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2017-05-22 04:45 pm

Read "To Know After Absence"

The poem "To Know After Absence" is now open for microfunding, and locked at the sale price.  Boss White introduces Shiv to the apartment above Blues Moon.
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2017-05-21 08:35 pm

Poem: "13 Reasons Why"

This is the freebie for the May [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] kengr.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
2017-05-21 08:03 pm

Half-Price Sale in Shiv

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.
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2017-05-21 02:10 pm

Poem: "A Conversation Between Body and Soul"

This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai plus conversations with [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] stardreamer, and other fans. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Calliope and Vagary are in a mess of a bond, which complicates their consent for anything involving each other. They're trying to make the best of it, and making some progress, but it's just not a great situation. So there is awkwardness, fumbling, social anxiety, tripping over all sorts of emotional baggage, Vagary's low self-esteem, Calliope's standoffishness, boundary issues, trust issues, reluctant touching, gender issues (one of the few things Vagary handles gracefully), physical tension, crappy dancing, telepathic spillover, bystander assumptions, trying not to cry in public, knowing when to give up, reference to bad therapists of the past, Vagary's perspective of their initial bonding, and other angst. They do make some good progress, though, and nobody gets punched in the face or groped in personal places. Special thanks to the several readers who realized that dancing was liable to be a disaster. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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2017-05-20 11:45 pm

Poem: "The Key to Your New Home"

This poem is spillover from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "Cedar Chest" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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2017-05-20 08:55 pm

Poem: "Blue Jeans and Jazz"

This poem is spillover from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "Blue Jeans" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. 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. Shiv is trying, but the inside of his head is still a mess. The poem features incarceration, mixed feelings, fumbling efforts at coping skills, poverty, discussion of (beneficial) weight gain, sensory overload, choice paralysis, flashbacks to child abuse and neglect, struggling to choose clothes, trust issues, fear of the future, and other angst. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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2017-05-20 03:36 pm

Poem: "All These Things Woven into Something"

This poem came out of the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] siliconshaman, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "injury" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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2017-05-20 02:02 am

Crowdfunding Creative Jam

The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Baker's Dozen."  Please drop by to give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written
"13 Reasons Why" is this session's freebie.

"Creating a Community Around Food"
Shiv visits the farmer's market and makes many fine discoveries.
516 lines, Buy It Now = $258

"Ten Minutes in the Life of a Pear"
Shiv comes home with a bushel of pears, and Cook shows him how to turn them into wonderful desserts.
249 lines, Buy It Now = $125


From My Prompts
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
2017-05-19 09:14 pm

Poem: "A Matter of Opportunity"

This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by an anonymous prompt. It also fills the "physical" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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2017-05-15 01:17 am

Three Weeks for Dreamwidth: "Hot Chicks"

In Terramagne-America, there is a company of several multicultural women that's making packets of crispy chickpeas in different flavors. The Hot Chicks are extra-spicy, the Saucy Chicks are milder, and the Sweet Chicks are sugary. The promotional characters are baby chickens dressed as bikers on the Hot Chicks, while the Saucy Chicks have more eclectic "go out and have fun" outfits, and the Sweet Chicks are dolled up in pink. So cute, I wish I could draw these.

Chickpeas are big rounded legumes. They offer protein, fiber, and other benefits. When roasted, they make a healthy snack that can be flavored in various ways. You can do many other things with them too.

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2017-05-14 01:39 pm

Three Weeks for Dreamwidth: "Reframing Comfort Food Commercial"

This is another commercial from Terramagne. Comfort food appears in many of the poems from Polychrome Heroics. So what do you do if you grew up with junk for comfort food? They've got a patch for that ...

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
2017-05-13 07:23 pm

Poem: "Yon Sèl Lang Se Janm Ase"

This poem came out of the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dreamwriteremmy. It also fills the "baby" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some touchy stuff. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features an unsupportive social worker, language discrimination, a prickly soul, vulgar talk, and other angst. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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2017-05-13 04:18 pm

Three Weeks for Dreamwidth: "Screamin' Squirrel Snacks"

Terramagne has all kinds of awesome snacks, mentioned in various poems from the Polychrome Heroics series. Screamin' Squirrel Snacks offer a range of healthy high-energy items.

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2017-05-12 04:24 am

Three Weeks for Dreamwidth: "Jumble Munch"

Jumble Munch is a popular snack in Terramagne-America, mentioned in several poems from Polychrome Heroics. It's a mix of different ingredients, similar to trail mix or party mix, in a large array of sweet and savory flavors. It comes in small or large bags.

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2017-05-11 07:11 pm

Three Weeks for Dreamwidth: "Heave Ho Anger Management Commercial"

Here's another commercial from Terramagne-America, this one for an anger management program that uses vigorous activity.   This idea is replicable with local resources.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
2017-05-10 01:48 pm

Poem: "Insha'allah"

Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl reaching the $200 goal. This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2017 Poetry fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] daisiesrockalot plus conversations with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and other fans. It also fills the "WILD CARD: dusk" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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2017-05-10 12:06 am

Three Weeks for Dreamwidth: "Good Feelings Exercise Program Commercial"

While writing Polychrome Heroics, I've noticed that the commercials in Terramagne-America are often more entertaining than the shows are in local-America. So I've started writing them down. Since I can't actually do video clips or even slideshows, I have instead pasted suitable images into the text. Also worth noting: this concept is replicable with local resources.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
2017-05-09 10:27 pm

New Verses

Based on an audience poll, there are new verses in the three open epics.  "A Hope and a Promise" has 6 new verses.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk about how Saraphina is doing.  "Essential for Human Survival" has 6 new verses.  Cassandra and Groundhog explore the options in the snack room.  Recipes are included for the house special smoothies.  "The Inner Transition" has 7 new verses.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack, and it's not a set of dry clothes.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
2017-05-09 01:13 pm

Poem: "The Tragedy of the People"

This poem is spillover from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie and [personal profile] callibr8. It also fills the "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features living in a warzone, references to war-related violence, imperialistic history, acts of genocide, Palestine and Israel are bottom-ten countries for valid reasons, fleeing in terror, survivor guilt, scrounging for survival, recruitment into a supervillain organization, and other angst. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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