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June 17th, 2019 - The Wordsmith's Forge — LiveJournal
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
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 ... show different structures for climbing or knuckle-walking, which can indicate how fossil species moved.

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A few bacteria can eat dopamine used to treat Parkinson's disease.  This is one explanation for why the drug works well for some people but not for others -- differences in gut biomes.  But it's also an interesting hint at the gut-brain connection because dopamine is naturally found in the brain, not much else in the body.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Saturday Yardening
Poem: "I Didn't Want to Know That"
Community Building Tip: Sharing Skills
Friday Yardening
Minimum Need for Nature
Emotional Intimacy Question: Favorite Topics
Egyptian Buffalo Meatloaf
Wednesday Yardening
Good News


The June [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this weekend. See my activities.

[personal profile] capri0mni has released the Disability Pride Flag into the public domain. I then described some capsule wardrobes using its palette (black and white neutrals plus the colors blue, yellow, red, and green).

There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics from Monday, June 17-Friday, June 21.


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. Kenzie and Pretty Ears talk about counseling styles.


Weather here has been variable, and we finally got some rain. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of sparrows, a small of mourning doves, a small flock of house finches, a pair of cardinals, a brown thrasher, and two rabbits.  I also put out a water bowl.  Currently blooming: violas, petunias, pinks, marigolds, alliums, lantana, torenia, million bells, moss rose, firecracker plant, salvia, nasturtiums, phlox, spiderwort, gaillardia, clover, and a bunch of other things. I finally planted the tricolor beech tree.  \o/  Mulberries and pie cherries are ripe.    I found one ripe raspberry yesterday but there'snot much fruit on the canes this year.  Crabapples have green fruit.

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This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Monday, June 17 through Friday, Junel 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 $43 to $310, so hopefully there will be something for everyone.

NOTE: This sale shorter than usual, because I have obligations toward the end of the month, in hopes that I can get all the sponsored poems posted before then. Additional funds would be most helpful in said activities.

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 $67.75 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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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," "Any Direction You Choose," "If You Don't Have Experience Sewing," "Already Where You Want to Be"

Poems that have prerequisites: "A Different Vision of Life," "Celebrate and Cherish," "To See a Doll of Yourself," "Conducive to Thought"











FOR SALE
31 poems, $10,371 ÷ 2 = $5,185.50
prices from $43 to $310


THE BIG ONE (2 poems, was $281, sale price $140.50)

"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


MALLORY (3 poems, was $912, sale price $456)

"Intrinsically Linked with Nurturing and Love"
Your prompt contributed to the poem "Intrinsically Linked with Nurturing and Love." Mallory and Heron introduce Dairinne to solid food.
230 lines, was $115, sale price $57.50

"Any Direction You Choose"
Heron and Mallory discuss educational options for Dairinne.
493 lines, was $247, sale price $123.50

"Celebrate and Cherish"
Mallory, Heron, and Dairinne explore the Allerton Circle School.
1100 lines, was $550, sale price $275
Available for publication after "Any Direction You Choose" has been sponsored and posted.


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.


SHIV (11 poems, was $4319, sale price $2159.50)

"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

"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 lines, was $279, sale price $139.50
Available for publication after "Already Where You Want to Be" has been sponsored and posted.

"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.

"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
Available for publication after "Already Where You Want to Be" has been sponsored and posted.

"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 SOLD


INDIVIDUAL POEMS (5 poems, was $2362, sale price $1181)

AQUARIANA
"The Hottest Blood of All"

Your prompt about grief inspired the free-verse poem "The Hottest Blood of All." A boating collision in the Maldives leads to some major life changes for our whales. This is hardcore hurt/comfort, but it has some hopeful aspects.
1206 lines, was $603, sale price $301.50 SOLD to Lilliane and Curiosity

DAMASK
"To Perceive Patterns"

Gray welcomes Keane to Motor City and they play together.
800 lines, was $400, sale price $200 POOL

IRON HORSES
"Oenikika"

Your vestments prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "Oenikika." Kenzie takes part in a sweat lodge ceremony.
611 lines, was $306, sale price $153 POOL

MERCEDES
"Every Man's Business"

Joshua and Pips deal with the official aftermath of Mark Hastings' attack.
1008 lines, was $504, sale price $252 SOLD to Technoshaman

PAIN'S GRAY
"All'Ombra"

Set between the time Gray gets sub-dropped and the time he gains superpowers, this is a lovely evening of kink when Ricasso takes a very inexperienced, very eager Gray to the local BDSM club. No sex, but this is frankly kinkpr0n.
1097 lines, was $549, sale price $274.50


OTHER POEMS (8 poems, was $1561, sale price $780.50)

"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 POOL

"Sojourners"
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

"Refoulement"
Fadwa Zaitoun went to extreme lengths to flee Syria.
189 lines, was $95, sale price $47.50

"A Great Many Evil Things"
What would really happen if a white guy got a Native American spirit guide?  Nothing good.
171 lines, was $86, sale price $43

"Dans une grande âme"
Genna does some educational troubleshooting.
547 lines, was $274, sale price $137

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The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics is now open.  Remember this one runs Monday-Friday because I'll be busy at the end of the month.  The quarter-price option for donations of $100+ is active.  Your support is appreciated.

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 ... played on plastic bottles.  The diversity of music really highlights the versatility of the instrument, too.  :D  I love junk percussion.  Music is everywhere.  Sure it's nice  if you can afford to drop hundreds or thousands of dollars on musical instruments, but it's not required.  All you need is a good ear.  Many things that are now commercial instruments started off as junk -- spoons, bones, barrel drums, etc.

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Today is cool, cloudy, and drizzly.  It's been sprinkling off and on all day.

I went outside and fed birds.  Then I picked half a bag of mulberries.  The trees are full of water.  So now I am slightly damp.  :)

EDIT 6/17/19: I went back out and pulled weeds.  It's starting to sprinkle again though.

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