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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba, [personal profile] janetmiles, LJ user Paantha, and Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "platonic" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest, the "injury" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir fest, and the "nonsexual intimacy" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem includes some intense topics.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers.  There are trust issues, emotional angst, physical abuse, other hints of past trauma, delicate interpersonal negotiations, messy medical details, ambivalent feelings about touch, and other challenges.  If these are sensitive matters for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] aldersprig and Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "candlelight" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

Note: This poem consists entirely of hawt lesbian action. If that's not something you're into, you can skip it without missing any of the serial plot. They're married, everyone already knew they're having sex.

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This is the general fund poll for the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl.  The general fund has $18 in it.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I will keep it open until at least Tuesday night.  If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

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The Poetry Fishbowl made its $300 goal, so there will be a half-price sale from Monday 15 to Sunday 21 of February.  We're trying something new this time, so feedback is encouraged.  I'm going to put a subset of the Polychrome Heroics stuff on sale, and you get to pick which threads you want featured this time.  A checkbox poll lets you mark all the stuff you most want to buy.  I'll take the most popular ones and stack them up.  If this works, it should mean less work for me, less choice paralysis for you, and more wiggle room to move around from sale to sale.  \o/

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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from LJ user Paantha and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "trusting" square in my 12-1-15 card for the Defining Character Bingo fest, and the "vampires" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

Warning: Although the tone of this poem is largely sweet, it is also quite intense and contains some things that not everyone enjoys. Highlight to see the details, some of which are spoilers. Two sections explore relations between Igor and Victor, then Csilla with Dénes and Dorottya. There are messy medical details, radical trust, deep intimacy, emotional surrender, some internal and interpersonal angst, demisexual challenges, vampire feeding, and other interesting stuff. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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The February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get a free epic.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I will keep it open until at least Tuesday midday.  If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer. 

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Read "Alchemy of Spirit" by Dialecticdreamer
How to Deal with Rape Culture


The Poetry Fishbowl went well last week. See the Unsold Poems from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl.  Several poems have been sponsored and will be posted presently.

Voting is now open for the 2016 Rose & Bay Awards.
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Poetry in Microfunding:
"Grandmothers Moon" belongs to The Moon Door.  What happens when Hilla's pack meets other werewolves? "Holding Hope and Love" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Cheersquad helps a lot of people.  "Like a Shag on a Rock" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  The Spectrum are not doing well in Australia. 

"All You Can Do Is Feel" has been posted in full, and its companion poem "Vanilla Is a Spice" will appear next week.  The first half of "Trash Day" has been posted and the second half will appear next month.  Stan and Lawrence encounter Shithouse in the park, a meeting which has its ups and downs.


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).


Weather has been mild this week, with some rain, but today there's a dusting of snow.  Seen at the bird feeders this week: large flock of sparrows, several mourning doves, a pair of cardinals, a squirrel, and a downy woodpecker.  Notably the downy woodpecker was on the fly-through feeder once instead of the suet cage.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is running Magpie Monday today with a theme of "disaster or opportunity."  Drop by and leave her some prompts!  Donations are also encouraged, as she has some major ongoing medical expenses to cope with.

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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow and [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "sharing a bed" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest, and the "talk with a friend" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Book_worm5. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] janetmiles, and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "runaway pet" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest, and the "hurt/comfort" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri, [personal profile] janetmiles, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "nonsexual touch" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Astin thread in An Army of One.

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The following poems from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poem "The Tornado Blew Away."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses of that.



"Against the Etiquette"
Your negligee prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Against the Etiquette." Calliope explores feminine underthings, but runs into an unexpected snag.
134 lines, Buy It Now = $67

"Best Teach It to Dance"
Your breakthrough prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "Best Teach It to Dance."  Shiv gets a day pass to visit Pennsic War with the Finns, and struggles to find ways to cope with all the unfamiliar stuff.  Graham helps him explore dancing.
694 lines, Buy It Now = $347

"Contact Points"
A DW Moon Door prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Contact Points."  Randie realizes that spending the full moon with Hilla is making changes within herself.
32 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"The Frequency of Love"
A backchannel prompt from lb_lee inspired the free-verse poem "The Frequency of Love." Danso and Noah cuddle. It's just a page and a half of two boys touching. All my cottoncandy fluff, let me show you it!
42 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"The Nesting Urge of Aluzza"
A DW prompt about building a nest of gold inspired the rubaiyat "The Nesting Urge of Aluzza."  This is one of the Six Poems of the Fall, relating how the dragon Aluzza destroyed the desert city Zayd, capital of the Imran civilization.
64 lines, Buy It Now = $32

