December 10th, 2012


Poem: "The Chimera King"

This poem fills a square on my second card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. This fest encourages people to create and share material focused on what is variously called fluff, schmoop, gentle fiction, light reading, comfort reading, positive thinking, chicken soup for the soul, or anything else that offers a fun alternative to usual run of sex, violence, and angst of modern media. I'm hoping to attract some new readers for my writing.

This poem belongs to the setting of Quiar, which I created for the larger World Walkers collection by [personal profile] kajones_writing. The inhabitants span many races of animals, birds, and invertebrates with varying degrees of anthropomorphism. They are sometimes capable of crossbreeding to produce chimerae. Most people frown on this, but it's tolerated more in some places than others.

Fandom: Original (World Walkers by [personal profile] kajones_writing)
Prompt: Celebrity
Medium: Poetry
Summary: In the city of Seahorse Port, there is a parade celebrating the changing seasons, presided over by the chimera with the most different ancestral races.
Content Notes: Fluff. Anthropomorphic / furry. Parade.

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2012 Holiday Poetry Sale

The 2012 Holiday Poetry Sale is now CLOSED.  Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm.

A silver lantern glazed with cobalt glass panes sends a flickering blue light over the snow ...

Welcome to the 2012 Holiday Poetry Sale! Today through Friday, December 14, my remaining fishbowl poems from 2012 are half price. This year I've included the Creative Jam and Muse Fusion poems, since some of the fishbowl sessions already sold out. Especially check out the epics; the highest one is down to $53.25, so if you've been yearning for an epic of your very own, now's the time! For those of you with just a few dollars to spend, there are plenty of poems at $5 or less. The linkback poem "Hrafn's Nest" is still open, so if you link to the Holiday Poetry Sale, you can reveal a verse of that; just remember to tell me what you did.

If you want to buy a poem as a gift for someone, let me know; I can dedicate it to anyone you wish. Both the giver and the recipient count as donors for the purpose of reading the perk-posts, and both get nonexclusive reprint rights. That means if you buy a poem for someone else, you can post it on your blog or website for them, or they can post it on theirs, in addition to it appearing here. Here is a PayPal button for your convenience, or you may contact me for other payment options. (I'm just offering prewritten poetry this time, not scrapbook pages, because I expect to be unavailable for part of the month.) Please specify which poem(s) you want and the SALE price.

The following poems are left over from fishbowls throughout 2012 (plus December 2011). If you don't see a poem that you remember fondly, it may have been submitted to another market, but you can ask me to double-check. The same applies to poems from previous years; just ask if you want one.

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Monday Update 12-10-12

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Superconductor Article with Pictures
Second General Fund Poll for December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl
Poem: "Half of Four"
Animated Math
Poem: "The Formless Ones"
Poetry Fishbowl Report for December 4, 2012
Asexual News
Disability for Writers
Disability for Writers
Plans and Goals

The 2012 Holiday Poetry Sale is active through Friday. Come browse for bargain poems!

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.  There are three new verses, in which Darkamber and Tyrssen discuss the coming battle.

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), "Drawing the Triangle," "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).

Weather here has been chilly and intermittently rainy.  I have a flock of sparrows squabbling over the suet cake hung on my office window.

Update from Kajones_writing

December has the advent story, set in Fae World, based on poll results. There is a schedule update for 2013. See "New Idea" for a discussion of credit raffles. I'd love to see more folks involved with this. Testing Ideas for 2013 has further thoughts on the writing project as it evolves, and how folks can interact with it. Sunday Raffle 1 is a comment raffle; please mention a favorite character or collection to enter. There's an update on the raffle here. Fiction: Advent Story 2012: The Fae World: WIllow: On Earth (part 4), Advent Story 2012: The Fae World: Willow: On Earth (part 5), Introducing: Emma Newman (guest post), Advent Story 2012: The Fae World: Willow: On Earth (part 6), Advent Story 2012: The Fae World: Willow: On Earth (part 7), Advent Story 2012: The Fae World: Willow: On Earth (part 8), Advent Story 2012: The Fae World: Willow: On Earth (part 9). If you're following my fanworks in this project, I've posted the poems "Hidden Seeker" and "The Chimera King" recently.

Poem: "The Tapestry of Nocciolaia"

This poem was inspired by the "friendship" square on my first card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest.  It has been sponsored by minor_architect.  It belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman, which you can explore further via the Serial Poetry page.  Read about the sonnet form online.

