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Today I discovered Raising Dion. It's about a single mother of color, who does not have superpowers, raising a son who does. Gorgeous art, adorable characterization, attentive ethics, really cool power use, positive family values -- all stuff I love. You can download a free PDF of the first issue, or buy a print-on-demand hardcopy here. Regrettably I could not find a plain donation button, but the hardcopy is only $4 so that should fit most budgets. If you want to support them more, you could always buy extras for some friends.

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I am pleased to announced that my story "Love Is for Children" is available in podfic by RyukoAkari.  Chapters 1-4 can be downloaded in MP3 format now.  Updates will add more chapters, and when complete, the work will be reposted as a single file.
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This poem is spillover from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] redsixwing and[personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "forced to rely on enemy / rival" 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 Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, this time featuring Shiv.

WARNING: This poem contains intense material which some readers may find disturbing. Highlight for more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features maladaptive thought patterns, petty rulebreaking, racist and other vulgar language, gossip, smoking, a nanotech terror weapon, flashbacks, traumatic amputation, an understandable but misguided violent response from the guards, graphic description of injuries and treatment, extreme discomfort with vulnerability, nonstandard response to pain, PTSD and acute stress reaction, and other challenges. Various people offer all kinds of support, Shiv's receptivity is patchy at best, and he is slowly improving. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether you want to read this right now.

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Here is a detailed analysis of some proposed changes to the Hugo Award rules as regards nomination and voting.  The intent is to discourage a repetition of slate voting which the sad/rabid puppies used to tamper with this year's voting.  Looks like there's some potential for improvement.

What annoys me is that a small number of people have caused problems for a large number of people, and disrupted an established award, just to promote their own limited agenda.  Seriously, if you want to bark up some group of writers or works, you should really just launch a new award for that.  This is why we have thematic awards like the Tiptree, Lambda, Chesley, Pegasus, etc.  It's why I looked at early crowdfunding and put up the Rose & Bay Awards because at the time most others banned or were hostile to crowdfunded works and I didn't want to wait around for someone else to start one.  Trying to hijack an existing, general award to promote a narrow theme is not just rude, it's lazy.
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This poem came out of the June 2, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] mdlbear. It also fills the "socialize" 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 Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, this time featuring Cassandra and Groundhog.

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This poem came out of the June 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "torture" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "worry" square in my 6-1-15 card for the June Relationship 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 is heavy-duty hurt/comfort with content that some readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It contains betrayal by a friend, interrogation by means of crude physical torture, kidnapping, nonconsensual bondage, traumatic manifestation of a superpower, uncontrolled use of a superpower which winds up hurting several people, temporary resistance to desired help, some messy medical details, a crappy non-apology, deliberate use of a superpower for harm, revenge, angst over potential drawbacks of the change in power status, and other challenges. Conversely, once the backup arrives there is some really sweet aid-and-comfort. If those are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] moongoddessgirl. It also fills the "families" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, somewhat inspired by conversations with [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] lone_cat.


"Light the Match"
-- a villanelle


Light the match and step away
Supervillains know the game
Live to fight another day.

Strike a pose and make them pay
See your future in the flame
Light the match and step away

Even in the hottest fray
There's no need to kill or maim
Live to fight another day

Always there's another way
Of recourse on those to blame
Light the match and step away

Let them chase you as they may
In the end it's all the same
Live to fight another day

Doesn't matter what they say
Choose your target, take your aim
Light the match and step away
Live to fight another day

* * *

Notes:

In entertainment, this pattern appears as We Will Meet Again.  In nature, it's a dominance fight.  The point is to win a conflict which grants access to desired resources, not usually to maim or kill anyone.  It's why so many superheroes and principled supervillains pull their punches, use equipment that nerfs their powers, and/or otherwise stop short of total annihilation. 

Not part of the original inspiration, but absolutely apt is the song "Black Swan Blues" as referenced by [personal profile] technoshaman.
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 Sunday is the last day of the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics.  So far there's been some activity, though not as much as we hoped for.  (Due to some cashflow challenges, our budget is tight here through early November.)  If you're still thinking about buying anything from the sale, now's the time.
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This poem is spillover from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] stardreamer and [personal profile] moongoddessgirl. It also fills the "respect limits" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "walking" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Cuoio and Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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A donation from [personal profile] janetmiles has added 84 (yes: eighty-four) new verses to "With Your Brain and Your Resourcefulness." Find out what Velvet does with Lawrence now that she has him in her clutches.  It does not really go as anyone planned. 
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This poem came out of the August 4, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] siliconshaman, and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "eating disorders" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "baking / cooking" square in my 7-1-15 card for the Winter Fest in July fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains references to past maltreatment and resultant eating disorders.  Subsequent environment is safe and supportive.

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This poem came out of the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] corvi, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, and [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "Emotional First Aid" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest, and the "motion sickness" 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 series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem came out of the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] moonvoice. It also fills the "scars" square in my 6-16-15 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series. (I wasn't paying attention earlier and posted things out of sequence, so this predates "The Surface Tension of Injured Souls.")

WARNING: This poem contains graphic, subjective descriptions that some readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. Daphne has survived six years of extreme trauma, following a plane hijacking that left her stranded on an artificial island inhabited by minions run wild. As a result, she has severe physical and mental scars that make it difficult for her to reintegrate with everyday society. Her PDSD has left her with multisensory flashbacks, intrusive ideation, touch aversion, hypervigilance, normalization of violence, and other challenges. Much of society around her is really unsupportive and making matters worse. Fortunately she makes a new friend who helps counteract that a little bit, but this is still a very rough ride and the inside of Daphne's head is a fucking miserable place. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read right now.

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This poem is spillover from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "peace" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest, and "The Elephant in the Room" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. Dated May 22, 2015 in the chronology, it follows "In Dublin's Fair City" dated September 18, 2014; bear in mind that these happen later than most of the other poems.

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This poem came out of the July 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] capriuni. It also fills the "go outside" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted "Untangling Knots" Part 1.  Heron visits Maisie's household with ingredients to make pizzas, and spends some time talking with Mallory.
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Yep.  What she said

It took me about 355 pages to reach one boob window.  (Dvorak uses her body as a distraction.)  I don't think anyone's running around in a bathing suit, though.  Jumpsuits are quite popular, and standard uniform for Kraken.  To be fair, I have a whole handful of soups who go nude, including at least a few in human form.
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Bard Bloom has written a duology, Mating Flight, about dragons -- the protagonist of which is not actually interested in mating, but obligated to do so for reasons of species survival.  It sounds fascinating.

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