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 Thanks to an audience poll, there are 25 new verses in "Only If It Is Embraced."  Clement takes care of Gray's minor injuries, but they argue about Keane again.
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This is a post for aces, singles, and other folks who need a refuge from all the kissy stuff today.  You can talk about the asexuality spectrum, single lifestylenonsexual intimacies, or whatever else floats your boat.  Recommend resources on these topics, favorite stories or movies, share the platonic love!

If you want to explore some of my writing on this topic, try browsing:
My QUILTBAG Characters
Sexual Orientations in My Characters
Romantic Orientations in My Characters

Asexuality in Fiction
Asexuals Writing Asexuals

These series have asexual characters and/or minimal sex/romance:
An Army of One
Clay of Life
Kung Fu Robots
The Origami Mage
Path of the Paladins
Polychrome Heroics: Dr. Infanta
Polychrome Heroics: Shiv

These series have characters who are unmarried, with or without interest in relationships:
Fiorenza the Wisewoman
P.I.E.
Polychrome Heroics: Calliope
Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra
Polychrome Heroics: Danso and Family
The Steamsmith
Tripping into the Future

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Discovered because she probably licked a brush while painting with lapis lazuli

Either that, or she didn't think to label her cups "Paint Water" and "NOT Paint Water."  :D
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Now funding on Kickstarter: an anthology of asexual fairy tales with illustrations.  :D 3q3q3q!!! 

I definitely want the hardcopy.  I am considering whether I want to bump up to the next level and also get two signed prints of the artwork.

If you want there to be more acefic in the world, go check out this project.  Fairytales are for everyone!  And the author is right, some of those things were already ace as hell, it doesn't take much to highlight that.
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Evidently there's a terrible-sounding book on this topic, and someone decided to rant about that, with a very bad habit of equating nonviolent communication (the concept) with Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg (the book).

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This article talks about the impact of one's culture and its tools of thought on the interpretation of creative works

What I have to say about this is ...

*dumps whole trunk of stuff*

Look, I have Celtic threes!  Lakota fours!  Sumerian fourteens!  Chinese elements, Greek elements, that faerie set I got from some friends.  Cherokee color symbolism, Japanese, European.  Myths!  Legends!  Heroes out the wazoo!  Don't drop the Aarne-Thompson Index on your foot, that fucker's heavy.

Analyzing entertainment is so much more fun when you have ALL THE TOOLS.  There is no such thing as too many tools!  You can have fun explaining the same show six different ways.  \o/

If all you have is a hammer, then every story looks like a nail, which is ... really fucking dull, why would anyone keep watching.  Oh wait, maybe that's why some people don't read books.  0_o

I'll just be over here enjoying my toybox of cultural everything.
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New Barbie releases for 2019 include the Fashionistas line with over 100 looks, including nappy hair, a doll with a prosthetic leg, and a wheelchair accessory usable with a wide range of posable dolls.  The body shape is slightly more realistic too.

FIN-AL-LY!  \o/ 
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This article mentions some coping methods for people who wear binders. People have used Tumblr and other social media to remind wearers to check their breathing once an hour. If you wear binders but don't use those venues, you can substitute any other reminder service or app that you like, to remind you to check your breathing or do a breath meditation at your preferred frequency. (Yes, binders have risks like asphyxiation, overheating, and rib injuries. O_O) Practice safe binding and take care of the body you have.

Setting Up Instagram Reminders Via Buffer

Set Reminders on Facebook

10 Best Reminder Apps for iPhone, Android, and Windows

You may need to hunt around to find a level of body awareness and breath work that feels comfortable for you, which is often a challenge with body dysphoria, so I included some abstract instructions that don't point to your body. Other folks need the guidance to check in that they are safe, because it is hard for them to connect with their body.

30-second Calm Breathe Bubble

1-minute Triangle Breathing

1-minute Basic Breath Meditation

3-minute Breathing Space

EDIT 2/7/19: [personal profile] eseme recommends The Breathing App.

When you take your binder off, it helps to focus on your breathing for a longer time if you can.

10-minute Triangle Breathing

10 Minute Awareness of Breath Mindfulness Meditation

It also helps to do some gentle stretches to open your chest after compression. Choose from Yoga, Tai Chi, and various other styles. Do what works for you.

6-minute Side Body Stretches for Deeper Breath


7-minute Upper Back and Chest Stretches

8-minute Tai Chi Breathing Exercises

18-minute Coordinate Movement + Breathing Tai Chi

30-minute Breathe & Flow Yoga

For that matter, if you wear a bra, corset, necktie, button collar, choker, or anything else that can restrict your breathing then these precautions may prove useful. Binders are just one of the most notorious garments for causing problems, not the only risk.
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Here are my cards for the Valentines Bingo fest over in [community profile] allbingo. It has several different categories. I have decided to play in Romantic, Platonic, and You Are. The fest runs from February 1-28. (See all my 2019 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

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The following poems from the January 22, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "Nascent Wisdom," "A Lively Feast," "Between the Normal and the Abnormal," "Always Carry Your Goodness," and "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey."


