ysabetwordsmith: Two smiling women; Kelly is blonde and Dale is brunette (walking the beat)
This poem is from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was commissioned by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "social gathering" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Two smiling women; Kelly is blonde and Dale is brunette (walking the beat)
This poem came out of the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah, [personal profile] fred_mouse, [personal profile] janetmiles, and LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills "The Lovers" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Bingo fest. This poem has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl making its $200 goal. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
 Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] curiosity, the poem "Pillow Talk" is now complete.  Cuoio has the most fun losing an argument that he has ever had in his life.  :D
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This poem came out of the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "lost and found" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

Warning: This poem features some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are major spoilers. It contains unexpected travelers arriving at Sargasso Base, Bottleneck learning that he has a wife and daughter who survived the Massacre of Cascabel and now plan to stay with him, discussion of how everyone else in their families is dead, enormously awkward interpersonal dynamics, Bottleneck not knowing what to do with a crying woman, and other emotional whump. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, and fills the "consent is sexy" square in my 6-1-15 card for the June Relationship Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] curiosity.  It belongs to the Cuoio & Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

This microfunded poem is part of a package bought during the May half-price sale, to be paid on an installment plan.  So it's not seeking donations from other people, and the remaining material will be posted over time.

Warning: This poem contains some intimate topics.  Highlight to read more details, some of which are spoilers.  Cuoio things that talking about feelings and desires is boring. Chiara demonstrates otherwise. Sexy funtimes ensue. It's mostly bedsports and character development. This poem is definitely NSFW. If that's not your thing, you can skip it without missing too much plotty stuff.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "odd couple" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest, the "dangerous territory" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir fest, and the "Pre-Slash/Femslash/Het" square in my 10-2-15 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It begins with a serious nuclear emergency, then moves into awkward negotiations for aid, even more awkward revelations about relationships, lots of work fixing the reactor, identity strain, embarrassing conversations about relationship status, deep discussions about intimacy, and other challenges. Socket has been in love with Fortressa for a long time, and when Fortressa finds out, it really shakes things up. But they're still adorable together, and it's honestly one of the healthiest relationships in my cast list, especially among supervillains. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. It's a major change for Fortressa, though, so skipping it would be confusing later.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] curiosity is sponsoring the three poems in Cuoio & Chiara, on a payment plan.  The first part of "This Penetrating Intimacy" will go up presently.  Further material will be posted every other week as new payments arrive.  This is not the same as the usual microfunding-by-crowd so I'll need to modify the headers a bit.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Lb_lee. It also fills the square in my 1-23-16 card (Romantic) for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: Although generally sweet, this poem contains references to prejudiced and unsupportive behavior by some people around Danso and Noah. Think before you click.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Fiorenza)
This poem is spillover from the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Rowyn. It also fills the "motivation" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest and the "celebratory kiss" square in my 10-1-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman.

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Here is a thoughtful post about bisexual romance.

The about labeling romance based on sex/gender instead of orientation raises another issue that I've been exploring recently: cross-orientation relationships. There's almost no discussion of it, and that causes problems. Cross-orientation relationships can happen when someone with a wider span hooks up with someone of a narrower span, like bi/gay or bi/straight. It can also happen when someone falls in love with a person of incompatible orientation, but they don't want to give up the relationship, so they try to retune it into something both of them can live with. Frex, if a lesbian falls in love with a straight woman, they may not be compatible sexually but might be able to adapt into a queerplatonic relationship. Ace with anyone sexual is another example.  

I think my favorite cross-orientation relationship right now is Socket and Fortressa.  Socket is a lesbian.  Fortressa was previously involved with men but decided to abandon the whole love/sex thing -- and I don't think she's just celibate, I think she somehow hit her sexuality with a wrench until it crumpled into a motionless lump.  It certainly isn't the same shape it was,  and she doesn't respond to men the same way anymore.  So.  They started off with Socket in love with Fortressa, who had sworn off love, so Socket didn't say anything about it and set about becoming friends instead.  That has actually worked pretty well, except that now the cat is out of the bag and they have to deal with that realization.

I think that, if people don't even realize this is an option then they miss out on a lot of opportunities, and if they stumble into it by chance, it can cause tension because the patterns don't match exactly. Just as a M/F relationship requires accommodation of the sex/gender difference, orientation differences can take some adaptation too. That's hard if you don't know what the heck you're doing.

This especially comes up with bi folks, because while the inclination toward bisexuality is common, the number of people actually identifying as bi is a lot smaller. Many bi folks join up with someone(s) who is gay or straight. And some of the problems in bi erasure come precisely from that lack of awareness about cross-orientation relationships; without it, people have a nasty habit of thinking that being with someone of the opposite sex makes you straight, or the same sex makes you gay. It's a case where labeling can make things clearer: "No, I'm not gay. I'm a bisexual man in a cross-orientation relationship with a gay man."

