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This poem was inspired by the "Free Space: Mirrors" square on my 8-13-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This is the freebie for the March Muse Fusion over in Torn World. It was inspired by the prompt "Ressa off the clock."


"Off the Clock"


Ressa treasures the time
after hours when she does not
have to be Ressa the Clerk
or Ressa the Carnal Guild worker.

She can let her hair down,
a fall of straight brown silk
that covers her back like a shawl,
and brush it until it shines.

She can fill the tub with hot water
and pour scented oil over the surface
so that curls of white steam rise up
over the rainbow shimmers.

Some nights, Ressa soaks for an hour,
fantasizing what it would be like
if Bai were free to climb in with her
without worrying about entanglements.

She imagines how he would
play with her hair, so gently,
washing and rinsing the dark mass,
then brushing it out as it dried.

But she is alone in her bath,
as always, so some nights
she just washes quickly to get clean
and then climbs into bed.

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The rules and card are up for Muse Fusion Bingo!  Creators can start claiming squares and making stuff.

UPDATE 4/17/14: Woohoo!  We have six creators active.  The top row has all been claimed or filled, so if the rest of the claims pan out, we've got our bingo.


What I Have Written

"Off the Clock" -- the freebie for this session shows Ressa relaxing alone.

"From White to Blue" -- 10 lines, Buy It Now = $5
Triangle flowers bloom in spring.

"Sharing a Round" -- 630 words, Buy It Now = $18.90
Lenarai distributes scarce resources and a lesson in manners.

"Stalking Sleep" -- 28 lines, Buy It Now = $15
Long summer days can cause insomnia; there are several remedies for this.

"Fall of Duty" -- 1,400 words, Buy It Now = $42
A repairman strives to solve a power outage in the City of Lights.
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 [personal profile] ariestess is holding a one-card draw today.  Crowdfunded divination is fun!
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A project I'm following, PoetTown, is making progress and currently doing a round of fundraising.  This is going to be a searchable hub site of poetry with crowdfunding options.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the September 3, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "group dynamics" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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April's theme covers Heliopath’s World and Aurora’s World. March 2014 Round-Up lists the stories and other activities from the past month.

Fiction: The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 82nd continuation) shows Lucille worrying about what Peric will do.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 83rd continuation) has Peric fuming over the damage to his friend Bertram. A pissed-off empath is scary.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 84th continuation) shows Quiar talking with Peric about Bertram's injuries and the counterfeiters.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 85th continuation) introduces the confrontation between Peric and the surviving platypus. O_O
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 86th continuation) continues the conflict as Peric takes the information he seeks from the assassin.

Aurora’s World: Konir: Clay: Making an Informed Decision (part 4) features Clay and Jennica talking about how to deal with magical oppression.
Aurora’s World: Atecia: Opal: Talking to Margery (part 6) has Haidar telling Opal about settling the world.
Aurora’s World: Atecia: Calix: Felicia Blooming is about the onset of magic.
Aurora’s World: Atecia: Calix: Felicia Blooming (part 2) has Felicia arguing with her family about what to do now that she has magic.

Other Fiction: Aurora’s World: Ialaera: Jillian: Hunted (part 3)
Aurora’s World: Ialaera: Mirica: A Thief in the House (part 6)
Aurora’s World: Haerith: Xavia: Making a Decision (part 4)
Aurora’s World: Atecia: Aurora: A Death in the Family
Aurora’s World: Atecia: Aurora: A Night with Harrison
Aurora’s World: Ialaera: Mirica: A Thief in the House (part 7)
Aurora’s World: Ialaera: Mackenzie: The Thieves’ Hideout (part 3)

Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Jasper: The Arrival of Kestrel (part 2)
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Falcon: Kestrel’s Kidnap
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Kestrel: Kidnapped (part 2)
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Kestrel: Kidnapped (part 3)
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Falcon: Kestrel’s Kidnap (part 2)
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Jasper: The Arrival of Kestrel (part 3)
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Kestrel: Kidnapped (part 4)

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This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "habits and routines" square in my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "parent(s)" square on my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This is a horror poem. It is nightmare fuel. It is about things that can go wrong when superpowers manifest in infancy or early childhood. If you are a parent or work with small children, think three times before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chordatesrock. It has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.


"Heroes Still Living"


Hail heroes still living,
Heroes in each lineage!
Roundly we remember
Rare tales told of valor.
Wound-wands and words rally,
Wielded with all honor.
Might beyond men granted,
Makes some feed the ravens.

