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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted "Foolish Promises" which is a sequel to "Brittle Words," set in Polychrome Heroics.  A group of friends support each other through some life upheavals.
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... actually caught on video.  (Trigger warning.  WARN ALL THE THINGS.)

New in Torn World

Aug. 29th, 2014 07:36 pm
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My poem "Closing the Score" has been published in Torn World, visible to everyone.
Musical restrictions are not popular in the Empire.

My poem "Waste Nothing" has been published in Torn World, for supporters only.
Tekura discovers Tefein heading into the forest.

My poem "Pearls Before Time" has been published in Torn World, visible to everyone.
Duurludirj pearl divers have remarkable skills.

Character Prompt #247

Aug. 29th, 2014 03:30 pm
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Your character loses everything.

Why People Learn Not to Ask for Help

Aug. 29th, 2014 01:48 pm
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I came across this post today, illustrating a key reason why people learn not to ask for help: because when they do, they don't get it. Person A describes a frustrating situation and asks specific questions about how to solve certain parts of the problem. Person B says, no, those things aren't problems, you should be doing MORE of them not less, and take these steps to do more of them.

That is the opposite of help.

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Jack Kirby's Diversity

Aug. 29th, 2014 01:24 pm
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Here's a lovely look at several of Jack Kirby's characters of diversity, made with Stan Lee but these are ones primarily driven by Jack.  

Note that Ben Grimm is a double-tap for being Jewish and lower/working class.  As the Thing, he is also a man of color -- even though color-changed characters may have grown up white, they pick up the chromatic stigma of not being white anymore and it really shows in how people treat them.  Also worth considering is the way that Jack characterized Ben as Jewish for years before it was safe to come right out and say that.  Sometimes I tag the ethnicity or religion of my characters openly, but often it's just there in the name, location, physical description, etc.

I always liked the technological aspect of Black Panther, which so often gets overlooked.  After having discovered Odinani, the sacred science of Nigeria, I kind of wonder if that played in.

Superhero Bingo Card

Aug. 29th, 2014 01:25 am
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer made me this Superhero Bingo Card as a prize for me making bingo on the Birthday Bingo Fest.  The idea was inspired by how queerfolk say "I got bingoed" when people make stupid remarks, for which there are actual cards.

Do NOT read this while you have anything in your mouth, or your hands. I laughed until I cried.

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Story: "Up the Water Spout" Part 2

Aug. 29th, 2014 12:09 am
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk," "kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1.

WARNING: This chapter features Black Widow in action, albeit filtered through Phil's earpiece and other equipment.  Think carefully about whether you want to read the icky bits.

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BINGO: column

Aug. 28th, 2014 11:53 pm
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I have made bingo down the O column of the Birthday Bingo Fest public card

Aspecting Characters Exercise

Aug. 28th, 2014 09:02 pm
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I've talked occasionally about "aspecting" characters. It's a way of taking a core idea and altering it in meaningful ways. You can start with a character and shift aspects of their personality stronger or weaker within the same canon. You can move the character into a different world and imagine how that would change them. You can take an archetypal trope you enjoy and imagine how it would manifest in different settings.

So here is a fun exercise for a group of creative folks. You can do this with artists or writers.

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Character Generators

Aug. 27th, 2014 04:52 am
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This post has a couple of character generators, fursona and monster versions, which give you a few interesting phrases to work with.

Story: "Up the Water Spout" Part 1

Aug. 27th, 2014 12:07 am
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk," "kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

This story returns to the main storyline of "Love Is for Children." The first few chapters show Black Widow considering and carrying out a mission, then after that it's pure ageplay. It fills a square in the Plot Challenges Bingo Card 7-4-14:
Situation: Crime pursued by vengeance
Setting: Red Light District
Complication: Everything Is Spiders

I also have a list of photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, a series landing page, and anarchive of images. The perk story "Brotherlove, Brotherlust" Part 3 is still open for participation.

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

Anonymous commenters: You don't have to specify exactly who you are, but it helps to have a first name or a username from some other service, so I have some idea of who's saying which and how many different "Anonymous" folks there are. You can just type some kind of identifier at the end of your comment.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the story "Buttons, Beads, and Books" for Frankenstein's Family.  It fleshes out the character of Bogdana, the old woman who sells used clothes.  It's a quiet, bittersweet story.

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Aug. 26th, 2014 05:04 pm

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