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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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The May 2015 Crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal.  Our theme this month is "Hope."  Come give us prompts, or claim ideas for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written

"Pinpoints of Light"
"Pinpoints of Light" is a free-verse poem in which the Blueshift Troupers visit an alien planet, run into trouble, and find unexpected allies.
170 lines, Buy It Now = $85

"If You Could Bottle It"
Your bottle prompt inspired the free-verse poem "If You Could Bottle It." Bruno used to be an enforcer until mad science torture left him with nerve damage and a new superpower. Sometimes, hope is a thing you can't find, until you give it away.
106 lines, Buy It Now = $53

"Searching by Starlight
Today's freebie features pop culture research set in [community profile] nineforthenebulasheart.

"Moving Pictures"
Your prompt about innermost hearts inspired the free-verse poem "Moving Pictures." Merle likes to study humanity by watching movies.
26 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Touching Scenes"
It takes months before Eric and TeJay can touch each other in a comfortable way.  This story belongs to the Don't Try This at Home series of the Schrodinger's Heroes project.  It has been partially sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and will be posted once it's fully funded.
1,422 words

"Reveal Everything Mysterious"
Cuoio and Chiara go on a double date with Ruggiero and Olympia, so that Cuoio can learn more about how this kind of relationship is supposed to work.
534 lines, Buy It Now = $267


From My Prompts

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the short story "Hope" based on my beach prompt, and featuring Dr. Infanta during the Victorian period.

[personal profile] alexconall has written "A Half-Whispered Prayer" based on my prompt about dragons, in which a young girl goes seeking help, and gives as much as she finds.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the story "Hope in a Bottle" which features Kristen and her foster mothers.  This one will be posted as a freebie later.
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This is my favorite Captain America speech ever.  This is what it means to be a hero.  It's not about powers or publicity.  It's about integrity.  It's about observing the world until you understand what's wrong with it, figuring out a solution to some part of that, and applying yourself to it.  It's about deciding your own personal code of honor from which you will not deviate no matter what other people do or don't do.  Heroes take responsibility.  An unsullied hero like Cap is just not budgable on this point. 

Conversely, this is my iconic villain speech.  Villains tend to focus on what they can do more than what they should do, and what people will think about them.  They're in it for their own purposes, their own desires, rather than what is good or what is needed.  When things to wrong, they consistently try to lay the blame on someone else, anyone else.
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, and fills the "smell" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, where Danso & Family touch on what happens with Groundhog and Cassandra.

Warning: This poem deals with strong emotions brought up by a discussion of removing superpowers, along with some unpleasant childhood memories. Most of the content concerns coping skills, so it's hurt/comfort with emphasis on the latter.

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Widely known as the model for Rosie the Riveter, Mary Doyle Keefe has passed away.  Well, I guess the Pearly Gates will be kept in good repair.  This cultural icon helped women break into the working world.
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The April 2015 Crowdfunding Creative Jam is open on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.  Our theme this month is "Impossible."  Come give us prompts, or claim prompts for your own creative pleasure!


What I Have Written

"Sinews" -- a Polychrome Heroics poem about Sendoff practicing her weapon skills.

"Logical Impossibilities"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Logical Impossibilities." It explores some oddities of nature and how science is always learning more.
18 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"Straws and Stars"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Straws and Stars" about hunting for the Nebula's Heart like a needle in a haystack.
10 lines, Buy It Now = $5

"Think Like a Bird"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Think Like a Bird." Merle goes to Tanzania to study birds and African mythology about them.
33 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Worshipping the Sun"
Your prompt about Blaze and Ilyana inspired the free-verse poem "Worshipping the Sun." Love can't conquer everything, but sometimes it can help find a way about the obstacles... 
60 lines, Buy It Now = $20


From My Prompts

"Impossible Skies" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer introduces Eunan's family when he is a boy, and shows how Piotr and Aidan help him cope with his fears.

"Possibilities" by [personal profile] brides_koneko is a Heliodrax poem about how nothing is really impossible.

"Conversations and Choices" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer 

"Things that G-d wants not to happen aren't forbidden, they're impossible," helped shape the story, "Conversations and Choices," which would post in two parts due to length (2900 words plus notes) Any amount over $1 (to account for Paypal fees) will post it entirely. The donation button is on [personal profile] dialecticdreamer's profile page.

