June 19th, 2021


Creative Jam

The June 2021 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Identity Crisis." Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.

What I Have Written

"Like a Shook-up Bottle of Soda"
Shiv visits Buttons to explore new flavors of Azure Cap soda.
569 lines, Buy It Now = $285

From My Prompts


Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

Here's an update ...

"A Strong Set of Collective Values" to [personal profile] librarygeek

These are the first two in a triptych about Cas and Ned in the Stronger Wings arc, which would be very helpful to finish while [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is working that arc.
"Who Puts Their Life on the Line" to Anthony & Shirley Barrette
"Becomes the Saving Grace" (opened for microfunding, needs $118 to be complete)

"One Act of Pure Love" is still available.
405 lines, Buy It Now = $203


Community Building Tip: Urban Improvement

For my current set of tips, I'm using the list "101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City.

77. Become a 311 vigilante. Civic reporting apps powered by SeeClickFix have gamified urban improvement in hundreds of U.S. cities—but they rely on people filing reports to work. Ann Arbor resident Rebecca Arends was a SeeClickFix superuser who had reported over 160 issues when she became frustrated by how long it took the city to respond to graffiti complaints. Using data from the app to identify the most vulnerable buildings, she coordinated an effort with the city to cover tags with murals—even enlisting some of the taggers to help paint walls.

Poem: "Who Puts Their Life on the Line"

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It fills the "Lead / Follow" square in my 6-13-21 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem is part of the Stronger Wings arc in the Broken Angels thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It is the first in a set of three, followed by "Becomes the Saving Grace" and "One Act of Pure Love."

Warning: This poem contains graphic violence. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes the Tatters ambushing the Broken Angels, a firefight, graphic violence exceeding canon-typical levels, officer down, standing up in the midst of a shootout to provide cover fire, really messy medical details, rude language, character death (one of the Tatters), soul manipulation for first aid purposes, acute stress reaction, personal care, platonic shared shower, denial, minor freakout, and other challenges. Good care is provided in the aftermath. Don't panic, Ned will be fine. Cas will be fine other than some understandable freaking out. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. This sets up an important plot point, so skipping it would leave a gap.

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Poem: "Becomes the Saving Grace"

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls.  It fills the "Trust" square in my 6-1-21 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem is part of the Stronger Wings arc in the Broken Angels thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.  It is the second in a set of three, between "Who Puts Their Life on the Line" and "One Act of Pure Love."

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The rate is $0.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: Anthony & Shirley Barrette, DW user Librarygeek, and DW user Fuzzyred

466 lines, Buy It Now = $223
Amount donated = $173
Verses posted = 107 of 133 

Amount remaining to fund fully = $50
Amount needed to fund next verse = $2.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $3

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Today is cloudy and mild with a nice breeze, so I can work during the day.  :D  Last night it rained off and on for several hours, which is a big help.

I fed the birds.  I've seen house finches and doves today.

I picked a trolley of sticks out of the raked-up leaves from the yard. 

EDIT 6/19/21 -- I cleared 3 spots in the prairie garden.

EDIT 6/19/21 -- I planted more cypress vine around the support wire.  I cleared 3 more spots in the prairie garden.

EDIT 6/19/21 -- I planted wild grasses and tallgrass prairie wildflower mix in 3 spots. 

EDIT 6/19/21 -- I planted assorted wildflowers in 3 spots. 

It is dark, fireflies are out, and I'm exhausted.  *goflopnow*


Poem: "A Strong Set of Collective Values"

This poem is spillover from the April 6, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "Social Graces" square in my 4-4-21 "Aspects" card for the Genderplay Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Aquariana, Dr. Infanta, and Kraken threads of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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