ysabetwordsmith: (Fiorenza)
This poem came out of the February 17, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman. Just so you know, it's also the start of a three-part arc with Fiorenza and Giacinto in Faggiola.

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This is the standard.

I disagree with some of the phrasing and content.



Warning: The following debate concerns a controversial topic and strong opinions.  If you are sensitive about any of that, please consider your headspace before reading further.



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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the February 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] anke. It also fills the "You are my treasure" square in my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is paired with "The Strength to Persevere," each revealing how the characters think about themselves and each other, but in mirror images -- there are things they haven't figured out how to communicate yet. They have some rough emotional history which may cause headspace issues for readers who've had similar experiences. The tone of the actual poems is positive, though; these folks are very good for each other.

Spoiler alert! These poems are based on characters Glyn and Ruggiero, created by myself and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, already introduced elsewhere ... but these are "in the future" compared to what has actually been published as of 2/20/15, and based on some stuff that is still in development. So if you only read series in their internal-chronological order, make a note of these to be read later.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the February 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] anke. It also fills the "You are my strength" square in my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is paired with "The Treasure of Happiness," each revealing how the characters think about themselves and each other, but in mirror images -- there are things they haven't figured out how to communicate yet. They have some rough emotional history which may cause headspace issues for readers who've had similar experiences. The tone of the actual poems is positive, though; these folks are very good for each other.

Spoiler alert! These poems are based on characters Glyn and Ruggiero, created by myself and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, already introduced elsewhere ... but these are "in the future" compared to what has actually been published as of 2/20/15, and based on some stuff that is still in development. So if you only read series in their internal-chronological order, make a note of these to be read later.

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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 prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] aldersprig. It has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series, following Aidan some weeks after his adoption of Saraphina.

WARNING: This poem contains emotionally fraught background. The warnings are spoilers; highlight to read. The poem includes references to child death, emotional upset as a result of same, ongoing social work surrounding foster care with intent to adopt, some awkward community dynamics, and other challenging stuff. Current environment is supportive, and indeed, the whole thing is comfort after crisis; but the crisis references are pretty unpleasant. If you're sensitive to these issues or in a ruffled state of mind, please consider carefully whether you want to read this.

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ysabetwordsmith: Maryam Smith in a tophat (steamsmith)
This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LJ user Kelkyag. It also fills the "parenthood" square in my 12-30-15 card for the Rites of Passage Fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Steamsmith series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "trusted with a knife" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] fyreharper, you can now read "Stretched" in full.  Aidan helps Danso cope with the aftermath of the SPOON incident.

We are now out of open epics, so anything may be opened for microfunding.  This includes the direct sequel "Settled," which will pick up with Danso and family the next morning.  [personal profile] dialecticdreamer also has a story, "Marshmallow Hearts," that follows Cassandra and Groundhog, so you can watch for that to appear eventually on her blog.
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] lynnoconnacht, [personal profile] redsixwing, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] siliconshaman, and LJ user Wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "WILD CARD: Relative Values: Families" square in my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and is a direct sequel to "Bluff and Show."

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It was inspired by discussions with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "evening" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Damask & Farce thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense interpersonal and intrapersonal conflicts. The warnings include spoilers; highlight to read. Lingering worry about Mindflare sets up the tension. There is a lot of angst about secrecy and disclosure as it gets harder for Damask to maintain cover about their multiplicity. The headmates also have a hard time resolving conflicts gracefully, because Maisie's original skills got split up unevenly when Mindflare cut her apart into several new people. So there is hostile language, emotional mistreatment, and internal physical scuffling. On the outside there are conflicts over territory, guests, and personal dynamics involving Mallory and Heron -- with other housemates like Walden getting involved. It is just a big ugly mess of college-typical challenges complicated by super issues, where young people are trying valiantly to handle these big issues with not quite enough resources. More hurt than comfort, this time. If these are sensitive topics for you, consider your headspace before deciding whether or when to read this poem.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by the "small vices" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This story mentions censorship in the context of several children's books which can be interpreted in different ways, some of which are distasteful to certain readers.  If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
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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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
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.

ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
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.


ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
"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.

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