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Janet Miles, CAP-OM
03 December 2013 @ 05:26 pm

This month's theme is "angels and deities." A new prompter or new sponsor means an extra freebie poem is posted for all. Go feed the fiiiiish!
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
05 November 2013 @ 02:25 pm

From the description:
"Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "family gatherings." I'll be soliciting ideas for relatives, family friends, platonic partners, birth families, families of choice, alternative family arrangements, elders and children, catching up on family news, cooking, playing games, coming of age, happy announcements, inappropriately timed personal bombshells, those awful epic fights that everyone dreads, feeding people, home and hearth, people as home, childhood homes, large gathering centers such as parks, toys, favorite foods, dressy clothes, heirlooms, memories, traditions, weddings, funerals, holidays, people skills, family secrets, family trees, ancestors, genealogy, and poetic forms in particular."
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
05 November 2013 @ 08:31 am
The Sea Witch Sets The Record Straight by ursulav. Thanks to fatfred for the pointer.
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
11 October 2013 @ 01:55 pm
So I've been working on a folk song, "While the Foaming Billows Roll," and it kept coming out thin and breathy. Then we had this conversation (slightly condensed):

R: What kind of character would be singing this song?

Me: Well, it's about chivvying the lads onto the boat, so probably a senior enlisted man or a very junior officer.

R: I wasn't even thinking it had to be a man, but maybe a woman who's associated with the shipping, who everyone respects and trusts. Not that any British whaler would dream of being subservient to a woman, but she just inherently carries their respect.

Me: Oh, like the ship's equivalent of the rabbi's wife.

R: Exactly.

Me, still pondering: Or, come to think of it, like the ship's equivalent of the department secretary.

R: Could be.

*Me, singing much more strongly*

R: That was great! What were you thinking, what was different?

Me: I was less worried about, "I'm trying to sing this song," and more thinking, "Just go here and do this because it will work better if you do it my way."

R: You should sing like that ALL THE TIME.

Me: Can we do it again? And I will sing it like the secretary that I am! *grin*

R: This is what teachers live for. *grin*
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
01 October 2013 @ 04:40 pm
It's fishbowl time at Ysabet's, and this month's theme is Tricksters. Check it out! Prompt! Sponsor!

Janet Miles, CAP-OM
12 September 2013 @ 12:27 pm
I don't usually do this, but -- my chapter of the International Association for Administrative Professionals is participating in the Knoxville Walk to Defeat ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). I have signed up as a walker and have been assigned a fundraising goal. I'll be walking on Saturday, September 14.

If you are interested in supporting research into ALS (and have the funds to do so; I know a lot of my friends are in tight financial straits), I would be very grateful if you would do so through my fundraising page: http://webtn.alsa.org/site/TR/Walks/Tennessee?px=3898146&pg=personal&fr_id=9245#.Ui3ictKsh8E .

I promise that I will not ask again for this event; we will have other community service events throughout the year and I may ask about those.
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
03 September 2013 @ 02:20 pm

This month's theme is,
"conflict resolution." I'll be soliciting ideas for mediators, diplomats, peacemakers, warmongers, bullies, debators, talking it over, working it out, walking away, burying the hatchet, kissing and making up, make-up sex, specific techniques of conflict resolution, meeting rooms, support circles, safe spaces, sanctuaries, artifacts of peacemaking, war monuments, sibling rivalry, domestic violence, compromises, reparations, treaties, armistices, empty victories, and poetic forms in particular.

One of my prompts was "Conflict resolution that may not be: Mandatory arbitration"

Go feed the fish!
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
22 August 2013 @ 03:29 pm
The Office Management certification exam review course I was booked to teach didn't make, so I have the rest of the semester to prep my materials (the texts I need to teach from finally came in on the 9th, and the review course was due to start the 22nd).

So another weight eased, if not completely removed, since I do still need to make time to prep for spring.
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
09 August 2013 @ 04:28 pm
Ysabetwordsmith has a list of the unsold poems from this month's fishbowl. http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2919858.html
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
06 August 2013 @ 03:12 pm
It's the first Tuesday, which means poetry over at Ysabet's - http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2915914.html

"Today's theme is "nomads." I'll be soliciting ideas for wanderers, allies and enemies of nomads, migrating animals, comets and rogue planets, journeys, quests, challenges along the way, roads and trails, blockages, stepping stones, destinations, vehicles and mounts, homes that move, wanderlust, and poetic forms in particular."
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
16 July 2013 @ 12:09 pm
Ysabet's new series, Polychrome Heroics, is on sale for half-price this week. http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2900267.html

Check it out; if you sponsor something, you get reprint rights to that poem.
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
10 July 2013 @ 09:54 pm
Liturgical dance.

I had never heard this phrase, and never even considered that such a thing might exist, until I heard it tonight on the Delilah radio show.

Or, well, I guess I did know it was a thing, although not in those words, in terms of dance during a ritual. I just never associated it with Christian worship, which is the context in which I heard it this evening.
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
04 July 2013 @ 08:17 pm

"Dr. Doohickey and the Mad Science Scrambler" -- 130 lines, $65 (Polychrome Heroics)
I went with the idea of a wheelchair superhero. Gee, it sucks when your minions have told you that your nemesis is dead, and whoops, there he is to foil your plans again! And not as helpless as he looks at first glance. "Dr. Doohickey and the Mad Science Scrambler" is written in free verse.

