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2015 Holiday Poetry Sale

The Holiday Poetry Sale is now CLOSED. I am still posting sponsored poems, though. Thank you for your support, and happy Chrismahanakwanzikah to you!

A silver lantern glazed with cobalt glass panes sends a flickering blue light over the snow...

Welcome to the 2015 Holiday Poetry Sale! Today through Sunday, December 20, my remaining fishbowl poems from 2015 are half price. So are poems from the Creative Jam and other activities. Especially check out the epics; they range $17 to $246.50, so if you've been yearning for an epic of your very own, now's the time!  For those of you with just a few dollars to spend, we're starting with four poems at $2.50 and five at $5.  Also you can open an epic for microfunding; there is one currently open, "Holding Hope and Love" in Polychrome Heroics. "Unfit Proxies" in The Ocracies is now complete!  So anything goes.  Epics keep the price they're opened at, even if they don't finish during the sale.  Thumbnail descriptions of the individual poems mostly appear on their respective unsold poetry pages, as linked.



Linkback Perk: Here are some open linkback poems:
"Full of Grace" (NOW COMPLETE!)
"The Least of These" (NOW COMPLETE!)
"The Open Secret" (NOW COMPLETE!)
If you participate in the Holiday Poetry Sale, you can reveal a verse of any one; just remember to tell me what you did and which poem you wish to extend.  Linking to this post from any venue counts.  So does sponsoring a poem.

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.  Sometimes people who like a particular character or size of poem will stock up, and that kind may sell out.

Fair warning: Math is not my forte, and this event includes a lot of numbers.  So don't be surprised if I scramble something.  Just tell me, and I'll fix it as best I can.

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.

Quarter-price Sale: If you spend $100 or more in this sale, you can cut the SALE price in half, buying poems at quarter-price instead of half-price.  So for instance, a poem originally $20 would be $10 in the half-price sale and $5 in the quarter-price version.  Yes, we can afford that; there is a huge heap of poems here, and the quarter-price option is proving quite popular in the big sales.  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 want to buy a poem as a gift for someone, let me know; I can dedicate it to anyone you wish, with or without naming you as the giver. Both the giver and the recipient count as donors for the purpose of perks such as nonexclusive reprint rights. That means if you buy a poem for someone else, you can post it on your blog or website for them, or they can post it on theirs, in addition to it appearing here. Here is a PayPal button for your convenience, or you may contact me for other payment options. (I'm just offering prewritten poetry this time, not scrapbook pages this late in the season.) Please specify which poem(s) you want and the SALE price.






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 listed those poems in their sequential sets.

The following poems are left over from projects throughout 2015 (plus December 2014). If you don't see a poem that you remember fondly, it may have been submitted to another market, but you can ask me to double-check. The same applies to poems from previous years; just ask if you want one.

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POEMS BY PRICE

$5 Poems SALE! $2.50
"Heart upon a Chain" (Nine for the Nebula's Heart) -- 8 lines, was $5, sale $2.50
"Looming Futures" -- 10 lines, was $5, sale $2.50
"Straws and Stars" (Nine for the Nebula's Heart) --10 lines, was $5, sale $2.50
"Three Times" -- 10 lines, was $5, $2.50

$10 Poems SALE! $5.00
"After the Work Is Done" (Hart's Farm) -- 25 lines, was $10, sale $5 SOLD
"Common Waters" (The Ocracies) -- 24 lines, was $10, sale $5
"Dying by Fire" (Nine for the Nebula's Heart) -- 18 lines, was $10, sale $5
"A Gentle Fall of Rain"-- 20 lines, was $10, was $5 SOLD
"Logical Impossibilities" -- 18 lines, was $10, sale $5 SOLD

$15 Poems SALE! $7.50
"Awaiting the Call" -- 32 lines, was $15, sale $7.50
"The Big Crunch" -- 32 lines, was $15, sale $7.50
"Changeling Fishes" (The Inkseer) -- 27 lines, was $15, sale $7.50
"Crossed Stitches" (Monster House) -- 39 lines, was $15, sale $7.50 SOLD
"An Eye Toward the Future" -- 30 lines, was $15, sale $7.50
"A Little Spark of Which" -- 29 lines, was $15, sale $7.50
"Spider Granddaughter" -- 30 lines, was $15, sale $7.50 SOLD
"Spinning Family" (Torn World) -- 37 lines, was $15, sale $7.50
"The Sweater Superstition" -- 28 lines, was $15, sale $7.50
"Think Like a Bird" (Heliodrax) -- 33 lines, was $15, sale $7.50
"Moving Pictures" (Heliodrax) -- 26 lines, was $15, sale $7.50

