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... actually caught on video.  (Trigger warning.  WARN ALL THE THINGS.)

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My poem "Closing the Score" has been published in Torn World, visible to everyone.
Musical restrictions are not popular in the Empire.

My poem "Waste Nothing" has been published in Torn World, for supporters only.
Tekura discovers Tefein heading into the forest.

My poem "Pearls Before Time" has been published in Torn World, visible to everyone.
Duurludirj pearl divers have remarkable skills.

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I came across this post today, illustrating a key reason why people learn not to ask for help: because when they do, they don't get it. Person A describes a frustrating situation and asks specific questions about how to solve certain parts of the problem. Person B says, no, those things aren't problems, you should be doing MORE of them not less, and take these steps to do more of them.

That is the opposite of help.

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Here's a lovely look at several of Jack Kirby's characters of diversity, made with Stan Lee but these are ones primarily driven by Jack.  

Note that Ben Grimm is a double-tap for being Jewish and lower/working class.  As the Thing, he is also a man of color -- even though color-changed characters may have grown up white, they pick up the chromatic stigma of not being white anymore and it really shows in how people treat them.  Also worth considering is the way that Jack characterized Ben as Jewish for years before it was safe to come right out and say that.  Sometimes I tag the ethnicity or religion of my characters openly, but often it's just there in the name, location, physical description, etc.

I always liked the technological aspect of Black Panther, which so often gets overlooked.  After having discovered Odinani, the sacred science of Nigeria, I kind of wonder if that played in.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer made me this Superhero Bingo Card as a prize for me making bingo on the Birthday Bingo Fest.  The idea was inspired by how queerfolk say "I got bingoed" when people make stupid remarks, for which there are actual cards.

Do NOT read this while you have anything in your mouth, or your hands. I laughed until I cried.

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 Chickens.

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This post has a couple of character generators, fursona and monster versions, which give you a few interesting phrases to work with.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the story "Buttons, Beads, and Books" for Frankenstein's Family.  It fleshes out the character of Bogdana, the old woman who sells used clothes.  It's a quiet, bittersweet story.

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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "healing & growth." I'll be soliciting ideas for herbalists, healers, counselors, clients, teachers, students, farmers, fields, offices, helping people, actions leading to personal growth, stages of recovery, growth phases, hitting rock bottom, plot twists, safety equipment, self-help materials, herbs, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "The Face of a Hero" (Polychrome Heroics).

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

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 Flowers.

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Djinni is doing an icon day.  Read the instructions and fill out the form to request a free icon.  If you tip, you can get one in full color, and there are other incentives too.

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This month's theme was "flexible truths."  I worked from 12:30 PM to 6:15 AM, so about 15 hours 45 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks (the longest yet).  I wrote 13 poems on Tuesday and another 12 later.  They covered the whole range of sizes again.

Participation was high, with 51 comments on LiveJournal and another 45 on Dreamwidth.  Thanks to new prompter Twitter user Harriet Clough, there's a second freebie poem, "Je Ne Regrette Rien."


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:

"Bending the Arc Toward Justice"
"The Best Government Money Can Buy"
"Closing the Score"
"Cuantos Niños"
"Give Her a Mask"
"Je Ne Regrette Rien"
"Miracles and Other Lies"
"Of the Line of Danu"
"Off Fire"
"A Perspective, Not the Truth"
"Politics, Cartoon Physics, and the Elasticity Factor"
"Porcelain Perceptions"
"The Taste of Rust"
"The Things We Tell, the Thongs We Don't"
"Threatening Rain"
"To the Least of My People"
"Weapons of Mass Instruction"
"Written by the Winners"

"A Stranger's Way" (4/1/14 fishbowl, Beneath the Family Tree)
"A Walk in the Park" (Frankenstein's Family)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, read the unsold poetry list from August 5. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems have been uploaded.  Backchannel copies of the rest have gone out to sponsors.  Per the $200 goal, "A Walk in the Park" is the free epic.  Per the $250 goal, that's two tallies toward a bonus fishbowl.  Per the $300 goal, there was a half-price sale in Frankenstein's Family.

The donor perk isn't written yet.  Donors this month included ng_moonmoth, laffingkat, janemiles, the_vulture, DW user Stardreamer, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

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This poem came out of the August 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl and is the second freebie for Twitter user Harriet Clough as a new prompter. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fill the "je ne regrette rien" square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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In addition to specific recipes, I like to make cooking algorithms. Looking at my recent Barley Chicken Skillet Dish, I was inspired to make tonight's Beef and Barley Skillet Dish. Then I figured that I might as well just write down the algorithm too, so you can see how the mix-and-match concept works.

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I made this for supper tonight, and it turned out very tasty.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Read "Sanja's Discovery" by Dialecticdreamer
Poem: "My Tears in Your Bottle"
Story: "Trouble on the Line"
Meet the Heliodrax!
Describing Skin Tones
Asexual Plots
Feminist Science Fiction
Ancient Music


Last week's half-price sale in Frankenstein's Family sold three poems, which you can find via links on the sale page.

The next Poetry Fishbowl will be on Tuesday, September 2 with a theme of "Healing & Growth."


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Impractical Cat" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Damask and Farce continue the fight in the bar.  "A Cat May Look at a Queen" belongs to The Steamsmith series.  Maryam and Farasat see the Queen at the alchemy ball.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands (Parts 1-4)," "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Waste Nothing" "With a Bow" (poetry), "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders"  (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Weather has been warmer and wetter here.  Currently blooming: shasta daisies, yellow coneflowers, echinacea, marigolds, portulaca, petunias, zinnias, sweet alyssum, torenia, motherwort,  morning glories, wild sunflowers.  Green fruit: pears, apples.  Ripe fruit: blackberries.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer wrote the demifiction "Medicinal Uses for Extract of Digitalis" for Frankenstein's Family.  I was intrigued by this, as digitalis seems like a very plausible ingredient for mad science reanimation of dead body parts into a living creature.

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 Squid is shiny.

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Today is the last day of the half-price sale in Frankenstein's Family. Three poems have been sponsored and linked. There are three poems left if you're still shopping: "Sânziene" ($38) "The Nature of His Game" ($23), and "Dance on the Table" ($61.50).

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