"Equal and Opposite" -- 26 lines, $15 (Schrodinger's Heroes)
I couldn't resist the chance to introduce a feline villain. "Equal and Opposite" is a free-verse poem about evil!Schrodinger.

"Heroes in Humble Feathers" -- 41 lines, $20 (Fledgling Grace)
A prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie gave me the title, "Heroes in Humble Feathers," for a free-verse poem about everyday folks who do quietly heroic things. This poem belongs to the Fledgling Grace series.

"The Lotus Warriors" -- 114 lines, $57
A backchannel prompt from [personal profile] chordatesrock inspired the free-verse poem "The Lotus Warriors." A woman with chronic fatigue discovers how to save the world from invading robots.

"Nailed, Screwed, and Trued" -- 53 lines, $20
A prompt from [personal profile] chordatesrock about hammers and nails inspired the free-verse poem "Nailed, Screwed, and Trued." It's actually not as rude as it sounds, being a poem about a superhera who retires from the field to make an effort at organizing other superheroes so as to match problems with appropriate powers.

"Nothing Is So Strong" -- 36 lines, $15
Your prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Nothing Is So Strong." Sometimes heroism lies not in power, but in gentleness.

"A Single Spark" -- 90 lines, $45 (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis)
From your prompt about Shaeth came the free-verse poem "A Single Spark." Shaeth inadvertently stops an arsonist from escaping, and then has little idea what to do with the sobbing grateful girl in pursuit.

"Sort of Heroes" -- 86 lines, $43 (Sort Of Heroes)
From your prompt about Nib and Brod, I got the free-verse poem "Sort of Heroes," which I've had in mind for a long time. It covers our heroes dealing with the bandits in the Brackenwood.

"Through the Haze" -- 130 lines, $65 (Polychrome Heroics)
This turned into the free-verse poem "Through the Haze," introducing the other three members of the Damask collective. There's a knife-fighting class, a minor injury, and a hazing incident that turns into a rescue. As you so aptly pointed out, not all acts of heroism require superpowers.

"Tikkun Olum" -- 78 lines, $39 (Walking the Beat)
"Tikkun Olam" is about Dale and Kelly meeting folks outside a relatively new synagogue, and finding some common ground. It's a sequel to "A Different Beat," inspired by a comment from [personal profile] thnidu.

"Victor(ia) Frankenstein" -- 125 lines, $62.50
I couldn't resist the idea of genderbending Frankenstein just a bit. So "Victor(ia) Frankenstein" is about how, if the family you grew up with sucks, sometimes you really can make your own. In more ways than one. This is written in free verse.
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
I appreciate the suggestions; I did go with "1-15" every game, and I got five correct predictions, completing that badge's requirements. Thanks!

Crossposted to FB
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
02 July 2013 @ 03:34 pm

Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "unlikely heroes and implausible villains." I'll be soliciting ideas for heroes, villains, sidekicks, other allies, archenemies, rivals, innocent bystanders, leaders, people who think they're heroes but are really villains (or vice versa), deciding to become a hero or villain, battles, traps and ambushes, arguments, sudden but inevitable betrayals, making history, reconciliations, turning disadvantage to advantage, monologues, witty repartee, great escapes, twist ALL the tropes!, dangerous and exciting places to fight, uncommon battlegrounds, the line must be drawn here, hideouts and other bases of operation, targeted monuments, signature weapons, costumes, iconic armor, ordinary objects weaponized, completely ridiculous objects weaponized, macguffins, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have the first edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms which covers most common and many obscure forms.

Go feed the fish!
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
19 June 2013 @ 09:45 pm

Three epics from the "Fiorenza the Wisewoman" are currently on sale at half price. Check 'em out!
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
11 June 2013 @ 04:34 pm
Does anyone know / remember a filk to "Men of Harlech" that isn't "Woad"? The only line I remember is "When it's over and we're through, we'll lose the music, we promise you."
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
11 June 2013 @ 09:12 am
1. "Skilled labor doesn't come cheap; cheap labor doesn't come skilled." Discuss?

2. I just learned how to format text fields in Adobe Acrobat to limit input to numbers, dates, or times. Go me!
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
04 June 2013 @ 03:36 pm

Go feed the fish! This month's theme is

"sleep and dreams." I'll be soliciting ideas for sleepers, dreamers, dreamwalkers, oneiromancers, insomniacs, things that happen while falling asleep or waking up, nightmares and night terrors, bizarre events in dreams, challenges that make sleep difficult or impossible, bedrooms, strange places to sleep, weird structures seen in dreams, hypnagogic and hypnopompic states, lucid dreams, stuffed animals, sleep aids, dreamcatchers and other nightmare preventions, and poetic forms in particular.
Janet Miles, CAP-OM
"Gia il sole dal Gange
and a happy New Year!"

Thus do I unveil my Sekrit Projekt: I've been taking voice lessons this semester. I can *sing* again, by ghods. Not well, but much better than I could 10 weeks ago. It feels so good.

Posted to Facebook and with minor changes to LJ.