Hard Things

Aug. 24th, 2016 03:45 am
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently?

New Species of Sedge

Aug. 23rd, 2016 10:25 pm
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This one is local to me, a new species of sedge has been named after a botanist at Eastern Illinois University. 

Poem: "Show a Genuine Concern"

Aug. 23rd, 2016 12:14 pm
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This poem was written outside the regular fishbowls, inspired by a reader sharing an article on "Policing with Velvet Gloves." It also fills the "fall from grace" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It contains emotional breakdown, worried people, a call to the police, extreme angst, erratic behavior, academic problems, reference to people refusing to solve problems they created, and other challenges. Given the length of this story arc, it doesn't exactly have a happy ending, although solutions are planned. If these are are sensitive subject areas for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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Bird Nests

Aug. 23rd, 2016 04:20 am
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 ... have gone through interesting evolution.  I am amused to recall a myth in which the Weaver Bird attempted to teach all the other birds how to build a nest, but they all quit before getting the whole lesson.

Poem: "Small Beautiful Bones"

Aug. 22nd, 2016 11:32 pm
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This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "worth it" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Murasaki. It belongs to the Cuoio and Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Cuoio attends a Family dance with Chiara and Salvo (who is dressed en femme). A bully from Salvo's family shows up and starts harassing him again. Cuoio puts a stop to that very forcefully. The poem contains a lot of social interaction, most of it positive but some angsty, attempted gender policing, fatalistic feelings about past and present mistreatment, feeling unsafe at a family event, distrust of formal methods of problem-solving that haven't worked in the past, moderate violence, unfamiliarity with local customs, and other challenges. Current environment is largely supportive, and it works out pretty well in the end. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "makeup / dressing up" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ users Ng_moonmoth, Book_worm5, and others in their pool. It belongs to the Cuoio and Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Poem: "A Man with Decoration"

Aug. 22nd, 2016 05:28 pm
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This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] helgatwb, [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] technoshaman, and LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "Cuoio takes Salvo dress shopping" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Finish It Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth and others in her pool. It belongs to the Cuoio and Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It directly follows "Dress for Myself" and will make more sense if you've read that first.

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Poem: "Suspended in Time and Space"

Aug. 22nd, 2016 04:41 am
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This is the freebie for the August [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alatefeline. It also fills the "loneliness" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Tripping into the Future.

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Poem: "Shiny Little Things"

Aug. 22nd, 2016 02:46 am
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This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "crossover" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ users Book_worm5, Ng_moonmoth, and the rest of the pool. It belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Poem: "Devil May Care"

Aug. 21st, 2016 02:34 pm
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This poem is spillover from the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "fever / delirium" square in my 6-16-15 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It directly follows "Renewing a Sense of Community," and while this poem stands alone pretty well, it will make a bit more sense if you've read that one first.

Warning: This poem includes some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Jimar has a bad reaction to some contraband drugs that he took. Dr. Bloch and Nurse Espinoza do their best to take care of him. It features messy medical details, graphic description of a bad drug trip, addictive personality traits, past history of people mishandling addiction issues, current conditions undermining quality of care, controversy over how best to treat addicts, low sense of self-worth, and other challenges. If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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Today is the last day of the half-price sale, so if you're still thinking about buying some poetry, now's the time.  LJ user Ng_moonmoth has a quarter-price pool open.

I still have poems left to post that have been sponsored but not uploaded yet, so remember to check the sale page for items marked as sold. 

Poem: "To Do the Brave Things"

Aug. 21st, 2016 01:26 am
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This poem came out of the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] lone_cat, [personal profile] ellenmillion, and LJ user Rix_scaedu. It also fills the "safe" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It follows "Bearers of Witness with Justice," so make sure to read that first, or this will make no sense.

Warning: This poem deals with some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes odd cultural dynamics, references to past whaling, ambivalent emotions, surprising interpersonal dynamics, quiet acts of heroism, and other challenges. There are spoilers for "Bearers of Witness with Justice" too. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Poem: "An Ugly Shadow Cast by Myself"

Aug. 20th, 2016 11:14 pm
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This poem came out of the July 2016 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba and [personal profile] alatefeline. It also fills the "survivor's guilt" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It follows "Bearers of Witness with Justice," so read that first or this won't make much sense.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. The inside of Steel's head is still a pretty unpleasant place, although he's getting better slowly. Also this poem contains some spoilers for the end of "Bearers of Witness with Justice." It touches on traumatic grief, survivor's guilt, crime and punishment, restitution, mental injury, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Poem: "Tidefeel and Undertowen"

Aug. 20th, 2016 05:35 pm
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This poem came out of the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "deathfic" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ users Ng_moonmoth, Book_worm5, and other folks in their pool. Go team! :D It belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This whole poem is about past death and traumatic grief, and how to cope with that. It includes graphic descriptions of intense emotions which may be upsetting to recently bereaved people. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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New Email

Aug. 20th, 2016 04:55 pm
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If you have been using my cell1net email address, that one is about to evaporate.  Please update your records.  My new email is:
ysabet (at) zoho (dot) com 

Poem: "Eyes Turned Skyward"

Aug. 20th, 2016 01:38 am
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This poem is spillover from the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] shiori_makiba. It also fills the "experimentation" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ users Ng_moonmoth and Book_worm5. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Aug. 20th, 2016 01:11 am
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This weekend's [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.  Our theme is "fashion." Although it was probably meant in reference to clothes, I threw in a few references to fashioning tools.  ;)  Come give us prompts, claim some for your own inspiration, or just watch the fun. 


What I Have Written

"Suspended in Time and Space" -- today's freebie.


From My Prompts

"Stone Point Haiku" by [personal profile] alatefeline looks at fashioning stone tools.


See also "Gaming the System" by [personal profile] alatefeline for thoughts on gender roles.

Poem: "The Pilot Soul"

Aug. 19th, 2016 10:26 pm
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This poem is spillover from the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] shiori_makiba. It also fills the "opportunity" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ users Ng_moonmoth and Book_worm5. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Poem: "A Prickly Problem"

Aug. 19th, 2016 09:19 pm
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This poem is spillover from the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "It's Okay" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series. Regarding the backstory, some of that rests on things which have been written but not yet published by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, the gist of which is that Mercedes, California has a fork problem making life hard on the Finn family due to their connection with superpowers.

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Poem: "Tempering the Impact"

Aug. 19th, 2016 08:35 pm
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This poem came out of the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "comfort food or item / feeding someone" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. It follows "Overheating Elements," so read that first or this will make no sense.

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