wyld_dandelyon: (Rainbow Margay Mage)
If you have a moment, go check out the nominees and vote! Each voting page has a link to the nominating page, and there's links to everything.

http://crowdfunding.livejournal.com/555687.html

Even if you don't vote, you'll find some cool stuff.
wyld_dandelyon: (Magical Moth Artist by Djinni)
Last day to nominate Rose and Bay awards: http://crowdfunding.livejournal.com/499385.html

EMG-Zine is eligible for 'Other', 'Poetry', 'Fiction' and 'Art' (though most strongly in the first category)

Torn World is eligible for 'Other', 'Fiction' and 'Art' (not poetry!)  (website is www.tornworld.net)

[livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion's Sketchfest and [livejournal.com profile] ysabetwordsmith's poetry fishbowls are aready nominated, as are silvertales_art's Sketch-A-Day, [livejournal.com profile] djinni's Icon Days and [livejournal.com profile] addergoole's Girafe Calls.

There's other wonderful projects out there!  Give the nominees some competition and your favorite artists and writers some free word-of-mouth advertising.  Take a moment to nominate someone.

What really cool stuff have you found that I haven't?
wyld_dandelyon: An exuberant dandelion I painted (dandelion art)
The Rose and Bay Awards were created to honor excellence in crowd-funded projects. The following post includes more information about the awards and links to the pages where you can nominate your favorites: http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2139030.html

I am very pleased to see that Ellen Million's <LJ user="ellenmillion">'s Sketchfest has been nominated in the Art category, and [personal profile] filkertom  <LJ user="FilkerTom"> has been nominated for his music.  There are other projects I'm very fond of that have been nominated, including [personal profile] wrenstarling 's Bird Oracle readings.

The primary crowdfunding projects I participated in during 2011 were Dandelyon's Card Draws and Torn World,  If you have enjoyed either or both projects, please consider nominating them.  If there are projects I'm not aware of, I hope you'll nominate them too!

But you have to act fast--nominations are only open until tomorrow evening--they closed before midnight Central Standard Time last year; I think the administrator for that category was on Eastern Time. I have no idea where the administrators for the different categories live this year.


wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
The final round is up, over here: http://jongibbs.livejournal.com/183547.html You can go vote for my title (Monster Teeth and Art Glass) or any of the others.

I'd welcome the opportunity to talk about my writing, and of course about Torn World since this is a Torn World story, in Jon's journal. I'm not so sure about the "I are a writer" mug, of course (I don't think even a sharpie will "stick" to ceramics like that; it wouldn't be so bad if I could at least copyedit the thing!), but the contest is all in good fun.

I've also enjoyed looking to see which titles authors felt were their best, as well as which titles the voters thought were best. You often hear about how important it is to hook a reader's interest with the first line of the story--well, sometimes they won't get to the first line if they don't like the title, especially for things where people will decide whether to click on a link to even get to where they can see the first line.

I also invite you to comment here about titles. What are your favorites among my titles? Were there any that you hated? Are there titles that lured you into reading a story or book that you otherwise wouldn't have read? What are your all time favorite titles?
wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
The final round is up, over here: http://jongibbs.livejournal.com/183547.html You can go vote for my title (Monster Teeth and Art Glass) or any of the others.

I'd welcome the opportunity to talk about my writing, and of course about Torn World since this is a Torn World story, in Jon's journal. I'm not so sure about the "I are a writer" mug, of course (I don't think even a sharpie will "stick" to ceramics like that; it wouldn't be so bad if I could at least copyedit the thing!), but the contest is all in good fun.

I've also enjoyed looking to see which titles authors felt were their best, as well as which titles the voters thought were best. You often hear about how important it is to hook a reader's interest with the first line of the story--well, sometimes they won't get to the first line if they don't like the title, especially for things where people will decide whether to click on a link to even get to where they can see the first line.

