ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
This poem came out of the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "Interracial or Interspecies Love" square in my 2-1-17 card (Romantic) for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem was the linkback perk for the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It belongs to the Torn World project.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
This is today's freebie. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "scientist" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Torn World project.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
This is from the December 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the Torn World project.


"This Infinite Light"


In summer, a candle is lit
inside a time crystal,

held in a glass
without hours.

In winter, it still burns,
a bright spark in the darkness

and we all gather around
this infinite light.

* * *

Notes:

Time crystals form the basis of Southern technology.  Temporal technology is extremely risky, but they're using it everywhere, and liable to wreck the world a second  time if they don't quit.  Which is about as popular as trying to get America off its oil addiction.

Primarily the Torn World stories focus on the North, with its extreme seasons; or the South, which is temperate to tropical.

ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
This is today's freebie, inspired by [personal profile] ellenmillion. I really like how ambiguous it turned out, because it highlights how tolerance, like propaganda, has both positive and negative aspects. This poem belongs to the Torn World project, and it also fills "the messenger" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
This is the second freebie for the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl, courtesy of new prompter Thea Strange. It was inspired by a sketch from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It belongs to the Torn World shared world project. This poem has not been approved by the Canon Board, and doesn't have a date yet, so there may be changes in the version eventually posted to the Torn World site.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
This poem came out of the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion, [personal profile] natasiakith, and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "choosing a profession" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. It belongs to the Torn World project, although it has not yet been submitted and approved by the Canon Board.

WARNING: This poem contains some touchy topics. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. The Northerners are very tolerant of recreational sex, but for survival reasons, very concerned about reproductive sex. The usual relationship dynamic is heterosexual serial monogamy, and in practice, most of the queer couples follow the same pattern. The beads on a woman's necklace indicate her current partner for the month, so they can track genetics. In order to maintain the population, or more accurately, to lose ground less quickly, there's a lot of pressure on people to reproduce if they can. That's hard on the ones who can't, although if they make an honest attempt, eventually the Elders and/or healers will quietly declare that they tried to do their duty and everyone should quit nagging them now. Most queer people cope with that by taking a "duty-month" now and then, and after they've had one child that's usually counted enough for them. Of course, some queerfolk want kids of their own, and have procreative sex for that reason, with great determination if not much enthusiasm. But some queerfolk are either minimally capable, or completely incapable, with a wrong-sex partner. Other than that stressful bit of background, much of the poem is pretty sweet, and it shows some of the solutions people come up with to make the best of their situation so they can enjoy life despite the hardships. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Fly Free)
Today's second freebie is courtesy of new prompter Nsfwords, It was prompted by [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "mournful" square in my 8-31-15 card for the Tones Bingo Fest. This poem belongs to the Torn World project. It has not yet been submitted to the Canon Board for approval.


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ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
This is the freebie for the July 2015 Muse Fusion, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "Wild Card: Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It belongs to the Torn World project.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
The Torn World Muse Fusion for July 2015 is now open!  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.  You don't have to be a member to play, although it does make things easier.  New to Torn World?  Start Here for readers or for creators


What I Have Written

"To Ride Death" is today's freebie.
ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
This poem came out of the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion and LJ user Wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "volunteering" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Torn World project.

Note: This poem has not yet been submitted for Canon Board approval, so it's not canonical yet.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
 The May Muse Fusion is open!  Come give us prompts.  Our theme is Sea Monsters!


From My Prompts:

"Tangleweed" by [personal profile] ellenmillion  shows the tangleweed 'sea monster' in action.

"From the Deep" by [personal profile] ellenmillion features a smartarm reaching for a ship.  Because to a smartarm, a ship is a fun puzzle with tasty bits inside, and then it turns into a terrific nesting site.
ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
This is the freebie for the March Muse Fusion, prompted by LJ user wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "Let them eat Pi(e)" square in my 3-2-15 card for the Pi(e) Bingo Fest.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
The March Muse Fusion is open Friday 20-Sunday 22.  Come give us prompts or claim things for your own inspiration.  You don't necessarily have to be a Torn World member to play, although it does help.


From My Prompts

"Ring Leech" sketch by [personal profile] ellenmillion, who hopes to ink it in time for Sea Monster Month in May.

Portrait of Tosh by [personal profile] ellenmillion 


What I Have Written

"Beach Pies" -- today's freebie

"Unsolid Ground"
An earthquake prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Unsolid Ground." Dorom and several children witness an earthquake while fishing from the beach.
82 lines, Buy It Now = $41
ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
This is the freebie for the March 2015 Creative Jam. It was prompted by [personal profile] ellenmillion and belongs to the Torn World project.


"Sequential Science"


The earth trembles and shakes,
and the barriers collapse.

The barriers collapse, and
the earth trembles and shakes.

The scientists argue heatedly
over which of these things is true.

Sequential science is a field
fraught with contentions.

Mariyalena straightens her robe,
decks her notes, and steps into the fray.

ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
This story is from the January 2015 Torn World Muse Fusion. It was inspired by LJ user Sassy_bovine. It also fills the "flirting" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This story belongs to the Torn World project, although it has not yet been approved by the Canon Board.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
This is the freebie for the January 2015 Torn World Muse Fusion. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "tragedy" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This story belongs to the Torn World project, but has not yet been approved by the Canon Board so there may be changes before it reposts on the official site.

WARNING: Although this story has some lighter notes, for the most part it is very sad, and it deals with topics which many people would find upsetting. Think about whether you want to read further. The warnings contain spoilers and potentially squicky terms; highlight to read them. This story contains references to stillbirth, infant deformity, some messy medical details, a lesbian having sex with men due to a sense of procreative duty, emotional tension over job related issues, relationship stress, and other difficulties. The woman's friends are mostly supportive, and the ending offers opportunities for restoring some hope. Choose mindfully.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
The Torn World Muse Fusion is running January 23-25.  Drop by and give us prompts, or claim prompts to write about!  You don't have to be familiar with the world to write, draw, or create other stuff for it -- although of course that helps, and there are oodles of articles, stories, etc. to get you started.  Fiction, art, poetry, crafts, demifiction, it's all good.


What I Have Written

"Broken Hopes" is a story about unexpected loss, the freebie for this session.  Northern relationship stuff.

"Brewing Beauty" is a story about Mirulani courting a beautiful young scientist.  F/F fluff romance with flirting and kissing.

A skykitten prompt inspired the story "Little Paws in the Licenses" and is a sequel to "Raining Kittens." Bai and Alikara go to the Licensing Office and find chaos.
1504 words, Buy It Now = $45.12
Now with an adorable illustration by [personal profile] ellenmillion!


From My Prompts

From [personal profile] ellenmillion: "I used The Lost Bead in conjunction with the Thimbleful Thursday writing prompt to get a flashfiction of 200 words: Icing on the cake. It will be publicly available once I give it a polish!"
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
For the Trans Day of Remembrance, I direct your attention to the Torn World character Yoilosh, a gender activist. 

EDIT: It occurs to me that I should also add, I maintain my parts of the internet as safe space, so if someone hassles you about your gender in my territory, let me know and I will deal with it.  If you're local to me and having gender issues, you can also come to me and I'll help as best I can.  Intolerance is bullshit up with which I will not put.

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