February 5th, 2014


Story: "Squiggles" 1510.09.20

"Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal"


My paper for "The Science of Flowers" proved more interesting than I expected. I always knew about the damage to our world, how the ecosystem doesn't work perfectly because of the old boundaries. I didn't realize, though, just how many species of plants and animals must have died out. We still don't know all the ones we lost. Researching a paper on pollinators really illuminated that for me, how some plants barely survive because not enough pollinators exist to take care of their flowers. So the wind-pollinated plants have survived much better than those that rely on insects or animals.

Sometimes science makes me very sad. Still, I would rather know than not know.

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

Writing Outside Your Traits

Here's an essay about male vs. female writers and how they feel about writing across gender.

The male writers felt that gender influenced their writing, and some preferred not to write female characters. The female writers did not feel that gender influenced their writing, that it was all about creating plausible characters. This fits a pattern I know from various sociology classes, which is that in any pairing of an advantaged and a disadvantaged group, the disadvantaged people have to know a lot more about the advantaged people in order to accommodate them for sake of personal survival. In a patriarchal society, women will therefore tend to know more about men, and it will be easier for female writers to handle male characters well than vice versa. Of course there's variation; some female writers don't handle male characters well, and some male writers produce brilliant female characters.

My own thoughts on this issue include ...

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Poem: "The Feast of Saint Valentine"

This poem came out of the February 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from technoshaman, rix_scaedu, siliconshaman, janetmiles, aldersprig, and the_vulture.  It also fills the "platonic love" square in my 2-1-14 card for the Cotton Candy Bingo fest, and the "hypothermia" square in my 12-8-13 card for the Genprompt Bingo fest.  This poem belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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: janetmiles, patina, lb_lee

WARNING: This poem is fluff-and-angst with some intense topics, and the warnings are spoilers; highlight to see them. Victor and Igor both have crummy relationship history, which complicates their current situation. Challenges include class issues, gender identity and sexual orientation issues, serious misunderstandings, poor communication, rejection, emotional whump, fear of abandonment, running away from home, hypothermia and frostbite, primitive medical treatment, and embarrassing makeup conversations. But their community has a clue, and they work through the problems.

360 lines, Buy It Now = $180
Amount donated = $145.50
Verses posted = 64 of 77

Amount remaining to fund fully = $34.50
Amount needed to fund next verse = $3.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $2.50

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Fly Free

Poem: "Speaking of Broccoli"

Here is the second freebie for the February 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. You have new prompter [personal profile] alexseanchai to thank for this, who also provided the inspiration for this poem. It fills the "body language" square in my 2-1-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest and my 11-26-13 card in the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest.

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