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This poem is spillover from the August 7, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] pantha. It also fills the "same-sex couple" square in my 2-28-18 card for the Slice of Life Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It follows the poems "Something Dark in Me" and "When We Feel Flayed," so read those first or it will make no sense.

Warning: This poem contains some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features worry, dealing with a neighbor, embarrassment, reference to loud sounds during kink, boundary issues, fidgeting, discussions of therapy, how therapy is actually a type of power exchange, trust issues, attachment damage, reluctant endurance of unwanted company and conversation, which is nevertheless needed, frank discussion of kink, vulgar language, panic over losing time, low self-esteem, awkward discussion of hobby vs. profession, age regression from a combination of past trauma and current fun, dissociation, self-bullying, unreadiness for deep therapy, vulnerability, bargaining, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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[personal profile] ng_moonmoth has opened a pool in the half-price sale of Polychrome Heroics. Come on in, the water's fine! Yes, I am offering the quarter-price option this time, and I've added that text to the post for those of you who noticed it missing earlier.

Poems of interest include:
"A Sacredness in Tears" (The Big One & Iron Horses)
"That Strength You Get from a Team" (The Big One & Calliope)
"On the Other Side of Fear" (Officer Pink)
"Those Who Have Suffered" (Officer Pink)

If anyone is interested, please get in touch with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted "Uncanny Beginnings."  Shaun goes to day care for the first time.  I love this one because it introduces color dominoes that use the Feelipa symbols.  By incorporating those into games, not only is it inclusive, it enables everyone to learn the system.  So if a person loses their color vision, or all of it, the impact is slightly less because they already know some adaptive resources to compensate.  As shown, games like this work great in any language learning context because they encourage people to use vocabulary like "red," "square," "play," "next to," and so on.   

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This poem was inspired by the "Control your _____" square in my 9-5-18 Exclamations card for the 1000 Words or Less Bingo fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred and [personal profile] zianuray.  It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem references sexual misconduct and violent means of refusal. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "conflict resolution style" square in my 11-5-18 card for the Family Ties Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It follows the story "Tangle" by [personal profile] siliconshaman so read that first or this won't make much sense.

WARNING: This poem contains material likely to disturb many readers. Highlight to read the warnings, which include spoilers and possible triggers. It features sexual harassment and sexual assault of a rape survivor. Basically, Chyou wants to fuck Shiv, who is not at all interested; due to Shiv's damaged past and present context, he freezes and has difficulty articulating his refusal well enough to drive her away. So he resorts to saying no at knifepoint, which does work. While no clothing comes off and no genitals get involved, there is a graphic violation of boundaries. The poem also includes uneasiness over family dynamics, annoyance over blabbing secrets, holiday-related stress due to past bad experiences, intimidation, fear, conspicuous consumption, problem drinking, alcohol-inspired sexual misbehavior, not taking no for an answer, subtle superpowered vandalism of extremely expensive shoes, panic attack, freaking out after sexual assault, hypervigilance, drawing a knife at the approach of someone who turns out to be an ally, attempted comfort, another family interruption, further efforts at support from another source, asking for help and getting it, fleeing the scene, and other mayhem. Survivors of sexual or other abuse may find this poem very rough reading. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. Skipping it would leave a big gap, though, as this is the crux of an ongoing storyline.

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This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, November 19 through Sunday, November 25. This series is superhero fantasy. It features themes of heroism, coming of age, diversity, identity kink, family of choice, friendship, and cultural engineering. Sale prices range from $7.50 to $363.50, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. Prices on open epics are locked at the time of opening; however, if anyone wants to donate to open epics and buy poetry, spending $100 will get you the quarter-price rate on the new poems, regardless of the rate on the open epic(s) you support.

We are repeating the special discount for purchases of $100 or more, in which you get poetry at 25% of its original price instead of 50%. (Note that this increases the amount of poetry you get, rather than reducing the amount of money spent; the point is to get this stuff off of my desk. Yes, I can afford it.) That size of donation also makes you a k-fan which comes with some other perks, like a year-end collection of a poetic series. If several folks want to bundle their orders to make the $100 threshold and have one person send it all, that's okay; you'll get the discount and I'll list all your names as donors, but you'll have to decide amongst you who gets the k-fan credit.

Some of the poems are in sequence of related action, so in places there are prerequisites before a poem can be published. They can be sponsored at any time, just might have to wait for publication until something else gets posted first. Those are marked accordingly. I have also made lists of poems which unlock sequels, and poems which have prerequisites.

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About timing: If you want maximum choice, shop early. We usually send a batch of things to my parents near the end of a sale, and those poems will be posted as I have time.

