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This poem is spillover from the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Laffingkat. It also fills the "myth / fable" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer.

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Here is my card for Round Five of the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This bingo challenge encourages original or fanfic material across all formats and lengths. It's a terrific fest if you want general and/or gentle fiction, although people can interpret prompts any way they like. There are many categories, and you can choose to omit up to three. Read the rules first.  Browse the Round Five prompt list.  Request a Round Five card here. Prompt lists are renewed once a quarter, and you may request a new card then even without bingo on a previous card. (See all my 2014 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Round Five: December 1, 2014-February 28, 2015.
Cards may be requested prior to February 28.
Any content, fiction or poetry, etc. fanfic or original.
Minimum of 100 words for fiction, poetry, or other text fills.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

GENPROMPT BINGO CARD

Furnishing the Home Vulnerability Be Still My Beating Heart Parody Thank God it's Friday... Again: Time Loops
Warming / Cooling Drinks Pink (Love it, Loathe it, Embrace it, Reject it) Magical Horses (Centaurs, Unicorns, Pegasi) Best Friends Indefatiguable
Confessions Fear / Terror Wild CardEvening Trade Winds
Priceless Logic and Numbers The Heart of the Jungle / Forest Butcher / Baker / Candlestickmaker: Tradesman Rich and Poor
Toys Trapped! I Have a Rendezvous with Death Warning Signs Nauru

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer just posted Part 1 of 7 for "Chance Meeting."  Mallory meets someone new on campus.  :D

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 [personal profile] brides_koneko is hosting a prompt call on the theme of "joy and connection."  A linkback guarantees something will get written for your prompt.  You can donate for more goodies too.

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This poem came out of discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "usual suspects" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. This poem belongs to the FORK thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.


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This poem came out of the November 4, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] madgastronomer. It also fills the "hypoglycemia / low blood sugar" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. It belongs to the FORK thread of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by a discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "face to face" square on my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. This poem belongs to the FORK thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, following the events of the story "Keeping Warm" and demifiction "Corporation Sues Man."

WARNING: This poem features bigotry and hateful slurs.  If these are sensitive topics for you, please consider your mindstate before deciding whether you want to read further.

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This poem came out of the November 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "ritual marks and body decorations" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. It belongs to the Backdraft thread of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem came out of the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the square in the Science Bingo Fest Public Card 10-31-14. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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A silver lantern glazed with cobalt glass panes sends a flickering blue light over the snow ...

Welcome to the 2014 Holiday Poetry Sale! Today through Sunday, December 21, my remaining fishbowl poems from 2014 are half price. So are poems from the Creative Jam, Muse Fusion, and bingo fests. Especially check out the epics; $16 to $96.75, so if you've been yearning for an epic of your very own, now's the time!  For those of you with just a few dollars to spend, we're starting with eight poems in the $2.50 to $5 range.  Also you can open an epic for microfunding; there's only one currently open, in Polychrome Heroics: Danso & Family, so any one-shot or other series/storyline is eligible.  Epics keep the price they're opened at, even if they don't finish during the sale.  Thumbnail descriptions of the individual poems mostly appear on their respective unsold poetry pages, as linked.

The linkback poem "Hercules and the Lions" is still open, so if you participate in the Holiday Poetry Sale, you can reveal a verse of that; just remember to tell me what you did.  Linking to this post from any venue counts.  So does sponsoring a poem.

Quarter-price Sale: If you spend $100 or more in this sale, you can cut the SALE price in half, buying poems at quarter-price instead of half-price.  So for instance, a poem originally $20 would be $10 in the half-price sale and $5 in the quarter-price version.  Yes, we can afford that; there is a huge heap of poems here, and the quarter-price option is proving quite popular in the big sales.

If you want to buy a poem as a gift for someone, let me know; I can dedicate it to anyone you wish, with or without naming you as the giver. Both the giver and the recipient count as donors for the purpose of reading the perk-posts, and both get nonexclusive reprint rights. That means if you buy a poem for someone else, you can post it on your blog or website for them, or they can post it on theirs, in addition to it appearing here. Here is a PayPal button for your convenience, or you may contact me for other payment options. (I'm just offering prewritten poetry this time, not scrapbook pages this late in the season.) Please specify which poem(s) you want and the SALE price.




The following poems are left over from projects throughout 2014 (plus December 2013). If you don't see a poem that you remember fondly, it may have been submitted to another market, but you can ask me to double-check. The same applies to poems from previous years; just ask if you want one.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Maps That Never Happened
Unsold Poems from the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl
Flash Paper Fireballs
Ancient Babylonian Music
BINGO: Row
"Dreidel" Song
Torture Pr0n
Native Holiday Carols
1000 Color Puzzle
Read "Private Chat" by Dialecticdreamer
What We Like in Writing/Reading
When You Can't Find an Audience
Parable of the Polygons
Popcorn Kittens
Indie Midlister
Stories by Lb_lee


The Holiday Poetry Sale will be running Monday, December 15-Sunday, December 21.

