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The half-price sale in Schrodinger's Heroes is now open. Come shop for poetry in the genre of quantum science fiction!
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Our theme this month was "Building a Future."  I worked from 12:45 PM to 4:30 AM, so about 13 hours 45 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks.  I wrote 11 poems on Tuesday and another 12 during the week.

There was moderate participation, with 33 comments on LiveJournal and another 30 on Dreamwidth.  Please welcome new prompters DW user Ari_the_dodecahedron and Thea Strange on Facebook.  You have them to thank for the second freebie.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"BUILDING A FUTURE"
"Building Sandcastles in the Rain"
"Buoni Frutti"
"The Conduit for Influence"
"Different in the Way We Perceive the World"
"Housebuilding"
"Infinite Potential"
"Pinfeathers"
"To Regard Old Problems"

"Knitting into Community" (Polychrome Heroics, February 2016 Creative Jam)
"A Process, As Life Happens" (Polychrome Heroics, February 2016 Creative Jam)
"Tag Ends and Tapestries" (Frankenstein's Family, January 2016 Creative Jam)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for March 1, 2016. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Currently sponsored poems from this session have all been posted.  There were seven donors this time: [personal profile] capriuni, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth[profile] kestrels_nest, Anthony and Shirley Barrette.  There were no new donors this time.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

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I'm selling a number of 3000-word (and potentially longer!) short science fiction/fantasy stories or scenes, inspired by prompts, for $30 each. These funded scenes will become part of the Shared Worlds canon, and the first ten purchased scenes will each be accompanied by a sketch by Oakland-area artist Davin Yant. The purchaser will receive the original sketch on a postcard.

This will raise funds for the Foundations educational system, a San Francisco Bay Area group focused on community-building, personal development, education, and safety within the Alternative Sexuality and Diverse Genders and Sexualities communities.

Read more and purchase a prompt here!

I had a lot of fun with the Shared Worlds prompt call when I did it, and I'm looking forward to what will come from this fundraiser.
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Diane Severson Mori has interviewed me for Amazing Stories magazine. Read Part 1 now, and watch for Part 2 next week. This includes two audio recordings of my poetry, one of them previously released of "The Scent of Memory" and the other newly made of "WaterSounds."

You can leave comments if you're logged into the magazine website, and there are buttons to share the link on your favorite social network.
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This month's theme was "first contact."  I worked from 11:30 AM to 3:30 AM, so about 14 hours allowing for breaks.  I wrote 19 poems on Tuesday and another 5 later.  Many of them were medium-length again, although this time there were also a lot of epics.  It was about evenly mixed between series and stand-alone poetry, with a few form poems amidst the free verse.

Participation was up, with 43 comments on LiveJournal and another 28 on Dreamwidth.  Please welcome new prompters [personal profile] moriwen1 and [personal profile] kshandra .  You have them to thank for the second freebie.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the June 3, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Against Interstellar Distance"
"All the Colors"
"As Usually Happens"
"The Birdlands"
"Chopping Wood"
"Contents Under Pressure"
"Extraordinary Experiences"
"Going Places"
"In Drab Silence"
"The Last Plane to Heaven"
"Like Unformed Clay"
"Mutual Superstitions"
"One of Each"
"One Quiet Winter Evening"
"Over the Old Bridge"
"A Quiet Friendship"
"A River in Time"
"SPOON in Every Pot"
"A Study in Contrasts"
"A Two-Part Solution"

"Worse Than the Disease" (Polychrome Heroics, 1/7/14 fishbowl)
"The Freedom Machine" (P.I.E., November 2013 Creative Jam)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, read the unsold poetry list from June 3. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Currently sponsored poems have all been posted.  Per the $200 goal, "The Freedom Machine" is the free epic.  Per the $250 goal, there will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, June 17 featuring Frankenstein's Family.  Per the $300 goal, there will be a half-price sale in a series to be determined later.

The donor perk-post is "First Contact."  Donors this month included [personal profile] the_vulture, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] zianuray, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  There were no new donors.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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Karen Wehrstein, who does the badges for the Rose & Bay Awards, has just started reposting her webnovel Asa Kraiya. (See the entry on Web Fiction Guide.) It's a science fantasy novel about a hero who needs to take his life apart and remake it in order to survive. Come and join the fun.
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Our theme this month was "military science fiction." (Guest themes of disability and crudity also appeared.) I worked from 11:45 AM to 4 AM on Tuesday, then a little more later in the week. That comes to 14 hours 15 minutes, allowing for my usual breaks; a new record. Prompts were a fairly steady trickle most of the day. I wrote 18 poems on Tuesday plus another 7 later on, and I still have notes for more in my series files. You-all were very generous with leading comments and questions this month. Yay, yay!

I had a good handful of form poems. Plenty of the poems combined prompts, though some are singles. The size ran long, with lots of epics. There was very little short or medium-short poetry.

