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June 24th, 2019 - The Wordsmith's Forge
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
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Our theme this month was "Oaths and Promises." I wrote from 1 PM to 6:15 PM, so about 15 hours 15 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 4 poems on Tuesday and another 13 later.

Participation was similar with 18 comments on LiveJournal and another 42 on Dreamwidth. A total of 20 people sent prompts. There were no new prompters.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the June 4, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Because You Have Made It So"
"The Foundation of Great Accomplishments"
"In Her Honor"
"Oaths of Office"
"Written Not in Blood"

"May Everything" (standalone) (linkback perk)
"Whether You Deserve It or Not" (May 7, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl and May Creative Jam, Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink) (free epic)
"Through Many an Listening Chamber" (May 7, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl, Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from June 4. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available. All poems sponsored in this fishbowl have been posted. This month's donors include: [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] zianuray, [personal profile] erulisse, [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony and Shirley Barrette. There are now 4 tallies toward a bonus fishbowl, which will take place in July.


The Poetry Fishbowl also has a permanent landing page.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Unsold Poems for the June 4, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl
Poem: "Through Many a Listening Chamber"
Recipe: "Hippie Meatloaf"
Wicker Man 6-22-19
Sunday Yardening
Poem: "Oenikika"
Poem: "Because You Have Made It So"
Community Building Tip: Talk to Other Parents
Thursday Yardening
Emotional Intimacy Question: Earliest Memory
Poem: "Every Man's Business"
Sword & Sorcery
Wednesday Yardening
Hard Things


Following the enthusiastic reception of the poem "Penny's Pocket Parity," I have proposed a social media campaign called #pocketfail.

The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics went quite well. I still have several poems to post: the last one from the pool and then my parents' batch.


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are three open epics.

"Learning the Vocation" belongs to Path of the Paladins and has 39 new verses. Shahana and company talk about the way things were and how to fix them.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie and Pretty Ears talk about counseling styles.

"Everyone Can Dance" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. Tolli and Simon have a favor to ask of Shiv and Luci for the wedding.


Weather here has been wet, raining at least part of almost every day.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of sparrows, a flock of mourning doves, a small flock of house finches, a pair of cardinals, a brown-headed cowbird, and two rabbits. Currently blooming: violas, petunias, pinks, marigolds, alliums, lantana, torenia, million bells, moss rose, firecracker plant, salvia, nasturtiums, phlox, gaillardia, clover, Asian lilies, daylilies, golden rain tree, cleome, and a bunch of other things.  Mulberries are ripe.  Pie cherries are done.  Crabapples and apples have green fruit.

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While researching something else, I stumbled across this dress with ginormous pockets. They look big enough to store a tablet computer on each side. It comes in Black, White, Purple, Turquoise, Light Gray, Peach, or Periwinkle.

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This poem is spillover from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] eseme. It also fills the "Strange Visitor" square in my 8-7-18 card for the Fairy Tales Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] zianuray, and [personal profile] book_worm5. It belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem includes graphic superpowered kink between two guys, and Gray helping Keane deal with gender dysphoria, so if that's not your thing then you may want to skip it.

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Today is mostly sunny, mild, and breezy.

Round One, I fed birds.  Then I put saucers under potted plants.  I tried to rake off cut grass that had blown over the newest grass, but the shoots are too fragile to withstand either raking or the weight of cut grass.  :/ 

EDIt 6/24/19: Round Two, I got rained out after picking half a bag of mulberries.  I ignored the early warning drops in hopes it would be just a drizzle, but it rained heavier so I got rather wet. However, I did think to cover my shoes with plastic bags, so I didn't get them all muddy this time.  \o/

I saw deer tracks, browsing along the edge of the yard.

EDIT 6/24/19: Round Three, I planted a wild columbine that a friend brought over a few days ago, in the forest garden.  I also planted wildflower seeds, sunflower seeds, and milkweed in the wildflower garden.

EDIT 6/24/19: Round Four, I planted chives and zinnias in the septic garden.

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Here are the character notes for "To Perceive Patterns."

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Here are the setting notes for "To Perceive Patterns."

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Here are the content notes for "To Perceive Patterns."

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 Thanks to an audience poll, you can now read the rest of "Learning the Vocation."  Johan reveals a secret.

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 Thanks to an audience poll, there are 2 new verses in "A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life."  Kenzie draws a comparison.

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[personal profile] janetmiles tipped me to this story, which reminded her of Shaeth. (Hankie warning.) It is haunting and beautiful.

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