page has been updated, in case you've got a bit of spending money for cool weblit.

Background material: "1. Characters in the Donor House collection" lists the vampires, donors, and other people in this series. You can ask about any of them. "2. Donor House: Basic Information" describes the building, how its residents are sorted out, and some of the other parameters.  If you're unfamiliar with this series, it makes an excellent starting point.

Fiction: "Rex: Saving Melody (Part 2)" continues from the car wreck as Rex tries to decide how to help Melody transition to being a vampire. "Nick: Waiting for Alice (Part 2)" delves further into the complications of their relationship as they try to work out the tensions. "Jean-Luc: First Visit to the Donor House" introduces the child of one of Nick's vampire siblings, who Nick has coaxed into visiting the house. He's sweet and a little awkward. "Cate: First Visit to the Donor House" is backstory for the history lecture mentioned some time ago, as the owner of a local bookstore decides to approach the vampires and help them weave into the community. "Alice: Visiting Cate" explores their relationship; Alice doesn't have many woman-friends, so this is important. "Dawn: Talking to Lewis" deals with another challenging relationship, trying to make it about more than just asking for favors. "Kisten: First Visit to the Donor House" introduces a new character who seeks to leave behind his old vampire life and start fresh. This is the kind of thing that authors often fumble with long-lived characters, but here it's portrayed very effectively.

"World Walkers: Quiar: Lucille: Hot to Moderate" is the first story in this setting, when Lucille visits to see if she's compatible with Quiar as one of her world walker stations. The seasons here shift very abruptly in comparison to other worlds, which fascinates Lucille. "Pagan: Anna: The Corn King (John Barleycorn)" is a lovely seasonal musing about the spirit of the crops and what it means to die and be reborn. "Afterlife: Richard: Watching Leaves Fall" is a nostalgic introspection about death and cycles.

Poem: "The Strength of Starfire"

This poem came out of the September 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from aoife, rix_scaedu, and janetmiles.  It has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the October 2-3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl reaching the $200 goal.  This poem belongs to the series Path of the Paladins, and you can read the other poems via the Serial Poetry page.

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