We decided to drown our sorrows in some draft root beer and gourmet pizza at Brixx. This improved our mood and the day.
There was still grocery shopping to do ... but then my partner Doug spotted a new antique store near Wal-Mart. By new, it turns out they've only been there for 8 days. And this is where the day turned amazing. :D The place is called Captain Jack's Treasures. Imagine, if you will, a typical antique store, the size of a barn, crammed full of stuff, 90% of which is crud. Now throw out all the crud and cream off the top 10% into one largish room. That room is this store.
Chatty folks, too, the staff and customers alike, so plan to spend some time if you go there. You're not going to get in and out in 10 minutes. We did eventually get our groceries. Very eventually. I think we spent between half an hour and an hour in there.
The owner bills himself as a treasure hunter, and I agree. I've seen hundreds of antique stores, and the vast majority of them look like they were stocked by magpies. This one is different. It is very carefully curated by someone with an exceptional eye for quality. (They also stock some stuff from other vendors, including Timeless Treasures.) There were all sorts of items I recognize but almost never see anymore. Old tricycles and wagons. Depression-era glass and books. Crockery. Some truly splendid hardwood furniture. A wooden horse that may have come off a carousel or child's riding toy. A genuine cookstove with the lids on top that come off to expose the fire. And if they get a bargain, you get a bargain; there was a walnut-and-marble coffee table for $75, and a couple of art glass rolling pins that I'm pretty sure had more than their $45 price in raw materials alone. Prices actually ranged from very cheap -- the book I got was $4 -- on up to quite expensive for the really old and rare treasures. Granted, people like all different things, so there was a lot of stuff that didn't grab me -- but I can recognize good stuff even if I'm not into it personally. I didn't see the outright junk that clutters most antique stores. It was basically like a museum where you could buy all the stuff. So we came home with a book, a jello mold, and a set of mid-century burlap glasses. \o/
If you're within driving distance of Champaign-Urbana (the shop is actually in Savoy, which is adjacent to the south) and you're into antiques, this is totally worth the trip. Too far away? Look up Captain Jack's Treasures on eBay. That's mostly smaller items; you can see some of the larger ones on their Facebook page. This is what happens when someone with a pirate's eye for travel and treasure takes up a legitimate business. <3 It's adorable. It's like a little slice of Terramagne. Most highly recommended.
I am willing to extend the quarter-price option for "Branded in His Memory" beyond the sale proper if people have confirmed their intent to sponsor it. These mega-epics are so big, they rarely sell at full price, so it's to everyone's benefit to catch them in a sale. If you're looking to shop in the sale but have not yet done so, here's a great opportunity to get the most bang for your buck. The one person who's seen this piece so far is raving about it.
"Branded in His Memory"
Summary: A mass-casualty incident brings Ansel to the Christian Care Rescue Mission in Bluehill. It's an ugly mess, but he does a wonderful job of helping everyone recover -- not just from their fresh injuries, but whatever put them in a homeless shelter to begin with.
I'd rather not open another epic for microfunding, but this one is big enough that if you buy the whole thing (or pool with someone to do so) then it automatically gets the quarter-price rate. That's true for any of the other epics that cost $100 or more.
Yes, there are video games like this in T-America. Black people tend to love the honesty. A lot of white people whine that it's inaccurate. But it's not. You can get them with gender shifts, or class, or other things; and a few even have interstitial options.
ng_moonmoth has sponsored "Eddies," co-sponsored "Accommodating Celebrations" with mashfanficchick, and put a big chunk into "Two Foxes."
Slated for my parents: "Even for an Old Soul," "The Choices That Make Families," "The Gifts That Move," "A Haven in a Heartless World" (cosponsor), and "Can't It Just Be What It Is?"
Our first stop was a bakery, where we found delicious cookies and a pocket pie. We also saw several ponies pulling cards -- not the tall cart horses, but much smaller. Eventually we figured out it's because school just let out and the kids were driving home. Yes, while some states are infantilized to the point of saying that 14 is the minimum age to be left alone ever, Amish gradeschoolers are still walking, biking, or driving pony carts to school on their own. Based on my knowledge of Amish culture, I would bet it's their cart and pony to take care of, too.
The biggest score was at the salvage store. I got interested in some tomatoes for $.99/pound, and then Doug spotted the 25-pound box for $6.95. So we pounced on that, added several green peppers and onions, a head of celery, a head of garlic, several bottles of ketchup and barbecue sauce, and a 10-pound roll of ground beef. I will be making copious amounts of sloppy joe filling and spaghetti sauce. \o/ Looking at huge piles of food makes me happy. Making my own food makes me feel accomplished. I think we spent about $40 on supplies and the results will probably cost well under $1/serving.
Later finds at Wal-Mart included a new pair of ventilated shorts and a package of loose-ground Italian sausage. I have a nice large basil plant, so I'm planning to harvest that and make the Zesty Italian type of spaghetti sauce. :D
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There are still verses left in the linkback poems "Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," "Leaves Upon the Water," "The Quick Brown Fox" (now complete), "Lead Us in Peace," "We Will Fade into You," and "The Emulsification of Humankind." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.
