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2017-10-23 02:33 am

Poem: "Wanton Kittens"

This poem is spillover from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl and the August [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] we_are_spc (Fallon and Jay), and [personal profile] curiosity. It also fill the "comfort" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] mama_kestrel.

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2017-10-22 11:47 pm

Poem: "Feel the Might of Creation"

This poem is spillover from the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "learning how to be loved" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is all about childbirth, in rather graphic detail. If that's a touchy topic for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. Also, hankie warning for anyone prone to crying over happy scenes.

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2017-10-22 12:23 pm

Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

Today is the last day of the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics, so if you're still planning to buy anything, now's the time. 

So far I have sold four poems.  Three of those have been posted.  "A Moment of Atonement" hasn't been posted yet.  There are also two poems in a pool, the Iron Horses entries "Come Out of the Darkness" and "Sheltered and True."  Contact [personal profile] ng_moonmoth if you are interested in contributing toward those.
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2017-10-21 03:55 pm

Poem: "Capable of Stretching"

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls but follows on prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah, and [personal profile] nsfwords. It also fills the "healthy touch" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It relates to events in "An Atmosphere of Shame" and "Everything That Is Real About Us," so read those first or this won't make much sense.

Warning: This poem contains some intense material. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes anxiety, forboding, fear of communication, many references to Shiv's awful past, because the inside of Shiv's head is always a warning, feeling trapped, boundary issues, impaired consent, talking about scars, extreme body modesty, touch aversion, references to past malpractice in mental care, touching which is unwanted but permitted, graphic description of past abuse, poor self-assessment skills regarding physical and mental complaints, defensive lying which has become a reflex to the point that Shiv often can't tell the truth even when it would benefit him more than a lie, vulgar language, resistance to help, minor violence (not directed at a person), emotional flashbacks, overload, desperation, scary basement memories, and other challenges. This poem may be extra-stressful for people with a history of therapeutic abuse, toilet abuse, and/or child molestation. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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2017-10-21 12:17 am

Poem: "Death Whispers at the Tip"

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by the "teamfamily" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features bald women, messy medical details, references to past cases of cancer, infertility, distracting visions of Amazon life, historic references to dubious consent and inane attitudes, fostering, failed conversions, frank talk about death, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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2017-10-19 09:16 pm

Poem: "To Protect the Most Vulnerable"

This poem is spillover from the November 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, and Anonymous on Dreamwidth. It also fills the "drunk girl / guy" square in my 11-1-16 card for the Fall Festival bingo. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Mallory thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes confusion, indecision, college party hijinks, Whitney sneaking alcohol into a non-alcoholic event, binge-watching television, Whitney passing out drunk on the couch, reference to past alcohol misuse, reference to past rape, Mallory having a panic attack with awful flashbacks and other intrusive images, Heron calling the Student Health Center for Whitney, Mallory crying on Heron, and other angst. But there's a lot of fluff too. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. However, this is a major plot point, so skipping it would leave a gap.

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2017-10-17 02:47 pm

Poetry Fishbowl Report for October 3, 2017

Our theme this month was "Otherkin and Other-nesses." I wrote from 1:15 PM to 4:30 AM, so roughly 13 hours 15 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and another 6 later in the week.

Participation was lower this time, with 15 comments on LiveJournal and another 45 on Dreamwidth. However, please welcome new prompter [personal profile] elinox, whom you can thank for the second freebie.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Fisheye Lenses"
"The Green Monkey"
"Grow into a Scary Place"
"Liminality"
"Overkineralization"
"The Source of Each Other"
"Telltails"
"Transpeciation"

"Gliding In" (Polychrome Heroics, August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl spillover and Creative Jam)
"Transcend Apparent Limits" (Polychrome Heroics: Cuoio and Chiara, August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Come Closer in Kinship" (Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses, July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl spillover)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for October 3, 2017. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Currently sponsored poems from this fishbowl have been posted. This month's donors include: [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, Anthony & Shirley Barrette, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, and [personal profile] janetmiles. There were no new donors this time.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Transcend Apparent Limits" is the free epic. It also make the $250 goal, so that's three tallies toward a bonus fishbowl, which will run mid-November.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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2017-10-16 05:01 pm

Unsold Poetry for the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl

The unsold poetry list for the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl is now up on LiveJournal. 
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2017-10-15 10:53 pm

Read "Real Friends Help You Hide the Bodies" by Bairnsidhe

I have sponsored the poem "Real Friends Help You Hide the Bodies" by [personal profile] bairnsidhe.  It's about an intersex supervillain and friends, and actually quite touching.
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2017-10-15 09:51 pm

Poem: "Digging In"

This is the freebie for the October 2017 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "autumn" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival bingo, and with that, I have made bingo down the B column! \o/


"Digging In"


A true friend is someone who,
when you tell them to bring a shovel,
they don't ask if you're planting roses
or burying your ex,

they just come dressed to dig.

