August 31st, 2015


Monday Update 8-31-15

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poetry Fishbowl Report for August 4, 2015
Social Justice in Science Fiction
Unsold Poems from the August 4, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl
Terri Windling on Perfectionism
Unsold Poems from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl
Poetry Fishbowl Report for July 21, 2015
Enjoy "Raising Dion #1"
Read "Triage"
Viridi Game
Real Sex Education
Ocean Currents and Flotsam
Power Reveals
The Sound of Animation
First Draft Checklist
Trigger Warnings as Respect

There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, September 1 with a theme of "yarn, thread, and string." I hope to see you then!

Poetry in Microfunding:
"These Tiny Little Steps" belongs to Frankenstein's Family.  Victor is a determined father, a good doctor, and a terrible patient.  "With Your Brain and Your Resourcefulness" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Antimatter and Stalwart Stan.  Captured by the supervillain Velvet, Lawrence and Stan struggle to find some means of escape.  "Neither Automatic Nor Inevitable" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Danso and Family.  When SPOON captures the clipper who injured Cassandra, she confronts him in hope of obtaining justice.  "Coming Back to Your Breath" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Aquariana.  People worry about Steel and Moderato after the whaling incident.  We're closed for further microfunding until some of these finish.

Torn World writing update:

Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "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" "Beach Pies" "Unsolid Ground" "Riding from the Rescue" "To Ride Death" (poetry), "Rammer" (nonfiction).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).

Weather here is mild.  Sweet alyssum, torenia, blue lobelia, portulaca, ice flowers, clover, shasta daisies, echinacea, yellow coneflower, Queen Anne's lace, and compass plants are blooming. 

Tones Bingo Fest Card 8-31-15

Here is my card for the Tones fest on [community profile] allbingo. It will run from September 1st through 30.  The point of this month's theme is to explore tones and voices. The suggested length is 200 words or less -- or whatever "small" is in your medium if not words -- to encourage people to try new things. (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. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. 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.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

I made one full bingo in Tones & Voices down the O column:
O1 -- "optimistic" in "The Word for Family Is Forest" (Polychrome Heroics)
O2 -- "welcoming" in "Mending Strings" (Polychrome Heroics)
O3 -- "lyrical" in "Threading the Labyrinth" (stand-alone)
O4 -- "miserable" in "The Sweater Superstition" (stand-alone)
O5 -- "urgent" in "Closing the Loops" (An Army of One)

Of these, "Threading the Labyrinth" is a braided poem, complete with color coding to show how the lines braid together. Definitely check it out if you like form poetry.  It's meant to be performed by three people.

I also wrote a bunch of miscellaneous fills:
B3 -- "soothing" in "Plastic Futures" (Polychrome Heroics)
B5 -- "sentimental" in "The Yarns of My Youth" (stand-alone)

I1 -- "peaceful" in "Crossed Stitches" (Monster House)
I5 -- "enthused" in "Of Cats and Cosmic Strings" (Schrodinger's Heroes)

N1 -- "frantic" in "Severed Threads" (Polychrome Heroics)
N4 -- "proud" in "Tie a String Around It" (stand-alone)

G2 -- "hopeful" in "Dreams of Little Feet" (Fiorenza the Wisewoman)
G3 -- "suspicious" in "By Nature Too Complicated" (Polychrome Heroics)
G4 -- "mournful" in "The Colors of Fire" (Torn World)
G5 -- "bitter" in "The Responsibility Which Audiences Have Put Upon Us" (Polychrome Heroics)


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The Bias Against Women

Becomes very sharp in moving from shortlist to winner of major literary awards.  These awards influence future contracts and earnings.  When they go almost entirely to men, that contributes to the overall trend of women being paid less and otherwise rewarded less for the same jobs.

It would be great to do a study with people ranking stories by quality.  In the control group, leave the original author names intact and have equal amounts of stories by male and female authors (plus other, if you want to be fully inclusive).  In the second group, switch the genders of the authors.  In the third group, remove all the names and just judge based on stories.  See if the perceived authorial gender changes how people rate the stories.