June 15th, 2020


Monday Update 6-15-20

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Community Building Tip: Community Signs
Moment of Silence: Denny O'Neil
Read Superfood Smoothies
Poem: "Ghost Colors"
Self-Awareness Question: Favorite Place
Wedding Traditions
Death Apple
Reducing Risks of Astronomical Suffering
Hard Things

There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics this week.

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics at present.

"Protect the Forests" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. The Iron Horses talk about listening to the forest.

"Pride Against Prejudice" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. The autograph tables are impressive.

The weather has been warm and mostly dry, though we got a sprinkle the other night. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of mourning doves, a flock of sparrows, several blackbirds, several cardinals, several house finches, a pair of goldfinches, a gray catbird, a robin, a brown thrasher, a phoebe, and two squirrels with yellow bellies.  I also saw a barn swallow flying around, and now there is one sitting on the nest under the overhang.  :D  Currently blooming: honeysuckle, comfrey, chives, pinks, violas, butterfly weed, yucca, alyssum, petunia. Mulberries have pink fruit. Blackberries and raspberries have green fruit.


It's another beautiful day, sunny, mild, and calm.

I fed the birds.

We hauled a fallen limb (size of a small tree) out of the streetside yard and cut it up, then walked through and cut down face-height branches.

There are toads everywhere today.  :D 

EDIT 6/15/20 -- Round Two, I picked up sticks in the streetside yard.

EDIT 6/15/20 -- Round Three, I trimmed brush, watered plants, and picked up sticks in the yard by the house.

Fireflies are out, above the ground now.

Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

This week, the poetry of Polychrome Heroics is on sale for half price from Tuesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 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 $34.50 to $283, so hopefully there will be something for everyone.

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 two open epics at present. "Protect the Forests" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. It needs $236 to be complete. "Pride Against Prejudice" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. It needs $109.50 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. If you host a pool, please close it the day before the sale closes, so you have time to collect funds and turn them in on time.

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.

Linkback perk: The following poems have verses left to reveal. Boost the signal for this half-price sale and tell me which poem you want to extend.
"Mysterious and Impermanent"
"Greater Than the Sum"
"A Lively Feast"
"Always Carry Your Goodness"
"Crossroads on the Hero's Journey"
"The Arc of the Mental Universe"
"So Often Alone"
"Mr. Ian Woon and the Excellent Adventure"
"The Bushfire Shawl"
"Putting Everything in Its Place"
"The Wingspan Wrap"
"Everything That Blooms"

About characters and storylines: The storylines feature multiple characters, so if you want poems about ONE specific character, look closely. The thumbnail descriptions here give some indication who features in each poem. The storyline pages are adding precise, complete information about which characters appear in each poem. If you need more than what's already visible, you can ask me.

About timing: If you want maximum choice, shop early. We usually send a batch of things to my parents near the end of a sale, and those poems will be posted as I have time.

About pools: Yes, you can combine your funds with other prompters to get the quarter-price rate. Yes, you can combine your funds with other prompters to buy a bigger poem. Yes, you can offer to match donations by other people. However, the wordsmith is not also a math whiz! After several attempts to find a way that I can work with pools and matches, I have concluded that this is over my head. (I did figure out how to avoid generating fractional pennies, though: all initial prices are now whole dollars, which means they cut evenly into halves and quarters.) So if you want to host a pool or a match, make a post for that in your blog or other venue, then comment here with what you're doing and include a link to wherever the discussion will be. You figure out the poems, you collect the funds, and when stuff is fully funded, you send me the money and the list of what it's for. Then I'll post the goodies. Please close the pool by the end of the sale, so I can start posting pool poems no later than the day after the sale.

Before placing your order, please check this sale page to see what is still unsold! I will try to update the page as things sell, and it's likely to be the case that some poems will be marked SOLD before appearing in posts. People often buy things in batches, which means that selling gets ahead of posting. Also sometimes people ask for the same thing at the same time, so that not all overlaps are preventable. If you have alternate instructions in case you request something that has just sold, please include that in your message; otherwise I'll email you back and ask what you want to do.

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 Berettaflies, the Big One, Cuoio and Chiara, and Shiv.

Poems that unlock sequels: "Make a New Bucket," "The Mixture of Spices, the Subtle Flavors"

Poems that have prerequisites: "Perfetta Vita," "Delicious Nemeses"

20 poems, $4,636 ÷ 2 = $2,318
prices from $34.50 to $283

BERETTAFLIES (2 poems, was $273, sale price $136.50)

"At the Heart of Repentance"
Story Date: Monday, December 15, 2014
Summary: An Easy City newspaper makes a concrete apology to Haruko.
144 lines, was $72, sale price $36

"Rolling Darwin's Dice"
Story Date: Monday, January 26, 2015
Wayne and Stylet discuss a college writing project, which gets interrupted by a phone call about tiny, terrifying dinosaurs.
403 lines, was $201, sale $100.50

THE BIG ONE (2 poems, was $416, sale price $208)

"If Someone Else Thinks You Can Do the Job"
Story Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016, 4:00 PM in Berkeley, California
When an earthquake strikes, Tam takes over practicalities, and then finds emself stuck with the leadership role.
169 lines, was $85, sale price $42.50 POOL with Fuzzyred & ng_moonmoth

