?

Log in

entries friends calendar profile PenUltimate Productions Website Previous Previous
The Wordsmith's Forge
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
ysabetwordsmith
Round one: walked around the yard with the tree guy to talk about the most important stuff we need to have done, like cutting limbs away from the house and over the driveway.  Plans are in action and they'll get our project when they can.  \o/

Round two: went back out to trim grass around the barrel garden and the Japanese red maple. 

Tags: , , ,
Current Mood: busy busy

Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently?

Tags:
Current Mood: busy busy

4 comments or Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
Heroes are good, you want more heroes, here is a creative way to get that.  (Not safe for work.)

Tags: , , , ,
Current Mood: amused amused

1 comment or Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics made over a thousand dollars.  \o/  So I decided to close out one of the linkback poems in thanks for general support.  You can now read the whole of "To Choose a Direction."  Enjoy!

Tags: , , , , , ,
Current Mood: busy busy

2 comments or Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
This poem came out of the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "love" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Note: Yona's having a baby! Offstage childbirth, male mothering, minor angst, and baby-typical chaos ensue. But it's mostly fluff. :D

Read more...Collapse )

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
Current Mood: busy busy

2 comments or Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
 How the Krakenguard relax.

Tags: , ,
Current Mood: amused amused

2 comments or Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
First round: Jumpstarted lawnmower so Doug could mow lawn.

First-and-a-half round: A few minutes later, pushed lawnmower back to reattach it to car and leave charging for a while.  After lunch, restarted lawnmower for more mowing.

Second round: Pushed stalled mower from south lot to driveway.

0_o 

EDIT:

Third round: Removed some of the dead branches blocking the north entrance to the ritual meadow.  Cut down some of the weeds in the old mulch pile.  Trimmed around the corkscrew willow between the house yard and the south lot.

Fourth round: Went out to jumpstart mower again.  Front grill fell off.  Fucked around trying to put that back on, gave up, threw it in car.  Got mower started, engaged mowing deck, mower died.  Determined that the problem was jammed blade(s).

By that time it was too dark for any other yardwork.

This is why technology and I are not friends.

Tags: , , ,
Current Mood: frustrated frustrated

Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
This poem came out of the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "odd couple" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest, the "dangerous territory" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir fest, and the "Pre-Slash/Femslash/Het" square in my 10-2-15 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It begins with a serious nuclear emergency, then moves into awkward negotiations for aid, even more awkward revelations about relationships, lots of work fixing the reactor, identity strain, embarrassing conversations about relationship status, deep discussions about intimacy, and other challenges. Socket has been in love with Fortressa for a long time, and when Fortressa finds out, it really shakes things up. But they're still adorable together, and it's honestly one of the healthiest relationships in my cast list, especially among supervillains. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. It's a major change for Fortressa, though, so skipping it would be confusing later.

Read more...Collapse )

Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Current Mood: busy busy

6 comments or Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
This poem came out of the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "rebel" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest and the "candy" square in my 7-1-15 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is tension due to external demands, angst and confusion over the future, more angst over the past, and also the present, because the inside of Shiv's head is always a warning, stress over educational experiences and expectations, Shiv asking for help and then freaking out over what he gets, struggles to communicate very different perspectives and needs, floundering with paperwork, emotionally complex reactions, a very fraught bet, and other stress. It's nice of Dr. G to try, and he does his best to be supportive, but there is no way in hell for Shiv to be comfortable with this stuff. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more...Collapse )

Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Current Mood: busy busy

4 comments or Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
This poem is spillover from the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl and was inspired by discussions with [personal profile] siliconshaman regarding Adalina's reaction to what happened in his stories about her kidnapping. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains things that may be squicky for some readers. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It's in the aftermath of a nasty fight, so there are messy medical details and a lot of closeup attention to Facet's insect eyes. Adalina has mostly gotten over her uneasiness about his face by now. Also they're not being very sympathetic to the downed enemies. It's basically a lot of hurt/comfort. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. It's a major turning point for the team, though, so skipping it would leave a gap.

Read more...Collapse )

Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Current Mood: busy busy

2 comments or Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
Today Doug and I went out and walked the whole yard, discussing and prioritizing things to have a tree crew come and trim/groom/remove/reduce/etc.  