"Overheating Elements"
A touch-starved prompt from Dialecticdreamer combined with another from siliconshaman to make the free-verse poem "Overheating Elements."  Ilyana Cherenkov and Blue Blaze show up at Fortressa's lair, wanting help to stop the local nuclear reactor from melting down.  Fortressa very grudglingly agrees -- but just being around these people is shaking up a relationship that she thought was stable, and that's going to be a lot harder to fix than a fucked-up reactor.
492 lines, Buy It Now = $246

"So Closely Allied"
This inspired the free-verse poem "So Closely Allied."  It introduces Phoebe and Floyd with their unusual connection and superpowers enhanced through touch.
164 lines, Buy It Now = $82

"Sounds as Shapes"
A couple of synaesthesia prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "Sound as Shapes."  Sintonizao and Pax work on their superpowers together.
55 lines, Buy It Now = $20 SOLD

"TAPIOCA"
A texture prompt inspired the acrostic poem "TAPIOCA." What it says on the tin!
7 lines, Buy It Now = $5

"The Textures of Our Relationships"
Your Maldives prompt contributed to the poem "The Textures of Our Relationships."  Aquariana, Steel, and Moderato perceive the world in very different ways, and as they work together, those different perceptions are changing them and each other.
60 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"We Underestimate the Power"
This contributed to the free-verse poem "We Underestimate the Power." Astin explores touch, stimming, massage, boundaries, and body image.
218 lines, Buy It Now = $109

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"What the Scissors Have Cut Asunder" has been sponsored and will be posted as soon as I have time.

"Massaging the Heart," "How People Always Get Close," "Touch and Come," "The Power of a Touch," and "Wonderful in Its Own Way" have been sent for consideration and are on hold.

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This poem came out of the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mdlbear and [Unknown LJ tag]. It also fills the "Our Special Place" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [Unknown LJ tag]. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Just so you know, "Pull on the Smallest of Holds" has been sponsored and will get posted after supper here.

"Vanilla Is a Spice" has been reserved, to be sponsored and posted some time next week.

I have finished at least one poem for every prompter.  I am trying to wrap up the last few extras, so that I can stop writing tonight and leave tomorrow for the folks who want to browse all the thumbnails before deciding what to sponsor.

Must ... Write ... Faster!

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 See the end in "Part 3" as Haruko finishes his memorial sculpture.  Given T-America's much greater interest in miniatures such as toy soldiers, I suspect this sort of memento is more popular there.

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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Draggon_flye. It also fills the "Love Without Limits" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Note: This poem is actually quite positive in tone and actions, but it contains things that not everyone enjoys reading. Highlight for the details, some of which are spoilers. Liborio and Olympia are supervillain mobsters in what amounts to a polyamorous relationship with their boss. The two of them are kinky and he is not, and everyone is okay with all of that. Liborio and Olympia also use power exchange and pain -- in this case, spanking -- to achieve other things besides sexual gratification, including access to pent-up emotions and behavior modification. This poem explores the subjective sensations and emotions of using high-impact activities for personal enrichment, and being in a very deep trusting relationship. That makes it NSFW in most contexts, even though this is actually a nonsexual poem. It may also raise issues for people who enjoy this sort of thing but currently lack the opportunity. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Also worth mentioning is that this poem features Liborio and Olympia. I couldn't very well pair them up without giving Ruggiero a turn, and Draggon_flye has reserved the companion poem "Vanilla Is a Spice" for sponsoring next week.

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 ... to communicate with people, you have to speak their language.  Sometimes that language constitutes waving a fist in their face.

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This poem came out of a discussion with starcat_jewel and is being sponsored by her, half now and half next month.  It also fills the "nonviolent confrontation" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir Bingo fest.  It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics.  Some of the detailed warnings are spoilers; highlight to read.  A nice day at the park turns angsty when Stan and Lawrence run into Shithouse doing community service.  There is self-blame, hesitation, a thorough frisking of Lawrence by Shithouse which is consensual but Stan didn't know that in advance, Stan flipping out over someone manhandling his boyfriend, Lawrence quashing Stan, the unpleasant shadow of Lawrence's earlier badmouthing of Stan coming back to bite them in the ass, a debate over possessive vs. protective, miscreants undoing someone else's work, minor manhandling of one miscreant, semi-consensual apology and clumsy reparations, painful discussion of the social contract, and other angst.  Most of the tone is positive, though, and things turn out pretty well in the end.   If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your taste and headspace before clicking through.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted Part 1 of her story "Alchemy of Spirit," in which Haruko tries to map his relationship with Abraham in retrospect.  There is a tip button at the bottom, so if you're enjoying these stories, please drop something in.

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