Poem: "Chipped"

Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:23 pm
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This poem came out of the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] readera, [personal profile] alexseanchai, and [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "bisexual" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some fractious content. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features crowds, frustration, floundering over cape identity, rude people, obnoxious language, sex/gender bigotry, bigot-baiting, questioning aspects of personal sexuality, and other challenges. But mostly it's fluff. It's also a humor-based choking hazard. Do not read with your mouth full! If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Read "The Order of Their Stars"

Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:05 pm
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Thanks to generous donations from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth[personal profile] across_space_and_time[personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] alatefeline, you can now read the opening of "The Order of Their Stars."  Astin helps V with a shopping trip.

Effects of Father Loss

Jul. 22nd, 2017 07:10 pm
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 ... are not just emotional, but biological.  It shortens a child's telomeres.  While death has the biggest impact, divorce or incarceration have similar effects.  Shortened telomeres correlate with shortened lifespan and worsened health.  Now consider that in light of policies from prison to foster care.  Losing a parent is the worst thing that can happen to a child.  If they are not literally in immediate risk of death, everything else does less damage.  That sucks, but it should be used to find other ways of solving family and social problems that do not butcher children's lifespan and health at a cellular level.

No mention was made of mothers.  Likely the effects parallel those of father loss.  I would not be surprised if they are worse.
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Disconnected and Upset
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 1, complete
word count (story only): 1346


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, the Mercedes story collection, and the Road Trip story arc. ::


:: Pay Special Attention: this story could be called a bit of a teaser, and a bit of a cliffhanger, but I felt that showing Kais' difficulties in the morning was essential, even as other events begin to overshadow her problems. ::




Kais woke slowly, one hand reaching for the knitted cap she slept in.

Rather, the cap that she usually slept in. There was no cap, and her hair swirled over her face in loose strands that, as usual, paid little attention to the demands of gravity.

She sat up, then promptly overbalanced and had to brace her left arm against the mattress to keep from tumbling straight out of the bed, bunk, whatever, right onto the floor.

It took a few minutes to understand what was different, and then a few more for the implications to begin to sink in. Halfway through a panicky, gasping breath, wondering if she could breathe into a pillow as well as into a paper bag, someone knocked on the door.

“Kais? Kais, would you let me in, please, it's G.”
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Squirrel!

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:15 am
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You can tell how hot it is because the squirrel's tail is so flat
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Whose Luck?
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 1, complete
word count (story only): 1419


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, the Mercedes story set, and the Road Trip story arc. Kais' luck seems to be holding, but someone else points out a surprising trend in it. ::

:: Pay Special Attention: I tried to be vague about the details of Kais' injury, but I wanted to frame these events first from Kais' viewpoint, so some unpleasantness is unavoidable. (The payoff for this will happen in the next story, of course!)




Kais turned her face toward the window, trying desperately not to cry.

Willem, the young man who had taken her clothes-- every stitch she'd brought with her save what she stood in-- tried to apologize. Again. “I mean, it's called a mangler, but it really shouldn't have done...” He lifted up one torn, button-less shirt and waved at the sodden mess.

“I can check everything your size in the lost and found,” he offered. “I feel...”
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Gender in Comics

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:23 am
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I found this analysis of gender in comics to be fascinating.  In many categories, I've written against the mainstream pattern, such as having females with super-strength and males with psychic powers.  In a few areas I may have replicated the pattern; with pheromone control and prehensile hair, I could only think of female characters, although I'm sure there are males with pheromones.
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Practice, Practice, Practice
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 1, complete
word count (story only): 1179


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, this story happens across several hours of the family's Sunday in the Maldives, but should not conflict with previously published items in the Maldives story arc. Written for a prompt during the July Magpie Monday. ::


::Pay Special Attention: This story focuses on worried, worried parents as Aida prepares to go back to her internship on Monday morning. ::




“She's in the pool,” Elisabeth whispered. One fingertip touched the glass pane on the sliding door, but somehow, she kept her professional, neutral mask in place.

“With the new gear?” Graham's eyes widened. “Already?”

His wife laughed, a sweet, mellow sound that felt like kisses. “I guess we're the ones with too many nervous thoughts, too many worries. At least this time.”

“She wasn't…. Elisabeth, it could have been so… “ Graham draped an arm lightly at his wife's waist, asking for her, silently. She turned toward him at the first brush of his fingertips, kissing the tiny scar hidden just below the corner of his mouth on the right side.

