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May 20th, 2019 - The Wordsmith's Forge
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
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It occurred to me that people are overlooking a large potential loophole in abortion law: Indian reservations are sovereign nations. They can make their own laws regarding women's health.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Athena's Curse"
Sunday Yardening
Poem: "Justice in Black and White"
Marshmallows and Dragons
Queer Visibility
Self-Managed Abortion
Poem: "A Frantic Resistance"
Underground Railroad
Addiction Care in Terramagne
Friday Yardening
Dialects in Language
Emotional Intimacy Question: First Purchase
Wednesday Yardening
Drake's Equation
Cuddle Party


The May [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this weekend with a theme of "justice." See my activity here.

There will be a half-price sale in Shiv running this week.


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics.

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

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and has 74 new verses. Kenzie and Pretty Ears discuss trauma symptoms and coping skills.


Weather here has been mild with a little rain. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of mourning doves, a flock of grackles, a small flock of sparrows, two pairs of house finches, two male and one female goldfinches, a pair of cardinals, two brown thrashers, two robins, a gray catbird, an indigo bunting, and a rabbit. Currently blooming: violas, violets,  honeysuckle, lily of the valley, petunias, pinks, marigolds, alliums, celandine poppy, chives.

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Today is  cloudy and slightly cool, calmer than yesterday.

Round One, I fed birds.  Lots of activity today -- the house finches were back on the feeder by the time I got into the house.

I planted the last of the gladioli bulbs near the barrel garden.  That's a total of 60 in the box. \o/  I pulled some weeds around there too.

EDIT 5/20/19: Round Two, I did more weeding around the barrel garden.

EDIT 5/20/19: Round Three, I cut grass and weeds from around the wagonwheel garden.

EDIT 5/20/19: Round Four, I finished cutting grass around the wagonwheel garden.  I also trimmed some brush, but more needs to be done with that using bigger clippers.

EDIT 5/20/19: Round Five, I dragged the cut brush from the wagonwheel garden to the brushpile.  As it is now dark, I am done for the night.

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This week, the poetry in the Shiv thread of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, May 20 through Sunday, May 26. This series is superhero fantasy, and the thread is urban grunge. It features themes of heroism, villainy, coming of age, diversity, identity kink, family of choice, friendship, and cultural engineering. Sale prices range from $66 to $310. There are two open epics at present, which leaves a slot available if you want to open a new poem for microfunding. 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.

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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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 page for Shiv.


Poems that unlock sequels: "The Child Who Survived," "If You Don't Have Experience Sewing"

Poems that have prerequisites: "The Heart of Creativity," "To See a Doll of Yourself"





FOR SALE
15 poems, $5216  ÷ 2 = $2608
prices from $66 to $310

"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

"It Marks You"
Shiv teaches a new gangmate how to use a visual schedule.
263 lines, was $132, sale price $66 SOLD to janetmiles

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

"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

"To See a Doll of Yourself"
Shiv helps out with a dollmaking party at the Finn house.
1239 lines, was $620, sale price $310
Available after "If You Don't Have Experience Sewing" has been sponsored and published.

"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 POOL

"Already Where You Want to Be"
Heron helps Shiv adjust to faster reflexes after healing.
836 lines, was $418, sale price $209

"Conducive to Thought"
Shiv begins knitting a brain to help him understand anatomy better.
558 line, was $279, sale price $139.50

"Intelligence Having Fun"
Shiv goes to a sidewalk art festival in Omaha.
432 lines, was $216, sale price $108 POOL

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

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

"Everyone Can Dance"
Tolli and Simon invite Shiv and Luci to their wedding, and teach them about wheelchair dancing.
1081 lines, was $541, sale price $270.50

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