The question of combinations is another one.  A majority of bi romance is written as MFF or FMM.  In effect that merges bi and poly romance.  This is a problem because many bi people are not poly, and many poly people are not bi, although there is a fair amount of overlap.  

I have some characters who are both bi and poly.  I have some poly families.  I actually have more poly families than people may notice, because not all of them are tied together entirely by sex, and I count poly based on strong, lasting relationships rather than just fucking -- it's about who moves through life as a social unit.  So if you mapped out the lines there would be some sex, some romance, some queerplatonic, etc. within a poly family, and that actually seems to be the norm based on poly families I have known.  Not all of them are a blob of everyone-sexing-everyone.

Plenty of my bi characters are in exclusive relationships, though.  Stan and Lawrence, Danso and Noah, they're in stable binary relationships.  So as usual, I'm doing my "tell ALL the stories" thing.
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[personal profile] shiori_makiba is hosting "Thank Muse It's Friday" today, with a theme of "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing."  Come ask for romance, family affection, queerplatonic love, or whatever else your heart desires.  Let's spread out the diversity of loving connections in literature.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is writing a booster story for this.  Link to "Thank Muse It's Friday" and you'll add words to the Polychrome Heroics story "Daisy Chains," in which the social worker Matt Hudson brings a misplaced toddler to the Bluehill police station.  Despite the serious background topic, the story itself cottoncandy fluff.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was the linkback perk for the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl, originally posted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It came out of the January 2016 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] alexseanchai, and [personal profile] technoshaman. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem is mostly positive, but contains some sensitive topics. Highlight to read the spoilery warnings. There is an unplanned pregnancy in a "friends with benefits" relationship, along with mild angst and surprise as the characters cope with it -- but they handle it really well. If these are issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from LJ user Draggon_flye and Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "such a gentleman" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Draggon_flye. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics and is a companion poem to "All You Can Do Is Feel."

Note: This poem is all M/F sexyfuntimes. If that's not your cuppa tea, you can skip it without missing more than some background characterization and discussion of super sex lives.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "first kiss" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes consensual romantic activity that abruptly goes awry due to nobody's fault, nonverbal revocation of consent and prompt halting of activity, a minor panic attack, sexual confusion, some very awkward conversation trying to figure out what's going on, and other challenges. They do make up quickly, but don't go back to kissing in this scene. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Two smiling women; Kelly is blonde and Dale is brunette (walking the beat)
This poem came out of the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] aldersprig and Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "candlelight" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

Note: This poem consists entirely of hawt lesbian action. If that's not something you're into, you can skip it without missing any of the serial plot. They're married, everyone already knew they're having sex.

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ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from LJ user Paantha and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "trusting" square in my 12-1-15 card for the Defining Character Bingo fest, and the "vampires" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

Warning: Although the tone of this poem is largely sweet, it is also quite intense and contains some things that not everyone enjoys. Highlight to see the details, some of which are spoilers. Two sections explore relations between Igor and Victor, then Csilla with Dénes and Dorottya. There are messy medical details, radical trust, deep intimacy, emotional surrender, some internal and interpersonal angst, demisexual challenges, vampire feeding, and other interesting stuff. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This year the Valentine's Day Bingo fest over in [community profile] allbingo is using 3x3 cards in several different categories. I have decided to play the Romantic and Platonic ones. The fest runs from February 1-29. People can make cards and start writing early, but posting doesn't begin until February 1. (See all my 2016 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

All fills are linked on the claim post.

ROMANTIC CARD

Such a gentlemanFirst kissCandlelight
Love Without LimitsROMANTIC:
Demiromantic
Taking It Slow
Separation & reunionOdd coupleOur Special Place



PLATONIC CARD

Nonsexual TouchNurture Self-WorthSurrender
Sleeping with a comfort objectPLATONICSomeone reads a story to you
Talk with a FriendQueerplatonicAsexual / Demi Species

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Based on my prompt, [personal profile] shiori_makiba has posted the lovely poem "A Net of Promises" from the 'Ohana series.  Polyfolks talk about parenting together.

See also "Felt Like a Broken Promise" from the same series.
ysabetwordsmith: Family and horse in front of barn (Hart's Farm)
This poem came out of the December 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, and [personal profile] eseme. It also fills the "stranded" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest, the "inventive" square in my 12-1-15 card for the Defining Character Bingo fest, the "huddle for warmth" square in my 10-1-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest, and the "orgasm" square in my 10-2-15 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been selected as the free perk for the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. It belongs to the series Hart's Farm.

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