origami penguin

“can anybody love anyone so much that they will never fear, / never worry, never be sad?”

One last mythic narrative poem for this round, this one not only not a sex farce but also not actually from the trunk (it did get published). Possibly, despite the ending, the most straight up romantic story I’ve ever written.

Psyche, at Midnight, in the Dark (537 words) by lnhammer
Fandom: Ancient Greek Religion & Lore, Metamorphoses - Apuleius
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eros/Psyche (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore)
Characters: Eros (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Psyche (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore)
Additional Tags: Secret Identity Fail, Divine Marriage, MacGyvering a Lamp, Romantic Angst, Poetry, Couplets
Summary:

She waited one full year and one day more
but still he didn’t tell her. And when for
one more last time she asked to see the face
that in the darkness she could only trace,
he stopped her with a finger on her lips—
“You cannot.”


Or, how the stories we tell blind us.

---L.

Subject quote from What Is Love, Howard Jones. Originally posted at https://larryhammer.dreamwidth.org/763753.html (where it has comment count unavailable comments). You can comment here or there.
origami penguin

“Correcting people unasked is not ingratiating. Your editing eye is best coin-operated.”

Back to the Greek myth retellings from the trunk, this one again not a sex farce.

True Weavings (531 words) by lnhammer
Fandom: Ancient Greek Religion & Lore, Metamorphoses - Ovid
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Arachne & Athena (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore)
Characters: Arachne (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Athena (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore)
Additional Tags: Weaving, Divine Inspiration, Jealousy, Revenge, Modern Retelling, narrative poetry, Poetry, Blank Verse
Summary:

It isn’t every day you meet your fear
embodied only as a god can be.


Or, why it’s dangerous to downplay divine inspiration.

---L.

Subject quote from 20 Truths from 20 Years of Editing, Adrienne Montgomerie. Originally posted at https://larryhammer.dreamwidth.org/763609.html (where it has comment count unavailable comments). You can comment here or there.
canyon, mesquite, saguaro, desert

“i’m not their hero / but that doesn’t mean that i wasn’t brave”

More cleaning out my trunk of works that never found a publication home (ETA: though, actually, I’d forgotten this was actually was published), this one neither Greek myth nor farcical. Also, not rhyme royal, but rather a sestina written in part as a demonstration that it’s a good form for narrative poems with an obsessive theme and the exact right size story. (I’ve written others, but this was the most successful.)

At Death’s Door (333 words) by lnhammer
Fandom: Original Work, Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came - Robert Browning
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Afterlife, Quests, Alternate Universe - Desert Setting, Poetry, narrative poetry, Sestina, Desert
Summary:

Within the waste, dawn was diluted light
not yet tinged with colors other than shades
of black. Soon molten sun would stream high
above him, washing the bare world sere and pale
with the heat of desiccation, but for now,
small mercies, it was cool enough to walk


Or, what happens when “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” is retold as a desert southwest AU.

---L.

Subject quote from I’m Not Your Hero, Tegan & Sara. Originally posted at https://larryhammer.dreamwidth.org/763149.html (where it has comment count unavailable comments). You can comment here or there.
origami penguin

“we’re outgunned, outmanned / outnumbered outplanned / we gotta make an all out stand”

One last Greek myth sex farce—I’ve written other mythic poetry, but none of the others are farces.

Girl-Fight on Helicon (1097 words) by lnhammer
Fandom: Ancient Greek Religion & Lore, Metamorphoses - Ovid
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Muses & Pierides (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore)
Characters: Erato of the Muses (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Calliope (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Melpomene (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Thalia of the Muses (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Clio of the Muses (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Euterpe (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Terpsichore (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Urania of the Muses (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Polyhymnia (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Argus Panoptes (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Sex Farce, Cheerleaders, Frat Parties, Choral Poetry, Metamorphoses, This Place Is For The Birds, Alternate Universe - High School, Poetry, Rhyme Royal Stanzas
Series: Part 4 of Greek Myth Sex Farces
Summary:

A rhyming rumble in the gym. At stake:
    The Cheerleading Championship of all Greece.
Pieria Academy had come to take
    The challengers on their home court down a piece.
    Not Atalanta’s balls, not Golden Fleece,
Not wife-swapping in Troy would beat this brawl.
’Twas almost bigger than school basketball.


Or, the elite nymphs from Pieria Academy aren’t underestimating the upstarts of Helicon Community College, are they? Nahhh.


Honestly, I think this one justifies its existence with the crack about “wife-swapping in Troy.”

—L.

Subject quote from Right-Hand Man, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Originally posted at https://larryhammer.dreamwidth.org/762940.html (where it has comment count unavailable comments). You can comment here or there.
origami penguin

“the answer is they cannot love this much nobody can / this is why i don’t mind you doubting”

Another Greek myth sex farce to distract you from current events.

Pygmalion’s Marriage (1052 words) by lnhammer
Fandom: Ancient Greek Religion & Lore, Metamorphoses - Ovid
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Galatea the Statue/Pygmalion (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore)
Characters: Galatea the Statue (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Pygmalion (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore)
Additional Tags: Sex Farce, Literal Statuesque Beauty, Born Sexy Yesterday, Artists Are Jerks, Sculpture, Modern Retelling, Poetry, Couplets
Summary:

Pygmalion of Cyprus was a sculptor
who found the local women lacked a full
appreciation of his work and him ...
                                                 and so
he carved himself a woman of his own.


