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 Thanks to a donation from LJ user Ng_moonmoth, "Foursquare" is now complete.  See how the game is played with superpowers.
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 [personal profile] helgatwb made an icon for [personal profile] chanter_greenie based on the mentally stressed medieval beasts I posted recently.  So [personal profile] chanter_greenie wrote this piece about spring, which I would class as creative nonfiction.  It is primarily about smells, so my vision-impaired readers should definitely check it out.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by this video. It also fills "The Heart of the Jungle/Forest" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This poem contains more violence than typical for this setting. The warnings are spoilers; highlight to read. Some Kraken supervillains on an illegal mission are taken completely by surprise. Out of a five-person team, three are killed, one has unknown injuries, and one escapes with emotional rather than physical injuries. This is what can happen when a critter has superpowers and doesn't realize how much damage it's doing. Support from surrounding characters varies. The PTSD on Hoon's character sheet below the poem is from this incident. Consider your headspace and tolerance for violence before reading onward.

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From [personal profile] kate and parts yonder:

When you see this, share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs.


Nearly a year had passed
since Timmy got snuffed by
the Thief of Tomorrowmorrow.
-- "Nightmares at Noon"

"Look at this," Fiddlesticks said,
using his lightpen to circle
a window between two BASH agents.
That window showed a matching one
in the neighboring house, inside which
a toddler could clearly be seen.
-- "Critical Analysis"

At the side office they were supposed to enter, however, everything was a shambles. Mewing and rustling paper and muffled curses echoed through the door. Bai peeked in carefully, Alikara hugging his elbow. Inside the small office devoted to pets and other hobbies, a litter of skykittens scrambled and glided and pounced over every surface. They knocked over ink and got their little paws in the licenses. A harried License Assistant pursued them, his fine shirt coming unbuttoned in the fray. A carton tipped over and spilled pages to flutter through the air.
-- "Little Paws in the Licenses"
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This story is from the January 2015 Torn World Muse Fusion. It was inspired by LJ user Sassy_bovine. It also fills the "flirting" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This story belongs to the Torn World project, although it has not yet been approved by the Canon Board.

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They spy on you.  The potential for abuse is enormous.

Remember that paper books do not track which parts of them you read.  If you read books in a library without checking them out, or buy with cash, there is no way to tell which ones you have read.  This protects sensitive information.

It does not matter if what you are doing is legal.  The police are not obligated to know or follow laws; they can arrest you if they THINK you're breaking a law when you're not.  People have been arrested for reading or even just having books or other learning materials that somebody thought they shouldn't have.
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This is the freebie for the January 2015 Torn World Muse Fusion. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "tragedy" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This story belongs to the Torn World project, but has not yet been approved by the Canon Board so there may be changes before it reposts on the official site.

WARNING: Although this story has some lighter notes, for the most part it is very sad, and it deals with topics which many people would find upsetting. Think about whether you want to read further. The warnings contain spoilers and potentially squicky terms; highlight to read them. This story contains references to stillbirth, infant deformity, some messy medical details, a lesbian having sex with men due to a sense of procreative duty, emotional tension over job related issues, relationship stress, and other difficulties. The woman's friends are mostly supportive, and the ending offers opportunities for restoring some hope. Choose mindfully.

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The Torn World Muse Fusion is running January 23-25.  Drop by and give us prompts, or claim prompts to write about!  You don't have to be familiar with the world to write, draw, or create other stuff for it -- although of course that helps, and there are oodles of articles, stories, etc. to get you started.  Fiction, art, poetry, crafts, demifiction, it's all good.


What I Have Written

"Broken Hopes" is a story about unexpected loss, the freebie for this session.  Northern relationship stuff.

"Brewing Beauty" is a story about Mirulani courting a beautiful young scientist.  F/F fluff romance with flirting and kissing.

A skykitten prompt inspired the story "Little Paws in the Licenses" and is a sequel to "Raining Kittens." Bai and Alikara go to the Licensing Office and find chaos.
1504 words, Buy It Now = $45.12
Now with an adorable illustration by [personal profile] ellenmillion!


From My Prompts

From [personal profile] ellenmillion: "I used The Lost Bead in conjunction with the Thimbleful Thursday writing prompt to get a flashfiction of 200 words: Icing on the cake. It will be publicly available once I give it a polish!"

