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This poem is spillover from the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from rix_scaedu.  It also fills the "bubbly" square in my 12-1-15 card for the Defining Character Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by curiosity.  It belongs to the Cuoio & Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

This microfunded poem is part of a package bought during the May half-price sale, to be paid on an installment plan.  So it's not seeking donations from other people, and the remaining material will be posted over time.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics.  Highlight to read more details, some of which are spoilers.  This is heavy-duty hurt/comfort with lingering echoes of traumatic grief, graphic violence, graphic medical details, complications of medical care due to superpowers, current solutions for said complications which are reassuring and effective, past descriptions of hacking around said complications in ways which were effective but appalling, and Cuoio somehow managed to not get PTSD from that shit, jump-started nonsexual intimacy if you can imagine "rapport at first sight" instead of the usual love, a little finagling to get the dynamic situational authority to work right because it's so new, minor misplaced angst caused by carrying over assumptions from a previous relationship to a current one that is quite different, and other challenges.  Despite the mayhem, it's mostly positive: problems come up and are dealt with and people take care of each other because that's what Family is for.  This poem features Cuoio meeting a new teammate, so skipping it could leave a gap in the thread. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Well, the team-up has turned into an epic success. :D All of the initially listed poems -- "Huposkhesis," "A Confession of Pain," and "Against the Etiquette" -- have been fully sponsored and posted.  

Two subsequent poems have been named as targets: "Whose Lives Are Quite Different" and "What Makes a Team Work." Posting "Whose Lives Are Quite Different" would also unlock the already-sponsored poem "Never So Alone Again."  "What Makes a Team Work" is a prerequisite for the already-sponsored poem "No Feeling of Being Alive." 

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While researching for a poem, I found some fun lists ...

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I am caught up on planting for now. 

Today it is sprinkling a bit.  I went outside and pulled weeds from the patio around the cistern and strip gardens.  Moved a lot of worms into flowerpots, I think I've put some in every pot now so I'm back to putting them in the barrel garden.

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[personal profile] curiosity is sponsoring the three poems in Cuoio & Chiara, on a payment plan.  The first part of "This Penetrating Intimacy" will go up presently.  Further material will be posted every other week as new payments arrive.  This is not the same as the usual microfunding-by-crowd so I'll need to modify the headers a bit.

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This poem came out of the June 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It also fills the "Eat Something Delicious and/or Healthy" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. Bear in mind that this poem happens immediately after Shiv's release from prison, so it's a lot farther down the line than recent poems; there are more in between, some written and others not. But you should know enough of the storyline by now not to feel lost.

Warning: This is actually less of a blender ride than most of Shiv's perspective, but he's still feeling overwhelmed from being out in the world again. If that's touchy territory for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "midnight" square in my 9-4-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [Unknown LJ tag], LJ users Ng_moonmoth and Lone_cat. It belongs to the Calliope thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.


Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics. Highlight for more details, some of which are spoilers. It features references to (mostly past, with lingering effects) gender dysphoria, exploring lingerie, dealing with mixed feelings, Vagary walking in on Calliope in her underwear, Calliope's pissed-off reaction, and other angst. Most of the focus in on how she feels about her new undies, though, which is mostly positive. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the April 2016 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "pint-sized powerhouse" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Berettaflies and Dr. Infanta threads of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense material. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features a mysterious note, delicate discussions between supervillains and police, explicit references to past trauma involving animal harm, traumatic stress, supervillains getting revenge by setting the cops on the Spectrum, courtship behavior in horses, discussion of conspecific but transsapient sexual activity, and other touchy stuff. However, the overall tone is positive, as folks are trying to work together in this case. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] capriuni, and [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "sphere of influence" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem includes some touchy topics. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It has a break-in, theft of controlled substances and very private information, calling supervillains for help, some very complex applications of Knowledge Control, an unpleasant skin condition, messy medical details, a little angst, and other problems. But mostly it's Dr. Melas solving problems like a boss. :D So it's more positive than not. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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So far I have planted basil in the strip garden and cistern garden: one lemon basil, one red, and six plain.

I also put several worms into two different flowerpots. 

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Second round: Pulled out a whole lot of lemon balm to make room for new herbs.  Planted dill, sage, curly parsley, and flat parsley in the strip and cistern gardens.  

