June 15th, 2018

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Poem: "Far More Essential Than Our Other Senses"

This poem is spillover from the May 15, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. It also fills the "exhaustion" square in my 5-1-18 General card for the Pro Wrestling Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Counterconditioning

Here is a very useful article that I often reference when I can find it, but it's tricky to find.  If you have brain weasels, and especially if you've had bad experiences trying to level-grind your way through exposure therapy, consider this:

Anchoring or counterconditioning is kind of the opposite of exposure therapy. Instead of grinding down a fear reaction, you pause at the threshold of just noticing something -- before it's close enough to be really upsetting -- and then apply wonderful things. Eventually, the dog (or your lizard-brain) will begin to associate the formerly scary thing with the new treat.
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Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics from Monday, June 18-Sunday June 24. 

Worth noting, my partner Doug's computer is dying and needs to be replaced.  Based on the current estimate for hardware and shipping, I'm setting a goal of $700.  Accordingly, there will be perks along the way.  I have some Terramagne demifiction to share for this.  So if you've been eyeing a piece in Polychrome, now would be a very good time to buy it.
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Poem: "A Single Lie Discovered"

This poem is spillover from the June 5, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from my_partner_doug and rix_scaedu. It also fills the "trust" square in my 6-4-18 card for the Winteriron Bingo Adventure fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Dace finds out about Damask being a plural person and also a superhera. He does not take it very well. The poem features racism, rough behavior, confusion, revelations, emotionally complex responses, panic attack, references to past trauma, feelings of betrayal, insecurity, loneliness, references to mental issues, identity and attraction disorientation, accusations of lying, hiding problems, consequences of staying in the closet/fusebox, references to family drama, apologies, efforts to make amends, trust issues, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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