December 30th, 2018


Poem: "Holiday in Handcuffs"

This is the extra freebie for the December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. You have new prompters Hikaru and [personal profile] louisadkins, and new donor Sarah Elkins, to thank for that. This poem was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] bairnsidhe. It fills the "Holiday in Handcuffs" square in my 7-1-18 card for the Winterfest in July Bingo fest. 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 acute stress, disoriented behavior, Shiv actually has a level head in certain types of crisis, helping someone undress, telepathic soothing, watching over a sleeping person, reference to past panic attack, mistaken identity and police interference, past negative experience with kink, Shiv is an inexperienced but earnest top, trust issues, kinky activities, knifeplay (but no blood), bondage with superpowers, when Gray drops he drops like a rock, crying, aftercare, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Poetry Fishbowl Report for December 4, 2018

This month's theme was "Alternate Realities." I wrote from 1:30 PM to 5:30 AM, so about 14 hours allowing for breaks. I wrote 10 poems on Tuesday and another 10 later.

Participation was a little lower, with 17 comments on LiveJournal and another 54 on Dreamwidth. A total of 22 people sent prompts. Please welcome new prompters Hikaru and [personal profile] louisadkins, whom you have to thank for the second freebie, "Holiday in Handcuffs."

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"The American Dream"
"Batting Around"
"Cruel Intentions and Difficult Truths"
"The Heart to Rejoice"
"Life in the Quicktime"
"Passing Around"
"Stick Like Glue"

"Always Carry Your Goodness" (Polychrome Heroics: Fortressa, November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl) (linkback perk)
"Whatever You Seek" (Polychrome Heroics: Shiv, November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl) (free epic)
"Holiday in Handcuffs" (Polychrome Heroics: Shiv, July 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl) (second freebie)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from December 4. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

I have posted all the poems sponsored during the fishbowl. Donors this time include [personal profile] satsuma, [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, Sarah Elkins, [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony & Shirley Barrette. Please welcome new donor Sarah Elkins, whom you have to thank for the second freebie. Per the $200 goal, "Whatever You Seek" is the free epic. Per the $250 goal, that's three tallies toward a bonus fishbowl, which will happen in mid-January.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

Unsold Poems for the December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the December 4, 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 "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," and "Always Carry Your Goodness."

"Crazy Fun in the House of Mirrors"
A Schrodinger's Heroes prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Crazy Fun in the House of Mirrors." Several team members get sucked into another dimension, but help is not quite where they expect to find it.
185 lines, Buy It Now = $93

"It's Sunday in July, and you're
still working?" Kay said, shaking
her head. "You need more practice
managing your free time, folks!"

"Crossroads on the Hero's Journey"
Your prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey." Magical realms have a meeting point.
35 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"How Much Love We Put in That Action"
Tolli and Simon put Shiv's needs ahead of their own, which throws Shiv into a major meltdown.
912 lines, Buy It Now = $456

Shiv was setting up tables
when Tolli and Simon came in.

He had learned that he was
actually rather good at this:
his ability let him sense when
the silverware was lined up or not.

"Not the Opposite of Life"
A backchannel prompt from inspired the free-verse poem "Not the Opposite of Life." When the winter migration brings new whales south, Steel gets into a nasty fight about religion.
480 lines, Buy It Now = $240

Aquariana was fascinated
by the movements of whales.

Most of the great whales migrated
toward the poles in summer and
toward the equator in winter, except
for a few species that stayed primarily
in colder or warmer water all the time

"The Perfection That Eludes Us"

In "The Perfection That Eludes Us," Shannalyn defends her son Eric against kidnappers from another realm.
361 lines, Buy It Now = $181
Shannalyn hiked through the woods in
the Norfork Shoals State Park, heading for
the archery field to do a lesson for new members
of the Ozarcane Live-Action Role-Playing Association.

"The Shadows on the Wall"
Your history prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Shadows on the Wall." In summer school, the children of Monster House learn history through maskmaking and playwriting. Then at night, they get different lessons from the shadowfolk.
69 lines, Buy It Now = $35

It's July, and the kids
have both signed up for
Masks of the Past, a program
that teaches theatrical arts
and history together

"The Ramifications of That State of Mind"
Your prompt inspired a sequel, "The Ramifications of That State of Mind." Raymond and Gideon examine their situation and make some preliminary plans.
352 lines, Buy It Now = $176
Available for posting after "Cruel Intentions and Difficult Truths" has been sponsored and published.
In the interests of avoiding
any further weirdness, Gideon
replaced their chalk symbols with
fresh ones drawn in ink on skin.

"The Reality of Cruelty"
These inspired the free-verse poem "The Reality of Cruelty." Ansel and Turq meet some new centaurs and find out more details about the mad science going on, this time with disturbing ethnic overtones.
WARNING: Includes very touchy topics in African-American, Jewish, and Vietnamese groups.
486 lines, Buy It Now = $243
The front camp held dozens of
support personnel busily organizing
tools and supplies after the raid.

Centaurs and a few other victims
milled around on the green grass,
blinking in the unfamiliar sunshine.

"Unseen, the Yellow Woods"
A couple of Dreamdwidth prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Unseen, the Yellow Woods." We don't necessarily see the opportunities all around us.
26 lines, Buy It Now = $15

These three poems form a set:

"Cut With Our Own Dust"
Shiv crosses paths with Stalwart Stan and Antimatter, and carries through a plan he made back in prison. This is a terrible idea.
294 lines, Buy It Now = $147
Lawrence enjoyed patrolling
the Gene Leahy Mall with Stan,
even on a raw spring day when
the damp breeze whipped his hair in
his face and chilled the back of his neck.

"How We Correct Them"
Realizing he fucked up, Shiv calls Rosie for advice.
394 lines, Buy It Now = $197
Available for publication after "Cut With Our Own Dust" has been sponsored and posted.
"I fucked up, Rosie,
I really really fucked up
this time," Shiv said, clutching
his phone in a sweaty hand.
"I don't know what to do."

"The Courage to Admit Them"
Shiv goes to speak with Stan and Lawrence after their encounter.
137 lines, Buy It Now = $69
Available for publication after "Cut With Our Own Dust" and "How We Correct Them" have been sponsored and posted.
Shiv slunk through the Gene Leahy Mall,
looking for the orange Serenity bench where
he had agreed to meet Stan and Lawrence.