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This poem is spillover from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from DW users Capriuni and Fuzzyred. It also fills the "experiment" square in my 6-4-18 Dark Fantasy card for the Winteriron Bingo Adventure.  This poem belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The rate is $0.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: DW user Capriuni

207 lines, Buy It Now = $104
Amount donated = $30.50
Verses posted = 17 of 62

Amount remaining to fund fully = $73.50
Amount needed to fund next verse = $2
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $2


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The Repair Café is a network of places where you can take broken stuff and fix it for free. This is not limited to geekery with machines. You can take clothes, toys, all kinds of stuff.  Find one near you or start one.  Sadly, the only two in Illinois are right next to each other, in Chicago and Oak Park.  :(

I will add, not knowing that things can be fixed and not knowing how to fix them are only two thirds of the problem -- the ones you can influence yourself.  A much more serious issue is that most modern products are not designed to be fixable at all, only thrown away the moment anything breaks.  They are made so covers won't come off, so broken areas can't be separated from whole ones.  That's vicious, and it's also infantalizing, because it prevents people from doing things for themselves.

So another part of this movement is to search out and buy products that can be repaired.  For a brilliant example, look at 3D archery targets.  These things take a beating.  The core, and sometimes the whole midsection, can be replaced with spare parts.  For some targets and companies, all the parts can be replaced.  You can even buy repair kits with foam, paint, etc. for smaller touchups.  That's fantastic, because these things are really expensive; repairing them saves a lot of money and resources.

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Based on an audience poll, and some backchannel votes, these are our themes for early 2019:

February 5 -- Personal or Public Ritual
March 5 -- Easterns as a Genre
April 2 -- Alternative Methods of Teaching
May 7 -- Officer Pink: Aftermath of the Raid
June 4 -- Oaths and Promises
July 2 -- Respect Is a Need

The way the numbers worked out, there was a gap. So I was able to do something I've been wanting to try, and I slated a thread for a main fishbowl. We'll see how it works in terms of clustering prompts. 

Please mark your calendars accordingly.  Thank you for your time and assistance.

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This poem was selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. It came out of the December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] fuzzyred and [personal profile] alatefeline. This poem also fills the "managing free time" square in my 12-1-18 card for the Summer in December Bingo fest. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes series.

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There will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, January 22. It will focus on the Christmas thread of Shiv in Polychrome Heroics, which began with "Tangle" (Part 1, Part 2) by [personal profile] siliconshaman and "Confused, Screwed Up, But Here" by myself. This thread deals with sexual harassment and assault, and the aftermath. [personal profile] siliconshaman is primarily writing the stories about Chyou Quiwil. [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is covering some aspects with various Finns helping to clean up the aftermath. I'm primarily writing the ones about Shiv, Pain's Gray, and other folks in Omaha plus some with the Finns. We're sharing Luci Quiwil, who crosses over all of those.

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Messages going to who needs them instead of who they were sent to.
Something with parcels?
Namings going in unexpected directions.


I am hoping that doing more fishbowls focused on a specific thread will help cluster the prompts so I can stack several into the same poem, and reduce the sprawl without having to skip prompters. Another way to accomplish this is to give me short prompts that don't have a plot element, like an emotion or bit of scene dressing that appeals to you. Those are easy to combine with other prompts. And of course, you can still 'second' anyone else's prompt and get a backchannel copy of that poem.</div>

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Here's a brilliant article about why so many modern buildings are hideous and why that's a serious problem we need to fix. 

Our environment affects our moodBeautiful surroundings make people happier.  Ugly surroundings make people unhappy.  While many factors influence mood, it is easier to be happy in a beautiful place than in an ugly place.  Here are some ways to improve your mood by beautifying your home.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted "Dealing with Departure" (Part 1, Part 2) about Pips leaving for his next job.  It is beautiful and wrenching.  He's right at that stage where he's starting to think about settling down, but not quite ready yet, so everything feels weird and confusing.  It really is a lot like a romance -- minus the kissy bits and the horrible unhealthy parts where people and clingy and have ridiculous misunderstandings.  They just need time for Pips to figure out his path.  I love this so much more than conventional story arcs.

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 Sunlight in the woods.

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 Circumpolar star trails.

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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is running this weekend with a theme of Fate and Free Will. Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written:


From My Prompts:


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In today's fragmented world, people can improve it by reaching out to each other. Here are some ideas for building community in your neighborhood.

Create a block directory. If you don’t yet know your neighbors, this is the perfect way to get started. It doesn’t need to be fancy. Just drop off a sign-up sheet in everyone’s mailbox and, once they return it to you, you can email the final version to everyone.

If you don't live on a block, you can get similar results by networking any other group of people.  It works great in apartments.  It can be made to work in more scattered groups such as a church congregation, but travel is a bit more of a challenge.  If you're not in walking distance, try to include transportation info like bus routes or a list of folks who want to carpool.

