December 30th, 2013

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New Crowdfunding Project: "FaceRig"

 Basically this is a digital costume for webcam.  It's a cool starting point, and may appeal to otherkin in particular.  One immediate drawback I noticed: the parabolic ears don't move with changing expressions.  Yes, that leaps out at me.  It's like having a human face whose mouth doesn't move.  I have probably panned more furry comics for that than every other flaw put together.
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Story: "Squiggles" 1509.05.13

"Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal"

1509.05.13

"Genetics for Novices" is an incredible class. I am learning so much! Sad to say, I doubt I'll ever breed a black Squiggle Mouse. My textbook says that different colors can behave quite differently, and that one tends to blot out a lot of other genes. However, the different shades of brown blend well with each other and with some other traits. So there are chocolate mice on the dark end, fawn in the middle, then various shades of tan, caramel, golden, and cream on the light end. Those all have "and white" versions too. I haven't managed to breed a fawn-and-white Squiggle yet, but I have some new ideas to try.


See the landing page for "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal."
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Monday Update 12-30-13

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Six Flavors of Love
Indigenous People in Comics
Moment of Silence: Frederic Back
Disability in F&SF
Bingo Generator


The linkback perk "No One to Greet the Season" is almost complete, with 67 of 72 verses posted. You can reveal the last few by linking to a favorite poem from the Holiday Poetry Sale.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Its Very Existence" belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.  

Torn World writing update:
Currently posting: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal" (fiction).  Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Hand-Me-Downs" "Wandering the Heights" "The Slow Hunt" "The Button Box" "Playing the Field" "Finding the Beauty" (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). 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).


The past week has been mostly clear, mild and then a cold snap.  We had a nice time over the holidays.
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Update from Kajones_writing

December's theme is the advent story. It is now complete at just over 50,000 words. Wow! Update: 28th December 2013 gives a report on this month's activities and upcoming plans.

Fiction: The Donor House: Advent Story (part 17) has Georgina and Jean-Luc talking about the auctions, vampire history and family life.
The Donor House: Advent Story (part 18) continues the discussion with auction schools and the first vampires.
The Donor House: Advent Story (part 19) discusses the politics around the Donor House.
The Donor House: Advent Story (part 20) explores how people move into and out of the Donor House.
The Donor House: Advent Story (part 21) reveals some crappy family history for Sullivan and Lily.
The Donor House: Advent Story (part 22) deals with Lily's emotional abuse.
The Donor House: Advent Story (part 23) shows Lily's abusive parents visiting the Donor House.
The Donor House: Advent Story (part 24) adds Lily's more supportive siblings to the scene.
Donor House: Advent Story (part 25) reveals more background about Lily's parents.

The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 53rd continuation) features Quiar and Lucille talking about the development of the Web and how spirits change between lives.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 54th continuation) has Quiar and Lucille talking about the structure and maintenance of the Web.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 55th continuation) shows the aftermath of Lucille's conversation with Quiar.
The World Walkers: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 56th continuation) has Lucille and Meriwether discussing past lives.