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[personal profile] chanter_greenie is holding a half-price sale for the Orange!verse stories in Schrodinger's Heroes, along with a few other items.  Prices range from $5.25 to $23, and the sale runs through September 19.  There is a PayPal button on the profile page.  It would be really great to see more of these posted.  Some are dark, others lighter, but they're all good examples of how people right against an oppressive culture.
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A huge thumbs up to the upcoming video game South Park: Fractured But Whole for turning a joke into a literal video game. The easiest level has the lightest skin tone.  As you select harder levels, your character's skin tone gets darker.  :D

Yes, there are video games like this in T-America.  Black people tend to love the honesty.  A lot of white people whine that it's inaccurate.  But it's not.  You can get them with gender shifts, or class, or other things; and a few even have interstitial options.
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I have sent out prompter copies of yesterday's poems. If you didn't get yours for something I thumbnailed, ping me and I'll resend. I still have more poems to write, though.

[personal profile] ng_moonmoth has sponsored "Eddies," co-sponsored "Accommodating Celebrations" with [personal profile] mashfanficchick, and put a big chunk into "Two Foxes."

Slated for my parents: "Even for an Old Soul," "The Choices That Make Families," "The Gifts That Move," "A Haven in a Heartless World" (cosponsor), and "Can't It Just Be What It Is?"
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We went up into Amish country and had some great luck.  :D

Our first stop was a bakery, where we found delicious cookies and a pocket pie.  We also saw several ponies pulling cards -- not the tall cart horses, but much smaller.  Eventually we figured out it's because school just let out and the kids were driving home.  Yes, while some states are infantilized to the point of saying that 14 is the minimum age to be left alone ever, Amish gradeschoolers are still walking, biking, or driving pony carts  to school on their own.  Based on my knowledge of Amish culture, I would bet it's their  cart and pony to take care of, too.

The biggest score was at the salvage store.  I got interested in some tomatoes for $.99/pound, and then Doug spotted the 25-pound box for $6.95.  So we pounced on that, added several green peppers and onions, a head of celery, a head of garlic, several bottles of ketchup and barbecue sauce, and a 10-pound roll of ground beef.  I will be making copious amounts of sloppy joe filling and spaghetti sauce.  \o/  Looking at huge piles of food makes me happy.  Making my own food makes me feel accomplished.  I think we spent about $40 on supplies and the results will probably cost well under $1/serving.

Later finds at Wal-Mart included a new pair of ventilated shorts and a package of loose-ground Italian sausage.  I have a nice large basil plant, so I'm planning to harvest that and make the Zesty Italian type of spaghetti sauce.  :D
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Today we visited the Indiana State Fair for $2 Tuesday. (There will be another one next week.) We had a lot of fun. The weather was sunny and temperate. So we got to stay until our feet wore out -- we were there a little over five hours. \o/ It's highly recommended if you are in driving distance. Total score: 8/10.

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The following poems from the July 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," "The Quick Brown Fox" (now complete), "Lead Us in Peace," "We Will Fade into You," and "The Emulsification of Humankind." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.

Read more... )

"TERF Wars"
Your prompt about queer issues inspired the free-verse poem "TERF Wars." When T-Oregon adds an Other category to its paperwork, Stan and Lawrence wind up discussing the implications at school.
346 lines, Buy It Now = $173

Stan stumbled onto a battlefield
without quite realizing how it happened.

One minute he was walking into
the commons for lunch, and next thing
he knew, everyone was yelling.


"The Things That Really Interest Me"
Your prompt about Bouchet inspired the free-verse poem "The Things That Really Interest Me." Ansel finds Kyle worn out from finals, and suggests a solution.
197 lines, Buy It Now = $99

Ansel walked into Cup of Comfort
looking for lunch, and instead found
Kyle McCartney sprawled over
a table in the little niche.

Quickly Ansel crouched down so
he could see the young man's face,
and then gently shook his shoulder.
"Kyle? Are you okay?" he said.


"Treasure Box"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Treasure Box." Someone fills a donation box with pirate gold. Much hilarity ensues.
104 lines, Buy It Now = $52 SOLD

Vivian Dennett struggled to pry the top
off of Planned Parenthood's donation box.
When it finally came loose, she saw
why it had gotten jammed so badly.

