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The following poems from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "
Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," "Leaves Upon the Water," "The Quick Brown Fox," "Lead Us in Peace," and "We Will Fade into You." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.


"Beatdown"
A couple of DW prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Beatdown." When his old gang from Lincoln starts stirring up trouble, Shiv pushes back in an artistic fashion. Boss Batir is about to learn what a mistake he made.
412 lines, Buy It Now = $206

Shiv relished his newfound freedom,
but he tried to resist the temptation
to go out and make trouble from scratch.

Boss White frowned on that kind of thing,
and besides, just because Shiv had
made it six months didn't mean that
he wanted to get arrested again.


"Big Brother and the Cyberbully"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Big Brother and the Cyberbully." The strength of internet trolls is that they strike from hiding and are hard to reach in person. The weakness is that they're very dependent on the internet. When a cyberbully does grievous damage, a supervillain makes a calculated counterattack.
106 lines, Buy It Now = $53

(The above poem is about the aftermath of a suicide, so I don't want to post just an excerpt of that. If you want to see a free sample before sponsoring it, contact me and I'll send that backchannel.)

"Changes Over Time"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Changes Over Time." Ansel and Turq talk about mascots, tribal culture, and how communities evolve.
272 lines, Buy It Now = $136 SOLD

Turq was out collecting
some broken glass bottles --
you couldn't get a deposit back
from them, but you could take them
to the recycling center and get a dollar
for a five-gallon bucket of glass bits
.


"A Disease of Ignorance"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Disease of Ignorance." Some things are universal, others unique, and one of the things that hasn't changed over time is bigotry. But the Blueshift Troupers know how to handle it.
57 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"No Power Like the Power of Youth"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "No Power Like the Power of Youth." When racist protesters try to invade a largely black neighborhood, they meet with some serious opposition.
142 lines, Buy It Now = $71

Nykee was studying civics in grade school,
learning all about activism and protests and
what made them a good idea or a bad one.


"Only If It Is Embraced"
A backchannel prompt about Damask inspired the free-verse poem "Only If It Is Embraced." Damask and Farce help to capture the Scream. Other headmates finally begin to get a little clue about Keane.
1083 lines, Buy It Now = $542

Maze

"You want me to do what?!"
I exclaim, staring at Savoir Faire.
"And why do you want Farce?"

"We're assembling a special team,"
says Savoir Faire. "We need people
who can handle a high level of pain.
Medical and combat skills will also
be helpful. You've stood up to
Subwoofer and Mindflare, and
she has luck on her side."


"Seeing from a Different Perspective"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Seeing from a Different Perspective." Shaeth finds out what some of his former followers have been up to, and he doesn't like it.
109 lines, Buy It Now = $55

"We have a problem," Belfegar announced.
"Zargon has talked Volac into making
the drunken orgies more ... traditional."


"We Must Bear Witness"
Many prompts combined to inspired "We Must Bear Witness." It's a litany about part of Dr. Infanta's intelligence network during WWII, and how they fight back. Curbstomp ALL the facists!
303 lines, Buy It Now = $152

Alicia of all people
knew this was coming,
for she who lit the spark
of the first world war
foresaw the second.
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Today is the last day of the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics.  I've had a little activity, but so far it has centered on things not listed on the sale page.  

However, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth has a pool going with primary interest in "The Place Where the Journey Begins" and "We Are All Related," and secondary interest in "Uncertain Miracles."  If you plan to sponsor anything today, I recommend checking there first to avoid duplication.

All previously sponsored poems have been posted.
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[personal profile] ng_moonmoth is interested in hosting a pool for the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics.

I'm interested in sponsoring "The Place Where the Journey Begins" and
"We Are All Related". These two together would be half of $464=$232. I'm
ready to go in for half of that ($116) if there are enough people
interested in covering the other half.

Please let me know if you are interested in participating, and how much
you wish to put it. I have a PayPal account which I am willing to use as
the collection point if we can get this pool going, but don't want any
money until I know I can pass it along.

I'm also interested in "Uncertain Miracles", so if anyone wants to buy
in there at the 1/4-price rate, they could.

