Watch an excerpt of "Seder Masochism" by Nina Paley
Poem: "Water Colors"
Read "Corporation Sues Man" by Dialecticdreamer
Recipes: African Feast
Moment of Silence: Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Read "Shifting Perspective" by Dialecticdreamer
Poem: "firefly feast"
Last week's fishbowl went well. Polling for perks is still in progress; you can vote on the free epic poem until this evening.
Based on an audience poll, there will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics running October 20-26.
Poetry in Microfunding:
"Pitfalls" belongs to the series P.I.E. There are ten new verses; see Brenda and Darrel make it back to the police station.
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 chilly and intermittently damp. Currently blooming: marigolds, portulaca, zinnias, sweet alyssum, torenia. Green fruit: pears, apples.
This poem is spillover from the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from rix_scaedu and Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "mad scientist" square on my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.
WARNING: For history being way grosser than fiction, because Nazis employed real live mad scientists. Sensitive readers may wish to skip this one.
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WARNING: This poem deals with some intense and controversial issues. Some of the warnings are spoilers; highlight to read. It talks about historic suicides, possible murder, assisted suicide in battlefield conditions, homosexuality, kink, vulgar and derogatory language, discrimination against smart people, homophobia, despair caused by social pressure, and other cultural ills. Please think carefully about whether or not this is something you want to read.
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