ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the September 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron. It also fills the "situational Awareness" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] clockworklady and EdorFaus. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Here is my card for the iPod Shuffle Music Fest hosted by [personal profile] kiramaru7 and [personal profile] spiralicious  on [community profile] allbingo.  It uses song titles for inspiration, divided into separate batches.  No minimum word counts or exclusions this time, and fills can be anything inspired by the prompts; they don't have to be songfics. (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. 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.


iPod Shuffle Music Fest Card

I’ll be ThereHard WorkHomeThe TruthSmile
In the MallMoneyFighterColder WeatherFriends in Low Places
Must be Doin’ Somethin’ RightEverybody HurtsWILD CARDGives You HellThrift Shop
Pictures of YouTake it EasyWhyCloserBlack Mollies
All of YouHappy HolidaysNeed you NowBreatheThe Scientist
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] gingicat and other readers under "Through Infirmity of the Flesh" regarding changes in CPR practice; and folks with whom I've discussed how to modify first aid training for people with disabilities. Note that it takes serious digging to unearth solid references for the latest practices: I have now done this for you, with help from those recently-trained readers. This poem also fills the "successes" square in my 8-1-16 card in Group Dynamics and Character-Building. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] daisiesrockalot, and [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Extra perk: Anyone with a current CPR card, or now in training, speak up and you can reveal a verse of any open linkback poem.

Warning: This poem contains graphic descriptions of CPR training, and other intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features messy medical discussions and demonstrations, disability issues including the awkward process of adapting to a new one, poor self-esteem, educational challenges, struggling with learning modes, frustration, self-recrimination, body dysphoria, flashbacks, reference to previously losing someone to a drug overdose, discussion of sensitive issues about skin tone and first aid, challenges of soup care, minor physical overstrain, and other issues. For the most part, though, it's an upbeat poem and it takes a close look at how an adept teacher modifies a class to accommodate the learning needs of a diverse student body. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the June 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] alatefeline. It also fills the "vicious" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot and [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains graphic and controversial material. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It's about Dr. Bloch's response to the incident in which Jimar got sick from contaminated drugs. Many people have debated the best way to discourage anyone from using or selling drugs. Those all having failed, Dr. Bloch decides to try describing the medical effects and how to treat them. It's a logical consequence; it's intended to teach, not to humiliate or to harm. But it is meant to make them uncomfortable, and some people may consider that a gray area in the spectrum of discipline and punishment or of medical ethics. Other challenging content includes involuntary education, of people who probably already have educational trauma, awkward attitudes about disability, discussions of loss, vulgar language, graphic description of messy medical details, mental combat against largely unarmed opponents, in which Dr. Bloch cleans everyone's clock, terror weapons, graphic descriptions of their results, nausea and vomiting, harassment, not-so-veiled threats, remorse, painfully honest discussions about addicts, and other mayhem. Folks with a history of substance issues, medical abuse, or school trauma may want to think twice about this one. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. It does develop Dr. Bloch's activities and there's a later poem that builds on it, but it's not in Shiv's main line, so skipping it shouldn't leave a huge gap.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It was inspired by the article "Policing with Velvet Gloves." It also fills the "peace" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread in the Polychrome Heroics series, directly following "Show a Genuine Concern" and "They Really Almost Got Me."

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This poem came out of the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] capriuni, and [personal profile] sweet_sparrow. It also fills the "regression" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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This poem came out of the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kelkyag, [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu, and Zelofheda on DW. It also fills Row 2 ("group purpose," "group permeability," "sense of group identity," and "role fluidity / rigidity") in my 9-2-16 Group Dynamics card for the Worldbuilding 4x4x4 Festival. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It belongs to the Monster House series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes unexpected visitors, a panicking closet monster, references to child sexual abuse which is offscreen but ongoing, child emulation, implications of killing the perpetrators, and symptoms of traumatic stress. However, appropriate comfort is supplied and the problem is about to be very thoroughly solved. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. This poem is not tied into an ongoing plot, so skipping it shouldn't cause any confusion.

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I found this documentary about homelessness in Anchorage, which is one of the worst places in the world to be homeless due to environmental hazards.  They have some social services that try to buffer the dangers, but a lot of people still die.

The first solution to homelessness is simply to put people in homes.  Society needs to guarantee people a place to stay, if it doesn't want them camping out and perhaps freezing to death.  Shelters don't count, and neither does any other kind of monitored living.  Those interventions drive people away from help.  They need their own apartment or house with the same freedoms and dignities as everyone else.

The second main thing the homeless need is income.  That means jobs for those who can work, which is a lot of them; or some kind of public assistance for those who can't work.  This is much cheaper than leaving them on the street to subsist through begging, stealing, or emergency services.

