April 6th, 2014

monster house

Poem: "In Our Many Images"

This poem is from the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from lb_lee and wyld_dandelyon.  It also fills the "Love is in the air" square in the Spring and Autumn Bingo public card.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the series Monster House.

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Stealing Your Ebooks

Here's an article about how you don't really own ebooks

The problem is that this is fraud.  People think if they are clicking a "buy" button online, what they pay for belongs to them.  If someone then takes it away, they feel robbed, and rightly so.  Saying "buy" implies ownership of the product; it's a contract term.  If the fine print says "you don't really own this" then that deceives people, causing them to make different decisions, and the results can be negative.  This does not just harm Amazon's reputation; it damages the reputation of ebooks in general.  It makes customers feel that ebooks are unreliable, perhaps even undesirable; and that makes people less willing to pay for them.  This is an incentive to copy them from unofficial sources, because the authorities can't burgle what they don't even know you have.  It also makes life difficult for anyone who really IS selling ebooks on a "you pay me, and this thing belongs to you" basis.

Just in case you're wondering, that's me.  You pay me for an ebook, and that copy is yours, just as if you pay me for a paper book that I mail to you.  Robbing people's libraries is an abomination before the Lady.

And this is one of many reasons why I dislike ebooks, but even if I liked them for every other reason, such behavior would kill my interest dead, at least for anyone doing business on this basis.  It can be hard to tell who's playing straight and who's fraudulent, though, so a few bad experiences and the whole product line gets crossed off.  The risk isn't worth the reward.

Holler Me

Recently I said "Holler me if you need the dishrack put away," and for no particular reason other than I am a hobby-linguist, I got to thinking about the subtle distinctions of this term.

"Holler" means to call loudly, often across a house or yard.  It also tends to convey a higher level of urgency.  

"Holler me" is a combination of "tell me" and "summon me."  It includes a stipulation that if you notify me of a previously agreed upon condition, I will follow through with the promised response.  This is the same as "tell" but allows a higher volume and demand for attention.  You don't have to raise your voice if you don't need to, but you're allowed to, and it's taken as a summons not a scold.

"Holler for  me" means that I will come when you call, but when I get there, we'll have a discussion about what you want.  It only includes answering the summons, not meeting another request.

That kind of subtlety appears in many Southern dialects of English, where prepositions do work that Northern speakers don't notice.  (Northern dialects have their own bells and whistles, as does everyone's.)  Southerners are often told to omit prepositions in certain phrases, which is aggravating, because most people don't have the linguistic expertise to explain what the darn thing does.  But if you take it out, to a Southerner, there's a wobble there, like a chair with one leg a hair shorter; it's annoying and it can cause misunderstandings.  Of course, these subtle distinctions are lost anyhow on someone who speaks a different dialect, but it makes a difference to the speaker.

I grew up in the Midwest but have Southern relatives, so my accent is bifocal.  In Illinois, I sound mostly Midwestern.  On a visit to Tennessee, I have a Southern accent as thick as molasses -- and oddly enough, it is also keyed by time and topic.  Talking about certain parts of my childhood or activities such as fishing will turn it on.  Just in case you were curious.

Poem: "Peace Offerings"

This poem came out of the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from janetmiles and Shirley Barrette.  It also fills the "peace offering" square in my 3-6-14 card for the Origfic Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Valor's Widow demonstrates that it's not supernormal powers that make a hero; it's supernormal caring.

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Asexy Slang: Squash

I was talking with a friend about asexual romantic relationships and realized -- oh look, English doesn't have a noun for "person in a close relationship that is romantic but not sexual."  

I'm seriously thinking "squash" would fit there, because "zucchini" is a general queerplatonic partner word, and "squish" refers to asexual crushes. I pretty much can't trip over a lexical gap without wanting to shovel something into it.

Poll: Followup for General Fund

"Pulling Pigtails" is now complete.  The general fund has $2.50 left to put toward another open epic.  There are two, "Faeder Way" and "Uncounted Colors of the Stars."  Either would get you one new verse, of which the "Faeder Way" verse is longer because it's partly sponsored already.

Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I will keep it open until at least Monday evening.  If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

Poll #1963567 Followup General Fund Poll for April 2014 Fishbowl
This poll is closed.

Which open epic should get the $2.50?

Faeder Way
Uncounted Colors of the Stars

Poetry Fishbowl Report for April 1, 2014

This month's theme was "genderqueer people." I worked from 12:30 PM to 5:15 AM, so about 14 hours 45 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 14 poems on Tuesday and 9 later. This fishbowl leaned toward medium poems, with a fair number of epics. There were a few structured but unrhymed poems, and most were free verse.

Participation was vigorous. There were 45 comments on LiveJournal and 31 on Dreamwidth. Please welcome new prompters [personal profile] helgatwb, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. You have them to thank for the second freebie.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Casting for Answers"
"Faeder Way"
"In Our Many Images"
"Indoor Men and Outdoor Men"
"It Takes Three"
"Like the Two Wings of a Bird"
"The Many Loves of David"
"Neti, Neti"
"The Power of Two"
"Temperate in Politics"
"Uncounted Colors of the Stars"
"Was Blind But Then Did See"

"Hatching into the Future" (Dragonsilk, 4/4/14 fishbowl)
"Soldier Boy" (Fiorenza the Wisewoman, 1/7/14 fishbowl)
"Peace Offerings" (Polychrome Heroics, 4/1/14 fishbowl)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, read the unsold poetry list from April 1. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available. There are still several verses of "Hatching into the Future" remaining, which you can reveal by linking to the unsold poetry list or a favorite poem from the March fishbowl.

Most of the currently sponsored poems have been posted, with a couple still pending. Backchannel copies of the rest have gone out to prompters. Per the $200 goal, "Soldier Boy" is the free epic. Per the $250 goal, that's one tally toward a bonus session. Per the $300 goal, there will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics later this month.

Donors this month include: [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] alexconall, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, LJ users Ng_moonmoth, the_vulture, Anthony & Shirley Barrette. Welcome new donor Ng_moonmoth, who is partly responsible for the extra freebie.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
walking the beat

Poem: "Recycled Identities"

This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LiveJournal user Westrider. It also fills the "Recycle / recycling" square on the Spring and Autumn Bingo public card over in [community profile] allbingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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