"Well, drat! Some darn fundie
must have crammed this thing
with brass pirate tokens," she said.


"Twice-Wise Tiresias"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Twice-Wise Tiresias." It explores the mythic history of sex change and connects it with modern experience.
27 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"A Wanderer with Purpose"
This prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "A Wanderer with Purpose." Shiv gets to see Tolliver's forge and explore pilgrim badges as a simple craft project.
572 lines, Buy It Now = $286

The thing that bugged Shiv most
about Simon and Tolliver was
that he never really understood
what they wanted with him.

Oh, he could ask them
and get an answer, but it
never made any damn sense.


"What You're Afraid to Ask For"
Your power exchange prompt inspired the free-verse poem "What You're Afraid to Ask For." Pain's Gray decides that Shiv is ready to try kink on purpose. Hawt! Hawt! Hawt!
790 lines, Buy It Now = $395

It took weeks for Shiv
to convince Pain's Gray to try
giving him another powergasm.

To his surprise, the time was
well spent and even enjoyable.


I've written four poems about Kenzie's subsequent experiences with the Iron Horses, this time from his perspective.

"Taking Care of Things" covers the evening he was found and the following night, with lots of coddling.
90 lines, Buy It Now = $45

The four days following
Kenzie's inadvertent Sun Dance
were terrible and wonderful for him.

The Iron Horses stuck close by his side
all the day that they found him
and the night afterward.


"Two Foxes" covers the first day after Kenzie's rescue. It has more tension because some of the Iron Horses are off raining hell on the gaybashers, but also more social support and discussions about Kenzie's gender identity.
363 lines, Buy It Now = $182

The morning after Kenzie's rescue,
he learned that Blair and most of
the other Iron Horses would
be riding out on an errand.

"I didn't realize that you were
actually superheroes," he said.


"Come Closer in Kinship" covers the second day after the rescue. Blair's parents show up and disrupt plans in some fun ways.
411 lines, Buy It Now = $206

The second day after
Kenzie's impromptu Sun Dance
dawned bright and clear.

Ben brought breakfast, which
turned out to be acorn mush
with real maple syrup and
slices of venison sausage.


"Come Out of the Darkness" happens on the third day. Kenzie shares his struggles with Ida, who has seen it before and offers sympathy.
266 lines, Buy It Now = $133

On the third morning after
Kenzie's rescue, Ida decided
that he needed some fresh air.

She found him leaning against
the wall of the roundhouse where
he was admiring the altar niches
that covered the back of the kitchen
facing the master bedroom.
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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.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)

This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, June 19 through Sunday, June 25. This series is superhero fantasy. It features themes of heroism, coming of age, diversity, identity kink, family of choice, friendship, and cultural engineering. Sale prices range from $36 to $273, so hopefully there will be something for most folks. There are three open epics at present, all in Polychrome Heroics, so we're full for now.  Prices on open epics are locked at the time of opening; however, if anyone wants to donate to open epics and buy poetry, spending $100 will get you the quarter-price rate on the new poems, regardless of the rate on the open epic(s) you support.


Buy some poetry! )






FOR SALE
11 poems, $2734 ÷ 2 = $1367
prices from $36 to $273

Berettaflies (5 poems, was $1060, sale $530)


These poems need to be posted in order.  "The Inner Transition" is in microfunding now, with $308 remaining at $.50/line.  However, the sequels are available at sale prices, and if sponsored can be marked as such for posting whenever the earlier poem(s) are completed.

"The Inner Transition
Berettaflies: Week 4, Day 2
Summary: Having decided to turn himself in, Stylet enlists the help of Valor's Widow.
In microfunding now

"The Willingness to Surrender Ideas"
Story Date: Week 4, Day 3
Summary: After turning himself over to the police, Stylet begins negotiations with the authorities.
821 lines, was $411, sale $205.50
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition" has been sponsored and published.

"Until It Hears Something Better"
Story Date: Week 5, Days 1-6
Summary: Stylet begins wading through various consequences agreed to in the negotiations.
182 lines, was $91, sale $45.50
Available for posting after  "The Inner Transition" and "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas" have been sponsored and published.