Activity was okay this month, with 46 comments on LiveJournal. The 17 on Dreamwidth is a definite spike in activity there. Please welcome new prompters [personal profile] chordatesrock and [personal profile] wytchcroft. You have them to thank for the second freebie poem. Also [personal profile] chordatesrock has been very helpful in research and development for my new series An Army of One: The Autistic Secession in Space. *applause*


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the January 2013 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"ARG"
"Cybernetic Plowshares"
"full moon in a western sky"
"The Hungry Gods"
"Jumpship" (An Army of One)
"The Law Was"
"The Lord of Pr0n" (An Army of One)
"The Mule Patrol"
"A One-Way Trip" (Tripping into the Future)
"A Solitary Secession" (An Army of One)
"tanegashima" (Lacquerware)
"The Velveteen Gloves" (An Army of One)
"Widow's Walk" (Monster House)
"Xenotransvestism"

"No Secrets" (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis)
"Rigging the Game" (Path of the Paladins, from 12/4/12 fishbowl)


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 January. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available. The linkback poem "No Secrets" (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis) still has one verse left; you can reveal that by linking to the unsold poetry list or to your favorite poem from this session.

All currently sponsored poems have been posted. I've sent backchannel copies of the rest to their respective prompters. Per the $200 goal, "Rigging the Game" (Path of the Paladins, from 12/4/12 fishbowl) is the free epic. The general fund polling is concluded. Per the $250 goal, there will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, January 22 featuring the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman. Per the $300 goal, there will be a half-price sale in one series, to be bumped into February. You'll get to vote on that later.

The donor perk is "The Poetry of War." Donors this month include [personal profile] technoshaman , LJ user janetmiles, Anthony and Shirley Barrette. Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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I'm having another prompt session, this one a little different from the others.

(Taken from kajoneswriting.co.uk.) I’m looking for a number of different things. Names; personality traits; disabilities (both visible and invisible); song lyrics; pictures; short prompts (eg. yellow book or midnight lamp); and I may add more things as I think of them. Once I have a number of these I’ll put them into a randomiser, give them all numbers, and use them as a form of self-created bingo challenge. The reason I’m doing this is because I get inspired by lots of different things, I want to write more stories, and I think doing this will make it much more fun.

My plan is to write 500 words for every prompt I receive. For every link posted to this prompt session I’ll write another 500 words for a prompt of the linkers choice and write 500 words for a prompt/previously written story of my choice. If I receive ten prompts I’ll write 1000 words of a prompter’s story and then for every prompt after the tenth I’ll add another 500 words. (End)

Feel free to prompt here if you wish, or at the website, or at kajones_writing on either LJ or DW.

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[personal profile] haikujaguar has just posted the first installment of "Earthrise." I've read an earlier version of this, and it's a lovely story. Romance, intrigue, space opera ... a lot of cool stuff that the mainstream publishers aren't much interested in. For everything else, there's crowdfunding. I've wanted to be able to share this with folks, for years, and now I can. Highly recommended.
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Wow, it's been a long time since I posted here. For the last two months - maybe slightly more - I have been Internetless, so everything was put on hold. Now I have an Internet connection I'm having an auction of everything I sell at my website in an attempt to drum up some interest in the things I love most - character adoptions, setting rentals, and choose-your-own ebooks - as well as sell some more words.

In the last couple of days I've updated my donor perks and credits page, and made a start on the donor filter, and started posting some of my hundred stories (so far they're all stories I wanted to write and I plan on writing some more before turning to prompts if I need them). I'm going to spend the next two weeks, while the auction is running, focusing on writing and posting to the donor filter.

I hope to see some of you at my auction and remember if you can't donate you can always start collecting credits. :)
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I have posted my Aether Dancer story, "Finding the Library," which features my character Sesha Fulbright. This is steampunk intrigue about the quest for freedom. It's in four parts, all posted now, beginning with Part 1 here. This is part of my ongoing effort to support their IndieGoGo fundraiser by boosting the signal and otherwise doing things to widen the fanbase for the project.
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Voting is still open in the original Aether Dancer Villain Hunt. This activity has proven so popular that there is now a Hero Hunt open for submissions. You'll have to look for the post about that on the Aether Dancer page, because sadly it doesn't seem to have a direct link; Facebook is pesky that way. The official voting post and photo gallery for the Hero Hunt should go up on Monday, and I'll link to that when I see it.
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Voting is still open in the original Aether Dancer Villain Hunt.  This activity has proven so popular that there is now a Hero Hunt open for submissions.  You'll have to look for the post about that on the Aether Dancer page, because sadly it doesn't seem to have a direct link; Facebook is pesky that way.  The official voting post and photo gallery for the Hero Hunt should go up on Monday, and I'll link to that when I see it.
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The July 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl is now open on my blog.  Today's theme is "alternate history."  Please drop by and give me prompts, or watch for poems to start appearing.
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Entries for the Aether Dancer villain contest are now closed, and voting is open. Vote by Liking or Sharing the character post, or if you make a donation you can earmark it for a character and that also counts as a vote. The character gallery is here. You can read about my favorite characters here. Bored with Hollywood villains? Vote for something else.
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Plunge Magazine is now OPEN for submissions!  Issue 1 will feature queer women in mythology.  All flavors of queer (lesbian, bisexual, asexual, genderqueer, etc.) are welcome.  Send us fiction, poetry, or nonfiction.  Please read thesubmission guidelines for details.  Share the news with anyone you think might be interested.

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