I also invite you to comment here about titles. What are your favorites among my titles? Were there any that you hated? Are there titles that lured you into reading a story or book that you otherwise wouldn't have read? What are your all time favorite titles?
wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
in the runoff poll for the Rose and Bay fiction award, you need to do it right away--the poll closes sometime today! Probably well before Midnight CST, since the original poll closed earlier than I expected; I'm not sure what time zone [livejournal.com profile] esseme  is in!

The final poll for the 2011 Rose and Bay Fiction Award is here!

I'm very proud that both Fireborn and the Feather-Blessed Dragons made it into the final poll! 

Thank you to everyone who voted!
wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
in the runoff poll for the Rose and Bay fiction award, you need to do it right away--the poll closes sometime today! Probably well before Midnight CST, since the original poll closed earlier than I expected; I'm not sure what time zone [livejournal.com profile] esseme  is in!

The final poll for the 2011 Rose and Bay Fiction Award is here!

I'm very proud that both Fireborn and the Feather-Blessed Dragons made it into the final poll! 

Thank you to everyone who voted!
wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
I want to thank the people who have voted for my projects.  You honor me.

The fiction category had enough nominations to require a runoff; the initial round will end in less than a week, on February 28, and a second round of voting will start March 1 and run through March 16. Both of my nominated fiction projects (Feather-Blessed Dragons and Fireborn) were, as of yesterday, likely (but not certain) to just barely make it into the runoff, with the Dragons running just ahead of Fireborn. 

If you haven't voted yet, I'd be pleased if you'd head over and vote.  Here is the "Fiction" category poll.

I will be very pleased if the Dragons make it into the final round; if it does, I'll have to put Torn World stuff aside for a little bit and get another Dragons story to you in celebration.


Torn World is also up for an award, in the "Other" category, since a whole world depicted in art, poetry, fiction, and wikipedia-style articles online doesn't fit into any of the more easily-defined categories.  I took a peek at those numbers as well, and I suspect that Torn World has a handicap since there's a noticeable overlap in the members of the [livejournal.com profile] crowdfunding  community (which sponsors the award) and the multiple creators involved in the Torn World project.  Unlike real-world elections, you aren't allowed to vote for yourself in the Rose and Bay polls.  But it must also be said that Torn World has some impressive competition in this category.  I love [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar 's Three Michas, and Duotrope's Guide to fiction and poetry markets is invaluable to me as a writer.  And [livejournal.com profile] s00j 's music is inspiring and delightful.


Here is the "Other" category poll, where you can vote for Torn World or any of a half-dozen other things that enrich my life.



Also, here are links to the categories I was not nominated in.  There's lots of cool stuff there, for instance, Sketchfest and [livejournal.com profile] djinni 's icon days are both up for art awards; [livejournal.com profile] ysabetwordsmith's Poetry Fishbowl is up for a poetry award, and there's 11 cool webcomics nominated.

Finally, The Rose and Bay 2011 landing page is here.  Just in case you're not familiar with the award.
wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
I want to thank the people who have voted for my projects.  You honor me.

The fiction category had enough nominations to require a runoff; the initial round will end in less than a week, on February 28, and a second round of voting will start March 1 and run through March 16. Both of my nominated fiction projects (Feather-Blessed Dragons and Fireborn) were, as of yesterday, likely (but not certain) to just barely make it into the runoff, with the Dragons running just ahead of Fireborn. 

If you haven't voted yet, I'd be pleased if you'd head over and vote.  Here is the "Fiction" category poll.

I will be very pleased if the Dragons make it into the final round; if it does, I'll have to put Torn World stuff aside for a little bit and get another Dragons story to you in celebration.


Torn World is also up for an award, in the "Other" category, since a whole world depicted in art, poetry, fiction, and wikipedia-style articles online doesn't fit into any of the more easily-defined categories.  I took a peek at those numbers as well, and I suspect that Torn World has a handicap since there's a noticeable overlap in the members of the [livejournal.com profile] crowdfunding  community (which sponsors the award) and the multiple creators involved in the Torn World project.  Unlike real-world elections, you aren't allowed to vote for yourself in the Rose and Bay polls.  But it must also be said that Torn World has some impressive competition in this category.  I love [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar 's Three Michas, and Duotrope's Guide to fiction and poetry markets is invaluable to me as a writer.  And [livejournal.com profile] s00j 's music is inspiring and delightful.