Any interest?


If you want to get in on this, contact [personal profile] ng_moonmoth to discuss details.
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Any of you vision-impaired folks like to cook?  A friend tipped me to this spice merchant, and I noticed they advertise Braille labels are available upon request.  The blends sound quite promising.
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My partner Doug found this shop featuring Wonder Woman.   Along with all the solo stuff, there are a few items including other DC superheras.
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The following poems from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "
Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," "Leaves Upon the Water," "The Quick Brown Fox," and "Lead Us in Peace." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.

Read more... )

"The Black and the Red"
It talks about the history of red and black Seminoles, and how they feathered out after the Fledging.
54 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Divisible History"
The people of Roluma history is not whole, but splinters, and nobody really comes out of it intact.
66 lines, Buy It Now = $33

If there's one thing that
the people of Roluma know,
it's that time is a fragile thing.


"Rewriting the Narrative"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Rewriting the Narrative." Just because you lost the war, doesn't prevent you from retelling history in your own image.
28 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"We Will Fade into You"
It explores what the Neanderthals left to the Cro-Magnons.
26 lines, Buy It Now = $15

Continuing with the Iron Horses, I wrote a diptych:

"The Place Where the Journey Begins"
The Iron Horses rescue a young man tangled in a barbed wire fence.
763 lines, Buy It Now = $382

The Iron Horses rode over
the open plains, motorcycles
eating up the endless miles.

They came together, broke apart,
and then gathered again like
a herd of buffalo dividing
around hills and ravines.


"We Are All Related"
The Iron Horses take Kenzie to a safe place for recovery.
1091 lines, Buy It Now = $546

Joseph Elkdog pulled his motorcycle
into the driveway as carefully as he could.

The ride had been nerve-wracking at times,
and they had to stop frequently to check
on Kenzie whom they carried between
their bikes, but they managed.
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Today is the last day in the half-price sale for Shiv.  So far, three poems have sold, all of them posted now.  "To Know After Absence" is unlocked, its two prequels having been sponsored and posted.  If you're still thinking about donating, you've got the rest of tonight to make your selections.
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The May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl made its $300 goal, so there will be a half-price sale from Monday, May 15-Sunday, May 21.  According to my records, Shiv's thread in Polychrome Heroics has a sizable backlog, so that's what goes on sale. Currently there are six poems, all epics, totaling $1253, on sale for $626.50. 
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Today's visit to the bookstore was frustrating.  They have removed the entire "new books" section from speculative fiction and shuffled everything into the shelves.  There are still new books on tables and racks but not sorted by topic.  Apparently, this move is very popular.  It also means the bookstore is dying.

Why?  Because the people who shop that way -- looking at everything, and especially hunting for a bunch of stuff by the same author to buy all at once -- tend to be people who visit a bookstore once or twice a year, in which time the turnover will be high.  For those visiting once or twice a month, they've already seen everything except what arrived the last week or two. It's extremely tedious when you have to dredge the whole damn place every time looking for a needle in a haystack, even if you love books.

We complained.  I pointed out that if you make a bookstore unappealing to me, that is painfully bad service.  But it also means the store no longer appeals to major bookworms, that so many have quit coming it means the remaining customers are dabblers who apparently like it this way.  I pointed that out too.  But it's probably far too late to fix.

*sigh*  The past is a foreign country, and right now I'm homesick for when bookstores were soft quiet places full of BOOKS and didn't come with a hunk of electronics literally blocking the path into the store so it has to be sidled around.
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The following poems from the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," "Leaves Upon the Water," and "The Quick Brown Fox." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.



"Lead Us in Peace"
Well, I started with Ladino, but then they went haring off into Ghardaia sign language. Did you know Jews had their own sign languages? I hadn't come across those until I stumbled over them just now. Anyhow, Menachem and Yossele are exploring that as well as Ladino with some new friends. "Lead Us in Peace" is written in free verse.
58 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Like Oil to a Lamp"
A DW prompt inspired "Like Oil to a Lamp," which is written in parallel tercets. It lists a whole bunch of famous Jewish foods.
36 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Pesach Sameach"
A couple of prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "Pesach Sameach." During the Passover celebration, Yossele shares a story about slavery.
135 lines, Buy It Now = $68

In the month of Nissan,
the time of Pesach drew near.

