From My Prompts:
"Homesick Day" -- dialecticdreamer offers a bittersweet story about emotional first aid for homesickness, set in Onion City of Terramagne.
"Road Repair" -- dialecticdreamer has written about stopping street harassment. This is another Onion City story, featuring the return of her construction workers Rudy and Gideon, plus Amada Durante from my storyline about Danso's family.
"Learning to Correct Yourself" -- dialecticdreamer presents an adorable fluff story about a little boy trying to figure out the complex etiquette of asking adults about their personal relationships. It's another Polychrome Heroics story, set out on the west coast this time, featuring her Finn family.
"A Good Mistake" -- dialecticdreamer made another piece related to the Finns, this time told from the perspective of family friends Jules and Mariset as they try to untangle an ugly bit of professional chicanery.
"Chaotic, Not Evil" -- dialecticdreamer wrote this oddly charming piece about an assassin rescuing a superkid. (Warning for child exploitation.)
"White Cats Are Evil" -- dialecticdreamer has written a crossover between Polychrome Heroics and Schrodinger's Heroes which directly follows "Chaotic, Not Evil." This story has been continued, so look for the later installments in the thread on the Creative Jam post and in her DW journal.
What I Have Written:
"Mending Spirals" -- this session's freebie, about genetic ethics in Nine for the Nebula's Heart.
"In Dublin's Fair City" -- 224 lines, $112 (Polychrome Heroics)
Your chaotic prompt inspired the free-verse poem "In Dublin's Fair City." Instead of a Scottish referendum, Terramagne had an Irish one, and Backdraft got dragged into providing fire suppression service for the occasion.
"My Greatest Source of Achievement" -- 168 lines, $84 (Polychrome Heroics)
From this I got the free-verse poem "My Greatest Source of Achievement." Danso deals with an unsupportive teacher, and Hannah suggests exploring church groups.
"Wolf-Wind" -- 86 lines, $43 (Hart's Farm)
For an extended family, I wrote the free-verse poem "Wolf-Wind." Everyone in Hart's Farm pitches in to take care of the children -- even when there is an unexpected arrival.
"Clipped" -- 387 lines, $193.50 (Polychrome Heroics)
This inspired the free-verse poem "Clipped." When a runaway just turned 18 comes to SPOON for refuge, Groundhog struggles to deal with the challenges. Then Granny Whammy drags Danso into the situation, hoping that he can help.
"Stretched" -- 232 lines, $116 (Polychrome Heroics)
"Stretched" is a free-verse poem that picks up after "Clipped." It shows what happens when Danso gets home after the fiasco at SPOON. Heavy duty hurt/comfort.
(Available for publication after "Clipped" has been sponsored and posted.)
"Settled" -- 320 lines, $160 (Polychrome Heroics)
The third in this set is the free-verse poem "Settled." It picks up the morning after "Stretched" and shows how Danso feels in the aftermath, along with what Hannah and other folks have been doing to protect him.
(Available for publication after "Clipped" and "Stretched" have been sponsored and posted.)
"Finding the God in the Gate" -- a Blueshift Troupers story by zeeth_kyrah inspired by conversation between myself and dialecticdreamer. A traveler wants to meet God by passing through a jumpgate.
Ariel, Jasmine, and Pocahontas definitely look better.
But. Look at Belle and Aurora. They are wearing corset dresses. Those are designed to create exactly the shape originally drawn. It's not natural but it is accurate. You just have to imagine them breathing up and down instead of in and out. Trust me, you can make an hourglass out of any figure with a corset, no matter how many hours your pour into it. Elsa's dress is filmier but has that springy control-top look that some modern dresses use to make people look trimmer in a sheath.
You want to give girls a positive body image? Put a princess in a houpplande. They make average-to-large size bodies look awesome, and are period.
This kind of argument is why I use real bodies as character inspiration. It's a lot easier to mix body types that way, and when I have artists, I can just say, "Here is a reference image." I'm still working my way through that set of Olympic athletes.
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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.
From My Prompts
"Find You Lost, Keep You Found" is a story by thebonesofferalletters about a brother and sister getting back together after a long separation.
"Saving the World Is Like Driving Stick" by alexconall is a microfic about activism. So very true!
"Clutching at the Future" by dialecticdreamer is an adorable family ficlet, set in Polychrome Heroics although it's not obvious from just this snippet. ALL THE FEELS.
"Changing to Light and Smoke" by dialecticdreamer is a creeptastic story about environmental apocalypse.
What I Have Written
"Paradigm Shifting Without a Clutch"
A Polychrome Heroics poem about gaining a very disturbing superpower.
70 lines, Buy It Now = $35
"Believing What You Know Ain't So"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Believing What You Know Ain't So." While working a summer job at the Tef, Eric and TeJay discover that some of the ideas they got from their respective families aren't as accurate as they used to think.
69 lines, Buy It Now = $34.50
"Over the Misty Mountains"
This session's freebie is about when the barrier falls between Slunai territory and the Lichenwold in Torn World.
"The Sounds You Can't Unhear"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Sounds You Can't Unhear," which is a direct sequel to "A Voice from Beyond." Seth thinks about the jumbled sounds of Noc's speech and the challenges of human-cetacean relations. It's sad, but hopeful, and it very much focuses on paradigm shifts caused by hearing things that suddenly make a lot more sense than they used to.
58 lines, Buy It Now = $20
"Dr. Doohickey and the Smile Machine"
Backchannel prompt from chordatesrock inspired the free-verse poem "Dr. Doohickey and the Smile Machine." Therapy doesn't work for everyone, but everyone needs coping skills to deal with paradigm shifts. Some people just like to build their own.
71 lines, Buy It Now = $35.50
Other Awesome Entries
"Spinward" by dialecticdreamer is a story about a positive relationship between human and AI. Some relationships don't fit neatly into boxes.
"She Called Me Mel" by mdlbear is a gorgeous ace love story, matched with a filk song. Bring kleenex though, it's a bit of a tearjerker.
"Culture Shock" by dialecticdreamer is another Polychrome Heroics piece, mainly visible in construction workers doing the opposite of what's expected. I love this fic; a surprise is something you didn't know you wanted until you got it.
Also, I'm intrigued by the subtle, probably inadvertent, but extremely powerful riff on male!Thor battling depression. There's a discussion about how every day he struggles with wondering whether he'll be able to pick up the hammer, and how tired he gets, wanting someone to carry it for a while. It's just not something that comics usually deal with at all, but I like the hints of it in Thor's storyline.
From My Prompts
dialecticdreamer has written to my prompt about an alien helping an injured man. Click to read an excerpt now, and watch for more to appear on her website later. So far this looks like pretty awesome science fiction.
"Illegal Stop" by dialecticdreamer is a surprisingly touching dystopic SF story about a flat tire and an important package.
What I Have Written
"Dreams into Space" -- this session's freebie.
"An Inconvenient Proposal" -- 132 lines, $66
This inspired the free-verse poem "An Inconvenient Proposal." Victor has never been good at dissuading unwanted suits, but he's not alone anymore.
Damask interface between their housemates and Mallory, offering her at least a temporary place to stay, and suggesting ways to fill in the gaps of what she's missing in her life. "Part of Your New Life" is written in free verse.