July 31st, 2020

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Bingo

I have made bingo down the I column of my 7-1-20 card for the Winterfest in July bingo. I have 13 extra fills, for a total of 18, which is better than average.

I1 (blankets) -- "The Wings of Hope" (Polychrome Heroics)
I2 (snuggling by the fire) -- "The Respect That We Have for Them" (Polychrome Heroics: Mercedes)
I3 (pie) -- "When a Wheel Refuses to Turn" (Polychrome Heroics: Broken Angels)
I4 (wise men) -- "Targets for Their Own Self-Hatred" (Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink)
I5 (candy) -- "It Reveals You to Yourself"(One God's Story)

B1 (Human Rights Day - December 10) -- "In Salted Ground" (standalone)
B3 (feast) -- "Different Languages to Use" (Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses)
B4 (just friends) -- "Know What You Stand For" (Polychrome Heroics: Calliope)

N1 (acts of kindness) -- "The Highest Form of Self-Respect" (Polychrome Heroics: Mercedes)
N2 (aggressively festive holiday sweater) -- "A Choice We Make" (Polychrome Heroics: Shiv)
N5 (fish) -- "A Rainbow Is Not Afraid" (Polychrome Heroics: Aquariana)

G1 (beach getaway) -- "The Blue People" (Polychrome Heroics)
G3 (lights) -- "Not Yet Done" (standalone)
G5 (pretty paper) -- "As Gatekeeper to Your Life" (Polychrome Heroics: Shiv)

O1 (deer) -- "To Prevent Future Tragedies" (Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses)
O2 (antlers) -- "Delight in Another" (standalone)
O3 (snowflakes) -- "See the Other Side" (Adaptive Magic)
O5 (silver and gold) -- "The Activities of a Casino" (Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses)
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What Is True and What Is Real

I came across this post about writing what is unreal but true, and it reminded me of a Waterjewel saying: "Some things are real but not true, and some things are true but not real."  It's about the different between material things (which can be solid but wrong) and immaterial things (which can be honest but not manifest).  If the body and soul don't match, the body is real but the soul is true.

So too, you can write things which are not manifest in this world, but are meaningful and valid.

Don't be distracted by solid things just because they are solid, and don't lose sight of the truth just because it is intangible.  Truth is more important than reality.
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Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Publishing Edition

If you're wondering why publishing so white, so male, so straight ... this is why. Those are the ONLY questions most publishers ask. Used to be, they also wondered if a given author had "more books in them," that is, they were looking to build careers and willing to invest both time and teaching to make it so, thus looking for potential. That rarely happens anymore. They just want to make the most money possible, as fast as possible. Sadly, this means publishing a lot of repetitive crap.  While there are publishers, mostly indie, who want to make great books and/or give voice to the voiceless, they are outnumbered by the bulwark of homogeneity.

It also means it's hard for any disadvantaged person to get a contract from a major publisher, competing against advantaged people, because -- outside a few genres like romance where women dominate -- there is usually more money in backing popular people who write about things other popular people like. This is magnified by the problem that most of the publishers and editors also tend to have advantaged traits more than disadvantaged traits. More whites than anything else, more men than women, more straight than QUILTBAG, more rich than poor, etc. And most of them don't want to hear from the rest of us.

But.

We don't actually have to care about that anymore. We have the internet now; we have crowdfunding. All of us can now write, edit, publish, prompt, sponsor, and promote whatever we damn well please. It's even pretty easy to make paper books if you want them. As a literary scholar I can tell you there's better stuff in crowdfunding and even fanfic than in a bookstore nowadays.  One of this year's finds was Common Bonds by Claudie Arseneault, an anthology of speculative fiction featuring aromantic characters and centering platonic relationships.  By all means, badger the publishers for better and more diverse material if you like tilting at windmills.  But if you just want to make and enjoy great stuff, you have other options now.

Smash the bottleneck! Go buy some alt stuff! \o/
Hart's Farm

Poem: "The Thread of the Seasons"

This poem is from the September 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] nsfwords and [personal profile] eseme. It also fills the "Winter Solstice" square in my 7-1-15 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] nsfwords. It belongs to the series Hart's Farm.

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