ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht,  there are 11 new verses in "What a Precious Privilege."  Lawrence enjoys the omelette and finally starts waking up enough to realize that there are some things he needs to say to Stan.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by conversations with [personal profile] lynnoconnacht.  It also fills the "fever / delirium" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer.  This poem belongs to the Stalwart Stan & Antimatter thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This is the freebie for the October 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "Far Over the Misty Mountains" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Torn World project.

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The October Crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal, with a theme of "paradigm shifting without a clutch." Come give us prompts, or claim prompts to make stuff yourself!  [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is offering to write something for each person who leaves prompts.


From My Prompts

"Find You Lost, Keep You Found" is a story by [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters about a brother and sister getting back together after a long separation.

"Saving the World Is Like Driving Stick" by [personal profile] alexconall is a microfic about activism. So very true!

"Clutching at the Future" by [personal profile] 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 [personal profile] 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 [personal profile] 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 [personal profile] 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 [personal profile] 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 [personal profile] 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.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] rix_scaedu, there are 9 new verses in "The Lotus Warriors."  The invasion begins!  The resistance begins!  And promptly goes splat.  Clearly something will have to be done about this.
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Thanks to a donation from LJ user Westrider, there are 14 new verses in "Climbing Rocks."  Brenda and Darrel debate alternate methods of fighting the rock monster since the obvious ones did not work.
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This poem came out of the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] perfectworry, LJ user Westrider, and Deb1789.  It also fills the "parent(s)" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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Some tidbits of news from the Poetry Fishbowl ...

Because there is so much unsold stuff in Polychrome Heroics, the half-price sale will include an option for a quarter-price sale if you spend $100 or more.  At that level you're getting poetry for $.25 on the dollar.  (Yes, I can afford it.  I want my writing to be seen and enjoyed.  Also merry bundles of cash keep our household afloat.)  It also puts you at k-fan status if you are not already there, which gets you a series collection at the end of the year.  Budget accordingly if this interests you.

[personal profile] lynnoconnacht and LJ user Natasiakith are helping me improve the organization for this series so that folks can tell which poems belong together in a related storyline and what characters appear in which poems.  You can see a rough draft of the storyline guide on my website.

At this stage it would help to know how you're using the series page and what information is most useful to you.  Originally I started out listing poems in my best guess of chronological order.  That worked fine when it was just Damask and a couple of extras, but currently we have three major  storylines (Damask, Danso & Family, Antimatter/Stalwart Stan) plus some smaller or more eclectic ones, so it's more erratic now.  Is the overall series chronological order still of interest to you or do you only care about inline order within a single storyline?  Would you like to have a list of which characters appear in each poem?  Is there anything else that you really-really want?

I haven't had time to do this kind of value-added recordkeeping myself -- I'm treading soup just to keep up with the minimum I need for my organizational purposes -- but I'm happy to swap poetry to fans who have the time and skill to put this stuff into a format that I can paste into a page.  "A Little Something Extra" is Natasiakith's perk.

Some stuff only I can do.  Some stuff I could delegate but don't always think to ask people to do for me.  Some stuff I actively plan to delegate, like getting someone to host the linkback poem on fishbowl days.  So if you have ideas for things you might be able to do to help, you can always ask me.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of lengthy conversations with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, and with [personal profile] helgatwb  who lives in southern Louisiana, about how Easy City could have developed from the fractious mix of cultures there.  It also fills the "argument" square in the Birthday Bingo Fest public card.  It is posted here in thanks for LJ user Natasiakith sorting out the Polychrome Heroics poems into individual storylines, and this poem belongs to the same series.

WARNING: This poem features cultural tensions, rude language, arguments, natural disasters, minor character death, and some other challenging topics.  The overall tone is hopeful, though.  Sensitive readers should aim for viewing this while in a steady state of mind.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie[personal profile] mdlbear, and Shirley Barrette.  It also fills the "suicide" square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo  fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem deals with some intense and controversial issues. Some of the warnings are spoilers; highlight to read. It talks about historic suicides, possible murder, assisted suicide in battlefield conditions, homosexuality, kink, vulgar and derogatory language, discrimination against smart people, homophobia, despair caused by social pressure, and other cultural ills. Please think carefully about whether or not this is something you want to read.
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This poem was inspired by the "youth" square of the Birthday Bingo fest public card.  It has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl reaching the $200 goal.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, the poem "Pitfalls" is now complete.  Read the resolution as Brenda and Darrel wrap up the loose ends at the police station. 
ysabetwordsmith: Paranormal detective Brenda in a wheelchair (PIE)
Based on an audience poll, the general fund sponsored 10 new verses in "Pitfalls."  It's almost complete now!  Follow Brenda and Darrel back to the police station.
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted "Storm-Brought" from a previous Creative Jam.  This is a wonderful bit of science fiction featuring aliens hemmed in by a storm, one of whom finds an injured human afterward.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
The poll to pick the series for the free epic is closed, and now it's time to vote on the individual poem to be posted. Note that this is a checkbox poll, so you can vote for more than one, just don't check all of them.  You can vote in a comment if you're not on LJ.
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You can now vote for which series should get the half-price sale later this month.  If you're not on LJ you can leave your vote in a comment.
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Nina Paley is working on a new animated movie, Seder Masochism, and has posted a clip from it.  This is gorgeously macabre, with a vivid adaptation of Egyptian artistic motifs.  Watch for subtle details like the way bodies become partially then wholly skeletal as the Shadow of Death engulfs them.  Like her earlier movie Sita Sings the Blues, this one is crowdfunded rather than conventionally published, so there's a donation link under the clip if you want to support something more distinctive than Mr. Macho Blows Shit Up Part IX.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai.  It also fills the "love without hope" square on my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo  fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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