ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This is the free epic for the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. Most of the poetry is currently tied up in the half-price sale, but I just wrote this one yesterday. I finally figured out why Terramagne-America has such a better housing situation compared to here. This poem fills the "complex" square in my 2-1-19 You Are card for the Valentines Bingo fest. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was inspired by the story "Hello, Rachel Eastwitch" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "parent" square in my 5-1-18 Gimmicks / Roles / Characters card for the Pro Wrestling Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] bairnsidhe. This poem belongs to the Mercedes thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: The backstory includes serious abuse.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Fly Free)
This is the freebie for the February 2019 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam.  It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] zianuray.


"Experience Stinks"


Growing up
is learning that

not everything which
is black-and-white
and fuzzy is a kitten.

Sometimes,
experience stinks,

but it's still better
than ignorance.

* * * 

Notes:

This image was the other inspiration for the poem.
ysabetwordsmith: (paladins)
This poem came out of the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] eseme and [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug. It also fills the "Be Here Now" square in my 2-1-19 Platonic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] satsuma, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] kyleri, and [personal profile] edorfaus. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins Volume 2.

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ysabetwordsmith: Shaeth is drunk (one god)
This poem came out of the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] gingicat, [personal profile] torc87, and [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "reminding someone to do something important" square in my 9-5-18 card for the 1000 Words or Less fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Fiorenza)
This poem came out of the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] corvi and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "watering a plant" square in my 9-5-18 Kind and Soft card for the 1000 Words or Less bingo.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth and Shirley Barrette. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to The Moon Door series.

Warning: This poem deals with predictable pain and mental impairment, and Hilla prefers that to the unpredictable kind she had before.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to an audience poll, you can now read the start of "So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors."  Shiv and Heron are comfort-baking again, and things don't go totally smooth.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the January 22, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "falling asleep" square in my 2-28-18 card for the Slice-of-Life Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with the aftermath of sexual assault and Shiv's awful past, but it is mostly cottoncandy fluff.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Here is the freebie for the January 22, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] daisiesrockalot, [personal profile] gingicat, [personal profile] fuzzyred, and [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "music" square in my 8-7-18 card for the Fairy Tales Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: (muse)
This is the second freebie from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. You have new prompter [personal profile] iamnotgod to thank for it.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] capri0mni, you can now read the opening of "Love Unflinching."  It introduces another of Stylet's oddball creatures.
ysabetwordsmith: (Schrodinger's Heroes)
This poem was selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. It came out of the December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] fuzzyred and [personal profile] alatefeline. This poem also fills the "managing free time" square in my 12-1-18 card for the Summer in December Bingo fest. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
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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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] kyleri. It also fills the "needed travel" square in my 8-7-19 card for the Fairy Tales Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
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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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills a square in my 12-31-18 card for the Untranslatable Words Bingo fest: "Fernweh (German): Feeling homesick for a place you have never been to." This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It is meta for the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Fiorenza)
This poem is spillover from the February 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by an anonymous prompt. It also fills the "nurture self-worth" square on my 1-31-18 Platonic card for the Valentines Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] iamnotgod and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "wise / learned person" square in my 8-7-18 card for the Fairy Tales Bingo fest.


"The Nature of Advertising"


The backwards "R"
in Toys "Я" Us
is not a mistake
but looks like one.

The first impression is
"That was a mistake"
and the second is
"That was stupid."

Some things are
mistakes because
they are accidental errors,
and some because they are
deliberate but unwise and
later lead to problems.

One is too much
a programmer and
a mathematician to make
what looks like a mistake
to attract attention.

It is the nature
of advertising
to turn mistakes
into money.


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