November 26th, 2012


Welcome to Winterfaire 2012

The Winterfaire spreads out as far as the eye can see. Some booths show streamers of red and green, while others sport blue and silver. All of them offer treasure after shining treasure. Music fills the air with lyrics of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, and Yule. From the Wordsmith's Forge comes the bright chiming of words being hammered into literature. Delicious scents of hot chocolate, spiced cider, peppermint, baking cookies, and gingerbread tantalize the appetite. Smiling, laughing shoppers amble from booth to booth with lists in hand. Vendors grin back, calling out, "Come try, come buy...!"

I know a lot of artists, writers, musicians, crafters, and other talented folks who make some of their living from their creative endeavors. I don't always have the money to support them as much as I'd like, but what I can do is set up a virtual faire where vendors can offer their wares to an audience that likes crafts, literature, and small businesses. For those of you doing your holiday shopping, here's an opportunity to buy something made with love, something unusual or unique, in a way that helps make it possible for creative people to go on creating wonders. And there will be no traffic jams, stampedes, or gunfights at the Winterfaire!

Vendors: If you have goods or services suitable for holiday gifts, please put up a booth by replying with a description of what you sell, an estimate of your price range if possible, and some kind of contact information so shoppers can reach you.  If you have a website (Etsy, DeviantArt, personal, whatever) showcasing your work in more detail, include the link(s).  If you have holiday freebies, such as downloadable greeting card imagery, you're welcome to promote those too. For ease of identification, I recommend titling your reply starting with "BOOTH:" followed by the name of your business or type of goodies.

Shoppers: If you're looking for something specific and it's not posted yet, feel free to ask. Someone else may know where to find it! "SHOPPING FOR:" and the topic would be a good title.

Everyone: You may help promote the Winterfaire by linking to this post from your own blog or site. If you have a similar holiday-networking post, you may link to it in a comment on this post.

Participation Perk: I'm offering poetry for participation, beginning with verses of "With Its Head Cut Off" (28 verses) from the Path of the Paladins series. (Completed!)  If that runs out, I may pick another.  New perk poem: "Hrafn's Nest" (19 verses, Hart's Farm).  Because, you see, all of these activities will unlock a verse each time someone does them:
* link to this Winterfaire page to boost the signal
* comment posting a Booth of your wares/services in the Winterfaire
* buy something from a vendor listed in the Winterfaire 
* host a similar holiday market in your own blog or other venue
LiveJournal will notify me of comments to the Winterfaire post and links to it elsewhere on LJ; for everything else, you need to TELL ME in order to get credit for it.

Similar Markets:
Do you know of another indie holiday shopping post?  Let me know and I'll link it here.
Jaguar's Black Friday Bazaar
The Winterfaire at Angel's Place
Handmade Holiday Shopping
2012 Holiday Bazaar

Happy holidays!

Poem: "With Its Head Cut Off"

This poem came out of the October 2, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] aoife and LiveJournal user rowyn. It also fills the "hostile climate" square on my card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. You can read other poems in the series Path of the Paladins by visiting the Serial Poetry page for links. I recommend that you double back to "Swimming Against the Tide" if you haven't already seen it, for an introduction to Radd and his challenges.

This poem is posted here as the participation perk for Winterfaire 2012. All of these activities will reveal a new verse each time someone does them:
* link to this Winterfaire page to boost the signal
* comment posting a Booth of your wares/services in the Winterfaire
* buy something from a vendor listed in the Winterfaire
* host a similar holiday market in your own blog or other venue
LiveJournal and Dreamwidth will notify me of comments to the Winterfaire post and links to it elsewhere on those services; for everything else, you need to TELL ME in order to get credit for it.

There are 28 of 28 verses posted.  Participants so far include:  Ellen Million, [personal profile] elliemurasaki[personal profile] kajones_writing[personal profile] thesilentpoet[personal profile] technoshaman[personal profile] catsittingstill[personal profile] ravan[personal profile] beth123bvalarltd, msstacy13, flutterbychild, robling_t, cissa, rix_scaedu

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Find Me on Deviant Art!