Here is the "Other" category poll, where you can vote for Torn World or any of a half-dozen other things that enrich my life.



Also, here are links to the categories I was not nominated in.  There's lots of cool stuff there, for instance, Sketchfest and [livejournal.com profile] djinni 's icon days are both up for art awards; [livejournal.com profile] ysabetwordsmith's Poetry Fishbowl is up for a poetry award, and there's 11 cool webcomics nominated.

Finally, The Rose and Bay 2011 landing page is here.  Just in case you're not familiar with the award.
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
The Rose and Bay Awards were founded to honor excellence in crowdfunded projects. There are many cool projects nominated, and now's a great chance to sample something new.

Right over here: http://community.livejournal.com/crowdfunding/265853 you will find links to all of the voting polls for each category of the awards. You can vote for me or for someone else (or, in the case of Torn World, for me and someones else at the same time), but I hope you vote!
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
The Rose and Bay Awards were founded to honor excellence in crowdfunded projects. There are many cool projects nominated, and now's a great chance to sample something new.

Right over here: http://community.livejournal.com/crowdfunding/265853 you will find links to all of the voting polls for each category of the awards. You can vote for me or for someone else (or, in the case of Torn World, for me and someones else at the same time), but I hope you vote!
wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
I've mostly missed the internets over the last--gosh, nearly a week! I've headed in to work, then back here, and fallen asleep on the couch before I read a half-dozen posts or even play my dumb facebook clicky-games. I think I've seen more Kleenexes than web-pages over the last few days.

I inadvertently complicated the problem by not reading the ingredients on the store-brand Zyrtek I had, so instead of merely having a miserable cold I also had severe stomach cramps, gas, bloating, and even more exhaustion than the cold caused. This has NOT been good for getting stuff done!

But I did want to tell you my poem, Shliiritiri's Rede has been nominated for a Rhysling.  In a post-apocalyptic world, each isolated group of people had to explain what happened; this is just one of those explanations.  this was also designed to be a piece of a world with complex and contradictory opinions about gender, and should not be assumed to be the correct explanation of what happened.  There's lots of opinions about that!

I'm really excited about this nomination!

Everyone's welcome to go read the poem, whether you're eligible to vote or not!




wyld_dandelyon: (a wizard writing)
I've mostly missed the internets over the last--gosh, nearly a week! I've headed in to work, then back here, and fallen asleep on the couch before I read a half-dozen posts or even play my dumb facebook clicky-games. I think I've seen more Kleenexes than web-pages over the last few days.

I inadvertently complicated the problem by not reading the ingredients on the store-brand Zyrtek I had, so instead of merely having a miserable cold I also had severe stomach cramps, gas, bloating, and even more exhaustion than the cold caused. This has NOT been good for getting stuff done!

But I did want to tell you my poem, Shliiritiri's Rede has been nominated for a Rhysling.  In a post-apocalyptic world, each isolated group of people had to explain what happened; this is just one of those explanations.  this was also designed to be a piece of a world with complex and contradictory opinions about gender, and should not be assumed to be the correct explanation of what happened.  There's lots of opinions about that!

I'm really excited about this nomination!

Everyone's welcome to go read the poem, whether you're eligible to vote or not!




wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
The Rose and Bay awards are open for nomination. You can nominate your favorite creative crowdfunded projects for this award. Here is a post linking to each nomination page (fiction, art, poetry, webcomics, other creative projects, and donors are this year's categories).

Anyone is eligible to make nominations, though a creator cannot nominate their own work.  Each of you is welcome to nominate any crowdfunded project you've been enjoying.

