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We went to the Cheese Festival in Arthur today. Didn't look like much of a shopping fair at first, but we found some great stuff later on. My corn dog was meh, but the funnel cake was quite good, and so were the shakeups. The weather was gorgeous too, mostly sunny and cool. Show is still on Sunday if anyone wants to go.

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Sep. 1st, 2017 07:02 pm
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 [community profile] ladiesbingo is now open for Round 5.  This community focuses on relationships between women, so fills need to focus on that.  Read the prompts.  You may omit up to 4 categories and/or 7 individual prompts from your card.  Signups are here.

I have already requested a card and will post that whenever I get it.  I have some series with two female leads, or a female lead and other characters.
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This is my card for the Pirate Fest Bingo. Since September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day, the theme for this month's fest is piracy!  It runs September 1-30.  (See all my 2017 bingo cards.)

For further inspiration:

Kraken is a supervillain organization in Polychrome Heroics.  Their secret subsidiaries include Triton Teen Centers and X Marks the Spot (GPS equipment including locative jewelry).  Capricorn is one of their leaders.

Others in Polychrome Heroics: I have a character who shapeshifts into a Narwhal; she's part of the Hand of Sedna.  Gráinne Nuala is an immortal pirate queen.  The Devil Whale is one of Steel's nicknames.  Compass rose is one of several popular designs used to mark a teleport landing pad.

Act of Pardon is one of the things that will happen in the Maldives after Kraken reveals themselves in Contingency X.  The President offers amnesty to people who want to stop being supervillains and find something more constructive and legal to do.

The Inkseer uses kraken ink for powerful scrying.

The Ocracies include a variety of coastal and seafaring cultures.

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out.  I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far.  This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.


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PIRATE BINGO CARD

AnchorStormPiratesOceanTreasure
MerfolkGráinne NualaUndertowNarwhalAct of Pardon
Code of HonorThe Devil WhaleWILD CARDX Marks the SpotBully in the Alley
AdriftSword / BladeCompassKrakenCapricorn
CalmRevengeHookTritonRaise the Colors

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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Moving the Body."


What I Have Written

"As Couples as Possible" is today's freebie.

For flying, see "Gliding In." Kellin has a tiny bit of flying squirrel DNA, but it really shows only in his instincts.
30 lines, Buy It Now = $15

For your basket prompt, I wrote the free-verse poem "Wanton Kittens." Mrrhow the Mercurial begins to show some promise.
134 lines, Buy It Now = $67


From My Prompts

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Once upon a time, there was a lovely community called [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo. It hasn't been active since 2014. So I launched a fest over on [community profile] allbingo using the same set of prompts from the last round, running August 1-31. These prompts angle toward upbeat content, although creators can do whatever they want with them. This fest encourages people to create and share material focused on what is variously called fluff, schmoop, gentle fiction, light reading, comfort reading, positive thinking, chicken soup for the soul, or anything else that offers a fun alternative to usual run of sex, violence, and angst of modern media. It's open to all fandoms plus original content, and all kinds of material. (See all my 2017 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.


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COTTONCANDY BINGO CARD

Cafe / Coffee ShopMagical / Soul bondFamily of choiceLearning how to be lovedOn Grandpa's Farm
Being helped Hobbies HomeComfortArt
Acceptance"I" becomes "we"WILD CARD"Me and My Gang"Adoption
Healthy TouchChangeSafeFoodTrust
"One Call Away"Naked / VulnerableEnemies become friends "Perfect Day"Apology / Forgiveness
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Today we visited the Coles County Fair Fail. Now I have been to some sad and dilapidated fairs in my time, but this reaches a whole new level of pathetic. Allow me to set the stage a bit: some decades ago, when I was a wee little tadling, this fair was the big event of the summer, a bright and lively event that everyone went to because it was full of fun stuff to do. Today, one of the gates was open, but very little else was. So now, it's not sufficient to check the hours the fair is open, you have to check the hours of individual things inside to determine whether it is actually active. Today it wasn't. And this is the first weekday of the fair; Monday-Tuesday used to be the busiest weekdays when all the animal shows happened. We walked in and it was just dead. O_O We literally wondered if we had misread the signs and come in when it was exhibitors-only, except that this was after noon on the first weekday. Turns out, the fair has been cut back so much that the midway and other stuff didn't even open until 4:00. What the fuck even. >_< Total score: 3/10, and I was going to give it a 2 before my partner Doug talked it up a point on grounds of some partial successes.

