January 1st, 2018

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Goals for 2018 LJ

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 2018:


* 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.

* 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.
draggon-flye.livejournal.com has volunteered to help with this.

* 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.

* Continue holding one Poetry Fishbowl per month.

* Collate at least three more poetic series into collection files.

* Create more supporting materials for poetic series as necessary, such as character cast lists or scientific notes.

* Supervise reorganization of the Polychrome Heroics material.

* Make more pages for individual threads in the Polychrome Heroics series.

* Launch at least one new poetic series.

* Sell at least one poem of 10 or fewer lines, eligible for the Dwarf Stars Award.

* Sell at least one poem of 50+ lines, eligible for the Rhysling Award long category.

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

* Participate in at least one bingo fest.

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

* Run the Rose & Bay Awards for 2017.

* Keep up with writing records better, updating at least weekly.

* Complete at least one significant outdoor project, such as replanting the forest garden to replace plants lost to drought.

* 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.

* Keep track of things I would like to receive as gifts.

* Teach at least one class.

* 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.


What are some of your goals for 2018?

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My Crowdfunding Activities in 2018

It is much easier to keep an accurate tally if I do it during the year rather than trying to backtrack after the fact. See my crowdfunding activities from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

I serve as a maintainer of the Crowdfunding communities on LiveJournal and on Dreamwidth.


Events

The [community profile] allbingo community on Dreamwidth is always open for people to play creative bingo, and it is crowdfunding-friendly. Some people use bingo cards to inspire their crowdfunded projects, or in prompt calls, etc.

Crowdfunding Creative Jam on [community profile] crowdfunding or on LiveJournal
A two-day event where anyone can leave prompts on the current theme, or create anything based on prompts. Some material is usually shared free and some is available for sponsorship.

Sketch Fest hosted by [personal profile] ellenmillion
Leave prompts for artists to sketch (in any medium) with a one-hour limit on each sketch during Sketch Fest proper. Sketches may be finished later. They are often offered for sale. Sponsors of Sketch Fest get to leave up to 15 prompts instead of the 5 that everyone else gets.


My Own Projects

I have a permanent "Feed the Bard" donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page. You can use that to support any of my projects, just make sure you tell me what the donation is for.

The Blueshift Troupers (sporadic)
This is science fiction about a team of shapeshifters who travel the galaxy solving problems. So far it has a bit of background material and a couple of poems. I'd like to find time to script the pilot episode.

The Poetry Fishbowl (monthly)
Live poetry activity where people give me prompts on a theme and I write poems based on whatever I get. Minimum of one free poem posted, and others available for sponsorship. Lots of different perks. Fishbowl Open posts have a donation button. The regular session is on the first Tuesday of each month. Sometimes there is a bonus session or a sale mid-month.

Schrodinger's Heroes (sporadic)
This project features an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom. It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world. The cast of characters is sexually and ethnically diverse. Content includes fiction, poetry, LOL_HEROES (LOLCATS images of characters who are cats, or have gotten changed into cats), and other goodies. I write for this project during the Poetry Fishbowl, Crowdfunding Creative Jam, bingo fests, and sundry other occasions.

The Silk Road Allies (sporadic)
Imagine if China and Italy became friends; that's the theme of this alternative history shared world. I write for it along with [personal profile] thesilentpoet and [personal profile] marina_bonomi. It features primarily poetry but there is also a bit of art, and other goodies may emerge over time.

Nineforthenebulasheart is based on several of my Creative Jam prompts bundled by [personal profile] alexconall into a feminist mythpunk science fantasy project. It's a collaborative fandom with multiple participants creating poetry, fiction, and other goodies, licensed via Creative Commons.

The Ursulan Cycle is a genderbent rendition of the Arthurian Cycle. It's an open source fandom with multiple contributors making poetry, fiction, and other stuff.


