August 12th, 2014

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Poll: Generally Funded Epic Poetry for August 2014

The first general fund poll tied, but that's okay, because more money came in.  So I posted the two shorter poems, and now you ALSO get to pick some epic poetry.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I will keep it open until at least Tuesday night.  If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it open a bit longer.

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polychrome

Poem: "The Best Government Money Can Buy"

This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from ng_moonmoth and my_partner_doug, plus discussions with Dreamwidth user Dialecticdreamer.  It also fills the "possessions" square in my 7-30-14 card for the Genprompt Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to Granny Whammy thread of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Depression without Reason

Often people get depressed for obvious reasons. They have a horrible disease, they are destitute, a loved one dies, somebody is hurting them, they have little agency over their own life, they have bad tape in their head repeating self-abuse to them, they broke up with their higher power -- maybe even a combination of shitty things. It's easy to understand why those things are soul-crushing.

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polychrome

Let's Talk About Tone

Recently I've been discussing tone with some of my fans, regarding the series Polychrome Heroics. In terms of morality and the spectrum of positive-negative energy, Terramagne is just a bit higher upslope than our world is. So a majority of the poems set therein have a positive slant overall; even if there are challenges, things usually end on an upbeat. However, I feel that it's important to show the exceptions too, so some of the poems are darker. No world is without its ugly bits. If you fling people around with superpowers, sometimes they're going to get hurt really bad, and not always in ways that can get fixed. I aim to create a reading experience which is enjoyable, plausible, and useful.

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walking the beat

Poem: "Bending the Arc Toward Justice"

This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "Conflicting Obligations/Oaths" square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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Diversity in F&SF

Here is a staunch essay about the need for diversity in speculative fiction

I hear ya, bro.  Write the future you want to bring forth.

Here's one of mine, The Blueshift Troupers.  I made that because I was sick to death of dystopic SF, and I want my future back.  So have some sensawonda with diversity sauce.  Yes, I was thinking of the original Star Trek when I wrote it, thank you Gene Roddenberry for imagining a future in which people of different backgrounds could get along.