November 9th, 2012


Fishbowl Update

Zowie!  The fishbowl ticker is at $482!  That's a new record already.  I love you all so very much.

If the tally reaches $500 by tonight, I'll post an extra piece of bonus material.  I have a 1200-word essay on "Meals in Nether-England" that I wrote after "Putting the Past on a Pedestal," due to a conversation with technoshaman and some research about the timing and terminology of meals in historic-England.  It includes a general description of the common meals, plus some observations about Maryam's household in particular.

Poem: "Tea Service"

This poem came out of the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from thesilentpoet and Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It has been sponsored by thesilentpoet.  You can read more about Eleanor Roosevelt online.

Tea Service

Eleanor Roosevelt observed that

A woman is like a tea bag --
you can't tell how strong she is
until you put her in hot water

She understood
what it was to boil inside,
knew the shrill warning
of the steam-whistle.

She advocated for civil rights,
pushed the New Deal,
and argued over how best
to enhance the status of working women.

She was cool as ceramic,
subtle as ceylon.

She demonstrated
service without submission.

Above all, Eleanor Roosevelt
reminded everyone that
no matter how annoying the whistle,
you do not seal up the safety valve
and then put the teakettle on the stove

unless you want something to explode.


Fishbowl Update

The free epic poll is closed.  I'll post "Listening to God" shortly.  I also have someone interested in opening "The Demon in the Bottle" for microfunding.

No new donations, but you've still got a few hours if you want to chip in something and hopefully put the tally over $500 to get the bonus material.

EDIT: We made it!  *glee*  The ticker is at $502.  I'll post the bonus material after I finish the donor perk-post.  

Poem: "Listening to God"

This poem came out of the July 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from kelkyag.  It has been selected by the audience in a poll as the free epic for the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.

This poem begins the series The Arc of Joan, which takes place in nether-Earth a long time prior to The Steamsmith, and lays some of the background the later time.  Because Jeanne d'Arc is a peasant, the appearance of alchemical motifs will be smaller, especially at the beginning; because she's a saint, the spiritual aspects will be larger; and the gender studies balance about the same given her penchant for crossdressing.  This series also documents one of the major points of divergence between nether-Earth and historic-Earth, so follow along reading about historic Joan of Arc if you want to watch for the differences.

You can now find The Arc of Joan series on my Serial Poetry page.

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