“Please, don't remind me? Don't borrow trouble, either,” she whispered.
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Hard Things

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:32 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? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?
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Serve and Protect
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 1, complete
word count (story only): 1737


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, this finally connects the Road Trip with the young person Halley was chatting with in “One Pebble Falls...” which brings everything 'full circle,' as it were,because the Road Trip crew are from Mercedes. ::


:: Pay Special Attention:: Some cape-political bigotry, stopped early, which will actually have repercussions for the staff and the individual expressing those opinions, (No one is “getting away with” that kind of crap on my watch!) Playfulness with unusual pronouns, and G generally playing the card. ::






The grumble that drifted over Joshua's shoulder was hardly louder than the sigh of his jeans shifting over his legs as he took a seat on the deck, one hand balancing a tray while the other held a thermal coffee mug with silicone lid that still felt nearly too hot to touch. However, the voice sent all of the hairs on the back of his neck standing straight and shrill. Joshua leaned back, clearly getting comfortable while every scrap of his hearing screened and sifted and filtered, trying to make out anything that might have set off his cop alerts.

“I said,” the grumbler repeated in a menacing hiss, “all you super-villain trash should NOT be allowed to take up valuable healers' time!”

Joshua calmly set his plate down, then his coffee. He turned, taking in the dark-skinned woman with small breasts and a linebacker's shoulders, and worst of all, the flush of tears on the woman's face. “I'm not a--” she began.
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July 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, Session 2

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:43 pm
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The July 2017 Poetry Fishbowl is once again open.  We're reusing the original post with its donation button and ticker. However, please place new prompts below THIS post, because the other one is already so full that comments are collapsing, which makes them harder to read or search.  You may prompt in this session IF 1) you did not prompt in the July 4 session OR 2) you donated to the July 4 session.

I will do the best I can to fill new prompts and pick up some from the previous session.  I have no idea how long it'll take.  My body is being kind of cranky after last week's adventures, and the internet is a bit iffy although nowhere near as bad as it was earlier this month.  Witch me luck, eh?

Recent Trip

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:41 pm
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In case you're wondering what I did last week, my partner Doug went to the IBM/SAM magic convention in Louisville, Kentucky. We met up with friends, and I spent several days exploring the tourist attractions ...

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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] antisocialite_forum, [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] redsixwing, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, and [personal profile] callibr8. It also fills the "blood" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] across_space_and_time, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] alatefeline. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. It directly follows "We Are All Related," so read that first or this will make no sense.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. You-all wanted to see the gaybashers who attacked Kenzie curbstomped by the Iron Horses, so here it is. Watch out for conspiracy to commit assault, religious issues, conflicting obligations, bloody souvenirs, desire for vengeance, magical/spiritual stalking of culpable parties, Thunderbird is fucking scary and so is his follower, rude language, using superpowers against ordinary opponents, gaybashers stalking around a gay bar, oblique references to pony play, references to poaching and hazardous equipment, graphic violence, vigilante justice, use of barbed wire as a rumble weapon, probable permanent injury, brutal application of inconvenient truth, temporary hearing impairment, explanation of internalized oppression and repression of identity, complicated transgender issues, and other mayhem. This is a major plot development, so skipping it would leave a big gap, but the main thing you need to know is simply that the Iron Horses hunt down the gaybashers and beat the shit out of them. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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A Spark of Joy
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 1, complete
word count (story only): 1104


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, this is a bridging story to connect “One Pebble Falls...” to the Road Trip set of stories. Dani, aka "Minion for Mone¥"isn't alone on xir side of the keyboard; this story picks up just as the previous one ends, but has a far different tone. ::




Minion for Mone¥ shut down the computer, then waited for it to reboot, automatically scrubbing the entire browser history, including that pesky little nanny-chip hidden on most every piece of hardware coming out of Taiwan, Korea, and China now. This machine was really little better than the kiddie tablets parents bought for preschoolers, but it gave her a private way to chat, even from the nosy Parkers infesting BlackSheep like fleas, because it was so cheap she could afford to break one up for scrap after every chat, each time using a new machine.

Even Capricorn could be unbearably curious. Maybe especially Capricorn.
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Monday Yardening

Jul. 17th, 2017 12:11 pm
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Today I walked around the yard.  It's getting warm and moist.

There are bees everywhere.  In the wildflower garden, I saw a big bumblebee visiting every flower on this plant.  I saw a small black bee and a tiny metallic green one on the echinacea.  These are probably native species, some of which are rarely seen. All had large panniers of yellow pollen collected from the flowers.  :D  Beeeeeees!

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 2, I picked a few blackberries.

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 3, I planted some morning glories and watered plants.

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 4, I weeded about half of the septic garden.

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