ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "first kiss" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes consensual romantic activity that abruptly goes awry due to nobody's fault, nonverbal revocation of consent and prompt halting of activity, a minor panic attack, sexual confusion, some very awkward conversation trying to figure out what's going on, and other challenges. They do make up quickly, but don't go back to kissing in this scene. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba, [personal profile] janetmiles, LJ user Paantha, and Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "platonic" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest, the "injury" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir fest, and the "nonsexual intimacy" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem includes some intense topics.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers.  There are trust issues, emotional angst, physical abuse, other hints of past trauma, delicate interpersonal negotiations, messy medical details, ambivalent feelings about touch, and other challenges.  If these are sensitive matters for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from LJ user Paantha and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "trusting" square in my 12-1-15 card for the Defining Character Bingo fest, and the "vampires" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

Warning: Although the tone of this poem is largely sweet, it is also quite intense and contains some things that not everyone enjoys. Highlight to see the details, some of which are spoilers. Two sections explore relations between Igor and Victor, then Csilla with Dénes and Dorottya. There are messy medical details, radical trust, deep intimacy, emotional surrender, some internal and interpersonal angst, demisexual challenges, vampire feeding, and other interesting stuff. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Draggon_flye. It also fills the "Love Without Limits" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Note: This poem is actually quite positive in tone and actions, but it contains things that not everyone enjoys reading. Highlight for the details, some of which are spoilers. Liborio and Olympia are supervillain mobsters in what amounts to a polyamorous relationship with their boss. The two of them are kinky and he is not, and everyone is okay with all of that. Liborio and Olympia also use power exchange and pain -- in this case, spanking -- to achieve other things besides sexual gratification, including access to pent-up emotions and behavior modification. This poem explores the subjective sensations and emotions of using high-impact activities for personal enrichment, and being in a very deep trusting relationship. That makes it NSFW in most contexts, even though this is actually a nonsexual poem. It may also raise issues for people who enjoy this sort of thing but currently lack the opportunity. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Also worth mentioning is that this poem features Liborio and Olympia. I couldn't very well pair them up without giving Ruggiero a turn, and Draggon_flye has reserved the companion poem "Vanilla Is a Spice" for sponsoring next week.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted Part 1 of her story "Alchemy of Spirit," in which Haruko tries to map his relationship with Abraham in retrospect.  There is a tip button at the bottom, so if you're enjoying these stories, please drop something in.
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This poem is spillover from the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] siliconshaman, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "fork in the road" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest, the "breathing exercises" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It fest, and the "lesser evil" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Moon Door series.

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This poem came out of the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "Alexithymia (obscured emotions)" square in my 9-4-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Moon Door series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "rainstorm" square in my 9-4-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest, and the "love without hope" square in my 10-2-15 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Moon Door series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense material. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There are canon-typical references to messy medical details, post-partum depression caused by new disability, difficult decisions, worrying about the future, discussions of necessary confinement, difficulty breastfeeding and bonding, dietary issues, and other challenges. On the whole, though, the tone is positive and plenty of support is available. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Note: This is the first half of a two-part piece, because the original poem was so long that divided it. "The Strength of the Wolf: Howling" is still available for sponsorship.

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Based on my prompt, [personal profile] shiori_makiba has posted the lovely poem "A Net of Promises" from the 'Ohana series.  Polyfolks talk about parenting together.

See also "Felt Like a Broken Promise" from the same series.
ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This poem is from the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] kelkyag, [personal profile] gingicat, and LJ user Freshbakedlady. It also fills the "furnishing the home" square in my 9-4-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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If you are an introvert, or have friends who are, life may be greatly improved by introducing an awareness and accommodation for this in your interactions.  "Introvert Time" offers some effective methods.  In my circle, we use "all peopled out."  I've also had friends say, "I love you all dearly.  Please go away now."
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is a continuation of Creative Jam prompts by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "It Wasn't Meant to Be" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest, and the "surrender" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to see the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features the aftermath of torture, severe betrayal, emotional manipulation, disciplinary action, discussion of betrayal and manipulation, disrespect of authority, laziness, envy, trust and trust issues, vulnerability, unequal relationship, emotional pain, abandonment, disappointment, self-criticism, low self-worth, emotional breakdown, messy crying, whole-body misery, need for physical assistance, unequal and unreasonable self-standards, exhaustion, and other challenges. There is a lot of power exchange, deep intimacy, and context of corporal punishment for behavioral modification even though no hitting actually happens. There's also some very interesting handling of consent, from explicit to implied. Each gang has its own flavor, and this one seems to attract kinky people. Basically, Gray's former "friend" Marcus is an asshole and dumps him because Marcus won't make up for his own mistakes. Gray hits what amounts to subdrop again. Ricasso and Thriver put Gray back together, so it ends with fluffy comfort. If you are into heavy-duty aftercare, this poem has a lot of that. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: (monster house)
This poem came out of the September 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon, and [personal profile] kelkyag. It also fills the "science and magic" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest, and the "peaceful" square in my 8-31-15 card for the Tones Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It belongs to the series Monster House.

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This poem came out of the August 4, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "hugs" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem was sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Monster House series. It follows "Unspoken Noise," "Gathered Here Today," and "In Our Many Images."

Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers.  There is homophobia, (brief) teen homelessness, emotional whump, and other angst.  The decent characters provide support, though.  If these are sensitive areas for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted Part 1 of 4 in "Warm Fuzzies."  This story features a video-call between Shiv, Graham and Edison.  You can really see a lot of changes in Shiv, though he's trying to hide them.  Badly.  :D
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is from the December 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] lone_cat. It also fills the "competent" square in my 12-1-15 card for the Defining Character Bingo fest, and the "warming/cooling drinks" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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One thing holidays do is divide between people who love gift cards and people who hate them.

The rule is simple: when giving a gift, think of the recipient. If the person loves gift cards, then give that. You can 'customize' it by picking a favorite store; there are cards for department stores, book stores, clothing stores, most stores these days. If the person dislikes gift cards, give something else instead.

The same applies to handmade gifts: some people love homemade goodies, while others hate them. Give what the recipient likes; avoid what they don't.

And while we're on the topic, not everyone says "I love you" the same way. Here's an introduction to five popular love languages: words, service, gifts, time, touch. If you and your family share the same language(s) then great. If not, the most loving thing you can do is learn how to express love the way other people receive it.  They will be happy, and also if they notice how much work you're putting into it, they'll probably be impressed.  This means that not all people focus on the gift-giving part of the holidays.  A word-oriented person might prefer a long chatty letter or conversation about your year, a service-oriented person might favor being pampered, a time-oriented person generally likes doing things together, and a touch-oriented person might love snuggling by a fire.  You get the drift.

Picking on people what they like is obnoxious. Don't be a dick. Especially, don't be a dick over the holidays.

Happy Chrismahanakwanzikah to you. I'm posting this note ahead of Thanksgiving because the shopping season has sprawled out this early so yes, really, this advice is already needed. Not to mention arguments over who pays for the turkey supplies and how. Ah well. Try not to kill each other.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the May 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Cuoio and Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by a remark from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "make new friends" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It Bingo fest, and the "locked in" square in my 10-1-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Thanks to a donation from LJ user Book_worm5, there are three new verses in "Holding Hope and Love."  Fireheart seeks advice from Cheersquad.

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