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Monday Update 2-13-12

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:
Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Read "All in Your Head"
Poetry Collections Compiled and More Series Collections
A Blues Harmonica Concert
Tom Smith Subscriptions
See an Italian Griffin
Torn Tongue: Nouns Beginning with "R"
Read "Courtship Displays" and "Grapejelly"
In Which a Cardinal Is a Clinging Bird After All
2012 Imbolc Ritual
Hard Things
Nature in Children's Books

I posted "Homicidal Psycho Jungle GoH" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) for the Asexy Valentines Fest.

Sketch Fest ran this weekend.  I got a huge amount of art from lots of different people, including multiple renditions of several prompts.  Wow!


The next Crowdfunding Creative Jam will take place this weekend with a theme of "alternative sexualities / QUILTBAG."  I'm also encouraging folks to plan crowdfunded music projects for March.

Plunge  webzine is still in crowdfunding for queer women's genre literature.  Please donate or boost the signal if you can.

The bonus Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday, February 21 and voting is open through Monday evening to pick the featured series.


Poetry in Microfunding:
The Morose Mascot" has 5 new verses, following Horace the porcupine as he flees his horrible mistress.  It belongs to The Adventures of Aldornia and Zenobia, and only needs $14.50 to complete.  "The Godfather" shows Fiorenza and Don Candido discussing their respective roles in the community.  It belongs to Fiorenza the Wisewoman, and was finished out of the general fund.  So everything that has unpublished epics is eligible to have a new one opened.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," (fiction).  Back to me for edits: "Catch and Release," "Dusting Off the Green Speech" "Doing the Work" (fiction), "Seafoam Fashions," "Hide Away," "Red Glass, Green Glass," "Bitter Herbs" "Getting the Goat," (poetry), "Half-Leg," "Northern Game: Bola-Ball," "Northern Game: Ice Gliders," "Dolls in the Empire" (nonfiction). Currently in front of the canon board: "Unlicensed Dreams" "The Hearsay Cafe," "The Colors of the Rainbow," "Something Big Is Coming" (poetry), "Grapejelly," "Wild Herbivores of the North" (nonfiction).  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," "Like Ash Before the Wind," "Breaking the Ice," "From Dark to Bright," "Beached Fish," (fiction), "How Skycat Got Her Name" (poetry).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "The Bones of Need" "Raining Kittens," (fiction).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "Reaching for the Moons" (fiction), "Fish of the North" (nonfiction).


Awards
Voting is now open for the 2012 Rose & Bay Award which honors crowdfunding excellence in the categories of Art, Fiction, Poetry, Webcomic, Other Project, and Patron.  Please visit the nomination posts to browse projects, and the voting pages to cast your votes.  Full details for this award are on its landing page, and the nomination and voting pages have category details.

Nominations are still open for the Rhysling Award recognizing exceptional speculative poetry.  The SFPA has posted some Rhysling eligible poems online and mine are also available on my website.  If you're a SFPA member, please nominate your favorite poems for this award.  Also, this award now accepts crowdfunded and self-published poems!  So all of my 2011 fishbowl poems are eligible -- look under the "poem" tag to find them.


We had a brief cold snap here along with some obnoxiously slushy weather where the sky could not decide what it wanted to spit at us.  Things have mellowed out since.  One of the cardinals has taken to eating thistle seed.  Cardinals and mourning doves have been crowding around the feeders along with lots of sparrows.
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