About pools: Yes, you can combine your funds with other prompters to get the quarter-price rate. Yes, you can combine your funds with other prompters to buy a bigger poem.  Yes, you can offer to match donations by other people.  However, the wordsmith is not also a math whiz!  After several attempts to find a way that I can work with pools and matches, I have concluded that this is over my head.  (I did figure out how to avoid generating fractional pennies, though: all initial prices are now whole dollars, which means they cut evenly into halves and quarters.)  So if you want to host a pool or a match, make a post for that in your blog or other venue, then comment here with what you're doing and include a link to wherever the discussion will be.  You figure out the poems, you collect the funds, and when stuff is fully funded, you send me the money and the list of what it's for.  Then I'll post the goodies.

Before placing your order, please check this sale page to see what is still unsold! I will try to update the page as things sell, and it's likely to be the case that some poems will be marked SOLD before appearing in posts. People often buy things in batches, which means that selling gets ahead of posting. Also sometimes people ask for the same thing at the same time, so that not all overlaps are preventable. If you have alternate instructions in case you request something that has just sold, please include that in your message; otherwise I'll email you back and ask what you want to do.

Currently available are the following poems.  Some are in series chronological order, and others are just kind of stuck wherever, because sequencing Polychrome Heroics is like trying to sequence a dozen different comic book titles from the same publisher.  See the thread pages for The Big One, Officer Pink, and Shiv.


Poems that unlock sequels: "Only the Finest," "The Compass That Guides Us," "On the Other Side of Fear," "The Scars on the Mind," "The Worst Word in the Dictionary," "Confused, Screwed Up, but Here," "Unless You Let Us Know You're Down There," "A Corresponding Clarity of Purpose," "Emptier of Bad Thoughts," "In the Light of Creative Altruism"
Note that sponsoring "Confused, Screwed Up, But Here" will unlock Siliconshaman's story "Screwed" in addition to setting up the four subsequent poems.

Poems that have prerequisites: "That Ability to Comfort," "A Different Vision of Life," "Those Who Have Suffered," "The Worst Word in the Dictionary," "The So-Called Truths," "Unless You Let Us Know You're Down There," "A Corresponding Clarity of Purpose," "Emptier of Bad Thoughts," "Whatever You Seek," "Becoming, Evolving, Ascending"





FOR SALE
31 poems, $8246 ÷ 2 = $4123
prices from $7.50 to $363.50


THE BIG ONE (9 poems, was $1662, sale price $831)

"A World Built from the Bottom Up"
A hippie prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "A World Built from the Bottom Up." Bellychord witnesses her intentional community torn apart by an earthquake, then starts to pick up the pieces.
288 lines, was $144, sale price $72

"No Es Problema"
This inspired the free-verse poem "No Es Problema." A group of people in Los Angeles evacuate to a shelter in the hills above the city, coping with various challenges along the way.
274 lines, was $137, sale price $68.50

"That Strength You Get from a Team"
This inspired the free-verse poem "That Strength You Get from a Team." Calliope and Vagary join the rescue efforts in Rain City.
511 lines, was $256, sale price $128

"Only the Finest"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Only the Finest." Skink and Rizal respond to the casualties pouring into Las Vegas, Nevada from southern California after the earthquakes.
307 lines, was $154, sale price $77

"A Sacredness in Tears"
"A Sacredness in Tears" is written in free verse. Joseph Elkdog finds out about his sister's disappearance and falls apart. The other Iron Horses take care of him.
340 lines, was $170, sale price $85

"At the Subtlest Levels of Function"
This inspired the free-verse poem "At the Subtlest Levels of Function." After the earthquake on the West Coast of America, Dr. Infanta takes care of the casualties teleported to the Maldives.
467 lines, was $234, sale price $117

"That Ability to Comfort"
This inspired the free-verse poem "That Ability to Comfort." Skink deals with the aftermath of his overzealous healing efforts.
390 words, was $195, sale price $97.50
Available for posting after "Only the Finest" has been sponsored and published.

"Courage, a Contradiction of Terms"
A backchannel prompt from mama_kestrel inspired the free-verse poem "Courage, a Contradiction in Terms." Eugene Jacoby talks to Junket about Granny Whammy's motivations for sacrifice.
347 lines, was $174, sale price $87

"The Keeper of His Identity"
Your prompt about She Walks in Mist inspired the free-verse poem "The Keeper of His Identity." Joseph Elkdog learns that his sister is still alive, and hurries to visit her.
396 lines, was $198, sale price $99


MARIONETTES (2 poems, was $770, sale price $385)

"The Compass That Guides Us"
Griffin takes a vacation to Italy, reconnects with Glyn, and makes some new friends.  They take him into the resource room to find new clothes, since he doesn't have much left between the transition and the house fire.
715 lines, was $358, sale price $179

"A Different Vision of Life"
Frustrated by not knowing Italian, Griffin decides to learn it with superpowered assistance.
823 lines, was $412, sale price $206
Available for publication after "The Compass That Guides Us" has been sponsored and posted.


