December 16th, 2013


Story: "Squiggles" 1509.01.21

"Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal"


Third Form is even more of a challenge than Second Form. Now students have to choose between the Science track or the Trade track. Some classes count for both, but a lot of classes are specialized one way or the other. I'm taking the Science track, of course. If I do well enough, the Empire will sponsor me in higher education.

The classes are more specific now. This year's science class is "Genetics for Novices." That made me laugh -- I haven't been a total novice in this subject for years! But now I will get official class credit for learning it, and maybe I'll be able to figure out why none of my Squiggle Mice ever have black coats or bicolored coats. I have another class on "Writing in the Sciences" that should be useful for reports and such. For art I'm taking "Color Theory and Practice." We'll be using watercolors, oil paints, chalks, and color pencils to study different kinds of pigment. Those should be fun to take out to the flower festivals!

My civics class, "People Reaching People," has an interesting project. It is an ongoing assignment, like when I started the journal back in First Form. We get to make letter-friends in other towns, then write back and forth. The first ones will be other students our age doing the same assignment. Later on, though, we're supposed to find other people on our own. Teacher Teqass says that it's important to make friends long-distance because that helps hold the Empire together. I think that she sounds like my mother trying to coax me into attending another stupid party when I want to be reading.

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

Monday Update 12-16-13

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Rooti Dolls
BINGO: column
The Game of Fate
The Six Races: The Beneberak
How to Illustrate a Fantasy Map
A Kickstarter Analysis
Poetry Fishbowl Report for December 3, 2013
The Gender Book
Read "False Papers, True Words"
Ladiesbingo Card 12-11-13

Winterfaire 2013 is currently open on LiveJournal and Dreamwidth, with some different booths in each place. Post a booth with your creative goods/services, or shop for holiday gifts from independent creators. The linkback perk is "No One to Greet the Season" which currently has 33 of 72 verses posted, so it's more than a third done. You can reveal new verses by linking to the Winterfaire, posting a booth, buying something, or sharing a link for a similar holiday bazaar.  If you've already linked, it's okay, you can boost the signal again periodically since this project runs for a long time.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"Its Very Existence" belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.  It follows Nahum and Kalad, the two men who attacked Ari's camp in "Grit and Grace." 

Torn World writing update:
Currently posting: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal" (fiction).  Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Hand-Me-Downs" "Sweet Nothings," "Summer Wine" "Wandering the Heights" "The Slow Hunt" "The Button Box" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3) (fiction), "Stinging Like Nettles" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction), "Playing the Field" (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" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).

It has snowed several times this week.  The first was thick and fluffy, then later on it turned powdery.  This has brought more birds to the various feeders.

2013 Holiday Poetry Sale

The holiday sale is now CLOSED. Thank you for your support and enthusiasm.

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

Welcome to the 2013 Holiday Poetry Sale! Today through Sunday, December 22, my remaining fishbowl poems from 2013 are half price. This year I've included poems from the Creative Jam, Muse Fusion, and bingo fests since some of the fishbowl sessions already sold out. Especially check out the epics; $8.13 to $133, 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 in the $2.50 to $5 range.  Also you can open an epic for microfunding; there's only one currently open, in Path of the Paladins, so any one-shot or other series is eligible.  Epics keep the price they're opened at, even if they don't finish during the sale.  Thumbnail descriptions of the individual poems mostly appear on their respective unsold poetry pages, as linked, and I've added brief summaries of the poems that don't have those because they were written outside of prompt calls.

The linkback poem "No One to Greet the Season" is still open, so if you participate in the Holiday Poetry Sale, you can reveal a verse of that; just remember to tell me what you did.  Linking to this post from any venue counts.  So does sponsoring a poem.

If you want to buy a poem as a gift for someone, let me know; I can dedicate it to anyone you wish, with or without naming you as the giver. 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 this late in the season.) Please specify which poem(s) you want and the SALE price.

The following poems are left over from projects throughout 2013 (plus December 2012). 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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Update from Kajones_writing

December's theme is the Advent Story.

Fiction: The Donor House: Advent Story (part 10) shows Dominic and Nick talking about donors.
The Donor House: Advent Story (part 11) has Caleb and Blake discussing addiction.
The Donor House: Advent Story (part 12) is on the auctions as seen by Caleb and Blake.
The Donor House: Advent Story (part 13) continues the conversation about addicts and auctions.
The Donor House: Advent Story (part 14) brings Lewis into the conversation as Caleb and Blake consider the very long term future of the Donor House.
The Donor House: Advent Story (part 15) shows Caleb mulling over different social groups in the Donor House.
The Donor House: Advent Story (part 16) has Georgina thinking about the Donor House as a refuge.

The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 51st continuation) features Lucille and Quiar discussing Kalinia and past lives.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 52nd continuation) shows Lucille and Quiar talking about Raenarin.

Everyday Phrases in Lakota

Here are some everyday phrases in Lakota.  It's wonderfully done because you can see a lot of patterns, and a few exceptions.  The masculine phrases tend to have -o and the feminine ones -e.  Some of the verbs and pronouns repeat, so that looking at the different phrases, it's possible to hack out which is which even without being told.

And now, of course, I'm wondering which set a two-spirit would use.

Anyway, speak your heritage language.  It's good for your brain and your culture.  Also it drives the racists bugfuck.