The Tapestry of Nocciolaia
-- a sonnet

Though Don Candido preaches, scowls, and scolds
He heeds the gifts that Fiorenza holds.
Mad Ercole may find his thoughts a maze,
But Fiorenza walks with him most days.

Bettina holds her husband by the hand,
And gives her thanks for Fiorenza's stand.
Sienna does a favor for her friend,
And Fiorenza's there with herbs to lend.

The village is a tapestry of lives,
Its warp and weft the women and the men
Whose friendship weaves a fabric fine and strong.
The family ties of husbands and of wives
Are spun of love, and relatives are kin,
But friends are chosen just for their heart's song.


Poem: "Careful Trust"

This poem just popped into my head one day while I was thinking about Johan and Althey, and how their relationship grows over time.  It has been sponsored by minor_architect.  Notice that while it's free verse, it has structure, as the number of lines per verse rises and falls.  This poem belongs to the series Path of the Paladins, which you can explore further on the Serial Poetry page.

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Poem: "Camping on the Lost Road"

This poem came out of the July 2012 Muse Fusion.  It was inspired and sponsored by ellenmillion.  It belongs to the Torn World science fantasy shared world project.  The Lost Road is a famous landmark in Torn World.

Camping on the Lost Road

This is the old road, the Imperial folly,
the road that the jungle took back.
Tours still go to the visible bits,
and you can get a license to camp there,
if you dare to spend the night.

There are no sea monsters this far inland,
no time crystals to misalign and cause a hazard.
You can hear the jungle plotting, though,
its slow green fingers creeping to pull apart
all that men have ever made.


Poem: "The Widow-Keeper's Lullaby"

This poem came out of the July 2012 Torn World Muse Fusion.  It was inspired by a prompt from haunted_blood.  It has been sponsored by ellenmillion.  This poem belongs to the Torn World science fantasy shared world project.  For reference, warsailors hunt the sea monsters that make water travel hazardous in Torn World.  This can be fatal, so the Warsailing Guild provides death benefits including widow-keepers who are available to take care of a surviving spouse/children.

The Widow-Keeper's Lullaby

I will sing you songs of death
Keep you safe to your last breath

Though your mate is dead and gone
We are here to carry on

Let sea monsters be forewarned
Fresh hope springs from what was mourned

You and I will do our part
New life grows beneath your heart

I will sing you songs of life
Honored lost warsailor's wife


Poem: "Getting the Goat"

This poem came from the January 2012 Torn World Muse Fusion.  It was inspired by a prompt from meeksp.  It has been sponsored by ellenmillion.  This poem belongs to the Torn World science fantasy shared world project.

Getting the Goat

Young rangers want something special
to decorate their winter coats,
something to show off their new adult status
and their hunting prowess.

So they climb the treacherous slopes
in search of the rare mountain goats.

The goats are canny creatures,
living as they do so close to the sky,
but their meat is good eating
and their shaggy white coats are splendid.

It takes a team to hunt them --
one ranger striking from above
while the others wait below
for the startled herd to scatter downward --
and there are never enough goats for everyone.

Only the best, most skillful hunters
manage to spear this ellusive prey.

The white fringe of fur
appears on cuffs and hoods
or wrapped around tall boots
to show who has gone hunting in the sky
and returned triumphant.


Poem: "The Smell of Sunset"

This poem came out of the November 2012 Torn World Muse Fusion.  It was inspired by prompts from zianuray and wyld_dandelyon.  It has been sponsored by ellenmillion.  This poem belongs to the Torn World science fantasy shared world project.  You can read more about Nleimen and Dlujan, who appear in other stories.

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Hart's Farm

Poem: "Catching in the Rye"

This poem came out of the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from wyld_dandelyon.  It has been opened for microfunding via the general fund, as selected in an audience poll.  This poem belongs to the series Hart's Farm.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth.There is a permanent donation button on  my profile page,  or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses
So far sponsors include: general fund

75 lines, Buy It Now = $37.50
Amount donated = $24
Verses posted = 14 of 22

Amount remaining to fund fully = $13.50
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $2

Note: The following poem features a sexy game played by consenting adults.  It is intended for mature readers.  If this is not to your taste or you're not supposed to read such things, no clicky.

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