April 15th, 2019


Monday Update 4-15-19

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
New verses in "The Open Gyre"
Poem: "The Apprehension of Math"
Poem: "Bitter Melon"
Saturday Yardening
Grand Prairie Friends Warbler Ridge Open House
Poem: "Growing Slowly"
Community Building Tip: Book Club
My Prize
Friday Yardening
Poem: "Designing an Experience"
Poem: "If Your Actions Inspire Others"
Today's Adventures
Ubiquitous Weight Gain
Emotional Intimacy Question: Legacy
Wednesday Yardening
Good News

There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics from Monday, April 15-Sunday, April 21.

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics.

"Learning the Vocation" belongs to Path of the Paladins and has 33 new verses. Shahana and company play games in the common room.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.

Weather here has been mild and intermittently rainy. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a small flock of sparrows, a small flock of mourning doves, a small flock of dark-eyed juncos, a small flock of house finches, several grackles, a pair of cardinals, a pair of brown thrashers, a robin, a red-winged blackbird, a rabbit, and a squirrel. Currently blooming: violas, daffodils, Cornelian cherry dogwood, hyacinths, purple grape hyacinths, forsythia, violets. I finished planting the mail-order seedlings for this season.

Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, April 15 through Sunday, April 21. 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 $10 to $260, so hopefully there will be something for everyone.

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.  There are currently 2 open epics, so there's room to open another.
"Learning the Vocation" belongs to Path of the Paladins and needs $119 to be complete.
"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and needs $229.50 to be complete.

We are repeating the special discount for purchases of $100 or more, in which you get poetry at 25% of its original price instead of 50%. (Note that this increases the amount of poetry you get, rather than reducing the amount of money spent; the point is to get this stuff off of my desk. Yes, I can afford it.) That size of donation also makes you a k-fan which comes with some other perks, like a year-end collection of a poetic series. If several folks want to bundle their orders to make the $100 threshold and have one person send it all, that's okay; you'll get the discount and I'll list all your names as donors, but you'll have to decide amongst you who gets the k-fan credit.

Some of the poems are in sequence of related action, so in places there are prerequisites before a poem can be published. They can be sponsored at any time, just might have to wait for publication until something else gets posted first. Those are marked accordingly. I have also made lists of poems which unlock sequels, and poems which have prerequisites.

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About timing: If you want maximum choice, shop early. We usually send a batch of things to my parents near the end of a sale, and those poems will be posted as I have time.

About pools: Yes, you can combine your funds with other prompters to get the quarter-price rate. Yes, you can combine your funds with other prompters to buy a bigger poem.  Yes, you can offer to match donations by other people.  However, the wordsmith is not also a math whiz!  After several attempts to find a way that I can work with pools and matches, I have concluded that this is over my head.  (I did figure out how to avoid generating fractional pennies, though: all initial prices are now whole dollars, which means they cut evenly into halves and quarters.)  So if you want to host a pool or a match, make a post for that in your blog or other venue, then comment here with what you're doing and include a link to wherever the discussion will be.  You figure out the poems, you collect the funds, and when stuff is fully funded, you send me the money and the list of what it's for.  Then I'll post the goodies.

Before placing your order, please check this sale page to see what is still unsold! I will try to update the page as things sell, and it's likely to be the case that some poems will be marked SOLD before appearing in posts. People often buy things in batches, which means that selling gets ahead of posting. Also sometimes people ask for the same thing at the same time, so that not all overlaps are preventable. If you have alternate instructions in case you request something that has just sold, please include that in your message; otherwise I'll email you back and ask what you want to do.

Currently available are the following poems.  Some are in series chronological order, and others are just kind of stuck wherever, because sequencing Polychrome Heroics is like trying to sequence a dozen different comic book titles from the same publisher.  See the thread pages for The Big One and Shiv.

