November 21st, 2012

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The Natural Hair Movement

Here's a good post about the natural hair movement in black culture.

I love Afro-ethnic hair.  Woolly hair.  Squiggly hair.  Nappy hair.  Hair in amazing braids.  Hair in dreadlocks.  Hair in a short little cap.  Hair sculpted into phantasmagoric shapes.  All hair can be wonderful hair.

Thinking about this, I realize that I customarily write my black characters with natural hair.  I can't recall ever having written one with artificially straightened hair, although I suppose I might have.  I don't think I'd do that unless it had a point in the story.  *ponder*  Partly because of my own diverse tastes, but also because I tend to pick characters who like themselves. 
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Poem: "Wild Hearts Can't Be Spoken"

This poem came out of the October 2, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from natasiakith.  It also fills a square on my Hurt/Comfort Bingo Card for "loss of voice."  This poem belongs to the series Fledgling Grace, which you can explore further on the Serial Poetry page.  It predates the Fledging and lays some background for the cosmology.  It has been sponsored by rix_scaedu.

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Poem: "Moulting"

This poem came out of the October 2, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from siege.  It also fills a square on my second Cottoncandy Bingo Card for "reluctantly accepting help/comfort."  It has been sponsored by janetmiles.  For this poem, I researched the symbolism of sparrows in Christianity.  It belongs to the series Fledgling Grace, which you can explore further via the Serial Poetry page.

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Poem: "Human Heart and Hands"

This poem was written by kestrels_nest after reading "Moulting" and is posted here as a freebie.  So far there are three more poems in this subthread of the series: "After the Departure," "Redemption" (another freebie by kestrels_nest), and "The Fledging."  Watch for those to appear as sponsorship progresses.

I am really enjoying the amount of audience participation that this series engenders.  It's fun to see people mulling over the various bird species and what they mean, the transformation from one spiritual or physical state to another, and the characters' experiences.

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Update on Fledgling Grace

"Moulting" has been sponsored and posted.  This is a major poem toward the beginning of the Fledgling Grace series, introducing a couple of characters who appear in later poems.

"Human Hands and Heart" by kestrels_nest has also been posted as a freebie.

With "Moulting" visible, "After the Departure" is now available for $5.  Sponsoring that one will reveal "Redemption," another freebie from kestrels_nest.

Also following the publication of "Moulting," my poem "The Fledging" is available for $48. 

I have updated the sale page accordingly.

I'm also working on a list of all the bird species featured in various poems, linked to the heritage or country or quality connected with the manifestation of those wings.