January 30th, 2017


Drumpf News

my_partner_doug found this amusing cartoon about the Idiot in Chief.

In completely unexpected news, my_partner_doug also identified a beneficial side effect of the Head Illiterate: more people are reading.

After Dingus Turnip ranted about Rep. John Lewis, Lewis' books sold out, including the civil rights graphic novel set The March. (Yes, we bought that one.)

After Kellyanne Conway's 'alternative facts' confabulation, sales of 1984  nd other dystopian novels skyrocketed. (Been there, read that.  Also don't miss the televised Brave New World  starring Leonard Nimoy.  "Work! Earn! Buy!")

Who would have thought it?  But this is awesome.  :D

Several of my friends have begun collecting rude nicknames for Donut Tripe.  I think what we need now is someone to track all the stuff that the Panjandrum's bloviations cause to sell in backlash.  You know like, "Poke a Bigot in the Eye: what to buy this week to support Twerp's opponents."  As soon as he picks a new target to lambaste, look to see if they've published any books, albums, webcomics, or anything else for sale.  Then advertise that.  Bookstores could even put it on a special table with a 10% markdown.  Libraries and book clubs could put it in their read-and-discuss lists.  Any blogger could make a post about it with links to the original attack, the target's bio, and the item(s) to buy in protest.  If we start now, four years later we should have one hell of a canon built up -- enough for a series  of college literature classes.  Won't this be fun?

Remember, sidestep the attack and strike back directly at your enemy's base goals.  The Trotline relies on ignorance. Literacy is his enemy.

im in ur plantation educatin ur dudes!


Monday Update 1-30-17

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Yellow Submarine Session 2
Fighting the Muslim Ban
Superhero Origin
New from Dialecticdreamer
Moment of Silence: Poem: "A Thousand Seeds"
Yellow Submarine Session 1
Poem: "Lost and Never Looked For"
Poem: "A Forest at War"
Poetry Theme Results
Poem: "Fishing for River Monsters"
Poem: "The Hanging Gardens of Babel"
Poem: "The Might of the Mountain's Crown"
Poem: "The Secondhand Panjandrum"
Poem: "Still Growing Strong"
Good News

We're down to the last few days for nominations in the 2017 Rose & Bay Awards.  All of the categories still really need nominees, so if you have not yet nominated, please do so now.  These are the categories:
Other Project

Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  It has 8 new verses, as Aidan and Saraphina interact with new friends.  "The Sharpest Dose of Reality" is now complete, but had to be reposted.  "So Much Worse in Its Consequences" is also complete.

The weather is cool and clear.  We got a dusting of snow, which has brought out more birds.  This week at the birdfeeder I have seen several cardinals, a few starlings, some sparrows, and a large flock of mourning doves.

Unsold Poems from the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," and "The Golden Peaches of Peace."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever poem you request.

"Biospheric Conditions"
I turned five one-word prompts from Dreamwidth into the sestina "Biospheric Conditions," which is all about the connections between seemingly different things. The flavor is almost scientific liturgy, except it gets kind of lascivious in parts.
39 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Changing Your Nature"
Your change prompt inspired the poem "Changing Your Nature," which is written in unrhymed tercets. It's about personal change from the perspective that nature is all about change.
12 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"Fantastic Adaptations"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Fantastic Adaptations." It explores four species and their clever appropriation of human resources.
41 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Into a Relationship"
Your prompt about romancing nature inspired the poem "Into a Relationship," which is written in unrhymed quatrains. Thoughts on romance and nature reflect each other. Yes, I wrote pr0n for demisexual naturalists. Have fun with that.
40 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Leaves Upon the Water"
Your pond prompt turned into a litany of woody wetland plants in autumn. "Leaves Upon the Water" is written in free verse.
42 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Not So Black"
A DW prompt about the Pine Barrens inspired the free-verse poem "Not So Black." It looks at the history and hints of the Jersey Devil.
20 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"owl feathers"
Your owl prompt inspired the free-verse poem "owl feathers." It's a quiet bit of imagery about owls hunting.
6 lines, Buy It Now = $5

"The Smell of Purple"
A lilac prompt on DW inspired the free-verse poem "The Smell of Purple." It's a bit of synaesthesia about color, smell, and symbolism.
23 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"Violet Surprises"
A flower prompt on DW inspired the poem "Violet Surprises." It's basically a description of their colors in spring.
22 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"weather painting"
Your rain prompt inspired the free-verse poem "weather painting." It takes an artistic look at several forms of precipitation.
16 lines, Buy It Now = $10