ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the June 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "exhaustion" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored from the general fund, based on an audience poll. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "pursuit of happiness" square in my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by an anonymous donation. This poem belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, and fills the "evening the odds" square in my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by an anonymous donation. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains a few touchy bits; highlight for spoilery warnings. There is bullying, fighting, breath control, threats to prized possessions, and other shenanigans. If these are sensitive topics for you, think carefully before clicking through.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, filling the "desperate" square in my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This poem includes intense topics, and some of the warnings are spoilers; highlight to read. Be prepared for mass fatalities, EVERY LIVING THING in the radius is dead, heroes arriving too late to do anything but analyze what happened, war parallels, disturbing scene details, existential horror, and the aftermath of heroic sacrifice. Oh, and the villain is dead in a corner too. Not recommended for reading shortly before bed. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether to read further.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of discussion with [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It also fills the "next best thing" square in my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. This poem belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense topics, and some of the warnings are spoilers; highlight to read. There are good intentions turning out badly, aftermath of offstage child abuse, verbal abuse and other foul language, lousy interpersonal skills (and some good ones), hurt/comfort but mostly hurt in this episode, and other touchy topics. Also Stan gets dumped again. So now you know why Lawrence is such a hot mess. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether you want to read onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was inspired by discussions with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It also fills the "FREE    SPACE: coming out (of the closet)" square in my 1-2-14 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense material, and some of the warnings are spoilers; highlight to read them. There are good intentions turning out badly, verbal abuse, hostility toward people with superpowers, crappy relationship skills (and some good ones too), self-consciousness, fluff and angst, public rejection, and other touchy topics. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether you want to read onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by discussions with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer (on scouting) and [personal profile] lynnoconnacht (on rape culture), who have contributed a great deal to the development of this and other threads in Polychrome Heroics. It also fills the "Won't fall in love ... oops. In love." square in my 3-30-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING:  This poem contains sexism, vulgar behavior, canon-typical violence resulting in minor injury, identity and orientation confusion, angst, and other challenges.  Consider your headspace before clicking through.



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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] lynnoconnacht has sponsored the poem "Love Shouldn't Hurt" in Polychrome Heroics. This one has prerequisites, so it won't appear quite yet, but you'll get to see it after the others post.
By now you have probably figured out that Lawrence's home life sucks. Stan finds out the hard way. Lawrence does not respond at all well.

I have posted the last several verses of "Look at Me."  That and "Pulling Pigtails" are earlier installments in this storyline, introducing Antimatter / Lawrence Cunningham and Stalwart Stan / Stanley Wood with their entertaining love-hate relationship.

In case anyone is planning to buy poetry on sale, but hasn't finalized a selection yet, this is an opportunity to get even more bang for your buck.  The prerequisites are "Dare Not Speak" ($73.50) and "Pride and Shame" ($67.50).  Totaled they cost $141 at the regular half-off level, or $70.50 with the extra discount for spending $100+.  If you're thinking about that $100 sale, you could buy both of these, which unlocks the already-sponsored poem, AND still have room to pick another $60 worth of half-off poetry (which would discount down to the $30 needed to make up the $100 donation).

Not sure how much you like this storyline yet because only a tiny bit has been revealed?  It's what I wrote after watching Lex and Clark, Erik and Charles, and all the other mainstream bad boy/good boy pairings that end horribly; and thinking "Oh my gods I knew guys like this  in junior high and high school, somebody please take them behind the barn and give them a copy of The Joy of Gay Sex;" and then wondering what it would really take to move a relationship from messed-up conflict to something healthier.  The wider story arc launched with "Pulling Pigtails" is an exploration of what happens when young people take the rapetastic advice they get from society and try to use that in actual relationships, and how much more of a mess it makes when those kids have superpowers.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt sessions, and fills the "food" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. It is posted here in trade for a piece of demifiction in my P.I.E. setting. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. Note that it's early in Damask's story arc, despite being published after a bunch of other stuff, so the character interactions are at an earlier stage.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
There are four new verses in "Look at Me."  You can still reveal new ones by linking to the unsold poetry list or a favorite poem from this fishbowl. 
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was inspired by the "high and low" square on my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It was originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer as the linkback perk for the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

All 20 verses have been posted.  New verses may be revealed by linking to the unsold poetry page or a favorite poem published from this month's fishbowl.  Linkers include: [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] thnidu, [personal profile] helgatwb, and [personal profile] lynnoconnacht.  

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, you can now read "Not the Absence of Fear" in full.  See the aftermath of the big fight at SPOON as Clement struggles to save Pax.
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I was amused by this post about marriage equality in Kentucky, link courtesy of my partner Doug. What caught my attention was this bit:

The case against Gay Marriage was not made by the state's Attorney General, by the way. He refused to go in and defend the law so the Governor hired an outside law firm to argue that position. That was sure money well-spent.

Whatever your job is, you never know when it will give you an opportunity to showcase your morals on a public stage.  Sometimes, the best way to do your job is politely declining to do your job.  Justice can be refraining from perpetrating injustice.
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Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, "Faeder Way" is now complete.  Find out how the shifting human relationships affect their interaction with the fifers.

"Not the Absence of Fear" and "When the Road Is Bent" have also been fully funded.  I'll get the remaining verses of those posted later.
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (steamsmith)
This poem is from the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles, [livejournal.com profile] moriwen1, [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman, [livejournal.com profile] technogeekslass, and DW user Dialecticdreamer.  It also fills the "holly" square in my 6-18-14 card for the Christmas in July Bingo fest.  This poem belongs to the series The Steamsmith.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  Remember that this series costs double.  The rate is $1/line, so $5 will reveal 5 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] marina_bonomi

134 lines, Buy It Now = $134
Amount donated = $34
Verses posted = 8 of 37

Amount remaining to fund fully = $100
Amount needed to fund next verse = $4
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $4


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[personal profile] magistrate has written the story "Lessons of Flesh and Water," which started as snippets based on my prompt.  I liked it well enough to sponsor it so the story could be written out in full, and here it is.

There are two things I really love about this story.  First, of course, is the magical system; in my prompt I suggested a world in which the path to enlightenment and the path to magic are the same.  That idea is beautifully realized here, not just in the plot but in the tone and word choice.  Second is the profound sense of body dysphoria.  I know a number of folks who never feel at home in their bodies.  This story is one of the best portrayals that I have found of that experience -- and some different perspectives on how to cope with it.

Do you like this?  It belongs to the Shared Worlds project now, so you can build on it yourself if you wish, as described on the project page.  You can also watch for other prompt calls or activities by [personal profile] magistrate and leave prompts of your own.  I am very pleased to help bring this into the world so everyone can enjoy it.
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Here is an interesting essay about stories and who has the right to tell them.

My stance is that everyone has the right to create whatever they are inspired to create. They also get to decide whether or not to share that with anyone else.

Then it is the audience's turn. They might like the story. They might hate it. That's up to them.

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