November 28th, 2014


Welcome to Winterfaire 2014

The Winterfaire spreads out as far as the eye can see. Some booths show streamers of red and green, while others sport blue and silver. All of them offer treasure after shining treasure. Music fills the air with lyrics of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, and Yule. From the Wordsmith's Forge comes the bright chiming of words being hammered into literature. Delicious scents of hot chocolate, spiced cider, peppermint, baking cookies, and gingerbread tantalize the appetite. Smiling, laughing shoppers amble from booth to booth with lists in hand. Vendors grin back, calling out, "Come try, come buy...!"

I know a lot of artists, writers, musicians, crafters, and other talented folks who make some of their living from their creative endeavors. I don't always have the money to support them as much as I'd like, but what I can do is set up a virtual faire where vendors can offer their wares to an audience that likes crafts, literature, and small businesses. For those of you doing your holiday shopping, here's an opportunity to buy something made with love, something unusual or unique, in a way that helps make it possible for creative people to go on creating wonders. And there will be no traffic jams, stampedes, or gunfights at the Winterfaire! Enjoy the seasonal offerings on Dreamwidth or on LiveJournal.

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Poem: "Hercules and the Lions"

This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by a link from from Dreamwidth user Dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "environmental studies" square in the 10-31-14 Science Bingo Fest public card. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

This poem is posted here as the participation perk for Winterfaire 2014, which you can visit on LiveJournal or on Dreamwidth. All of these activities will reveal a new verse each time someone does them:
* link to this Winterfaire page to boost the signal
* comment posting a Booth of your wares/services in the Winterfaire
* buy something from a vendor listed in the Winterfaire
* host a similar holiday market in your own blog or other venue
LiveJournal and Dreamwidth will notify me of comments to the Winterfaire post and links to it elsewhere on those services; for everything else, you need to TELL ME in order to get credit for it.

There are 48 of 53 verses posted.  Participants so far include: thnidu, DW user Alexseanchai, ellenmillion, DW user Helgatwb, starcat_jewel, DW user Lynnoconnacht, janetmiles, lb_lee, DW user Plures, aazari, cat_sanctuary, DW user chanter_greenie, moonwolf1988, valarltd, dreamwriters,

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