A sample nomination, with Torn World information, is as follows:

Project Title: Torn World
Creator Name: Ellen Million, Elizabeth Barrette, Deirdre Murphy, Valerie Higgins, and others
Link: http://www.tornworld.net
Category: Other Project (an original unique shared world with fiction, poetry, mythology, art, and encyclopedia-style articles about the world)
Summary: Torn World is a shared science-fantasy world where the co-creators write, draw, paint, and othewise create a complex world by telling the stories of the people of that world.
Crowdfunding Method: Torn World is crowdfunded through subscriptions to the site, sponsorships to specific stories, and donations to the creators during monthly Muse Fusion events, where the Torn World creators create cool new stuff in response to the prompts and questions posed by the audience.

Torn World is eligible in the "other" category, since Torn World includes poetry, fiction, mythology, art, and worldbuilding articles.  If you wish to nominate Torn World, the other category nomination page is here

I also crowdfunded other projects:
  • Fireborn, which I had hoped to finish in 2010; I still owe you the end of this story, and will get bak to it.. The landing page for Fireborn is here.
  • Feather-Blessed, my series of short stories about girls turned into dragons by a magical feather.  You start the series here.
If someone wants to nominate any of these projects and needs more information to fill in the blanks, just let me know.
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
The Rose and Bay awards are open for nomination. You can nominate your favorite creative crowdfunded projects for this award. Here is a post linking to each nomination page (fiction, art, poetry, webcomics, other creative projects, and donors are this year's categories).

Anyone is eligible to make nominations, though a creator cannot nominate their own work.  Each of you is welcome to nominate any crowdfunded project you've been enjoying.

A sample nomination, with Torn World information, is as follows:

Project Title: Torn World
Creator Name: Ellen Million, Elizabeth Barrette, Deirdre Murphy, Valerie Higgins, and others
Link: http://www.tornworld.net
Category: Other Project (an original unique shared world with fiction, poetry, mythology, art, and encyclopedia-style articles about the world)
Summary: Torn World is a shared science-fantasy world where the co-creators write, draw, paint, and othewise create a complex world by telling the stories of the people of that world.
Crowdfunding Method: Torn World is crowdfunded through subscriptions to the site, sponsorships to specific stories, and donations to the creators during monthly Muse Fusion events, where the Torn World creators create cool new stuff in response to the prompts and questions posed by the audience.

Torn World is eligible in the "other" category, since Torn World includes poetry, fiction, mythology, art, and worldbuilding articles.  If you wish to nominate Torn World, the other category nomination page is here

I also crowdfunded other projects:
  • Fireborn, which I had hoped to finish in 2010; I still owe you the end of this story, and will get bak to it.. The landing page for Fireborn is here.
  • Feather-Blessed, my series of short stories about girls turned into dragons by a magical feather.  You start the series here.
If someone wants to nominate any of these projects and needs more information to fill in the blanks, just let me know.
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
In honor of being awarded a Prolific Blogger Award, by someone who loves Fireborn, I'm posting a second chapter this week.

(For new readers, the story starts here.)

Thank you to everyone who's reading!

DRAGON

Dragon walked away from Lotus and the healer, remembering that Orchid had come back after taking the grass into town, asking after Skimmer. And he hadn’t seen Skimmer all day. Could Skimmer really be fireborn?

But if he was, Orchid would have hidden him somewhere and come to tell her Mom she’d solved the mystery. And she hadn’t.

And the longer he thought about it, the more Dragon remembered all the petty little tricks Skimmer played on the younger kids when he thought no one was looking. He liked Orchid’s spunk, but she was so tiny—if Skimmer got her alone, there was no telling what he’d do. Especially if he took offense at her thinking he might be Fireborn. Read more... )
___________

As always, I hope you'll take a moment to leave a comment!

 
And for new sponsors, here is a link to the patrons-only short story, Butterfly Dream (a peek at the distant past)

(This is in a locked LJ post, but if you don't have an LJ, just leave a note when you sponsor Fireborn, and I'll contact you by e-mail.)
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
In honor of being awarded a Prolific Blogger Award, by someone who loves Fireborn, I'm posting a second chapter this week.

(For new readers, the story starts here.)

Thank you to everyone who's reading!

DRAGON

Dragon walked away from Lotus and the healer, remembering that Orchid had come back after taking the grass into town, asking after Skimmer. And he hadn’t seen Skimmer all day. Could Skimmer really be fireborn?

