June 19th, 2017


Monday Update 6-19-17

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "The Face of Ruin and Despair"
"To Know After Absence" is now complete!
Poem: "Differently Abled Heroes"
Saturday Yardening
Wonder Woman
Garden Photos 6-16-17
Hurt Comfort Bingo Card 6-16-17
Friday Yardening
Garden Photos 6-14-17
Thursday Yardening
Poem: "Bienvenue"
Wednesday Yardening
Only in Local-America
Good News

The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this weekend with a theme of "Sufficiency or Indulgence."

There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics this week. I'm working on the sale outline and will post as soon as I can.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne discuss secure attachment.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra.  Groundhog and Cassandra explore the snack room. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  "To Know After Absence" is now complete.  See what else Shiv chooses to put in his apartment over Blues Moon.

Weather has been milder with some rain.  I'm keeping an eye on a nest of baby robins and a cardinal nest with an egg in it.  Currently blooming: dandelions, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, torenia, yarrow, white and red clover, penstemon, yucca, daylilies, rose campion, coreopsis, morning glories, aster.  Mulberries and black raspberries are ripe, but I haven't bothered to pick them for more than samples.

Monday Yardening

Today is mild and pleasant, but quite windy.  I took some pictures earlier, but don't know how well they'll turn out due to all the tossing about.

We picked up many sticks from the strip along the street and up the driveway.  One branch had fallen to stick upright in the ground!

Also I found a nest of baby bunnies, so remowing that area will have to wait a few days until they vacate.  They're hand-sized and furry, so it shouldn't take long before they move out.

EDIT 6/19/17: I planted more morning glories and moonflower around the support wire.  Most of the older ones had been eaten.  >_<  

EDIT 6/19/17: We picked up sticks back toward the east edge of the yard.

EDIT 6/19/17: I trimmed branches from a fruit tree and honeysuckles.  Then Doug cut larger ones from the golden rain tree and the walnut by the road.

Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, June 19 through Sunday, June 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 $36 to $273, so hopefully there will be something for most folks. There are three open epics at present, all in Polychrome Heroics, so we're full for now.  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.

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11 poems, $2734 ÷ 2 = $1367
prices from $36 to $273

Berettaflies (5 poems, was $1060, sale $530)

These poems need to be posted in order.  "The Inner Transition" is in microfunding now, with $308 remaining at $.50/line.  However, the sequels are available at sale prices, and if sponsored can be marked as such for posting whenever the earlier poem(s) are completed.

"The Inner Transition
Berettaflies: Week 4, Day 2
Summary: Having decided to turn himself in, Stylet enlists the help of Valor's Widow.
In microfunding now

"The Willingness to Surrender Ideas"
Story Date: Week 4, Day 3
Summary: After turning himself over to the police, Stylet begins negotiations with the authorities.
821 lines, was $411, sale $205.50
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition" has been sponsored and published.

"Until It Hears Something Better"
Story Date: Week 5, Days 1-6
Summary: Stylet begins wading through various consequences agreed to in the negotiations.
182 lines, was $91, sale $45.50
Available for posting after  "The Inner Transition" and "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas" have been sponsored and published.

"A Little from the Heart"
Story Date: Week 5, Day 7
Summary: Stylet has a private face-to-face meeting with another berettafly victim.
481 lines, was $241, sale $120.50
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition", "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas", and "Until It Hears Something Better" have been sponsored and published.  Also unlocks the story "Reaction" by siliconshaman.

"The New Beginnings of Soft Greens"
Berettaflies: Week 6, Day 4
Summary: Carissa expands Stylet's culinary horizons with foods chosen for mood-bolstering properties.
182 lines, was $91, sale $45.50
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition", "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas", "Until It Hears Something Better", and "A Little from the Heart" have been sponsored and published.

"This Is How I Should Be"
Berettaflies: Week 6, Day 4
Summary: Stylet responds to a follow-up text from Ashley.
307 lines, was $154, sale $77
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition", "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas", "Until It Hears Something Better", "A Little from the Heart", and "The New Beginnings of Soft Greens" have been sponsored and published.

"The Key to Everything"
Berettaflies: Week 6, Day 6
Summary: Stylet answers questions about one of his prior creations, but there's more going on than he realizes.
144 lines, was $72, sale $36
Available for posting after "The Inner Transition", "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas", "Until It Hears Something Better", "A Little from the Heart", "The New Beginnings of Soft Greens", and "This Is How I Should Be" have been sponsored and published.

Miscellaneous (6 poems, was $1674, sale $837)

"Pebbles in the Path"
Directly follows "Ruts in the Road"
Summary: Jules and Mariset get a private lesson in rescue work.
270 lines, was $135, sale $67.50

"Uncertain Miracles"
Directly follows "Insha'Allah"
Summary: With the help of Rampart and Patches, Buraq succeeds in completing his assignment.
595 lines, was $298, sale $149 SOLD

"The Place Where the Journey Begins"
Summary: In the middle of nowhere in particular, the Iron Horses encounter a youngster entangled in a barbed wire fence, and stop to render aid.
763 lines, was $382, sale $191 SOLD

"We Are All Related"
Summary: The Iron Horses take Kenzie to a safe place for further care.
1091 lines, was $546, sale $273   SOLD
Available for posting after "The Place Where the Journey Begins" has been sponsored and published.

"Climbing Through the Cracks"
Summary: A flickering teen soup, searching for a way out of an abusive home, finally finds a viable option.
375 lines, was $188, sale $94

"Death Whispers at the Tip"
Summary: Several women find new meaning in the old legends of the Amazons.
250 lines, was $125, sale $62.50


Poem: "Without Having to Voice It"

This poem is spillover from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] dreamwriteremmy. It also fills the "invisible disabilities" square in my 3-1-17 card for the Disability Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features mental issues, because the inside of Shiv's head is always a warning, reference to past communication challenges, the comprehension gap between nonverbal and verbal languages, rude humor. reference to ugly aspects of history including slavery and death from unavailability of safe abortion care, reference to brain injuries, Shiv is resistant to seeking help or even admitting he's not okay, but he actually manages it occasionally, cape politics, awkward social interactions, reference to lousy hairdressers and discrimination against people with special needs, minimally verbal autistic character wrangling with English when his native language is visual rather than spoken, tense (but not violent) interaction with a police officer, who is a bit clunky interacting with a nonverbal person, frustration over being expected to solve other people's problems, loneliness, regret, threats, and other challenges. It's mostly positive, though, as Shiv fumbles his way toward better coping skills. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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