$20 Poems SALE! $10.00
"All Other Things Being Equal" -- 51 lines, was $20, sale $10
"The Entrapment of Future Potential" -- 48 lines, was $20, sale $10
"If Old Hymns You Like" -- 45 lines, was $20, sale $10
"Like Jewels on a Ring" (The Blueshift Troupers) -- 52 lines, was $20, sale $10 SOLD
"Loki's Gender" -- 43 lines, was $20, sale $10 SOLD
"Raising the Future" (Torn World) -- 54 lines, was $20, sale $10 SOLD
"Strange Aeons" -- 51 lines, was $20, sale $10
"The Tenth Dimension" (Nine for the Nebula's Heart) -- 50 lines, was $20, sale $10
"The Thread of the Seasons" (Hart's Farm) -- 50 lines, was $20, sale $10
"Why the Wind Sings" (Heliodrax) -- 42 lines, was $20, sale $10
"Windsight" (Heliodrax) -- 42 lines, was $20, sale $10

EPICS (prices next to title)
Sorted by SALE PRICE, then alphabetically if needed.

"The Omnicidal Maniac's Guide to the Afterlife" -- 68 lines, was $34, sale $17 SOLD
"The Discontinuity of Science" (Torn World) -- 70 lines, was $35, sale $17.50 SOLD
"What I Can Ethically Read Aloud" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 74 lines, was $37, sale $18.50 SOLD
"Rebound Relations" (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis) -- 86 lines, was $43, sale $21.50 SOLD
"Strong and Fragile" (Schrodinger's Heroes story) -- 1,570 words, was $47.10, sale $23.55 SOLD
"Los Despiertos" (Schrodinger's Heroes) -- 100 lines, was $50, sale $25
"As a Model for Others" (Schrodinger's Heroes) -- 104 lines, was $52, sale $26
"A Precious Princess of Pulleys and Gears" (The Steamsmith) -- 58 lines, was $58, sale $29
"Always Something Beautiful" (Polychrome Heroics) --128 lines, was $64, sale $32 SOLD
"Composing a Movement" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 128 lines, was $64, sale $32
"Forging Ahead" (Path of the Paladins) -- 140 lines, 35 verses, was $70, sale $35 SOLD
"To Put Together a Family" (Monster House) -- 144 lines, was $72, sale $36 SOLD
"Pillow Talk" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 150 lines, was $75, sale $37.50
"Two People Collude" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 158 lines, was $79, sale $39.50 SOLD
"A Faithful Friend and a Good Library" (Schrodinger's Heroes) -- 162 lines, was $81, sale $40.50
"Pinpoints of Light" (The Blueshift Troupers) -- 170 lines, was $85, sale $42.50
"The Language of Resistance" (The Godship Wanderers) -- 178 lines, was $89, was $44.50 SOLD
"The More Difficult Boundaries" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 178 lines, was $89, sale $44.50 SOLD
"Jarred" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 180 lines, was $90, sale $45
"The Thief of Tomorrowmorrow" (The Guardians of Tomorrowmorrow) -- 198 lines, was $99, sale $49.50 SOLD
"How You Combine Them" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 202 lines, was $101, sale $50.50
"What Makes a Team Work" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 212 lines, was $106, sale $53
"Between the Visible and Invisible" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 234 lines, was $117, sale $58.50
"The Limits That It Discovers In Itself" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 236 lines, was $118, sale $59 SOLD
"What We Achieve Inwardly" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 258 lines, was $129, sale $64.50 SOLD
"Laughing at What You Haven't Got" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 260 lines, was $130, sale $65 SOLD
"Damaged Control" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 324 lines, was $162, sale $81 SOLD
"The Most Powerful Force Available" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 334 lines, was $167, sale $83.50 SOLD
"No Matter How Annoying" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 350 lines, was $175, sale $87.50
"To Change the Audience" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 400 lines, was $200, sale $100 SOLD
"Moments When the World Is Made Whole" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 436 lines, was $218, sale $109
"The Responsibility Which Audiences Have Put on Us" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 444 lines, was $222, sale $111 SOLD
"Some Ancient Urge" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 450 lines, was $225, sale $112.50 SOLD
"Returning to a Familiar Sense" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 464 lines, was $232, sale $116 SOLD
"When We Get the Rough Times" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 464 lines, was $232, sale $116 SOLD
"Switching Out" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 478 lines, was $239, sale $119.50 SOLD
"No Feeling of Being Alive" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 810 lines, was $405, sale $202.50
"From the Deepest Parts of Ourselves" (Polychrome Heroics) -- 986 lines, was $493, sale $246.50