Or, how to deconstruct the Born Sexy Yesterday trope in three easy steps.

---L.

Subject quote from What Is Love, Howard Jones. Originally posted at https://larryhammer.dreamwidth.org/762791.html (where it has comment count unavailable comments). You can comment here or there.
greek poetry is sexy, mythology, classics, poetry

“the day is never long enough to hold you like i could/i am not god enough to keep you like i would”

More Greek myth sex farce—possibly the defining work in that genre in my canon, despite having written “The Myrmidons” first.

Hospitality (1799 words) by lnhammer
Fandom: Ancient Greek Religion & Lore, Metamorphoses - Ovid
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Baucis/Philemon (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Zeus/Baucis (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Zeus/Philemon (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Hermes/Baucis (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Hermes/Philemon (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Zeus/Hermes (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore)
Characters: Baucis (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Philemon (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Zeus (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore), Hermes (Ancient Greek Religion & Lore)
Additional Tags: Sex Farce, Dark Bedroom, Watch out for the cradle, Stubbed toes, Young married couple, Data Sampling, Modern Retelling, Chaucerian AU, Poetry, Rhyme Royal Stanzas

Summary:

Imagine, if you will, two gods on earth,
pretending that they’re mortal men to test
whether, within the realm of death and birth,
the laws of hospitality for guests
were honored in the heart or were repressed.


Or, what happens when the myth of Baucis & Philemon is retold as a Reeve’s Tale AU.



---L.

Subject quote from “Calls from Springfield,” Hillary Scott. Originally posted at https://larryhammer.dreamwidth.org/762454.html (where it has comment count unavailable comments). You can comment here or there.
enjoy everything, run run run, Yotsuba runs

“and every meeting with his so-called superior / is a humiliating kick in the crotch”

I still sometimes collect links to share:

Canto I of Dante’s Inferno translated in terza rima and no letter e. (via)

An especially nice positive review of Ice Melts in the Wind. (via [personal profile] asakiyume)

Larry the Stormtrooper tries to run a Zoom meeting with Palpatine, Vader, and Boba Fett. (via Eaglet)

(Yes, my kid is old enough to feed me linkage.)

---L.

Subject quote from Synchronicity II, The Police. (I’d forgotten how stupid the video is.) (Line is pointing at the last link.) Originally posted at https://larryhammer.dreamwidth.org/762176.html (where it has comment count unavailable comments). You can comment here or there.
revolutions, spirals, curlicues, twirls, what tangled tales we weave

“everything’s gonna come around / shout out someone will listen to you to me / someone’s gonna see”

It’s been an odd year for me, writing-wise.

Under my RL name, I translated two long poems and a handful of shorts, and polished and posted a longer original poem, part of a series. I have in queue a couple more originals to finish polishing and posting (including a Chaucerian AU of Ovid). I also revised and polished three stories, of which posted one, sent the second on submission, and … um, lost track of the third. Should be ready for submission, I think. Also lost track of: finishing publication of a collection of translations, previously created as a single-copy presentation edition given to my mother.

Under a handle not connected to my RL name, I revised and posted three novels of erotica and a couple shorts, and just finished a draft of another novel, a sequel.

No new poetry, except for two in-character poems in the novel, and no new fanfic. And no progress on rewriting the YA novel on deck, but that’s situation normal since parenthood.

Whether feeling deeply unsettled is symptom or (partial) cause of all this, I cannot tell. Regardless, an odd year.

---L.

Subject quote from It’s Gonna Get Better, Genesis. Originally posted at https://larryhammer.dreamwidth.org/762007.html (where it has comment count unavailable comments). You can comment here or there.
revolutions, spirals, curlicues, twirls, what tangled tales we weave

“it don’t bark, don’t bite, don’t cry when i shake it / so i’m pretty sure that it’s just socks”

Eaglet has been committing more and more to their Jewish identity. For the past month or more, the default earwormed song to be hummed or chanted at random times has been either Bim Bam/Shabbat Shalom or the bracha for shabbos. The last week, however, these have been upstaged by Puppy for Hanukkah (lyrics). “Go hard for a week with a plus-one.”

Oops, did I just earworm you? My bad. <wanders off cackling>

---L.

Subject quote from the body link. Originally posted at https://larryhammer.dreamwidth.org/761761.html (where it has comment count unavailable comments). You can comment here or there.
revolutions, spirals, curlicues, twirls, what tangled tales we weave

“sometimes it feels like i’m all that they’ve got / it’s so hard to know I’m not what they want”

I can tell I’m near the end of a book. My characters have started talking to me about what happens a few years later instead of the next scene, let alone working us out of this mess we’re in. I know how it’ll all resolve, but nobody wants to pass through the painful week it’ll take to move all the pieces into place for reconciliation.

(Yes, it’s nice to learn the majors you’ll eventually declare, but can we maybe get your girlfriend talking to you two again hmmm?)

---L.

Subject quote from I’m Not Your Hero, Tegan & Sarah. Originally posted at https://larryhammer.dreamwidth.org/761443.html (where it has comment count unavailable comments). You can comment here or there.