October 5th, 2018


Poem: "Where All the Parts Fit Correctly"

This poem is spillover from the October 2, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "something useful" square in my 9-2-18 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest, and the "energy" square in my 9-30-18 card for the Fall Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Steamsmith series.

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Hoppy the Wobbit

I oopsed a book tonight.

Yes, this is something I do sometimes. I accidentally write whole books. This time, obviously, it was a short one.

I was working on the next Calliope poem when something reminded her of a favorite children's book. She has that thing memorized. So then I couldn't get it out of my head either. This is what happens when an empath becomes a telempath and hasn't figured out the new volume controls yet. She thinks things VERY LOUDLY.

So I wrote down the complete text of a children's book from Terramagne. Sadly, I can't do the art part of the book because I can't draw that well. I wish I should show you Hoppy the Wobbit, because he is the cutest thing ever to cute. :D He has big eyes and four ears. The ears are his most important feature. The perky ears grow when he feels happy and the droopy ears grow when he feels sad. He teaches kids about emotional intelligence: names of emotions, body language (wobbit and human), talking about emotions, what causes different emotions, and doing things to change emotions.

"Hoppy the Wobbit" is written with the sentences clustered as they would be in a children's book, a few per "page."  It's meant to be read aloud to preschool kids.  Bear in mind that's a very different approach than books for kids to read themselves.  It's simplified but not dumbed down; not all the words are things the listener is likely to know already.   It doesn't rhyme, but it's very structured; most of the book is two-page spreads, and it uses a lot of repetition.  This helps young listeners follow the story.  The best I can describe the tone is Beatrix Potter meets your favorite children's museum book.  

984 words, Buy It Now = $50

There is a ton of collateral cultural material for this, by the way.  There are Hoppy the Wobbit t-shirts illustrating a variety of emotions.  There are hand signals, because Hoppy fans will make perky ears or droopy ears when they spot someone wearing a Hoppy t-shirt.  And if it's a sad Hoppy, fans will go over to ask why and whether they can help.  There are cartoons.  There are subsequent materials for older readers, because people are just used to that character in the context of emotions.  There's a smartphone app, which is actually how I stumbled across the whole thing -- Calliope saw it and wanted to replace it since she didn't currently have a copy.  Vagary thinks it's silly.

This?  This is why Terramagne does not have whole asylums full of nutjob supervillains.

Story: "Hoppy the Wobbit"

This story is spillover from the October 2, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was loosely inspired by prompts from Dreamwidth users Pantha and Librarygeek, and Senõr Tequila on Dreamwidth.  It also fills the "WILD CARD: Storytelling" square in my 9-30-18 card for the Fall Bingo fest, and the "explaining something to someone" square in my 9-5-18 "Kind and Soft" card for the 1000 Words or Less Bingo fest. This story belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

This microfunded story is being posted one page at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The rate is approximately $0.5/word, so $5 will reveal 100 new words, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements.
So far sponsors include: DW user Fayanora, DW user Erulisse, DW user Caera_ash, janetmiles

984 words, Buy It Now = $50
Amount donated = $30
Page posted = 28 of 42

Amount remaining to fund fully = $20

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Friday Yardening

Today is muggy and warm, partly sunny.  I went out and planted 10 Lavender Muscari 'Mountain Lady' around the forest garden.  These have white bells on top that turn blue-violet when they open farther down.

Monarchs are beginning to chain up.  There aren't very many of them, but they're hanging in groups on the trees.  I saw a dozen or so on Home Base.

EDIT 10/5/18: I went back out and planted 10 Lavender muscari 'Grape Ice' around the forest garden.  These have white bells on top that open into red-violet flowers below.

I heard a bluejay screaming "Thief!  Thief!" in the yard but couldn't spot him.  I did notice that there are few apples left on the Criterion tree, but the pears are ripening.