June 18th, 2019


Hurt Comfort Bingo Card 6-18-19

Here is my card for [community profile] hc_bingo. The fest celebrates hurt/comfort in all its forms. All fandoms and original works are welcome, in any format or length. Read the rules here. (See all my 2019 bingo cards.)

Round 10: June 10, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Sign ups: cards can be requested anytime before January 5, 2020
Amnesty Period: Jan 5, 2020 to June 10, 2020

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

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Poem: "Whether You Deserve It or Not"

This is the free epic for the June Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal, as selected in an audience poll. It is spillover from the May 7, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl and extends into the May [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai and [personal profile] lone_cat. It also fills the "Seven of Bows - Clearance" square in my 4-30-19 card for the Tarot Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, in the raid arc.

WARNING: This poem contains intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features the police asking Turq to meet with an employee of the Umsetzung Complex, emotional distress, English as a second language, abuse of a foreign employee, theft of identification papers, human trafficking, brief crotch sniffing in caney form, leads on a supervillain absent during the raid, self-blame, feeling dirty, discussion of how to relieve misplaced guilt, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Tuesday Yardening

Today is partly sunny, warm, and muggy.

Yesterday I saw a monarch caterpillar on a milkweed plant.  :D

Round One, I fed birds.  Then I picked a bag of mulberries.

At the edge of the field, I found a stone tool.  It's pretty primitive, but it's clever.  This is a modified flake with a cutting edge, and a big notch that permits several different grips.  It's actually a crappy piece of stone with inclusions that made it break unevenly.  But someone saw the potential in it, how to make it useful by taking advantage of those quirks.  So even though it's not a very sophisticated piece, that insight makes it much more effective compared to typical flake tools of the same technological level.  I'm holding a very, very old gizmo.  :D

EDIT 6/18/19: Round Two, I pulled weeds around the forest garden.

EDIT 6/18/19: Round Three, we put a tarp over the firepit.  Also I pulled weeds around the forest garden.

EDIT 6/18/19: Round Four, I raked over some bare spots in the ritual meadow and sowed grass seed there.

Fireflies are coming out, more of them now that it's warm and damp.  :D

As it is getting dark, I'm done for the night.

Poem: "The Hottest Blood of All"

This poem is spillover from the October 2, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "blood" square in my 9-30-18 card for the Fall Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] lilliane and [personal profile] curiosity. It belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains graphic content likely to upset many readers. This is hardcore hurt/comfort. Hankie warning! WARN ALL THE THINGS! Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It contains an emergency call for Dr. G, drunken boating which kills the human pilot and a mother whale and injures the human passenger and whale calf, Steel and Moderato freaking out, and the calf is hysterical, a teleporter arriving in Dr. G's bathroom before he's dressed, pain and panic, orphan calf crying for his dead mother, Steel has trouble being gentle when he is this upset, painful family memories, trust issues, blood in the water, fear and grief, creative medical application of superpowers, graphic medical details, gender and dexterity challenges of bull whales feeding a calf who isn't weaned yet, awkward conversation about what to do with the yacht and how to make good decisions for an orphaned calf, discussion of majority in whales, dealing with Steel's difficult past, Graham is upset too just hiding it well, flashbacks, contagious trauma, vomiting, vulnerability, asking for help and getting it, privacy issues, and other mayhem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. This poem contains a major plot development, though, so skipping it would leave a big gap.

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