ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from LJ user Paantha and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "accidental mating for life" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It directly follows the poems "More Hurtful Than Anything That Bleeds" and "Meaning Only in Relationship," so read those first in order for this to make sense.

Warning: This poem is intense. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Calliope and Vagary go to couples therapy in hope of learning how to hurt each other less. This entails a lot of necessary unpleasantness. They're not entirely on the same page regarding their relationship, and they're just beginning to work on it, so things are awkward and not very healthy right now. Readers are therefore encouraged to observe what's working, what's not, and what's questionable; then prompt for desired solutions or predictable blowups. This poem features angst, reluctance, cultural differences, boundary issues, anger, sadness, interpersonal differences, and other challenges. On the upside, they are taking concrete steps to address their problems, and making progress with that. If these are sensitive areas 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 July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] heartsinger, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] janetmiles, and LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "homesickness" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "food / cooking" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and LJ user Book_worm5. It also fills the "teaching / learning" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] alatefeline, LJ user Ng_moonmoth, and the rest of their pool. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] society_of_antisocialites and LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "lifestyle choice" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survivla Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains a little angst and a lot of high-impact affection. Highlight to read more details, some of which are spoilers. There is a toddler tantrum, mention of possible dietary issues, repeated kitchen failures, a graphic kink scene, Gray popping out of subspace abruptly because he gets a cool idea, and other challenges. If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "dominance and submission" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Ricasso asks Gray to help with a voluntary punishment, because Zhonn finds pain a useful reminder but his African ancestry makes him very prone to scarring. The racial aspects are handled mindfully, but this is a real issue in the kink community and even worse among non-kinky African-American folks. The poem contains delicate racial dynamics, discussion of medical details, practicing kink, exchanging roles, a minor performance mishap, use of a switch replacer forcefully enough to draw blood, intense emotions, physical discipline, voluntary use of a superpower to cause pain, an Italian-American man petting an African-American man's hair, and other challenges. On the whole, it's a positive poem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem follows the June 2016 Creative Jam including prompts by [personal profile] chanter_greenie and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "Alexithymia (Obscured Emotions)" square in my 6-1-15 card for the June Relationship Bingo fest, and the "comfort food or item / feeding someone" square in my 6-16-15 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It introduces Side-eye, a member of Ricasso's gang who has some odd neurological problems due to prenatal drug exposure. Diminished sensation leads to sensory-seeking behavior, some of it self-destructive. The poem features recovery from past injuries, requests for assistance with consensual pain, a little nervousness at trying new things, power exchange, fumbling around with new superpowers that are sometimes confusing, references to personal health, awkward conversations, physical and emotional spotting, unintended food roulette, spicy food as a kink material, hand feeding, consensual experimentation with superpowers, aftercare, and other challenges. Although not quite fluff, the overall tone is positive. If these are sensitive areas 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 fishbowls, inspired by a reader sharing an article on "Policing with Velvet Gloves." It also fills the "fall from grace" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It contains emotional breakdown, worried people, a call to the police, extreme angst, erratic behavior, academic problems, reference to people refusing to solve problems they created, and other challenges. Given the length of this story arc, it doesn't exactly have a happy ending, although solutions are planned. If these are are sensitive subject areas for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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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 [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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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 "makeup / dressing up" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ users Ng_moonmoth, Book_worm5, and others in their pool. It belongs to the Cuoio and Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] helgatwb, [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] technoshaman, and LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "Cuoio takes Salvo dress shopping" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Finish It Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth and others in her pool. It belongs to the Cuoio and Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It directly follows "Dress for Myself" and will make more sense if you've read that first.

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This is the freebie for the August [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alatefeline. It also fills the "loneliness" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Tripping into the Future.

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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 LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "crossover" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ users Book_worm5, Ng_moonmoth, and the rest of the pool. It belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "fever / delirium" square in my 6-16-15 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It directly follows "Renewing a Sense of Community," and while this poem stands alone pretty well, it will make a bit more sense if you've read that one first.

Warning: This poem includes some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Jimar has a bad reaction to some contraband drugs that he took. Dr. Bloch and Nurse Espinoza do their best to take care of him. It features messy medical details, graphic description of a bad drug trip, addictive personality traits, past history of people mishandling addiction issues, current conditions undermining quality of care, controversy over how best to treat addicts, low sense of self-worth, and other challenges. If these are sensitive subjects 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 July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] lone_cat, [personal profile] ellenmillion, and LJ user Rix_scaedu. It also fills the "safe" 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 Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It follows "Bearers of Witness with Justice," so make sure to read that first, or this will make no sense.

Warning: This poem deals with some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes odd cultural dynamics, references to past whaling, ambivalent emotions, surprising interpersonal dynamics, quiet acts of heroism, and other challenges. There are spoilers for "Bearers of Witness with Justice" too. 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 July 2016 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba and [personal profile] alatefeline. It also fills the "survivor's guilt" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It follows "Bearers of Witness with Justice," so read that first or this 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 Steel's head is still a pretty unpleasant place, although he's getting better slowly. Also this poem contains some spoilers for the end of "Bearers of Witness with Justice." It touches on traumatic grief, survivor's guilt, crime and punishment, restitution, mental injury, and other challenges. 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 July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "deathfic" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ users Ng_moonmoth, Book_worm5, and other folks in their pool. Go team! :D It belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This whole poem is about past death and traumatic grief, and how to cope with that. It includes graphic descriptions of intense emotions which may be upsetting to recently bereaved people. 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 June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] shiori_makiba. It also fills the "experimentation" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ users Ng_moonmoth and Book_worm5. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This weekend's [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.  Our theme is "fashion." Although it was probably meant in reference to clothes, I threw in a few references to fashioning tools.  ;)  Come give us prompts, claim some for your own inspiration, or just watch the fun. 


What I Have Written

"Suspended in Time and Space" -- today's freebie.


From My Prompts

"Stone Point Haiku" by [personal profile] alatefeline looks at fashioning stone tools.


See also "Gaming the System" by [personal profile] alatefeline for thoughts on gender roles.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] shiori_makiba. It also fills the "opportunity" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ users Ng_moonmoth and Book_worm5. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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