My new class "Field Illustration for Scientists" counts both as a science class and an art class. So I get to take another non-art elective this year: "Cooking for Novices," here I come! I'm also thrilled about "Field Illustration" because if I score well there, I can try out for a novice license in field illustration. Then I could collaborate with other scientists who can't draw well, and get byline credit for illustrating their papers. I'd also have the right to sell my illustrations, but competing against professional artists I doubt I'd have much luck with that.
One of my required science classes looks kind of daunting. "Famous Invasive Disasters" teaches about historic incidents caused by things like boundaries opening or people falsifying licenses, then some pest or disease spreading because of that. Everybody in Tifirf knows about the plague at the horse fair that time, and I did that one project on boundaries, but I still don't know a lot about this subject. What I do know is pretty creepy, though.
See the landing page for "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal."
This week the unsold contents of Walking the Beat are on sale for half price, running February 17-23. If you can't afford to sponsor a whole poem, remember that epic poems (anything over 60 lines) can be funded at $.25/line. This series is contemporary lesbian romance. It features themes of family, community, love and friendship, life changes, disability and ability, ethnic cultures, and local color from Jamaica Plain.
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Poem: "Who Watches the Watchers"
Lovelock on Climate Change
Disability, Success and Failure
Crowdfunding Creative Jam
Special Needs in Strange Worlds
Building Orthanc, Part 4
Poem: "The Love Puppy"
Poetry Fishbowl Report for February 4, 2014
Building Orthanc, Part 3
Read "A Selection of Addergoole Microbits" by Aldersprig
Enjoy "Gift Enough" by Catsittingstill
Playing the Hand You're Dealt
Lego and Gender
The half-price poetry sale for Walking the Beat is now open, running February 17-23. Several poems have already sold and will appear after this post.
Voting is now open in all categories for the 2014 Rose & Bay Awards. Please cast your votes for excellence in crowdfunding. Webcomics and Other Project are most in need of votes, with only one participant each.
Art: 10 voters
Fiction: 7 voters
Poetry: 2 voters
Webcomics: 1 voter
Other Project: 1 voter
Patron: 3 voters
The Bingo Valentines fest is running over on Allbingo, from February 1-21. Get a card from any relevant fest, make your own, or use the public card. Sexual or asexual, romantic or aromantic, come make and enjoy fun stuff about affection. You can see my bingo column for this event.
Poetry in Microfunding:
"Its Very Existence" belongs to the series Path of the Paladins. Nahum struggles to survive alone. "The Feast of Saint Valentine" belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family. Victor tries to renegotiate their relationship, and Igor takes it badly.
Torn World writing update:
Currently posting: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal" (fiction). Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" "The Slow Hunt" (poetry). Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3) (fiction), "Stinging Like Nettles" "Rainforest Delicacies" (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" "Beach Pictures" "Tangleweed" "Snowbloom" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" "Snowbloom Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet). 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).
Weather here has been mixed. We got a bunch of snow. Today it has been variously freezing rain and sleet, and currently its warmer and windy so that little crescents of ice are flying off the trees to smack into the house. The birds have been huddled around the feeders with all their feathers fluffed.
WARNING: This poem contains some intense scenes. Highlight for details. The following poem contains a restaurant fire, bystander injuries, emotional stress, lights and sirens. If these are sensitive topics for you, please think carefully before deciding whether to read onward.
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This poem came out of the January 21, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from siliconshaman and rix_scaedu. It also fills the "exhaustion" square in my 18-8-13 card for the Genprompt Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by technoshaman. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.
WARNING: The later part of this poem contains some intense scenes. Highlight for details. These include animal abuse and Dale doing a not-so-great job of managing her disability. If these are sensitive topics for you, please think carefully before deciding whether to read onward.
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This poem is spillover from the January 21, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from rhodielady_47 and lb_lee. It also fills the "FREE SPACE: parade" square on my 10-6-13 card for the Origfic Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by janetmiles. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.
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Fiction: The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 67th continuation) has Meriwether and Lucille talking about Emrys.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 68th continuation) continues the conversation between Meriwether and Lucille about lost histories.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 69th continuation) features Meriwether telling Lucille about his choice of lives.
The World Walkers: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 70th continuation) shows Lucille and Bertram fighting with assassins sent by the counterfeiters!
The World Walkers: Unknown World: Piper: Wrong Place, Wrong Time involves a trap set across the worlds.
The Donor House: Ciar: Saving a Life is about a vampire saving a little girl.
The World Walkers: Unknown World: Saraid: Living with the Floods tells of the first flood.
AU Pagan: Andrew: Not Being Charlie is a genderbending alternate to Anna/Charlotte, eerie and compelling.
The World Walkers: Unknown World: Sini: Meeting Riordan has Sini meeting Riordan.
AU Donor House: John: Being A Two Spirit imagines John as a different gender/orientation.
Other Fiction: Heliopath’s World: Outside Ildieu: Dale: Taking Charge
AU Pagan: Kim: Home Alone