It's tulips, this time,
fringed and French,
parrots and peonies,
Darwins, Greigii, Fosteriana.

It's tulips, this time,
their brown bulbs
whispering triumph,
against autumn winds,

but it isn't always.

* * *

Notes:

Tulips are planted in fall to bloom in spring.  They come in many different styles.

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2017-10-15 09:26 pm

Poem: "The Green Monkey"

This is the second freebie for the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl courtesy of new prompter [personal profile] elinox. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] acelightning. It also fills the "frighten" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival bingo.


"The Green Monkey"


It's hard when you're born
technically human, visibly human,
but so weird you don't fit in --

when your body looks female
but your soul feels male,

when you're so smart that
you finish the worksheet before
the teacher finishes handing them out,

when you can hear things that
humans aren't supposed to hear
or say things that everyone claims
only babies can learn to pronounce --

and you can't help but remember
that experiment with the monkeys
where the scentist dyed one of them
and the others tore it to pieces,

when you keep seeing murders
of trans nerdy freakish people
whenever you turn on the news,

when every time that you go out
you feel people's eyes on your back,
crawling over your skin like spiders,

and you don't know why you
seem to frighten them so much
but it's clear enough that you do,

and you can't help but wonder
if you're the green monkey.

ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
2017-10-14 10:32 pm

Poem: "Come Closer in Kinship"

This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing, Deacon of [personal profile] antisocialite_forum, [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] callibr8, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, and [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills the "homelessness" square in my 7-1-17 card for the Winter Fest in July bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. Posting this means that the sequel "Come Out of the Darkness" can be posted as soon as it gets sponsored.

Warning: This poem contains a few touchy tidbits. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features partial helplessness, awkward gender dynamics, help with personal care, dramatic scars, unannounced arrivals, insecurity, low self-worth, emotional overload, confusion, and other challenges. Mostly it's fluff, though. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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2017-10-14 09:27 pm

Poetry Fishbowl Update

I have finished writing for the fishbowl.  The general fund poll is closed and those verses have been posted to "The Inner Transition."  I still have one sponsored poem to post, "Come Closer in Kinship."

There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics from Monday, October 16 through Sunday, October 22.
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2017-10-14 09:22 pm

New verses in "The Inner Transition"

Based on an audience poll, "The Inner Transition" has 7 new verses.  Stylet emerges from the shower in rather better shape than he went in.
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2017-10-14 07:07 pm

Crowdfunding Creative Jam

The Crowdfunding Creative Jam is open with a theme of "moving the body." 


What I Have Written

"Digging In" is the freebie.


From My Prompts

"Real Friends Help You Hide The Bodies" by [personal profile] bairnsidhe  
It's a character introspective poem in the Calamity Johnson thread of Super Queers about her unique way of feeling dysphoria and how her friends help her.

[personal profile] bairnsidhe has listed more Creative Jam items for sale here.
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2017-10-13 11:52 pm

Poll: General Fund Poll for the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl

The general fund currently contains $10. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will leave it open at least until Saturday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

There are two open epics. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $243 to be complete. "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $101 to be complete.

Poll #18930 General Fund for October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


Which of these should get the $10?

View Answers

"The Inner Transition"
8 (50.0%)

"The Higher a Monkey Climbs"
8 (50.0%)

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2017-10-13 11:37 pm

Poem: "Liminality"

This poem is from the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "liminal time" square in my 10-1-17 card in the Fall Festival Bingo.

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2017-10-12 10:05 pm

Poem: "Transpeciation"

This poem came out of the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] elinox, [personal profile] siliconshaman, YM, and [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "experiments by evil scientists" square on my 6-16-17 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "severed limbs / body parts" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains imagery that may disturb many readers. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers and also triggers. It features Turq's memories of mad science torture in captivity and other hardships after his escape. This includes graphic child harm, imprisonment, acute and chronic pain, terror and helplessness, graphic torture, graphic medical details, Dr. Carl Bernhardt (because Bernhardt is always a warning), Nazi-esque practices, body horror and dysphoria, unwilling transformation, depersonalization and derealization, alienation from human identity, traumatic bonding, forced separation, attachment damage, implied murder(s), mental decompensation, memory loss, traumatic restraint, traumatic manifestation of teleporting, inadvertent maiming (and possible death), extreme gore, vomiting, living feral, extreme sensory changes, disorientation and fascination, hunger, scavenging, theft, begging, self-hate, shame and guilt, pranks, teleportation trauma, offensive use of superpowers, nightmares, confusion, and other mayhem. This poem relates major parts of the storyline, but essentially expands on things already nutshelled elsewhere, so you could probably skip it without losing too much context. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

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2017-10-12 02:29 pm

Poem: "Transcend Apparent Limits"

This poem came out of the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "trust" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This is the free epic for the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal, selected in an audience poll. It belongs to the Cuoio & Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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