Projects I Sponsored

Magpie Monday by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
This is a regular monthly project for fiction. I have sponsored "New Future," a piece of gentle fiction:
Sometimes, the only way to survive is to take an enormous risk. Louise Keller, school teacher, remains a school teacher, but she must change schools, cities, and nearly every other detail of her daily life. She's about to discover how well that risk will pay off. (1518 words)

Feathering the Nest by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
This is a regular monthly project for fiction, focused on nonsexual intimacies. I have sponsored "Meeting of Minds."
Ena and Gregory must negotiate their very new relationship, amid a dozen other variables. Ena is encouraged to speak up, speak her mind, and finds the others grateful for her advice. Those are all very appealing, but there are still some significant cultural differences to work through. (2680 words)

SuperQueers series by [personal profile] bairnsidhe 
This is an ongoing series of superhero fantasy with gender studies themes, which sometimes appears as part of the [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam or other projects.  I sponsored the story "Chaos Out Of Order" from the July Creative Jam.

The Good Fight by various artists
This is a comics anthology about racism and other forms of bigotry, funded via Kickstarter.

Shout Out by various artists
This is a comics anthology featuring queer teen protagonists, funded via Kickstarter.


Other Projects I Supported as a Fan

O Human Star by Blue
This webcomic is about synthetic people and very real families.  Current storyline is drawn in black, white, and blue while the past is black, white, and red.  It makes for a unique reading experience.

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My Crowdfunding Activities in 2018 LJ

It is much easier to keep an accurate tally if I do it during the year rather than trying to backtrack after the fact. See my crowdfunding activities from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

I serve as a maintainer of the Crowdfunding communities on LiveJournal and on Dreamwidth.


Events

The community on Dreamwidth is always open for people to play creative bingo, and it is crowdfunding-friendly. Some people use bingo cards to inspire their crowdfunded projects, or in prompt calls, etc.

Crowdfunding Creative Jam on crowdfunding or on Dreamwidth
A two-day event where anyone can leave prompts on the current theme, or create anything based on prompts. Some material is usually shared free and some is available for sponsorship.

Sketch Fest hosted by ellenmillion
Leave prompts for artists to sketch (in any medium) with a one-hour limit on each sketch during Sketch Fest proper. Sketches may be finished later. They are often offered for sale. Sponsors of Sketch Fest get to leave up to 15 prompts instead of the 5 that everyone else gets.


My Own Projects

I have a permanent "Feed the Bard" donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page. You can use that to support any of my projects, just make sure you tell me what the donation is for.

The Blueshift Troupers (sporadic)
This is science fiction about a team of shapeshifters who travel the galaxy solving problems. So far it has a bit of background material and a couple of poems. I'd like to find time to script the pilot episode.

The Poetry Fishbowl (monthly)
Live poetry activity where people give me prompts on a theme and I write poems based on whatever I get. Minimum of one free poem posted, and others available for sponsorship. Lots of different perks. Fishbowl Open posts have a donation button. The regular session is on the first Tuesday of each month. Sometimes there is a bonus session or a sale mid-month.

Schrodinger's Heroes (sporadic)
This project features an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom. It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world. The cast of characters is sexually and ethnically diverse. Content includes fiction, poetry, LOL_HEROES (LOLCATS images of characters who are cats, or have gotten changed into cats), and other goodies. I write for this project during the Poetry Fishbowl, Crowdfunding Creative Jam, bingo fests, and sundry other occasions.

The Silk Road Allies (sporadic)
Imagine if China and Italy became friends; that's the theme of this alternative history shared world. I write for it along with thesilentpoet and marina_bonomi. It features primarily poetry but there is also a bit of art, and other goodies may emerge over time.

Nineforthenebulasheart is based on several of my Creative Jam prompts bundled by Dreamwidth user Alexconall into a feminist mythpunk science fantasy project. It's a collaborative fandom with multiple participants creating poetry, fiction, and other goodies, licensed via Creative Commons.

The Ursulan Cycle is a genderbent rendition of the Arthurian Cycle. It's an open source fandom with multiple contributors making poetry, fiction, and other stuff.


