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 [personal profile] aldersprig has written the ficlet "Damage Control" based on my prompts.  It takes practice to learn how to control Fire Powers.

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Jun. 27th, 2016 04:48 am
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Thanks to a donation from LJ user Ng_moonmoth, there are 73 new verses of "The Love We Give Our Fragile Craft."  Bexley and the Falconwing  decide to stick together.

Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, there are 34 new verses of "A Hope and a Promise."  Aidan and Saraphina explore the Wood Room in the Montessori school.
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 [personal profile] aldersprig has opened the Giraffe Call, and the theme that won the poll is the totally awesome "When the best idea is FIRE."  Leave prompts, get ficlets.  You can extend the length by donating.
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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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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted the story "Guido" which comes between "Chase" and "Liquid Time."   It shows the perspective of a henchman who is a lot smarter than he looks.  <3
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 Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] curiosity, the poem "Pillow Talk" is now complete.  Cuoio has the most fun losing an argument that he has ever had in his life.  :D
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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted the story "Liquid Time" in which the Ring Mistress explores the pros and cons of her new condition.  It is creepy but fascinating.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Midday Meeting" in which Heidi deals with challenges at work while flickering.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "The Last Straw" in which Warden Daley is harassing Shiv again.  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
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This poem is spillover from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "A Mystery to Investigate" 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, and follows the poem "When We Get the Rough Times."

Warning: This poem contains some unpleasantries. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is a disruption on an airplane, a call for passenger assistance, in-flight misery due to flickering superpowers, additional stress caused by people who want to help but totally don't understand the problem, discussion of disabilities and other intimate information including superpowers, fatalistic thought patterns, and other challenges. However, Ansel manages to figure out viable solutions, so it turns out fine in the end. If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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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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If you're looking for more stories in which Steve Rogers actually acts like himself, I highly recommend "Off the Map."  Steve's vacation goes astray into Latveria.  Do not read with your mouth full.
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This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] kelkyag. It also fills the "victory / success" square in my 6-1-16 card for the fest. This poem was sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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[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 by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "embracing imperfection" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem was sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains scenes that readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. This is "the infamous kitten scene" that Groundhog has mentioned a time or two. It features a failure of capacity -- although not courage -- in a crisis, graphic description of animal injury, graphic description of mental issues, self-blame, and other unpleasantry. This is a significant event in Groundhog's life, where he's struggling with what he can do and what he can't. It's about fear and courage, ability and disability. He's made enormous progress in coping with his superpower and what it did to him; he's mostly functional; but hit him in the wrong place and he still goes down. The ending is not so much happy as full of dogged determination. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Our air conditioning was not enough to keep the house cool today, so we left in search of cooler places. We went to see "X-Men: Apocalypse." It was awesome.

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This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "privacy" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.


"The Crickets' Song"


Not everyone who
develops superpowers
wants to be a superhero.

There are the crickets
who hate or fear what they
can do and therefore never use it.

There are the ones
who appreciate their power
but prefer to keep it private,
using it only on occasion or
when nobody's watching.

There are even a few
who use it freely at work
if it's a discreet kind of power,
instead of doing it openly like
the blue-plate specials do.

The crickets sing their song
only for themselves, and they
go silent if anyone approaches.

Then there are the Kauais,
whose silent song is a secret
even from themselves --

the people with Super-Immunity
or Super-Constitution or the like,

the men with Male Pregnancy
who have never made love with
anyone who could fertilize them,

the folks who don't notice that
what they see or hear is far beyond
the ordinary scope of colors or sounds.

The crickets' song is a thing of quiet beauty,
enriching the world all around them
more than they ever realize.

* * *

Notes:

Cricket -- a person with superpowers who rarely if ever uses them, instead preferring to live a commonplace life. They are almost always "in the fuse box" or hiding their power from most or all people. The term comes from "you can hear the crickets chirping," a reference to safe and usual situations, or to a group of people who don't speak up.  

Kauai -- a person who does not recognize their own superpowers. Some abilities can be quite subtle, especially at low levels, such as Super-Intellect or Luck. The term comes from the silent crickets of Kauai.

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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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This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "person of mass destruction" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Aquariana 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. It features discussions of legal action, traumatic stress, emotional first aid, references to past incidents of extreme violence, mental incompetence, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. This poem is a significant plot point, though, so skipping it would leave a gap.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted some new stories.

Read the story "Surprise Party?" in which Heidi visits Aidan and gets some unexpected help.  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

In "Another Surprise," there are also unexpected outcomes.

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