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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Feathering the Nest today, with a theme of "nonsexual intimacies." Leave prompts, get ficlets!

As always, sponsoring a story involves a suggested penny per word rate. Even for a speed reader, that’s a bargain! For anyone who can’t wait for the next story, I’m always happy to put up sponsored posts. Best of all, if I earn $65 in tips, I will post a bonus story of seven thousand words or more. This month’s story is called “Getting Them Home,” and involves the Schrodinger’s Heroes team becoming stranded in the Polychrome Heroics universe, at least until they can find a way home.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Already Where You Want to Be"
Poem: "A Gravel and Cream Sandwich"
Poem: "The Caliber of People"
Poem: "Puppydog Eyes"
Poem: "The Bravest and Most Lucid Thing"
Poem: "Shattered by the Truth"
Inclusive Design in India
Community Building Tip: Traffic
Poem: "The Best Richness"
Poem: "Not a Drug on Earth"
Poem: "Uptime Girl"
Kcymaerxthaere sites
Thursday Yardening
Emotional Intimacy Question: Top Places
Hard Things


Last week's half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics went well.  It is now closed, but I still have a couple of poems to post.  Thank you for your support.


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics.

"Everyone Can Dance" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv and has 94 new verses. Look, they're waltzing!

"What Survives the Whole Process" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Fortressa and has 13 new verses. Penny releases a playtesting video.


It has rained off and on over the last week.  We got a little more last night, too.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a small flock of mourning doves, several house finches, several sparrows, a pair of goldfinches, and a male cardinal. Currently blooming: violas, petunias, pinks, marigolds, lantana, torenia, million bells, moss rose, firecracker plant, salvia, nasturtiums, gaillardia, clover, morning glories, butterfly weed, cup plant, yellow coneflower, red yarrow, coreopsis, Queen Anne's lace, thistle, naked lady lilies, sunflowers, purple coneflower, purple penstemon, little bluestem grass, and a bunch of other things. Crabapples and apples have green fruit.





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This poem was written in response to the stories "Milk Bottles and Newspapers" and "Calling the Maid" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "WILD CARD: heel" square in my 5-1-18 Roles card for the Pro Wrestling Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] fuzzyred. This poem belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Today is warm and humid, partly cloudy.  I fed birds and walked around the yard.  The Cloud Garden is going, with thistledown floating on the breeze and mosaics of butterflies filling the air.  :D

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It fills the "WILD CARD: 1 The Shaman" square in my 4-30-19 card for the Tarot Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] fuzzyred. This poem belongs to the SPOON thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers and possibly also triggers. It features a badly done spring break spiritual retreat, extreme distress, bad advice, a sweat lodge and spirit quest done without proper precautions, resulting in a spirit guide attached to a young businessman who hate each other, verbal abuse, feelings of going crazy, valid accusations regarding past genocide and other violence with present-day repercussions, test anxiety, a life in ruins, and other angst. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics is officially done.  I just posted the last of the sponsored poems.  \o/  It makes a big difference in lagtime when the pool closes early.  You can go back to the sale page and check to make sure that you've read all the newly posted poems, which are linked from their titles. Thank you all for your support.

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