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Here is a clever first draft checklist.  I'm not sure I've ever written a story that simple, but it seems like a useful graphic.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "yarn, thread, and string."  I'll be soliciting ideas for spinners, weavers, other people who do fibercrafts, puppeteers, storytellers, sheep and other fiber-bearing animals, spinning, weaving, other craft activities, cutting the cord, pulling strings, following threads, being strung out, telling yarns, stringing along, tying knots, getting strung out, untangling strands, puppet theaters, fibercraft factories, sewing rooms, laboratories, craft stores, looms, Gordian knots, spinning wheels, the red thread, family ties, cosmic strings, loose threads, macrame, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Ramping Up the Fun" (22 verses, Polychrome Heroics). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )

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This poem is spillover from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] redsixwing and[personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "forced to rely on enemy / rival" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, this time featuring Shiv.

WARNING: This poem contains intense material which some readers may find disturbing. Highlight for more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features maladaptive thought patterns, petty rulebreaking, racist and other vulgar language, gossip, smoking, a nanotech terror weapon, flashbacks, traumatic amputation, an understandable but misguided violent response from the guards, graphic description of injuries and treatment, extreme discomfort with vulnerability, nonstandard response to pain, PTSD and acute stress reaction, and other challenges. Various people offer all kinds of support, Shiv's receptivity is patchy at best, and he is slowly improving. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether you want to read this right now.

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This poem came out of the June 2, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] mdlbear. It also fills the "socialize" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, this time featuring Cassandra and Groundhog.

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This poem came out of the June 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "torture" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "worry" square in my 6-1-15 card for the June Relationship Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem is heavy-duty hurt/comfort with content that some readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It contains betrayal by a friend, interrogation by means of crude physical torture, kidnapping, nonconsensual bondage, traumatic manifestation of a superpower, uncontrolled use of a superpower which winds up hurting several people, temporary resistance to desired help, some messy medical details, a crappy non-apology, deliberate use of a superpower for harm, revenge, angst over potential drawbacks of the change in power status, and other challenges. Conversely, once the backup arrives there is some really sweet aid-and-comfort. If those are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] moongoddessgirl. It also fills the "families" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, somewhat inspired by conversations with [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] lone_cat.


"Light the Match"
-- a villanelle


Light the match and step away
Supervillains know the game
Live to fight another day.

Strike a pose and make them pay
See your future in the flame
Light the match and step away

Even in the hottest fray
There's no need to kill or maim
Live to fight another day

Always there's another way
Of recourse on those to blame
Light the match and step away

Let them chase you as they may
In the end it's all the same
Live to fight another day

Doesn't matter what they say
Choose your target, take your aim
Light the match and step away
Live to fight another day

* * *

Notes:

In entertainment, this pattern appears as We Will Meet Again.  In nature, it's a dominance fight.  The point is to win a conflict which grants access to desired resources, not usually to maim or kill anyone.  It's why so many superheroes and principled supervillains pull their punches, use equipment that nerfs their powers, and/or otherwise stop short of total annihilation. 

Not part of the original inspiration, but absolutely apt is the song "Black Swan Blues" as referenced by [personal profile] technoshaman.
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... are in, with commentary on implications. The sad and rabid puppies have been whacked on the nose with a newspaper, and hopefully will not piddle on the carpet again.
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 Sunday is the last day of the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics.  So far there's been some activity, though not as much as we hoped for.  (Due to some cashflow challenges, our budget is tight here through early November.)  If you're still thinking about buying anything from the sale, now's the time.
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Here's an essay that defends two of the greatest purposes in literature: to show the ugliness that humanity can manifest, and to make people think  about it.  This is true throughout art, whether it be genre literature or great paintings or whatever.  It's not supposed to come with a canned meaning.  It's supposed to provoke you, make you feel things, sometimes dark and sometimes light and quite often both at the same time.

I like exploring intense topics.  Some of them are bright, like building intimacy.  Some of them are dark, like when characters give in to base impulses and really hurt someone.  You can usually tell which things are good or bad ideas as you read them.  But the characters  don't always know that.  Sometimes what I write is disturbing precisely because it depicts something horrible through the perspective of someone who thinks is a grand idea.  Officer RAT, for instance, thinks that his prejudices make the world a better place by coming down hard on bad guys.  I rarely come right out and say something like, "Don't murder people; that is bad and wrong."  If you look at the action, however, you'll see that murder tends to have undesirable outcomes.  A lot of my characters are very mixed.  Look at, say, Steel and Dr. Infanta -- they can get incredibly violent if you trigger them.  But that happens because of how badly other people have torn them up in the past.  With people they care about, they're both quite protective.  That invites readers to think about where they draw the lines of what is justified or unjustified, who is a hero and who is a villain, and why.

Don't ever let anyone take that away from you.
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This poem is spillover from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] stardreamer and [personal profile] moongoddessgirl. It also fills the "respect limits" 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 Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "walking" 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 Cuoio and Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the August 4, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "do something new" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It 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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A donation from [personal profile] janetmiles has added 84 (yes: eighty-four) new verses to "With Your Brain and Your Resourcefulness." Find out what Velvet does with Lawrence now that she has him in her clutches.  It does not really go as anyone planned. 
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This poem came out of the August 4, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] siliconshaman, and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "eating disorders" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "baking / cooking" square in my 7-1-15 card for the Winter Fest in July fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains references to past maltreatment and resultant eating disorders.  Subsequent environment is safe and supportive.

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This poem came out of the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] corvi, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, and [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "Emotional First Aid" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest, and the "motion sickness" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem came out of the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] moonvoice. It also fills the "scars" square in my 6-16-15 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series. (I wasn't paying attention earlier and posted things out of sequence, so this predates "The Surface Tension of Injured Souls.")

WARNING: This poem contains graphic, subjective descriptions that some readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. Daphne has survived six years of extreme trauma, following a plane hijacking that left her stranded on an artificial island inhabited by minions run wild. As a result, she has severe physical and mental scars that make it difficult for her to reintegrate with everyday society. Her PDSD has left her with multisensory flashbacks, intrusive ideation, touch aversion, hypervigilance, normalization of violence, and other challenges. Much of society around her is really unsupportive and making matters worse. Fortunately she makes a new friend who helps counteract that a little bit, but this is still a very rough ride and the inside of Daphne's head is a fucking miserable place. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read right now.

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This poem is spillover from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "peace" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest, and "The Elephant in the Room" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. Dated May 22, 2015 in the chronology, it follows "In Dublin's Fair City" dated September 18, 2014; bear in mind that these happen later than most of the other poems.

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This poem came out of the June 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] anke. It also fills the square on my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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