ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is from the November 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "orphans and runaways" 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 Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem features some intense topics. Highlight to read warnings, some of which are spoilers. Topics include runaway and homeless youth, mistreatment of a teen girl, religious abuse, hostility against superpowers, parental condemnation, superpower injury, pressuring someone to use a superpower, a horrible argument, questionable use of a superpower, and high stress. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your mindstate before deciding whether to read further.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dreamwriteremmy. It also fills the "hugs" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chordatesrock, [personal profile] redsixwing, [personal profile] siliconshaman, and LJ user Westrider. It also fills the "difficult / unexpected pregnancy" square on my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to a donation from LJ user Ng_moonmoth, "Save the City" is now complete.  Read the cozy family aftermath of the board game.
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This poem came out of the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.


"Fun Weighs Nothing"


Modern entertainment is all based
on expensive computer consoles
or board games that cost $50 a box

but there was a time when
fun weighed nothing
and didn't cost either.

Kids ran around outside
playing tag and red rover
and blind man's bluff.

They made snowball forts
and fought epic battles,
built sand castles and mud slides.

There were no cell phones then,
no helicopter parents, and
neighbors actually knew each other.

Today most of the kids are fixated
on toys that blink and beep
and run out of batteries

but some of them still remember
that fun weighs nothing and
twilight isn't really dark

until Mom drags you indoors by the wrist.

* * *

Notes:

The title is a riff on the premise that "Knowledge Weighs Nothing" and refers to games that can be played without special equipment, as long as you have someone who knows the rules.

These are some traditional games.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] janetmiles there are 38 new verses in "Save the City."  Woohoo!  Watch Danso and family playing a cooperative board game.
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For your holiday enjoyment ...

Here are some classic Thanksgiving recipes and instructions.  These are recipes for people eating alternative diets.

Know where to find cooking measurement equivalents and ingredient substitutions.  My favorite substitution?  Tapioca starch!  It's my favorite thickener for sauces, slightly sweet and very glossy, much less hassle than cornstarch or wheat flour without that pasty flavor.

Practice safe turkey.

Give thanks with prayers from various faiths and nondenominational gratitude prayers.  Here's a huge list of Thanksgiving blessings of all kinds.

Stay sane during family gatherings and accommodate special needs.  Give people something to do with family bonding activities.

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?  What are you thankful for?
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
"Patchwork Families" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is now complete with Part 5.  See how Aidan makes Saraphina part of his family.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] gingicat, there are 4 new verses in "Save the City."  Abigail and Danso talk about Nathaniel.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] janetmiles , there are five new verses in "Save the City."  Danso tries to relate to Nathaniel's grandmother Abigail.
ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This poem is spillover from the September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] helgatwb, [personal profile] lynnoconnacht, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] ellenmillion, and LJ user Laffingkat. It also fills the "humiliation" square for my 7-31-14 card in the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Frankenstein's Family series.

WARNING: This poem contains topics that some readers may find unappealing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There are embarrassing situations, menstrual issues, gender dysphoria, difficult negotiation of body boundaries, an abandoned child, and other touchy stuff. Consider your tastes before clicking through.

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ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This poem is spillover from the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "hunger / starvation" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to a donation from LJ user Kestrels_nest, there are 6 new verses in "Save the City."  Nathaniel reconnects with his grandmother.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted Part 1 of "Patchwork Families."  This story follows my stories "To Save Those in Peril Upon It" and "Trouble on the Line."  Aidan meets his new daughter Saraphina.  Lots of fluff with a few bits of chewier plot tension.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai[personal profile] stardreamer[personal profile] zeeth_kyrah[personal profile] technoshaman, and LJ user My_partner_doug.  It also fills the "mathematics" square in the public card for the Science Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Shaeth is drunk (one god)
This poem is spillover from the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Kelkyag. It also fills the "gravity" square of my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest. This poem is the second freebie courtesy of new prompter [personal profile] madgastronomer. It belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.

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ysabetwordsmith: Shaeth is drunk (one god)
This poem came out of the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] alexseanchai.  It also fills the "memories" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted Part 7 of "Clearing the Air" so if you were waiting to read the whole thing, there it is.  Aidan offers to teach Danso how to drive, and a whole lot of unexpected personal stuff comes boiling up.
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 "Underfoot" is the linkback perk for today's fishbowl, now fully posted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  Go enjoy a fluffy kitten poem.

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