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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht,  there are 11 new verses in "What a Precious Privilege."  Lawrence enjoys the omelette and finally starts waking up enough to realize that there are some things he needs to say to Stan.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by conversations with [personal profile] lynnoconnacht.  It also fills the "fever / delirium" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer.  This poem belongs to the Stalwart Stan & Antimatter thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of lengthy conversations with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, and with [personal profile] helgatwb  who lives in southern Louisiana, about how Easy City could have developed from the fractious mix of cultures there.  It also fills the "argument" square in the Birthday Bingo Fest public card.  It is posted here in thanks for LJ user Natasiakith sorting out the Polychrome Heroics poems into individual storylines, and this poem belongs to the same series.

WARNING: This poem features cultural tensions, rude language, arguments, natural disasters, minor character death, and some other challenging topics.  The overall tone is hopeful, though.  Sensitive readers should aim for viewing this while in a steady state of mind.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was inspired by the "youth" square of the Birthday Bingo fest public card.  It has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl reaching the $200 goal.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem came out of the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai.  It also fills the "love without hope" square on my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo  fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles[personal profile] chordatesrock, and [personal profile] siliconshaman.  It also fills the "eccentric" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem is spillover from the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer .  It also fills "the shopping mall" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo  fest.  This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series, and it's a direct sequel to the story "Keeping Warm" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer .

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 [personal profile] aldersprig has written the ficlet "A Rescue, of Sorts" based on my prompt.  It's an adorable little story in which the gentleman in distress is ... not actually distressed by his predicament!
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 ... has an excerpt here.  Look closely at the last panel.  <3

Also, I'm intrigued by the subtle, probably inadvertent, but extremely powerful riff on male!Thor battling depression.  There's a discussion about how every day he struggles with wondering whether he'll be able to pick up the hammer, and how tired he gets, wanting someone to carry it for a while.  It's just not something that comics usually deal with at all, but I like the hints of it in Thor's storyline.
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A while back, a discussion with a friend led me to raise this question:

Does your kink polarity (Dom or sub, top or bottom, sadist or masochist, etc. if you have one) influence your taste in reading material?

Frex, a Dom might seek out character weaknesses while a sub might look for what strengthens them.  They might favor different points in the hurt/comfort plot cycle. Of course it also depends on which character people identify with and how.  

Thoughts?
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Celebrate bisexual visibility.  Presumably this covers everyone who has more than one stripe on their "I'm attracted to this" flag.  For a list of some of my bisexual characters, see my QUILTBAG list.  Also note that a lot of Northerners in Torn World like both men and women, although they usually have a preference.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, "Straight as an Arrow" is now complete. Stan and Lawrence talk about their feelings for each other and their relationship.

This unlocks "Before the Fever Breaks" (628 lines, Buy It Now = $314) which is now eligible for sponsorship or microfunding.
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 [personal profile] haikujaguar has a new coloring book featuring men of fantasy who aren't in warrior poses.  Fathers, pet owners, scholars, and more!
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It matters what stories we tell and pictures we paint.  Here's an essay about narratives of diversity in F&SF.  

That's why I write diversity and, especially, pay attention to the mix of heroes and heras in Polychrome Heroics.  Danso is there to provide a positive, nurturing example of a young black man.  He's very powerful; mess with his family and he'll fuck you up.  But he'd rather not have to.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman and DW user Helgatwb.  It also fills the "romance freestyle" square in my 6-11-14 card for the Fanbingo fest.  This poem belongs to the Antimatter/Stalwart Stan 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] starcat_jewel, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

FULLY FUNDED
176 lines, Buy It Now = $88
Amount donated = $23.50
Verses posted = 13 of 58

Amount remaining to fund fully = $64.50
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1
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 conversation with Dreamwidth user Dialecticdreamer.  It also fills the "authority figures" square in my 5-22-14 card for the Origfic Bingo fest.  It has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl reaching the $200 goal.



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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)

This poem is from the September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth,[personal profile] dialecticdreamer [livejournal.com profile] laffingkat, [livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion, [livejournal.com profile] siliconshaman, DW users Dialecticdreamer, and Lynnoconnacht. It also fills the "difficult / unplanned pregnancy" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingofest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This poem deals with difficult and controversial topics. The warnings include spoilers; highlight to read. Damask finds out what the hell has been going on with Farce. Issues include emotional distress, negative coping methods, alcohol abuse, hanging out with a bad crowd, rape, unplanned pregnancy, and having nobody to turn to for help except your best enemy. WARN ALL THE THINGS.

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