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This poem is spillover from the November 8, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow. It also fills the "angst" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and follows "To Keep Your Balance" so read that first.

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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lone_cat and discussion with other characters regarding Turq and Mr. Dipper. It also fills the "betrayal" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains intense material. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features sudden and (necessarily) fairly rough waking of Ansel by Turq, the first time Turq comes upstairs without direct encouragement, Turq's considerable stress over being indoors at all, reporting a major incident with Mr. Dipper and some kids who probably don't want to be with him, faginy, asking for help and getting it, but still being panicky, references to Turq backsliding after meeting his family, Turq's stumbling path back to everyday society, volunteering for hazardous activities, preliminary plans for a police raid on Mr. Dipper's place, Turq's car issues, betrayal, ethical dilemmas, feeling broken, trust issues, and other difficulties. On the whole, though, interactions between Turq and Ansel are positive. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. This is a major plot point, so skipping it would leave a huge gap.

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 [personal profile] technoshaman reports that it is possible to vote in LiveJournal polls using the Open ID function.  \o/  So you-all can do that now, and I won't have to hand-count as many backchannel votes on polls.  I knew you could comment that way, but few people bother, and it's not as big a deal.

In related news, the free epic poll is open if you wish to vote.
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This poem came out of the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] paantha. It also fills the "chance" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Hankie warning for personal growth and domestic situations. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It involves trying to get over things without much luck, frustration with slow progress, awkward couples therapy, boundary issues, communication issues, whole magazine racks full of issues in every color and theme, impaired bond dynamics, negotiation and compromise, mismatched stages of development, and other angst. Overall, though, the tone is hopeful. If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently?  What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?
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For some months, the Science Fiction Poetry Association has been squabbling over the definition of speculative poetry, what qualifies as "speculative enough," and in a slightly overlapping discussion, the name of the organization and whether it should say something other than "science fiction." I and several other folks experienced in poetry and small organizations have pointed out that trying to force your pet definition on other people will consistently start arguments and frequently cause people to leave.

Now it's Rhysling Award nomination season, and the officers rejected a poem for not being speculative enough. Said poem was originally published in a speculative magazine, Strange Horizons -- which means the author, the editors, and the nominator all thought it was a speculative poem. But their opinions are irrelevant; the poem is excluded from consideration because someone else doesn't think it's speculative enough, people in a position of power that allows them to dictate other people's actions.

Predictably, this happened. Here is the poem, "I Will Be Your Grave."

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We met up with my parents and Doug's son Trevor.  Supper wasn't impressive.  But afterwards we went to El Oasis, our favorite Mexican ice cream parlor.  (Have I mentioned it's like a little slice of Terramagne?  Which is why I usually drop my change into the tip jar.)  They had a new flavor: chongos.  Actual chongos is a type of cheese, but not salted like their queso.  The ice cream had a cheesy, sort of caramel flavor that we fell in love with.  Doug decided to double-scoop it with caramel ice cream, and eventually realized that this duplicates his favorite popcorn mix, cheese and caramel.   I didn't think it would have enough contrast, but it actually worked great.  So now the gansito has a real competitor.  :D
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted more stories in Polychrome Heroics.

"Changing World" is a far-future ficlet about Aidan and his family.  Consider this a potential  future rather than a guarantee.

"Catastrophe!" is about a diving incident in the Maldives. 


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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kelkyag and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "ingenuity" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

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New Verses

Jan. 17th, 2017 01:27 am
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] lone_cat, there are new verses!

"A Hope and a Promise" has 5 new verses.  Arlene's daughter Eugenie wonders about Aidan and Saraphina.

"So Much Worse in Its Consequences" has 5 new verses.  Hefty discusses the importance of mistakes while Cho-Cho Glow emotionally implodes.
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I am back in action.  \o/  I've been working on backlogged email and poetry prompts.

I am also hopelessly behind on projects, and have realized that we scheduled Doug-and-Mom birthday festivities on the Tuesday where I'd normally put a bonus fishbowl.  *facepalm*  So I'm taking Doug's suggestion and just skipping it, as we are happily still flush from the overwhelming success of the Holiday Half-Price Sale.  I don't know if this will let me catch up very much, but it will definitely prevent an opportunity to fall even farther behind.  I should be able to do the February fishbowl as intended, and just move the bonus fishbowl to the middle of that month.

Fortunately, the ice storm missed us; nothing but a few shiny patches here, quickly washed away by warmer rain.  Thank you to everyone who sent prayers and worried about us.  Alas, our Chicago relatives are plated under half an inch of dire glaze.  O_O  So our plans have gotten knocked around by that.  I hope we'll still manage to connect tomorrow. 

My apologies for the delays and derailments.  Have some cookies.  :D  I got that done today too, making up for me being sick on Doug's birthday.  I still owe him a shepherd's pie.

Thank you for your patience and support.  You folks are wonderful.
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We saw the new White Cheesecake M&Ms and had to try them. That inspired this cookie recipe. If you want to make these, do it now, because the main ingredient will only be available for a month or so.

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge

Day 15

In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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Dear Fandom,

I love you for letting me be myself. When I sit on the floor, climb stairs on all fours, describe things by scent, or codeswitch into alien languages, you don't look at me funny. You think it's cool. I don't have to waste so much energy pretending to be human. You read my fanfic, and feedback is candy. You buy my original writing, and that puts beans on the table. I squish you, and some of you know what that means, and that's awesome too.  You bring out the best in me.

I love you for being yourself. When you squee over cool things, throw NASA parties, talk about ten million years in the future, and jerryrig solutions, I think it's fantastic. I look in the art show and the dealer's room and the impromptu jam sessions on floors and in stairwells, and I'm reminded how creative you are. How boundless. How infinite in diversity and combinations. And I'm a xenophilic, sapiosexual kind of sophont so that really lights my warpcore.

Love,
Ysabet



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Squirrel!

Jan. 15th, 2017 01:55 pm
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:D  One of our fox squirrels has finally discovered the birdfeeders again.  I saw him doing acrobatics on the hopper feeder this morning. 
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This is the freebie for the January [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "rain" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest.

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge

Day 14
Go forth and commit an act of kindness. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it, tell us about it if you’re comfortable doing so
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* I recommended [community profile] allbingo to several folks seeking fan-friendly communities to join or read.

* I found some house icons for someone seeking those.

* I've been helping a friend with a family emergency.  As part of this, I assembled a list of self-care and related support materials.  This is useful to anyone in a stressful situation.


For extra credit: I invite my readers to go out and also commit a random act of kindness, then post below about what you did.


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The poem "So Much Worse in Its Consequences" is open for microfunding.  Hefty watches Cho-Cho Glow's life implode due to poor choices, and tries to buffer the worst of the effects.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted some new stories.

This "pending" story shows what happens when Charles gets sick with only his son Samuel in the house, and gets a taste of Maldivian social support.

"Learning to Relax" features Cash with a couple other folks in Mercedes, and a beautiful example of upstanding.
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The January [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now live on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.  Our theme this month is "laughter." Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration!


What I Have Written

"The Earth Laughs" -- A grieving Demeter finds laughter and life again.


From My Prompts

[personal profile] alexseanchai wrote the lovely story "The Silent Laughter of Her Hands," about an autistic girl interacting with other students.
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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman, [personal profile] thnidu, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot. It also fills the "powers" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Dvorak & Qwerty thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It has Dvorak running rings around Qwerty, failure, self-blame, feeling useless, feeling inferior, complex discussion of moral quandaries, Dvorak running even more rings about the Primaries, and other angst. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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