January 1st, 2015

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My Bingo Fests for 2015

These are my bingo fests from 2014:

[community profile] trope_bingo 
Card requests: until May 15 (first card) or May 31 (later cards)
Bingo posting: January 1-May 31 for Round 3
Round 3 Amnesty: June 1-December 31
Original works and poetry allowed; no size requirement for poetry

Card 1-2-14


[community profile] origfic_bingo -- Card 8-13-13 (BLACKOUT 1-11-14)
Card requests: anyone can get a card during the first week of each month.
Original content only; all media/formats and lengths are welcome.
You may call bingo after creating the necessary number of fills, even if they haven't all been posted.

This fest encourages people to create original content of any kind. The prompts are diverse and fairly general, making them easy to work with.

Card 1-31-14

Card 3-6-14

Card 5-22-14

Card 9-30-14


[community profile] cottoncandy_bingo 

This fest encourages people to create and share material focused on what is variously called fluff, schmoop, gentle fiction, light reading, comfort reading, positive thinking, chicken soup for the soul, or anything else that offers a fun alternative to usual run of sex, violence, and angst of modern media. It's open to all fandoms plus original content, and all kinds of material.

Card 2-1-14

Card 3-30-14


Spring and Autumn Bingo 

This fest celebrates the seasons of spring and fall with fanworks and original material.

Public Card 3-14-14


Solo Celebration Bingo

This fest honors self-love and pleasure in all forms.

Public Card 1-14-14


[community profile] genprompt_bingo 

Round Three: June 1-August 31, 2014. 
Cards may be requested prior to September 1. 
Round Four:  September 1-November 30, 2014.
Cards may be requested prior to November 30.
Any content, fiction or poetry, etc. fanfic or original. 
Minimum of 100 words for fiction, poetry, or other text fills.

This fest offers prompts that work for general content rather than sex/romance, spread across diverse categories.

Card 6-1-14

Card 7-30-14

Card 9-1-14

Card 12-17-14


[community profile] hc_bingo 

Posting June 10, 2014 through January 3, 2015.
Minimum 500 words for fiction.

This fest encourages the creation of boundary-pushing material that explores what happens when things go horribly wrong and people actually care about each other. Remember, things always go wrong; what matters is how you deal with that. Some of the content may be NSFW.

Card 6-10-14

Card 7-31-14

Card 11-25-14


[community profile] fanbingo 

Card requests always open.

This community specializes in fannish tropes.  Any format, fanwork or original, no length requirements.  Request a card or play your own.

Card 6-10-14


Deja Vu Bingo Fest

Recommend things created before June 1, 2014.

Public Card


Christmas in July Bingo Fest

This event celebrates all the winter holidays when we actually have time to enjoy writing about them.

Card 6-18-14


Demifiction Bingo Card 6-29-14

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer requested a demifiction bingo card, so here it is.


Plot Challenges Bingo Card 7-4-14

[personal profile] magistrate made an awesome public card of three-part prompts that I just had to borrow.


Birthday Bingo Fest Public Card 7-28-14

Post fills about birthdays or anniversaries.
O Column


Hurt/Comfort Meta Fest Public Card 8-26-14

Write about what a given Hurt/Comfort trope is and why it's entertaining.


Superhero Bingo Card 8-29-14


[community profile] ladiesbingo 

Card requests: cards can be requested anytime before March 31, 2015
Round One: September 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 
Amnesty Period: April 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015
Any content, fiction or poetry etc, fanfic or original. 500 words minimum for fiction, 20 lines for poetry.

This is a bingo challenge celebrating the various shades of relationships amongst females. All genres are welcome here: het, slash, femslash, poly and gen. 

9-1-14

Halloween Bingo Fest

9-11-14

Science Bingo Fest

10-31-14

Rites of Passage Bingo Fest

12-30-14


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These are my bingo fests from 2015:

[community profile] trope_bingo 
Card requests: until April 15 (first card) or April 30 (later cards)
Bingo posting: January 15-April 30 for Round 4
Round 4 Amnesty: May 1-June 30
Original works and poetry allowed
500+ words for fiction, no size requirement for poetry

1-3-15


Valentine's Day Bingo Fest
1-31-15


Pi(e) Bingo Fest
3-2-15


[community profile] genprompt_bingo 

Round Six: March 1-May 31, 2015. 
Cards may be requested prior to May 31. 
Round Seven: June 1-August 31, 2015.
Cards may be requested prior to August 31.
Round Eight: September 1, 2015-December 31, 2015.
Cards may be requested prior to December 31.
Any content, fiction or poetry, etc. fanfic or original. 
Minimum of 100 words for fiction, poetry, or other text fills.

