ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to an audience poll, there are 22 new verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice."  This covers the remaining part of telepathic cluewhacking, followed by Irene's idea of how to help the whales relax.
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This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from the Duchess via [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "weather" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by the general fund, based on an audience poll. It belongs to The Ocracies series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "soul bonding/soulmates" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope 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 a bond gone awry, relationship problems, boundary violations, severe communication trouble, domestic violence in its more controversial mutual mode, injuries significant enough to require a trip to the clinic, messy medical details, social disapproval from various angles, ignoring sound medical advice, grudging assistance, acute stress response, and other mayhem. 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 July 2016 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] shiori_makiba. It also fills the "experiments by evil scientists" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and fills the "mad scientist" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters 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 contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. Turq has a horrifying past, and thus, horrifying nightmares. This batch of nightmares features child abuse and neglect, medical torture, and related mayhem. He wakes up terrified and miserable, very much in need of comfort, but unable to seek out human contact. So he finds something else which is sort of soothing. If these are touchy topics 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 July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "caroling" square in my 7-1-16 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. 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 July 2016 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mdlbear. It also fills the "begging" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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 [personal profile] thnidu has posted the thoughtful demifiction "Dear Ms. Aquariana" which introduces her to Microfyne.
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Here is today's freebie. It has been inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba, [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon, and LJ user Moonwolf1988.  It takes place in Quiar, a setting that I designed for K.A. Webb.


"Kin to the Shadows"


I am one who goes between
the night and the day,
the shape and the soul.

Kin to the shadows am I,
like tree-stripes in tall grass.

I wear my power as a cloak of dusk,
hiding my true form from hostile eyes.

When I take up arms, my enemies
see only what I would have them see:
I become large, elephantine, and
then they give me respect.

In that shape I can protect those
who are unable to protect themselves,
lift up burdens beyond my normal strength.

Death is lighter than a feather,
duty heavier than a mountain;
this is the secret of my endurance.

No one needs to know my hidden nature,
my hame of origin, that I am a tiger in truth,

for me to do a tiger's duty to the world.

* * *

Notes:

In Quiar, tigers are anthropomorphic thylacines.  Most of them possess a lot of magic, and many are shapeshifters.  They use cryptic abilities to survive in a world where two whole continents have tried to wipe them out.


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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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 LJ user Lone_cat, there are 3 new verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice."  This is why it's a bad idea to provoke a traumatized superwhale.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] thnidu, there are 4 new verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice."  The Japanese whalers make their situation worse yet again.  Cliffhanger!  This donation gives the setup but most of the response is still over the horizon.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] zianuray, there are 5 new verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice."  The Japanese do a new stupid thing, and this time Moderato responds.
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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)
Thanks to an audience poll, there are 22 new verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice."  The trial gets underway, the Japanese whalers try to eel out of the charges, and Steel makes his first very pointed counterargument.  It's a bad idea to piss off a traumatized superwhale.
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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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl.  This poem belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 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: [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth

WARNING: This poem includes graphic descriptions which may be disturbing to many readers.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers.  This is the trial of the Japanese whalers.  Accordingly it contains legal stress, the challenges of accommodating nonhuman citizens, interspecies diplomatic incidents, body consciousness, religious and political differences, traumatic stress, rough telepathic contact, alarming use of superpowers; graphic descriptions and telepathic re-experiencing of past attempts to murder and eat sapient persons, violence and injuries, miserable medical memories, really stupid provocation of the flashbacking whale, followed by relaying the whaler's memories to everyone else, Steel broadcasting his even worse memories of being hunted and seeing his family murdered twice, which includes child death, and lots of gore; current environment is safe; mass vomiting because the inside of Steel's head is a cookie-tossing horror show, rude people snapping photos of play therapy, references to possible mental injury due to telepathy, public shaming and banishment, schadenfreud, and other mayhem.  There is also a lot of emotional support, and justice is certainly done, but it's still very stressful throughout.  If these are sensitive issues for you, then please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether you want to read this.  It's plot-heavy, however, so skipping it would leave a big gap.  WARN ALL THE THINGS!

613 lines, Buy It Now = $306.50
Amount donated = $30
Verses posted = 16 of 168

Amount remaining to fund fully = $276
Amount needed to fund next verse = $2.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $2


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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the May 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "random act of kindness" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics setting.

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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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