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 Here are some helpful tips on starting a publication.  The sample theme is feminism but most of the advice generalizes widely.
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It was inspired by discussions with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "evening" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Damask & Farce thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense interpersonal and intrapersonal conflicts. The warnings include spoilers; highlight to read. Lingering worry about Mindflare sets up the tension. There is a lot of angst about secrecy and disclosure as it gets harder for Damask to maintain cover about their multiplicity. The headmates also have a hard time resolving conflicts gracefully, because Maisie's original skills got split up unevenly when Mindflare cut her apart into several new people. So there is hostile language, emotional mistreatment, and internal physical scuffling. On the outside there are conflicts over territory, guests, and personal dynamics involving Mallory and Heron -- with other housemates like Walden getting involved. It is just a big ugly mess of college-typical challenges complicated by super issues, where young people are trying valiantly to handle these big issues with not quite enough resources. More hurt than comfort, this time. If these are sensitive topics for you, consider your headspace before deciding whether or when to read this poem.

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Jan. 28th, 2015 12:17 am
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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good.  It can be personal or public.  We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone.  It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently?
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This article explains how women's clothing is designed as a handicap (as in racing, to hobble ability, although it can cause physical disability as well) and how this manufactured helplessness is then marketed as "sexy."

I think it's a hell of a lot more sexy if a woman could rip your balls off, and chooses not to.

I almost always dress for comfort and practicality.  Not just because I might need to fight for my life, but because I am far more likely to be needed for pest control, crowd control, climbing into small or filthy places, digging holes in the ground, or doing other stuff that is not compatible with "fashion."  I have never been willing to hinder myself for the sake of appearances.  Even my dressiest clothes are almost all things I could maneuver in if I had to: suits with pants, dresses with close tops but roomy skirts, flat soles.  

But it's gender expression too; the way I dress is a clue that despite the hourglass figure I am not exactly feminine.  It's kind of like when you put homemade mayonnaise into the jar that used to hold marshmallow fluff -- you should probably write "mayo" on there so people know what's in it.  
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The Speculative Literature Foundation is offering a grant for working-class and impoverished writers.

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Pplkpr attempts to manage the user's friendships by tracking how people influence each other in positive or negative ways.  When they are good for each other, it prompts them to spend more time together.  When the results are negative, it pushes them apart.  For most people this is useless or even destructive.  But for some -- people with depression, alexithymia, autism, or any other condition that makes emotional awareness and/or social dynamics cloudy -- it may be a valuable piece of adaptive equipment.  (Of course, you still need the spoons to act on its prompts, which is a bottleneck for some people.)  I don't know how good this early version is, but I suspect that some kind of program for this could be made effective.
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This poem came out of the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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There is an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for a bilingual anthology, Castles in Spain / Castillos en el aire. It aims to bring the speculative fiction stories that have served as milestones in Spain to English-language readers.
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Today we mailed all the poetry collections for the k-fan perks.  They're going to different places by different methods, so it could be anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks before arrival.  Sorry for the delays -- we had to get a new printer, and backtrack at Staples because of an error there, then the first time we went to the post office it was closed.  But they are done now!  Yay.  Yay.  Project off desk. 
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by the "small vices" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This story mentions censorship in the context of several children's books which can be interpreted in different ways, some of which are distasteful to certain readers.  If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your headspace before reading onward.

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 Thanks to a donation from LJ user Ng_moonmoth, "Foursquare" is now complete.  See how the game is played with superpowers.
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 [personal profile] helgatwb made an icon for [personal profile] chanter_greenie based on the mentally stressed medieval beasts I posted recently.  So [personal profile] chanter_greenie wrote this piece about spring, which I would class as creative nonfiction.  It is primarily about smells, so my vision-impaired readers should definitely check it out.
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by this video. It also fills "The Heart of the Jungle/Forest" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This poem contains more violence than typical for this setting. The warnings are spoilers; highlight to read. Some Kraken supervillains on an illegal mission are taken completely by surprise. Out of a five-person team, three are killed, one has unknown injuries, and one escapes with emotional rather than physical injuries. This is what can happen when a critter has superpowers and doesn't realize how much damage it's doing. Support from surrounding characters varies. The PTSD on Hoon's character sheet below the poem is from this incident. Consider your headspace and tolerance for violence before reading onward.

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From [personal profile] kate and parts yonder:

When you see this, share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs.


Nearly a year had passed
since Timmy got snuffed by
the Thief of Tomorrowmorrow.
-- "Nightmares at Noon"

"Look at this," Fiddlesticks said,
using his lightpen to circle
a window between two BASH agents.
That window showed a matching one
in the neighboring house, inside which
a toddler could clearly be seen.
-- "Critical Analysis"

At the side office they were supposed to enter, however, everything was a shambles. Mewing and rustling paper and muffled curses echoed through the door. Bai peeked in carefully, Alikara hugging his elbow. Inside the small office devoted to pets and other hobbies, a litter of skykittens scrambled and glided and pounced over every surface. They knocked over ink and got their little paws in the licenses. A harried License Assistant pursued them, his fine shirt coming unbuttoned in the fray. A carton tipped over and spilled pages to flutter through the air.
-- "Little Paws in the Licenses"
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This story is from the January 2015 Torn World Muse Fusion. It was inspired by LJ user Sassy_bovine. It also fills the "flirting" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This story belongs to the Torn World project, although it has not yet been approved by the Canon Board.

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I am rather a fan of exotic art techniques, including adult fingerpainting.  Check out this spectactular example, which like pointillism uses small dots but also adds lines and squiggles.  The sense of motion is tremendous and the colors are vivid.
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They spy on you.  The potential for abuse is enormous.

Remember that paper books do not track which parts of them you read.  If you read books in a library without checking them out, or buy with cash, there is no way to tell which ones you have read.  This protects sensitive information.

It does not matter if what you are doing is legal.  The police are not obligated to know or follow laws; they can arrest you if they THINK you're breaking a law when you're not.  People have been arrested for reading or even just having books or other learning materials that somebody thought they shouldn't have.
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This article argues that the target market of superhero flix is actually women.  How many times have we seen Ollie climb that salmon ladder now?  Yeah that shoulder pr0n never gets old.  I am amused that this show caters to the assumed female gaze as well as the assumed male gaze.  :D  So maybe the producers of superhero entertainment altogether should consider catering more to women's interests.
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This is the freebie for the January 2015 Torn World Muse Fusion. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "tragedy" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This story belongs to the Torn World project, but has not yet been approved by the Canon Board so there may be changes before it reposts on the official site.

WARNING: Although this story has some lighter notes, for the most part it is very sad, and it deals with topics which many people would find upsetting. Think about whether you want to read further. The warnings contain spoilers and potentially squicky terms; highlight to read them. This story contains references to stillbirth, infant deformity, some messy medical details, a lesbian having sex with men due to a sense of procreative duty, emotional tension over job related issues, relationship stress, and other difficulties. The woman's friends are mostly supportive, and the ending offers opportunities for restoring some hope. Choose mindfully.

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