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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Spiders. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was commissioned by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  It also fills the "septicemia / infected wounds" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo  fest.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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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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 [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters wrote the ficlet "woven with words" based on my prompt about discovering identity.  Some stories are true more than once.
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 [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters has posted a call for prompts on the theme of "identity, urban legends, or anything autumnal."  Leave prompts, get ficlets.  You can donate to extend a story.  
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Spiders. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12.

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Diane Severson Mori has interviewed me for Amazing Stories  magazine.  Read Part 1 now, and watch for Part 2 next week.  This includes two audio recordings of my poetry, one of them previously released of "The Scent of Memory" and the other newly made of "WaterSounds."

You can leave comments if you're logged into the magazine website, and there are buttons to share the link on your favorite social network.
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Spiders. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11. Skip to Part 14.

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This article claims to be about decision-making during sleep, but it's actually about learning during sleep.  See this one for the part about decision-making.  Basically, your brain keeps going while you sleep.  How sophisticated its behavior is during that time depends on a combination of innate talent and learned skill.  Both of these things -- sleep-learning and decision-making -- are easy for some people, achievable for others, and out of reach for some.  If you have the potential, you can develop it.

Sleep-learning is about backloading the subconscious part of your mind with information.  In my experience, this is most effective with iceberg material, where the majority of import lies within the subconscious mind.  For example, in learning a foreign language, vocabulary and grammar tend to go in the conscious mind but pronunciation, tone, native intuition, etc. go into the subconscious mind.  So playing that language while you sleep will help you learn how it's supposed to sound, and then when you wake up, you speak it better.

Decision-making works the opposite.  You go to sleep with everything already in mind, your subconscious processes it, and spits out an answer that comes to you when you wake up.  This works by letting your mind mull over things without being distracted by what you think  you should be thinking.

And of course, if you're a writer or other creative person, you probably have the experience of waking up in the middle of the night with a really hot idea.  Because your creative brain is kind of like a toddler just waiting for waking-you to fall asleep so it can pull everything out of the cupboards, see what fits together, and wake you up with a terrific crash.

There are have been people who say these techniques do not work.  That does not stop those of us who are using them from getting great results.  They're just things that not everyone can do, and they're not in an easy place to study or measure.  But there are starting to be glimmers of confirmation.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)

This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer about her character Aidan.  It also fills the "Wild Card: Daily Rituals" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.  It has been selected in an audience poll for the general fund.  This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

The following is a morning/evening prayer that Aidan uses, from his childhood, which is thousands of years ago.  It's bilingual in a version of Proto-Indo-European and English.  The cool thing about PIE is that it's primarily a set of word bones with a few grammatical guesses.  So if you want to extrapolate what a historic tribe might have been speaking, you can pick and choose among the variables until you get something you like.  Several linguists have done this for our world; listen to an example here.  (I can actually parse words out of that.)  Here's one for Terramagne.
 

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[personal profile] finch has posted a call for prompts on the theme of "autumn, pumpkin spice, monsters, fall leaves, October people, it's all fair game."  You may also request anything from the author's established settings, or particular character traits, etc.
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Spiders. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10. Skip to Part 13Part 14.

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There's a general fund poll to distribute $10.  Choose between continuing the open epic or sponsoring a new poem.  If you're not on LJ you can leave a comment to vote.
ysabetwordsmith: Paranormal detective Brenda in a wheelchair (PIE)

This poem came out of the September 16, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht[personal profile] the_vulture, and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "Character transformed into an animal" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the series P.I.E.
 

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This is the freebie for the September Crowdfunding Creative Jam.  It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion.  It also fills the "beautiful" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest and the "space travel" square on my Wordsmith Bingo card.  This poem belongs to The Blueshift Troupers project.
 

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ysabetwordsmith: Paranormal detective Brenda in a wheelchair (PIE)

This poem came out of the September 16, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from DW user [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart[personal profile] zianuray, and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "afternoon" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series P.I.E.

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