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May 13th, 2019 - The Wordsmith's Forge
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
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 Here are some thoughts on why people write about food, or love reading about it.

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I found this post about languages in fiction and it piqued my interest.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Shifting the Defaults
Poem: "As Guardians of That Legacy"
Poem: "Where Your Powers Live"
Today's Adventures
Writing Workshop Methodology
Segregation on a Map
Speaking to the Future
Community Building Tip: Concerns
Women's Fiction
Friday Yardening
Humanity's Impact
The World as Inspiration
Mother's Day Flowerpot
Emotional Intimacy Question: Challenge
Wednesday Yardening
Hard Things


Last week's poetry fishbowl went well.  I'm still writing.  "Comfort Always" has been sponsored, and will get posted whenever the funds arrive.


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics.

"Learning the Vocation" belongs to Path of the Paladins. Shahana and company play games in the common room.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie tells Pretty Ears what is bothering him.


Weather here has been mild with occasional rain. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of mourning doves, a flock of grackles, a small flock of sparrows, two pairs of house finches, a pair of cardinals, two brown thrashers, a Bewick's wren, a brown-headed cowbird, a gray catbird, and a robin. Currently blooming: violas, violets, tulips, apple tree, crabapple trees, lilacs, gold currant, honeysuckle, lily of the valley, petunias, pinks, marigolds.

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Here's a sharp look at how editors can wreck an honest article by introducing ethnic slant, and how writers can support other perspectives.  It's really about who gets  to be an audience, because the target audience influences what gets written and published.

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This article looks back at Suzette Haden Elgin and her women's language Láadan. I wrote about it in college as one of several examples of "Women's Invented Languages in Speculative Fiction."  She let me copy a quote from the then-unpublished Earthsong for it.  I later made a Láadan class for the Grey School of Wizardry.

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This article asks a question: "Does a Fictional Memory Loss Pandemic Really Need an Explanation?"

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Today is mild with a bright blue sky dotted with fluffy clouds.

Round One, I potted up the rest of the herbs: two each of nasturtium, salad burnet, summer savory, and purple ruffles basil.  :D

EDIT 5/13/19: Round Two, I fed birds.  Then I walked around the yard and looked at what needed to be done.  I pulled some goldenrod away from a patch of wild strawberries in the prairie garden.

Round Three, we went out and dragged cut brush from the prairie garden to the brush pile in the ritual meadow.  It's too wet to mow but at least the path is clear now.

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This article asks, "Why Does Women’s Writing About Relationships Need to be “Relatable”?"

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One of the best ways to fix imbalances of representation is simply to make space for less-heard groups to speak.  A literary magazine called The Lifted Brow handed over total  control for one issue to a team of Aboriginal women.  Rather than having to start from scratch, they enjoyed a budget, a publishing venue, and an established audience.  More like this would go a long way toward solving problems of representation.

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Here's an article on inclusivity and politics in fiction.

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