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 "Sport" is an episode of the very NSFW comic "Oglaf."  <3
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 This is an interesting metaphor of introversion.  The hissy frame makes me think of Shiv.
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This is the set of art therapy cards that I drafted for Shiv's session in "Drawing Out the Feelings." It is posted as the bonus material for the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl making its $300 goal.

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 My partner Doug tipped me to this piece about a black comics event.  What I love about crowdfunding is that it closes the loop.  Readers can ask for what they want and get it.  Writers know they are creating stuff that people want and will buy.  <3
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This poem came out of the January 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dreamwriters, [personal profile] shiori_makiba, [personal profile] beasts_and_men, and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "confused" square in my 11-3-16 card for the Disaster Bingo fest, and the "relax" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] beasts_and_men. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It comes after the story "Drawing It Out" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics. It's also got a common trigger that can be serious, but people rarely think of this one in the context of trigger warnings: past reference to bad teachers. If that's an issue for you, definitely highlight the spoilery warnings. The inside of Shiv's head is a mess, and this poem lays out more reasons why. He had some truly terrible art teachers, and other people who mistreated him for trying to express his emotions. Yes, what he feels is often scary, but that's typical of abused children, and punishing them for showing their damage just makes it massively worse. The poem also includes references to past child abuse, extremely negative self-talk and self-recrimination, fear of punishment, resignation, One True Wayism, bad tape, discussion about the meaning and purposes of art, hesitation, intense art therapy, intrusive thoughts and horrible emotions, minor mistakes, panic attacks, prolonged duress stress disorder, talking about feelings, educational suppression, past bullying, insecurity, past bad therapy, and other challenges. Current environment is supportive. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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The January [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open in Dreamwidth and in LiveJournal.  Our theme this month is "Art and Artisans."  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.

What I Have Written:

"Fiber Arts" is today's freebie.

"Drawing Out the Feelings"
Your art therapy prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Drawing Out the Feelings." Shiv doesn't like talking about his emotions, but Graham hopes that making pictures will work better for him.
714 lines, Buy It Now = $357  ON HOLD

"Crochet Is Memories"
"Crochet Is Memories" comes from childhood experiences.  It's written in free verse.
36 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Tag Ends and Tapestries"
Your macrame prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Tag Ends and Tapestries." Igor suffers in the cold, so Vladimir makes some wall hangings. 84 lines, Buy It Now = $42

"Stitching a World of Wonder"
Your embroidery prompt inspired the poem "Stitching a World of Wonder." It names the stitches as they form a forest. 22 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"To See by Hero-Light"
This inspired the free-verse poem "To See by Hero-Light." It follows Romaine as she learns to see superpowers and paints them and works on interpreting what she sees.
144 lines, Buy It Now = $72

"From Silica to Silk"
Your prompt inspired the free-verse poem "From Silica to Silk." Chrystella meets a gizmologist, Cameo, who helps her expand her skills. And then life gets a little more complicated ...
60 lines, Buy It Now = $20

Your prompt about nature's artwork inspired the free-verse poem "Veranderings." Cassandra and Eunan spend a day at the beach.
438 lines, Buy It Now = $219

"Who Overlooks Your Broken Fence"
Your embroidery prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Who Overlooks Your Broken Fence." Ansel and Turq plant daffodils, and Turq gets to meet Ansel's girlfriend Janie. When Turq rips his jeans, Janie offers to repair them -- a little more elaborately than necessary.
496 lines, Buy It Now = $248

From My Prompts:

"A Net of Promises" by [personal profile] shiori_makiba 
This belongs to the 'Ohana series and it explores parenting in a polyfamily.

"Something You Don't See Every Day" by [personal profile] shiori_makiba 
A dragon becomes an artist.  <3
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[personal profile] magistrate has a call for prompts for the Shared Worlds archive.  This time there will be a sketch as well as fiction.
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This comic explains why, and how to take baby steps.  Remember that it takes cis people years to learn their gender presentation too!  That is what childhood and, especially, adolescence are for.  Nobody can learn it all at once, so don't break yourself trying.
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If you are an introvert, or have friends who are, life may be greatly improved by introducing an awareness and accommodation for this in your interactions.  "Introvert Time" offers some effective methods.  In my circle, we use "all peopled out."  I've also had friends say, "I love you all dearly.  Please go away now."
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 [personal profile] siliconshaman has posted more about Ashley.  Read "Forms and Fittings" Part 4 and Part 5.  See Ashley's name icon.  Read her email to All Bodies All Beautiful.

Also, "A Visit from Ilyana Cherenkov" is a holiday story.  See Part 1 and Part 2.
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[personal profile] capriuni tipped me to "SuperCakes" which is a lesbian superhera comic ... with the remark that this sounds like something from Terramagne.  It really does.  Especially the "Welcome to the Family" episode.  :D
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 My partner Doug found this comic, "Bash Back," about gay mobsters.  I am just tickled pink that someone else is writing stuff like this.  :D
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So here is how Charles Schulz dealt with racism.

1) When someone else pointed out the problem, he agreed that it was a problem.

2) He then admitted he had no idea how to fix it without making it worse; he lacked relevant experience and information, and really did not want to screw it up.

3) So the lady asked her friends who did have relevant experience.

4) One of them suggested introducing supernumerary characters -- background roles -- as a way of laying groundwork for a regular character later on.

5) And he did that.  And it worked.

Believe that you can make a difference.  If you aren't sure how, say so and seek further input from useful sources. Understand that if you're an artist, you'll never know most of the times you make an impact in somebody's life.  But every so occasionally, someone will tell you that you have, and that's awesome.

So go save the world, it needs saving.
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Big thanks to Coffeecrowns who has posted two adorable illustrations of my writing over on AO3.  One shows Steve holding Tony from Part 7 of "Love Is for Children."  The other shows Hulk surrounded by mushrooms from Part 58 of "No Winter Lasts Forever."
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The Winterfaire spreads out as far as the eye can see. Some booths show streamers of red and green, while others sport blue and silver. All of them offer treasure after shining treasure. Music fills the air with lyrics of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, and Yule. From the Wordsmith's Forge comes the bright chiming of words being hammered into literature. Delicious scents of hot chocolate, spiced cider, peppermint, baking cookies, and gingerbread tantalize the appetite. Smiling, laughing shoppers amble from booth to booth with lists in hand. Vendors grin back, calling out, "Come try, come buy...!"

I know a lot of artists, writers, musicians, crafters, and other talented folks who make some of their living from their creative endeavors. I don't always have the money to support them as much as I'd like, but what I can do is set up a virtual faire where vendors can offer their wares to an audience that likes crafts, literature, and small businesses. For those of you doing your holiday shopping, here's an opportunity to buy something made with love, something unusual or unique, in a way that helps make it possible for creative people to go on creating wonders. And there will be no traffic jams, stampedes, or gunfights at the Winterfaire! Enjoy the seasonal offerings on Dreamwidth or on LiveJournal.

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 My partner Doug tipped me to this comic, mostly for the awesome trigger warnings on the cover.  The inside is that good too.  :D


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