March 16th, 2015


Monday Update 3-16-15

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
General Fund Poetry
Today's Yardening: Wood Pickup
Pi Day
Possible Serial Fiction
Good Neighbors Communicate
Woolly Rhinoceros
Poem Reprinted
Superhabitable Planets
Moment of Silence: Author Terry Pratchett
Women in Self-Publishing

The Crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this weekend.  See my post about what I wrote and what people wrote from my prompts.

There will be a half-price sale in Frankenstein's Family from March 16-22.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"Often Buried Deep" belongs to the series An Army of One.  It follows Astin on the trader's loop.  "Settled" is the third piece of the Polychrome Heroics triptych about the fight at SPOON.  It has five new verses, with Aidan and Danso discussing nightmares.

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," "Raising the Future"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).

It's been warm here.  Tulips and daffodils are starting to poke out of the ground, at what I consider a reasonable time rather than popping in January or February like the last several years.  I suspect we'll get another cold snap, but for now it's really nice out.  At first the ground was too soggy to walk on.  Yesterday it had dried enough that I managed to pick up some logs.  Today we're hoping to do more of that.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: sparrows, male and female cardinals, a few mourning doves.  I have also seen rabbits and a squirrel.

Half-Price Sale in Frankenstein's Family

The half-price sale has SOLD OUT.  Thank you for your enthusiasm!

This week, the poetry of Frankenstein's Family is on sale for half price from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22.  This series is gothic fluff.  It features themes of science, intellectualism, cuddly creatures, family of choice, friendship, Transylvanian culture, and social engineering.  There are 5 poems, was $891, half price $445.50.  We currently have two epics open for microfunding, neither in this series, so you can open a new one if you wish.

The first two poems stand alone.  The later three make up a triptych, and come after a story that Dialecticdreamer has written, "Urgent Business," slated to begin posting on Wednesday, so there are prerequisites before those poems can be published.  They can be sponsored at any time, just have to wait for publication until something else gets posted first.  Those are marked accordingly.

Currently available are the following poems.  They appear in series chronological order,

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Genprompt Bingo Card 3-16-15

Here is my card for Round Six of the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This bingo challenge encourages original or fanfic material across all formats and lengths. It's a terrific fest if you want general and/or gentle fiction, although people can interpret prompts any way they like. There are many categories, and you can choose to omit up to three. Read the rules first.  Browse the Round Six prompt list.  Request a Round Six card here. Prompt lists are renewed once a quarter, and you may request a new card then even without bingo on a previous card. (See all my 2015 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

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

Underlined prompts have been filled.

Aaaaaand blackout!  Or actually, grayout.  As of 7/17/15, I have written a fill for every square, but do not have five in a row sponsored and published.


The Company of Strangers Sensual Pleasures Dolls Reality is Illusion Kraken, Leviathans and Creatures of the Deep
A Gentle Fall of Rain Thief Life Quantum Theory Phobias
Partnership Drama Wild Card:
Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures
Summertime (and the Livin' is Easy) Mothers and Fathers
Self-sufficient Conflicting Obligations / Oaths Pro Patria Mori (to die for your country) The Sky at Night Tanzania
Beautiful Furnishing the Home Supernatural Elements Winners and Losers Surprise / Shock


Poem: "Truth, Lovingly Told"

This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing and[personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "bites" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "sharing a bed" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.  It is a sequel to "Echoes of Another" and "Who Finds a True Friend" so is best read after those two.

Note: This poem features some things that might not be to everyone's taste. Highlight for details, some of which are spoilers. It features burgeoning empathic sensitivity, a married couple with an intimate friend, some awkward emotional tension on account of Dénes being demisexual and thus uncomfortable at high speed, sensual activity with quasi-erotic aspects, consensual biting, climax, MFF cuddling (with Dorottya between Csilla and Dénes if that matters), and other zingy stuff. Consider your preferences before reading onward.

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Poem: "The Red and the Yellow"

This poem came out of the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

Warning: This poem contains minor angst that may not be to everyone's taste. The warnings contain spoilers; highlight to read. While Fruszina and Adam are playing, she accidentally pushes him too hard and he falls off the porch. Emotional tension, minor childhood injury, a little bit of messy medical detail, and some yelling happen before people settle down. No hard feelings in the end, though. Consider your interests before reading onward.

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