"All the Beautiful Lights"
Your prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "All the Beautiful Lights." Shiv and Luci enjoy a holiday cruise on Lake Manawa.
824 lines, Buy It Now = $412

Lake Manawa looked like a nonstick griddle,
the ice flat and gray under a cloudy sky,
but Shiv knew it would glitter in the sun.

Shiv and Luci walked toward the dock
where the Manawa Marvel waited
.


"The Quickest Way to Know a Woman"
Some DW prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "The Quickest Way to Know a Woman." Shiv and Luci go shopping in the Old Market.
1553 lines, Buy It Now = $777

Shiv stood in front of Dymin's desk
and forced himself not to fidget.

"You sure this is a good idea?"
he said, trying to wheedle out of it.

"I'm sure you need winter clothes,
and I'm sure you'll benefit from
a spotter on that trip," Dymin said.
"You and Luci have talked about
shopping the Old Market, so
she's bound to be willing."



"Sky Blue and Grass Green"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Sky Blue and Grass Green." Shiv takes a class in underpainting, then freezes up when he tries to do it in complementary colors. He gets through it with a little help, though.
303 lines, Buy It Now = $152

Shiv hopped off of the bus at
the Hipster Center of Creative Arts.

He liked the building -- sleek concrete
with lots of glass windows to let in
all the light that they could, as if
it had been made from Legos.



"Strange and Twisted Creatures"
Molly takes care of Gray after the incident with Chyou.
558 lines, Buy It Now = $279

Gray woke with a headache and
a queasy burn in his belly that told him
he'd gone far too long without eating.

Then he remembered why, and groaned.



"What Seems Like Surrender"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "What Seems Like Surrender." A week after the chayne incident, Dr. Bloch notices that Shiv has an unusual response to certain types of pain.
572 lines, Buy It Now = $286

A week after the chayne incident, Shiv
got an invitation back to Dr. Bloch's office.

The fact that it was an invitation threw him
off track, but the message clearly stated
that he could either come for a checkup and
probably get excused from bed rest now,
or skip it and wait an extra week before
being excused from it automatically
.

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This time our theme was "Polychrome Heroics: Shiv: The Christmas Thread" with a few prompts carried over from the January 8 fishbowl. I wrote from 1 PM to 5:15 AM, so about 14 hours 15 minutes, accounting for breaks. I'm still not really caught up, but at least I'm getting closer.

Participation was lower, with 9 comments on LiveJournal and another 43 on Dreamwidth. A total of 18 people sent prompts. Some of those stacked very nicely, so big thanks to the people who seconded other people's prompts. \o/


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the January 22, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Bedtime Rituals"
"So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors"
"Waves of Emotion"

Note that "So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors" has been opened for microfunding with general funds earmarked for poems from this session. It's more than a third sponsored, so if you want more poetry and can't afford a whole one, this is a great opportunity. It's mostly fluff about Shiv and Heron comfort-baking.


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from January 22. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

The sponsored poems have all been posted. Donors this time include: [personal profile] wispfox, [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] gingicat.


The Poetry Fishbowl also has a permanent landing page.
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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and assistance.  Please keep an eye on this page as I am still writing.

Starting now, the bonus Poetry Fishbowl is open!  This is the perk for the Poetry Fishbowl meeting the $250 goal three times.  Today's theme is "Polychrome Heroics: Shiv: the Christmas Thread."  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.


Advance Preparations:
I highly recommend viewing the advance announcement for today's fishbowl, where I laid out the start of the thread and some ideas on where it's going.  If you already have a prompt on the list of carryovers from January 8, you're covered and don't need to leave more prompts today.  I'll write as many as I can.

I have sketched out a little of the storyline. If anyone else wants to write about this, and you need references to make sure you don't step on what I'm doing, let me know who or where and I'll send you the relevant notes.  Just make sure I get a copy and a link so I can connect things. Also, I'm trying to date entries more carefully, so do that too. See the 2015 calendar.


Stacking:
You can prompt for characters, settings, events, or whatever you want to see. I've listed a lot of the scenes that I already know about. Anyone can request those straight from advance announcement post, or second someone else's prompts, if you don't want to write out your own. I will write as many poems as I can, but I may not get to everyone this time if complex prompts (like X and Y in Location plus hassles) spread out over a lot of long plotty poems that don't combine well. Prompts that get seconded by more people are more likely to get written.

Brief generic prompts (like "traumatic stress" or "touch aversion") are easy to stack with other prompts and may get used repeatedly. If you're stuck for ideas, grab any of the prompts off the list of suggestions above, or use either of the emotion lists from the Bingo Card Generator to produce a single prompt. This is a good option for anyone who feels overwhelmed by information or choices.


