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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.
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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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The July 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal. This month's theme is "Good and Evil." Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written

"Under Her Coat"
Your wing prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Under Her Coat." A strange woman appears in Bluehill, and Turq doesn't know what to make of her.
130 lines, Buy It Now = $65

A prompt about evil as action inspired the free-verse poem "Where All Tears End," posted as today's freebie.

"In the Darkness of the Soul"
The prompt about your own good inspired the free-verse poem "In the Darkness of the Soul." Turq struggles with nightmares from his past.
152 lines, Buy It Now = $76

"An Ugly Shadow Cast by Myself"
Your spectrum prompt inspired the free-verse poem "An Ugly Shadow Cast by Myself." Aquariana and Irene talk to Steel in the aftermath of the trial, regarding the last of the Japanese whalers. Steel has a lot of survivor guilt to work through.
180 lines, Buy It Now = $90

"A Shadow the Length of a Lifetime"
This inspired the free-verse poem "A Shadow the Length of a Lifetime." No matter how old Alicia is, some damage never really heals. (Warning for graphic child molestation.)
124 lines, Buy It Now = $62


From My Prompts

Your title prompt "All That Is Necessary for Evil", with additional inspiration from your prompts "Good people cleaning up the mess after evil people" and "Neutrality can do a lot more damage than evil", spawned a poem of that title, sponsored by my Patreon patrons.


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The  [community profile] crowdfunding  Creative Jam will run June 18-19 with a theme of "changing society around the individual."  Drop by Dreamwidth or LiveJournal to leave prompts or claim some.


What I Have Written

A queer prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "Elbow Room." Antimatter and Stalwart Stan deal with a bigot in the park.
210 lines, Buy It Now = $105

First setup for this appears in "Through Infirmity of the Flesh," in which Travis witnesses another piece of fallout from Warden Daley's poor handling of the prison.  Shiv has a brief appearance too, so you can see some of his reaction to recent challenges.
286 lines, Buy It Now = $143

"When You Were Born to Stand Out" is this session's freebie about Quinn.

A prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman has spawned three poems so far.
 
"Good-for-Nothing Thoughts" takes place the morning after the incident with the experimental manacles, and not long after Jimar's collapse in the cafeteria.  Travis takes Shiv to the prison's Safety Office to discuss the manacles, and on the way there they discover how the warden's foolishness is having serious consequences for him.
610 lines, Buy It Now = $305
 
"Vindication of Right" happens later the same day, in which the warden finally Gets His.
275 lines, Buy It Now = $137.50
 
"To Suffer the Selfishness" takes place a day or few later, as Dr. Bloch decides to take a different tack with the imates who keep peddling drugs inside the prison.  The Peckerwoods in particular find out why it's a bad idea to piss him off.
620 lines, Buy It Now = $310


From My Prompts

[personal profile] alatefeline posted a beautiful untitled poem in response to my prompts, using some beautiful metaphors about individuals and society, progress and challenges.
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I finished this yesterday as part of the [community profile] crowdfunding  Creative Jam, then polished it this morning. "A Confession of Pain" is the latest poem in the Berettaflies thread.  It's one of the two major pieces that need to happen before Stylet turns himself in, the other being the birth of the bug-eyed puppies.

A Dreamwidth prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Confession of Pain." Alicia and Judd visit the Easy City police station to share their past experiences regarding the Spectrum.
372 lines, Buy It Now = $186
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[personal profile] alatefeline has posted the poem "Lightbulb" in response to my prompt.  This is a delightful look at different forms of perception.
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This is the freebie for the April 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "cannon fodder" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

Warning:  This poem is all about oppression and resistance.  It includes graphic violence and other uncomfortable imagery.  But on the whole it is very, very subversive.  Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether it's something you want to read.

Read more... )
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The April 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal.  Our theme this month is "Ideas."  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration!


What I Have Written

"Mindweeds" is today's freebie about the immortality of ideas.

A "shapeshifter" bingo square inspired the free-verse poem "Dark Ideas." Hilla and Randie listen to women in the chronic pain support group.
225 lines, Buy It Now = $112.50

From a DW prompt I got the poem "The Fluidity of Inspiration," which is written in unrhymed couplets. It's about liquids and solids, ideas and people.
10 lines, Buy It Now = $5  HOLD

This contributed to the free-verse poem "Maa Yea."    When a woman takes up the cause of protecting children, she ceases to be mortal.
128 lines, Buy It Now = $64

This inspired the free-verse poem "A Confession of Pain." Alicia and Judd visit the Easy City police station to share their past experiences regarding the Spectrum.
372 lines, Buy It Now = $186


From My Prompts

"Lightbulb" by [personal profile] alatefeline explores different forms of perception.

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