Projects I Sponsored


Other Projects I Supported as a Fan
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Snowflake Challenge Day 1: "Why Are You Participating?"

Day 1

In your own space, talk about why you're participating in Snowflake and, if you’ve participated in the past, how the challenge has affected you. What drew you to it? What did you take away from it? What do you hope to accomplish this year? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I participate in [community profile] snowflake_challenge for a variety of reasons.  It's fun.  It gives me something new and interesting to post about each day.  It attracts more people to my blog.  I also enjoy reading other people's posts.  Some of those people may become new friends -- in a good year I'll pick up at least one fan.

I have participated in previous rounds from 2017 and 2015.  The main result has been meeting new people.  I already know myself and my work pretty well, although it is fun to look back and see what I've accomplished.

You can read about my goals for 2018 here.  In 2017, I met 13 out of 27 goals -- almost half, which is not bad.


Fandom Snowflake Challenge banner 2018
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Monday Update 1-1-18

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Pinballs in a Broken Machine"
Poem: "Neither Are You Free"
Centauri Bound
Poem: "Disorientation and Reorientation"
Time Crystals
The Mall as Agora in Terramagne-America
Today's Adventures
Poetry Fishbowl Report for December 5, 2017
Poem: Darrow Poems from 1-1-17
Poem: "By Right of Passage"
Poem: "Mosaic Identities"
Poem: "Among the Colors"
Study Disabled History with Capriuni
Poem: "Always Ready to Receive"
Good News


Sponsored poems from the 2017 Holiday Poetry Sale have all been posted, except for one with payment in progress.

The NAACP in Terramagne curriculum originally went up without links, but has now been fully linked.

Happy New Year to those of you celebrating it today. :D

The Rose & Bay Awards will be running this month, as soon as I can get the nomination posts up.

The next Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday, January 2 with a theme of "Do you believe in magic?"


Poetry in Microfunding:
Wow, we're out of open epics!  \o/ That hasn't happened in quite a while.


The weather has been bitterly cold.  We got some more snow.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of sparrows, a large flock of mourning doves, at least three pairs of cardinals, several dark-eyed juncoes, and a temporally confused starling.  The birds have been mobbing the feeders due to cold and snow now.  I filled the suet feeder and it didn't take them more than a few hours to find that.  \o/
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How Much Is an Artist's Penis Worth?

A lot, when you compare the sales of husband artists to wife artists. Men don't necessarily make better art, they just get paid more for it -- in cash and in attention.  >_<  Maybe people don't really like their art that much more, just like the fact that the artist has a penis.

(Yes, I know, not every man has a penis and not everyone with a penis is a man.  But that's me.  People who create gender gaps like this?  They're paying for perceived pecker.)
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Rose & Bay Awards

The Rose & Bay Awards celebrate excellence in cyberfunded creativity. Nominations are now open in the categories of:

Art (0 nominations)
Fiction (0 nominations)
Poetry (0 nominations)
Webcomic (0 nominations)
Other Project (0 nominations)
Patron (0 nominations)

You can help by nominating your favorite crowdfunded works and supporters from 2017. \o/

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Apocalypse Bingo Card 1-1-18

Here is my card for the Apocalypse Bingo Fest, starting the New Year off with a BANG!  This fest will run from January 1st through January 31.  It focuses on the role of handicaps in storytelling.  (See all my 2018 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.

APOCALYPSE BINGO CARD 1-1-17
Farming UtopiaNanotechnology Gone WrongHorsesNatural DisasterAI
Fall-out ShelterArenas! THUNDERDOME!Alien InvasionShortages and LossesGenetic Engineering 
Offworld ColoniesUrban Decay==Green space==
take a break
Citadel with Secret Knowledge==Hero== write a backstory based on an adjacent square
Xenophobic StupidityMutantsClimate ChangeWaterHeroic Sacrifice
Ray Guns==Villain!== write their reasons based on an adjacent squareRadiationLotus Eaters Magic