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For about three years now, my partner Doug has been hankering after Mister Softee, a soft-serve ice cream truck that he fondly remembers from his childhood. Mister Softee of Central Illinois has a Facebook page so you can find the truck. Today they were parked all day at the Warrensburg Corn Festival. So we went, and drove an hour to get ice cream ... and it was the best street fair we've been to. Tiny little thing -- no more than 5-6 vendors, maybe 6-8 food and beverage places, a midway with a handful of rides, and miscellaneous entertainment. But I give them 10 out of 10 points. Let me explain why...

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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "rites / rights." I'll be soliciting ideas for adolescents, parents, heroes, villains, fools, clergy and other officiants, explorers, travelers, ordinary people, outcasts, facing thresholds, questioning, debating labels, traveling, accepting the call, refusing the call, getting lost, losing everything, hiding in the closet, coming out, finding your power, speaking truth to power, telling your own story, discovering new places, bedrooms, classrooms, counseling offices, churches, government buildings, the wilderness, cliffs, trails, self-discovery, self-awareness, birth, puberty, getting a job, marriage, sex, parenthood, death, rebirth, radical transformation, the hero's journey, birth control, reproductive freedom, alien transitions, self-sacrifice, disruptions, adventures, legal rights, famous geographic passageways, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Rewriting the Narrative" (9 verses, standalone). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "rites / rights." I'll be soliciting ideas for adolescents, parents, heroes, villains, fools, clergy and other officiants, explorers, travelers, ordinary people, outcasts, facing thresholds, questioning, debating labels, traveling, accepting the call, refusing the call, getting lost, losing everything, hiding in the closet, coming out, finding your power, speaking truth to power, telling your own story, discovering new places, bedrooms, classrooms, counseling offices, churches, government buildings, the wilderness, cliffs, trails, self-discovery, self-awareness, birth, puberty, getting a job, marriage, sex, parenthood, death, rebirth, radical transformation, the hero's journey, birth control, reproductive freedom, alien transitions, self-sacrifice, disruptions, adventures, legal rights, famous geographic passageways, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Rewriting the Narrative" (9 verses, standalone). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )

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Here is my card for Winterfest in July.  Bingo will run from July 1st through July 31.  This month we will be celebrating all winter holidays.  (See all my 2017 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out.  I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far.  This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


WINTERFEST IN JULY BINGO CARD

ChristmasSpecial DeliveryHomelessnessFishChinese New Year
Shoveling SnowSnowmageddonActs of KindnessMake a ListBlue and White
PartyRed and GreenWILD CARDTreeStars
AntlersBaby It's Cold OutsideShoppingLightsBaking/Cooking
GingerbreadGuestsFeastPretend to Be a Time Traveler Day - December 8Wise Men
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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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Below is my card for the Round 8, 2017 [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This fest encourages the creation of boundary-pushing material that explores what happens when things go horribly wrong and people actually care about each other. Remember, things always go wrong; what matters is how you deal with that. Some of the content may be NSFW. Read the FAQ and rules first. The signup post is here. (See all my 2017 bingo cards.)

I thought this might be an effective way to attract some new readers. It's also useful for developing some of my more danger-prone series.

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Warning: One of my readers noted that many of these prompts are "extra dark." I didn't notice it so much because I tend to gauge based on the tone of a given piece. If you're sensitive to just the prompts, you may wish to exercise caution.

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My hc_bingo card )
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This is my card for the Pride Bingo Fest. Since June is LGBTQIA+ pride month, the theme for this month's fest is Pride!  It runs June 1-30.  (See all my 2017 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out.  I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far.  This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.


Underlined prompts have been filled.


PRIDE BINGO CARD

DysfunctionalgenderfluidCuddlingPublic placesNonphysical Passions
ExperimentationgayQueerplatonicquestioningPraise or Humiliation
HelplessnessCourting coupleWILD CARDPunishmentdemisexual
AccidentalbisexualtransgenderasexualTeamfamily
Nonsexual TouchlesbianqueerDominance & submissionConsent is sexy

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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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Terramagne has all kinds of awesome snacks, mentioned in various poems from the Polychrome Heroics series. Screamin' Squirrel Snacks offer a range of healthy high-energy items.

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Jumble Munch is a popular snack in Terramagne-America, mentioned in several poems from Polychrome Heroics. It's a mix of different ingredients, similar to trail mix or party mix, in a large array of sweet and savory flavors. It comes in small or large bags.

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Here's another commercial from Terramagne-America, this one for an anger management program that uses vigorous activity.   This idea is replicable with local resources.

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While writing Polychrome Heroics, I've noticed that the commercials in Terramagne-America are often more entertaining than the shows are in local-America. So I've started writing them down. Since I can't actually do video clips or even slideshows, I have instead pasted suitable images into the text. Also worth noting: this concept is replicable with local resources.

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Here's a selection of mixed drinks from Terramagne, mostly alcoholic although there's a virgin version of one.

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