I have decided to post some of my writing on Deviant Art, in hopes of connecting with new readers and also more artists who might enjoy illustrating my work. So far I've posted samples of Torn World, Schrodinger's Heroes, Fiorenza the Wisewoman, Fledgling Grace, Hart's Farm, and Kung Fu Robots. It's mostly poetry and a few stories. You can find me at Ysabetwordsmith.

Want to help? People tend to pay more attention to stuff that has already gotten attention. So tag favorites, leave comments, or post a critique if you want to go into more detail. Submit things to groups or add them to your collections. Recommend them to friends. Put me on your watch list.

If you're on Deviant Art yourself, let me know and I'll look up your page. I've already found a few friends and added them to my watch list. I want to build up connections because that's a good way to grow an audience.

Finally, I'd like to recommend the group #Speculative-Fiction launched by Kajoneswriting. It's open to art, fiction, poetry, etc. in any flavor of speculative writing. That's exactly what I was looking for when I searched groups originally, but there wasn't one like it until she started this one. So if you're on Deviant Art and you like speculative stuff, please drop by and see if it's something you'd like to join. If you're a creator, submit some of your stuff; we're trying to build up our folders.

Monday Update 11-26-12

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sketch Fest
Happy Thanksgiving
Climate Change and Extreme Weather
The Natural Hair Movement

I now have a Deviant Art account. I'm hoping to connect with more folks on there, so if you use DA, please visit my page.

I'm hosting Winterfaire 2012 for vendors and shoppers interested in supporting small business. The perk poem for participation is "With Its Head Cut Off" (Path of the Paladins).

If you are holiday shopping for me, I have a wishlist.

The half-price poetry sale in Fledgling Grace has concluded. All of the original batch sold, and some of the new batch, and there are extras too. Use the Serial Poetry page to catch up.

The next Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday, December 4 with a theme of "games and toys."

Poetry in Microfunding:
"Within the Wolf's Jaws" belongs to The Asgard Eddas. Read about some starfarers and their interrupted journey.  There are three new verses; Tyrssen tells a story about the binding of Fenrir.

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 has turned chilly and gray here.  Today I put out birdseed and by the time I got into the house, there was a massive flock of sparrows on both the fly-through feeder and the hopper feeder.  I could tell they were seriously hungry because they crowded on the sides and ate instead of pecking each other.  Also the downy woodpecker just landed on the suet cage attached to my office window.  He sounds like a squeaky toy.

Update from Kajones_writing

November features the Fae World collection. There is a new advent story tiebreaker poll.  The new general fund poll will select which collection the stories should come from.  The 2011 Advent Story is now available as a free ebook, and there will be more free ebooks to come.  There is also a post about "Goals and Dreams."  [personal profile] kajones_writing is also boosting the signal for my Winterfaire 2012 project and adding perks of her own for participants.

My Thoughts on the 2012 Dwarf Stars Anthology

Steven Wittenberg Gordon has posted a detailed analysis of the 2012 Dwarf Stars anthology.  Here are my thoughts ...

On the whole, it's a good anthology, but not as good as the Rhysling.  Part of this is because there are fewer people writing or publishing poems of 10 lines or less.  Part is because the short-short format is very challenging to do well.  The average quality here is good; most are decent poems with a few brilliant ones and some mediocre ones.  In the Rhysling anthology, the average quality is usually great, with some brilliant ones and a few that just don't measure up.

I also prefer the Rhysling infrastructure where the readers nominate a limited number of poems that get published in the voting anthology, which gives them more control.  Dwarf Stars lets members nominate generously but then an editor chooses what gets published; I dislike that interference.  Why?  People don't see the same thing in poems.  Look at the divergences below for some examples.

There isn't much analysis of poetry, and less of speculative poetry.  So when someone does a big chunk like this, I'm likely to chime in, hoping to encourage discussion.  More would be good.

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Read "Flying in the Wind"

If you are a Torn World supporter, you can now read my poem "Flying in the Wind."
Yothalde enjoys grooming snow-unicorns on Combing Day.

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.