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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by a remark from [personal profile] gingicat. It also fills the "primary colors" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  This poem belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Nina Paley has posted two GIFs of Hebrew slaves in Egypt, one of men and one of women.  And look!  They're brown, with curly black hair, not whitewashed.  I love the stylized geometric body parts too.

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DONE.  Finally planted the last bag of daffodils today.  

*goflopnow* 

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The Polychrome Heroics sale has SOLD OUT!  Thank you for your generous support.  I do not have all the poems posted yet, so I have marked them as sold with notes about the respective sponsors.  Watch for new poems to appear; you have a ton of goodies in progress.  It is likely to take quite a while for me to finish uploading all this stuff and updating appropriate listings, etc.

Special thanks to my partner Doug for the wildly popular and successful quarter-price sale.  It seems to be the runaway innovation of this year.  :D


Personal Service Announcement:

Due to some household factors, I am overloaded and falling further behind.  It's nothing bad; some of it is great, like having houseguests for Samhain.  But it means I have a drawerful of time-sensitive obligations and a handful of spoons to meet them with.  Things are starting to get dropped that really should not be dropped.

How you can help:

1) If you email or private-message me about something and I don't get back to you in my usual 2-3 days, it has probably fallen out of my attention.  If it is trivial, I probably won't get back to it and I hope that's okay.  If it is important, please check back with me so I do not forget about it indefinitely.  (This includes the work I'm supposed to be doing reorganizing my website for Polychrome Heroics.)  You're not nagging, you're tracking.  It just may take me a while, and more than one reminder, to get the most important stuff actually done.

2) Be patient with the fact that I'm falling behind, losing stuff, and making mistakes because I am busy-cubed and my brain is kind of fried.  If you point out mistakes, I will fix them as best I can.  Thank you!

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This poem came out of the October 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "lost in translation" square in my 9-29-14 card for the Origfic_bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  It belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and is a direct sequel to "A Voice from Beyond."

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 Here's a lovely bit of geometric animation about plants and bugs.

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This is spillover from the March 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Kestrels_nest. It fills the "slavefic" square in my 1-3-13 card in the Trope_bingo fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, who is working on some pretty awesome stuff featuring the Puppetmaster and his Marionettes.  This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This video got to the multicolored pot made from layered glazes, and one of my artisan characters went, "Oh!  I see what he did there!  I want to go try that!"

Yeah, there's gonna be exploding pots for a few weeks over in Waterjewel, and then something stunning will come out of the kiln.  I have up years ago trying to believe that anything was impossible, after the original Insanity Pot made from a whole bunch of different clays in layers like an agate.

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 [personal profile] alexconall has written the poem "Little Witches" to my prompt.  It's adorable, with just a bit of a dark edge, and wonderful cultural motifs.

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[personal profile] alexconall is hosting a prompt call on "ghosts and goblins, witches and werewolves" and autumn/death holidays.  Leave prompts, get ficlets; boosting the signal or donating will raise your priority in stuff being written.

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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, and sponsored by Dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "grief / grieving" square in the Birthday Bingo Fest public card. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with past parental death and teen mourning. You may need kleenex.

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This poem came out of conversations with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and other fans.  It also fills the "starting over" square in my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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How do you make an awesome traditional recipe even awesomer?  Just add entheogen.

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This poem is spillover from the March 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles  and LJ user Kestrels_nest, along with various people's previous requests for a superhero who could lift depression. It also fills the "disability (temporary)" square in my 11-26-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles . It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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 Autumn leaves.

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This poem came out of the October 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai, who wanted the 'click' moment of seeing The Matrix. It also fills the "extra-sensory perception" square in my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo Fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics setting, and is a direct sequel to "Look Both Ways."

WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics, and it doesn't have a happy ending.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is prejudice, sexist and racist language, nausea and vomiting, a superpower misinterpreted as anything else, serious rupture of reality tunnel, extreme disorientation, and unfocused suicidal ideation.  Sadists who enjoy watching obnoxious characters writhe in torment may enjoy this.  Sensitive readers may wish to skip it.

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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, based on discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "enlightenment" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series, and is a direct sequel to "Sanitation Engineers."

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This poem is posted courtesy of [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, who came up with a batch of new ideas for Floppit characters on the show Semolina Lane in Polychrome Heroics, which inspired the following theme song. Imagine this with a bright, jingly little tune; it's illustrated with clips of the characters. It also fills the "taking care of each other" square on my Wordsmith Bingo Card.

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Here are some children's books about death. This season is a good time to open a topic that everyone needs to know about, in ways that are not too scary.

One of my favorites is The Hobbit. It's not primarily about death, but it has a lot of very thoughtful ideas about mortality and the utter foolishness of war. Among my best-loved bits is the parting between Thorin and Bilbo:

"Farewell, good thief," he said. "I go now to the halls of waiting to sit beside my fathers, until the world is renewed. Since I leave now all gold and silver, and go where it is of little worth, I wish to part in friendship from you, and I would take back my words and deeds at the Gate."

"There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell!"

-- Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer and I got into a fascinating discussion about when not to extend a scene, based on Part 3 of her story "Clearing the Air."  Scroll down to our comments and you'll see us picking apart why we both agree that Tran's part is finished, even though both of us have a tendency to extend scenes or revisit bit characters. I'm very gratified that we managed to pin it down.  This is a crucial thing to understand for writing complex storylines that may have multiple parts.  

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