MERCEDES (2 poems, was $1013, sale price $506.50)

"With a Warm and Tender Hand"
This inspired the free-verse poem "With a Warm and Tender Hand." Pips needs testing to recalibrate his glasses, which is all kinds of no fun. Joshua goes along to provide comfort and practical support.
1454 lines, was $727, sale price $363.50

"If You Talk to Him in His Language"
Pips meets Walden.  It's a bit of a bumpy ride at first.
571 lines, was $286, sale price $143


OFFICER PINK (2 poems, was $879, sale price $439.50)

"On the Other Side of Fear"
The centaurs begin to come out of the cell block.  Ansel and Turq help them adjust.
633 lines, was $317, sale price $158.50

"Those Who Have Suffered"
Ansel and Turq deal with one of the more substantially injured centaurs.
1123 lines, was $562, sale price $281
Available for publication after the rest of "On the Other Side of Fear" has been sponsored and posted.


SHIV (12 poems, was $2901, sale price $1450.50)

"Willing to Share in the Scary Stuff"
Dr. G and Pain's Gray coax Shiv into talking about how the scene went wrong and how to prevent that from happening again.
880 lines, was $440, sale price $220 SOLD

"Holiday in Handcuffs"
After Pain's Gray has a major flashback, Shiv helps him recover.
540 lines, was $270, sale price $135

"Provisions for Parent Education"
Since nobody is thrilled with the schools in Lincoln, they move on to Omaha, which offers much better options including a college prep school and a Montessori school. They also scout job and housing opportunities in case of a move.
594 lines, was $297, sale price $148.50

"The Scars on the Mind"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Scars on the Mind." Shiv gets an unexpected opportunity to address past damage.
610 lines, was $305, sale price $152.50

"The Worst Word in the Dictionary"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Worst Word in the Dictionary." Shiv picks up his half of a trade.
364 lines, was $182, sale price $91
Available for publication after "The Scars on the Mind" has been sponsored and posted.

"The So-Called Truths"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The So-Called Truths." Shiv deals with the unsettling aftermath of personal repairs.
1172 lines, was $586, sale price $293
Available for publication after "The Scars on the Mind" and "The Worst Word in the Dictionary" have been sponsored and posted.

"21 Ways That Supervillains Say No"
This free-verse poem lists some ways that black capes express refusal.
26 lines, was $15, sale price $7.50 SOLD

Siliconshaman sent me a backchannel prompt to weave with a storyline he's developing for Shiv and Luci. It starts with his story "Tangle." I have written a set of sequential poems. There will likely be more from both of us later as events unfold.

"Confused, Screwed Up, but Here"
This poem is written in free verse. Following the events of "Tangle," Shiv falls prey to Chyou's attention. Luci's attempts to soothe his jangled nerves are interrupted by her family demanding her attention.
320 lines, was $160, sale price $80 SOLD
Sponsoring this will unlock the story "Screwed" by Siliconshaman.

"Unless You Let Us Know You're Down There"
This poem is written in free verse. Shiv flees from Blues Moon and seeks refuge with Tolli and Simon.
232 lines, was $116, sale price $58 SOLD
Available for publication after "Confused, Screwed Up, but Here" has been posted.

"A Corresponding Clarity of Purpose"
This poem is written in free verse. Righteously pissed over what happened to Shiv, Tolli calls Boss White to give him an earful.
213 lines, was $107, sale price $53.50 SOLD
Available for publication after "Confused, Screwed Up, but Here" and "Unless You Let Us Know You're Down There" have been posted.

"Emptier of Bad Thoughts"
This poem is written in free verse. Simon suggests comfort cooking as a way to help Shiv feel safer and stop thinking about what just happened.
620 lines, was $310, sale price $155 SOLD
Available for publication after "Confused, Screwed Up, but Here," "Unless You Let Us Know You're Down There," and "A Corresponding Clarity of Purpose" have been posted.

"Whatever You Seek"
This poem is written in free verse.  When Shiv gets stressed by holidays and winter weather, Luci suggests an anime marathon to unwind.
225 lines, was $113, sale price $56.50
Available for publication after "Confused, Screwed Up, but Here," "Unless You Let Us Know You're Down There," "A Corresponding Clarity of Purpose," and "Emptier of Bad Thoughts" have been posted.