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The following poems from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "Nascent Wisdom," "A Lively Feast," "Between the Normal and the Abnormal," "Always Carry Your Goodness," and "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey."


"The Consequences of Their Own Neglect"
Cold Cash, in his new guise as Ice Fog, leads his team on a bank job.
389 lines, Buy It Now = $195

The team was gathered and ready to go.

Alibi had carefully insinuated herself into
a walking tour of downtown Mercedes in
her guise as Cold Cash, an excursion which
he had been talking up all week. A group of
college students, tourists, and new residents
had gotten together so nobody had to walk alone.



"A Frantic Resistance"
Your blind prompt contributed to "A Frantic Resistance." The superkittens meet a consultant who raises therapy cats.
225 lines, Buy It Now = $113

When the new consultant arrived,
all three superkittens responded
by arching their backs and hissing
.


"Intrinsically Linked with Nurturing and Love"
Your prompt contributed to the poem "Intrinsically Linked with Nurturing and Love." Mallory and Heron introduce Dairinne to solid food.
230 lines, Buy It Now = $115

When Heron came home for lunch,
Mallory was wearing the green beans
and Dairinne was howling her head off
.


"Loss Is Like a Wind"
From a previous backchannel prompt, I got the poem "Loss Is Like a Wind." A drowning death inspires people to take concrete steps to prevent future tragedies.
600 lines, Buy It Now = $300

On a fine spring day,
Ryder Wilkinson went out
to the Markle Mill Dam
not far from his home.

He walked along the edge
of the pond and looked at
the ruins of the old gristmill
to see if any new driftwood
had washed downstream
.


"Love Unflinching"
This contributed to the free-verse poem "Love Unflinching." Phylicia moves to Easy City, adopts a buggle, and meets Stylet.
207 lines, Buy It Now = $104

Phylicia Du Chienne
was delighted by the offer
to move from Shreveport
down to Easy City.

After the berettaflies,
Easy City was where
all the exciting things were
happening in the field of ethics
.


"Penny's Pocket Parity"
A pocket prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Penny's Pocket Parity." When a college student can't find mainstream support for her line of women's clothing with pockets, Fortressa steps in.
530 lines, Buy It Now = $265

Fortressa and her Pit Group were
lounging around the living room and
browsing the BlackSheep pastures.

Men Are Thistles had a lot of activity.
Fortressa liked it because it was easy
to access, so it got plenty of traffic
and gave her ideas for things to fix
.


"To Repair the Damage of the Lumberman"
Your backchannel prompt inspired the free-verse poem "To Repair the Damage of the Lumberman." Dr. Infanta helps revive redwoods from ancient stumps.
467 lines, Buy It Now = $234

Dr. Infanta and Lorry
landed in Muir Woods.

Fog still hung in the air, and
the temperature was on the rise,
making the place hot and muggy
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 The most successful genocide is when you convince your victims to do away with themselves.  Of course the American government isn't protecting people from disenrollment: fewer Indians means fewer expenses.  But government shouldn't be let off the hook just because one tribe doesn't want its members anymore.  The government still owes those people.  It just doesn't care.  It never has cared.

The only good Indian is a dead Indian.

Someone should really lay genocide charges in international court.  The evidence is pretty brutal.

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The January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get a free epic. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open at least until Saturday afternoon. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

These are the available epics:

"The Shadows on the Wall"
The children of Monster House learn about masks and history.
69 lines, Buy It Now = $35

"Crazy Fun in the House of Mirrors"
A trip through a funhouse sends some of Schrodinger's Heroes to a world where Alex has a different specialty.
185 lines, Buy It Now = $93


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Beautiful winter pictures.

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 Beautiful manga icons.

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It occurs to me that the government shutdown offers an unparalleled opportunity to reach out to people who might decide that the Republican Party does not have their best interest at heart.  If you belong to a political party which upholds strong labor values such as a living wage, or a strong social safety net such as affordable housing, consider raising funds and distributing them to people directly harmed by the shutdown -- no strings attached, just let them know who you are and your platform on the topic.  These are the most and least affected states.  

After all, this is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people, for the people.  If the elected officials can't be arsed to do their jobs, we can always do it for them.  And that could generate some very interesting attention.

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In addition to the intended use, these are also good if you just want nice views of nature or architecture.  Some also have a good audio background.  Be aware that walking videos are not as smooth as biking ones; some are okay, but others are too jiggly for my taste.  

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This poem is spillover from the January 8, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "infiltration" square of my 9-2-18 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem belongs to A Conflagration of Dragons series.

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Identifying animal tracks is fun.  I still have the habit, despite not being a hunter in this life.  I always step around them, not on them.  Over the last week or so I have observed the following tracks in our yard:

* cottontail rabbit
* fox squirrel (tracks are similar to these gray squirrel tracks)
* birds (likely including mourning dove, sparrow, dark-eyed junco, and cardinal)
* cat
* canine (dog, fox, or coyote; probably coyote from the size) 
* human

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