ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the January 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba and [personal profile] dreamwriters. It also fills the "day at the beach" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was inspired by a conversation with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer about how tiresome it is when the supposed good guys fight in front of the bad guys, and how differently that would go in Terramagne. It also fills the "marriage" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: Graphic marital conflict is the whole point of the poem.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the February 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "sleeping with a comfort object" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and follows the stories "Warm Fuzzies" and "Outside Influence" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.

Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is confusion, angst, trust issues, eating more high-caliber licorice than is advisable, Shiv wondering what his body is doing, and also what his mind is doing, because the inside of Shiv's head is always a warning, asking for help and getting it, more past references to Shiv's wrecktastic education, minor medical details, Dr. Bloch carefully testing how much dominance Shiv will actually go along with, the challenges of multiple layers of relationship packed together, Shiv tripping over paperwork triggers due to past mistreatment, cross-cultural translation challenges, Dr. Bloch taste-testing the licorice that Shiv is concerned about, Shiv realizing in retrospect that some of the rules he's broken had serious safety reasons behind them, somewhat awkward teamwork, Shiv struggling to wrap his mind around complex concepts of addiction and habituation, ambivalence about study-scale and personal-scale scientific method, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics made over a thousand dollars.  \o/  So I decided to close out one of the linkback poems in thanks for general support.  You can now read the whole of "To Choose a Direction."  Enjoy!
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "love" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Note: Yona's having a baby! Offstage childbirth, male mothering, minor angst, and baby-typical chaos ensue. But it's mostly fluff. :D

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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)
This poem came out of the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "rebel" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest and the "candy" square in my 7-1-15 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is tension due to external demands, angst and confusion over the future, more angst over the past, and also the present, because the inside of Shiv's head is always a warning, stress over educational experiences and expectations, Shiv asking for help and then freaking out over what he gets, struggles to communicate very different perspectives and needs, floundering with paperwork, emotionally complex reactions, a very fraught bet, and other stress. It's nice of Dr. G to try, and he does his best to be supportive, but there is no way in hell for Shiv to be comfortable with this stuff. If these are sensitive 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 March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl and was inspired by discussions with [personal profile] siliconshaman regarding Adalina's reaction to what happened in his stories about her kidnapping. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains things that may be squicky for some readers. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It's in the aftermath of a nasty fight, so there are messy medical details and a lot of closeup attention to Facet's insect eyes. Adalina has mostly gotten over her uneasiness about his face by now. Also they're not being very sympathetic to the downed enemies. It's basically a lot of hurt/comfort. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. It's a major turning point for the team, though, so skipping it would leave a gap.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem followed prompts from the June 2015 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam from [personal profile] chanter_greenie and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "housecleaning" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest and the "places of work" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: There are some references to past violence, racism, and other mayhem but the current environment is positive and this is mostly fluff.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the March 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "justice" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. It follows "Things No One Can Imagine."

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the December 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "depressed" square in my 12-1-15 card for the Defining Character Bingo fest and the "natural disaster" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with some difficult topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It's about hurricanes, their damage, and how people cope with the aftermath in Easy City. Major emotional whump with lasting damage ensues. If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, to fill the "superpowers" square in my 6-1-15 card for the Relationship Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] shiori_makiba. It also fills the "chosen family" square on my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user book_worm5. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It has children in danger, threats of human trafficking, and canon-typical violence. Unsurprisingly the villain gets his ass handed to him, and is left unconscious on the ground without immediate attention because the only adult is busy taking care of the kids he just terrorized. If these are sensitive 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 came out of the February 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "someone reads a story to you" 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 Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is mostly fluff, with a few rocky bits. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Shiv takes turns reading and being read to. Because of his past trauma, this is sometimes angsty for him and sometimes fun. The rough stuff concerns Shiv's memories of crappy past experiences regarding both education and child abuse/neglect, and his astute but unexpected interpretation of Max in Where the Wild Things Are. I was impressed by it, but some people whose favorite book that is may not feel the same. As a teacher, my stance is we got the kid to read a book, let's call that a win. 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 came out of the February 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "missing paperwork" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] lilliane and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning:  This poem includes some challenging content.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers.  Shiv is struggling with some unfamiliar social dynamics, Dr. G talks him into a reading exercise, and that requires measuring Shiv's current reading level.  Which is crap.  A great deal of emotional angst and test-taking panic ensues.  If you're sensitive about school/reading/testing issues, be careful with this one.  Present environment actually is supportive but Shiv is so messed up that he can't really feel  that.  He does get through it, though, enough to meet the goals.   If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.  It's a major plot point, though, so it'll leave a gap if you skip it.

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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 June 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It also fills the "Eat Something Delicious and/or Healthy" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. Bear in mind that this poem happens immediately after Shiv's release from prison, so it's a lot farther down the line than recent poems; there are more in between, some written and others not. But you should know enough of the storyline by now not to feel lost.

Warning: This is actually less of a blender ride than most of Shiv's perspective, but he's still feeling overwhelmed from being out in the world again. If that's touchy territory 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 a prompt from [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "midnight" square in my 9-4-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman, LJ users Ng_moonmoth and Lone_cat. It belongs to the Calliope thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.


Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics. Highlight for more details, some of which are spoilers. It features references to (mostly past, with lingering effects) gender dysphoria, exploring lingerie, dealing with mixed feelings, Vagary walking in on Calliope in her underwear, Calliope's pissed-off reaction, and other angst. Most of the focus in on how she feels about her new undies, though, which is mostly positive. If these are sensitive 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 came out of the April 2016 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "pint-sized powerhouse" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Berettaflies and Dr. Infanta threads of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense material. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features a mysterious note, delicate discussions between supervillains and police, explicit references to past trauma involving animal harm, traumatic stress, supervillains getting revenge by setting the cops on the Spectrum, courtship behavior in horses, discussion of conspecific but transsapient sexual activity, and other touchy stuff. However, the overall tone is positive, as folks are trying to work together in this case. If these are sensitive 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 March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] capriuni, and [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "sphere of influence" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem includes some touchy topics. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It has a break-in, theft of controlled substances and very private information, calling supervillains for help, some very complex applications of Knowledge Control, an unpleasant skin condition, messy medical details, a little angst, and other problems. But mostly it's Dr. Melas solving problems like a boss. :D So it's more positive than not. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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