Menachem turned their route
toward the prosperous town where
his old master kept a smithy, so that
he could celebrate the holiday with friends
.


"The Work of Your Hands"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Work of Your Hands." Menachem attempts to study the creation of golems.
57 lines, Buy It Now = $20

Soap

Apr. 18th, 2017 12:23 am
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 [personal profile] kyleri makes crap free soap.  :D  Check out Beltaine Rising (rose-berry scent, a lovely orchid color) and Dragon's Blood (in color only, the scent is patchouli-plum-cherry).
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The following poems from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," "Leaves Upon the Water," and "The Quick Brown Fox." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever poem you request.



"Climbing Through the Cracks"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Climbing Through the Cracks." An abused teen seeks refuge in an unlikely place.
375 lines, Buy It Now = $188

Jobina Benton knew
how to live in the cracks.

She searched for clothes
in thrift stores and giveboxes,
went dumpster-diving for
anything still usable
.


"Profusion"
Several prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "Profusion." People travel through a crack in the Tef, first in spirit, then in body.
113 lines, Buy It Now = $57

The crack was small,
at first, barely big enough
to pick up radio signals
or whisper through.

Alex and Ash examined it
with their sensors. Bailey
and Chris built tiny probes
to squeeze through it.



"The Tragedy of the People"
Some DW prompts inspired the free-verse poem "The Tragedy of the People." Salim escapes from Palestine into surprising new opportunities.
156 lines, Buy It Now = $78

Salim Tamimi is too young to remember
a free Palestine, but he's heard stories of it
from before the endless decades of war.

It would be nice, he thinks, to live somewhere
free of bombs and raids and encroachment
.


There are three new poems about Stylet, to be released in sequence:

"The New Beginnings of Soft Greens"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The New Beginnings of Soft Greens." Stylet reacts badly to receiving Ashley's message, and Carissa puts him back together again.
182 lines, Buy It Now = $91
Available for posting after "The Whip of His Own Remorse," "The Inner Transition," "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas," "Until It Hears Something Better," and "A Little from the Heart" have been sponsored and published.

Stylet had three long, horrible days
to think about the consequences
that his actions had brought him.

Three days of feeling guilty
about the berettafly mess and
ashamed of ruining Ashley's life
and hurt that she found the sliver of 
their genetic juncture so offensive.



"This Is How I Should Be"
Continuing the tale of Ashley and Stylet, "This Is How I Should Be" features them discussing future plans -- this time, via video call and with emotional spotters, so nobody gets hurt. The poem is written in free verse.
307 lines, Buy It Now = $154
Available for posting after "The Whip of His Own Remorse," "The Inner Transition," "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas," "Until It Hears Something Better," "A Little from the Heart," and "The New Beginnings of Soft Greens" have been sponsored and published.

The routing information on
Ashley's message indicated
that she was still in the hospital,
so that's where Stylet tried first.

He had Carissa with him as
an emotional spotter, so they used 
the viewscreen for the video call.



"The Key to Everything"
A DW prompt about Stylet inspired the free-verse poem "The Key to Everything." Stylet talks about one of his prior creations, but there's more going on than he realizes.
144 lines, Buy It Now = $72
Available for posting after "The Whip of His Own Remorse," "The Inner Transition," "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas," "Until It Hears Something Better," "A Little from the Heart," "The New Beginnings of Soft Greens," and "This Is How I Should Be" have been sponsored and published.

It took time for the authorities
to go through all of the information
that Stylet had ceded to them.

Periodically Valor's Widow or Carissa
would take Stylet to the police station or 
SPOON or SPAZMAT to talk about
the repercussions of the content.



There are three exit day poems about Shiv, all free verse:

"Blue Jeans and Jazz"
"Blue Jeans and Jazz" actually happens the day before Shiv leaves prison. Mr. Vanburen helps Shiv choose some street clothes, because Shiv is too overwhelmed to do it all by himself.
536 lines, Buy It Now = $268

Shiv lay in his bunk and tried
not to think about how today was
his second-to-last day in prison.

