July 14th, 2014


Poem: "Swing a Cat"

This poem came out of the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "moving" square of my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Danso thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Monday Update 7-14-14

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Earliest Memories
Ways of Doing Things
Read "Triangle Flowers" on Torn World
New in Torn World
Read "Pueblo de los Muertos" by Dialecticdreamer
Rainforest Rings

The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics is open. I still have a bunch of stuff that was bought yesterday to post today.  "Look at Me" is now complete; I recommend reading that because there are several more Antimatter & Stalwart Stan poems coming.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"Uncounted Colors of the Stars" belongs to the series An Army of One.  A freetrader with an atypical identity grows interested in the culture of the Lacuna.  "The Impractical Cat" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Damask encounter an unusual cat around campus.  "A Cat May Look at a Queen" belongs to The Steamsmith series.  Maryam and Farasat go to an alchemy ball at the palace.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (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), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed 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 has been warm with a couple nights of rain.  Currently blooming: shasta daisies, yellow coneflowers, daylilies, echinacea, marigolds, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, pansies, sweet alyssum, torenia, motherwort.  Green fruit: blackberries, pears, apples.  Ripe fruit: mulberries.

Evolving Regalia

I loved this article about the ongoing evolution of regalia at powwows.  

As much as I love the traditional materials, I understand that novelty is a crucial indicator of cultural survival.  If people are only copying the past, then the culture is stagnant.  Tribal spirit depends on each individual finding their own dreamvision.  So if a person's regalia is exuberant and unique -- if they're incorporating current resources into their outfit -- then it's a healthy sign of a living, growing culture.  Then when you see the traditional work, it's about the challenge of keeping the old ways alive, taking a consistent set of materials and learning what you can do with those.  Innovation there looks a bit different.  And then there's fusion, where you might see someone making motherboard lines in quillwork and beads. 

Hints of this show up in my writing occasionally.  The Iron Horses are a superpowered, intertribal, motorcycle gang over in Polychrome Heroics.  Their uniforms are a cross between regalia and biker leathers.  That was inspired by something I've seen a lot of tribal folks doing, where they'll take their cultural background and look for a way to merge it with whatever their contemporary interests are.  It's not something that only exists in the past.  Native culture is still here, and it interacts with the mainstream, sometimes in breathtaking ways.

And you can see it in my aesthetic tastes: my favorite dances include men's traditional, men's fancy dance, jingle dress, and hoop.  A pretty even mix of classes that are straight historic and ones that have the most modern influence.  *ponder*  Though after having recently seen a white girl in a circus who did a brilliant hula routine with holographic hoops, I have to say I would really like to see what a native dancer could do with a set of blinged-up hoops.  Because fusion is awesome.  Traditional is awesome.  Modern is awesome.  Dance ALL the things!

Poem: "Dare Not Speak"

This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by discussions with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer (on scouting) and [personal profile] lynnoconnacht (on rape culture), who have contributed a great deal to the development of this and other threads in Polychrome Heroics. It also fills the "Won't fall in love ... oops. In love." square in my 3-30-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING:  This poem contains sexism, vulgar behavior, canon-typical violence resulting in minor injury, identity and orientation confusion, angst, and other challenges.  Consider your headspace before clicking through.

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