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poetry corner / *spoken word* It's About Time
« Last post by Glycanthrope on Today at 03:07:18 pm »
I've recorded a reading of some of my poetry, set to music.

Some of the poems have been posted here previously, but since Furtopia doesn't support audio material (yet),
I'm afraid I have to lure you to my Furaffinity account to listen to it.

The poems are about writing, and capturing the moment of "now"
Running time is approx 13 minutes, including a six minute musical interlude I call "concerto for piano and railway."
It's a recording of a busy subway station, where all the recognizable musical notes have been singled out,
and played on piano and cello, then mixed back in with the original sounds.

admittedly, It's a bit on the experimental side but... hey, it's SFW.
furry storytelling / Carter Wolf - Cry me a Murder; full story
« Last post by Glycanthrope on Today at 02:49:34 pm »
A while ago, I posted the first chapter of a mystery novel I was working on, called "Cry me a Murder."
It's now complete, and can be downloaded in PDF format from

Normally, I'd just add this update as a reply to the original post, but since it's older than 180 days,
I was adviced to start a new topic.

It's not a "furry" story, but a mystery/thriller with therian/otherkin overtones. 

As to adhere to the Furtopia guidelines, the story is clean, SFW and contains NO sexual content.
There are references to "after the fact" violence (hey, it's a murder mystery), references to drinking and mild swearing.

Hope you'll enjoy it.

general non-furry discussion / Re: The "Bad News" thread.
« Last post by Kaiden on Today at 02:26:38 pm »
Just realized that my favorite furry con and my local Civil Air Patrol wing conference fall on the same weekend. Plus the latter is coming to my hometown.
Bummer man,  choose the furry con, there will be other conferences.
furry storytelling / Re: Using your sona in a story
« Last post by Glycanthrope on Today at 02:16:41 pm »
There is nothing unusual about writers using a fictional character as a placeholder for themselves, furry or not.

It's a great way to explore key aspects of yourself, without your writing becoming too self indulgent,
and projecting yourself into a fictional character is one way to connect and understand that character.

Steven King does it, so did Somerset Maugham.

Charles Bukowski made up an alter ego by the name of "Henry Chinasky," which he used extensively throughout his prose.
The character was basically a mirror image of himself, but since it was a fictional character, Bukowski could put his character into situations that were possibly a bit more exciting than real life.

Chistopher Milne wrote in his autobiography, how his father A.A Milne (author of Winnie the Pooh)  more or less
became the "Eeyore" character following his stroke in 1953.  So, without him referring to the characters as "fursonae," it seems he
projected aspect of himself into the various characters in that universe.

Writing about yourself in the guise of a fursona is the same thing, only with added fur. As a writer, you'll be among good company.

Whenever I write stories that take place in an anthropomorphic universe (which accounts for roughly one third of my output),
I tend to make my fursona one of the main characters.

the polling booth / Re: Sports, and the National Anthem.
« Last post by cause the rat on Today at 11:19:56 am »
That's all fine. But none of it addresses the real issues of why people are protesting. You can't hide behind patriotism and berry the truth. This isn't about the flag or the song. It's about the treatment of our fellow Americans. These same people will continue to turn a blind eye to Americans being treated poorly.
Trump day 248.
N. Korea claims Trump has declared war on them. Perhaps the N Korean leader said
this hoping to get support from China, and Russia. The UN passed tough sanctions
that will hurt N Korea if countries follow through with them. Time will tell.

Trump had some military aircraft fly north over international water along
N. Koreas coast. Apparently as a show of force. I don't know why Trump
thinks the N Korean leader is ignorant of our power. He knows we can
destroy his country, but he also knows that S Korea will suffer the same
fate, and perhaps one or more of his missiles will hit US territory.
It would be much better to talk.

