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Our internet connection continues to be flaky, hence various delays and backlogs. We have a new antenna on our house, and the connection hasn't gone out completely since then, but the speed and performance vary. *sigh* But hey, I'm done with my Llewellyn assignments, so that's helping make time for other stuff. Thank you for putting up with the cascade of chaos that is my life.

This month's theme was "horror: demons." I worked from 12:45 PM to 4:15 AM on Tuesday, so about 13 hours 30 minutes, accounting for breaks. I also worked a big chunk of Wednesday, but I don't count the spillover time. Prompts came trickled in throughout much of the day. I wrote 18 poems on Tuesday and another 5 on Wednesday. Most were free verse, with a lot of epics and serial poems. Some were single prompts, but toward the end of Tuesday I made some combinations.

Activity was high. A total of 21 people sent prompts. There were 54 comments on LJ and another 8 on DW, including mine. Some of the crosstalk inspired poems. Welcome new prompter [personal profile] breezeshadow, whom you can thank for the extra freebie.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the September 2012 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Bleeding Light" (Monster House)
"The Cybernetic Sorcerers"
"Deviltry on Steroids"
"Hypercube Roots" (Monster House/Schrodinger's Heroes)
"Infernal Felines"
"Knocking On"
"Promises to Keep"
"Settling" (Schrodinger's Heroes/His Dark Materials)
"The Seven Fatal Malfunctions" (The Steamsmith)
"The Shadows in the Valley"
"Two of a Kind"

"The Strength of Starfire" (Path of the Paladins, 9-4-12)
"To Attend a Ball" (The Steamsmith, 9-26-12)

Buy Some Poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, read the list of unsold poems from October. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Currently sponsored poems have been posted, and backchannel copies of the others sent to prompters. Per the $200 goal, "The Strength of Starfire" is the free epic. Carried over from last month's perk fulfillment, there will be a half-price poetry sale for The Steamsmith series from October 15-21.

I still need to write the donor perk-post. Donors this month include [personal profile] jb_slasher , Stephen Laird,
[personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony & Shirley Barrette, [personal profile] rix_scaedu, and LJ user laffingkat. Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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While hunting for resources for this weekend's Crowdfunding Creative Jam with its "Disabled Characters" theme, I stumbled across a splendid new crowdfunding project. "Hellwatch" by Larime Taylor is a supernatural horror novella series, initially crowdfunded through Kickstarter. The structure resembles that of a television series, which is a cool approach for serial fiction. The first episode can be downloaded free; the next two, funded by the Kickstarter project, will appear in January and February. More are planned.

What makes this awesome? The characters. I fell in love with them just from the descriptions, and tracked down the story based on that. They are Ester Vasquez, a hacker-come-demon hunter in a wheelchair; and Sammy Lutui, her live-in care provider and assistant demon hunter. Ester's ancestors came from Chile and Sammy is Samoan. Sammy is also gay. Together they kick much ass. They have guns and knives and metaphysical science. Illustrations are in the article, and they are vividly evocative. Accurate characterization is guaranteed on account of the author/artist being in a wheelchair (with a more severe version of Ester's condition) and living with other disabled folks.

I really enjoyed the pilot episode. It's a bit slow to start, as the first couple pages of the story introduce the characters and a lot of background information. (You know how the first few minutes of a pilot go.) Once the conflict is introduced -- a demon possessing a young boy -- both the pacing and the tension pick up considerably. The author makes good use of the novella length, laying out a vigorous double-peaked plot with a major confrontation first in Mexico and then again at home. The description is detailed and gripping. I particularly admire the rendition of demonic entities: ruthless, suave, devastating, atavistic, and generally creeptastic. The hairs on the back of my neck gave them a standing ovation. Highly recommended.

So, go read the scary story with the awesome heroes. See the nifty art. If you can spare it, send a donation -- details for that are on the art FAQ page.
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Four stories are posted publicly, six more are written (and available for sponsorship), and even if some of them are more funny than horrific, it was a great experience. We also cracked the little threshold for ebook creation, so I'll get to that, in addition to a few bits of fiction I started but haven't finished yet..

List of stories on my website - mirror on LJ

Thanks again to all who took part. :)
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I'm running a fishbowl... Since I'd also like to stretch myself a little genre-wise, I'd be particularly interested in horror themed prompts, but I'm open to most of anything.

You can find details and leave comments in my journal here or on my website (mirrored)
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  K.A. Jones has posted a prompt call.  The theme is Halloween, Samhain, Diwali, and Fireworks Night.  This author has over a dozen active series including fantasy and horror, plus some random stories.  A big list of perks appears for such things as prompting, donating, and linking so go have fun.
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 The October Poetry Fishbowl is now open, with a theme of "ghosts."  Please drop by and give me some prompts.
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Reannon plans to write a Christmas horror story to fund car repairs. This is a clever application of crowdfunding!


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Crowdfunding: Connecting Creators and Patrons

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