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This is the freebie for the March Muse Fusion over in Torn World. It was inspired by the prompt "Ressa off the clock."


"Off the Clock"


Ressa treasures the time
after hours when she does not
have to be Ressa the Clerk
or Ressa the Carnal Guild worker.

She can let her hair down,
a fall of straight brown silk
that covers her back like a shawl,
and brush it until it shines.

She can fill the tub with hot water
and pour scented oil over the surface
so that curls of white steam rise up
over the rainbow shimmers.

Some nights, Ressa soaks for an hour,
fantasizing what it would be like
if Bai were free to climb in with her
without worrying about entanglements.

She imagines how he would
play with her hair, so gently,
washing and rinsing the dark mass,
then brushing it out as it dried.

But she is alone in her bath,
as always, so some nights
she just washes quickly to get clean
and then climbs into bed.

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This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LiveJournal user Westrider. It also fills the "Recycle / recycling" square on the Spring and Autumn Bingo public card over in [community profile] allbingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek.

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This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "holding hands" square in my 3-30-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. This poem belongs to The Ocracies series.

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This is the freebie for today's session. It was prompted by [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "Seeking / Finding love" square in my 3-30-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo  fest.

Torn World is a science fantasy shared world.  This is the character sheet for Tetefii (who is adoptable, by the way).  One interesting thing about Northern culture is they don't have rigidly defined professions or dress codes according to gender, although there are a few gender-specific rules.  They're also pretty loose about sexual orientation, although of course some people have strong preferences.  Far more important in most people's lives is their occupation role: domestic (working in the village) or ranger (working in the wilderness).  But there are always some people who blur the lines ...


"Outdoor Men and Indoor Men"


Tetefii likes men.
She likes them tall and short,
old and young, funny and solemn.

In particular, she likes
indoor men and outdoor men.

During the long winters,
she cuddles up with domestics,
their soft hands finding
all the right places.

During the brief summers,
she runs wild with rangers
who show her hidden grottoes
where nobody will notice
if they are not, for a few minutes,
actually gathering food and craft materials.

Tetefii likes men,
but not just  men --

she enjoys the company
of men who wear dresses and raise children,
who are not so loud and fierce
and always concerned about
putting a bead on somebody's necklace

and, sometimes, she looks to
the women who wear breeches
and take snow-unicorns on long journeys,
their arms full of adventure instead of infants.

The thing about middle work is this:
you're never only a domestic or only a ranger.
You're always a little of both,
a bridge binding the two halves together,
a rocker between age-mates.

The thing about flexibility in love is this:
you find a lot more of it that way.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] janetmiles, "The Feast of Saint Valentine" is now complete!  Find out how Victor and Igor work through their relationship issues.
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 [personal profile] kay_brooke has written "Striving" based on my prompt.  This is a beautiful and heartbreaking story that completely redesigns the idea of "cheating" on someone.  Because sometimes, "the other woman" isn't a person at all ...
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Here's a useful set of observations about love.

The top 5 points are generally applicable.  The later ones deal more in cultural differences between men and women, and/or Ask-Hint communication styles.  In particular, an Ask couple (or moresome) will run high to explicit communication, a Hint couple will be mutually fluent in unspoken agreement, and a mixed couple will have the cited disagreements about "talk to me, I can't read your mind."
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Thanks to a donation by LiveJournal user Baaing_tree, there are 8 new verses in "The Feast of Saint Valentine."  Victor and Igor try to talk about their relationship.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] janetmiles, there are 9 new verses in "The Feast of Saint Valentine."  Igor wakes up, and Victor attempts to discuss what happened.
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Thanks to a donation from LiveJournal user Patina, there are 17 new verses in "The Feast of Saint Valentine."  Victor rouses more help in search for the absent Igor. 
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Today is the last day of the half-price poetry sale in Walking the Beat.  There is one poem left, "Sweetening the Pot" at $29.25, which features community problem-solving as Pamela wants to take up beekeeping and some neighbors are alarmed.  Links to all the sponsored poems appear on the sale page, so you can go read those in case you've missed any.
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I've made a bingo down the I column of my 1-31-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  This also applies to the Bingo Valentines fest running in [community profile] allbingo
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This poem came out of the January 21, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] mdlbear. It also fills the "disability" square in my 8-29-13 Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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This poem came out of the January 21, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] siliconshaman and [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu.  It also fills the "exhaustion" square in my 18-8-13 card for the Genprompt Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman.  It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

WARNING: The later part of this poem contains some intense scenes. Highlight for details. These include animal abuse and Dale doing a not-so-great job of managing her disability. If these are sensitive topics for you, please think carefully before deciding whether to read onward.

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This poem came out of the January 21, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] perfectworry. It also fills the "Huddle for Warmth" square on my 1-2-14 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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The half-price sale is now SOLD OUT.  Thank you for your support!

This week the unsold contents of Walking the Beat are on sale for half price, running February 17-23. If you can't afford to sponsor a whole poem, remember that epic poems (anything over 60 lines) can be funded at $.25/line. This series is contemporary lesbian romance.  It features themes of family, community, love and friendship, life changes, disability and ability, ethnic cultures, and local color from Jamaica Plain.

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This poem came out of the February 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] the_vulture and [livejournal.com profile] thnidu.  It also fills the "brand new" square in my 1-31-14 card for the Origfic Bingo fest, and the "embracing imperfection" square in my 2-1-14 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] the_vulture.

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