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POEMS BY STORYLINE
Note: There are a few in here not listed elsewhere, as they were written outside the regular prompt calls.


ANTIMATTER & STALWART STAN (SHIV) (8 poems, was $1114, sale $557)

"Returning to a Familiar Sense"
Ambrose brings the machete to Shiv for confirmation that it's his.
464 lines, was $232, sale $116 SOLD

"What I Can Ethically Read Aloud"
After Shiv's lesson in metallurgy, Travis Vanburen asks Tolliver for some advice in how to best approach helping Shiv.
74 lines, was $37, sale $18.50 SOLD

"The More Difficult Boundaries"
Travis follows up on Tolliver's advice to ask Ambrose for suggestions.
178 lines, was $89, sale $44.50 SOLD

"Laughing at What You Haven't Got"
Shiv gets sent a funny video and shares it with the other inmates.
260 lines, was $130, sale $65 SOLD

"The Limits That It Discovers In Itself"
When Shiv finally acts out, Travis has to make sure things don't go wrong. Unsure whether he handled things well, he seeks out Ambrose's help again.
236 lines, was $118, sale $59 SOLD

"To Change the Audience"
After Shiv acts out, Ambrose attempts to teach him about healthy boundaries.
400 lines, was $200, sale $100 SOLD

"Moments When the World Is Made Whole"
Travis takes Shiv out to the exercise yard. They have some ups and downs, but it mostly goes well.
436 lines, was $218, sale $109

"Jarred"
Getting out of prison shakes him up more than Shiv wants to admit, but he has a few coping skills now -- and an unexpected source of support.
180 lines, was $90, sale $45
Available for posting after the poem "Moments When the World Is Made Whole" have been sponsored and published.


BERETTAFLIES (2 poems, was $208, sale $104)

"Two People Collude"
Facet meets his new protégé, Adalina. It doesn't go as well as he'd hoped, but things aren't all bad.
158 lines, was $79, sale $39.50 SOLD

"What We Achieve Inwardly"
Facet and Adalina continue to work on their relationship.
258 lines, was $129, sale $64.50 SOLD


CUOIO & CHIARA (2 poems, was $300, sale $150)

"Some Ancient Urge"
Cuoio and Chiara visit a public beach ... and then a private one.  Spicy action ensues.
450 lines, was $225, sale $112.50 SOLD

"Pillow Talk"
Chiara is teaching Cuoio how to talk about desires and feelings.
150 lines, was $75, sale $37.50


OFFICER PINK (4 poems, was $1062, sale $531)

"When We Get the Rough Times"
Ansel and Chief De Soto discuss how the incident went and what could be done better in the future. Also Skippy is really, really serious about his role as soup mentor.
464 lines, was $232, sale $116 SOLD

"Damaged Control"
After the altercation in the park, Turq gets back in touch with Ansel, who finds out why Turq is such a wreck.
324 lines, was $162, sale $81 SOLD

"No Matter How Annoying"
Turq is being a pain in the tail, but he is a wreck. Ansel does his best to help.
350 lines, was $175, sale $87.50

"From the Deepest Parts of Ourselves"
Ansel takes Turq on a tour of Bluehill's downtown neighborhood, Cambridge Commons, to show him where the local resources are.
986 lines, was $493, sale $246.50
Available for posting after "No Matter How Annoying" has been sponsored and published.