Stark Trek

Jan. 23rd, 2015 01:57 am
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Stark Trek ...

I bet Tony's bedpost has even more notches than Jim's, of infinite diversity in infinite combinations. Also the ship/captain interactions would be even more awesome because of JARVIS.

Let's see now, obviously Bruce is the chief medical officer, but Hulk is security when he comes out. Steve must be the head of security. Bucky is Steve's second, recently recovered after being reported MIA, but now he's got a weirdly powerful metal arm and holes in his memory. Natasha is probably security too. Clint is so much a scout as well as an assassin, I think he'd be in charge of landing parties. (Ship's casualty rate goes down, enemy's goes up.) He might also man the weapons station on the bridge. Pepper would be the communication officer. Betty for science officer ... but she *transferred* from security and if you mess with her or Bruce, she will rearrange your face and ribcage. Phil has the helm, and never gets tired of using "don't distract the driver" lines when the bridge gets fractious. Engineering has some poor, henpecked redshirt because of course Captain Stark came up through that department and if the ship is really hurt, he delegates the bridge and goes down to fix the engine *personally*.  Also 50% of the crew should be female, the way God and Gene Roddenberry intended.

I would read/watch the hell out of this.  Anyone want to write me some?
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This poem is from the November 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "obedience" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It was inspired by this sign, some charming development from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer in her story "Salvaging" Part 2 and by the "hunger / starvation" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has a thoughtful discussion about warnings on fiction which has spawned lengthy and interesting conversations.  If this topic interests you, definitely take a look.  It's especially useful if you write/make stuff and have thought about whether to use warnings or what kind.
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This poem is from the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] helgatwb and [personal profile] janetmiles. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] rix_scaedu. This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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I got to thinking about the literary device of a "fixed point in time" that can't be changed by a time traveler -- an event that always happens, an earliest thing that can be changed and beyond that can't be reached, etc.  It usually seems like a deus ex machina copout to me.  (An exception is if the time travel mode itself has a limited travel range, as most conveyances do: a practical rather than arbitrary restriction.)  So then I noodled around ideas that might work better, and thought of ...

Time Jenga.  There are not fixed points in time.  There are load-bearing  points in time.  They cannot be altered while the weight is resting on them, because it pins them in place.  However, you can move things around in other parts of the timespace continuum.  That causes the load to shift, releasing pressure to make some points malleable while pinning new ones down.  A time traveler with a specific goal may be able to meet it directly, or may discover that it is currently stuck and have to figure out what else to change so as to release it.

Basically, it's the opposite of every "don't change anything because butterflies" story ever.  The whole point is to run around making changes that you think will loosen what you're trying to fix ... but without toppling the whole tower or destroying the universe in the process.  Quality in a time traveler, then, is less based on range or subtlety than on an exceptional grasp of temporal physics and connectivity, whether obtained via logic or intuition.  You can eyeball the structure and calculate the load, or you can touch it very delicately to feel for loose pieces.

Except of course that real life is less like the orderly stack of Jenga blocks and far more like a game of Bausack Towers in which God keeps giving you the Christmas trees.
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This essay makes it sound like this is no longer a problem.  Well, it got quieter for a while, but I see a lot of berserk white people and terrorized black people now.  Trying to convince a crazy white person not to beat or murder blacks if they feel like is much like trying to convince a rapist not to assault women.  They don't think it's wrong; they think they're entitled to it; and they will do it if they damn well feel like it.  You can try to fix the legal system to discourage it; good luck with that.  You can kill if them if they attack you, though it means you'll usually be punished for not being a pleasing victim.  You can hope you're submissive enough to be permitted to live in shame and fear.  Well, fuck all that.  It's the fault of berserk white people and asshole rapists, not their victims.  You can't do anything to "deserve" a criminal violating you.  It's wrong.  It's a crime.  Put the blame where it belongs.  And don't think it's "over."  It won't be over until we build a society based on community and equality, not racism, sexism, and all the other isms that should be wasms.
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This poem is from the January 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion and [personal profile] alexseanchai.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] chordatesrock. This poem belongs to the Astin thread of the series An Army of One.

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This poem is from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "choosing a gift" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Damask & Farce storyline of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem came out of the August 6, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chordatesrock and LJ user Kelkyag. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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