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Here is the freebie for the [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam, prompted by [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "curiosity" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest.


"Goldilocks and the Three Planets"


Once upon a time,
there was a little girl
with short blonde curls
who wanted to explore space.

So Goldilocks got into her spaceship,
and she traveled a long, long way
in search of planets to explore.

The first planet she found was too hot!
It snuggled up right next to its sun,
and even the rocks melted.

The next planet she found was too cold!
It was far, far away from its sun,
and even the air was frozen.

So Goldilocks went home to her library.
She turned on her computer and
took out her books and studied.
She read all about stars and planets
and something called physics.

Then next time Goldilocks
went exploring in her spaceship,
she looked for suns with planets that
were not too close and not too far.

These were much better planets.
Some were a little warm, or a little cold,
so she kept looking for more middle ones.

Soon Goldilocks found a planet that was just right!
It was not too hot or too cold, too big or too small,
and it had soft soil for growing yummy things.

Goldilocks got out of her starship
and put up a habitat dome and
began to plant a garden.

She was very happy in
her new home, and people
began to say that such planets
were in "The Goldilocks Zone."

And she's still there!

Eventually the aliens came home,
but that's another story.

* * *

Notes:

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" is a fairytale about boundaries and moderation.  Read a version online, or enjoy a video.

"The Goldilocks Zone" is the area of space around a star where planets are likely to have liquid water on the surface, and therefore may be habitable for life as we know it.  (Life not as we know it may prefer other environments.)

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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now live with a theme of "Sufficient or Indulgent."   Come give us prompts, or take some for your own inspiration.  


What I Have Written

"Goldilocks and the Three Planets" is this session's freebie.

A prompt about rich folks inspired the free-verse poem "The Things That Money Can't Buy." Scrunch is a supervillain who can make trouble and throw money around, but not even he can buy everything he wants.
94 lines, Buy It Now = $47


From My Prompts

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This poem is spillover from the September 2013 Crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by the sculptures of Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.

WARNING: This poem (and the series in general) contains material that many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers and also triggers. The setting is a dystopia which is horrible for everyone, with rampant racism, ableism, and other oppression. It features self-bullying, self-harm, pictures of explicit sculptures (although they're amazing as art), and other mayhem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

Read more... )

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This poem is spillover from the September 2013 Crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by the sculptures of Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.

WARNING: This poem (and the series in general) contains material that many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers and also triggers. The setting is a dystopia which is horrible for everyone, with rampant racism, homophobia, and other oppression. It features dubious consent, internalized homophobia, pictures of explicit sculptures (although they're amazing as art), and other mayhem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

Read more... )
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This poem is spillover from the September 2013 Crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by the sculptures of Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations. For the two or three people actually into that series, three of its poems have been sponsored, so hang onto your hats!

WARNING: This poem (and the series in general) contains material that many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, which basically consist of a solid wall of triggers. The setting is a dystopia which is horrible for everyone, with rampant racism, ableism, and other oppression. It features graphic sexual exploitation, objectification of disabled people, pictures of explicit sculptures (although they're amazing as art), and other mayhem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

Read more... )
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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Baker's Dozen."  Please drop by to give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written
"13 Reasons Why" is this session's freebie.

"Creating a Community Around Food"
Shiv visits the farmer's market and makes many fine discoveries.
516 lines, Buy It Now = $258

"Ten Minutes in the Life of a Pear"
Shiv comes home with a bushel of pears, and Cook shows him how to turn them into wonderful desserts.
249 lines, Buy It Now = $125


From My Prompts
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This is the freebie for the April 2017 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "lightning" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows Bingo fest.


"Twisted Wind"


A storm rolls in,
dark clouds heavy
with water and ice
and electricity.

Rain buckets down,
hail hammers the ground,
and lightning flashes.

The sky turns on itself,
and the twisted wind
reaches downward.

A tornado dances
across the hapless land,
picking up a skirt of dust
as it twirls around,

a tall spiral fountain of doom.

* * *

Notes:

A tornado is a violent weather phenomenon caused by rotating air.  Learn about tornado safety.

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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now live with a theme of "twists."  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written

"Twisted Wind" is today's freebie.


Inspired by My Prompts

[personal profile] alexseanchai has posted "The Spiral of Life" about small acts of kindness.

Also from [personal profile] alexseanchai 
Your poem inspired "Beacon", a sequel poem of sorts, about picking up after the tornado: 25 lines. Sponsor it for public view for $20, or become a patron of my Patreon and view it there (it is not yet posted) for as little as $1 per poem.

[personal profile] thesilentpoet has created this:
Belated inspiration!