"A Little from the Heart"
Story Date: Week 5, Day 7
Summary: Stylet has a private face-to-face meeting with another berettafly victim.
481 lines, was $241, sale $120.50
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition", "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas", and "Until It Hears Something Better" have been sponsored and published.  Also unlocks the story "Reaction" by siliconshaman.

"The New Beginnings of Soft Greens"
Berettaflies: Week 6, Day 4
Summary: Carissa expands Stylet's culinary horizons with foods chosen for mood-bolstering properties.
182 lines, was $91, sale $45.50
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition", "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas", "Until It Hears Something Better", and "A Little from the Heart" have been sponsored and published.

"This Is How I Should Be"
Berettaflies: Week 6, Day 4
Summary: Stylet responds to a follow-up text from Ashley.
307 lines, was $154, sale $77
Available for posting after "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 Key to Everything"
Berettaflies: Week 6, Day 6
Summary: Stylet answers questions about one of his prior creations, but there's more going on than he realizes.
144 lines, was $72, sale $36
Available for posting after "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.


Miscellaneous (6 poems, was $1674, sale $837)

"Pebbles in the Path"
Directly follows "Ruts in the Road"
Summary: Jules and Mariset get a private lesson in rescue work.
270 lines, was $135, sale $67.50

"Uncertain Miracles"
Directly follows "Insha'Allah"
Summary: With the help of Rampart and Patches, Buraq succeeds in completing his assignment.
595 lines, was $298, sale $149 SOLD

"The Place Where the Journey Begins"
Summary: In the middle of nowhere in particular, the Iron Horses encounter a youngster entangled in a barbed wire fence, and stop to render aid.
763 lines, was $382, sale $191 SOLD

"We Are All Related"
Summary: The Iron Horses take Kenzie to a safe place for further care.
1091 lines, was $546, sale $273   SOLD
Available for posting after "The Place Where the Journey Begins" has been sponsored and published.

"Climbing Through the Cracks"
Summary: A flickering teen soup, searching for a way out of an abusive home, finally finds a viable option.
375 lines, was $188, sale $94

"Death Whispers at the Tip"
Summary: Several women find new meaning in the old legends of the Amazons.
250 lines, was $125, sale $62.50

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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.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)

This week, the poetry in the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series is on sale for half price from Monday, May 15 through Sunday, May 21. This series is superhero fantasy and the thread focuses on a young supervillain. It features themes of trauma, recovery, law and disorder, coming of age, power dynamics, trust and distrust, identity, diversity, family of choice, friendship, and cultural engineering. Sale prices range from $50.50 to $156. There are three open epics at present, all in Polychrome Heroics, so I'd rather not open a new one unless absolutely essential.

Buy some poetry! )





FOR SALE
6 poems, $1253 ÷ 2 = $626.50
prices from $50.50 to $156



"To Appreciate Small Victories"
Summary: a group of inmates meets a show soup and learns about diversity, tolerance, and respect.
537 lines, was $269, sale price $134.50

"What A Win Looks Like" 
Summary: Dr. G demonstrates the difference between negotiation and coercion when asking Shiv to attend group therapy for the benefit of the regular attendees.
623 lines, was $312, sale price $156

"Blue Jeans and Jazz"
Summary: Shiv's early release from prison is imminent. Mr. Vanburen helps Shiv choose some street clothes.
536 lines, was $268, sale price $134 SOLD to Anthony & Shirley Barrette

"The Key to Your New Home"
Summary: When Shiv returns to Omaha, Boss White takes him to explore Shiv's new apartment in Public Housing.
201 lines, was $101, sale price $50.50 SOLD

"To Know After Absence"
Summary: Shiv moves into an apartment above Blues Moon and chooses some furniture from the gang's storage building.
372 lines, was $186, sale price $93 In microfunding now

"A Matter of Opportunity"
Summary: One of Dr. Bloch's coworkers has a really unfortunate tendency, and the doctor has an idea about how to fix it.
233 lines, was $117, sale price $58.50 SOLD

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