Characters:
Drafting new characters takes time. The more of that I need to do, the slower the writing goes. So if you want to make it go faster, focusing on established characters is one way to do that.  I already have a lot of characters statted up for Blues Moon and related environs.


What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "Polychrome Heroics: Shiv: the Christmas Thread."  I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.


Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.



2)  Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.



3)  Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.


Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.


Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "Polychrome Heroics: Shiv: the Christmas Thread."  I'll be soliciting ideas for Shiv and company, superheroes, supervillains, gray capes, blue-plate specials, naries, first responders, citizen responders, hapless victims, traveling, taking cover, counseling, troubleshooting, discovering problems, finding creative solutions, asking questions, learning what you can do, upstanding, Blues Moon, Simon and Tolli's home, the Finn house in California, Soup to Nuts, the Omaha Personal Repair Center, inner space, the subconscious, sex crimes, touch aversion, attachment damage, unforseen circumstances, emergency tools and supplies, physical first aid, emotional first aid, self-help, personal growth, different schools of therapy, therapeutic tools, trauma, fear, grief, horror, helplessness, traumatic stress, platonic relationships, and poetic forms in particular.  But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have the first edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation.) The rest of the poems will go into my archive for later use.
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There will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, January 22. It will focus on the Christmas thread of Shiv in Polychrome Heroics, which began with "Tangle" (Part 1, Part 2) by [personal profile] siliconshaman and "Confused, Screwed Up, But Here" by myself. This thread deals with sexual harassment and assault, and the aftermath. [personal profile] siliconshaman is primarily writing the stories about Chyou Quiwil. [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is covering some aspects with various Finns helping to clean up the aftermath. I'm primarily writing the ones about Shiv, Pain's Gray, and other folks in Omaha plus some with the Finns. We're sharing Luci Quiwil, who crosses over all of those.

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Messages going to who needs them instead of who they were sent to.
Something with parcels?
Namings going in unexpected directions.


I am hoping that doing more fishbowls focused on a specific thread will help cluster the prompts so I can stack several into the same poem, and reduce the sprawl without having to skip prompters. Another way to accomplish this is to give me short prompts that don't have a plot element, like an emotion or bit of scene dressing that appeals to you. Those are easy to combine with other prompts. And of course, you can still 'second' anyone else's prompt and get a backchannel copy of that poem.
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This poem is spillover from the January 8, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "infiltration" square of my 9-2-18 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem belongs to A Conflagration of Dragons series.

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This poem came out of the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "underdog" square in my 5-1-18 Gimmicks / Roles / Characters card for the Pro Wrestling fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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Here's an article about a language created by and for women's perspective. I knew Suzette; she was one of my first famous writer-friends. I wrote college papers about her work. We actually connected when I mentioned that I was doing one on women's invented languages. She handed me her then-unpublished manuscript for a sequel to Native Tongue so I could copy precise quotes from it.

I'm one of the people who has kept that language alive and in use. I'm not fluent -- few people are -- but I own the dictionary/grammar and I taught a class on it in the Grey School of Wizardry. That included me adding a few suggested augmentations to make the language more useful to spellcasting, because if you look at the grammar, you can see how well it lends itself to certain locking and unlocking features.

I also use certain words whenever I need them. Radíidin  is certainly one of them, but so is ranem (nonpearl: an ugly thing such as a festering hatred to which one pays attention).  I use the emotion grids to explain why people feel the way they do, based on reason, blame, and futility; or the quality of reason behind it.  

There is so much in this language that speaks to things that people are just now beginning to discuss in public, in large numbers, rather than a handful of us canaries saying, "Hey, y'all, might could be you'd want to pay attention to this fire over here before it spreads."  Not just vocabulary, but grammar.  Grace and efficiency and power.

In a word, super-gizomology, and Suzette would dislike me saying that because she was a very unassuming person who avoided being made much of.  Sorry, old friend, I call 'em like I see 'em.  Like Nikola Tesla, you built something ahead of its time, and it's going to take a while for the rest of the world to figure out how it even turns on.  But linguistic super-gizmology it is, because it's full of fresh encodings, and those are rare as hen's teeth.  <3
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This is the freebie for the January 8, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "villain" square in my 5-1-19 Gimmicks / Roles / Characters card for the Pro Wrestling Bingo Fest. This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Day 7

Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or check out some fanworks that are new to you. (The recs from Day 2 might be a good place to start.) Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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I am neither into baseball nor into real-person-fanfic, but I stumbled across this:

"I've Traveled All this Way for Something" by Telesilla
Technically baseball real-person-fanfic, but since I know none of the characters, I read it as original fiction. Smokin' hot M/M consensual slavefic.

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