March 19th, 2018


Monday Update 3-19-18

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
The Dawn of Humanity
Poem: "In the Workshop of Misfit Toys"
The Genetics of Synaesthesia
Poem: "At the Invisible Level"
Emotional Intimacy Question: Perfect Day
Story: "A Malice of Intent"
Poem: "The Condition of Alienation"
Raising the Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers
Good News

The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this weekend with a theme of "Hurt/Comfort."

There will be a bonus fishbowl in the Yellow Unicorns series on Tuesday, March 20. Mark your calendars, and I hope to see you then!

Poetry in Microfunding:
"Always Repay the Cost" is now complete.  Dr. Infanta finishes healing Fiddlesticks.

"Time to See What I Can Do" belongs to the Shiv thread of Polychrome Heroics. Luci decides to work on her pirate queen costume at Blues Moon.

The weather has been variable here. Today it's calm and overcast. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of sparrows, a  flock of mourning doves, several cardinals, some dark-eyed juncoes, two grackles, and a house finch. Leafing out: crocus, blue grape hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, miniature iris, peonies, daylilies. In bloom: snowdrops, eranthis.

Poem: "Greater Than the Sum"

This is the linkback poem for the March 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by DW user Dialecticdreamer.  It came out of the January 2018 Creative Jam.  It was inspired by a prompt from DW user Freshbakedlady.  It also fills the "thistle" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows Bingo fest.  This poem belongs to the Yellow Unicorns series.

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Unsold Poems from the March 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the March 6, 2018 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
"We Will Fade into You," "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "The Attack of the Dragon Shrimp," and "Greater Than the Sum." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.

"Cleaning Achnai's Oven"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Cleaning Achnai's Oven." Judaism may not be perfect, but people can bring it closer.
46 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"The Grandfather of the Computer"
Your AI prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Grandfather of the Computer." There's a player piano in Terramagne that can compose new music.
65 lines, Buy It Now = $33

The player piano is old.

It is old enough to remember
Spanish California, with
the dim fondness of
childhood lullabies.

"Where They Built the Bodies"
Your workshop prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "Where They Built the Bodies." The man who made the oids gets what he has coming to him.
49 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"The Woman Who Built Herself a Clitoris and Rode That Bitch Like a Bicycle"
Your prompt about Diminished Expectations inspired the free-verse poem "The Woman Who Built Herself a Clitoris and Rode That Bitch Like a Bicycle." A gynoid decides to address a lack in her anatomy.
61 lines, Buy It Now = $30.50

The gynoid had been built
for the pleasure of men,
not for her own.

Consequently she had no clitoris.

These two poems about Shiv form a pair:

"Even If It Is in Flames"
Your prompt about bad tape inspired the free-verse poem "Even If It Is in Flames." The inside of Shiv's head is a mess, even before his attempt to make breakfast ends in utter disaster.
188 lines, Buy It Now = $94

When Shiv woke up for the first time
in his own apartment above Blues Moon,
he stayed in bed for a few extra minutes
just to enjoy the sheer luxury of it.

Get your lazy ass out of bed.

"Burnt and Experienced Hands"
Your "bad tape" prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Burnt and Experienced Hands." After the kitchen fire upstairs, Cook takes care of Shiv.
496 lines, Buy It Now = $248

Shiv stumbled down the stairs,
his eyes stinging with smoke and
the tears he refused to shed.

When he made his way to the kitchen,
Cook was already waiting for him.

These two poems about Shiv form another pair:

"Escape from the Loneliness"
Your Gray/Shiv prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Escape from the Loneliness." Shiv flounders over the proper way to court someone in a platonic relationship, and how to deal with a head full of bad tape when actual therapy still tends to make him twitchier.
356 lines, Buy It Now = $178

Shiv liked spending time with Gray.

He could hang out with any number
of guys in the gang, of course,
but Gray was different.

"Something Dark in Me"
Your Gray/Shiv prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Something Dark in Me." A play session goes very well -- and then very badly.
697 lines, Buy It Now = $349

Gray loved playing with Shiv.

He enjoyed just hanging out together,
too, the way Shiv would drape himself over
a chair, lazily flipping a knife in one hand with
more skill than Gray would ever have, and
the way Shiv applied himself to food with
the devotion that most men gave to religion.