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This poem is spillover from the November 8, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow. It also fills the "angst" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and follows "To Keep Your Balance" so read that first.

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This poem came out of the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] paantha. It also fills the "chance" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Hankie warning for personal growth and domestic situations. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It involves trying to get over things without much luck, frustration with slow progress, awkward couples therapy, boundary issues, communication issues, whole magazine racks full of issues in every color and theme, impaired bond dynamics, negotiation and compromise, mismatched stages of development, and other angst. Overall, though, the tone is hopeful. If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge

Day 15

In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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Dear Fandom,

I love you for letting me be myself. When I sit on the floor, climb stairs on all fours, describe things by scent, or codeswitch into alien languages, you don't look at me funny. You think it's cool. I don't have to waste so much energy pretending to be human. You read my fanfic, and feedback is candy. You buy my original writing, and that puts beans on the table. I squish you, and some of you know what that means, and that's awesome too.  You bring out the best in me.

I love you for being yourself. When you squee over cool things, throw NASA parties, talk about ten million years in the future, and jerryrig solutions, I think it's fantastic. I look in the art show and the dealer's room and the impromptu jam sessions on floors and in stairwells, and I'm reminded how creative you are. How boundless. How infinite in diversity and combinations. And I'm a xenophilic, sapiosexual kind of sophont so that really lights my warpcore.

Love,
Ysabet



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A friend is going through a rough patch, so I put together some resources for what to do when your life blows up in your face.  You can also use these for supporting someone else.

Here are the most basic steps of self-care in the form of question prompts.

Know how to deliver Emotional First Aid for yourself and for others.  Make an EFA kit stocked with things you find soothing. You can even make a portable, pocket-sized EFA kit that fits into an Altoids tin.

Soothe yourself with stress relief activities for the 5 senses.

Explore the categories of coping skills with their pros and cons.  Here is a list of 99 coping skills.

Grounding techniques can relieve anxiety and other unpleasant emotions.

Try some relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation.

Many herbs can ease anxiety and promote calm.  Consider aromatherapy or dreampillows if you're not into herbal tea. Note: if you have issues with intrusive memories or a fresh trauma, do NOT use rosemary, which enhances memory.  Save that to study for tests or address lost/fading memories.

Stressful experiences often interfere with sleep.  Take extra care with your sleep.

Acute stress reaction is a normal response to an abnormal event.  Most people will freak out or freeze up for a few days, then gradually recover.  Treatment typically consists of common sense comforts.  The most important point is to listen if someone wants to talk about what happened, but don't pressure  them to do so.

Preventing PTSD is important, but caregivers are just beginning to identify things that help.  First, understand that PTSD is fundamentally a sorting error: the brain can't file traumatic memories properly, so they replay over and over again.  Playing a stacking-and-sorting game such as Tetris can activate the brain's sorting function.  Making a care diary, timeline, or trauma scrapbook can help place memories in context as part of the life story.

Bad stuff happens to everyone sometimes.  You can cope with it.  You can help other people cope with it.  Learn the skills to be a hero.  The world needs more of those.
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge

Day 13
In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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* My first gaming convention when I was in high school, I mentioned to a vendor that I made up my own monsters.  He said, "Doesn't everyone?"  :D  It was the first time I was in a place where creativity was assumed as the norm.

* My first science fiction convention, around the same time, one of the dealers scrambled under a table to measure an anklet on me.  It was enlightening to see someone else move through space the way I do, looking for the most efficient route instead of the most socially approved one.

* Several years later, in college, I noticed that pros were consistently picking me out of a field of 400 people in a con.  I had no idea why, so I asked one, who explained, "It's because you treat us like people.  Everyone else here only wants to talk about our work.  You let us talk about the weather."  So now I know why famous people like me.  \o/


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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the January 3 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alatefeline. It also fills the "trust" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains intense topics. HANKIE WARNING! If it makes you cry, then I wrote it right. Highlight to read more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. This poem is positive overall, as it reunites Turq with his foster parents, but inevitably that makes it an emotional roller-coaster. Turq flibbers all morning until they arrive. He has hot-and-cold running skin hunger and touch aversion. Some of his trauma complicates things he used to do with his family. His memory is a mess. Ansel provides emotional support. Dao and Mingxia handle it by using some of the first-day rules for foster children as a familiar base for interaction. They talk about possible plans for the future, which is awkward because Turq doesn't feel he deserves anything good, and doesn't know about all the options in foster care. Mingxia also has a copy of Turq's memory book. They talk about adding to that. Turq doesn't want to put all the traumatic stuff in there, so Mingxia suggests starting a trauma scrapbook instead. Turq makes a valiant effort but runs out of cope and resorts to shapeshifting. His parents are startled by the transformations, but welcoming of his abilities. Much progress is made, but the whole day is just really rough for everyone. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. However, this is a major plot point, so skipping it would destabilize much that comes afterwards.

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The pool from the Holiday Poetry Sale didn't come out perfectly even, so I put $10 into "A Hope and a Promise" for 4 new verses.  Aidan and Saraphina discover a new toy.
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I like Annie's yogurt.  It's simple, tasty, and not full of crud.