This fest offers prompts that work for general content rather than sex/romance, spread across diverse categories.

Card 3-16-15

Card 6-10-15

Card 9-4-15


Wellness Toolbox Bingo Fest
This fest focuses on self-care activities, whether mental or physical.

Card 5-2-15 -- blackout on 5-20-15!  This is the first time I managed blackout within a monthly fest, and I think my fastest ever.

Card 5-20-15


[community profile] origfic_bingo 
Card requests: anyone can get a card during the first week of each month.
Original content only; all media/formats and lengths are welcome.
You may call bingo after creating the necessary number of fills, even if they haven't all been posted.

This fest encourages people to create original content of any kind. The prompts are diverse and fairly general, making them easy to work with.

5-18-15


June Relationship Bingo 6-1-15
Runs June 1-30, all about marriage, honeymoon, divorce, and other relationship dynamics.


[community profile] hc_bingo 

Round Six: June 15, 2015 to January 3, 2016
Sign ups: cards can be requested anytime before January 3, 2016
Amnesty Period: Jan 3, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Minimum 500 words for fiction.

This fest encourages the creation of boundary-pushing material that explores what happens when things go horribly wrong and people actually care about each other. Remember, things always go wrong; what matters is how you deal with that. Some of the content may be NSFW.

Card 6-16-15


Winter Fest in July

This fest celebrates all the winter holidays when we actually have time to write about them.

Card 7-1-15


As You Like It

In this fest, you can make a new card or draw from older cards.  Any five fills will make a bingo!

Card 8-1-15


Tones Bingo Fest

This fest encourages people to try new tones and voices in their creative work.

Card 8-31-15


[community profile] trope_bingo 

Here the focus is on tropes and motifs.
Card requests: until October 15 (first card) or October 31 (later cards)
Bingo posting: July 15-October 31 for Round 5
Round 5 Amnesty: November 1-December 31
Original works and poetry allowed
500+ words for fiction, no size requirement for poetry

Card 10-1-15


Halloween / Samhain Bingo Fest

Card 10-1-15


[community profile] ladiesbingo 

Card requests: cards can be requested anytime before March 31, 2016
Round Three: September 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 
Amnesty Period: April 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017
Any content, fiction or poetry etc, fanfic or original. 500 words minimum for fiction, 20 lines for poetry.

This is a bingo challenge celebrating the various shades of relationships amongst females. All modes are welcome here: het, slash, femslash, poly and gen.  Borderline fills (like F/F/M or genderswap) may be 1 per line or 5 per blackout.

Card 10-2-15


Disaster Bingo Fest

This fest challenges creators to solve difficult problems other than  by hitting.

Card 11-3-15


Defining Character Bingo Fest

This fest offers individual traits to distinguish characters.

Card 12-1-15


I also run the [community profile] allbingo  community.  Use this to share your accomplishments for a custom-made bingo card, for old cards from other communities, or to echo your current bingo activity. 
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Goals for 2015

Each year, I think about what I have accomplished and what I want to do next. I have a point system for encouraging progress. These are some of my goals for 2015:


* Actually look at this list of goals, at least once a month, before the end of the year in hopes of meeting more of them and not trying to cram in December.
[1/1/15, 1/13/15, 1/27/15, 1/30/15, 2/27/15, 4/8/15, 5/4/15, 7/13/15, 12/31/15]

* Place one new book-length project on the market, either by writing a book proposal or by writing a complete book manuscript.

* Experiment with self-publishing a chapbook in ebook and/or home-printed format.

* Finish writing the poems needed to complete The 50 Poetic States collection. Keep shopping around the proposal for it in hopes of finding an editor who likes it and can afford to buy it.

* Finish compiling the manuscript for The Origami Mage collection. Add supporting materials as necessary. Submit completed manuscript to Hunt Press.