PAIN'S GRAY (4 poems, was $851, sale $425.50)

"Switching Out"
Ricasso thinks it's time to deal with Marcus's betrayal. He offers Marcus a choice. Gray may have lost a friend, but he is not alone.
478 lines, was $239, sale $119.50 SOLD

"How You Combine Them"
Being a good patient drives Gray a little stir-crazy and he signs up for pastry classes.
202 lines, was $101, sale $50.50

"What Makes a Team Work"
Gray gets the casts off, celebrates by making chocolate macarons, and thinks about teamwork.
212 lines, was $106, sale $53
Available for posting after "How You Combine Them" has been sponsored and published.

"No Feeling of Being Alive"
Ricasso asks Gray to help with another gang member who has blunted feelings, which makes Side-eye gravitate toward pain because it gets through to him.
810 lines, was $405, sale $202.50
Available for posting after "How You Combine Them" and "What Makes a Team Work" have been sponsored and published.

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POETRY FISHBOWL (38 poems, was $2684, sale $1342)

December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl

"After the Work Is Done" (Hart's Farm)
Your Hart's Farm prompt actually turned into a poem about games in all four seasons.  "After the Work Is Done" is written in free verse.
25 lines, was $10, sale $5 SOLD

January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

"Awaiting the Call"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Awaiting the Call." It speaks of different heroes and how the time before the journey prepares them for what is to come.
32 lines, was $15, sale $7.50

"A Faithful Friend and a Good Library"
Your request for Eric inspired the free-verse poem "A Faithful Friend and a Good Library." Eric and TeJay plant a butterfly garden, get Eric a library card, and find some fun new ways to spend time together.
162 lines, was $81, sale $40.50

Eric scraped his shovel along the deep bed
that would soon become a butterfly garden.
They'd had to loosen the soil with pickaxes
before they could start digging it out.

He was bored half to death,
and the job was nowhere near done.
"Hey TeJay, who's your best friend?"

"A Precious Princess of Pulleys and Gears"
Your building prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Precious Princess of Pulleys and Gears." Herr Drosselmeyer's nephew has brought forth an impressive automaton.
58 lines, was $58, sale $29

Herr Drosselmeyer's nephew
came to London on business, but
brought with him a private pleasure.

The automaton clearly drew inspiration
from his uncle's model, yet showed
far more grace and precision,
her construction a work of art
as much as practicality
.


February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

"Changeling Fishes"
From this came the free-verse poem "Changeling Fishes." The seer is strange in her own ways, but she sympathizes with the fish who change their sex. When a change comes to her life, she is ready for it.
27 lines, was $15, sale $7.50

"Loki's Gender"
From a DW prompt came the free-verse poem "Loki's Gender." It explores the ways he doesn't fit into expected gender roles.
43 lines, was $20, sale $10 SOLD

"Raising the Future"
From your pressure prompt I got the free-verse poem "Raising the Future," in which Demaree invents the profession of raiser.
54 lines, was $20, sale $10 SOLD


March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

"The Discontinuity of Science" (Torn World)
The Upheaval prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Discontinuity of Science." Two people who are really just low-grade observation techs get a sideline view of the disaster as their technology tears itself apart.
70 lines, was $35, sale $17.50 SOLD

Efeilyu made the last few
delicate connections to bring
his monitor screens active,
then signaled the lab
that everything was ready.

Teloim jittered in her seat,
checking and rechecking
equipment that was already set.


April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

"Awakening the Sleepers"
Several DW prompts combined to inspire the free-verse poem "Awakening the Sleepers." It speaks of how languages fade, and sometimes return.
48 lines, was $20, was $10

"A Gentle Fall of Rain"
A backchannel prompt inspired the poem "A Gentle Fall of Rain" about how verbal self-defense works. It is written in alternating stanzas of three and two lines.
20 lines, was $10, was $5 SOLD

"The Language of Resistance"
A DW prompt about the Godship Wanderers inspired the free-verse poem "The Language of Resistance." Two groups of escaped slaves meet in space for trade and socializing, helping each other along the way.
178 lines, was $89, was $44.50 SOLD

Netta and Chung-Cha worked together
to help people communicate, splicing
the language of resistance from bits of
English and Yiddish and German
and all the rest spoken by those
who had until recently been slaves
.