He wanted early release,
sure, he was grateful for it,
but now that it was almost here,
he was also terrified of it.



"The Key to Your New Home"
"The Key to Your New Home" follows Shiv as he explores his apartment in Public Housing.
201 lines, Buy It Now = $101

It was a good thing
that Boss White came
to pick him up from the bus,
because Shiv could hardly
string two thoughts together.

What the fuck do I do now?
Shiv wondered, nibbling his lip.



"To Know After Absence"
"To Know After Absence" is about Shiv moving into an apartment above Blues Moon and choosing some furniture from the gang's storage building.
372 lines, Buy It Now = $186
Available for posting after "The Key to Your New Home" has been sponsored and published.

On the way to Blues Moon,
Shiv fretted over all the new stuff
that he was supposed to remember --
his apartment keys, the new address,
the hours for the amenities -- and it had
him gnawing his thumbnail from nerves.

Boss White listened to him muttering
the information so he wouldn't forget it,
then said, "Write it down, Shiv. I didn't
give you that daybook for a doorstop."


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It's not often you get to participate in a real live myth. (Some things are true more than once.) One of Doug's favorite magic supply companies, Card-Shark, suffered a warehouse fire that took out all of their raw materials and production equipment. :( Fortunately their finished goods are stocked elsewhere and survived. This is the company that makes, among a variety of elegant card tricks and delightfully geeky magical supplies, the Phoenix Decks of cards for magicians. They do plan to rebuild, and could use funds to help buy new materials and equipment. We have seen their display table at a magic convention and plan to shop with them at another event later this year.

How you can help the Phoenix rise from the ashes:

* If you are a magician, and have been eyeing their products, buy something.

* If you are not a magician, but have friends who are, pass the word to them also.

* Take advantage of their Rise from the Ashes program to buy discounted vouchers good for future purchases:
Silver
Gold
Platinum

These would also make nice gifts if you're shopping for a magician friend who likes this company -- or for that matter, a card collector, which is a somewhat different focus.  Phoenix really is a pretty line of cards.  

This isn't quite crowdfunding, but it serves a similar purpose in drawing on community resources to accomplish something both creative and practical.  Card-Shark has not yet updated their homepage or added a "fire new" page, but they might do so in the future, so keep an eye out if this interests you.

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Last time we went shopping, I spied some flavored cottage cheese in snack-size cups.  I grabbed the strawberry; other flavors include peach and pineapple.  I think there was at least one savory flavor, too, but that's all I could find online.

Today I tried the strawberry version, and it was pretty good, although a little odd.  Probably that's just lack of familiarity -- I had a similar experience with Annie's yogurt, which is now my favorite.  It's a surprisingly healthy set of ingredients for a store brand, too.  I didn't even realize the fruit was on the bottom and supposed to be stirred, since strawberry bits were visible on top; I'd expected it to be flavored with puree at best.  Just remember to stir it first.  Also, the label says "small curd" but this looks more like what I've seen sold as "large curd" before; if you're picky about size, be careful.  I happen to like both.  I also enjoy plain cottage cheese, but variety is fun.  As a snack, this has many advantages: individual cups are more portable and convenient for portioning, cottage cheese is nutritious, and it's filling.  :D

Apparently several other companies have their own options:

Honey & Pear, Maple & Vanilla

six fruit flavors

and more!

If you don't eat dairy, you can make coconut cottage cheese.  It's probably just as good with fruit.

Stuff like this is ubiquitous in Terramagne -- plain, sweet, or savory. They have much better access to healthy snacks. When tasty, affordable, nutritious food is readily available then people are more likely to eat that than junk.  A vending village in T-America will typically have half a case of junk if there's only a couple of machines, or one for candy and one for sodas if there are many machines.  The rest will have fruit, sandwiches, granola bars, healthy dairy products, bottled water, fruit juice, and other good-to-great choices.  The higher-tech machines will play little games with you or ask health trivia questions, and you can win discounts or even free food that way.
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While talking with one of my readers, I got to wondering if there are any cookbooks for the blind. Ideally I'd want something with unique skills to overcome vision handicaps, not just a transliteration of a regular cookbook into Braille.  Turns out, there are both.