Trumps son n law is using a private email since Trumps election.  Using it to message
others in the white house. This is what Trump was calling H. Clinton a crook over. Not
turning in all emails she sent or received. I think anyone with a email account has
deleted thosands of emails that are personal or spam. So calling Clinton a crook for
deleting personal email is just a lot of noise by a man who has and is doing the same

Trump and the GOP leadership is still trying to get enough votes to kill the ACA and cut
Medicaid to please their rich supporters, not their voters. I wonder how many GOP
members have been to medicaid supported nursing homes? To tell them why they may
have to go without care, or by relatives who may or may not be able to give them
the care they need. Many of these people served in the military, and gave of themselves
to help others when they were younger. It is rather shameful how we treat our elders in
this country. When my mother was in the rest home. I went to visit almost every day. I
rarely saw others getting visits by family. Almost like their families were glad to be rid
of them. Not everyone treats their elder families this way, but many could do much more
than they do.

Come on Trump. Our Caribbean territories are not getting the aid they should be getting.
Even after a week people are in desperate need of water and fuel to run generators and
vehicles. If we don't provide the help they need there will be a mass migration to the US
mainland. Not a few thousand, but possibly a million or more. I really think we should build
a large naval base in Puerto Rico to replace the one in Cuba. If we did it would pretty much
solve the economic problems there.
the polling booth / Re: Sports, and the National Anthem.
« Last post by Kobuk on Today at 09:19:10 am »
I found the following on Facebook and thought I'd share for others to read.

To the NFL players who took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem:

So, you want to take a knee?

Take a trip to Valley Forge in January. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won't be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle. Wait your turn while listening to the screams of pain from the wounded.
Then take a knee.

Go to Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, dodging dead bodies and withering machine gun fire,...the very sea stained with American blood. Imagine that your fellow players are your dead brothers in arms.
Then take a knee.

Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. Over 60,000 Americans died in those jungles.There was no playbook or million dollar contracts for doing your job, but they understood what our flag represented. When they came home, they were protested by their fellow Americans.
Then take a knee while they spit on you.

Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat..Trade in your pads for a Kevlar helmet and battle dress...You'll have to stay hydrated, but there won't be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. And watch out for those IEDs when you take a knee.

There's a lot of places to take a knee. Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your protest, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That's what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled it defending your liberty.

So while you're on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on manicured fields striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of game yardage...but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains...every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.

No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans....just American men and women on the land, air, and sea, delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm you would have the opportunity to dishonor their service by "taking a knee."
You have no clue what it took to get you where you are...but your "protest" is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation, it points to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your stats and game jersey are forgotten...

general non-furry discussion / Re: What really "grinds your gears"?
« Last post by Foxpup on Today at 08:17:37 am »
People who do not understand that language changes over time and the definition of words and syntax (grammar) of the English language is not set in stone. For example, people who get upset when "should of" is used in replacement of "should have".
No, I understand perfectly. I accept "irregardless" as using a non-standard double-negative for emphasis; there ain't nothing wrong with that. I'll even accept "conversate"; that it's unnecessarily long is hardly a valid criticism when the same can be said of "converse". But I draw the line at using one word when another is meant for no other reason than the writer being too illiterate to know the difference.
general non-furry discussion / Re: What really "grinds your gears"?
« Last post by Keitsu on Today at 04:41:04 am »
What grinds my gears are people who think they have the right to force their opinion on others. It's one to stop someone from hurting people. It's another to say "You can't do that because it's not fair." A christian bakery shouldn't have to make a cake for a gay wedding if they don't want to. They have the right to refuse customers, and there are no shortage of bakeries who would gladly bake that cake.
Ah, the old bakery thing. Refusal of service to someone by discriminating against their sexual orientation is illegal in many states and countries. It is illegal because you are denying service and treating that person as less than equal.
general non-furry discussion / Re: What really "grinds your gears"?
« Last post by Keitsu on Today at 04:33:31 am »
People who do not understand that language changes over time and the definition of words and syntax (grammar) of the English language is not set in stone. For example, people who get upset when "should of" is used in replacement of "should have".
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