Polychrome Heroics sale is SOLD OUT!

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 02:57 pm
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The Polychrome Heroics sale has SOLD OUT!  Thank you for your generous support.  I do not have all the poems posted yet, so I have marked them as sold with notes about the respective sponsors.  Watch for new poems to appear; you have a ton of goodies in progress.  It is likely to take quite a while for me to finish uploading all this stuff and updating appropriate listings, etc.

Special thanks to my partner Doug for the wildly popular and successful quarter-price sale.  It seems to be the runaway innovation of this year.  :D

Personal Service Announcement:

Due to some household factors, I am overloaded and falling further behind.  It's nothing bad; some of it is great, like having houseguests for Samhain.  But it means I have a drawerful of time-sensitive obligations and a handful of spoons to meet them with.  Things are starting to get dropped that really should not be dropped.

How you can help:

1) If you email or private-message me about something and I don't get back to you in my usual 2-3 days, it has probably fallen out of my attention.  If it is trivial, I probably won't get back to it and I hope that's okay.  If it is important, please check back with me so I do not forget about it indefinitely.  (This includes the work I'm supposed to be doing reorganizing my website for Polychrome Heroics.)  You're not nagging, you're tracking.  It just may take me a while, and more than one reminder, to get the most important stuff actually done.

2) Be patient with the fact that I'm falling behind, losing stuff, and making mistakes because I am busy-cubed and my brain is kind of fried.  If you point out mistakes, I will fix them as best I can.  Thank you!

Poem: "The Sounds You Can't Unhear"

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 02:51 pm
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This poem came out of the October 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "lost in translation" square in my 9-29-14 card for the Origfic_bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  It belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and is a direct sequel to "A Voice from Beyond."

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Theme Mini-#PromptCall: Impossible Situations!

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 12:03 pm
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It's almost November, and the Dungeon Call was so successful, I almost forgot about the October theme!

I'm taking prompts on the theme "Impossible Situations;" I'll write at least 100 words to at least the first five prompters.

Prompt in any setting, any characters. I'll see what I can do!

Poem: "Pulling the Strings"

Friday, October 24th, 2014 08:04 pm
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This is spillover from the March 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Kestrels_nest. It fills the "slavefic" square in my 1-3-13 card in the Trope_bingo fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, who is working on some pretty awesome stuff featuring the Puppetmaster and his Marionettes.  This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Awesome Ceramic Art

Friday, October 24th, 2014 07:24 pm
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This video got to the multicolored pot made from layered glazes, and one of my artisan characters went, "Oh!  I see what he did there!  I want to go try that!"

Yeah, there's gonna be exploding pots for a few weeks over in Waterjewel, and then something stunning will come out of the kiln.  I have up years ago trying to believe that anything was impossible, after the original Insanity Pot made from a whole bunch of different clays in layers like an agate.

Read "Little Witches" by Alexconall

Friday, October 24th, 2014 07:16 pm
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 [personal profile] alexconall has written the poem "Little Witches" to my prompt.  It's adorable, with just a bit of a dark edge, and wonderful cultural motifs.

Call for Prompts

Friday, October 24th, 2014 06:27 pm
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[personal profile] alexconall is hosting a prompt call on "ghosts and goblins, witches and werewolves" and autumn/death holidays.  Leave prompts, get ficlets; boosting the signal or donating will raise your priority in stuff being written.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014 07:00 pm
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Prompt call open at my place! Theme: "ghosts and goblins, witches and werewolves".

Poem: "Finding the Tears"

Friday, October 24th, 2014 05:34 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, and sponsored by Dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "grief / grieving" square in the Birthday Bingo Fest public card. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with past parental death and teen mourning. You may need kleenex.

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A Week in Alder

Friday, October 24th, 2014 04:15 pm
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The Highlights

My Serials
Edally Academy Interlude: Maiku Hall
Jumping Rings Chapter 9: Taslin - Hold

Feedback Requested
Yeeeee, thinking about another project (A poll)
Follow-Up Poll regarding a new serial
Romance Novel Readers: I have a question

Stories & Prompt Call
Sooo Close to $100
Prince Rodegard Visits the Imperial Capital
Amongst the Wrifflites for the Genderfunky Prompt Call
Check-In For Three-Word Wednesday
A Piece of Cake For Thimbleful Thursday

Other People!
Becka Sutton's Crowdfunding nano Project!

Annnnd the rest of the week )
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Written to Hob's commissioned continuation of An Unusual Arrangement and Learning the Arrangement

If you'd like to see more of this story, there is definitely more to be written! Just drop a tip in the the tip handcuffs:

Becka Sutton's NaNoWriMo Crowdfunding Project

Friday, October 24th, 2014 03:47 pm
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Becka Sutton, @shutsumon, is crowdfunding her NaNoWriMo project!

