ysabetwordsmith: Two smiling women; Kelly is blonde and Dale is brunette (walking the beat)
This poem is from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was commissioned by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "social gathering" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This is the linkback perk from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It's spillover from the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "yes" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] alatefeline, there are 5 new verses in "A Hope and a Promise."  Aidan and Saraphina wrap up their exploration of the Wood Room.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "abuse (physical or emotional)" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_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 centers on a violation of body autonomy which was nonsexual but very disturbing, so it's pretty deep hurt/comfort. If that's sensitive stuff for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the July 5, 2016 poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "finding home/family" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest, and the "happy ending" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Astin thread of the series An Army of One.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the July 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] technoshaman, and LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "being helped" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy 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 [personal profile] mdlbear, "The Love We Give Our Fragile Craft" is fully funded.   Bexley and the Falconwing  discuss culture and interdependence.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by a comment from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "queerplatonic" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] curiosity. This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Is there a word for that feeling?" I'll be soliciting ideas for counselors, psychologists, linguists, writers, poets, emo people, emotionally conflicted characters, people with burnout, neurovariant or mentally injured characters whos intensity is dialled up to 11, other folks who deal in emotions and the words for them, feeling overwhelmed, falling in love, learning about emotions, struggling to identify what you feel, coping with other people's emotions, getting confused, feeling like you are a different person when speaking a different language, counseling, bedrooms, classrooms, counselor's offices, laboratories, the corner booth in a restaurant, the wilderness, other places where people deal with intense or ambiguous feelings, emotional intelligence, emotional labor, emotionally complex responses, gender differences/discrimination in emotions, like at first sight, language gaps, anhedonia, comfort objects like teddy bears, and poetic forms in particular.

If you want ideas for emotions to pick, there's a prompt set of them on the Bingo Card Generator.  You can also find big lists of emotions by type and intensity, and this flower chart shows their relation to each other.  I am also a huge fan of linguistics unto itself, especially where one language has a word that others don't, so here are some emotions that English doesn't have words for.  I enjoy writing writing vocabulary poems that basically use one word as a title and then muse about it; that rarely comes up in the fishbowl, so now's a good time if this is your thing too.

I have a linkback poem, "The Cat Blanket" (18 verses, Frankenstein's Family).

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.



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This poem is spillover from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] mdlbear and DW user Alatefeline.  It also fills the "introvert" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest.  This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The SALE rate is $.25/line, so $5 will reveal 20 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: DW user Alatefeline, [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth

444 lines, Buy It Now = $111
Amount donated = $75
Verses posted = 83 of 118

Amount remaining to fund fully = $36
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $.50


Warning: This poem contains some intense topics.  Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers.  It features running away, attempted breaking and entering, trespassing the boundaries of an artificial intelligence, abuse and discrimination against neurovariant people, society being batshit, desperation, loneliness, memories of crappy school experiences, emergency undocking, cultural alienation, and other challenges.  But there is also daring, rescue, family of choice, and making a new life. 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 came out of the May 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by the "refuge" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, immediately following "Through Weakness and Vulnerability."


Warning: This poem deals with the morning after an intense upheaval, so there is some angst. It's mostly comfort, though.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls.  It fills the "principled or ethical" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest and the "crossdressing / costumes" square in my 1-4-16 card for the Trope Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] curiosity.  It belongs to the Cuoio & Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

This microfunded poem is part of a package bought during the May half-price sale, to be paid on an installment plan.  So it's not seeking donations from other people, and the remaining material will be posted over time.

Warning: This poem contains some intimate and intense topics.  Highlight to read more details, some of which are spoilers.  Coming home early, Cuoio walks in on Salvo trying on some of Chiara's dresses with her. Cuoio is cool with it; Salvo freaks out; and Chiara smooths it over. It's mostly character development. This poem is probably NSFW. If that's not your thing, you can skip it without missing too much plotty stuff.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted the story "Surprise" in which Ashley deals with the unexpected. 

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has done "Monday Morning Rush" in which Heidi continues to poke around with her new empathic sense.  Part 1, Part 2.
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This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.


"The Great and the Small"


Shared birthdays
are a family thing,
one special day in
the year times two.

In my family, it's
Grandpa Barrette
and Uncle John with
the same one on June 7.

Dad tells stories about
those celebrations,
so much in common
within the family and yet
so different across the ages,

the great and the small together.

ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] lone_cat, and LJ user Moonwolf1988. It also fills the "playing with hair" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Gifts in Kind" about Graham helping Verne prepare for an important visit.  Read Part 1 and Part 2

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