"Three Times"
From this I got the poem "Three Times," written in unrhymed couplets. All I had to do was put a beginning and an end around the middle! Because of course there are a few more necessary players. :D
10 lines, was $5, $2.50


June 2, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

"Always Something Beautiful"
A DW prompt about Valentina inspired the free-verse poem "Always Something Beautiful." She volunteers to help the veterans prepare for a dance, and they come up with other possible uses for her superpower.
128 lines, was $64, sale $32 SOLD

On Friday evening, Valentina went
to Laguardia Residence Hall.

A dance was scheduled for later
that night, for any veterans who
wished to participate along with
volunteers from student clubs.

"An Eye Toward the Future"
This inspired the free-verse poem "An Eye Toward the Future." It is basically a celebration of the evolution of the eyeball.
30 lines, was $15, sale $7.50

"Jarred"
A backchannel prompt from DW user Lynnoconnacht about Shiv inspired the free-verse poem "Jarred." Getting out of prison shakes him up more than he wants to admit, but he has a few coping skills now -- and an unexpected source of support.
180 lines, was $90, sale $45
Available for posting after the poem "Moments When the World Is Made Whole" has been sponsored and published.

When Shiv got out of prison,
the first thing he did was
to look for a gas station.

He didn't need gas;
he could get home on a bus.
He needed comfort food
.

"Rebound Relations"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Rebound Relations." Shaeth is not pleased to find one of his evil cultists draped over the temple threshold. But sometimes, once you've picked people up, they really don't want you to put them down again...
86 lines, was $43, sale $21.50 SOLD

Shaeth thought that his old life
was over and done with, except that
bits of it kept washing up in his new life
when he least expected it.

He stared at the evil cultist
passed out on the temple threshold
and wondered what to do
.

"Some Ancient Urge"
Your prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "Some Ancient Urge." Cuoio and Chiara enjoy a trip to the beach, further discussion about professional and cultural dynamics, some lovely Sicilian scenery ... and the next step forward.
450 lines, was $225, sale $112.50

"Want to do a couples exercise
for our third date?" Chiara said,
her breath tickling warm
over Cuoio's ear.

"Okay," he said.
He had no idea what
she was talking about,
but he was eager to find out.


July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

"The Big Crunch"
A DW prompt about final endings piqued my interest. What do you do when your story is done, but the publisher wants MORE? "The Big Crunch" is written in free verse.
32 lines, was $15, sale $7.50

"A Little Spark of Which"
From a DW prompt I got the free-verse poem "A Little Spark of Which." Reality unmakes and makes itself, and it is beautiful.
29 lines, was $15, sale $7.50

"Los Despiertos"
A little oblique, but this inspired the free-verse poem "Los Despiertos." There's a strange incursion in Waxahachie, Alex wants nothing to do with zombies, Kay insists they aren't zombies, and Chris' cousins get into trouble again.
100 lines, was $50, sale $25

Strange sightings always resulted
in calls to the Tef, but this time
something was different.

There were strangers exploring
Waxahachie, people with
pale skin and silver-bright eyes,
and a couple of reports said
that if anyone picked a fight
with them, they tended to bite.

"The Omnicidal Maniac's Guide to the Afterlife"
Your evil genius prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Omnicidal Maniac's Guide to the Afterlife." Except that Horace is really more of a not-very-good idiot. He destroys the world out of sheer boredom, and then has to face the consequences.
68 lines, was $34, sale $17 SOLD

Horace didn't set out
to become and omnicidal maniac,
but the boredom drove him crazy
and he began inventing things

just because he could,
without stopping to think
whether he should
.

"Spider Granddaughter"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Spider Granddaughter." What happens with the older powers ignore a young goddess? Nothing good.
30 lines, was $15, sale $7.50 SOLD


July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

"As a Model for Others"
TeJay takes Eric to a presentation on Rosa Parks Day, where they discuss issues of oppression and equality.  "As a Model for Others" is written in free verse.
104 lines, was $52, sale $26

TeJay knows that Eric's mind
is mostly on Christmas, and
that's okay as far as it goes.

