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This is spillover from the March 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Kestrels_nest. It fills the "slavefic" square in my 1-3-13 card in the Trope_bingo fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, who is working on some pretty awesome stuff featuring the Puppetmaster and his Marionettes.  This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This video got to the multicolored pot made from layered glazes, and one of my artisan characters went, "Oh!  I see what he did there!  I want to go try that!"

Yeah, there's gonna be exploding pots for a few weeks over in Waterjewel, and then something stunning will come out of the kiln.  I have up years ago trying to believe that anything was impossible, after the original Insanity Pot made from a whole bunch of different clays in layers like an agate.

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 [personal profile] alexconall has written the poem "Little Witches" to my prompt.  It's adorable, with just a bit of a dark edge, and wonderful cultural motifs.
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[personal profile] alexconall is hosting a prompt call on "ghosts and goblins, witches and werewolves" and autumn/death holidays.  Leave prompts, get ficlets; boosting the signal or donating will raise your priority in stuff being written.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, and sponsored by Dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "grief / grieving" square in the Birthday Bingo Fest public card. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with past parental death and teen mourning. You may need kleenex.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of conversations with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and other fans.  It also fills the "starting over" square in my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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How do you make an awesome traditional recipe even awesomer?  Just add entheogen.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the March 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles  and LJ user Kestrels_nest, along with various people's previous requests for a superhero who could lift depression. It also fills the "disability (temporary)" square in my 11-26-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles . It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Schrodinger's Heroes)
This story belongs to the Schrodinger's Hulk series, a crossover between Hulk and Schrodinger's Heroes. It is a sequel to "Safe Keeping" and "Two Spirits, One Past," and "For the Very First Time." It fills the "original characters" square in my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest, and the "sunny" square in the public card for the Birthday Bingo fest.

This casts the Hulk from The Avengers. So it doesn't match up exactly with the various Hulk movies, and Bruce Banner is played by Mark Ruffalo. The first story in the series goes into alternate-universe mode after the lab accident while Bruce is running from General Ross but before Bruce meets any of the Avengers.

The Schrodinger's Heroes, project features an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom. It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world from alternate dimensions. It features a very mixed cast in terms of ethnicity and sexual orientation. This project developed with input from multiple people, and it's open for everyone to play in. You can read more about the background, the characters, and a bunch of assorted content on the menu page.

Format: Fiction
Title: "The Path of the Sun"
Fandom: Hulk/Schrodinger's heroes
Summary: Bruce is not a fan of birthdays, nor of parties in general. Pat is pretty sure he can change Bruce's mind.
Required Warnings: No standard warnings apply.
Notes: Gentle coaxing, laid-back planning, low-key celebration, party food, games, team as family, cottoncandy fluff.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the October 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai, who wanted the 'click' moment of seeing The Matrix. It also fills the "extra-sensory perception" square in my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo Fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics setting, and is a direct sequel to "Look Both Ways."

WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics, and it doesn't have a happy ending.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is prejudice, sexist and racist language, nausea and vomiting, a superpower misinterpreted as anything else, serious rupture of reality tunnel, extreme disorientation, and unfocused suicidal ideation.  Sadists who enjoy watching obnoxious characters writhe in torment may enjoy this.  Sensitive readers may wish to skip it.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, based on discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "enlightenment" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series, and is a direct sequel to "Sanitation Engineers."

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This poem is posted courtesy of [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, who came up with a batch of new ideas for Floppit characters on the show Semolina Lane in Polychrome Heroics, which inspired the following theme song. Imagine this with a bright, jingly little tune; it's illustrated with clips of the characters. It also fills the "taking care of each other" square on my Wordsmith Bingo Card.

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Here are some children's books about death. This season is a good time to open a topic that everyone needs to know about, in ways that are not too scary.

One of my favorites is The Hobbit. It's not primarily about death, but it has a lot of very thoughtful ideas about mortality and the utter foolishness of war. Among my best-loved bits is the parting between Thorin and Bilbo:

"Farewell, good thief," he said. "I go now to the halls of waiting to sit beside my fathers, until the world is renewed. Since I leave now all gold and silver, and go where it is of little worth, I wish to part in friendship from you, and I would take back my words and deeds at the Gate."

"There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell!"

-- Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer and I got into a fascinating discussion about when not to extend a scene, based on Part 3 of her story "Clearing the Air."  Scroll down to our comments and you'll see us picking apart why we both agree that Tran's part is finished, even though both of us have a tendency to extend scenes or revisit bit characters. I'm very gratified that we managed to pin it down.  This is a crucial thing to understand for writing complex storylines that may have multiple parts.  
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 I finally had time to get out and plant another bag of daffodils, most of them around the birdgift apple tree.  I still have one more big bag to plant.  

I've been so busy with other urgent projects, I'm running behind on the daffodils and a lot of other things.  :/  But at least I made some progress today.
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Here's a comparison of media sources by trustworthiness across different social groups.  I think I'd put Al Jazeera and BBC at the top of my list, although I prefer the non-American version of Al Jazeera when English is available from it.  I have found Mother Jones and Huffington Post pretty reliable; Daily Kos and Think Progress have some useful stuff.  In general, I distrust American media now, as most of it is propaganda meant to flatter corporate owners.  I prefer venues with a variety of viewpoints to monofocal ones, because anyone with an ulterior interest or party line makes me suspect they're cropping the data to fit it.
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One thing that happens to me a lot is that people ask if I'm a psychologist or counselor. Technically, no; I've only taken a few classes in that sort of thing. What they're picking up on is that I'm a student of human nature, I like digging into the source code of the wetware not just the user interface, and I've researched a ton of this stuff for my writing projects. The practical application is from pastoral counseling; when you're a priestess, the community's problems wind up on your couch, and you either learn to deal with it or you find a different social role.

That said, one of the most common reasons people identify me that way is validation. It's something I do a lot. There is a tremendous amount of imposter syndrome, gaslighting, internalized oppression, bad tape, and other bullshit that distorts people's worldview and makes them question their own perceptions. This is best addressed by having an outside source validate their perceptions. It's particularly useful in cases of trans identity, abuse, and other things that are highly targeted. So if someone posts about their gender realignment work, I'll validate their expressed gender. That comes not just from my study of how humans work, but my archivist tendency to protect the truth. Validating it helps it stick. I've had people say that just this was more useful than what their professional therapists have done, so clearly there's a need for it.

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