December 7th, 2012

schrodinger's heroes

Poem: "Texas Foldem"

This poem came out of the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from moonwolf1988.  It has been sponsored by technoshaman.  This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes  project, which you can explore further on its menu page.  You can read about the card game Texas Holdem, the geometry of a tesseract, and Crayola's colored pencils online. 

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Disability for Writers

 [personal profile] kaz pointed me to this post about curing disability in fiction, and how to handle that trope thoughtfully instead of carelessly.  Some things can be fixed, or at least ameliorated, especially in fantasy or science fiction settings.  But that doesn't necessarily make it easy.

A comment over on the Dreamwidth version of this post led to an analysis of my poem "Shiny New Toys," explaining what details to present in a story and why so as to support the plot and characterization, and how to present them so as to hook reader interest instead of boring people.  If you want to know why these discussions of disability portrayal matter to the storytelling,  this is my take on it.  It's a tangent to the original topic (overly simplistic cures) because it's dealing with a coping mechanism instead (adaptive equipment) but many of the underlying issues and techniques are congruent.
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Poem: "Like Mother, Like Son"

This poem came out of the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from rowyn and ellenmillion.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  This poem belongs to the Torn World project.  It will be submitted to the Canon Board but has not been approved yet.


Like Mother, Like Son


Floqu smiled to see
her son at play --

pretending to cook in minature clay dishes,
sweeping the floor and making beds,
tending a hearthfire made with felt flames,
dressing a little Orsi doll --

and said proudly to the other domestics,
"You just watch: my son will be
a raiser just like me."

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Poem: "Nanotechnologging"

This poem came out of the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from peteralway and Anthony Barrette.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  You can read about nanotechnology and the triolet form online.


Nanotechnologging
-- a triolet


They come in a carton, like lincoln logs did
And if you work well, they will make you a house.
With careful instructions spelled out on the lid
They come in a carton, like lincoln logs did
And nanotechnology costs a high bid
But when it gets bigger, impresses your spouse.
They come in a carton, like lincoln logs did
And if you work well, they will make you a house.

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Poem: "Blue and Pink"

This poem came from the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by an image prompt from madshutterbug.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. 


Blue and Pink


Winter's wings are made of snow
To bear her where the north winds go.

Winter's clothes are trimmed in fur
For bears are not as strong as her.

Blue as ice is Winter's cloth
As she renews the season's troth.

White as snow is Winter's trim
To show as shortened days may dim.

In one hand she holds a cup
Of winter wine to cheer her up.

In the other sits a doll
Blue as Winter, not so tall.

Pink is fine for springtime girls
Who dream of houses, cars, and curls.

Some girls wish for Barbie's things
And some for Winter's icy wings.

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Poem: "Prestige and Power"

This poem came out of the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from Dreamwidth user cadenzamuse.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  You can read more about chess with its king and queen online.


Prestige and Power


In chess, everything is reflection.
The King oversees the enemy; the Queen gets her color.

He moves in small steps.
She sweeps the whole board with her skirts.

When pawns get promoted, they most often
become queens, like so many ladies-in-waiting.

The King has all the prestige,
for once he falls, the game is over.

The Queen has all the power,
and it is up to her to protect everyone.

In chess, reflection is everything:
the pawns go first, and the Queen oversees the endgame.

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Poem: "Boxtoy"

This poem is from the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from aoife.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. 

NOTE: This poem deals with adult toys and is intended for mature readers.  It is not vulgar but it is very suggestive.  If that's not your thing, or you're not supposed to read such things, no clicky.

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Poem: "Games and Fun"

This poem came out of the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompt from kelkyag, zianuray, minor_architect, and my_partner_doug.  This poem belongs to the series Monster House, which you can explore further via the Serial Poetry page.  You can also read about erupting volcano cakes and EcoFluxx online.



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Poem: "Swish"

This poem came from the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from Dreamwidth user elliemurasaki.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  This poem belongs to the series Fledgling Grace, which you can explore further via the Serial Poetry page.  You can read more about basketball online.



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Poem: "Gravestone Games"

This poem came out of the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from catsittingstill.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  This is a poem of the Whispering Sands desert, one of my established settings.



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Gravestone Games


There are games only played by elves,
or humans who live alongside them,
games drawn out of a lifespan
long enough to need practice
for what comes after.

These are the gravestone games
that grownups play to explore
what happens in old age
and the stage after life.

There is washing and dressing
and feeding and cuddling.
These things are familiar
from playing with dolls and raising babies,
but they are different too.

For the one playing elder
it is a chance to relax and be loved,
to be taken care of and not be responsible
for remembering or doing anything just now.
For the one playing caregiver
it is a chance to express affection
with hands and devotion and little details,
not just words as slender as wind.

There are songs that go with the games,
soft as lullabies, for a sleep without waking.

Ride on a white horse
bedecked with pear blossoms,
lie down in the soft sand between rosebushes,
set the stone in its place

and dare to say
some of the things
that are only said after death.

In this instant
they may be true
but they are not quite real:

it is still only a game.

When the time comes,
at the end of days, the players
are prepared to make the change.

The songs are fond and familiar,
the final sleep feels good after so long a waking,
the Bone Horse moves with a grace beyond angels
passing through the Pear Gate between life and afterlife,

and the stones, too,
remember all that has been said
before them, although they remain silent as the dead.

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Poem: "Quarterboard"

This poem came out of the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from siliconshaman and kelkyag.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  This poem belongs to the series Path of the Paladins; you can find the other poems in that by visiting the Serial Poetry page.

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Poem: "Hit or Missile"

This poem is from the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from pickledginger.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  This poem belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis, which you can explore further via the Serial Poetry page.

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Poem: "The Necessary Bear"

This poem came out of the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from the_vulture and discussion with my_partner_doug.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  This poem belongs to the series Monster House, which you can explore further on the Serial Poetry page.



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Poetry Fishbowl Update

We are currently at $387 in donations.  Yay!  All perk thresholds have been reached.  All the $5-$20 poems have been sold; there are still five epics of various sizes available. 

I'll get started on the free epic poll shortly. 

The general fund currently contains $20.  I'll probably put up the general fund poll on Saturday.  If you want to put something into the general fund or one of the remaining epics, now's the time.

All previously sponsored poems have been posted.  The unsold poetry page has been updated accordingly.  There are still two verses left in "Secondary Feathers" which can be revealed by linking to the unsold poetry list or any of your favorite posted poems from this fishbowl.  "Secondary Feathers" is now complete!
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Choose a Series Poll for December 2012 Poetry Fishbowl

The December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl reached the $200 goal for a free epic.  First, pick which series gets the free epic; if necessary, there will be a followup poll to select the specific poem.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I will leave it open until at least Saturday evening.  If there's a clear winner then, I'll close it; otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

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