Poems that unlock sequels: "The Compass That Guides Us," "The Child Who Survived," "In the Light of Creative Altruism"

Poems that have prerequisites: "A Different Vision of Life," "The Heart of Creativity," "Becoming, Evolving, Ascending"

26 poems, $6,948 ÷ 2 = $3,474
prices from $10 to $260

THE BIG ONE (3 poems, was $515, sale price $257.50)

"A World Built from the Bottom Up"
A hippie prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "A World Built from the Bottom Up." Bellychord witnesses her intentional community torn apart by an earthquake, then starts to pick up the pieces.
288 lines, was $144, sale price $72

"No Es Problema"
This inspired the free-verse poem "No Es Problema." A group of people in Los Angeles evacuate to a shelter in the hills above the city, coping with various challenges along the way.
274 lines, was $137, sale price $68.50

"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, was $234, sale price $117 SOLD to Fuzzyred

MARIONETTES (2 poems, was $770, sale price $385)

"The Compass That Guides Us"
Griffin takes a vacation to Italy, reconnects with Glyn, and makes some new friends.  They take him into the resource room to find new clothes, since he doesn't have much left between the transition and the house fire.
715 lines, was $358, sale price $179

"A Different Vision of Life"
Frustrated by not knowing Italian, Griffin decides to learn it with superpowered assistance.
823 lines, was $412, sale price $206
Available for publication after "The Compass That Guides Us" has been sponsored and posted.

MERCEDES (3 poems, was $896, sale price $448)

"The Blue Bird of Happiness"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Blue Bird of Happiness." Halley and Edison have made a videogame about birds and the pursuit of happiness. Cheersquad tests it out.
373 lines, was $197, sale price $98.50 SOLD to Fuzzyred

"The Consequences of Their Own Neglect"
Cold Cash, in his new guise as Ice Fog, leads his team on a bank job.
389 lines, was $195, sale price $97.50 SOLD to Anthony & Shirley Barrette

"Every Man's Business"
Joshua and Pips deal with the official aftermath of Mark Hastings' attack.
1008 lines, was $504, sale price $252

SHIV (9 poems, was $3010, sale price $1505)

"Survive the Recovery"
Shiv meets with Dr. G to talk about what happened with Chyou.
828 lines, was $414, sale price $207

"All the Beautiful Lights"
Shiv and Luci enjoy a holiday cruise on Lake Manawa.
824 lines, was $412, sale price $206

"Strange and Twisted Creatures"
Molly takes care of Gray after the incident with Chyou.
558 lines, was $279, sale price $139.50

"Calming and Rewarding"
When Shiv feels restless, Elisabeth Finn invites him to bake bread and teaches him some of the more complex slashing patterns.
1039 lines, was $520, sale price $260

"Made Anew in a Heartbeat"
Shiv is embarrassed by dolls as a coping technique.
592 lines, was $296, sale price $148

"If You Don't Have Experience Sewing"
Your teacher prompt inspired the free-verse poem "If You Don't Have Experience Sewing." When Shiv loses a button from his shirt, a helpful neighbor explains how to fix it.
277 lines, was $139, sale price $69.50

"Provisions for Parent Education"
Since nobody is thrilled with the schools in Lincoln, they move on to Omaha, which offers much better options including a college prep school and a Montessori school. They also scout job and housing opportunities in case of a move.
594 lines, was $297, sale price $148.50

"The Child Who Survived"
Shiv goes to the Finn family tie-dye party.
848 lines, was $424, sale price $212

"The Heart of Creativity"
The tie-dyed shirts are opened and revealed.
458 lines, was $229, sale price $114.50
Available for posting after "The Child Who Survived" has been sponsored and published. This will also unlock a story by  Dialecticdreamer.

OTHER POEMS (11 poems, was $1757, sale price $878.50)

"A Frantic Resistance"
Your blind prompt contributed to "A Frantic Resistance." The superkittens meet a consultant who raises therapy cats.
225 lines, was $113, sale price $56.50

"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, was $300, sale price $150

"None of It's for You"
This poem belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.  It happens in Week 9, Day 5 and comes after the stories "Milk Bottles and Newspapers" and "Calling the Maid" by Dialecticdreamer.
After getting fired as a medical transport driver, Dempsey LaTour becomes a bicycle pizza delivery boy.  It doesn't go a great deal better.
230 lines, was $115, sale price $57.50

"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, was $265, sale price $132.50

"The Perfection That Eludes Us"
In "The Perfection That Eludes Us," Shannalyn defends her son Eric against kidnappers from another realm.
361 lines, was $181, sale price $90.50

"The Pursuit of Happiness"
This contributed to the free-verse poem "The Pursuit of Happiness." It explores the evolution of diverse marriage practices in Terramagne.
171 lines, was $86, sale price $43 SOLD to DW user Librarygeek

Your prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Sojourners." Genna misses hanging out with other creative folks, so Pips takes her to a coffeehouse. There she overhears some film students working on a class project featuring an eastern about influential women in history.
490 lines, was $245, sale price $122.50

