November 27th, 2018


Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, December 4

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "alternate realities." I'll be soliciting ideas for dimension travelers, fish out of water, people with mental differences, clergy, shamen, counselors, psychiatrists, philosphers, archaeologists, psychedelic explorers, foreseers, other people who deal in alternate realities, looking ahead, looking back, comparing differences, losing your way, losing your mind, remembering things that aren't anymore, supporting each other through hard times, traveling, fighting, struggling to survive, bringing solutions from other realities into the one you're in now, counseling, changing the way things are, discovering problems, troubleshooting, finding creative solutions, asking questions, helping others, alternate dimensions, Faerie, the Underworld, the Afterlife, cyberspace, laboratories, churches or temples, counseling centers, cemeteries, drug dens, other places where realities overlap, entheogens, dimensional portals or devices, time travel, alternate history, future history, reality tunnels, imprint vulnerability, different perspectives, personal growth, confusion, determination, unforseen circumstances, Self-Duplication, Reality Warping, and poetic forms in particular.

Among my more relevant series:
Fledgling Grace, The Inkseer, Kande's QuestLos ConquistadosMonster HouseSubmerged Nebraska, The Time Towers  
Polychrome Heroics has a number of relevant characters.  Antimatter can alter reality by shifting the laws of science.  Dr. Infanta can see the future; so can the Pythia.
The Blueshift Troupers  has very different layers of civilization from the Annula to the Fimbria, major character features can change during metamorphosis, and the setting itself is designed to be flexible across realities.
Shrodinger's Heroes is all about interdimensional travel.
The Ursulan Cycle is genderbent Arthurian Cycle.

I have a linkback poem, "Always Carry Your Goodness" (16 verses, Polychrome Heroics). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

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Killer Whales Share Personality Traits

... with humans and chimpanzees. Now look at these two parts:

Killer whales display personality traits similar to those of humans and chimpanzees, such as playfulness, cheerfulness and affection, according to new research.

"This is the first study to examine the personality traits of killer whales and how they relate to us and other primates," said lead researcher Yulán Úbeda, a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Girona in Spain. "These similar personality traits may have developed because they were necessary to form complex social interactions in tightly knit groups that we see in killer whales, humans and other primates."

Look at how humans treat other humans who have any condition, mental or physical, that impairs playfulness, cheerfulness, or affection.

Yeah. "Required" is right. You're pretty much not allowed in society if you can't perform those functions on demand. :/


Welcome to Winterfaire 2018

The Winterfaire spreads out as far as the eye can see. Some booths show streamers of red and green, while others sport blue and silver. All of them offer treasure after shining treasure. Music fills the air with lyrics of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, and Yule. From the Wordsmith's Forge comes the bright chiming of words being hammered into literature. Delicious scents of hot chocolate, spiced cider, peppermint, baking cookies, and gingerbread tantalize the appetite. Smiling, laughing shoppers amble from booth to booth with lists in hand. Vendors grin back, calling out, "Come try, come buy...!"

I know a lot of artists, writers, musicians, crafters, and other talented folks who make some of their living from their creative endeavors. I don't always have the money to support them as much as I'd like, but what I can do is set up a virtual faire where vendors can offer their wares to an audience that likes crafts, literature, and small businesses. For those of you doing your holiday shopping, here's an opportunity to buy something made with love, something unusual or unique, in a way that helps make it possible for creative people to go on creating wonders. And there will be no traffic jams, stampedes, or gunfights at the Winterfaire!

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Poem: "If You Talk to Him in His Language"

This poem is spillover from the July 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, and R.R. It also fills the "party" square in my 7-1-18 card for the Winterfest in July fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It belongs to the Mercedes thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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