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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "aggressive" square in my 12-1-16 card for the Defining Character fest, and the "nurture self-worth" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] clockworklady and EdorFaus. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is mostly fluff, but contains some intense emotions. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. The Finns take Shiv to Pennsic War for a day. It includes anxiety over expectations, being in a totally unfamiliar place, feeling overwhelmed by people and social activities, touch aversion, (wildly inappropriate) accusations of racism, other people ignoring rules, which drives Shiv up a wall, so he starts stealing contraband off people, scavenging for supplies, performance anxiety, panic over social connections, physical exhaustion and overheating, discussion of supervillain philosophy, educational comparisons, and other challenges. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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This poem is spillover from the September 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron. It also fills the "situational Awareness" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] clockworklady and EdorFaus. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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My partner Doug tipped me to WolframAlpha, a search engine that calculates things and answers questions.
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This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "rites of passage / coming of age" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains a lot of intense feelings. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Shiv is moving out of his old cell in the private wing. It seems like a simple, low-action scene from the outside but it's not to Shiv; for him it feels overwhelming. Also the inside of Shiv's head is still a dicey place. There is anxiety over change, uncertainty about the future, a fatalistic approach to doing what he frankly doesn't want to do, difficulty perceiving benefits, ambivalence, discussions of discipline, erratic personal boundaries, difficulty tolerating touch, reluctance, confusion, and other challenges. It's a necessary and positive change, but that still doesn't make it feel good. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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Here is my card for the iPod Shuffle Music Fest hosted by [personal profile] kiramaru7 and [personal profile] spiralicious  on [community profile] allbingo.  It uses song titles for inspiration, divided into separate batches.  No minimum word counts or exclusions this time, and fills can be anything inspired by the prompts; they don't have to be songfics. (See all my 2016 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


iPod Shuffle Music Fest Card

I’ll be ThereHard WorkHomeThe TruthSmile
In the MallMoneyFighterColder WeatherFriends in Low Places
Must be Doin’ Somethin’ RightEverybody HurtsWILD CARDGives You HellThrift Shop
Pictures of YouTake it EasyWhyCloserBlack Mollies
All of YouHappy HolidaysNeed you NowBreatheThe Scientist
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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted Part 2 of "Reparative Actions." Special Agent Daniel Kincaid investigates what could be causing Ashley's erratic behavior.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "be here now" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and comes after "Calming the Agitations."

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes introversion, feeling drained and irritated, anxiety over the future, solution-caused problems, deep philosophical discussions which are needful but Shiv is in no way prepared for, confusion, reference to past injuries and almost dying, followed by past medical abuse, cape politics, fate and free will, self-blame, self-hate, discussion of zetetic terror weapons, past traumatic amputation, the difference between legality and morality, purpose, existential angst, and other challenges. On the whole, it's pretty positive, just overwhelming for Shiv. If these are sensitive issues 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?
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Today we went to the factory outlet mall for holiday shopping, and came home with WOWloot.  :D  We had a lovely time shopping with my parents, but we are exhausted.

In other awesome news: the furnace is working.  Guys came out this morning, looked at it, said they should have parts in a day or two.  But when we got home, it was on and the house is warm.  So mucho thanks to whomever(s) poked the Universe with a sharp stick and reminded it that bards need life support. 

I'm Back

Nov. 30th, 2016 09:23 am
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At least for now, I seem to have a working browser again.  Regrettably, I also have family obligations for much of the day.  So I'll get as much backlogged email cleared as I can before that starts, and I may be able to get going on other stuff later today. 
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] curiosity and [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes the inside of Shiv's head being a dicey place, minor medical details, Shiv's hesitant progress on sleep tracking, trust issues, truth and lies, hiding past injuries, malnutrition, discussion of permanent damage from past neglect, current dietary issues, limited tolerance for cooperation, body shyness, endorphin rush, consensual pain and fear, contemplation of kinkiness, mixed feelings, Shiv's memory of eating food that had been thrown away, self-control issues, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] curiosity and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "make a list" square in my 7-1-16 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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If you haven't seen the movie Arrival yet, and you like xenolinguistics or first contact flix, go do that first.

This article discusses the use of filmmaking grammar to show, rather than tell, the effects of studying xenolinguistics. It contains spoilers, and my comments below are somewhat spoilery too.

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Delay

Nov. 28th, 2016 03:03 pm
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When I got up, Chrome wouldn't load properly, so there went my entire morning waiting for that to get fixed.  >_< Consequently I am now behinder than I was when I woke up.  If the computer deigns to work, today's plans involve making the Monday update post, doing an unsold poetry list for November, and getting back to poetry posting.  Witch me luck.
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Since the half-price sale in Shiv just sold out, I have posted a poll for a free mega epic. Voting is open to anyone who participated in the sale by linking or donating.  If you're not on LJ, you may vote in a comment.  Just don't expect me to post the poem immediately, I am swaaaaamped.  Some problems are nice to have.  :D
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[personal profile] clockworklady and EdorFaus are covering the last three poems in the half-price sale of Shiv.  It's just a matter of having Doug check PayPal in the morning, and finding time to post everything.  I squish you all so much.  \o/ 
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EdorFaus has opened a new pool for the half-price sale in Shiv, donating at least $100 and also matching up to $50 from other sponsors.  That is, the remaining 3 poems add up to $200 at quarter-price, so if y'all can scrape up $50 amongst you, then that's a wrap.  \o/  

Also the first stretch goal is pledged for, which means you'll get a free smaller epic.  Filling this pool would get you a mega epic.   

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