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 Mashup trailer.  Hans, you creepy creeper who creeps a lot, you are sooooo busted.
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This poem came out of the June 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] thnidu, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] rix_scaedu, and LJ user kelkyag. It also fills the "Old Things: Heirlooms, Antiques, Nostalgia" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.  This poem belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.


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[personal profile] clare_dragonfly  has written another Ursulan Cycle story, "The New Queen."  So far an opening excerpt has been posted, and the rest is available for sponsorship.  Also she presents this illustration for Sir Gwanwyn.
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Here is the last of the recently sponsored Schrodinger's Heroes stories written by [personal profile] chanter_greenie.  "Keeping a Logbook" puts a human face on refugees and the people who help them flee in hope of a better life.  That's something we need more of in today's world.
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[personal profile] clare_dragonfly has written a story to my prompt about Morgan raising Morwenna, and Morgause being pushy.  I just adore seeing a well-written teen father!  Read the part of "Fatherhood" that I sponsored.  There's still about half of it looking for funds, if anyone wants to chip in.

You can also read "Recruitment Day," about Sir Electra and Sir Brandigen joining the court of King Uthyr.
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I have put the background material and content list for the Ursulan Cycle on my website. 
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Here is a staunch essay about the need for diversity in speculative fiction

I hear ya, bro.  Write the future you want to bring forth.

Here's one of mine, The Blueshift Troupers.  I made that because I was sick to death of dystopic SF, and I want my future back.  So have some sensawonda with diversity sauce.  Yes, I was thinking of the original Star Trek when I wrote it, thank you Gene Roddenberry for imagining a future in which people of different backgrounds could get along.
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This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "Conflicting Obligations/Oaths" square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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This poem is spillover from the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] aoifes_isle. It also fills the "anticipation" square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored out of the general fund, based on an audience poll. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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[personal profile] clare_dragonfly has written another spectacular story in the Ursulan Cycle.  "Morwenna" tells of the conception and birth of Morwenna, daughter of Morgan Tud and Ursula.  In addition to being a great addition to the storyline, it's a very sweet and thoughtful rendition of unplanned teen pregnancy and how to deal with that responsibly.  Morgan makes an adorable  father.
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This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] clare_dragonfly. It also fills the "regret" square in the Birthday Bingo Fest Public Card 7-29-14. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the Ursulan Cycle.

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The problem with teaching "no means no" is that for a lot of people, it doesn't. When they say no, people ignore them and force them.  This happens all the time.  People in power want what they want, and often they don't care how that affects others.  They want things done their way, even if it doesn't work for someone else.  They want rules to be followed, even if that hurts someone.  

The result is that people learn, "power means no."  If you have power, you can say no and force people to respect that.  If you don't have power, people will do whatever they want to you, and your wishes are irrelevant.  Saying no just pisses them off and often makes them hurt you worse.

So if you want to stop all the massive problems that are caused by violating people's agency, you can't just say "no means no."  You have to DO it.  That means accepting "no" when somebody says it to you, even if you have the power to force them.  Don't force an issue unless it's a serious matter of safety -- and even then, consider the cost.
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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, based on discussion with [personal profile] lynnoconnacht and other fans. It also fills the "If Only You'd Notice Me: Yearning & Obliviousness" square in my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. It has been selected as the free epic for the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl meeting the $200 goal. This poem belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.

Note: This poem contains frank discussion of teen sex/romance, exploration of sexual orientation, some rude terms for same, evolving relationships, mistakes and reparations, mentoring, and other serious topics along with the fluff. The overall tone is positive, but sensitive readers may want to consider their headspace in deciding when to read this.

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[personal profile] chanter_greenie has posted the Orange!verse stories "Outbander" and "Musical Gift."

Two more are slated for publication within the next few days, "Keeping A Logbook" and "Dual Path Echo." 

There is also a new story in progress, "QRM." 

Newly sponsorable:
"Modulation"
"We're geese, not coyotes." Carlos and Quinn make a run to Detroit.
Orange!verse, $28
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 [personal profile] clare_dragonfly has written an awesome story, "The Shield in the Flame," for the Ursulan Cycle.  Read about how Ursula discovers her true identity.
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This poem is from the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] helgatwb and [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "camp" square in my 3-30-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. This poem has been posted as the linkback perk for the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It belongs to the series Beneath the Family Tree, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

All verses have been posted.  You can reveal more verses by linking to the unsold poetry list or a favorite poem from this fishbowl.  Special thanks to linkers [personal profile] aoifes_isle, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] siliconshaman, [personal profile] thnidu, [personal profile] helgatwb, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon, [personal profile] mdlbear, Twitter user Harriet Clough, and [personal profile] janetmiles.

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