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Your prompt about queer issues inspired the free-verse poem "TERF Wars." When T-Oregon adds an Other category to its paperwork, Stan and Lawrence wind up discussing the implications at school.
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without quite realizing how it happened.
One minute he was walking into
the commons for lunch, and next thing
he knew, everyone was yelling.
"The Things That Really Interest Me"
Your prompt about Bouchet inspired the free-verse poem "The Things That Really Interest Me." Ansel finds Kyle worn out from finals, and suggests a solution.
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Ansel walked into Cup of Comfort
looking for lunch, and instead found
Kyle McCartney sprawled over
a table in the little niche.
Quickly Ansel crouched down so
he could see the young man's face,
and then gently shook his shoulder.
"Kyle? Are you okay?" he said.
From this I got the free-verse poem "Treasure Box." Someone fills a donation box with pirate gold. Much hilarity ensues.
off of Planned Parenthood's donation box.
When it finally came loose, she saw
why it had gotten jammed so badly.
"Well, drat! Some darn fundie
must have crammed this thing
with brass pirate tokens," she said.
This inspired the free-verse poem "Twice-Wise Tiresias." It explores the mythic history of sex change and connects it with modern experience.
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"A Wanderer with Purpose"
This prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "A Wanderer with Purpose." Shiv gets to see Tolliver's forge and explore pilgrim badges as a simple craft project.
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about Simon and Tolliver was
that he never really understood
what they wanted with him.
Oh, he could ask them
and get an answer, but it
never made any damn sense.
"What You're Afraid to Ask For"
Your power exchange prompt inspired the free-verse poem "What You're Afraid to Ask For." Pain's Gray decides that Shiv is ready to try kink on purpose. Hawt! Hawt! Hawt!
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to convince Pain's Gray to try
giving him another powergasm.
To his surprise, the time was
well spent and even enjoyable.
I've written four poems about Kenzie's subsequent experiences with the Iron Horses, this time from his perspective.
"Taking Care of Things" covers the evening he was found and the following night, with lots of coddling.
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Kenzie's inadvertent Sun Dance
were terrible and wonderful for him.
The Iron Horses stuck close by his side
all the day that they found him
and the night afterward.
"Two Foxes" covers the first day after Kenzie's rescue. It has more tension because some of the Iron Horses are off raining hell on the gaybashers, but also more social support and discussions about Kenzie's gender identity.
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he learned that Blair and most of
the other Iron Horses would
be riding out on an errand.
"I didn't realize that you were
actually superheroes," he said.
"Come Closer in Kinship" covers the second day after the rescue. Blair's parents show up and disrupt plans in some fun ways.
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Kenzie's impromptu Sun Dance
dawned bright and clear.
Ben brought breakfast, which
turned out to be acorn mush
with real maple syrup and
slices of venison sausage.
"Come Out of the Darkness" happens on the third day. Kenzie shares his struggles with Ida, who has seen it before and offers sympathy.
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Kenzie's rescue, Ida decided
that he needed some fresh air.
She found him leaning against
the wall of the roundhouse where
he was admiring the altar niches
that covered the back of the kitchen
facing the master bedroom.
There are still verses left in the linkback poems "Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," "Leaves Upon the Water," "The Quick Brown Fox," "Lead Us in Peace," and "We Will Fade into You." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.
A couple of DW prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Beatdown." When his old gang from Lincoln starts stirring up trouble, Shiv pushes back in an artistic fashion. Boss Batir is about to learn what a mistake he made.
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but he tried to resist the temptation
to go out and make trouble from scratch.
Boss White frowned on that kind of thing,
and besides, just because Shiv had
made it six months didn't mean that
he wanted to get arrested again.
"Big Brother and the Cyberbully"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Big Brother and the Cyberbully." The strength of internet trolls is that they strike from hiding and are hard to reach in person. The weakness is that they're very dependent on the internet. When a cyberbully does grievous damage, a supervillain makes a calculated counterattack.
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(The above poem is about the aftermath of a suicide, so I don't want to post just an excerpt of that. If you want to see a free sample before sponsoring it, contact me and I'll send that backchannel.)
"Changes Over Time"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Changes Over Time." Ansel and Turq talk about mascots, tribal culture, and how communities evolve.
some broken glass bottles --
you couldn't get a deposit back
from them, but you could take them
to the recycling center and get a dollar
for a five-gallon bucket of glass bits.
"A Disease of Ignorance"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Disease of Ignorance." Some things are universal, others unique, and one of the things that hasn't changed over time is bigotry. But the Blueshift Troupers know how to handle it.
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"No Power Like the Power of Youth"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "No Power Like the Power of Youth." When racist protesters try to invade a largely black neighborhood, they meet with some serious opposition.
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learning all about activism and protests and
what made them a good idea or a bad one.
"Only If It Is Embraced"
A backchannel prompt about Damask inspired the free-verse poem "Only If It Is Embraced." Damask and Farce help to capture the Scream. Other headmates finally begin to get a little clue about Keane.
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"You want me to do what?!"
I exclaim, staring at Savoir Faire.
"And why do you want Farce?"
"We're assembling a special team,"
says Savoir Faire. "We need people
who can handle a high level of pain.