He knows darn well
that doesn't go as far as it used to,
though, and TeJay feels a bit
responsible for that
.

"Forging Ahead"
Based on your paladins prompt, I took the opportunity to write the poem in which Ari gets her star sword and full status as a paladin. "Forging Ahead" is written in unrhymed quatrains.
140 lines, 35 verses, was $70, sale $35 SOLD

It had been just over a year
since their first meeting when
Shahana declared the end
of Ari's time as a novice.

"You are ready to become
a paladin in your own right,"
said Shahana. "It is time
to get you a proper sword."

"If Old Hymns You Like"
From this I got the free-verse poem "If Old Hymns You Like." It's an exploration of how badly people speak of Loki, and what the words really mean if you look a little closer.
45 lines, was $20, sale $10


August 4, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

"Spinning Family"
Your age-set prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Spinning Family."  It describes the primary social connection for Northerners.
37 lines, was $15, sale $7.50

"To Put Together a Family"
A Monster House prompt inspired the free-verse poem "To Put Together a Family."  An unsympathetic home leads the nephew to seek refuge in the house on Hollow Oak Drive.  Fortunately SOME people know what family is all about.
144 lines, was $72, sale $36 SOLD

In the coldest, darkest part of January
my nephew showed up on the porch.

In his shirtsleeves.
Shivering.

I pulled him into the living room
and said, "What the heck is going on?"

"When We Get the Rough Times"
This features Ansel and Chief De Soto discussing how the incident went and what could be done better in the future.  Also Skippy is really, really serious about his role as soup mentor.
464 lines, was $232, sale $116 SOLD

Ansel woke to find himself
stretched out in a hospital bed
with Chief De Soto sitting beside him
reading a children's magazine.

He felt worse than that time when he had
accidentally gotten shot with a zatzer in training.
His whole body felt half-numb and prickly,
like a foot that had fallen asleep and was
just beginning to wake up and complain
.


September 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

"Crossed Stitches"
Your sewing prompt combined with several others to create the free-verse poem "Crossed Stitches." The daughter of Monster House learns how to work science and magic through needle and thread.
39 lines, was $15, sale $7.50 SOLD

"Looming Futures"
A couple of Dreamwidth prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Looming Futures." It suggests how the Moirai used a jaquard loom to launch the computer age.
10 lines, was $5, sale $2.50

"The Responsibility Which Audiences Have Put on Us"
Your award prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Responsibility Which Audiences Have Put on Us." A group of unscrupulous men have tried to rig the prestigious Eisner Prize for sequential art. The Puppetmaster and his Marionettes intervene.
444 lines, was $222, sale $111 SOLD

The Puppetmaster sat behind a folding screen
of fine paper printed with a bucolic Italian waterfront.
This scenario allowed him to speak freely without exposing
his identity to anyone outside of his innermost circle:
his first line of defense as a supervillain.

"What do you need, boss?" Pazzesco asked
from the far side of the screen.

"The Sweater Superstition"
A couple of DW prompts inspired the chain poem "The Sweater Superstition." A woman finds a way to make the sweater curse into a blessing.
28 lines, was $15, sale $7.50

"The Thread of the Seasons"
For Hart's Farm I wrote the free-verse poem "The Thread of the Seasons" about all the work that people do with their wool.
50 lines, was $20, sale $10


October 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

"Between the Visible and Invisible"
Your voodoo prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Between the Visible and Invisible."  Flambeaux and Rougarou set out to stop Wanga from hexing people, but they need some help from a skull-and-bones gang.
234 lines, was $117, sale $58.50

Flambeaux was out on the gallery
of Lagniappe's family home when
Mudslinger came to ask for help.

"Sorry I'm late for the meeting,"
Mudslinger said, "but that Wanga
is raising Cain in Slidell again, and
I don't know any hexbreakers.
Half the time I cain't even find
the saleau  before he gone."