Another reason I like it is for the lids on the little cartons.  Some of them have cute messages.  Some explain how to fold the foil into a spoon, which is really useful if you're packing these things on a trip.  (Yes, I tried it.  Yes, it works adequately.)  But the really cool thing is that some of these have a white patch for writing messages.  This matters.

One relationship model describes five love languages, one of which is words of affirmation.  Among the easier and more effective expressions of affection in this mode is sending notes.  People who have this love language naturally think of this, and will do it spontaneously.  People of another love language generally don't -- but they may get the idea if presented with a product which suggests it.  

What Annie's has done is take a product used in many families, and put a little value-added tidbit on top that encourages people to express their fondness for each other.  Or you could use it to post reminders like "School out at 1:30."  It's a family skill; it's a coping skill.  It makes a product more useful, and it subtly hints people toward something they might not have thought about otherwise.  It puts the bottom rungs on the ladder.

Things like this are ubiquitous  in Terramagne.  That makes it easier for people to acquire new skills or techniques.  It's much less common here, but some of the more intelligent and prosocial companies do these things in L-America.  Just seeing it makes me smile, even though I'm only buying this yogurt for myself.  I'm not much given to sending notes in food, but I can do it when prompted if it's appropriate.  It's a little bit of extra support that makes life sunnier, which makes me happy.

Because you get what you support.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "party" square in my 7-1-16 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem is from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth, [livejournal.com profile] book_worm5, [livejournal.com profile] kestrels_nest, [personal profile] capriuni, and [personal profile] moongoddessgirl. It also fills the "Mr. Grenade and Hadyn practicing" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Finish It Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus and [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "hatred" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman and [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Don't Try This at Home series in the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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This poem is spillover from the November 8, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow and [personal profile] shiori_makiba. It also fills the "exercise" square of my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Cassandra is struggling to cope with all the emotions stirred up by Groundhog's brief flight and the exercises they've done with Highliner. Then Aidan gives her a bicycle, which Cassandra loves but is so far outside her price range that it freaks her out, and Groundhog's more modest gift of biking clothes is closer to reasonable but still angsty for her. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] sweet_sparrow. It also fills the "scars" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem was sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem touches on some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes mixed feelings, references to past abuse, self-injury, asking for help and getting it, worry, minor medical details, awkward conversations, references to prejudice, poor self-image, scars, nonsexual intimacy, references to lousy counseling, stress, and other challenges. Current environment is safe. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the November 8, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow. It also fills the "excitement" square in my 11-1-16 card for the Fall Festival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "public places" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.  It has also inspired the story "For Every Action..." by [personal profile] siliconshaman.

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This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] mdlbear. It also fills the "wordless communication" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot and [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

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This poem is spillover from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba and [personal profile] eseme. It also fills the "A Moment of Understanding / Clarity" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot and [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

Warning: This poem contains some stressful elements regarding neurovariance and traumatic experiences. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It fills the "loss" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest, and the "Everybody Hurts" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Shuffle Music Fest. It has been sponsored by a pool with[livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot and [personal profile] sweet_sparrow. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and directly follows "Centered Around Food and Family" so read that one first.

WARNING: This poem contains imagery likely to upset many readers. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers and possibly triggers. HEED THE WARNINGS. Snatcher brings Ethan back to Ansel's place after a very bad call, covered in blood (none of it his) and thoroughly distraught, so Snatcher asks Ansel to take charge of Ethan since Ethan is not really up to taking care of himself right now. Hankie warning! There is emotional whump, quick-and-dirty discussion of consent, Ethan refusing to go to the shock room, and generally having a very iffy idea of self-care, graphic description of infant death and other mayhem from Ethan's call, gore, Ethan falling apart over that, minor inadvertent self-injury, references to family conflicts, everyone worrying about Ethan, including Turq who actually comes indoors to comfort Ethan, survivor guilt, self-blame, various people citing bad calls and horrible holiday memories they have had, so now Ethan is worried about them, but actually they're doing great at comforting each other, Turq running out of energy to stay indoors, angst, and other challenges. This is hardcore hurt/comfort. The hurt part has epic levels of emotional agony, but there's a lot of domestic fluff wrapped around it. This poem is relevant to character development for Turq and Ethan, but the gist of it is Turq's first trip upstairs and Ethan actually asking for help; if you skip this, it shouldn't leave an unbearably big hole in the plot. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether to read onward.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has been posting stories.  I haven't been able to keep up with everything due to the sale this week.

"Snow Day" involves Aidan making a snow cave for Alicia.  Part 1, Part 2.

"Fresh Snow" features Aidan and Alicia at the Olympics, when they haven't seen each other for a while.  Part 1, Part 2.

"Out of Season" shows Sabine and Aidan talking about plans for Sabine moving cross-country.  Part 1, Part 2.

"Family Emergency" is about Heidi in desperate need of Aidan's help.  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.  Part 4 should be up later. 
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This poem is from the November 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "horseback riding" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool including [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot, [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth, and [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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