The third thing they need is resources.  That includes everything from supplies to health care.  Most homeless aid focuses on very small, short-term things like food or emergency medical care.  That might keep people from dying right in front of you but it does not solve the problem.  You have to make it possible for them to build up the components of a healthy life.

And you have to do all this in ways that the homeless population will find attractive because it meets their needs, and not shy away from due to strings attached.  People don't risk death from exposure for no reason.  If they're sleeping in the snow, it is because there are not enough shelters and/or those places are literally worse than death.

It's something I write about, periodically, because some of my characters are homeless.  Danso and his family were homeless for months.  Turq has been on the street even longer, and it's hard for him to accept help even when the offerings are safe and not judgmental.  So I keep an eye out for ways to address these kinds of problems.  How do you meet the emergency needs, how do you give people a route back into society, how do you get people back into homes, and especially how do you fix the root causes that drive people into homelessness in the first place?  Solutions exist, a few places are using them, but most just can't be arsed.
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Here's an example of police brutality. This is what terrorism looks like. It is the use of violence and fear in an effort to control people, promoted by the government. It also illuminates some problems common among police today.

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Here is a surprisingly astute article about surviving an earthquake which advises sheltering beside  large objects instead of underneath them.  Sure enough, look at the pictures: there are gaps beside things where a person could hide.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "worth it" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Murasaki. It belongs to the Cuoio and Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Cuoio attends a Family dance with Chiara and Salvo (who is dressed en femme). A bully from Salvo's family shows up and starts harassing him again. Cuoio puts a stop to that very forcefully. The poem contains a lot of social interaction, most of it positive but some angsty, attempted gender policing, fatalistic feelings about past and present mistreatment, feeling unsafe at a family event, distrust of formal methods of problem-solving that haven't worked in the past, moderate violence, unfamiliarity with local customs, and other challenges. Current environment is largely supportive, and it works out pretty well in the end. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "It's Okay" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series. Regarding the backstory, some of that rests on things which have been written but not yet published by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, the gist of which is that Mercedes, California has a fork problem making life hard on the Finn family due to their connection with superpowers.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "selfish" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and directly follows "To Give the Problem Back." Make sure you've read that one, or this one won't make much sense.


WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. The inside of Shiv's head is a terrible, horrible mess and even with Dr. G and Dr. Bloch both trying to help, much of what Shiv thinks or feels in this scene is bent to hell. This includes poor self-image, low sense of self-worth, reluctance (but not complete refusal) to talk about any of the problems, trouble believing that problems can be fixed, a metric fuckton of awful memories making current challenges even harder, assumptions that current people will misbehave in the same ways as previous people have, Shiv's inevitable misery and anxiety over having his boundaries violated recently, some very fatalistic views about that, exploration of distorted thought patterns, low expectations of relationships, attachment disorder, confusion, physical skittishness, feeling completely unheard, fractious communication, and other emotional mayhem. Readers who have had challenges with counseling or other health care in the past may find this a difficult read. However, by the end of the conversation, the situation is greatly improved. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek and an earlier comment. It also fills the "hurt/comfort" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been selected as the free epic for the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "forced to rely on enemy / rival" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics. Highlight to read the spoilery warnings. It covers the aftermath of interpersonal violence, where Calliope and Vagary are trying to figure out what is going wrong with their interactions and how to change that to match their personal and surrounding cultural standards. This includes advance planning for couples therapy, with some very detailed examination of their own and each other's issues. At this point their feelings and responses are muddled, so beware of questionable reliability in the narrative and advisability of character actions. If these are sensitive spots for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Here's a good article (although graphic in places) about police training for mental health issues.  I got some good poetry out of this, but it took long enough I lost track of who sent me the link.  Ping me if you want to see the new Officer Pink stuff it inspired.
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I saw this article about Little Free Pantries, a variation of Little Free Libraries.   These stock food and beverages, occasionally things like craft supplies that are more typical of a Givebox.  It's an effective way to patch small gaps in food access, which improves public health and safety.
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This is my card for the Survival Bingo fest hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer on [community profile] allbingo.  It's about hardship, endurance, survival, and what comes after.  No minimum word counts or exclusions this time, just an invitation to put your characters in danger and see how they cope (or not). (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. 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.


SURVIVAL BINGO

disabilitylosslonelinessweaknesspride
situational awarenessgathering courageangsthopevindication
sudden threatpersonal growthWILD CARDinsight4F response
discoveryaccidentshockregressionpoor decision
lifestyle choiceexcitementfearbondingsadness

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