Happy News: I have BEES again!  :D  When we went out, there were clouds of golden honeybees busily to-ing and fro-ing from the bee tree.  \o/  We had a hive in there for a while, and then they went away, and now they are back.  *Numfar does the Dance of Joy

EDIT:  

Second round: shoveled the remaining loose ash from inside the firepit and some around the outside edge.  Next we need to dig out the packed-down, older ash and then rake in the unburned stick ends.

Third round: trimmed grass around the goldenraintree.

Tags: , , ,
Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Saturday Yardening
New Images of Mars
Using Superpowers
Friday Yardening
Thursday's Yardening
Watch "Flow Like Poe"
Gaming Girls at GenCon
Wednesday Yardening
Hard Things
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia


The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics was a HUGE success.  As you can see, I still have a bunch of poems to post.  Some of those will go up shortly, others are on a payment plan.  I'll try to get caught up as quick as I can.  Thank you all for your support.  You are awesome.  :D


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Holding Hope and Love" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Cheersquad gives Zima some ideas for helping Lakia.  "The Door to Nowhere" is a crossover between P.I.E. and Schrodinger's Heroes.  Folks discuss the good and evil Schrodingers.  "A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina return to Easy City to visit Arlene and explore a Montessori school.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "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," "Broken Hopes," "Brewing Beauty," "Little Paws in the Licenses" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders," "Raising the Future" "Beach Pies" "Unsolid Ground" "Riding from the Rescue" "To Ride Death" (poetry), "Rammer" (nonfiction).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


We've had a mix of rain and sun.  Today looks nice.  I am caught up on current planting, although there's a ton of other stuff to do.  Seen at the bird feeders this week: small flock of sparrows, several mourning doves, a pair of courting cardinals, cowbirds, and grackles.  Currently blooming: violets, honeysuckle, zinnias, petunias, marigolds, million bells, moss rose, johnny jump ups, iris, peonies, pink things and purple things in the wildflower garden. Columbines and poppies are almost done.

Tags: ,
Current Mood: busy busy

Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
This poem followed prompts from the June 2015 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam from [personal profile] chanter_greenie and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "housecleaning" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest and the "places of work" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: There are some references to past violence, racism, and other mayhem but the current environment is positive and this is mostly fluff.

Read more...Collapse )

Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Current Mood: busy busy

Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
This poem came out of the March 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "justice" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. It follows "Things No One Can Imagine."

Read more...Collapse )

Tags: , , , , , , ,
Current Mood: busy busy

Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
This poem came out of the December 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "depressed" square in my 12-1-15 card for the Defining Character Bingo fest and the "natural disaster" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with some difficult topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It's about hurricanes, their damage, and how people cope with the aftermath in Easy City. Major emotional whump with lasting damage ensues. If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more...Collapse )

Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Current Mood: busy busy

4 comments or Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, to fill the "superpowers" square in my 6-1-15 card for the Relationship Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Read more...Collapse )

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,
Current Mood: busy busy

6 comments or Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
The following poems have just been sponsored by EdorFaus:

Sandy Beaches
Checking Out the Library
Overheating Elements
For the Purpose of Establishing Justice
See Clearly Now
More Admirable than Conquest
What Makes a Team Work
Privacy and Comfort
Passport to the Future

If you are still shopping, please check the list carefully before making your selections.  I think  that I have marked everything which is currently sold.

Have I mentioned recently that my audience is made of solid chocolate, 24-k gold-plated WIN?  Because you are.  I'll get the goodies online as fast as I can.

Tags: , , , , , ,
Current Mood: busy busy

4 comments or Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
Last night we had a huge bonfire for the esbat.  Today I went out and scooped up a lot of the ash to spread on the prairie garden.  Most of the inside ring is clear except for patches that were still warm or had too many sticks.  Still need to do the outside where it spilled over.

Peonies and iris are in full bloom.  Poppies are almost done.  Something with pretty purple tubes is blooming in my wildflower garden.   

Tags: , , ,
Current Mood: busy busy

Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
This poem came out of the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] shiori_makiba. It also fills the "chosen family" square on my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user book_worm5. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It has children in danger, threats of human trafficking, and canon-typical violence. Unsurprisingly the villain gets his ass handed to him, and is left unconscious on the ground without immediate attention because the only adult is busy taking care of the kids he just terrorized. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more...Collapse )

Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Current Mood: busy busy

2 comments or Leave a comment
ysabetwordsmith
Today is the last day of the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics.  If you're still planning to buy something, now's the time.   I still have some more poetry to post, but I'm working to catch up.  

Tags: , , , , , ,
Current Mood: busy busy

2 comments or Leave a comment