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This is the freebie for the January 2015 Torn World Muse Fusion. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "tragedy" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This story belongs to the Torn World project, but has not yet been approved by the Canon Board so there may be changes before it reposts on the official site.

WARNING: Although this story has some lighter notes, for the most part it is very sad, and it deals with topics which many people would find upsetting. Think about whether you want to read further. The warnings contain spoilers and potentially squicky terms; highlight to read them. This story contains references to stillbirth, infant deformity, some messy medical details, a lesbian having sex with men due to a sense of procreative duty, emotional tension over job related issues, relationship stress, and other difficulties. The woman's friends are mostly supportive, and the ending offers opportunities for restoring some hope. Choose mindfully.

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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 "obedience" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. 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 from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "choosing a gift" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Damask & Farce storyline of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This is the freebie for the January 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "Warming / Cooling Drinks" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem came out of the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "toys" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem came out of the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "elderhood" square in my 12-30-15 card for the Rites of Passage fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.


"Fireside Rights"


There are earned benefits
to becoming an elder --

the seat closest to the hearth
on a cold winter's night,

the chance to tell the first story
at the beginning of a long evening,

the luxury of sleeping late
after the sun crests the horizon.

These graces are bequeathed by
the long years of labor that precede them --

splitting logs and carrying wood
to stoke the fire all winter,

going on grand adventures
as a wild young thing,

getting up to tend small children
and to go to work.

Then it is time to retire with dignity
and rest secure in what has been stored away --

time to let others do the chopping and hoeing,
the trading of goods and services,

time to let someone else run after the children
and bring them over for visits,

time to slow the swift steps
to keep pace with the seasons.

Though the work be hard and the waiting long,
think of the fireside rights to come of them.

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This poem came out of the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] corvi, Martha Rochat and Andrea Rochat. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. The form is a Mongol world-triad.


"Three Precious Necklaces"


A girl weaves a garland of flowers.
A bride shows off jewels from her groom.
A mother wears her children's arms.


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"Backstopping" explains how to support a person with autism, or absolutely any other trait that sometimes puts them at odds with the surrounding world. (That's everyone.) You learn what matters to someone you care about, and when you see a problem approaching, you give them a chance to solve it themselves. If they can't, you have a backup plan so it doesn't snowball into a disaster.

Now, this is a very complex skill.  It requires knowing the person very well, because you have to know what causes problems for them and how to solve those problems.  It depends on intimacy and tolerance, because if you try it with a stranger they are likely to bite your head off for being presumptuous.  Ideally, it's something you work out over time, with thoughtful negotiation, which may be verbal or nonverbal per mutual preference.  You have to know when to listen to the words, and when to pay more attention to the nonverbal signals.  You also have to gauge for scope, because people learn through making mistakes so it's not good to prevent all of them -- but you definitely want to solve the problems that could have serious consequences.

Not everyone has this kind of skill, or even the potential to acquire it, but if you can it's really useful.  Ideally, you and your friends/family will do this for each other.
ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, to fill the "things that people need" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. It 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)
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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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.
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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?
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"Patchwork Families" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is now complete with Part 5.  See how Aidan makes Saraphina part of his family.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] gingicat, there are 4 new verses in "Save the City."  Abigail and Danso talk about Nathaniel.
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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.

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