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They say that if you believe
in the equality of genders,
you are a feminist
and should call yourself one.

Tell me )


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2015-Mar-30, Monday 10:46
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"Fire in the Head", first on Sharon Knight's Neofolk Romantique album, is a ridiculously awesome song about a piece of Welsh folklore: Cadair Idris and its role as a source of poetic or artistic inspiration. "Some wake mad, and some wake dead, and some will rise with a fire in the head..."

Sharon Knight's Portals Indiegogo campaign has sixteen hours to go. Check it out!

sleeping beauty

2015-Mar-21, Saturday 01:35
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A legend grew around the house
walled in by vine and thorn.
A beauty slept there endlessly;
she would wake on the morn
of true love's kiss.
The one who woke her, story went,
would break the faerie curse
placed on her at her christening—
how could that be worse,
how not be bliss?
In truth, Anara spun the spell
herself, till fingers bled,
to keep her sleeping till no man
would say she must be wed.
What would she miss?


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a tanka

2015-Mar-18, Wednesday 01:33
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the greatest success
the devil has made is in
convincing us that

Christ would be supply-side and
only devils feed the poor


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Aikido

2015-Jan-31, Saturday 01:31
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I can be anything I want to be.
You taught me that.
Education is important.
You taught me that.

Perhaps I learned too well )


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Legibility

2015-Jan-24, Saturday 01:29
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Today I wear butterfly earrings.

Transition
transformation
metamorphosis:

I was a caterpillar
and now I am free.

My manager says
in the January chill
"Oh, you're thinking about spring."


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Ella Chose

2015-Jan-21, Wednesday 03:55
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Ella chose
to lose one shoe
knowing that
your eye she drew.
Away she flew )

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"Solstice Night" by SJ Tucker celebrates the winter solstice just past: My wish this Solstice Night is grace and peace to you.

Fly with Pan, London

2014-Nov-05, Wednesday 13:33
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London McCabe was six years old
and I bet he knew
exactly
what he wants to be
when he grows up.
All children, except one, grow up—

Fly with Pan and the Lost Ones,
London who'll never grow up.
Find peace and joy and excitement
in Neverland as never on earth.
Perhaps Wendy or Jane or Margaret
shall be your mother—
better she than your own.
Fly with Tink and the Lost Ones,
London who'll ever be known
as just one more name on the roster
of Lost Ones who'll never grow old.
We will weep our tears for you,
and hope you are the last,
and work to ensure the fear killed you
is something of the past.


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So as you may have noticed, my original intent for Music Monday posts didn't go so well. I'm rebooting the concept.



"Roundtable Rival" by Lindsey Stirling, off the album Shatter Me, is a delightful violin dance tune, though I have to admit I'm mostly interested in the video, embedded above. Steampunk Western with sound waves instead of bullets and dance and instruments instead of guns!

This actually comes from one of the same people who brought us "Pokémon Dubstep Remix", a violin remix of the Pokémon theme song, embedded below:




crossposted from conallpublications.com
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What you do:

You leave prompts.

Theme:

ghosts and goblins, witches and werewolves or really anything that suits the festivals circa the end of October and beginning of November (I'll take prompts for Diwali as well as Samhain and All Souls)

What I do:

I write flash fiction and poetry to your prompts. I send free private copies of the results to the respective prompters. I post at least one of the results as a public freebie, and I post summaries and price tags for the rest.

What you do if you desire:

(1) Sponsor the prompt call by dropping money in the GoFundMe pot (or Paypaling it to alexconall at gmail) and saying it's to sponsor the prompt call and mentioning your Dreamwidth username. This gets you on my access list on this journal, where you can explore the donor perks tag to your heart's content.

(2) Sponsor a story by dropping money in the GoFundMe pot (or Paypaling it to alexconall at gmail) and saying it's to sponsor a particular story that I've posted the summary and price tag for. This gets the story in question posted publicly.

(3) Signal boost by linking to the prompt call from various and sundry. Leave a comment saying you've done so. This jumps your prompts to the top of my list.

Prompt me! Theme: ghosts and goblins, witches and werewolves

This prompt call is open until I decide to close it, which will be no sooner than the evening of Sunday October 26 CLOSED.
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they say
square pegs
round holes
she's a star-shaped peg
and her mother
(who she should
have been able
to trust
to keep her safe
to keep her whole
because that's what parents
are supposed to do)
tried to cut away the starstuff
and make of her an ordinary
round peg
and when that didn't work
her mother tried
to kill them both
knowing
the world would see
with sympathy
not for Issy Stapleton
the autistic the victim the unperson
but for her mother
come, look up at the stars


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Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal—I've been hearing "Jane Austen with magic", and they're not kidding. This novel reminded me of nothing so strongly as Pride and Prejudice. It's very good in its own right: I'm intrigued by the system of magic Kowal's created, perhaps because she's framed it as an art not unlike painting or music (both of which Jane is also skilled at). I'm also pleased that for all Jane marries at the end, the primary relationship and the primary conflict are between women: Jane and her sister Melody. Jane's primary concern throughout the novel is in fact her relationship with Melody. (That said, I honestly didn't notice whether the novel passed the Bechdel test.)

Glamour and Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal—this is part two of the series beginning with Shades of Milk and Honey and has the same feel as Shades, but much more of an action plot than an emotional plot. A plot-crucial detail is the 1815 France setting; Napoleon is a big issue. Glamour explores more of the limitations of magic in this world, even as Jane finds a way around one of those limitations. The primary relationship in this book is between Jane and her husband, and many of the other major players are male, but I did note a Bechdel pass onscreen.


crossposted from conallpublications.com
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You speak of 'spinning glamorie' or 'weaving glamorie' as though spinning and weaving are arts comparable to that of creating glamorie. You say this who have never done any threadwork in your life. Here: pass the shuttle between the warp threads and watch the thread grow too taut here, the weave too loose there. Here: give the spindle a twist and watch the infant yarn fall to pieces.

You say the effort of glamorie is comparable to that of threadwork. You, sir, lie. If glamorie were difficult as threadwork, you would compel me to do it, rather than forbidding me.


crossposted from conallpublications.com

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The prompt call is CLOSED for prompts.

What you do:

You leave prompts.

Theme:

sun, sand, sea, and sky

What I do:

I write flash fiction and poetry to your prompts. I send free private copies of the results to the respective prompters. I post at least one of the results as a public freebie, and I post summaries and price tags for the rest.

What you do if you desire:

(1) Sponsor the prompt call by dropping money in the GoFundMe pot and saying it's to sponsor the prompt call and mentioning your Dreamwidth username. This gets you on my access list on this journal, where you can explore the donor perks tag to your heart's content.

(2) Sponsor a story by dropping money in the GoFundMe pot and saying it's to sponsor a particular story that I've posted the summary and price tag for. This gets the story in question posted publicly.

(3) Signal boost by linking to the prompt call from various and sundry. Leave a comment saying you've done so. This jumps your prompts to the top of my list.

Prompt me! Theme: sun, sand, sea, and sky

This prompt call is open until I decide to close it, which will be no sooner than the evening of Sunday August 3. CLOSED for prompts.

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