Hail too, fine foes, fiercest
Fighters gifted greatly!
Without you, no worthy
Warrior knows purpose.
Bring your wood-bane fingers;
Breathe airs of tree-breaking.
Power that passed mortals
Pours forth at your saying.

God-given gifts linger,
Growing great in story!
Be as in old battles,
Bid good against evil.
Spear-din speaks our summons:
Speed onward in answer.
Tell a tale of talents
Taut against each other.

* * *

Notes:

The requested form was a drottkvaett, a type of alliterative verse.  This isn't quite perfect, but it comes close.

Lineage is a form of family reckoning.  Some superpowers run in families.

Kennings are metaphors used in Celtic and Norse tradition.

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My story got picked in the Foolathon bonus poll, so you can now read "A Clean Citizen Is a Good Citizen" by LJ user Lb_lee, based on my prompt.  It is adorable sociological SF fluff about bathing in mixed-species company.
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We are now taking prompts for the Torn World Muse Fusion Bingo.  (New to Torn World?  Start here!)  Prompters are encouraged to leave 5-10 prompts, which may be specific to Torn World or generic, whichever you prefer.  A selection of prompts will be randomly sorted onto a bingo card, to be played collectively by Torn World creators.  (Not a creator yet?  Join us!)  There will be individual (for prompters and for creators) and collective prizes depending on how much activity occurs.  
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This story was inspired by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer who sponsored the "teaching / learning" square on my 3-30-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project, taking place shortly after the unaired episode "Why Pat's Not at Work."

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 I've made bingo down the G column of the Spring and Autumn Bingo public card.  
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 [personal profile] sharpeningthebones has a prompt call today.  Leave a prompt with three aspects, and get a ficlet.  Donations extend the length.
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This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LiveJournal user Westrider. It also fills the "Recycle / recycling" square on the Spring and Autumn Bingo public card over in [community profile] allbingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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This month's theme was "genderqueer people." I worked from 12:30 PM to 5:15 AM, so about 14 hours 45 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 14 poems on Tuesday and 9 later. This fishbowl leaned toward medium poems, with a fair number of epics. There were a few structured but unrhymed poems, and most were free verse.

Participation was vigorous. There were 45 comments on LiveJournal and 31 on Dreamwidth. Please welcome new prompters [personal profile] helgatwb, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. You have them to thank for the second freebie.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Casting for Answers"
"Faeder Way"
"In Our Many Images"
"Indoor Men and Outdoor Men"
"It Takes Three"
"Like the Two Wings of a Bird"
"The Many Loves of David"
"Neti, Neti"
"The Power of Two"
"Temperate in Politics"
"Uncounted Colors of the Stars"
"Was Blind But Then Did See"

"Hatching into the Future" (Dragonsilk, 4/4/14 fishbowl)
"Soldier Boy" (Fiorenza the Wisewoman, 1/7/14 fishbowl)
"Peace Offerings" (Polychrome Heroics, 4/1/14 fishbowl)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, read the unsold poetry list from April 1. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available. There are still several verses of "Hatching into the Future" remaining, which you can reveal by linking to the unsold poetry list or a favorite poem from the March fishbowl.

Most of the currently sponsored poems have been posted, with a couple still pending. Backchannel copies of the rest have gone out to prompters. Per the $200 goal, "Soldier Boy" is the free epic. Per the $250 goal, that's one tally toward a bonus session. Per the $300 goal, there will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics later this month.

Donors this month include: [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] alexconall, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, LJ users Ng_moonmoth, the_vulture, Anthony & Shirley Barrette. Welcome new donor Ng_moonmoth, who is partly responsible for the extra freebie.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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Based on an audience poll, there will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics from April 14-20.  There are lots of epics and some shorter poems.  

Poems are generally listed in my best guess of series chronological order.  It's awkward with this one because there are so many different characters, several with their own subsets of poems.  Damask is the one who launched this whole thing, so that's what is designed as the "beginning" ... except that now I have a bunch of things that don't necessarily have a timeline point, plus some like Dr. Infanta and Granny Whammy that predate Damask on the local timeline.  That makes ordering the poems challenging.  However, within an individual character arc, poems higher on the page come before those lower on the page, so you can figure out which Damask poems come earlier or later, and so forth.

I have updated the series page with poems from the most recent fishbowl, including notes about prerequisites and sequels.  Please take a look and think about which ones might interest you.

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