"My Responsibility to Make It Better"
A flickering boy wants to become a hero right now, and finds a way to do that.
262 lines, was $131, sale price $65.50 SOLD to janetmiles

"After the Wave"
A monk helps some ghosts to move on.
41 lines, was $20, sale price $10 SOLD to janetmiles

These two poems go together:

"In the Light of Creative Altruism"
This inspired the free-verse poem "In the Light of Creative Altruism." When a college student starts flickering, other people around him begin to copy what he's doing. This is only sometimes a good thing.
366 lines, was $183, sale price $91.50 SOLD to DW user Librarygeek

"Becoming, Evolving, Ascending"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Becoming, Evolving, Ascending." Divinity student Micha Bautista meets Dazhawn Alvarez, whose superpower is Projective Altruism.
236 lines, was $118, sale price $59 SOLD to DW user Librarygeek
Available for posting after "In the Light of Creative Altruism" has been sponsored and published.


Monday Yardening

Today is sunny and mild.  I fed the birds.  There were grackles under the feeders.

Round One, I carried 4 buckets of mulch to put around the older privets along the street edge of the savanna. 

EDIT 4/15/19 -- Round Two, we went out and cut brush from the prairie garden.

EDIT 4/15/19 -- Round Three, I hauled 4 more buckets of mulch to the privets in the savanna.

Notre Dame Cathedral Burning Down

The landmark cathedral of Notre Dame is on fire and massively damaged.  :( 

EDIT 4/15/19 -- Understand that it is natural to feel sad and upset over losing something big, even if it is not something you own or have visited personally.  The cultural relevance creates a connection that most people feel, whether or not they can articulate it as such.  Some resources that may prove helpful in coping with the aftermath:

Coping with Stressful Situations

Self-Care Links

Emotional First Aid

Helping an Online Friend in Difficult Times

I have not yet seen fundraising for any of the obvious things that are going to need money -- either reconstruction or site clearance, and support for people exposed to toxins such as lead released by the fire -- or other methods of direct support relating to this tragedy, so if anyone else spots those, please include a link.

Check for historic buildings near you and inquire about their fire safety status.  Many operate on a shoestring budget and may not have enough funds for things like smoke alarms, annual examination of fire extinguishers, or security to watch for problems.  Most have a donation page where you can contribute to the upkeep.  Drop them a few bucks and mark it "in memory of the Notre Dame Cathedral" or the like.

It's also a good time to check your fire alarm batteries, fire safety plan at home or at work, etc. 

Does your local fire department offer fire safety classes?  Do they have the funds to do that for free, or some kind of subsidy for people who need it but can't afford it?  Do you have skills to offer fire safety presentations yourself, even if it's just for your own area?  Those may be useful responses too.

Enjoy some pictures of the Notre Dame Cathedral.  If you have visited there, share pictures or descriptions.

Watch The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  It's a breathtaking movie in which the setting really acts like a character.  

Write, paint, or otherwise depict Notre Dame in creative works.  What is remembered, lives.

EDIT 4/16/19 -- The fire is mostly out now.  Despite massive damage to the cathedral and the loss of its spire, the towers remain standing and firefighters have declared it "saved."  Reconstruction should be possible.

EDIT 4/16/19 -- Many artists have drawn tributes to the fire of Notre Dame.  Check out the repeating motifs!  Quasimodo, tears, hearts, the red-white-blue of the French flag, and horizontal striped tops all appear in multiple images.  While disasters like this are awful, they do create a great opportunity to see cultural works about the same thing at the same time.  I hope that when the cathedral is rebuilt, it will include -- or have added nearby -- an exhibit about the fire featuring some of these passionate pictures.  For students of art, it's a valuable lesson to see how artists respond to a major cultural upheaval, and how their expression homes in on a small cluster of closely related symbols.  That offers inspiration for others to do likewise, and making art is a very healthy way of dealing with tragedy.
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Poem: "My Responsibility to Make It Better"

This poem came out of the March 2019 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai and [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "mistake" square in my 2-28-19 Words and Phrases card for the Meet Ugly Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Poem: "The Pursuit of Happiness"

This poem came out of the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] bairnsidhe. It also fills the square "The Pursuit of Happiness" in my 9-2-18 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek in memory of the fires today at BOTH Notre Dame Cathedral and Al-Aqsa Mosque. What is remembered, lives. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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