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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] bookblather has written a villanelle, "The Holy and the Broken," about helping each other.  It is beautiful and deep.
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The August Crowdfunding Creative Jam is open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal.  Our theme is "Communication & Community."  Come give us prompts or claim ideas to write!

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is offering 100-word snippets in exchange for prompts.  You may have seen some of her demifiction or fiction floating around.


What I Have Written

"The Wind Traders" -- this month's freebie features sentient trees who communicate over the ocean.

"Father Sun, Mother Moon" / Pætair Sowel, Mater Mehin -- 16 lines, $10 (Polychrome Heroics)
It's taken me over an hour, but I managed to hack out a morning and evening prayer in Proto-Indo-European. It should resemble the reconstructed roots and some later words, but it's not identical -- this would have been one tribal dialect out of many. The verses are in English and PIE, and I counted both because of how long it took. "Father Sun, Mother Moon" is written in free verse, but if you look closely you'll see some alliteration and assonance, and cadence, that helps tie things together.  It's something from Aidan's history.

"The Other Way Around" -- 106 lines, $53 (Schrodinger's Heroes)
Your prompt about Vic inspired the free-verse poem "The Other Way Around," coping with differences in identity and communication between the dimensions. Fortunately he has Quinn to help. 


From My Prompts

"Brittle Words" -- [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written a snippet about Drew Finn, one of her characters in the Polychrome Heroics setting, as they talk about a wedding.  In the illustration, Drew is the young man in the blue sweater.

"The Green Book" -- [personal profile] dialecticdreamer wrote this snippet about women mercenaries in King Uthyr's court, for the Ursulan Cycle.

"Foreign Perspective" -- [personal profile] dialecticdreamer posted the beginning of a story about Aidan and Hadyn learning to interact with each other.  This is another Polychrome Heroics story.

"Lettered" -- [personal profile] clare_dragonfly wrote this story about Morgan's education and the community of scholars in a monastery.  It belongs to the Ursulan Cycle.
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This is the freebie for the August 2014 Crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] clare_dragonfly. It also fills the "trade winds" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.

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I'm disappointed in my country right now. The shooting in Ferguson, Missouri is a disgraceful mess. So I wrote this as a reminder that police are supposed to de-escalate situations, not make them worse.

Remember that you don't have to stay silent when people are behaving badly. You can speak up and act out for the kind of world you want to live in. In this case, you can help by reblogging this poem or linking to it here, so that more people will see it and the resources under it.  You could also write or draw something of your own.

This poem fills the "rape / non-con" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics; Hefty and Fiddlesticks are characters in the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread.

Warning:  Rude racial language, awkward interactions, police action, references to sexual assault and possible domestic abuse.  Despite the challenges, though, the overall tone is relatively positive as it focuses on damage control.

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This poem is from the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "confession in desperate situation" square of my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

Warning:  This poem features a child getting lost and adults talking about lack of faith.  If these are sensitive topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.



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The second general fund poll split the money between the two open epics.  "The Impractical Cat" has 10 new verses with more fighting between Farce and Damask in the bar.  "A Cat May Look at a Queen" has 4 new verses, in which Victoria arrives.
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This poem is from the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] brushwolf, [personal profile] rix_scaedu, LJ user Moriwen1, and Twitter user Harriet Clough. It also fills the "undeserved reputation" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem touches on some tense points in civil rights history, with some offensive language to match.

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I have put the background material and content list for the Ursulan Cycle on my website. 
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Based on an audience poll, there will be a half-price sale in Frankenstein's Family, running from August 18-24. 
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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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Recently I've been discussing tone with some of my fans, regarding the series Polychrome Heroics. In terms of morality and the spectrum of positive-negative energy, Terramagne is just a bit higher upslope than our world is. So a majority of the poems set therein have a positive slant overall; even if there are challenges, things usually end on an upbeat. However, I feel that it's important to show the exceptions too, so some of the poems are darker. No world is without its ugly bits. If you fling people around with superpowers, sometimes they're going to get hurt really bad, and not always in ways that can get fixed. I aim to create a reading experience which is enjoyable, plausible, and useful.

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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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Well, the general fund poll was tied, but more money came in, so I decided that the logical thing to do was post both the shorter poems and put the rest into epic poetry.

This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "Relative Values: Families" square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem was selected in an audience poll to be sponsored from the general fund. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some very difficult family dynamics and emotional!whump. Readers who are sensitive about relationship distress should consider their tastes and headspace before deciding whether to read onward.

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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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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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This poem is from the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] aoifes_isle, [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah, [personal profile] rix_scaedu, LJ user the_vulture, and Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "atonement" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It belongs to the series Tripping into the Future, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

WARNING: This poem deals with war, weapons of mass destruction, isolation, and depression.  If these are touchy topics for you, please think carefully before deciding whether you want to read onward.






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This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.

WARNING: For Adolf Hitler. Because Hitler is always a warning. Nazi propaganda, nontelepathic mind control, ugly history.

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