"Gone the Sun"
Story Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Valor's Widow organizes the funeral for Granny Whammy.
662 lines, was $331, sale price $165.50 POOL with Fuzzyred & ng_moonmoth

CUOIO AND CHIARA (3 poems, was $665, sale price $332.50)

"If the Scar Is Deep"
Story Date: Sunday, August 3, 2014
Guests bring gifts for Pomarola, and a momentous message arrives.
340 lines, was $170, sale price $85 SOLD to janetmiles

"Make a New Bucket"
Story Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Cuoio gets a promotion and a new gang member. Then he realizes that he needs a bigger house.
445 lines, was $223, sale price $111.50 POOL with Fuzzyred & ng_moonmoth

"Perfetta Vita"
Story Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Cuoio and his gang go househunting among the properties that the Family holds in town.
544 lines, was $272, sale price $136
Available for publication after "Make a New Bucket" has been sponsored and posted.

KRAKEN (1 poem, was $290, sale price $145)

"The Wings of Transformation"
This is the story of how Kennedy connects with Kraken.
580 lines, was $290, sale price $145  HOLD for Soupshue

SHIV (9 poems, was $2,728, sale price $1,364)

"The Cutting of the Gem"
Story Date: Monday, February 9, 2015
Tolli takes Shiv to a rock and gem shop.
555 lines, was $278, sale price $139

"Wanting a Little of Everything"
Story Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
After several casual meetings, Shiv and Luci finally get together with Bennett for a deeper discussion about kink in general and switching in particular.
1132 lines, was $566, sale price $283

"A Fresh Opportunity to Make a Mark"
Story Date: Monday, June 1, 2015
Shiv's first day in Motor City has some ups and downs.
551 lines, was $276, sale price $138

"Those Tiny, Negative Elements"
When Shiv makes a mistake in Motor City, he tries to make up for it according to local custom. It does not go well.
963 lines, was $482, sale price $241

"The Mixture of Spices, the Subtle Flavors"
Story Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Summary: Pain's Gray and Shiv discover Indian food.
370 lines, was $185, sale price $92.50 POOL with Fuzzyred & ng_moonmoth

"Delicious Nemeses"
Story Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Immediately follows "The Mixture of Spices, the Subtle Flavors"
Summary: Gray wants to try making Indian food at home, and Shiv helps.
351 lines, was $176, sale price $88 POOL with Fuzzyred & ng_moonmoth
Available for publication after "The Mixture of Spices, the Subtle Flavors" has been sponsored and posted.

"For Want of a Shoe"
Story Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015
When Judd loses a shoe, Alicia takes him to Tolli for a replacement.
294 lines, was $147, sale price $73.50

Story Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Summary: Shiv talks to Aidan and Dr. G about why he doesn't like church or priests.
(Warning for graphic implications of child abuse.)
520 lines, was $260, sale price $130 SOLD for Mom & Dad

"Not So Much in Words"
Story Date: Friday, November 13, 2015
Shiv struggles to handle his first night as Head of Security at Blues Moon, but he has good backup.
716 lines, was $358, sale price $179

STRANGE FAMILY (3 poems, was $264, sale price $132)

"From Many Emotional Colors"
Story Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Summary: Genna and Dom stumble across a batik class on the beach.
137 lines, was $69, sale price $34.50

"The Cardinal Sin of Satanism"
Story Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Summary: While seeking new spiritual resources, Genna stumbles across the local Satanists. She is disturbed by how much she has in common with them.
231 lines, was $116, sale price $58

"Independence, Dignity, and Freedom of Spirit"
Story Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Summary: Genna introduces Hatter to a cat therapist.
158 lines, was $79, sale price $39.50


Hurt Comfort Bingo Card 6-15-20

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, lengths vary by format. Read the rules here. (See all my 2020 bingo cards.)

Round 11: June 15, 2020 to January 5, 2021
Sign ups: cards can be requested anytime before January 5, 2021
Amnesty Period: Jan 5, 2021 to June 10-15, 2021

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.

heart attack / heart trouble dehumanization dungeons forbidden love imprisonment
chronic illness / pain locked in a box experiments by evil scientists magical trouble broken bones
shock collars forced to uncover past trauma WILD CARD poisoning dystopia
nightmares abandonment issues stalkers trust issues lost childhood
archaic medical treatment tyranny / rebellion loss of hearing coughing up blood therapy


Today's Smoothie

Today we made a smoothie with:

1 cup light vanilla yogurt
1 cup Ceres guava juice blend
1 mandarin orange
3/4 cup Great Value mixed fruit (pineapple, strawberries, peaches, mango)
1 teaspoon goji berry powder
a blob of Imperial Dragon coconut milk

After reading the smoothie cookbook, I wanted to try goji berries, which I've seen elsewhere.  So we got whole ones and powder.  The powder just has a vague fruity taste and basically disappears into the smoothie. 

This one is light pinkish-orange, a little thicker than juice, with a very nice tropical flavor.  It took a lot of blending, though, and I'm not sure why.  (Using two frozen fruits will do that, which is why we usually mix fresh and frozen.)