Winterfaire 2014 is open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal, and will run through the end of December.  Come set up a booth if your goods or services would make nice holiday gifts.  If you are shopping, come browse the vendors.  The linkback poem "Hercules and the Lions" is a little more than half posted now.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Foursquare" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.  Lakia and some new friends play a ball-bouncing game and explore their superpowers.

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: "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).


It's been cool and gray here.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: sparrows, male cardinals, mourning doves, and goldfinches on the thistle sock. 

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Here's an article about grafting fruit-bearing branches onto sterile trees in city landscapes. 

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For you alt-history mavens, here are 20 maps that never happened.  Feel free to use any of those as prompts in a suitable prompt call.  The high-speed rail looks a bit like an early, truncated version of the robust mass-transit system that Terramagne-America enjoys.

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The following poems from the October 7, 2014 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.

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This new device shoots fireballs using flash paper.  To the description I will add two things:

1) Flash paper is a tool for experts, and it is finicky damn stuff.  Don't even bother trying gizmos for it until you can handle it fluently barehanded.  None of the gizmos are exactly easy to use, and I'm sure this one is more challenging than the basic ones any good magic shop will carry.  So learn those before you think about something like this.

2) Flash paper is also designed not  to burn anything but itself.  It's stage fire.  Yes, you could hurt yourself if you're careless and you might manage to light something else, but for the most part, it's fire "lite."  Nothing like superhero fireballs.

That said, it still looks awesome.

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Sung and played, it's very pretty.

According to my farmemory, this is a credible rendition of the court/temple style, you know, classical stuff.  The popular music was, um ... earthier.  Louder, faster, ooga-chaka stuff.

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I have made bingo on Row 1 of my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. 

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I love this "Dreidel" song for its playful camaraderie.  Culture is a living, growing thing.

Also, why don't we use these as four-sided dice?  A pyramid doesn't roll well.  A dreidel spins perfectly, delivering a perfect random result.

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Here's a thoughtful (and explicit) look at how movies and video games present torture as fun and effective.  Yes, I said "fun."  People play game and watch movies for pleasure.  If they are doing that with torture on the screen, particularly in these examples where it is shown in an approving tone, then they find torture to be entertaining rather than appalling.  If heroes are portrayed torturing people, then torture is rendered as heroic.  It's torture pr0n.

This is troublesome.  It makes torture seem okay.  It's not okay.   It is possible to get usable information out of people with torture, but that's extremely difficult.  A majority of victims will, sooner or later, say anything to make the torture stop; it's hard to sort out usable facts from that.  Most of the time, even if information is the purported goal, it's really about personal gratification for the torturers and terrorism -- those things are very easy to get once you have a helpless victim.  Torture harms the victims, of course, but that's "their problem and they deserved it."  Catch is, torture also distorts the personality of the torturers, making small personal flaws into much larger ones.  Those people don't stay in small rooms torturing "legitimate" victims.  They come home.  Maybe they have a spouse and kids.  Maybe they lose their temper, and hey, they think that manipulation and violence are acceptable problem-solving methods.  Look at the rates of domestic violence among police and military families.  Well, now it's everyone's  problem.

I don't often write about torture.  It's challenging to present realistically without squicking the audience, especially if like me you grew up reading hardcore history books, because people have done some ghastly things to each other.  When I do write about it, then it typically causes more problems than it solves.  Some of my villains are really into it -- Jasp, for example.  You will note that it is not portrayed as acceptable behavior.

If you are torturing people, you are not a hero.  Period.  You are doing something evil.  You may attain your goal.  It is still not good.  The end does not justify the means; the means determine the end.

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I was thrilled to find this post about holiday carols in Native American languages.  

"Jingle Bells" in Woodland Cree has the lyrics written out as well as the singing.  "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" in Ojibwe has no lyrics, but a lovely photo collection of native creche scenes.  "Little Drummer Boy" in Navajo has the lyrics written out, and you should look at them closely -- it's not a colloquial version, but a linguistic version, and it shows some of the differences between the languages.  This sounds to me like a really great translation because it captures the Navajo culture; for instance "beautifully" instead of "I play my best" evokes the Blessingway Ceremony.  "Amazing Grace" in Cherokee just has random graphics.  "Silent Night" in Arapaho has the artist's album cover throughout.  

Of course, I am most fascinated by the ones with lyrics included.  The more information a recording contains, the more useful it is for learning, using, and transmitting a heritage language.  If I had made these, I would've wanted to include both native and English lines for comparison -- but that's my linguist instinct talking.  I can see why people would want to have just the native lyrics, and that is fine.

If you play any of these to the end, look and you'll find more links to other native language videos.

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