Third round: Moved the extra lemon balm elsewhere, no point wasting it when bees love the stuff.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer sent me this hilarious video using rap music and Edgar Allan Poe to explain the mechanics of poetry. Do not watch with your mouth full.  Not library safe.  Not work safe if your employer has a stick up his ass.

Now imagine that the poetry mavens in Shiv's prison made something like this.  Because this?  Is how you get prison inmates hooked on poetry.  Guys I used to teach would have loved  this thing.

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GenCon just tipped the scales at 13/25 women speakers, the first time a gaming con has had a majority of gaming girls on the guest list.  \o/  Way to give that glass ceiling a good ol' Magic Missile!

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 ... with falconry.  Sometimes the old solutions are still the most effective.  Worth noting is that some airstrips with a big bird population also use falconry to reduce the chance of birdstrikes on airplanes.

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Wishing you could sponsor some sale poetry, but don't feel like you have
enough to sponsor an entire poem? This co-sponsorship deal may be for you.

A sponsor has recently sent a large enough contribution to purchase poetry
at 25% of original price. They are particularly interested in
"Huposhkesis,"  "A Confession of Pain," and "Against the Etiquette," and
wish to encourage donations of any size toward those poems by offering the
opportunity to join their pool and take advantage of the k-fan discount.
Any excess available from the sponsor's contribution will be applied to
purchase more poetry.

Just mention the "special co-sponsorship offer", and the poems you are
interested in, in your instructions, and your contribution will be
properly applied at the 12 1/2 cents per line rate.

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 Check out the deathfin bookmark for Sea Monster Month.  :D

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"The Texture of Our Relationships" is now complete!  Read about how Steel and Moderato have effectively expanded their pod to include human friends.  Ah well, they were transspecific to begin with.  :D

There are several other linkback poems available as perks if anyone is boosting signal for the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It fills the "shopping together" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is mostly fluff, but Turq is still carrying a lot of damage and is trying to stretch his limits. So there are periodic angsty moments, but no major meltdowns. Think carefully if mental issues are touchy territory for you.

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 Scientists are using models to explore how Europa might support life.  I reeeaaallly want to go there.  :D

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All the currently sold stuff has been marked on the sale page.  Posted poems are linked from their titles.

Danso and Family is sold out.  \o/

In other awesome news, I was able to post some new poems about gay and trans characters on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.  :D  See "Stripping Away the Inessential," "The Frequency of Love," and "A Teacher Who Believes in You."

Note that two poems have been sponsored but NOT published yet because they have prerequisites, which means that sponsoring other stuff can unlock extra goodies.  So if anyone is looking to get some extra bang for their buck, these would be good opportunities for that.
* The biggest of the Pain's Gray poems, "No Feeling of Being Alive," has been sponsored and will appear after "How You Combine Them" ($50.50) and "What Makes a Team Work" ($53) have been sponsored and posted.  If you think Gray has been fun so far, just wait until you see the cool stuff that he can do after he gets out of the casts.
* One of Shiv's poems, "Never Quite So Alone Again," has been sponsored and will appear after "Whose Lives Are Quite Different" ($75).  These continue the story-reading thread, if you liked seeing that earlier.

I have one more poem to post today, not listed in the sale proper since it's part of a regular donor's recent fascination with Officer Pink.  And then I should be caught up.

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It is a beautiful sunny day today after yesterday's rain rain rain.  \o/  So I started by planting:

* Firecracker plant and lantana in the barrel garden.  This completes the planting of the barrel garden for this season.

* Two hanging pots for the hooks above the barrel garden, one with a fuchsia and one with pink purslane.

* A long planter with yellow purslane, pink-and-yellow cosmos, and pink-and-yellow purslane. 

I still have most of two flats to plant, including a lot of herbs.  We stopped at Prairie Gardens recently.  :D

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Round two: weeded the goddess garden.

Round three: installed the goddess statue.  Planted four hens-and-chicks of different varieties, two red ones and two green ones.

Round four: planted curry plant in cistern garden; golden lemon thyme, mother-of-thyme, and calendula in the strip garden.

I still have several varieties of basil to plant along with a few other herbs, but I actually got most of the stuff planted in one day.  Go me.  :D

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