Regular Cookbooks in Braille
http://www.braillebookstore.com/Cookbooks

Stir It Up! Recipes for Young Blind Cooks -- probably a great place to start
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/STIRITUP.html

In Touch -- a cookbook of easy-make foods with tips on cooking while blind
http://articles.latimes.com/1988-03-17/food/fo-2126_1_blind-people

Good Smells from the Kitchen -- Turkish cuisine with blind-aware descriptions
https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-project-creates-cookbook-visually-impaired
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 [personal profile] technoshaman tipped me to these clinical-grade fidget spinners.  Multiple shapes, colors, and bearing options.  
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The following poems from the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," and "Leaves Upon the Water."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever poem you request.



"A Dangerous Thing with Style"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Dangerous Thing with Style." Salvo has a surprise for Cuoio and Chiara, taking them out to the boardwalk.
155 lines, Buy It Now = $78

"I've made some plans for today,"
Salvo said to Cuoio and Chiara
over breakfast one morning.

Cuoio leaned back, surprised.
His bodyguard rarely took the lead
with such enthusiasm, but seemed
quite excited about this. "Do tell?"

"The Inner Transition"
Continuing along the Berettaflies line, I wrote the free-verse poem "The Inner Transition." Valor's Widow is surprised when Stylet comes to her and surrenders. He is not in great shape, either.
684 lines, Buy It Now = $342
[Available for posting after "The Whip of His Own Remorse" has been sponsored and published.]

Valor's Widow sat in the living room
of little lakeside cottage that she had
rented in Easy City, listening to the sound
of rain on boardwalk and wind in the rushes.

Balancing her tablet on her knee, she collated
today's notes on the berettaflies case.

"Pebbles in the Path"
"Pebbles in the Path" is a free-verse poem about Jules and Mariset getting a private lesson in rescue work.
270 lines, Buy It Now = $135

When Sandy and Danys pulled
into the driveway of Sandy's cottage,
the teenagers had already recovered
from their slump and bounced out
of the car like two tennis balls.

"The Quick Brown Fox"
A backchannel prompt from [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug inspired the free-verse poem "The Quick Brown Fox." Not all therapy animals are formal ones.
41 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Reveal to the Universe"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Reveal to the Universe." Steel and Gladhammer want tool hands. Moderato throws a fit.
327 lines, Buy It Now = $164

Aquariana was working on the Bilimbi
when Steel abruptly thrust into her mind
and said, I need your help. Moderato
is not being rational about this.

"About what?" she asked,
straightening up to look
around the Malé harbor.

"To Appreciate Small Victories"
Your Shiv prompt inspired the free-verse poem "To Appreciate Small Victories." Dr. G brings a show soup to a group therapy session, and not everyone behaves.
537 lines, Buy It Now = $269

After Dr. G had completed
an art therapy session with Shiv,
he headed for the group therapy room.

Mr. Hatrack had already set up by the door
with his chair and table full of handouts
for the inmates. Today's batch covered
diversity, tolerance, and respect.

"A Tornado of Thought"
Your prompt about Calliope and Vagary inspired the free-verse poem "A Tornado of Thought." A therapy session is interrupted by the weather.
401 lines, Buy It Now = $201

Calliope had noticed a pattern
forming in their therapy sessions.

As soon as Mr. Gallagar asked
how things were going for them,
Vagary would launch himself into
an enthusiastic description of
the classes or support groups
he had been frequenting.

"The Willingness to Surrender Ideas"
Third in the Berettaflies triptych about Stylet's surrender is "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas." Valor's Widow takes Stylet to the police station for the first round of negotiation.
821 lines, Buy It Now = $411
[Available for posting after "The Whip of His Own Remorse" and "The Inner Transition" have been sponsored and published.]

In the morning, Valor's Widow
informed the New Orleans police
and SPOON that she had Stylet
in custody and would bring him
to the police department.
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