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For a while now I've had a character sheet for the supervillain Pain's Gray, aka Gray Agamau. His power is Pain Ray, and I've got plans for him crossing paths with extant characters including Shiv and Keane. During the Creative Jam, I used prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] chanter_greenie to write a batch of poems detailing his backstory. Parts of that journey are pretty dark and intense. But this is heavy-duty hurt/comfort, so Gray's friends are always there to scrape him off the ground afterward.

Another factor has to do with pain and power exchange. Gray is kinky. So are several other members of his gang, in various ways. The storyline shows how Gray starts picking up the skills that will, a few years down the line, make him an amazing top. One of the folks who has gotten to see the backchannel copies suggested that I highlight this stuff as a more positive representation of kink than the stalkery mess that is 50 Shades of Gray. (No, the names aren't related. My character's first name is Gray, and his cape name is a riff on the paint color Payne's grey.) Here's what I've written so far ...

Note: These poems range from dark and heavy to fluff with chocolate frosting. Some are sexy/kinky, some nonsexual kink and sensation, some about other things altogether. Below the cut are spoilers and excerpts.

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Akin to mudras, this hand exercise offers a discreet way to balance troubled feelings.  If you're freaking out and don't know what to do, try holding each finger one at a time with your opposite hand.  It's good for settling, even if you don't believe in the energy effect, because it gives you something very simple to focus on.

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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] lone_cat, there are new verses ...

"Never Laid Open" has four new verses.  Shiv discovers further consequences of his behavior.  

"The Injury That Provokes It" has one new verse.  Andy attempts his paltry coping skills to deal with being injured.

Bear in mind that with three open epics, now is not a good time to launch new ones, until one or more of these gets finished.

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So this is what the President did at the funeral.

In a rare moment, I actually feel represented.  Man knows his roots.  And when a hate crime leads to moments like this, you know that the forces of hate are, in fact, losing.  That's why a bunch of folks are smiling at a funeral.

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Enjoy some dolls with disabilities.  My favorites include the birthmark girl and the ASL Deaf girl.  :D  Dolls are available in a wide range of features including not just the disabilities but also skin tone, hair color/style, etc.

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This poem came out of the March 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] aldersprig. It also fills the "beauty" square in my 1-31-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem is posted in trade for the awesome Megalodon cartoon by [personal profile] redsixwing. It belongs to the series A Conflagration of Dragons.

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I am pleased to announce that America now recognizes marriage equality from sea to shining sea! 

What this means to me, aside from celebrating for friends, is that I no longer have to tell some couples "The state will recognize other people's marriage but not yours" if we're discussing handfasting/wedding officiation.  

*throws rainbow ribbons*  *throws birdseed*

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Apparently the misogynist fucks at Hasbro decided to genderswap all the dinosaurs from Jurassic World

Maybe we should swap them back.  You know, paint a tiny cloaca on each figure to emphasize their true sex as advertised in the movie.  Or put little pink bikini tops on them.  Bows on their heads.  Indomitus Rex clearly needs her own pair of ass-kicking, fuck-me-red high heels.

I can only conclude they're afraid of female anything  with that much teeth.

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Meanwhile in Terramagne, downstream of those idiots trying to gengineer better exotic pets ... this shit happens.  Yes, super animals are rare. But when you have have hundreds of crocodiles and millions of bats, and somebody spills zetetic mystery goo in the water, that is a lot of dice to roll.

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Five things.

#1 and #2 work on basically everyone regardless of relationship dynamics. #3 works on any sweetheart whose love language is words.  #4 works on any sweetheart whose love language is gifts.  #5 works on most lovers in general. 

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Here's a wonderful comic about emotions and how they are restricted by gender. Obviously, this is stupid and destructive.

Just to answer the challenge, I have written ...

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A friend of ours spotted what turned out to be a fun and unexpectedly brilliant card game, We Didn't Playtest This at All. (I'm pretty sure the title lies. I can't imagine a game this elegant developing without a lot of diligent work.) We expected it to be fun, because we love Fluxx, which is another card game of whimsically shifting rules. You can tell that much from the outside of the box; if you like games of this category, this is a great one. Basically you draw and play cards, then do what they say. This part of the game is light, fast, silly entertainment. However, there are other subtleties that emerge during play, which are elegant and impressive.

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I'm not much into small talk, but it has its uses.  Today [personal profile] janetmiles mentioned an interesting tip, and I realized that it's customizable.

First you ask a new person, "So what is it that you do?"

Then after they reply, you comment ...

* "That must be really tough sometimes."
** Good people who are sympathetic listeners, because they'll tell you about the hard parts.

* "How exciting!"
** Good if you excel at encouraging people.

* "That sounds like it has some interesting challenges.
** Good for problem-solvers.

What others can you think of that would clue what you're good at while encouraging a new acquaintance to talk about themselves?

 

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Thanks to a general fund poll, there is one new verse in "These Tiny Little Steps."  Victor thinks about the advantages of letting someone take care of him. 

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 ... in contexts other than sex. 

My favorite is that last one.  That totally happens.  Guys hate that.

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Recently I got into a discussion with some friends that led to fun places.  Once upon a time, there was a species of giant shark called Megalodon.  They were legitimately terrifying.  They're probably extinct.  But the ocean is big and deep and we've barely dabbled in it, so there might still be some out there.  You don't really need to worry about them, though.  (Do not click with your mouth full ...)  This is why

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 Play Out is a gender-neutral underwear company.  Among their models are androgynous and breastless people.  Diversity for the win!

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Year of Women
Riley's Emotions
Read About Danso and Family
New Crowdfunding Project: "Brown Girl in the Ring"


The half-price sale in Schrodinger's Heroes has concluded. The sale page has links to sponsored poems. There's also a poll to reveal one verse of an open epic with some pocket change in the general fund.

The Crowdfunding Creative Jam also ran this weekend. Check out my gather post of what I wrote and what other folks wrote to my prompts.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"These Tiny Little Steps" belongs to Frankenstein's Family.  When Adam is seven and a half, he's a handful for his fathers to keep up with.  "Never Laid Open" belongs to Polychrome Heroics, in the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread.  It follows their adversary Shiv as he struggles to adapt to prison life.  "The Injury That Provokes It" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  (Former officer) R. Andrew Tanner faces his injuries after a firearm accident.

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" (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


Weather here has been soggy.  Sweet alyssum, torenia, blue lobelia, petunias, portulaca, ice flowers, clover, and daylilies are blooming.  Mulberries have ripe fruit.  Black raspberries and apples have green fruit. I think.  I haven't been outside much for all the raaaaaain.  But hey, my new barrel is all plumped up and no longer has eighth-inch cracks between the staves.  :D

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