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This poem is spillover from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion and [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah. It also fills the "war" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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This poem is from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and LJ user The_vulture. It also fills the "prostitution" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

Warning: This poem contains references to prostitution and to past sexual assault. If these are touchy topics for you, consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk," "kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," and "Anahata."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, Natasha Romanova, Clint Barton, Bruce Banner, JARVIS, Tony Stark.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Public surveillance (consensual on the part of the main characters). Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Current environment is safe. Shyness. Nausea.
Summary: Steve coaxes Bruce and Bucky to go out running with him. Later on, there is Game Night.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Coping skills. Exercise. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Tony takes things apart. Nonsexual ageplay. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1.

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This poem came out of the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] eseme, and [personal profile] chordatesrock. It also fills the "getting a tattoo or piercing" square in my 12-20-14 card for the Rites of Passage Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

Warning: This poem contains detailed descriptions of body modification and altered states of awareness.  Consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This story came out of the May 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "healthy touch" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This story belongs to the Don't Try This at Home series of Schrodinger's Heroes.

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If you've been following my Love Is For Children series, you may have noticed that it started out with shorter stories and then got into longer ones as the characterization and plot threads built up. Part of that happened due to getting great ideas from reader input and weaving it in, when I should have taken some of those ideas and made separate smaller stories of them. This is a problem, because it's much easier for me to start things than to finish them. I bogged down on the series because I wound up with stories bigger than I can readily finish. I have a rule about not posting things until they are finished, for precisely that reason. I've been frustrated at having a bunch of stuff written that I can't do anything with. But I do better with shorter things and I'm okay at threading them together to make a longer storyline out of those pieces. So I have decided to try picking apart the big stories into pieces of more manageable size. After all, fanfic is where I experiment and make mistakes and try radical new solutions. Basically, I'm redefining what "finished" means, in the interest of being able to share at least some of what I've already written rather than leave it sitting around. Also Dreamwidth has allegedly made longer posts feasible so I'm testing that too. We'll see how well that works.

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If you're trying to help a group of people, or honor a cause, to which you do not personally belong then start by asking for their input. Here are some ideas from veterans about how to observe Memorial Day. In light of that ...

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This poem came out of the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "outnumbered" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.


"Who Gives of Himself"
-- a ghazal


Shahana explains to Ari as they gather with others to pray,
"To be a saint of Gailah requires one who gives of himself."

Along with Gailah's old Tevorn is Diawn's younger Madralay,
Who says, "I ain't fancy, but I'm someone who gives of himself."

The middle-aged man who serves Syvera has gone as gray
as the paint horse he rides, yet still stands to give of himself.

The service of Zyweet the Trickster is not so easy a play,
But one woman turns aside the plaint and gives of herself.

Ligia's seer is light of tongue as the birds that wing by the way,
Twittering of the taint she has seen, so she gives of herself.

The scholar who looks to Plumere soon holds them all in sway,
Weaving complaint on complaint to reveal how he gives of himself.

Talaton's own nods her head at the news, tilts the balance away,
and says, "How quaint. Who will dance with me as I give of myself?"

A smith of Barzay holds out her hand. "I'll take that roundelay,"
she says, "and acquaint you with the steps I give of myself."

Yasun has sent a healer to join the row of talents upon display,
who frowns at violence, but shows restraint, and gives of himself.

But one is outnumbered, uncounted by the officiant on this day --
There is in their company no saint of Gorrein who gives of himself.

* * *

Notes:

You can read more about the ghazal form online.

A saint is someone who epitomizes the tenets of their religion, so the qualifications vary somewhat from one tradition to another.  For all the fuss and bother some religions make of them, saints actually tend to lead rather quiet lives.  The Jewish concept of tzadikim  reflects this.
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This poem is from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chordatesrock. It also fills the "desperate" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins, and is a direct sequel to "Grit and Grace" so you'll need to read that one first. For Nahum's perspective of the aftermath, see "Its Very Existence."

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You can now read the story "Peace Ties" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, in which Heron searches for more ways to help Mallory and introduces her to some of his family.  Begin with Part 1
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Recently we watched Avengers: Age of Ultron, which turned out a lot better than I expected. However, there were certain things that bugged the crap out of me, and one of them was Black Widow's outfit. It distracted me through the entire movie, it was so illogical. Therefore I decided to deal with this by explaining how that could actually make sense. It doesn't belong to any of my ongoing series, just a stand-alone fixit because stupid things irritate me.

Mild spoilers for AoU. Direct references back to Iron Man 2.  Maladaptive coping skills. Tony expresses his emotions by making things for people. Natasha has boundary issues. And Clint is just adorable.

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I've got a Polychrome Heroics character, Ambrose, who works in the Omaha penitentiary. To keep people like Shiv from driving him completely up a wall, Ambrose and some of his coworkers play Complaint Bingo for prizes such as movie tickets. [personal profile] dialecticdreamer helped me make some sample cards ...

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Check out these 3D-printed dolls with disabilities.

I am loving the one with the strawberry mark on her face.  I've just always had a fondness for that style of birthmark -- there used to be a bank teller around here who had one.  I have no idea why some people find skin variations so off-putting.  I love freckles too.  We like appaloosa ponies, why not people?  Sure, it's nice to have a doll that looks like you, but I would've gone for this just for the diversity factor.
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Here is my second card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest, held in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. This fest focuses on taking good care of yourself.  See all my 2015 bingo cards.

Theme: Wellness Toolbox Bingo
Dates: May 2nd - June 1st
Public Card: Yes
Open Card/Amnesty: Yes
Fills: Anything goes. Remember to use your content warnings!
Prizes: banners will be available at the end of the month and beyond.

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.



WELLNESS TOOLBOX BINGO CARD

ForgiveRelabelingSocializeDancingYardwork or Gardening
Make New FriendsCuddle with a Friend or Pet or PillowMeditationPositive AffirmationsNurture Self-Worth
HousecleaningFlexibilityWILD CARDLearn Something NewOrganizing
HugsRandom Act of KindnessIdentify a Feeling You're HavingSurrenderEat Something Delicious and/or Healthy
Go OutsideGet Enough SleepWalkingSwimmingHealthy Touch

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[personal profile] alexseanchai is raising money to make a divination set using Greek letters stamped onto copper disks.   This sounds like an interesting item for folks who use and/or collect divination tools -- especially if you work with Aphrodite, that's her metal. EDIT 5/21/15: Now with more perks in a wider range of prices from $5-50!

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