October 20, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

"Common Waters"
A DW prompt inspired the sea chantey "Common Waters," written in double-ballad form with refrains in the 2-4 lines.  You could seriously haul rope in time to this song.  It talks about life on the waves and the importance of cooperation.
24 lines, was $10, sale $5


November 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

"All Other Things Being Equal"
Your prompt about pay inspired the free-verse poem "All Other Things Being Equal."  It's about history, discrimination, and the march into the future.
51 lines, was $20, sale $10

"The Entrapment of Future Potential"
This contributed to the free-verse poem "The Entrapment of Future Potential."  It's a look at how modern conveniences ensnare people.
48 lines, was $20, sale $10

"Like Jewels on a Ring"
This contributed to the ballad "Like Jewels on a Ring."  It's a little tour of the future in The Blueshift Troupers.
52 lines, was $20, sale $10 SOLD

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CREATIVE JAM (23 poems, 1 story, was $2059.10, sale $1029.55)

January 17th, 2015

"Windsight"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Windsight." A young Heliodrax named Merle makes lir First Flight.
42 lines, was $20, sale $10

"Dying by Fire"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Dying by Fire." Nakahara remembers killing someone with her fire magic.
18 lines, was $10, sale $5

"The Thief of Tomorrowmorrow"
Your prompt about stealing dreams inspired the free-verse poem "The Thief of Tomorrowmorrow." Timmy faces a stern principal and a beautiful, mysterious box.
198 lines, was $99, sale $49.50 SOLD

Timmy tiptoed into the principal's office.
Mr. Brown was on the phone, and
Timmy was trying to be quiet,
so as not to get into any more trouble
than he was already in.

When Mr. Brown pointed,
Timmy sat in a chair.
He was only in first grade,
so his feet did not reach the floor.
He kicked his heels against
the chair leg -- tap, tap, tap.

"Strange Aeons"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Strange Aeons." When languages dream, some of those dreams are nightmares.
51 lines, was $20, sale $10


February 14th, 2015

"Heart upon a Chain"
This mixed with Nine for the Nebula's Heart to inspire the indriso "Heart upon a Chain." Some time after the quest, Paul gives the Heart to someone else.
8 lines, was $5, sale $2.50

March 14th, 2015

"Why the Wind Sings"
A Heliodrax prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Why the Wind Sings." Merle studies weather on the island of Nauru.
42 lines, was $20, sale $10

"The Tenth Dimension"
A prompt about Nine for the Nebula's Heart led to the free-verse poem "The Tenth Dimension." The Nebula's Heart declares that none of the current questers are suitable and sends them out to find another.
50 lines, was $20, sale $10


April 18th, 2015

"Logical Impossibilities"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Logical Impossibilities." It explores some oddities of nature and how science is always learning more.
18 lines, was $10, sale $5 SOLD

"Straws and Stars"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Straws and Stars" about hunting for the Nebula's Heart like a needle in a haystack.
10 lines, was $5, sale $2.50

"Think Like a Bird"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Think Like a Bird." Merle goes to Tanzania to study birds and African mythology about them.
33 lines, was $15, sale $7.50


May 16th, 2015

"Pinpoints of Light"
"Pinpoints of Light" is a free-verse poem in which the Blueshift Troupers visit an alien planet, run into trouble, and find unexpected allies.
170 lines, was $85, sale $42.50

They lived together so much,
cradled inside a hiveship, that
once in a while they needed
to enjoy some private time.

The Omphalos  would find
some unsettled or at least
sparsely settled planet and
set them down in the pinnace.

"Moving Pictures"
Your prompt about innermost hearts inspired the free-verse poem "Moving Pictures." Merle likes to study humanity by watching movies.
26 lines, was $15, sale $7.50


June 20th, 2015

"Strong and Fragile"
From this I got the story "Strong and Fragile." Eric and TeJay go into town with Uncle Chris to buy supplies. There they run into some of Eric's old friends. The encounter does not go as Eric expects. There's a lot of tension, but you can really see the relationship between Eric and TeJay progressing.
1,570 words, was $47.10, sale $23.55 SOLD

"Switching Out"
Ricasso calls Gray and Marcus into his office to resolve what Marcus did to Gray.  It does not go well.
478 lines, was $239, sale $119.50 SOLD

It took several days after the beating
before Gray recovered enough to regain
his focus and leave his bed for more
than a few minutes at a time.

He spent most of those early days
sleeping, eating, watching television, and
trying to get a handle on his new superpower.