OTHER POEMS (4 poems, was $1021, sale price $510.50)

"The Hottest Blood of All"
Your prompt about grief inspired the free-verse poem "The Hottest Blood of All." A boating collision in the Maldives leads to some major life changes for our whales. This is hardcore hurt/comfort, but it has some hopeful aspects.
1206 lines, was $603, sale price $302.50

"None of It's for You"
This poem belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.  It happens in Week 9, Day 5 and comes after the stories "Milk Bottles and Newspapers" and "Calling the Maid" by Dialecticdreamer.
After getting fired as a medical transport driver, Dempsey LaTour becomes a bicycle pizza delivery boy.  It doesn't go a great deal better.
230 lines, was $115, sale price $57.50


These two poems go together:

"In the Light of Creative Altruism"
This inspired the free-verse poem "In the Light of Creative Altruism." When a college student starts flickering, other people around him begin to copy what he's doing. This is only sometimes a good thing.
366 lines, was $183, sale price $91.50

"Becoming, Evolving, Ascending"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Becoming, Evolving, Ascending." Divinity student Micha Bautista meets Dazhawn Alvarez, whose superpower is Projective Altruism.
236 lines, was $118, sale price $59
Available for posting after "In the Light of Creative Altruism" has been sponsored and published.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "On the Crust of an Unfinished Planet"
Recruiting Beavers
Poem: "Of Liminal Bent"
Moment of Silence: William Goldman
Read "Tangle" by Siliconshaman
Occupational Toolkit Hacks
NaNoWriMo: What are you learning?
Emotional Intimacy Question: Next Year
Good News


The Crowdfunding Creative Jam sparked some interest this weekend.

There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics this week.

Soupshue will be sponsoring some poems, so these are on hold:
"Merely an Exaggeration"
"His Family's His Crew"
"The Lair of the Dragon Scouts"
"Energy Made Visible"


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are three open epics. We're full until at least one of these concludes.

"Energy, Made Visible" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv and has 8 new verses. A venture of trust earns Shiv a reward.  HOLD

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask and has 8 new verses. Pain's Gray gives Keane what he needs.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.


The weather has been chilly and intermittently wet here. We got some respectable snow. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a big flock of goldfinches, a flock of sparrows, a small flock of mourning doves,  some dark-eyed juncos, several house finches, a pair of cardinals, a downy woodpecker, and three squirrels. Most of the leaves have fallen from the trees.

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I read an article about a pill to enhance female desire. Now on the face of it, this is fine; men have Viagra, by all means let's have a pill to make women hornier if that's what they wish.

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This poem came out of the November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "acquiring new members" square in my 11-5-18 card for the Family Ties Bingo fest.


"A Purrfect Family"


A dog sleeps in front of the fireplace.

A parakeet sings from his perch,
pecking the silver bell.

The fishtank burbles quietly.

A stray cat prowls the yard
around the birdfeeders,
only to be distracted
by a can of food.

Feed a cat, gain a cat.

A house full of pets is
a purrfect family.


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The November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl made its $300 goal, so there will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics from Monday 19-Sunday 25.  Please mark your calendars and plan accordingly.

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The free epic poll is now open on Dreamwidth.  If you don't have an account there, you may vote by leaving a comment under the poll.

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I saw a downy woodpecker at the hopper feeder.  :D  He was nabbing seeds and dodging a cardinal. 

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Wilderness workers are recruiting beavers for habitat restoration.  Beavers are a keystone species for two reasons.  First, they're fussy about water quality: if you have beavers, then you know that your water is pretty good.  Second, they have a huge impact on the whole ecosystem around them.  By damming creeks, they create ponds that establish habitat for many more creatures than a small trickle would offer.  Just putting back the beavers that have been extirpated from many places can go a long way toward fixing the damage. 

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This is the freebie for the November [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "liminal time" square in my 9-30-18 card for the Fall Bingo fest.

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The November [community profile] crowdfunding  Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "empowerment."  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration! 


What I Have Written


"Of Liminal Bent" is today's freebie.


From My Prompts

"The Corridors of Power" by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth shows both the potential and the risks of technology.

"Watt Balance" by [personal profile] mdlbear is about energy and weight.

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William Goldman has passed away.  Among his more famous works are the movies The Princess Bride and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

He arrives at the Great Con in the Sky, juggling a GOH packet and a life-size stuffed ROUS.  "Could someone get the door, please?  My hands are full."

The doorman leaps to obey.  "As you wish!"

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Part 2 of "Tangle" is up.  Chyou has a terrible, horrible idea.  

This clears the way for my poem "Confused, Screwed Up, But Here" ($160) if anyone wants to find out what happens next.

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The story "Tangle" by [personal profile] siliconshaman  sets the stage for a batch of my poems, beginning with "Confused, Screwed Up, But Here."  Some of Luci's relatives come to Omaha for a surprise visit.  Is there any way for this to go smooth?  No.  No there is not.

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I've found the Occupational Therapy Toolkit to be extremely useful.  Not all of it is online.  But if you read the table of contents and use those phrases to run a search, you can find workable materials for most of them.  Handy if the health industry is not meeting your needs.

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For those of you doing NaNoWriMo or similar projects, take a moment to reflect on your work.  What are you learning from it?  What surprises you?

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