* Write at least 400 poems. MET 12/31/15

* Continue holding one Poetry Fishbowl per month. MET 12/1/15

* Collate at least three more poetic series into collection files.  [Dragonsilk 1/30/15, Feathered Nests 2/27/15, The Time Towers 2/27/15] MET 2/27/15

* Create more supporting materials for poetic series as necessary, such as character cast lists or scientific notes. MET 12/22/15

* Supervise reorganization of the Polychrome Heroics material. MET 12/22/15

* Launch at least one new poetic series. [The Guardians of Tomorrowmorrow 1/17/15, The Time Towers 2/3/15, Seeing Hearts 2/10/15, The Moon Door 10/6/15] MET

* Sell poetry to at least 3 new markets. [Translucent Zine 1/13/15, Stages 10 3/13/15]

* Sell at least one poem of 10 or fewer lines, eligible for the Dwarf Stars Award. MET 1/6/15 "Three Precious Necklaces"

* Sell at least one poem of 50+ lines, eligible for the Rhysling Award long category. MET 1/6/15 "Room with a Garden View"

* Write at least 3 stories. Take more care not to let fiction engine idle until things spurt out sideways at inopportune times. Ideally, write at least one story advancing the main Fala/Rai storyline in Torn World; and at least one story in some other setting. [TW: "Broken Hopes" 1/23/15, "Brewing Beauty" 1/23/15, "Little Paws in the Licenses" 1/24/15] MET 1/24/15

* Finish at least one story that was partly written and then abandoned.

* Edit at least one story that has already been written, and put it on the market.

* Submit all unsold stories to markets.

* Sell at least one story to a standard market.

* Participate in at least one bingo fest. MET 1/3/15 Trope Bingo Fest

* Obtain at least one new, regular writing or editing job that pays reasonably well.

* Continue expanding my connections with intentional community; write at least one article for Communities magazine.

* Run the Rose & Bay Awards for 2015. [MET 3/1/15]

* Keep up with writing records better, updating at least weekly.
[1/1/14]

* Complete at least one significant outdoor project, such as replanting the forest garden to replace plants lost to drought. [Replaced barrel garden: MET 7/10/15]

* Replace two bookcases in my office, assembling the new bookcases and moving the books onto them.  These went into the spare room instead.

* Go through closet to remove clothes that no longer fit, and take them to a charity.

* Keep track of my crowdfunding activity as the year goes on. MET 12/31/15

* Keep track of things I would like to receive as gifts. MET 12/31/15

* Fill in the blank: __________. This slot is left open because, during any given year, I usually pick up some "surprise" goals. This time I want to give myself credit for that.
Built bookcases for spare room (October)

** Make more pages for individual threads in the Polychrome Heroics series.
Antimatter & Stalwart Stan [4/16/15], Aquariana [4/16/15], Berettaflies [12/22/15], Shiv [12/24/15], Officer Pink [12/24/15] MET


What are some of your goals for 2015?

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Vague Legalities

When a computer program breaks a law, who is considered at fault: the programmer, the program, or the program owner?  The more things people have programs doing, the more of an issue this becomes.

My concern is that it will probably not be decided by justice, but by either convenience or profit.  What would most effectively prevent a recurrence?  Probably holding the programmers responsible.  Likely you'd have to do without certain features of program though.  What would be easiest?  Going after the program owners, most of whom would be ordinary people.  The problem with that is, a lot of these incidents will be mistakes which an ordinary person could not feasibly prevent, because most people aren't programmers and understand little about how computers work.  It's like an accident caused by brake line failure; they step on the pedal expecting the car to stop but it doesn't.  Even more fun: consider how little control people have over their lives now.  I can easily foresee situations where someone in power will decide to use a bot on behalf of many other people, it will do something wrong, and not the decider but the but the downline people will be blamed.  A fundamental principle of justice is that people should not be punished for someone else's actions, but that has been so eroded that it's little defense anymore.
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2015 Rose & Bay Awards

Nominations are now OPEN for the 2015 Rose and Bay Awards.

The Rose and Bay Award was launched by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith (Elizabeth Barrette) in January 2009, and quickly gained additional volunteers.  This award focuses on a growing business model known as "crowdfunding" or "cyberfunded creativity," which directly connects creative people and patrons of the arts online.  This award recognizes exemplary projects and enthusiastic patrons.  It currently features six categories: Art, Fiction, Poetry, Webcomic, Other Project, and Patron.  (Other Project includes any cyberfunded creativity that isn't art, fiction, poetry, or webcomic -- or that spans more than one category -- such as movies, music, etc.)

The award period for eligible activities spans January 1-December 31, 2014.
The nomination period spans January 1-January 31, 2015.
The voting period spans February 1-February 28, 2015.

Art: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate art
Fiction: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate fiction
Poetry: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate poetry
Webcomic: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate webcomics
Other Project: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate other projects
Patron: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate patrons

I look forward to seeing the nominations come in.