"How You Combine Them"
Gray deals with the aftermath of his situation, struggles with sleep disturbances, and decides to take a class on pastry cooking.  All the fluffy fluffness, with frosting on it!  And cream filling!  But they are still supervillains.
202 lines, was $101, sale $50.50

Gray healed amazingly fast,
and he wasn't sure how much of it
was due to his new superpower
just because soups often healed well,
and how much of it was because of
the lacy black casts encasing his forearms.

"What Makes a Team Work"
While recovering, Gray works in Ricasso's office until the casts come off.  Then he celebrates by baking chocolate macarons, and mulls over how to fit his new superpower into the gang's operations.
212 lines, was $106, sale $53

Gray sat at the secretary desk
in Ricasso's office that served as
a spare work station for anyone
too injured to go out in the field but
recovered enough for light tasks.

As soon as his arms healed enough
that moving his fingers no longer hurt,
Thriver had cleared him for desk duty,
first in short spans, then longer, and
now Gray could get through a full shift.

"No Feeling of Being Alive"
With the casts finally off, Gray is allowed back into the gym.  After that, though, Ricasso wants his help with another gang member, because Side-eye's blunted feelings make him crave intense stimulation.  Gray discovers a few other things besides pure pain that get through to him.
810 lines, was $405, sale $202.50

In the morning, Gray went to the gym
and worked through the short set of
exercises that Thriver recommended.

There were elbow bends, wrist bends,
and forearm rotations.  Thriver had also
stuck a note reading, Take a hike!
onto the treadmill and another
that said, Don't even think about it,
on the weightlifting equipment.


July 18th, 2015

SOLD OUT


August 15th, 2015

"The Most Powerful Force Available"
I got the free-verse poem "The Most Powerful Force Available" from a bingo card about temporary disability. Cold Cash is still struggling to adapt to a whole bunch of physical problems after getting injured by a super-gizmo. Graham has some new pieces of adaptive equipment and other ideas that help.
334 lines, was $167, sale $83.50 SOLD

Cash no longer resisted going
to counseling appointments, because
Graham had proven so useful in
coping with everything.

He let Dylan walk him down to
the office at the end of the hall
and shook hands with Graham,
welcoming the warm touch.

"Damaged Control"
Your mad scientist prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Damaged Control." After the altercation in the park (detailed in "Forgotten to Breathe") Turq gets back in touch with Ansel, who finds out why Turq is such a wreck.
324 lines, was $162, sale $81 SOLD

A fine autumn day, sunny and crisp, brought
Ansel back to Briarwood Park wearing
a t-shirt that read I ate'nt dead.

He wandered the trails for an hour,
looking at everything and nothing, then
settled on a wooden bench whose S-curve
divided it into two separate seats
.


September 19th, 2015

SOLD OUT

October 17th, 2015

"Composing a Movement"
A guide dog prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Composing a Movement." Claire crosses paths with Jaimeson and Buttercup while they're exploring campus, and offer some input on solving challenges.
128 lines, was $64, sale $32

Claire enjoyed walking around
the campus of Loyola University
with its broad sidewalks and
stately trees rising overhead.

Palm Court was a favorite place
because its crossed-circle path
offered so many choices
.


November 14th, 2015

"What I Can Ethically Read Aloud"
After Shiv's lesson in metallurgy, Travis Vanburen asks Tolliver for some advice in how to best approach helping Shiv.
74 lines, was $37, sale $18.50 SOLD

"The More Difficult Boundaries"
Travis follows up on Tolliver's advice to ask Ambrose for suggestions.
178 lines, was $89, sale $44.50 SOLD

"The Limits That It Discovers In Itself"
When Shiv finally acts out, Travis has to make sure things don't go wrong. Unsure whether he handled things well, he seeks out Ambrose's help again.
236 lines, was $118, sale $59 SOLD

"To Change the Audience"
After acting out, Ambrose attempts to teach Shiv about healthy boundaries.
400 lines, was $200, sale $100 SOLD


EXTRAS

"Checking Out the Library"
 Too far along with her pregnancy to keep working, Jacqueline feels useless. Her husband suggests that volunteering at the library will help.
78 lines, was $39, sale $19.50


~END~

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