"Storm-Tossed" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer (also partly based on my incessant wheedling for more of this storyline, and I routed my $5 donation for this series here)
The prompt "Impossible just means "no one has done it yet," has helped prompt the story "Storm-Tossed." You helped shape "Storm-Tossed." Sequel to “Storm-Brought . ” Wonderful symmetry, since the first story was from the Sept 2014 Creative Jam, while this was inspired by the April 2015 Creative Jam. Your private copy was sent via two private messages. For anyone who wants this published immediately, any donation to my Paypal (the link is on my profile page) over $1 will see immediate results. All funds are earmarked for medical bills.

"Opportunities in Science" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is steampunk in a new series, featuring a female scholar in want of work.
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I found this awesome series of paintings by a blind painter.

One of my Torn World characters, Rai, is legally blind.  He can see colors, and vague shapes at point-blank range.  That's about it.  But he paints as a hobby, rather charming work.  Most of it is not this detailed.  A couple of the sample paintings are more his style, though -- the one of the person with umbrella under trees, and the last one of the sailboat.  Very stylized, almost abstract stuff but it still forms images.
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Oh yeah.  That's a thing that happened.  New headcanon accepted.  :D 
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 [personal profile] cmcmck is a true historian, noting the value of ephemera in history.  See some beautiful photos of graffiti about Charlie Hebdo.  This is raw cultural material.  It's not elite.  It's not meant to last.  It's a snapshot of the human soul in one moment of emotion.  Like a breath of mist on a cold winter day, it is there and gone in an instant.

Unless someone catches it.  This is what historians are for.  We are timebinders.  We see, so that humanity may know.  We witness, so that humanity may remember.

Every tidbit of information is important, although some are more famous or influential than others.  Watch.  Listen.  Record.  For what is considered important today is not always the same as what will be valued or studied tomorrow.  It is ours to keep, so that others who come after us may explore more of our time than we have left of those before us.  Because we know these things matters.

This is what we're here for.

And Je suis Charlie?  It doesn't mean we're all at equal  risk of being murdered for our beliefs right now.  It acknowledges that today they're coming for someone else, but tomorrow they could come for us, if we don't stand up and stop them.  Je suis Charlie,  unless we make a world in which it's not okay to murder people for annoying you.
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One of the best presentations I have ever seen

I will add one caveat: becoming (or making someone) pregnant CAN have permanent, life-changing, psychological effects for some people along all possible paths.  You can be happy, sad, or have mixed feelings about abortion, adoption, or parenting.  It just hits people differently.  Even a pregnancy scare  that doesn't turn out to be true can have a big impact.  It's a life event.  As the post suggests, a supportive environment helps make this a learning experience and not a trauma.

Also, want to be a hero?  Support a friend anywhere along any of these life paths.  Sometimes you might be the only help they have.
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Here's a great comic about coming out of closets

Thing is, some of us never came out, because we were never in a closet.  I knew about my weirdnesses many years before I developed any kind of verbal or social brakes.  Also some of the things that complicated my life were conspicuous and not concealable.  Number one on that list was ... my parents being schoolteachers.  This guaranteed that other children would hate me, and I didn't care, because my parents are awesome.  Since I had exactly zero chance of being popular no matter what I did, there was no reward for conforming and therefore not much pressure.  Not that it would've worked anyhow, but it was kind of nice to have such an obvious reason for the prejudice and for my indifference.  I did eventually learn that there were things that would make people extra berserk, and I figured out which ones I was willing and able to modulate to some degree.  There are things I'm more open about, and things I'm less open about.  But for the most part, I can fake being normal for a maximum of about three hours and then I am exhausted.  No closet could possibly contain that.  You might as well try to contain a bonfire in a paper lantern.  (We did that once.  It was spectacular for the 30 seconds or so that it lasted.)  And that makes a difference in how people experience the world.  How early they knew themselves, and whether the less-common traits were ever hidden.
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The March Muse Fusion is open Friday 20-Sunday 22.  Come give us prompts or claim things for your own inspiration.  You don't necessarily have to be a Torn World member to play, although it does help.


From My Prompts

"Ring Leech" sketch by [personal profile] ellenmillion, who hopes to ink it in time for Sea Monster Month in May.

Portrait of Tosh by [personal profile] ellenmillion 


What I Have Written

"Beach Pies" -- today's freebie

"Unsolid Ground"
An earthquake prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Unsolid Ground." Dorom and several children witness an earthquake while fishing from the beach.
82 lines, Buy It Now = $41
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Here is an illustrated discussion about racism in comics. First, it's an example of the peskiness that people of color deal with all the time. Second, it's a sharp reminder to build clear character sheets if you are working on a team, and what can go wrong if you're careless about that or change things over time. Whitewashing tends to annoy people a lot.

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