August 27th, 2019


How to Deal with Wrist Pain

Someone asked my about how to deal with wrist pain from hand sewing. These tips generalize to most other handicrafts and repetitive motions such as typing. They also address a variety of wrist, hand, and finger issues. Here are some things you can try ...

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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, September 3

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, September 3, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "craftership." I'll be soliciting ideas for crafters, artists, gallery owners, museum curators, critics, anthropologists, end users, new users, geeks, mechanics, designated users, inventors, Super-Gizmologists, builders, gatherers of raw materials, masters/mistresses, apprentices, other people who make things, getting in the zone, building tools, mastering a craft, creating a body of work, exploring a new craft, learning what you can (and can't) do, paying attention to details, taking pride in your work, bending the laws of physics, recovering from setbacks, healing through crafts, workshops, homes, laboratories, community centers, counseling rooms, hospitals, shop rooms in schools, trade schools, other places where people do crafts, artwork, crafts, gizmos, super-gizmos, ceramics, fibercrafts, wordwork, smithcrafts, historic crafts, archaeological artifacts, instruction manuals (or lack thereof), apprenticeship, dexterity, personal growth, patience, failure, success, and poetic forms in particular.

Among my more relevant series for the main theme:

An Army of One requires learning crafts to become more self-sufficient.

Arts and Crafts America is all about craftership in its many guises.

Clay of Life follows a blacksmith and his golem friend.

Fiorenza the Wisewoman features many practical and a few magical crafts.

Frankenstein's Family involves both science and handicrafts.

Laquerware is Edopunk about technology built in layers.

Polychrome Heroics has a great deal of gizmology and super-gizmology, and most people there have some sort of hobby.

The Steamsmith features alchemy instead of the science that underlies our world.

Or you can ask for something new.

I have a linkback poem "The Arc of the Mental Universe" (14 verses, standalone).

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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Unsold Poems for the August 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the August 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "Nascent Wisdom," "A Lively Feast," "Between the Normal and the Abnormal," "Always Carry Your Goodness," "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey," "Gökotta," "May Everything," and "Sobremesa."

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