July 26th, 2021

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Poem: "The Spotlight Can Change Everything"

This poem came out of the November 3, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a discussion with Anonymous. It also fills the "sense of ownership / control" square in my 11-3-20 card for the Sense-Ation Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] erulisse, and [personal profile] edorfaus. It belongs to the China's Mistake arc and the Fortressa thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Poem: "Before the Nature Wants"

This poem came out of the October 2020 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" square in my 10-1-20 card for the Fall Festival Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] erulisse, and [personal profile] edorfaus. It belongs to the Rutledge thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes linguistic and cultural differences, emotional upheavals, references to past bereavement in war, symptoms of traumatic grief, child marriage with a successful and an unsuccessful example, human trafficking, domestic violence, bad husband/father, intent to annul an unwanted marriage, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Monday Update 7-26-21

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Getting to the Next Part of Yourself"
Birdfeeding
Cockatoos Opening Trash Bins
Poem: "The Power of Food to Bring People Together"
Poem: "Caterpillar Park"
Birdfeeding
Community Building Tip: Show Up
Poem: "Everything Turned Upside Down"
Poem: "Bound in Primal Longings"
Poem: "Knitting by the Numbers"
Police Stops Don't Stop Car Crashes
Coping Skills: Assertive
Poetry Fishbowl Themes for Late 2021
Cuddle Party


Last week's half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics went exceptionally well. All but 3 of the poems sold. \o/ This is a huge help to our cash flow, recently struggling due to household hardware problems. I have started posting the sponsored poems -- the first three are up -- but there will be some heat-related delays.

We still have no air conditioning. The temperature got down into the 60s last night but my office only got down to 82F. *headdesk* But at least the low evening temperatures assist in cooling off the great room.


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics at present.

"Rainshadow Road" belongs the Daughters of the Apocalypse series. It introduces Maggot to the Clearwater Caravan.

"A Celebration and a Consolation" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Keira comforts her mother after the breakup.


The weather has been wet here, with heavy rain the night before last. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a small flock of house finches, a few mourning doves, a lady cardinal, and a squirrel. I saw a large flock of goldfinches while we were driving around the countryside -- Cumberland county has some extensive prairie restoration patches of native flowers and grasses. Currently blooming: violas, spiderwort, a couple of white things in the wildflower garden, purple coneflower, yellow coneflower, Shasta daisy, morning glories, blackberry lily, nasturtium, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, Queen Anne's lace, petunia. Blackberries and mulberries are ripe.
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Feathering the Nest

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Feathering the Nest on nonsexual intimacies today. Leave prompts, get ficlets!

If we reach that tip goal, however, I also plan to post “Soda Jerk,” a story about Heron Finn and Buttons’ new job. The length will run 7500-8,000 words when complete, which effectively doubles the number of pages that everyone gets to read. More bang for the buck!
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Poem: "A Vibrant Symbol of the American Dream"

This poem is spillover from the May 4, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter1944, [personal profile] technoshaman, and Anonymous. It also fills the "inventors" square in my 5-1-21 card for the Leaky Pipeline Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] erulisse, and [personal profile] edorfaus. It belongs to the Rutledge thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It is the fifth in a set, after "Escape a Thousand Memories," "Who Can Create the Future," "Good Food Choices Are Good Investments," "Layering Flavors, Tastes, and Textures," and before "The People Who Give You Their Food."

Warning: This poem contains graphic descriptions of delicious Syrian foods that you may or may not be able to obtain.

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