February 9th, 2015


Poem: "The Gravity of Loss"

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, as a sequel to "Keeping Warm."  It was inspired by a prompt from DW user Dialecticdreamer.  It also fills the "new disability" square in my 12-20-14 card for the Rites of Passage Bingo Fest, the "fear / terror" square in my 12-17-14 card for the Genprompt Bingo Fest, and the "hospital stay" square in my 11-25-14 card for the Hurt/Comfort Bingo Fest.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: DW user Dialecticdreamer, lilfluff, the_vulture, technoshaman

208 lines, Buy It Now = $104
Amount donated = $98
Verses posted = 55 of 59

Amount remaining to fund fully = $6
Amount needed to fund next verse = $2
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $2

WARNING: This poem deals with some intense personal issues for Cold Cash, resulting from the events of "Keeping Warm."  These include facing physical and metaphysical disabilities, psychological challenges, and a health care system that is sometimes erratic in the quality of its support.  Personnel onstage in this poem are supportive, though.  If these are sensitive issues for you, consider your headspace before reading further.

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Monday Update 2-9-15

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Cup and Balls Routine
A Bloody Good Sicilian Feast
Icon of Kande

Last week's poetry fishbowl went well.  I still have one more sponsored poem to post.

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Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Gravity of Loss" belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.  Cold Cash deals with the aftermath of an attack that has left him with new disabilities.

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," "Broken Hopes," "Brewing Beauty," "Little Paws in the Licenses" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).

The weather has been warmer here, damp with mud.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: sparrows, male and female cardinals. 

The Comic Book Lockout

... is based on a stack of fallacies.  Read diversity.  Write diversity.  If you select for a bookstore or library, stock diversity.  

I'm just glad to see someone else making the kind of arguments I make about this stuff.  I never felt shut out by books with mostly male characters; it never occurred to me that they wouldn't be for me.  However, I really enjoy books with strong female characters when I can get them.

Poem: "A Man Is Not Complete"

This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LJ user Kelkyag. It also fills the "parenthood" square in my 12-30-15 card for the Rites of Passage Fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Steamsmith series.

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