March 25th, 2014


Poem: "Pulling Pigtails"

This poem is spillover from the February 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from siliconshaman.  It also fills the "youth" square in my 1-31-14 card for the Origfic Bingo fest.  This poem was chosen in an audience poll to be opened for microfunding.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Note that when this poem is fully funded, you'll also get "Peace Offerings" posted in full at no extra charge, since that poem has already been sponsored.

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

83 lines, Buy It Now = $41.50
Amount donated = $14
Verses posted = 7 of 19

Amount remaining to fund fully = $27.50
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $3

NOTE: This poem features bullying, sexual orientation issues, sexism, and characters struggling to face challenges when they don't have all the tools they need for the job at hand.  Be prepared in case those are sensitive issues for you.

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Misunderstood Villains

Here's an interesting list of misunderstood villains

I love villains with complexity, people who have a reason for what they do -- not just a reason for being a twisted human being, but background motivating the specific expression  of wickedness they manifest.  If you look at my list of characters for the superhero series Polychrome Heroics, you can see a lot of supervillains and superheroes, along with several who could be either depending who you ask.  Their experiences shape them, sometimes influencing the type of powers they develop, and usually touching on their goal(s).  So these people do very different things, once put into play.

There's a certain dilemma in backing.  Readers almost always want someone to root for.  I've read a few very well written books that I don't reread, because the sympathy is too balanced and the story ends badly for somebody, which is unsatisfying.  I deal with this in different ways within my own writing.  First, I have a range of more and less reprehensible characters.  Some of them are downright unlikable; people don't want to rescue these guys, but rather want to throw them under a bus.  Okay, we can do that; evil characters tend to bring about their own downfall.  But if my audience really starts rooting for one of the more sympathetic bad guys ... things can change.  People change.  Sometimes there are second chances.  In my writing, anyone can be a hero or a villain, and if you change your mind partway through, you can switch sides.

I like to think that option creates more tension and interest in storytelling.  Usually the plot positions are fixed in fiction, but in real life, anything goes.  People are unpredictable.  That element of surprise is exciting.

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, April 1

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, April 1, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "genderqueer people." I'll be soliciting ideas for transfolk, two-spirits, genderfluid or agender people, gays, lesbians, asexuals, historic figures, genderqueer shamans, gendershifting deities or heroes, other folks with uncommon sex/gender identity, alien or fantasy genders, bigots, gender scholars, discovering something unusual about sex/gender, changing sex/gender, coming out, passing, falling in love with an incompatible gender, transbashing, plot twists, holy places, stages and theatres, bathrooms, bedrooms, other places where sex/gender may be an issue, confusion, self-hate, the joy of self-discovery, adaptive equipment, pride flags or rings, historic legends about genderqueer people, queerplatonic or otherwise queer relationships, vocabulary, and poetic forms in particular.

Here's a glossary of genderqueer terms.  See also my list of QUILTBAG characters.

I have a linkback poem, "Hatching into the Future" (20 verses, Dragonsilk).  I need a volunteer to host this.

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.

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Poem: "Sink or Swim"

This poem is spillover from the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from siliconshaman and kestrels_nest. It also fills the "sand" square on the Spring and Autumn Bingo public card. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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