But if he was, Orchid would have hidden him somewhere and come to tell her Mom she’d solved the mystery. And she hadn’t.

And the longer he thought about it, the more Dragon remembered all the petty little tricks Skimmer played on the younger kids when he thought no one was looking. He liked Orchid’s spunk, but she was so tiny—if Skimmer got her alone, there was no telling what he’d do. Especially if he took offense at her thinking he might be Fireborn. Read more... )
___________

As always, I hope you'll take a moment to leave a comment!

 
And for new sponsors, here is a link to the patrons-only short story, Butterfly Dream (a peek at the distant past)

(This is in a locked LJ post, but if you don't have an LJ, just leave a note when you sponsor Fireborn, and I'll contact you by e-mail.)
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
So, I was peacefully watching NCIS, and got a phone call from someone I didn't know.  Cell phones are wonderful, that way, it's so easy to preview who's calling.  I was tempted to ignore it, but you don't do that while looking for a job.

And I'm glad I didn't.

It was one of the ladies on the board of the Coffeehouse, calling to tell me I'd made it to the final round of their talent competition.  So, on February 20th I'll be performing again, for a new panel of judges.  This time I have three songs/15 minutes.  

I thanked the nice lady and go over toward Twitter, thinking I'll brag there.

But my plans were interrupted--top tweet in my list is notification that I should look at this blog post, I wouldn't say I'm Prolific, where I'm given a Prolific Blogger Award because Becky, the writer, "loves Fireborn". 

Wow!  I'm honored.

I have to nominate some other bloggers in turn, but I want some time to think about which ones. 

I think, as a thank-you, to Becky and all my readers, I should try to get the next chapter of Fireborn ready to post early.  Naturally, though I have a chapter ready, it's not the next one! 

Oh, and the Rose and Bay awards are now open for voting.  I encourage you all go go check out the nominees, there's some really cool projects nominated.  You can vote for one entry in each category, and I've been nominated in several.  I'll go look up the links for the nominations and the voting polls, and post them when I'm not on the laptop, but you can find them all in the [livejournal.com profile] crowdfunding  community here on LJ.
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
So, I was peacefully watching NCIS, and got a phone call from someone I didn't know.  Cell phones are wonderful, that way, it's so easy to preview who's calling.  I was tempted to ignore it, but you don't do that while looking for a job.

And I'm glad I didn't.

It was one of the ladies on the board of the Coffeehouse, calling to tell me I'd made it to the final round of their talent competition.  So, on February 20th I'll be performing again, for a new panel of judges.  This time I have three songs/15 minutes.  

I thanked the nice lady and go over toward Twitter, thinking I'll brag there.

But my plans were interrupted--top tweet in my list is notification that I should look at this blog post, I wouldn't say I'm Prolific, where I'm given a Prolific Blogger Award because Becky, the writer, "loves Fireborn". 

Wow!  I'm honored.

I have to nominate some other bloggers in turn, but I want some time to think about which ones. 

I think, as a thank-you, to Becky and all my readers, I should try to get the next chapter of Fireborn ready to post early.  Naturally, though I have a chapter ready, it's not the next one! 

Oh, and the Rose and Bay awards are now open for voting.  I encourage you all go go check out the nominees, there's some really cool projects nominated.  You can vote for one entry in each category, and I've been nominated in several.  I'll go look up the links for the nominations and the voting polls, and post them when I'm not on the laptop, but you can find them all in the [livejournal.com profile] crowdfunding  community here on LJ.
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
As I mentioned recently, I was nominated for a Rose and Bay award for the poetry I've been publishing in this journal, which makes me feel very honored, especially since I very much enjoy the poetry of the woman who nominated me.

As a result, I promised to do an index posting, so people could find my poetry. Here is the list, which includes both poems and lyrics published here in 2009 (which are eligible for the award) and poems and lyrics published here previously.

You're welcome to go peek, now or at your leisure.

And thank you to everyone who supported me, my writing, and my other creative efforts in 2009, whether through donations or comments.  You all enriched my life, and my writing.

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