Specifically, she is offering her readers a chance to read her NaNo project as she writes it, either with a one-time donation or becoming a Patreon Patron.

Check it out!

Poem: "Climbing the Family Tree"

Friday, October 24th, 2014 02:15 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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This poem came out of conversations with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and other fans.  It also fills the "starting over" square in my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Pan de Muerto de Chocolate

Friday, October 24th, 2014 12:10 pm
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How do you make an awesome traditional recipe even awesomer?  Just add entheogen.

Friday, October 24th

Friday, October 24th, 2014 10:53 am
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The Daily Report

So, the poem I have been talking about? I don't want to jinx anything by being overly specific before it's actually on the publication docket, but for now, let it simply suffice to say that it has been accepted by a paying market.

That's really the only topic on my mind this morning, so I don't have much else to say in this report. I did succeed in keeping up my random productive writing streak yesterday. It's another piece of flash fiction and not something that's likely to sell, at least not by itself, but if nothing else, it's another Halloween monster tale I can slip into the newsletter next Friday.

The State of the Me

General soreness continues. I was also up late last night as the excitement over my poem, so we'll see what happens.

Plans For Today

Today's going to be entirely MU-focused. I've been bouncing ideas around for fulfilling the bonus story, since that mark was hit almost as soon as it went up. That's going to be my "random side writing" project for the day.

Poem: "Simple as a Glass of Chocolate"

Friday, October 24th, 2014 03:16 am
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This poem is spillover from the March 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles  and LJ user Kestrels_nest, along with various people's previous requests for a superhero who could lift depression. It also fills the "disability (temporary)" square in my 11-26-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles . It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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With everything that's been going on...

Friday, October 24th, 2014 02:31 am
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...I don't think I mentioned that I have in fact joined the WisCon convention committee as a member of the media & communications team. In the long-term, I would like to take a more active hand in the public internet presence of the convention, but right now those things seem to still be in a bit of a transitional mode. I have been helping to craft and polish external communications a bit, where I can.

I volunteered my skills because communication is one of my strong points, but also because it's been one of the con's weak ones, in both directions: listening and speaking. The idea of a media & communications team is a fairly new one and its role is still being defined, but my personal take on it is that our role should include listening.

During the crises of trust that resulted over this summer from the handling of abuse claims, there was a persistent refrain from within the ConCom about the importance of maintaining a single channel of information in order to prevent confusion and rumormongering. As an outsider to the ConCom, I challenged this line of thinking several times by asking if anyone really thought that it was working. From my position on the ground, it seemed pretty clear that the attempts to maintain a wall of silence did nothing to alleviate confusion, and created the circumstances that led to the circulation of rumors.

In fact, I think we must give credit where credit is due. If not for the ConCom members who broke silence and "told tales outside of school", either publicly or in confidence, then a number of people who ultimately increased their involvement with the con might have otherwise left it for good.

I know that's true of myself.

This is why I can't turn around and co-sign a policy of squelching open discussion. The convention is run on a consensus model, though, so while I will be defending this idea vigorously, I cannot unilaterally implement it. Still, it is the viewpoint that I will represent.

This is a time of change for the con, and its leadership. A lot of things are still up in the air. A lot of things have yet to be determined. This much is true: the con belongs to its members, but the big decisions will be made by those who do the work to make them happen. We have an opportunity here, and a responsibility to use it wisely.

Story: "The Path of the Sun"

Friday, October 24th, 2014 12:30 am
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This story belongs to the Schrodinger's Hulk series, a crossover between Hulk and Schrodinger's Heroes. It is a sequel to "Safe Keeping" and "Two Spirits, One Past," and "For the Very First Time." It fills the "original characters" square in my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest, and the "sunny" square in the public card for the Birthday Bingo fest.

This casts the Hulk from The Avengers. So it doesn't match up exactly with the various Hulk movies, and Bruce Banner is played by Mark Ruffalo. The first story in the series goes into alternate-universe mode after the lab accident while Bruce is running from General Ross but before Bruce meets any of the Avengers.

The Schrodinger's Heroes, project features an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom. It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world from alternate dimensions. It features a very mixed cast in terms of ethnicity and sexual orientation. This project developed with input from multiple people, and it's open for everyone to play in. You can read more about the background, the characters, and a bunch of assorted content on the menu page.

Format: Fiction
Title: "The Path of the Sun"
Fandom: Hulk/Schrodinger's heroes
Summary: Bruce is not a fan of birthdays, nor of parties in general. Pat is pretty sure he can change Bruce's mind.
Required Warnings: No standard warnings apply.
Notes: Gentle coaxing, laid-back planning, low-key celebration, party food, games, team as family, cottoncandy fluff.

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