What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?
Here I was, innocently cruising through Tumblr, when someone reposts a list of four word writing prompts. The four words are all lines of dialogue. Intrigued, I tell myself, "Self, if you're ever stuck for ideas on how to start a story, here's a list."
Self replies, "I've got a better idea. Why don't you write fic, original or fanfic, to go with each of the prompts?"
I eyeroll and say, "You missed the part where I said If. If you're ever stuck. You're never stuck for ideas. You just suck at finishing them because you see a new shiny thing and flit off like a fucking magpie."
Self, whom I'm pretty sure is an asshole, snorts and says, "Ok, fine, but you can't just let this list go. How about a compromise? Whenever you have 15-20 minutes of free time, you sit down and write the story idea for the prompt, and then leave it alone? Tuck it in a folder for later, or post it somewhere and forget about it. How does that sound?"
I start to protest, only to realize, hey, that's not a bad idea. "Huh. Well, I've got 15 minutes now, so why don't I start with... prompt number one."
Anyway, 600 words later, I stop typing and have a sinking sensation of dread in my stomach. I might suck at finishing stories, but I also suck at letting them go, because I want to Write All The Things and turn them into big stories. Why do I fucking listen to myself?
In case you're wondering who to blame for this disaster, well. I'm not saying it's fuckyeah's fault, but it's fuckyeah's fault. It was their Tumblr.
EDIT 7/25/17: We went out and picked up a pile of grass. Then I did some weeding in the septic garden.
EDIT 7/25/17: I finished weeding the septic garden. *goflopnow*
I have a linkback poem, "Rewriting the Narrative" (9 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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Fandom/Warning/Rating: Sherlock Holmes (ACD), ambiguous ending, rated G
Word Count: 293 words
Summary: Saving Holmes was what was important. The consequences of that success meant little to Watson.
Author's Note: Written for the watsons_woes "Healer's Choice: One person Watson chose not to save" prompt.
Choices Made With Ease
WARNING: This poem contains historical atrocities which many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features the Holocaust, acts of genocide, the Schutzstaffel, mass murder, loss of families, yellow stars, ghettos, a gay man and a straight woman getting married and raising a family together, some awkward family dynamics, gay-related bashing, unplanned (but welcome) lesbian pregnancy, and other challenges. But the good guys mostly win. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. It is not a plot-relevant part of extant storylines, just an interesting piece of Terramagne history.
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Poem: "Boston Pride"
Moment of Silence: Maryam Mirzakhani
Effects of Father Loss
Listen to the Trees
Gender in Comics
There is currently a poll for Poetry Fishbowl themes in late 2017. Vote for your favorites. I'll sort the most popular ones into a schedule tomorrow so I can post the advance announcement for the August fishbowl.
Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies. Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack. "The Order of Their Stars" belongs to An Army of One. Astin takes V shopping.
Weather has been sweltering and intermittently rainy here. Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia. Corn ears are thickening. I picked blackberries yesterday. Jalapenos are getting bigger.
Ways To Give:
Anon reminds us that the 2017-18 school year is coming, and positivelypt has a post up with links to wishlists for underserved classrooms. You can check out the list, give, and reblog here.
rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.
Help For Free:
Anon linked to globalsextrendsproject, who are working on an independent research projected aimed at establishing whether there are global trends in stimuli for sexual arousal and the content of sexual fantasies. You can read more and reblog here or fill out the form here. I took a quick breeze through the form and it's primarily short-answer rather than multiple choice, once you get past the demographic stuff.
stabulous has a post up about Welcome Blanket, a project initiated by the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago and anti-Trump craftivists. They are asking people to send handmade blankets to be exhibited at the Smart and afterwards distributed to refugees and immigrants arriving in the US. The hope is to create 3200 blankets to equal the length of the wall Trump wants to build across the US-Mexico border. You can read more at the link above, and find out how to participate at the official site, which includes activism resources whether you want to actually send in a blanket or not.
News To Know:
brainwane linked to Creative Commons, which is offering grants of up to USD$1000 for small projects ("Salons, campaigns, translations, e-books, printing, collaborations, and more") which grow the global commons. They want help increasing discovery, collaboration, and advocacy towards their mission. You can read more and apply for a grant here.
Anon linked to dr-kara's new comic available on ComixOlogy, [Super]Natural Attraction! Kara is well-known to me as a groovy artist who does cool stuff so while I haven't read this yet I wholeheartedly recommend her work. She has a rebloggable post about it here and you can buy and read it here.
And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
The structure uses checkboxes. There are 38 themes after condensing similar ones and dropping things we've already covered. You may vote for as many themes as you would enjoy prompting/sponsoring in a fishbowl. I recommend that you don't vote for ALL of them, so as to help narrow down to favorites.
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I've reached the end of scheduled themes for the Poetry Fishbowl project. It's time to brainstorm some new themes! These are a few that I've jotted down earlier, ones that I've thought up or people have suggested, to give you an idea what kind of stuff might be suitable:
* Help and Helpiness
* Pirates and Brigands
What other themes would you like to see me write about? Suggest them in a comment below this post.
Later on I'll collect the suggestions and do some polling. The most popular topics will be added to the schedule for future fishbowls. Previously, I have just dumped all the proposed themes into a big poll. The more themes people suggest, the less well this works. I have an idea for fixing that problem. This time, I'm going to run the first large poll with checkboxes so you can express interest in as many themes as you like. I will then either pick from the most popular ones, or use that information to pull out the favorite themes for a smaller poll to select the ones which will appear in upcoming fishbowls.
You can also help by linking to this post so that more people will see it. Everyone is welcome to suggest themes. Everyone will also be able to vote for them later; prompters and donors will get extra votes. If you link to the call for themes, you can reveal a verse in any open perk poem:
"Testing the Metal"
"The Marble and the Sculptor"
"The Golden Peaches of Peace"
"Leaves Upon the Water"
"The Quick Brown Fox"
"Lead Us in Peace"
"We Will Fade into You"
Warning: This poem contains some fractious content. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features crowds, frustration, floundering over cape identity, rude people, obnoxious language, sex/gender bigotry, bigot-baiting, questioning aspects of personal sexuality, and other challenges. But mostly it's fluff. It's also a humor-based choking hazard. Do not read with your mouth full! If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.
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