November 10th, 2012

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Fanon vs. Headcanon

Here's an excellent essay about the subtle but crucial distinction between fanon and headcanon.

1) Fanon is something widely treated as true within a given fandom, usually (though not always) implied by the original canon.  It's a prevailing factor that influences many people's experience of the material.  There can be countervailing interpretations, but most folks in a fandom will be familiar with its major fanon points.

2) Headcanon is your individual  interpretation of something.  It does not influence anyone else, unless your rendition of it is so compelling that it becomes part of fanon -- which is actually one of the main sources for fanon.

One of the coolest compliments I've ever gotten on a comment I made to someone's post was, "New headcanon: accepted."
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Poem: "The Demon in the Bottle"

This poem came out of the October 2, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from aldersprig.  It belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis, which you can explore further on the Serial Poetry page.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: rix_scaedu, general fund

FULLY FUNDED
98 lines, Buy It Now = $49
Amount donated = $20
Verses posted = 7 of 18

Amount remaining to fund fully = $29
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $3


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General Fund Poll for the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl

This begins polling for the general fund of the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  Depending on how things go, there may be more polling later.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I'll keep it open until at least midday on Sunday.  If there's a clear winner then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may keep it open a little longer.

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Half-Price Poetry Poll for November 2012

Due to the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl reaching the $300 goal, there will be a half-price sale later this month.  Now you get to vote on which series you want for that.  I will keep this poll open at least until Sunday afternoon.  If there's a clear winner then, I'll close it.  Otherwise, I may leave it open a little longer.  These are the eligible series ...

Fledgling Grace -- 13 poems (plus a freebie by kestrels_nest to be posted after "Moulting")
Hart's Farm -- 5 poems
Path of the Paladins -- 3 poems

Poll #1878027 Half-Price Poetry Sale for November 2012
This poll is closed.

Which series should get the half-price sale?

Fledgling Grace
6(42.9%)
Hart's Farm
3(21.4%)
Path of the Paladins
5(35.7%)
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Poem: "In Whose Strength Is Beauty"

This poem came out of the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by the_vulture.  You can read more about Fukuda Sensei online.


In Whose Strength Is Beauty


Perfect the form, and the aim must follow.
The target is inescapable in a master's eye.

She approaches Judo and life alike
with the intent to be
gentle, kind and beautiful,
yet firm and strong,
both mentally and physically.
She believes that
a compassionate soul
is inner beauty.

Instead of getting married,
she practiced the martial art,
taking on many students
instead of bearing children.
This is her marriage,
her family, her legacy.

Keiko Fukuda mastered the motions of Judo,
but it took decades for the men
to recognize a woman's skill.
Now she ties the tenth-degree black belt
around her waist at the age of ninety-eight.

She continues to teach Judo
three times a week at her dojo,
dreams made manifest
in every stroke
of her small steadfast hands.

So make your bow to
Fukuda Sensei
in whose strength is beauty
and in whose beauty, strength.