April 8th, 2013


Poem: "Living on the Edges"

This poem was inspired by some wretched Valentine's Day cultural stuff, more crummy urban fantasy, and some considerably better conversations with readers about Brenda and the guys in her life.  It has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the April 2, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl reaching the $200 threshold.  This poem belongs to the series P.I.E, which you can explore further via the Serial Poetry page.

Warning: This poem contains examples of ableism, sexism, and crude language.  There's also a fairly wild sequence of wilderness adventure and some awkward cultural issues.  Consider your tastes and sensitivities before clicking through.

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Story: "Squiggles" 1504.10.15

"Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal"


Inaleir gets to live after all. She confessed to sneaking out of bed last night after Mom made us all stop searching, and she found Deli and put him back in his hutch. So now my display will be perfect, but I'm still so nervous I can hardly sit still.

See the landing page for "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal."

Monday Update 4-8-13

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Read "A Philosophical Discussion"
Icon Day
Icons of Shaeth
Read about "Montage Promenade"
About SF Poetry
Crowdsourcing Film Distribution

The April 2, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl has sold out, woohoo!  Polls are open for the mid-month fishbowl theme and the general fund.

This past week, I've gotten involved with a new crowdfunding project called PoetTown. A couple of folks are building a website for sharing poetry, with a lot of useful search and social features. I'm talking with them about further ideas, including possible crowdfunding options for poems as well as the whole site. There's an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to cover expenses. There's a development blog discussing features, with some terrific screencaps of the site-in-progress. I heartily encourage you to take a look.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Honeytrap" is now complete.  There are no open epics at this time.

Torn World writing update:
Currently posting: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal" (fiction).  Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "A Thorny Problem" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: nothing.  Currently in front of the canon board: "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction), "The Wander Tent" "The Strands of Her Necklace" "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," (fiction),  "Travel, Transition, Transcription" (poetry). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" "Winterheart" "The Museum of Mortality" (fiction),  "The Smallest Invaders" (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).

Weather here has turned warm.  Crocus are blooming, daffodils just starting to open.  Honeysuckle and some other bushes are beginning to leaf out.

Poem: "Why Old Women Fall in Love with Linguists"

This poem came from the February 5, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from moonwolf1988, wyld_dandelyon, and siege.  It contains excerpts from Smithsonian February 2013, the article "Last Words" by Ariel Sabar pp. 31-34, with linguist Geoffrey Khan.  (Those lines are not counted for purposes of pricing.)  This poem was selected in an audience poll to be opened for microfunding.

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

102 lines, Buy It Now = $51
Amount donated = $41.50
Verses posted = 28 of 35

Amount remaining to fund fully = $8.50
Amount needed to fund next verse = $.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $.50

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Update from Kajones_writing

April is new character month. New Characters 1st – 7th April has thumbnails of the new characters introduced so far.  Update: 2nd April discusses ordering the new netbook, and story editing. Update: 4th April the new netbook has arrived. Update: 5th April covers website updates: the Donor House page is updated and there's a new guest posts page. Check out the awesome New icons of characters.

Fiction: The World Walkers: Athare: Frane: An Uncomfortable Landing introduces Frane to Leolin after a desperate jump between worlds. The Donor House: Lox: First Visit to the Donor House is about a vampire who's been living rough and now wants to come in. The World Walkers: Lorelei: Travelling Through Time is a little sweet and a little creepy, about crossing worlds and times. The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Marley: Third Generation, Born on Taithmarin shows the difference between refugees and residents.

The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 8, twelth continuation) explores the World Walker tattoos. The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 8, thirteenth continuation) discusses what Moonjumpers know about the worlds, and what they share.

Other fiction: The World Walkers: Unknown World: Kalena: Returning, Thear: Maeve: Moving, The Fae World: Holly: Returning Home?