January 15th, 2019

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Monday Update 1-14-19

It's after midnight, but I haven't slept yet, so for me it's still Monday. Dreamwidth is up at the moment, but Downrightnow still reports service outage for LiveJournal, which usually parallels Dreamwidth -- although in this case, LJ came back hours before DW did. Whatever.

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "L’amore è Cieco"
Poem: "The Nature of Advertising"
Poem: "Never Trusted Without a Check"
Community Building Tip: Out Front
Emotional Intimacy Question: What Matters
Poem: "Mistakes and Changes"
Cuddle Party










The fishbowl last week was okay. Not a lot of donations, and I'm seriously backlogged on writing due to repeated interruptions for other activities. "Fernweh," "As the Heavens Are Higher Than the Earth," and "On a Long Leash" have been sponsored.









So far no activity on the Rose and Bay Awards. :( Nominations are now OPEN for all categories of the Rose & Bay Awards for excellence in crowdfunding. Please nominate your favorite projects and patrons. These are the handlers for the 2019 award season:
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Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics. That leaves a slot open in case anybody wants to open a new one tomorrow. \o/

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask and has 55 new verses. Pain's Gray warns Ham about mistreating Keane.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.


We got a lot of snow here. Everything is covered in white. Roads are navigable though. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a big flock of starlings, a flock of sparrows, a flock of dark-eyed juncos, a small flock of mourning doves, several pairs of cardinals, a pair of downy woodpeckers, a red-bellied woodpecker, and a squirrel.
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Magpie Monday

Due to yesterday's Dreamwidth malfuction, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is running Magpie Monday today with a theme of "Beginnings and Endings."  Leave prompts, get ficlet!  Boosting the signal will get you extra words.  There will be a bonus story posted if donations exceed $50, proceeds going to replace the author's defunct laptop.  If you want to keep enjoying awesome stories, please chip in toward that.
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Suzette Haden Elgin and Láadan

Here's an article about a language created by and for women's perspective. I knew Suzette; she was one of my first famous writer-friends. I wrote college papers about her work. We actually connected when I mentioned that I was doing one on women's invented languages. She handed me her then-unpublished manuscript for a sequel to Native Tongue so I could copy precise quotes from it.

I'm one of the people who has kept that language alive and in use. I'm not fluent -- few people are -- but I own the dictionary/grammar and I taught a class on it in the Grey School of Wizardry. That included me adding a few suggested augmentations to make the language more useful to spellcasting, because if you look at the grammar, you can see how well it lends itself to certain locking and unlocking features.

I also use certain words whenever I need them. Radíidin  is certainly one of them, but so is ranem (nonpearl: an ugly thing such as a festering hatred to which one pays attention).  I use the emotion grids to explain why people feel the way they do, based on reason, blame, and futility; or the quality of reason behind it.  

There is so much in this language that speaks to things that people are just now beginning to discuss in public, in large numbers, rather than a handful of us canaries saying, "Hey, y'all, might could be you'd want to pay attention to this fire over here before it spreads."  Not just vocabulary, but grammar.  Grace and efficiency and power.

In a word, super-gizomology, and Suzette would dislike me saying that because she was a very unassuming person who avoided being made much of.  Sorry, old friend, I call 'em like I see 'em.  Like Nikola Tesla, you built something ahead of its time, and it's going to take a while for the rest of the world to figure out how it even turns on.  But linguistic super-gizmology it is, because it's full of fresh encodings, and those are rare as hen's teeth.  <3