November 19th, 2012


Read "The Shyder's Gift" by Kajones_writing

If you enjoyed my poem "Shyderwebs" then check out the new story "The Shyder's Gift" by [personal profile] kajones_writing.  (They're "probably canon, but not definite yet.")  There are cool  new attributes to shyders and their venom.  

*happydance*  I love crowdfunding, because it facilitates doing things like this.

Half-Price Poetry Sale: Fledgling Grace

The half-price poetry sale has SOLD OUT!  Thank you all for your enthusiasm and support.

This week the poetry of Fledgling Grace is on sale for half-price, since the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl made the $300 goal.  This fantasy series touches on themes of transformation, diversity, faith, morality, identity, and making the world a better place.  

Note that the series has a chronological flow as new aspects are discovered.  Poems that really require sequential revelation are locked until the prerequisites get published.  Otherwise they're available, but if you're waffling over which to pick, it's usually to your advantage to sponsor the earlier poetry first.  Most of the individual poems can stand alone -- I started with almost the last one, because "The Wingdresser's Kitchen" is near the end.  You can read more about Fledgling Grace on the Serial Poetry page. 

There are lots of affordable poems and some epics.  Currently available are these poems:

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Climate Change and Extreme Weather

 A summary of predictions and link to the original report.  In a nutshell, we are fucked; climate change effects are already in progress.  We are extra specially deeply fucked sideways if people keep going on the current trajectory.  We are only slightly rudely fondled if maximum effort is made to undo the damage immediately.  Which is not really news, just a more refined description with better resolution and fresher examples, than what people have been saying for the last several decades.

Read "Breeding the Perfect Fighter" on Torn World

You can now read my poem "Breeding the Perfect Fighter" over on Torn World.
Half-legs resemble centipedes and are used as illicit entertainment in the Empire.

If you like this poem and want to see more like it, please consider sending me credits or karma through Torn World's crowdfunding options.  Not a Torn World member, but still want to support the work? I have a permanent PayPal button on my LJ profile page.

Monday Update 11-19-12

Sorry this is late in the day.  We had Thanksgiving shopping to do earlier. 

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Cover Trends and the Female Body
Outside at Fieldhaven
Poem: "Shyderwebs"
Update: Larry Elmore Artbook
Poem: "This Inward Gate"
Crowdfunding Creative Jam
New Crowdfunding Project: "The Complete Elmore Artbook"
Read "Patterns in the Grass" on Torn World
Torn World Muse Fusion
Calculating Poverty
The Latin Revival
Read "The Charity Wall" on Torn World
New Crowdfunding Project: "Three Jaguars Webcomic"

This week there is a half-price poetry sale in Fledgling Grace.  This is the series launched by the popular poem "The Wingdresser's Kitchen."  See what happens when humans suddenly sprout wings and God moves in mysterious ways.  There's a nice variety of cheap and epic poetry to choose from.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"Within the Wolf's Jaws" belongs to The Asgard Eddas. Read about some starfarers and their interrupted journey.  There are four new verses; Tyrssen and Darkamber discuss their names.  "Behind a Great Woman" belongs to The Steamsmith.  Maryam meets someone exciting in the garden.  This poem is now complete.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," (fiction) "The Urge to Fly" "Autumn Gathering," (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Breaking the Ice," (fiction).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Beached Fish" (fiction),  "Flying in the Wind" (poetry), "Ghost Bat" (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" "Drawing the Triangle" (fiction).

The weather was colder, but has warmed to temperate again.  Most of the leaves have fallen.  The birds are increasingly interested in the feeders.

Update from Kajones_writing

November features the Fae World collection. The advent story poll is currently tied with 5 votes. There is a very cool list of bonus material and stories to write. There's an update about writing plans from November 14 and another from November 19 that mentions more recent work. You can leave ideas for "A Story I Haven't Written." [personal profile] kajones_writing is on AIM now.

Check out the new fanfiction section on the main site.  The first page talks about the author's feelings on fanfic and what the rules are for playing in her sandbox(es).  Following that, see "Written By Me" for her writing in other people's settings, and "Written For Me" for other people's writing in her settings.  Looking for ways to earn credits?  Writing fanfic, making fanart, etc. does that.

If you like kajoneswriting on DeviantArt, check out her new Speculative Fiction community. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc. are all welcome. There are galleries with fiction and art thus far, and blank ones for poetry and featured material. Are you on DA as a creator? Submit your deviations to the group; we'd like to get more material and more members. Viewers are encouraged to browse and comment.

Fiction: "The Fae World: Mirai: The Curse" takes an interesting twist on forced marriage where the couple is more willing than the families. "The Fae World: Claire: Inheriting a Hotel" introduces a girl curious about the mysterious building she has been left. "Aurora's World: Amelia: Going Underground" deals with hiding from people who hate and fear magic. "The Fae World: Isibeal: Dreaming" contrasts past and present in another story about fleeing to safety. "Aurora's World: Jillian: Hunted" introduces the idea of magic thieves and trying to avoid them.

The November 2012 Crowdfunding Creative Jam about "portals" inspired a number of stories. "The World Walkers: Unknown World: Annabelle: Eaten Portals" is a delightful story about a restaurant where the food may have unexpected effects. "The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Luna: The Book Portal" features adventures around a book with a secret compartment. "Aurora’s World: Mackenzie: The Thieves’ Hideout" shows a novel way to hide from thieves of magic. "The World Walkers: Labyrinth: Lance: Landing in Labyrinth" begins with an unexpected tumble into a tunnel. "‘Astral’ World: Rynne: Mirror Travel" compares private and public mirrors.

Several of the Creative Jam stories involve the character Leolin, a scholar of doors. I really fell in love with him as a viewpoint character, because he's only the second science-minded character in the entire collection. I really enjoy watching someone try to figure things out methodically after the Fae took such a haphazard approach. "The World Walkers: Athare: Leolin: Stories of Doors" begins by introducing him and his interest in what the doors do. "The World Walkers: Unknown World: Leolin: Evolving Magic" muses on the Fae and their mistakes, how the worlds came to be and are changing now." The World Walkers: Unknown World: Leolin: Changing Doors" explores how doors can alter their performance in whimsical ways.

Also as part of the Creative Jam, I wrote the poem "Shyderwebs" based on the World Walkers collection. It introduced mysterious creatures similar to giant trapdoor spiders that dwell in the spaces between worlds. "The World Walkers: Unknown World: Niamh: The Shyder’s Gift" elaborates on this species, adding cool new attributes of the shyders and their venom. Several folks have asked intriguing questions or left comments regarding the shyders, so if you like them, by all means continue the discussion. They're leaning towards canon but not fully confirmed, at this stage.