Medical and combat skills will also
be helpful. You've stood up to
Subwoofer and Mindflare, and
she has luck on her side."
"Seeing from a Different Perspective"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Seeing from a Different Perspective." Shaeth finds out what some of his former followers have been up to, and he doesn't like it.
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"Zargon has talked Volac into making
the drunken orgies more ... traditional."
"We Must Bear Witness"
Many prompts combined to inspired "We Must Bear Witness." It's a litany about part of Dr. Infanta's intelligence network during WWII, and how they fight back. Curbstomp ALL the facists!
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knew this was coming,
for she who lit the spark
of the first world war
foresaw the second.
However, ng_moonmoth has a pool going with primary interest in "The Place Where the Journey Begins" and "We Are All Related," and secondary interest in "Uncertain Miracles." If you plan to sponsor anything today, I recommend checking there first to avoid duplication.
All previously sponsored poems have been posted.
I'm interested in sponsoring "The Place Where the Journey Begins" and
"We Are All Related". These two together would be half of $464=$232. I'm
ready to go in for half of that ($116) if there are enough people
interested in covering the other half.
Please let me know if you are interested in participating, and how much
you wish to put it. I have a PayPal account which I am willing to use as
the collection point if we can get this pool going, but don't want any
money until I know I can pass it along.
I'm also interested in "Uncertain Miracles", so if anyone wants to buy
in there at the 1/4-price rate, they could.
If you want to get in on this, contact ng_moonmoth to discuss details.
This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, June 19 through Sunday, June 25. This series is superhero fantasy. It features themes of heroism, coming of age, diversity, identity kink, family of choice, friendship, and cultural engineering. Sale prices range from $36 to $273, so hopefully there will be something for most folks. There are three open epics at present, all in Polychrome Heroics, so we're full for now. Prices on open epics are locked at the time of opening; however, if anyone wants to donate to open epics and buy poetry, spending $100 will get you the quarter-price rate on the new poems, regardless of the rate on the open epic(s) you support.
( Buy some poetry! )
11 poems, $2734 ÷ 2 = $1367
prices from $36 to $273
Berettaflies (5 poems,
These poems need to be posted in order. "The Inner Transition" is in microfunding now, with $308 remaining at $.50/line. However, the sequels are available at sale prices, and if sponsored can be marked as such for posting whenever the earlier poem(s) are completed.
"The Inner Transition"
Berettaflies: Week 4, Day 2
Summary: Having decided to turn himself in, Stylet enlists the help of Valor's Widow.
In microfunding now
"The Willingness to Surrender Ideas"
Story Date: Week 4, Day 3
Summary: After turning himself over to the police, Stylet begins negotiations with the authorities.
was $411, sale $205.50
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition" has been sponsored and published.
"Until It Hears Something Better"
Story Date: Week 5, Days 1-6
Summary: Stylet begins wading through various consequences agreed to in the negotiations.
was $91, sale $45.50
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition" and "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas" have been sponsored and published.
"A Little from the Heart"
Story Date: Week 5, Day 7
Summary: Stylet has a private face-to-face meeting with another berettafly victim.
was $241, sale $120.50
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition", "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas", and "Until It Hears Something Better" have been sponsored and published. Also unlocks the story "Reaction" by siliconshaman.
"The New Beginnings of Soft Greens"
Berettaflies: Week 6, Day 4
Summary: Carissa expands Stylet's culinary horizons with foods chosen for mood-bolstering properties.
was $91, sale $45.50
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition", "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas", "Until It Hears Something Better", and "A Little from the Heart" have been sponsored and published.
"This Is How I Should Be"
Berettaflies: Week 6, Day 4
Summary: Stylet responds to a follow-up text from Ashley.
was $154, sale $77
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition", "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas", "Until It Hears Something Better", "A Little from the Heart", and "The New Beginnings of Soft Greens" have been sponsored and published.
"The Key to Everything"
Berettaflies: Week 6, Day 6
Summary: Stylet answers questions about one of his prior creations, but there's more going on than he realizes.
was $72, sale $36
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition", "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas", "Until It Hears Something Better", "A Little from the Heart", "The New Beginnings of Soft Greens", and "This Is How I Should Be" have been sponsored and published.
Miscellaneous (6 poems,
was $1674, sale $837)
"Pebbles in the Path"
Directly follows "Ruts in the Road"
Summary: Jules and Mariset get a private lesson in rescue work.
was $135, sale $67.50
"The Place Where the Journey Begins"
Summary: In the middle of nowhere in particular, the Iron Horses encounter a youngster entangled in a barbed wire fence, and stop to render aid.
was $382, sale $191 SOLD
"We Are All Related"
Summary: The Iron Horses take Kenzie to a safe place for further care.
was $546, sale $273 SOLD
Available for posting after "The Place Where the Journey Begins" has been sponsored and published.
"Climbing Through the Cracks"
Summary: A flickering teen soup, searching for a way out of an abusive home, finally finds a viable option.
was $188, sale $94
"Death Whispers at the Tip"
Summary: Several women find new meaning in the old legends of the Amazons.
was $125, sale $62.50