December 3rd, 2012


Poem: "Devil's Advocate"

This poem was inspired by comments from paka about alienation and rhodielady_47 about leather wings., along with the song "Take These Wings" by catsittingstill.  It is posted here as a birthday gift for catsittingstill.  This poem belongs to the Fledgling Grace series, which you can explore further via the Serial Poetry page.  It will make more sense if you have previously read "Moulting," "The Fledging," and "Fledermäuse."

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Monday Update 12-3-12

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
My Dark Fantasy Bingo Card 12-2-12
Christians for Gay Rights
Update on "Take These Wings"
Pushcart Nomination
When Stories Change
Serial Poetry
Read "Unwritten License" on Torn World

The next Poetry Fishbowl will be tomorrow, Dec. 4, with a theme of "games and toys." Please drop by to give me prompts and watch for poems to appear.

I'm hosting Winterfaire 2012 for vendors and shoppers interested in supporting small business. The current perk poem for participation is "Hrafn's Nest" (Hart's Farm).  It's at 10 of 19 verses, just past the halfway point.

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

Poetry in Microfunding:
"Within the Wolf's Jaws" belongs to The Asgard Eddas. Read about some starfarers and their interrupted journey.

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), "Unicorns on Parade" (fiction), "The Smell of Sunset" (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 been variable.  Today was warmer, windy, and wet.  I've seen more cardinals, recently.  They show up more once they realize the birdfeeders are full.

Update from Kajones_writing

December has the advent story, set in Fae World, based on poll results. kajones_writing also plans to write more for the other collections that people voted for, since those seem to be popular ones. She still has her Winterfaire support active. An update from Nov. 27 discusses her home situation, NaNoWriMo, and plans for 2013. The November Round-up covers family and holidays, prompts sessions, posts from November, and plans for December. The December half-price sale is now open: everything you can purchase on her site is half off.

December is double-credits month. If you're not already collecting credits, now is a great time to start. You earn credits by doing things like commenting or linking to stories, and you can spend them on more fiction, character adoptions, etc.

Fiction:  Advent Story 2012: The Fae World: Willow: On Earth (Part 1),  Advent Story 2012: The Fae World: Willow: On Earth (part 2),  Advent Story 2012: The Fae World: Willow: On Earth (part 3).  This story deals with Willow and her people arriving on Earth and trying to pick up the pieces of their lives after losing their homeworld.

Dwarf Stars Winners

This crossed my desk today.  I'm delighted to see that a poem from microcosms  was among the winners.

Joshua Gage and I would like to announce the winners of the 2012 "Dwarf Stars" award for the best short science fiction poem published in 2012, voted on by the members of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

The winners are:
First Place: "Blue Rose Buddha," by Marge Simon, first published in The Mad Hattery (Elektrik Milk Bath Press, 2011)
Second Place: "Closure," by Greer Woodward, first published in Illumen, Autumn 2011
Third Place: "Snowflake galaxies," by G.O. Clark, first published in microcosms, October 9, 2011

We would like congratulate all of the nominees, as well as the editors and publishers of the many magazines, anthologies, and websites who worked hard to bring us a year of excellent speculative poetry.
Geoffrey A. Landis