Your image prompt of 'Twisted Tree' inspired a brief character sketch, set in the Urban Fantasy novel featured on my Patreon. For those, who may have followed me before my disappearance, some characters and setting may be recognized.

Character Sketch.

Teaser line: "Beside her sits her phone, her purse, her shoes... It is out of character."

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 Alex Conall has posted the poem "Tolerance" which examines different meanings of the word and how they overlap.  It's a brilliant explanation of why tolerance has limits.
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This weekend the [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is running on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.  The theme is "skeptical, not blind."  Come give us prompts, or claim prompts for your own inspiration.


From My Prompts
"Tolerance" by [personal profile] alexconall  looks at different meanings of the word.


What I Have Written 

These two free-verse poems are a matched set in the Berettaflies thread:

"Until It Hears Something Better" spans part of Week 4 and Week 5, after Stylet surrenders and begins making amends to the citizens of Easy City. It's a bumpy ride, but he has some support.
182 lines, Buy It Now = $91

"A Little from the Heart" shows the meeting between Stylet and Ashley, in which he attempts to apologize and she expresses her extreme displeasure.
481 lines, Buy It Now = $241
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This is the freebie for the February Creative Jam, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "such a gentleman" square in my 2-1-17 Romantic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Gloryroad Crossing.

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The February Creative Jam is open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal. This month's theme is "Love."


From My Prompts



What I Have Written

Your second prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Bicycle Built for Three." Cassandra gets a lesson in communication from her friends who have a Triplet bicycle.
109 lines, Buy It Now = $55

This inspired the free-verse poem "So Glad That You're Here." Turq and some kids enjoy a playground. So. Much. Fluff!
60 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Marjorie's Baby" is a song sung by Amergin, from Polychrome Heroics, about a newborn bard.
36 lines, Buy It Now = $15

This session's freebie is "Star-crossed, Sun-swept."
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This is the freebie for the January [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "rain" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest.

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The January [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now live on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.  Our theme this month is "laughter." Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration!


What I Have Written

"The Earth Laughs" -- A grieving Demeter finds laughter and life again.


From My Prompts

[personal profile] alexseanchai wrote the lovely story "The Silent Laughter of Her Hands," about an autistic girl interacting with other students.
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The Holiday Poetry Sale is now CLOSED.  Thank you all for your support!

A silver lantern glazed with cobalt glass panes sends a flickering blue light over the snow...
Welcome to the 2016 Holiday Poetry Sale! Today through Friday, December 23, my remaining fishbowl poems from 2016 are half price. So are poems from the Creative Jam and other activities. Especially check out the epics; they range $16 to $187.50, so if you've been yearning for an epic of your very own, now's the time! For those of you with just a few dollars to spend, we're starting with four poems at $2.50 and eight at $5. We currently have four epics open, all in Polychrome Heroics, so I'd prefer not to open another. Thumbnail descriptions of the individual poems appear in the first section which is listed by price.

Shop for poetry! )
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The November [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.  Our theme this time is "happy stories."  If you're hankering for something sweet, come give us prompts or claim some to use yourself.


What I Have Written

"Feeding Bluebirds" is this month's freebie.

"The Outside of a Horse"
Your horse prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Outside of a Horse." Alicia and Judd explore water play at the pony club. 116 lines, Buy It Now = $58


From My Prompts

"You Can't Buy Love" by [personal profile] alexseanchai 
"You Can't Buy Love," based on [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's prompt on the LJ side "You can't buy happiness, but you can buy chocolate, which is sort of the same thing," a mini-polemic against materialism and capitalism, is available for sponsorship.
60 lines, Buy It Now = $40
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The October [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal with a theme of "games." Come give us prompts, claim prompts, or just watch the fun. 


What I Have Written

"Ratscrew" is this month's freebie.

"Victory Conditions"
Several of these prompts combined to inspired the free-verse poem "Victory Conditions." Stan finds himself thinking more and more in chess terms. Some stressful experiences after football practice make him reconsider how he wants to spend his time.
426 lines, Buy It Now = $213


From My Prompts
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This is the freebie for the August [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alatefeline. It also fills the "loneliness" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Tripping into the Future.

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This is the freebie for the July 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] shiori_makiba.


"Where All Tears End"


Evil is an action, not an object.

It has no substance unto itself,
only direction once set in motion.

Evil is what you do, not who you are.

No one is born evil, only becomes
that way through a series of choices.

It is like pure water falling from the sky,
to turn muddy running over dry earth,
and then to become bitter salt when
it joins the ocean where all tears end.

For evil does not begin in hostility,
but in sorrow, and it flows from grief
to rage to hate like a flood picking up
flotsam and jetsam along the way,
ravaging down slopes into the ocean.

So evil ends as it begins,
in tears.



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