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The unsold poetry list for the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl is now up on LiveJournal. 
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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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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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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.

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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted a Polychrome Heroics story set in Rapid City, very explicit and NSFW.  Check out "Rule 34." 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. It belongs to the Origami Mage series.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by [personal profile] kelkyag. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. It belongs to the series Lacquerware, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.


chadō


the tea master is
also the accountant: she
measures, stirs, and pours
to balance the accounts as
carefully as the tea things

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The October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get a free epic. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I'll keep it open at least until Wednesday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may keep it open a little longer.

"Chaos and Disruption"
Summary: Jerryrigger tells a wannabe anarchist what anarchy is really like.
80 lines, Buy It Now = $40

"Pinballs in a Broken Machine"
Summary: A young man has to choose between his family and his career.
105 lines, Buy It Now = $53

"Transcend Apparent Limits"
Summary: Sparring isn't just about exercise, it's also about trust. Cuoio and Chiara are really into both of those things.
117 lines, Buy It Now = $59

Poll #18922 Free Epic for October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 23


Which of these should be the free epic?

View Answers

"Chaos and Disruption"
6 (26.1%)

"Pinballs in a Broken Machine"
3 (13.0%)

"Transcend Apparent Limits"
14 (60.9%)

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Here is a database of asexual and aromantic characters in speculative fiction.  \o/  It is currently under reconstruction into a new and better format, but you can still see a lot of information there.
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This poem came out of the October 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] heartsinger. It also fills the "forced body modification" square in my 6-16-17 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest and the "creepy" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival bingo. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to the read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes extreme stress, innate and unwelcome body changes, reference to a past metabolic disorder, dysphoria, frustration, ineffective therapy, seeking a new therapist, talking about feelings, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] gingicat. It also fills the "excitement" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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