December 11th, 2012


Arguing About Comics

 ... not just because porning them up is annoying, but because it makes for bad artlit.  It makes the characters and the artists look incompetent.  This is off-putting to many readers.  If you wish to succeed and make money in comics, as anywhere else, you must satisfy your audience.  That means actually knowing what they like as well as knowing your craft.    If you are going to wank, fine, but do it on your own time and your own dime.

Because otherwise, readers will go somewhere else.  Like the explosion of webcomics, many of them with more diverse and competent characters, that the paper comics industry has been ranting about.  If you do stupid things and try to sell them, the money will go bye-bye.  The money IS going bye-bye.

Need Fishbowl Themes

This is now CLOSED for new themes.  I'm going to make a poll.  Thank you all for your enthusiasm!

The last of the previously scheduled themes is "military science fiction" set for January 8.  So I need new ideas for 2013.  What topics would you like to see featured in a Poetry Fishbowl?  Here are a few of my ideas ...

* unlikely heroes & implausible villains
* mythical beasts
* things best left forgotten
* robots
* young adult literature
* revenge & forgiveness
* worthy causes

I'll gather the possible themes together and post a poll eventually to select specific ones.
Hart's Farm

Poem: "Who Stands Beside Me"

This poem came out of the June 19, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from the_vulture and zianuray.  It has been sponsored by janetmiles as part of the 2012 Holiday Poetry Sale.  This poem belongs to the series Hart's Farm, and you can read more about that on the Serial Poetry page.

WARNING: This poem focuses on family tensions and coping with grief in community, including positive and negative examples across different individuals.  It is therefore a lot heavier than average for Hart's Farm.  If that's likely to be upsetting for you, then you may want to skip it.

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BINGO: Fourth line bingo, 5 poems

Here is my fourth line bingo for my first card in the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest.  I am just one poem away from making the blackout official: "Of Water and the Wheel" (Kung Fu Robots) is still unsponsored, and it's marked down to $10 this week for the 2012 Holiday Poetry Sale.  I have a second card partly filled.  December 31 is the last posting day for this round of the fest.
moment of silence, candle

Moment of Silence: Ravi Shankar and poem "Silence of Moments"

Master musician Ravi Shankar has passed away.  He will be greatly missed.

Silence of Moments
-- an elegy for Ravi Shankar, 4/7/20-12/11/12

Still the strings
and muffle the drums.

The musician is gone
and silence comes.

Whisper of robes
over sandaled feet --

candles burn,
and incense sweet --

all the people gather round
without a sound.

Heaven shines like a thousand suns
where the Ganges runs.